SCU 2016: Prepare to have your mind blown!

  I got the news that I have the privilege (that’s how I definitely see it) to speak once again at SystemCenterUniverse in Dallas on the 19th of January 2016. I consider this a huge privilege as I have a special relationship with this particular event. This is in fact where my wild journey through the System Center Universe as a speaker started. 2 years ago SCU held a fierce battle to determine who would be the new SCU_Jedi winning a session at this event… I was lucky enough to pull it off and suddenly I was presenting among the (what I consider) big shots in the System Center world… Most of them are still presenting today if you look at the list of speakers it is quite impressive: The first but not complete list: http://www.systemcenteruniverse.com/presenters.htm As you can see al the usual suspects are there! For the full agenda please...
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OMS phone app now available on all platforms: First look

  This is one thing I really like about the new strategy of Microsoft: All platforms (I know it’s not the official statement but still) The OMS app was already available on WindowsPhone platform (in preview) and quite frankly it makes sense to actually develop for your own native platform first. But today Microsoft has announced the availability of the OMS app across all the different platforms (Ios, android and winphone). The install is crystal clear as you are used to through the store. More info here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/momteam/archive/2015/10/21/log-analytics-on-the-move.aspx Direct link: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/operations-management-suite/mobile-apps.aspx NOTE: Fellow MVP Cameron Fuller has a blog post about the experience on an ipad here: http://blogs.catapultsystems.com/cfuller/archive/2015/10/21/the-microsoft-oms-experience-on-an-ipad/ A first look: A couple of screenshots of the possibilities and look and feel on iPhone: First start of the app (really like the look and feel): Login screen looks very familiar: Auto switch between corporate or personal Signed in and detected that your workspaces, it’s indeed possible to switch between the different workspaces: You have 3 options: Dashboard: Is your personal dashboard which you can change by...
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MVP 2015: Cloud and Datacenter Management

  It’s very strange how time flies by so quickly… It has already been a year since I received my first MVP title and just a week a go I noticed I was up for renewal again… Receiving the mail above always has something magical like new-year’s eve. A new year full of opportunities lies ahead to experience the true value of the MVP program. During the last year I’ve got to learn a lot of people in person which I knew already online out of the community, got to interact with the product team and took part in some really cool in depth discussions which really benefit the products I work with on a daily basis. It’s nice to know where to go to if you have a problem with configuring something… And with that I’m not only referring to the MVP community but also the System Center community in general. It’s you...
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System Center Universe Dallas around the corner

Wow I can’t believe it has already been a year when I spoke at System Center Universe in Houston. And what a year it was! For me personally a lot of things have changed. System Center Universe 2014 was a great experience after winning the SCU Jedi contest in 2014 I got the possibility to speak at this fine convention. I don’t know whether it had something to do with SCU but a couple of months later I was awarded with my first MVP in Data Center and Could management which enabled me to even more engage in the System Center Community. So that’s me… Why should you come to SCU Dallas or take the time to watch the free live cast. Well because the organizing team of SCU has done it again this year... They brought the usual suspects back together for a multi track 1 day event to bring you all the new ins and outs of System Center and...
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SCOM 2012: Overview link blog

This post will be my (and hopefully yours) one stop to post all the relevant info to SCOM 2012. I will try to generate an overview of all the different steps you need to start from scratch and continue to build your environment to a level that suites your environment. If you feel there are things missing or you’ve found dead links please do not hesitate to leave a comment and I will update this post. This post has grown out of my favourite list of SCOM related topics and info I found on forums, technet and blogs. Note: I’ll sometimes post more than 1 link at a topic so you can combine the different blogposts to get the bigger picture. Most of the info is relevant for SCOM 2012 and SCOM 2012 SP1 (if there’s specific info for a specific version it...
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LiveMeeting 22/11/2012: System Center Products better together…

  On the 22th of November I’m hosting a LiveMeeting on how to integrate the different System Center products. We’ll go over the different steps to integrate the different System Center products to get past the standard “just monitor it” scenario with SCOM but truly integrate the different products together. All the products will be positioned within the System Center stack and integrations will be showcased. If you are looking for a session to convince your boss to install more system center products or just want to convince yourself of the force of system center products brought together… Look no further this is your session. Register here:https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032533093&Culture=en-us&community=0...
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Best of MMS 2012: Belgium Edition

MMS 2012 is already in the rearview mirror but we are looking back one more time during our traditional “Best of MMS” event on the 7the of June in Mechelen. This year SCUGBE will again provide you with all the new System Center info received and viewed at the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas. The list of sessions which are given by scugbe members will be online shortly. Registration has opened for this event: https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032513205&Culture=en-US Reserve your seat quickly as seats are limited. See you the 7th of June!...
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MMS2012: Schedule builder has been opened for Alumni

9 weeks to go to THE event of the year for everyone who’s working with System Center software. As usual this MMS will be packed with good info, nice peers to talk to and sessions given by the best of the best of System Center Specialist. This year will be extra special (is this possible?) because of the Tidal wave of new versions being released. The session builder is open to alumni (people who attended MMS in the past year) since yesterday and will be available to the general public beginning of March. I’ll be posting my favorite sessions shortly so check back soon to find out where you’ll find me taking in all the new things to use them to make my customers happy as never before. There are 4 things you need to book when you’re at MMS2012: Breakout sessions Instructor Lead Labs...
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SCOM 2012: What’s new: Default behavior of overrides

This post is part of a series What's new: Check here for the other parts. SCOM has some huge changes on board… But some are rather small and go unnoticed to the untrained eye although they could save you a major headache. I’m pretty sure not a lot of hands will be raised when I pop the question: “Are you 100% sure your default management pack is free of overrides, if it’s not you buy me a beer?”. Although this is not that important because (let’s face it) it works doesn’t it? You will at one point or another have a big headache when you want to delete or upgrade a management pack which has an override stored in the default management pack. This makes the default management pack referenced by the management pack and therefore you can’t delete it. Although a lot of new System Center admins make this error I must admit it’s in fact...
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SCOM 2012: So what’s new?

So the System Center Operations Manager 2012 is almost rolling in the station… What are the cool new things which will make your life so much easier as an SCOM Admin? Will they help you to convince others of the great things SCOM is capable of doing? There will be small things which will make great difference and of course there will be big things which will make little difference (because the old situation was already SO good ) The different parts will be linked here so you’ll have the overview in 1 post:  Agent Config in scom 2012 for multihoming agents  Maintenance mode changes in scom 2012  Default behavior of overrides in scom 2012 Get your ticket now to hop on and explore the new features in this blog series....
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