August 2014 MNSCUG Meeting - Notes

Written by Fred Bainbridge.

The August meeting was a great success!  Both presentation were fantastic.  A big thank you to Jonathan Almquist and Nathan Foreman!  Concurrency provided stellar food and drink as well.  Great times were had by all.  

Here are the details and examples of Nathan's presentation on integration SCOM with a CMDB.

As a reminder, elections for MNSCUG board members is going to be held at the October meeting.  Must be present to run or vote.  Get involved, it's well worth it.  

Also, MMS is coming up!  Have you registered yet?  You should!



July 2014 MNSCUG Meeting Notes

Written by Brian Mason.

Thanks to our VP Fred Bainbridge who took these excellent notes about the last meeting. Thanks to Concurrency for the great food!

Ryan Ephgrave - Right Click Tools

Using the right click tools you can right click on a user and go to user devices and it will show you how many devices the user has been on and for how long.

App-V 5.0 and UeV 2.0 Presentation Follow Up

Written by Fred Bainbridge.

As promised here is the slide deck for the App-V and UeV presentations at the last MNSCUG meeting. Managing UeV with ConfigMgr 2012 and automating the creation UeV Configuration Items and Baseline Compliance items using PowerShell. The script should be saved and run from the same location as the System Center 2012 Configuration Pack for Microsoft User Experience Virtualization 2.0.

The script will create and import a CI for the UeV Agent settings, and then it will create and import a CI for each template file and add each to a Baseline item. You can then use the CM12 console to add the new Agent Settings CI that was created to the baseline, or create a new baseline for just the Agent settings. Then deploy the baseline to whatever collection you want to manage UeV settings for. You can run this script each time a template or agent setting change. there is no need to delete the existing CI/Baseline items, if there are changes the items will simply get a new revision as opposed to creating a new item.

If you have any questions on how it works, etc. feel free to contact me @FredBainbridge or fred _@_




MNSCUG June Meeting Notes

Written by Brian Mason.

Fred's Notes from the Active Directory Best Practices from Robert Wakefield with NowMicro:

Backup of group policies via GPMC or script. Most GP admins do not backup group policy objects.

It's not a bad idea to backup directly from the GPMC

Use PowerShell to backup GPOs, this can be scheduled. Group policy backup via PS doesn't get links or security, etc. Only the object itself.

Use a central store to gather and distribute ADMX files.

Mark your calendars for June!

Written by Brian Mason.

Some of you missed the April MNSCUG meeting this month where Kent Agerlund gave us a great session. You missed it because you were busy going to his class. That's a valid excuse. Good on you.

Now if you missed both, shame! But you have another chance to see Kent [and now Wally] in June by attending his class.

For June, we're moving the MNSCUG meeting to Thursday, June 5th. And it'll be a daytime session so go tell your boss you need the day off for great training.

Fred will get a formal meeting announcement and invite out soon, but on deck for June is John Nelson to talk about SQL, Fred Bainbridge to talk about App-V and UE-V 2.0, and then some Now Micro guys on various topics. Like I said, Fred will get details out as soon as we lock those speakers in.

So mark of the 5th for MNSCUG or if you need more, sign up for the Kent\Wally class.