Join the Madison Systems Management User Group (MSMUG) for a special User Group Meeting on May 10th.
This won’t be a typical meeting for our group! This month we will not have a presenter but rather a few topics of discussion, mostly about plans for future meetings and group organization! Some specific topics are as follows:
If you’d like to see what you may have missed at MMS2013, see how you can help out our group, have suggestions, or just want to catch up with other group members we will see you at the meeting!
Fitchburg Public Library – Upstairs Meeting Room C (Conference Room)
5530 Lacy Road - Fitchburg, WI 53711
If you can’t make the meeting, feel free to post your thoughts, comments, or concerns on our LinkedIn page
We’ll be back to our regularly meetings with speakers next month so stay tuned for future announcements
In: Events11 Mar 2013
Fitchburg Public Library – Upstairs Meeting Room B
5530 Lacy Road - Fitchburg, WI 53711
Steve has recently just recently finished the PoC/Pilot build of the Windows 8 image and deployment customization for a 10,000 seat organisation.
Steve is bringing all the lessons learned from his Win 8 production experience to our group. We’ll be discussing all the problems and decisions that you WILL have to do deal with during your own Windows 8 Deployments, including:
Orchestrator – Getting Started / Production Examples
MSMUG member Lee Berg will be given a presentation all about System Center Orchestrator. We’ll cover the basics all the way up to some advanced uses for Orchestrator in production. THis session should provide you with everything you need to start using Orchestrator in your organization today!
Join the Madison Systems Management User Group (MSMUG) for System Center Universe 2013 on January 31st.
We’ll have a catered lunch and group discussion between the presentations! View the live simulcast and engage in the conversation!
System Center Universe 2013 is a one-day globally available technical event featuring Microsoft visionaries highlighting the new service pack release along with the interaction of the System Center 2012 suite and other Microsoft-based products and solutions.
View the live simulcast and engage in the conversation!
Additional topics still to come from:
Instead of a regular meeting this month, we will instead be celebrating nearly a year of Systems Management in Madison with a MSMUG holiday party on December 21st at 4:00pm!
If you would like to attend, please go to the following page to sign up: http://msmugholiday2012.
The location is yet TBA but we will send an email to all recipients once we get an idea of how many attendees we will have. We are expecting a smaller group so expect casual conversation with food and drink. As always, feel free to bring your System Managements questions for the group!
For this meeting we had Sherry Kissinger come in with a presentation and demo of SRS reporting in Configuration Manager.
We reviewed setup and configuration of SRS, Creating a variety of reports as well as making them visually pleasing. Sherry was able to take audience request and create reports on the fly for us to demonstrate the power of using SRS.
Sherry was kind enough to share her presentation, example reports, and some extra goodies with the group.
We have uploaded a zip file containing all the files.
Our September meeting topic was Patch Management.
We focused on best practices for patch management utilizing System Center Configuration Manager 2012.
The bottom line with Patch Management is that with Configuration Manager 2012 the entire process is MUCH EASIER. There are many new tools and techniques to automate and make patch management more reliable.
We ran through a quick overview and demo of the software updates section of Configuration manager 2012. There is quite of bit of information here and making notes of it here wouldn’t be the most efficient use of space. The following resources should have just about everything you need to get started with patch management using SCCM 2012.
Server and Cloud Blog: Managing Software Updates in Configuration Manager 2012: http://blogs.technet.com/b/server-cloud/archive/2012/02/20/managing-software-updates-in-configuration-manager-2012.aspx
TechNet: Software Updates in Configuration Manager: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg682068.aspx
Book: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: Mastering the Fundamentals - Agerlund, Kent: Kent Agerlund has a great Configuration Manager book that also has a couple great step by step examples configuring ADR. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008ZSD8QM – The Kindle eBook version of this book is only 9.99!
Automatic Deployment Rules (ADR)
One of the best new features in CM 2012 in regards to patch management are the Automatic Deployment Rules (ADR)
This allows you to automate the entire process for selecting, downloading, applying updates, essentially anything you can do in the console relating to updates you can automate with an ADR.
One examples for an ADR is to have separate rules setup for both your pilot group and deployment patch group. This will allow you to do “One Click” patch deployments.
Probably the best use for ADR is for managing Endpoint Protection Definitions. It was our experience that you should always use an ADR for endpoint protection definitions. Using an ADR will allow you to keep you endpoint definitions up to date quickly.
Another great trick when configuring an ADR is to use custom severity to easily filter and exclude updates you don’t want.
The alerts in CM 2012 are much more useful than some of the “alerts” that were present in CM 07, you can configure alerts on deployments, compliance thresholds, ADR actions, and much more. Take a look at the following links for more info on Alerts:
Technet: Configuring Alerts: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh427334.aspx
Technet: Operations and Maintenance for Software Updates in Configuration Manager: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg712304.aspx
We did have a question about best practices when naming your collections. Because of the new search capabilities in CM 12, when naming collections it is beneficial to use a prefix or suffix. EX: “SU” for Software Updates. This allows you to quickly and easily find your collections using the search function.
Note for using “Folders” in SCCM 2012
Folders in SCCM 2012 are security agnostic so the folders themselves (not the objects within) do not have security rules applied to them. If you have lots of users in the console you may not want to use folders.
New SCCM 2012 OSD feature relating to updates:
One of the new features in CM 2012 relating to patch management and OSD is the ability to inject new patches into your images easily from the console. This should allow you to easily update your reference image with the latest windows updates.
We talked also abit about what was going on for MMS 2013, since the meeting it was officialily annouced that MMS is coming back to Vegas in April. Be Sure to check out the myITforum website for the MMS2013 guide: http://myitforum.com/myitforumwp/microsoft-management-summit/
Please join us for our September 2012: Madison Systems Mangement User Group Meeting on Thursday September 27th : 1:00PM – 4:00PM at the Fitchburg Public Library!
Is Patch Tuesday a day you dread? Are your search folder, update lists, and deployment templates a mess? Are your noncompliance numbers causing you to lose sleep? Are you left wondering… “there must be a better way?”
Join Madison area Microsoft System Center experts on September 27th, 2012 to discuss the best patch management strategies to keep your environment compliant. We’ll discuss best practices as well as review each other’s patching strategies. This meeting will be mostly open discussion so bring lots of questions for the group!
Please remember to signup and add our newsletter email address: email@example.com to your Trusted email list!
This month we had two demos from MSMUG members and had a long open discussion on numerous Microsoft System Center related topics.
Mike Gouldthorp - Avecto Demo
Mike did an overview and demo of Avecto Privilege management.
Notable mentions from the presentation:
Lee Berg – OSD Demo
Lee discussed some of the front end development required to complete some tricky OSD challenges. Examples included automation of Bios Configuration Settings, Asset Tag Information, Using a web service to interact with Active Directory during a task sequence, and methods to help enable user self service ScanState and LoadState.
System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Service Pack 1
Chris spent some talk talking about some of the new features coming in Config Manager 2012 SP1. Some of the most notable points we discussed were:
The Great CAS debate
We ended up having a conversation about the nessecity of CAS servers.
I made a snarky comment on twitter and actually got a great response from Rod Trent.
Rod linked a MyITForum post from Brian Mason about CAS server considerations. This is defiantly worth checking out, as it sums up most of points of discussion we had regarding CAS servers. http://myitforum.com/myitforumwp/2012/04/22/cas-considerations-for-cm12/
For our next meeting we will be talking about the best ways to manage Software Updates / Patches. We will have a post and newsletter going out soon with all the details!