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SCU2014 Video Playlist

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PowerPoint Presentations 2014

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Past SCU Network Recordings

Understanding Role-Based Administration in Configuration Manager 2012 R2, presented by Wally Mead
As a SCOM admin we all know there’s a fair part of repetitive tasks which take not so long to execute but are just plain boring from time to time. Well the time is now to start automating these to free up some more time for the cool stuff! Find out in this session how to get started with PowerShell and SCOM even when you hate scripting and are not a dev. View Recording

Automate SCOM Admin Tasks and Free Up Time for the Cool Stuff, presented by Dieter Wijckmans
Configuration Manager has many moving parts and potential pitfalls that can cause problems in your environment if not locked down properly. Administrators could wind up deleting apps that they should not even be able to see, or end up deploying patches to computers that they should not be able to deploy updates to. Configuration Manager 2012 R2 has great capabilities to be able to secure the Configuration Manager Console so that administrative users can only access what they should be able to access, and manage appropriate systems. In this webinar, you will see how to implement the role-based administration feature to help lock down the administrators from accidental activities.View Recording

Exploring Monitoring Beyond the Borders of Microsoft (Part 3: API Based), presented by Dieter Wijckmans
As a SCOM admin most of us are familiar with monitoring Windows based machines, network devices and such. But what if you look over the fence. In the corporate environment there’s fare more floating around than just Windows Machines. Join this series to find out how to get started to get these devices monitored with the tool you know: SCOM. In part 3 I’ll showcase a good example on how to use PowerShell to get data into your SCOM environment from API enabled devices which are sending data to the cloud.
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Microsoft Automation Evolution: Beyond Orchestrator, presented by Alexandre Verkinderen
To evolve beyond a dependency on integration packs as the definition vehicle for workflow tasks, to overcome scaling and multi-tenant limitations, and to provide for effective web-based remote Runbook administration, a new paradigm for achieving automation in a Microsoft network is emerging. The name of this new technology is Service Management Automation. Let’s have a look during this session at the differences and when to use SMA or Orchestrator.
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Exploring Monitoring Beyond the Borders of Microsoft (Part 1: Linux, Part 2: Powershell), presented by Dieter Wijckmans
As a SCOM admin most of us are familiar with monitoring Windows based machines, network devices and such. But what if you look over the fence. In the corporate environment there’s fare more floating around than just Windows Machines. Join this series to find out how to get started to get these devices monitored with the tool you know: SCOM. In part 1 we’ll look over to the world of Linux and see what’s possible to monitor these systems. In part 2 we’ll look I’ll show you how you can use PowerShell to get data in you SCOM environment when there’s no management pack nor possibility to install an agent on the monitoring target.
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Compliance: The new orange in Enterprise Client Management, presented by Kent Agerlund
Never before have we been looking at the same amount of challenges in terms ensuring compliance among all our clients. Forget about the days where managing compliance was a question of implementing the correct group policy: The challenges of today and tomorrow are different as the types of devices become more diverse. This session will show how you can use Compliant Management in Configuration Manager R2 to ensure compliance across your devices in the enterprise. Learn how to successfully manage devices like Windows 8.1 RT, Mac OS X, Windows Phone, IOS devices and Android devices.
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Next is Now – See What’s New in Cireson’s Total Management Suite 2014 Q2 Release, presented by Travis Wright
Every quarter Cireson releases a new version of the Total Management Suite stuffed full of new features and new products. In this System Center Universe webinar, you’ll find out what all the IT monkeys at Cireson have been cooking up for this quarter. New asset management features, new Outlook console features, and other improvements to other products are just the beginning of the excitement. We’ll especially focus on the new Cireson Self-service Portal and Analyst Portal.
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Orchestrator 101 - Building Your First Runbook, presented by Matthew Dowst
This presentation will cover tips and guidelines to assist users just starting out in Orchestrator. Topics covered will include naming conventions, runbook creation tips, working with activities and links, using the runbook tester, determining and working with published data, link filters, and global parameters.
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Orchestrator 201 - Advanced Runbook Tips and Tricks, presented by Matthew Dowst
This presentation will provide advanced tips and guidance on Orchestrator Runbooks. This will be geared towards users who are familiar with Orchestrator, or are just starting out. Topics covered will include Functions, flattening data, loops, runbook sizing and complexity, consecutive jobs, and failover planning.
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So You've Installed SCOM, Now What?, presented by Dieter Wijckmans
You have survived the sometimes daunting install procedure for SCOM and you are looking at a pristine console. So now what? Join this session to give you a jumpstart on how to quickly get up to speed to show your management that SCOM is monitoring your environment. We'll go over the post install health check as well as how to set up your environment quickly.
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How to Safeguard Your Investments in SCOM, presented by Dieter Wijckmans
You've spend hours, days and weeks fine-tuning your SCOM environment, survived all of the difficult monitoring scenario questions and delivered a topnotch SCOM environment. Thumbs up! But did you think about safeguarding all your work just in case disaster strikes? Join this session where I will showcase some standard, easy to use scripts out of my toolkit to quickly setup a backup procedure to make sure you have everything at hand to quickly get back up and running in case Murphy's Law came for a visit.
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Why VMware Details Matter to System Center Admins, presented by Rick Vanover
If you have VMware vSphere and System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) in your environment, you may be missing out on some key metrics for your data centers. In this Veeam® webinar, you'll learn how the vSphere framework can be rolled into System Center Operations Manager from Veeam Management Pack™ (MP) to provide:

