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.

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.

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.org





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 -