MNSCUG September 2015 Meeting Notes

The September meeting was a good one.  Lots of great content from Ryan Andorfer regarding Service Management Automation.  The latest automation arm of the System Center suite.  Thanks again to concurrency for sponsoring!

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September 2015 MNSCUG Meeting

September is already upon us!  Kids are in school learning and so shall we!  Our next user group meeting will be Thursday, September 24th at 4:30 - 7:00pm at Microsoft's Edina HQ building - 6th Floor, Lake of the Woods and is going to be Automation targeted to end users!  SMA (Service Managemnet Automation) and PowerShell will be the main technologies discussed.  Please register in advance so we can get a proper count for food and drink.


Ryan Andorfer will be presenting on an automated process he and his team have developed for General Mills for self service initiation and configuration of enterprise application maintenance.


Do you have to do routine maintenance (patch/restart) enterprise applications like Hyperion or Endeca or a web farm? Would you like to be able to do it and only write custom code one time? Would you like to give your platform owners the ability to initiate and schedule this on their own without ever talking to your automation team? Come hear how General Mills has created a self-service tool for automating the routine maintenance of enterprise application environments.


Ryan Andorfer, a Microsoft MVP, will walk you through the solution from end to end, starting with an in-depth description of the problem they were tasked with solving and moving onto the tooling choices they used to solve it (PowerShell / System Center Service Management Automation / SCCM / SharePoint) and how each was configured and setup to accomplish this. You should expect to see and hear about the process used by General Mills for designing automation work as well as see an end to end example of this automation working. There will be code, there will be SharePoint forms and there will be an answer to how General Mills handles the task of automating the routine task of maintaining infrastructure.


concurrency140Food and beverage will be provided again by Concurrency!  A special thanks to Concurrency for renewing as a Bronze sponsor!


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

Eventbrite - February 2014 MNSCUG Meeting


See you there!

MNSCUG July 2015 Meeting Notes

Thanks so much to  Cyber Advisors for providing beverages and food

MNSCUG elections in October. We're always looking for fresh blood!

Thanks to Joe Kaster for answering the Powershell question on the MNSCUG site.

Next Month:  All day meeting on SCOM.  August 13th, 2015

MMS 2015 - Will sell out.  Register now!

If your company would like to sponsor MNSCUG please visit

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NWSCUG July 2015 Meeting Notes

The Northwest System Center User Group (NWSCUG) is in full force now that Greg Ramsey from Dell moved up to Seattlle. With Microsoft right there, they're getting great speakers and great content. Luckily they're also sharing it on their website. Take a look at this month's notes and be amazed. Bookmark their site and use them as a great online extension for learning. Here is the link to this month's notes which also includes a recording.

Cyber Advisors Opening

Job Description: Project Engineer (System Center)
Job Title: Project Engineer (System Center)
Department: IT
Reports To: VP of Technical Services
Prepared By: Paul Beasley
Approved By: TBD
Range: Depends on experience


A Project Engineer (System Center) is responsible for the consulting services in design, implementation and post-support of enterprise System Center infrastructure projects. They are capable of start-to-finish project deployments and can meet the challenges of an ever-changing technical environment.

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