MNSCUG April 2014 Meeting Notes

Written by Brian Mason.

Fred Bainbridge is turning out to be the best VP of all time! Thanks for these notes, Fred.Date 4/21/2014
Sponsor - Now Micro
Speaker - Kent Agerlund

Changes in 2012 R2 collections -

  • Never update the all systems collections, this will cause a snowball affect updating all collections that limit to that collection. This is specific to R2 release.
  • Try to have as few collections as possible limit to the all systems collections.
  • CEviewer (Collection Evaluator Viewer is a nice tool in the R2 Toolkit to the look at what collections may be doing at any given time and to look at what is scheduled for them in the future. The tool doesn't use the collection evaluator, it instead doing direct sql queries. (much faster and more accurate).
  • For reference, tables collections_L and collections_G are the primary tables to get this information from.
  • Using powershell is awesome to create collections, however be aware that they will not be placed into folders once created.
  • The limit of 200 collections with incremental updates is no more. Use CEViewer to see what collections are updating and when.
  • Scripts were shows to disable all incremental updates on all collections and then to enable incremental updates according to a custom schedule on all collections in a single folder. These scripts will be given to Brian and shared on the mnscug site.
  • Coretech has a lot of neat tools. One to import and export collections using simple excel and powershell (with membership queries) will be released after teched.

InTune -

April 2014 MNSCUG Meeting

Written by Fred Bainbridge.

Our next MN System Center User Group meeting will be MONDAY, April 21st from 4:30pm - 7:15pm at Microsoft's Edina HQ building - 6th Floor, Lake of the Woods.


This month's meeting is sponsored by NowMicro, the premier IT provider of cutting-edge technology products, solutions, and services.  They also have the honor of having the newest ConfigMgr MVP among their ranks.  Congratulations Nash Pherson!  


For the main event we are honored and excited to welcome ConfigMgr "Super Man" Kent Agerlund. Kent is a Microsoft System Center 2012 ConfigMgr MVP who works as senior System Center architect, trainer, event speaker, and author. For the past four years, he has been on the road with his Mastering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager class.  He will be presenting several real world examples of mobile device management across many different mobile platforms.  This is a can't miss for anyone interested in how to start tackling mobile devices in the enterprise.  Kent is in town to teach his famous ConfigMgr 2012 course, for those who are unable to attend his training class, this is a great opportunity to learn from one of the best.


There will be a round table Q&A session after Kent's presentation to handle any general issues you may be experiencing in your environment.





Registration is free to the public, but please be sure to sign-up if you are attending so we can ensure everyone has food.


Eventbrite - February 2014 MNSCUG Meeting


See you there!

CM Migration Position

Written by Brian Mason.

My client is in need of a SCCM Administrator to support all divisions with the administration and migration of the current 2007 environment to SCCM 2012. The person will work with the project team throughout the migration performing tasks as needed and instructed. Responsibilities include building the production environment and determining solutions based on designs of migration. This person will need to have experience with a SCCM 2007-SCCM 2012 migration and the understanding of Production Enterprise Environment.

This project will be done at the end of September. Remote work is available for this position as well. Let me know if you are interested or know of anyone that would be interested. Resumes can be sent to zbayreuther @


Zach Bayreuther

March 2014 MNSCUG Meeting Notes

Written by Brian Mason.

Thanks to BlueStripe for hosting last night.

Thanks to Dan Audley for driving up all the way from Charlotte to speak about SCOM.

Some interesting tools came up during the meeting. Here are links to them.

Tao Yang's Self-Maintenance management pack for OpsMgr 2012

Override Explorer for Operations Manager 2012

Microsoft Management Packs - WiKi

If you have others, email them in (you can use the contact form). I'll also make sure that if you logon to the site that you get the subscription controls for the newsletter; I heard that may not be working.

Update: Dan just sent this in for us:

  1. WMI memory leak in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8
  2. WMI memory leak in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7
  3. How to enable proxy agent on all Agents where it is not enabled

    get-SCOMagent | where {$_.ProxyingEnabled -match "False"} | Enable-SCOMAgentProxy
  4. How to enable proxy agents as a default setting in SCOM 2012 R2 from the Management Server. This effects all Agents installed after the setting is committed.

    add-pssnapin "Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.OperationsManager.Client";
    new-managementGroupConnection -ConnectionString:<FQDN of SCOM Management Server>;
    set-location "OperationsManagerMonitoring::";
    Set-DefaultSetting -Name HealthService\ProxyingEnabled -Value True

Next month is Kent Agerlund. And don't forget we meet on a Monday instead.

April No Fools! Nash Pherson, MVP

Written by Brian Mason.

Dear Nash Pherson,

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2014 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Enterprise Client Management technical communities during the past year.

MNSCUG SEP 2013 Meeting Notes From Wally

Written by Brian Mason.

Hi folks, I just got an email from Wally and am publishing it below for everyone to see. Don't forget that you can register at yourself and submit bugs and DCRs.

And we meet Monday to learn some PowerShell from Kaido. Be there!

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