Johan Returns to Minneapolis - Best OSD Training Available

Mastering Windows 7 and 8.1 deployment using MDT2013 and Config Mgr 2012 R2 [4 days]

Build a Windows deployment solution using MDT 2013 and SCCM 2012 R2!

Build a real deployment solution using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 (MDT 2013) and System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 (SCCM 2012 R2). The first Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 deployment training where you pick the track to follow during four days!

The primary track is using MDT2013 and ConfigMgr2012 R2 to deploy operating systems, applications, and software updates.

The second, optional track, is how to build a deployment solution based on MDT 2013 Lite Touch. We simply wanted to give you the best possible windows deployment training, no matter if you plan to use ConfigMgr 2012 R2 or not.

Johan Arwidmark, Microsoft MVP in Deployment and the world's foremost expert in the OS deployment sector, developed this lab. Like all our labs, this is unique in that you access the best deployment specialists for four days. Time is set off for real life deployment issues where the instructor discuss and solve problems that you bring to the training. As always we take you for lunch at a nearby restaurant, where the discussions continue. Its almost like free consultancy.

During these four days you will learn how to:

  • Plan and design for ConfigMgr 2012 R2 infrastructure changes
  • Upgrade from ConfigMgr 2007
  • Upgrade from MDT 2010 to MDT 2012/2013
  • Create and deploy applications
  • Configuring Software Updates
  • Create and design reference images
  • Create VB script wrappers for configuration items and applications
  • Configure Security baselines for the Windows 7 & 8.1 image
  • Master the driver injection features for os deployment
  • Integrate MDT 2013 with ConfigMgr 2012 R2
  • Extend OS deployment in ConfigMgr 2012 R2, with scripts, frontends, databases and web services.
  • Configuring offline media
  • Troubleshoot MDT 2013 and ConfigMgr 2012 R2
  • Troubleshoot your Windows deployments
  • Bending the rules, understanding and customizing the rules (customsettings.ini)
  • Enbale Dynamic Deployments and much more!

Now updated to cover TPM, BitLocker, Orchestrator RunBooks etc.

January 2015 Meeting Notes

Fred took notes:


For first meeting of 2015 we had a surprise visit from the original MNSCUG founder, Tim Benjamin. Since founding the user group over a decade ago he has since gone on to become a Data Center Technical Specialist with Microsoft. He addressed the group for about an hour giving us some entertaining MNSCUG history as well as his take on the industry at large. Lots of insightful information was shared with the group. It was a nice surprise to have him in attendance and for him to take time to answer questions from the crowd. He also had some really thought provoking questions and challenges for the group relating to cloud adoption, security and mobile device management.

I believe we will be seeing more of Tim this year and that is a good thing.

The rest of the meeting was a classic round table. There were a lot of topics discussed covering a very wide range of topics. ConfigMgr daily tasks, MBAM, Build and Capture, Mobile Management... and on and on. And of course we talked about Java and how much everyone loves it.


By the way, few of you filled out the survey and so far the results lean heavily toward CM and OSD. All other subjects were off the charts low. If you haven't filled out the survey, you still can here.

Kent's April 2015 Class in MN

Advanced System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2 [3 days]

Have you taken Mastering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager or MS-10747 and want to dig deeper into SCCM? This is the ultimate follow-up SCCM 2012 training for the IT-Pro that wants to reach the next skill level!

Kent Agerlund, Microsoft MVP System Center and one of the foremost experts, has developed this 3 day class with the experienced SCCM administrator in mind. During this class he will share his experiences gained in the field and teach you advanced functions that you get to implement in the labs.

Kent will take you through the advanced design, installation, configuration and troubleshooting of the main features in Configuration Manager 2012 R2 based on Windows 2012, Windows 8.1 After class, you will have a solid understanding off the design options, flow of the main features and troubleshooting techniques.

April 6-7-8, 2015

October 2014 Meeting Notes

Mikael Nystrom made a last minute arrival to Minnesota and so we had a December meeting.  The attendance was outstanding.  Thank you to Coretech for food and drink.  Thanks to Nash Pherson for closing the night out with some server OSD.  (Sorry I missed it so no notes)

Anyone wanting a trial of the Coretech Dashboard can simply email Dashboard at coretech.dk and request it.

Windows 10 Notes –

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SCORCH Target

Just wanted to send this out to the group about a job opportunity here at Target Corporation.

We are looking for a Orchestrator Admin for a 1 year contract position with the possibility of a permanent hire depending on performance and how you can drive the Orchestrator Platform forward over the next year. This position would also be involved with SCVMM and our internal cloud environment and would assist with implementing SMA or wherever Microsoft goes with the new automation tools.

We would prefer a local resource but are willing to look at remote access with the requirement to travel onsite periodically.

If you are interested, let me know and I can get your resume to the hiring manager.

Tony.Wolyniec at target.com

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