  • Enhanced reporting capabilities from deep VMware monitoring
  • Alert management within SCOM
  • Complete visibility to your VMware investment
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Operations Manager - The Fast Path to Dynamic Application Maps, presented by Vic Nyman
There's a new way to get live, dynamic application maps in Operations Manager. BlueStripe's FactFinder automatically discovers all the components that make up distributed applications - for both Windows and non-Windows systems, across physical, virtual, and cloud deployments.
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What's New in Configuration Manager 2012 R2 (Part 1), presented by Wally Mead
As you have likely heard, System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager is about to release. There have been a number of enhancements added to Configuration Manager as of the newest update. In this two part series, we'll discuss, and demonstrate, some of the new enhancements to System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager.
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What's New in Configuration Manager 2012 R2 (Part 2), presented by Wally Mead
This is part two of a two part presentations on the enhancements to System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager. It would be beneficial to have attended part one before attending part two, but not absolutely necessary.
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What's New in Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Unified Device Management (Part 1), presented by Wally Mead
In the two previous presentations, we covered the changes and enhancements coming in System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager. In those presentations, we introduced the changes to unified device management. This series will include two presentations (and demonstrations) on the mobile device management capabilities of System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager and the upcoming release of Windows Intune.
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What's New in Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Unified Device Management (Part 2), presented by Wally Mead
This is part two of a two part series will cover more information on the mobile device management capabilities of System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager and the upcoming release of Windows Intune. It would be beneficial to have attended part one before attending part two, but not absolutely necessary.
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SCOM - The One Tool to Monitor Them All, presented by Dieter Wijckmans
Ok, you have SCOM installed to monitor your environment. Good for you! But there are still a ton of other in-house, little written apps floating around in your environment which monitor specific applications, networks or other stuff. Join this session to find out how to convince these app owners to move their monitoring into your state-of-the-art SCOM environment. This session will be packed with tips and tricks out of the field to quickly showcase the power of SCOM.
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How to Hit a Moving Target - Vulnerability Intelligence for 3rd Party Patching, presented by Meaghan McKeown
Do you know what software applications need updating in your system today? Once you identify, how are you creating and deploying these patches in your system? With nearly 86% of vulnerabilities coming exclusively from 3rd party software applications, it's more important than ever to patch everything in your environment.

