Sunday, March 1, 2009

My MMS Schedule

This is probably a bit ambitious, but I think you have to go into this thing like a trip to Six Flags. I'm going to plan on riding every freakin' ride, but about 3 pm I'll probably be ready to just sit down and have a cheeseburger and a beer.

I'm going to summarize the session titles since some of them are as long as the intro to Shine on You Crazy Diamond.

  • 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm: Conquering the Summit - Allegedly an MMS how-to for noobs.
  • 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm: Risks and Rewards of Security Integration - I'm giving this one 10 minutes to wow me. I have a feeling it's going to be something like: Reward: Your users can use a single password for all of their work. Risk: Your users can use a single password for all of their work. Update 03/12/2009: Switching to SQL Performance Tips for Config Manager
  • 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm: Solution Accelerator for Windows Optimized Desktop - I'm not sure what "Optimized" means, but there's nothing else going on at 3:00 pm.
  • 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm: SQL Reporting for SCCM - Deep Dive - I look forward to this one, although I hope "Deep Dive" is more than SQL for Dummies and covers some truly deep topics.

  • 10:15 am - 11:30 am: SCCM State of the Union - Not much to say about this one, I just hope I don't snore too loudly.
  • 11:45 am - 1:00 pm: Total Workstation Lockdown - There's nothing I like more than the cat and mouse game of workstation lockdowns.
  • 2:15 am - 3:30 pm: Using Policies to Solve Complex Challenges - Their idea of complex better be more than, "I don't want them to get the the C: drive on this machine." If it is, I'm going to...
  • 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm: Customizing SCCM Hardware Inventory - You can never have too much hardware information. As a side-note, check out NEC's WMI Provider that works with NEC and non-NEC monitors that, if your monitor/video card support it, will allow you to actually tell WMI and therefore SCCM what monitor is currently connected to a PC.

  • 10:15 am - 11:30 am: Mobile Device Manager - I'm torn. I love my mobile email and apps, but I hate the fact that other people have them, too. Update 03/12/2009: I don't actually manage mobile devices (give it time), so I'm switching to Lights Out Management with V-Pro and SCCM.
  • 11:45 am - 1:00 pm: Troubleshooting GPO - Hopefully, they'll give some best practices for reducing the complexity of the GPO landscape, not just ways to navigate it.
  • 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm: A Geek's Guide to USMT - Because there's nothing more annoying than hearing, "My wallpaper isn't the same after you replaced my PC!"
  • 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm: Managing App-V Clients with SCCM - We've been using Softgrid in our Citrix environment for a while (before Microsoft bought it and re-branded it "App-V") so I'm excited to see the bug fixes new features in this version and how it integrates (or doesn't) with SCCM.
  • 8:30 am - 9:45 am: Native Mode SCCM - I promise we won't bring small-pox infected blankets. Oh, different natives. Never mind.
  • 10:15 am - 11:30 am: Introducing Policy Change Management - Seeing that this has the word, "introducing," in the title and that typically indicates a lack of depth, I'll probably be going to the Powershell session instead. I haven't completely made up my mind though.
  • 10:15 am - 11:30 am: Powershell Automation - Nevermind the fact that Powershell cmdlets are radically long-winded in structure, it's a really cool thing and if they have some strong use examples, I'm all over it.
  • 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm: MDT Tips from the Masters - They better have tips since they didn't document the thing for crap!
  • 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm: Managing Remote Desktop Services in Server 2008 - If I'm not at the MDT session, I'll be here.
  • 4:00 pm 5:15 pm: GPO Changes in Windows 7 - Anybody that has used Windows 7 Beta can tell you that the OS has some seriously cool features. Now, how can we disable them all and make it look and feel like XP?
  • 8:30 am - 9:45 am: Advanced Group Policy Management - Since Scriptlogic wouldn't sell Desktop Authority, Microsoft made their own. Don't get me wrong. I'm all over it.
  • 10:00 am - 11:15 am: Troubleshooting OS Deployments - It's more than saying, "ur image r broked," I find.
  • 11:30 am - 12:45 am: SCCM Client Health - How the numbers lie to us. Wait. No, I was right.

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