Getting ready for… TechEd 2013

This year, I switched from MMS to TechEd. I was unable to leave home in April. That’s it for MMS. Of course I was there virtually. I watched Brad Anderson’s Keynote and a dozen of breakout sessions on the Channel 9 MMS website.

It’s my first time at TechEd. I’ve heard that it’s a 10k+ attendees conference, so I’m expecting a 2X scale from MMS 2012. That means a lot of walking between session.

Again this year, I’ll travel without laptop. Just my good old Android tablet an my trusty Galaxy S3 phone.

My sessions are already booked, some are double booked. I have high expectations for the “Architecture track” sessions.

I learned this week that Brad Anderson will be keynoting for the tech part. 

See you in NOLA, June 3 to 6.




MMS 2011 – Great event in Las Vegas

What a great week at MMS 2011! Sessions, Sessions, Sessions. My schedule was nearly full of SCCM sessions, and most of them on 2012…

Had sessions and labs with Wally Mead (ILL for CM2012), Bill Anderson, Josh Pointer (State of Union), Michael S. Shultz (CM2012, get there), Kristina Ashment and Paul Thomsen (Client Health in CM2012, MSIT) also Jason Sandys and Kim Oppalfens (MVPs – CM2007 Hints, Allegations and things left unsaid) and lots more!

Waiting for the DVD to watch more sessions…

See my MMS 2011 blog page for photos.

MMS 2011

Going to MMS 2011 in Las Vegas March 21-25. More to come…

Free MS Press eBook “Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2”

This eBook covers essential features of Windows 2008 R2, such as DirectAccess, Remote Desktop Services, IIS 7.5, Bitlocker to Go…

  • Chapter 1    What’s New in Windows Server R2
  • Chapter 2    Installation and Configuration: Adding R2 to Your World
  • Chapter 3    Hyper-V: Scaling and Migrating Virtual Machines
  • Chapter 4    Remote Desktop Services and VDI: Centralizing Desktop and Application Management
  • Chapter 5    Active Directory: Improving and Automating Identity and Access
  • Chapter 6    The File Services Role 
  • Chapter 7    IIS 7.5: Improving the Web Application Platform
  • Chapter 8    DirectAccess and Network Policy Server 
  • Chapter 9    Other Features and Enhancements

Direct download links :

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010

Microsoft released in RTM the latest Solution Accelerator : MDT 2010.
MDT is the recommended process and toolset for automating deployment of desktop and servers.
What’s new in 2010:

    * Added support for Windows 7 and 2008 R2 deployments
    * Fully automated Zero Touch Installation deployments by leveraging
      System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2 Release
      Candidate and Windows deployment tools
    * Access deployment shares from anywhere on the network and
      replicate files and settings across organizational boundaries or sites.
    * Organize and manage drivers, operating systems, applications, packages, and task sequences with an improved UI.
    * Automate UI functionality using the Windows PowerShell command line interface.


SMSMap : tool to build SMS/SCCM topology diagrams using console data

Great free tool for SMS/SCCM admins : SMSMap . Builds a diagram of SMS/SCCM architecture

SQL Server 2008 R2 August CTP now available

SQL Server 2008 R2 August CTP now available at