In this session we will go through how vulnerability intelligence can help you prioritize what patches are most important for your environment based on your security risks. Plus, we will demo how you can create and deploy third party patches through Microsoft's System Center Configuration Center 2012.
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Managing Distributed Applications in Azure Hybrid Cloud, presented by Vic Nyman
Hybrid cloud is the next step in virtualization. Learn how using BlueStripe's FactFinder with System Center 2012 you can manage complex distributed applications that span across Azure, the Windows and non-Windows systems in the datacenter, and third-party services.
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Deploying Windows 8.1 with Configuration Manager 2012, presented by Wally Mead
As you know, Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 are about to release. You likely want to start migrating over to the new operating systems. If so, then System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager is the best way to deploy Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. In this presentation, we'll discuss and demonstrate how to deploy the new Microsoft operating systems.
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Veeam + System Center Data Protection Manager = Better Together!, presented by Mike Resseler
How can you make sure that you have a reliable, inexpensive and fast solution for your private cloud? In this webinar, you'll learn how Veeam® Backup & Replication™ combined with System Center Data Protection Manager delivers a single cost-effective, easy-to-manage and complete backup and recovery strategy solution. This webinar will explain: 1) available virtualization backup and recovery strategies 2) building a cohesive Disaster Recovery strategy 3)when it makes the most sense to use both solutions.
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Jumpstart Monitoring Your Environment (Mission 1): BASE, presented by Dieter Wijckmans
This is mission 1 in a series to get the monitoring of your environment to warp speed as quick as possible. To build your monitoring you need to configure your Basic Availability of Server Environment (BASE) monitoring. This session will be packed with tips and tricks from various SCOM solar systems I've visit to make sure the monitoring of your environment will be up and running in no time.
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BlueStripe and System Center - Managing Distributed Applications Across Azure and the Datacenter , presented by Dave Irwin
BlueStripe's FactFinder and System Center 2012 together provide the complete solution for managing distributed applications. Learn how you can add dynamic application topology maps and response-time alerts to Operations Manager, populate your Service Manager CMDB, and incorporate response-time alerts to your Orchestrator runbooks.
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Proper Management Pack Lifecycle Explained, presented by Dieter Wijckmans
So are you an IT Rambo or an IT Pro when it comes to implementing management packs in your SCOM environment. Find out what your IT Rambo score is in the field. In this session, we'll go over the proper way to manage your management pack lifecycle so you'll have less hassle down the road. Every management pack should be considered a small project so I'll be showcasing an easy trick to get you going.
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The Antidote to the Patch Management Nightmare: Visibility and Prioritization,
presented by Milan Koppen
Within most organizations, patch management is commonly understood as patch deployment. However, deployment is only one area of a Patch Management Process. While most security specialists agree that patching is the foundation for a secure environment, the misunderstanding of the term builds a gap between security and operations, preventing a complete Patch Management approach.

To close the gap, organizations need to understand their environment, the criticality of the data on their endpoints, correlate that information with reliable vulnerability intelligence and having the proper tools to support remediation. Join Secunia's webinar and learn more about completing your Patch Management strategy by tomorrow's standards!
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New OSD features in ConfigMgr 2012 R2, presented by Johan Arwidmark
Join Johan Arwidmark in a 30 minute lightning demo covering the new OSD features in ConfigMgr 2012 R2. Learn about the new ADK version, the new dynamic variables and other new OSD features in ConfigMgr 2012 R2.
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Jumpstart monitoring your environment (Mission 2): Monitoring Disk Space, presented by Dieter Wijckmans
This is mission 2 in a series to get the monitoring of your environment to warp speed as quick as possible. A common black hole in a lot of SCOM universes is the Disk monitoring. It can be tricky at first to configure and understand. The force is to understand the different ways to check and handle the different scenarios. This session will guide you through the different options to make sure you know way ahead when there's no room to store any space dust any more.
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Jumpstart monitoring your environment (Mission 3): CPU, memory, scheduled tasks,...,
presented by Dieter Wijckmans
This is mission 3 in a series to get the monitoring of your environment to warp speed as quick as possible. To make sure your server starships are free of any issues you need to make sure that they'll have enough fuel to keep them running. Make sure to check the different resources on your machines (CPU, memory, scheduled tasks, etc.) A good solid check on these parameters will assure your environment will be ready for the ongoing adventures in your solar system.
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The Benefits of Combined IT Service Management and IT Asset Management, presented by Gord Watts
IT Service Management (ITSM) and IT Asset Management (ITAM) are separate disciplines that provide significant value independently. When combined, they deliver even greater value and organizational impact. While these two disciplines are typically implemented in separate areas of the organization with entirely different business objectives and mandates, their processes are highly interrelated. They also share much of the same technology and data to support their implementation. Enormous synergy and economies of scale can be realized by combining and consolidating the overlapping processes, technologies and data.
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Transitioning to the cloud effectively with System Center 2012, presented by Jaisson Mailloux
The major shift underway in IT today is indisputably cloud computing. While the resulting transformation is not happening overnight, the disruption caused by the cloud is undeniable, as are the benefits and opportunities. It's fundamentally changing the world of software and IT and will impact every player in the IT world, from service providers and systems architects to developers and even end users -- employees. System Center 2012 offers some truly unique capabilities that will enable you to take full advantage of your existing IT investments as well as enable you to transition more effectively to the cloud. In addition, there are some important licensing changes to the product that will allow you to take advantage of the compelling economics of the cloud. During this webinar we will cover:

