MVP Summit and MMS 2014 coming up

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MVP_Horizontal_FullColor_mailNext week I will be attending the Global MVP Summit at the Microsoft Campus in Seattle. A week full of NDA content will be combined with meeting a lot of friends from across the world. Also really looking forward to the sessions with the Enterprise Client Management Product Group in the familiar Building 25 of the Microsoft Campus.


MMS180x1501After the MVP Summit I will be flying to Minneapolis where I will spend a couple of days of my holiday at the Midwest Management Summit where I will be co-presenting four sessions. On Monday morning I will be co-presenting a sponsored session of Parallels, this session is all about the Parallels Plugin for Configuration Manager 2012 R2, which allows you to manage Mac OS X devices with Configuration Manager 2012 R2.

On Tuesday morning I will be co-presenting another session about managing Macs with Configuration Manager 2012 R2, this time not only Parallels but we also show the native support of the Mac in Configuration Manager.

In the evening I will be co presenting a session called “Get MMS right at home every month!”, this session is all about setting up your own community. With a panel of 12 Community Leads we will tell you how you are able to create your own community and how for instance to get funding or a location for your meetings.

On Wednesday I will again co present a session on how the XenDesktop Connector for Configuration Manager 2012 R2 can help you to extend your reach to the “data center” ;)

The last few days and weeks during my holidays lot’s of things happening around Configuration Manager and Intune. Let’s write a little recap;

Windows Intune to be renamed to Microsoft Intune

Yesterday Microsoft announced the renaming of Windows Intune to Microsoft Intune later this year. Read the complete announcement here!

IOS 8 support added to ConfigMgr through Intune Extensions

Microsoft released an update for Configuration Manager 2012 R2 via the Windows Intune Extensions, the update adds support for the newly released IOS 8 operating system. Read more on the Extensions here. Read more on the update itself here.

Post Configuration Manager 2012 R2 CU3 hotfix KB2990658 released today!

This hotfix is a very welcome hotfix because it adds the ability to instantly retire or wipe a mobile device based on iOS, Andriod and Windows 8.1. Without the hotfix a retire and wipe could require 24 hours to run successfully. Read more on the update here!

Yesterday a new beta version of the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Servicing Extension have been released to the Configuration Manager Open Beta community. Configuration Manager Servicing Extension provides useful information for maintaining a Configuration Manager environment. Servicing Extension provides the following capabilities:

  • Notifies you of Configuration Manager updates as they become available, with the ability to filter updates according to which major release they apply to
  • Provides details on the sites in your environment, including the last major Configuration Manager version installed and the most recently installed Cumulative Update
  • Provides a list of Configuration Manager client versions that may be present in your environment, and makes it easy to create queries to locate these clients
  • Provides a built-in RSS reader to display recent blog postings from the System Center Configuration Manager Team Blog and The Configuration Manager Support Team Blog

You can download the Configuration Manager Servicing Extensions here. If you have feedback, leave the feedback here. read my earlier blog here.


MMS180x1501The Midwest Management Summit (MMS) will be the community event of the year, organized by and for the community! Right after the MVP Summit which is held the first week of November in Seattle I will fly to Minnesota to present at least three sessions at MMS. Be sure to attend this highly educational event with alot’s of Microsoft MVP’s and experts that will come over to share their knowledge with the attendees! Get your ticket here now! ( )

Currently I will be (co-) presenting the following three sessions;

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Just a quick note from my holiday address in Greece. ;) Yesterday Microsoft announced and released lot’s of new things to ‘play’ with in the next half a year. As you probably have seen Technical Previews have been released for the next versions of Windows (Windows 10), Windows Server and System Center.

You can download the bits here:

As you probably see no new Configuration Manager Technical Preview have been released yet, I say yet because if you read this blog of the Product Group you learn that a new version is mentioned. Stay tuned for more after I am back :)

wmug_logo_website_3Next week we will be organizing a Windows Management User Group Meeting around Workspace Management. For this session hosted by IT-Concern we will be having three top speakers, Jason Sandys, Jasper van Westen and Pim van de Vis. See for the complete program our website at!

Be sure to join us and make a change to win a free ticket to the 3-day community conference called Midwest Management Summit in Minneapolis next November. If you look at the sessionlist you will see that I will be presenting there also some sessions!

But first join us next week on the 8th of November, get you ticket here:

Be sure to join us because we might also give away some tickets for ExpertsLive in November!

What a great list of speakers next week.

What a great list of speakers during IT/Dev Connections.

Last week I had the honor to present a session at the IT/Dev Connections conference in the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas. IT/Dev Connections is a conference with 227 sessions across 5 tracks that attracts top speakers from around the world. IT/Dev Connections is a community friendly conference where nobody gets lost and the quality of the (technical!) sessions are high. A great environment to learn the latest from your peers and meet them to network and exchange knowledge. If you was not able to join, be sure to watch the website for IT/Dev Connections because the date of next year will be announced soon.  Read more

Last week I had a nice meeting with Parallels in Las Vegas when I learned that a new version of Parallels Mac Management for SCCM was released. Version 3.1 has a lot of fixes but also some new cool features and improvements. Below the following improvements are announced and available from the release notes;


  • Added ability to initiate policy download from Mac Client.
  • Added ability to uninstall Applications via Parallels Application Portal on Mac.
  • Added sorting of applications in Parallels Application Portal.
  • PKI certificates are now stored in Keychain on Macs.
  • Personal FileVault 2 recovery keys are now stored in Keychain on Macs.

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Experts_Live_logo_2014On the 18th of November I will be speaking at Experts Live in the Cinimec in Ede. Together with m buddy Kenneth van Surksum I will be trying to answer the question if Software Updates in an enterprise a nightmare or a blessing? During this session we will cover the Software Updates feature of System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager but also the ability of Secunia Corporate Software Inspector. Learn how vulnerability management of third party software can help you safe your day! So be sure to attend our session!

Tomorrow Today a full list of sessions will be became online, and I can tell you that there will be very nice sessions by excellent speakers divided into seven tracks. So be sure to secure your ticket and come by our session on the 18th of November.

During this week at IT/Dev Connections in Las Vegas I am allowed to give some Mastering System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager books away. Thanks to my publisher Sybex / Wiley for sending over the books. So if you want to have the change to get one of the books, be sure to attend the session from Greg Ramsey and me on Thursday at 10:45 in room Bristlecone 9.