  • What's Changed with System Center 2012 Licensing
  • When is a Management License is Required
  • Server Management License Migration options
  • The Server and Cloud Enrollment (SCE) offering
The Server and Cloud Enrollment (SCE) is a new enrollment under the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement. The SCE provides a new option for highly committed customers that enables them to standardize broadly on one or more key Server and Cloud technologies from Microsoft at substantial discounts!
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Making Orchestrator Sing - Using Response-Time Altering to Drive Run-Book Actions,
presented by Dave Irwin
Orchestrator is a powerful tool for standardizing how you handle performance issues. BlueStripe's FactFinder moves your Run Books beyond simple machine performance metrics to address transaction-response time problems. Learn how to upgrade your IT Operations approach to problem management.
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How to Safeguard Your Investments in SCOM, presented by Maarten Goet
With R2 Microsoft is switching the new open standard OMI for their cross platform agents to better enable cross platform monitoring. In the R2 release, we're also getting Java APM monitoring. Seven year System Center MVP, Maarten Goet, will show you what is changing and what is new in cross platform OS - and application monitoring, including some cool demos.
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Building an Effective SAM (Software Asset Management Program using System Center,
presented by Gord Watts
Microsoft System Center 2012 is a powerful platform for unified management across on-premises, service provider, and Windows Azure environments. This SCU Network presentation describes the capabilities and components of System Center 2012 that can be used to support effective software asset management. The session features a demonstration of a SAM solution using System Center 2012, and describes the benefits of using System Center 2012 as a platform for effective SAM.

Session Outline:

  • SAM (Software Asset Management): What and why?
  • System Center 2012 and Software Asset Management
  • Demonstration of a SAM solution using System Center 2012
  • System Center 2012 and SAM solutions
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Complete Patch Management: The Antidote to Security and Operation's Nightmares,
presented by Meaghan McKeown
Known vulnerabilities continue to be exploited causing business around the globe significant losses. Though security specialists agree that security patching is the solution to most of these threats, few organizations succeed in implementing an effective strategy. Secunia invites you to discover the concept of Complete Patch Management and see it applied from a System Center 2012 user perspective.
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Configuration Manager 2012 Client Health, presented by Tim De Keukelaere
As part of any Configuration Manager implementation project a great deal of time and effort is spent to ensure clients get properly installed across the entire estate. But how about a few weeks or months later? Can you still guarantee all clients within your environment are still healthy and actively functioning? In ConfigMgr 2007 this was a tough question to answer and a hard objective to achieve. During this session we will discuss how the Client Health features in Configuration Manager 2012 help in ensuring clients stay healthy and manageable.
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Let SCOM be your Imperial Advisor AKA System Center Advisor, presented by Dieter Wijckmans
Take full benefit of the vast amount of knowledge of Microsoft to control your universe like a true Jedi. In this session we'll go over the integrated System Center advisor service and how it can benefit your organization to check on best practices and see the issue coming way ahead before they even occur. Take full benefit of the knowhow of Microsoft to get your environment running like a well-oiled machine.
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Application Management with Configuration Manager in the Enterprise,
presented by Nash Pherson
During this Webinar, systems management expert, Nash Pherson, will walk through application management best practices for Microsoft's Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) in the enterprise. He will discuss methods for making silent, supportable, clean, and complete application deployments for the Java Run Environment, and demonstrate how Secunia's Corporate Software Inspector (CSI) simplifies this process and enables enterprises to keep applications up-to-date with ConfigMgr Software Update Management.
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Managing 3rd Party Applications,
presented by Milan Koppen
Today, 86% of application vulnerabilities are found in non-Microsoft products, and most breaches use already known vulnerabilities as the attack vector. Because patches are available within 24 hours of disclosure, patching does make a difference. The trick is knowing what to patch!

Attend this Webinar and see a live product demonstration on how to patch your 3rd party applications through System Center Configuration Manager and Secunia Corporate Software Inspector (CSI).
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SCU2013 Video Playlist

To view the recorded presentations, check out the video playlist.
To view the recorded presentations, check out the video playlist.

PowerPoint Presentations 2013

To download the speakers' PowerPoint presentations, click here.
To download the speakers' PowerPoint presentations, click here.