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April 2019 Meetup – Friendly PowerShell Competition

Friday, April 26th, 3:00pm – 5:00pm MSTAdvance registration is REQUIRED

Do you consider yourself a PowerShell expert? Do you consider yourself a PowerShell newbie? All are welcome at our inaugural PowerShell competition. There are no wrong answers – but some answers are better than others and might just win you a prize.

Hold up… did we just say “Prize”?!

That’s right. Keep reading for more details!


Join Nathan Ziehnert, Senior Lead Consultant at Catapult Systems as he moderates a PowerShell competition consisting of three parts. There will be three to four “problems” to solve of varying difficulty (depending on time) – don’t worry about your knowledge level of PowerShell – you’ll still get to learn even if you don’t compete! You may compete as teams or as individuals.

Winners will be picked based on creativity and length of the solution at the discretion of the moderator, but everyone will get pizza and beer (sponsored by Catapult Systems).

PLEASE NOTE THE LOCATION CHANGE THIS MONTH!!!!

Catapult Systems
5299 DTC Blvd, Suite 650
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

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March 2019 Meetup – Pizza and Beer

Friday, March 22nd, 3:00pm – 5:00pm MSTAdvance registration is REQUIRED

Pizza and beer – is there any better combination? This month you can have both – and learn some things about Azure!

Join Nathan Ziehnert (Senior Lead Consultant at Catapult Systems) as he talks about Azure Log Analytics and Logic Apps. We can promise it’s a pretty unconventional use of Azure – his Kegerator is internet connected.

Beer and pizza will be provided.

PLEASE NOTE THE LOCATION CHANGE THIS MONTH!!!!

Catapult Systems
5299 DTC Blvd, Suite 650
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

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February 2019 Meetup – Windows 10 Servicing

Friday, February 22nd, 3:00pm – 5:00pm MSTAdvance registration is REQUIRED

Do you feel overwhelmed with the speed at which Microsoft delivers updates to Windows and Office? Do you suffer from anxiety due to the number of machines you have which are two versions behind and quickly approaching end of life?

Instead of popping a Xanax join us for a session with two Windows Servicing experts who will guide you through your anxiety and bring you to a place of Zen.

  Joel Frauenheim is a 20 year veteran of Microsoft working on a variety of software engineering roles supporting many different products. He is responsible for the systems that create, publish and distribute WaaS (Updates).  He looks forward to understanding how to optimize the system to improve the velocity and experience for enterprise customers.
Dave Backman is a 25-year veteran in the IT Industry, primarily in the Infrastructure and Desktop Engineering space, who has recently joined WSD to help evangelize Windows 10 and help customers understand the Modern Desktop and move their journey forward.

The goal for the session will be to better understand our customer needs and improve the service offering for future releases.  The benefits of meeting will be inclusive of:

  • Better understand the new Servicing model and approach for both Windows and Office
  • Better understand the roadmap of Windows 10, WaaS and Windows Analytics
  • Get insights into how to work around any issues or challenges you may be faced with in landing Windows as a Service
  • Understand how other customers have successfully embraced Windows as a Service
  • Provide direct feedback on how to improve the service offerings
  • Get deeper insights into the Supplemental Servicing model for WaaS
  • Get insights into optimizing your delivery model in your ecosystem and what the future holds with regards to improvements in the delivery mechanisms
  • Learn about best practices and lessons learned from other customers on how to land and deploy WaaS
  • Receive some prescriptive guidance around deployments and how to build out your ring strategy
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January 2019 Meetup – David James

Friday, January 25th, 12:00pm – 4:00pm MSTAdvance registration is recommended

David James is coming to town! This is your chance to hear it straight from the source – current and future state of ConfigMgr with plenty of Q&A. Food and Speaker sponsored by Patch My PC.

David James is the director of product engineering and will deliver a session on the current and future releases of Configuration Manager with plenty of time for Q&A. If you are working with ConfigMgr or Hybrid Intune, you should attend as DJAM wants to hear your feedback to make the product even better with every Current Branch release or Technical Preview.

David’s BIO in a Nutshell:

  • David James, Partner Director of Engineering, Configuration Manager, Microsoft
  • Studied Computer Engineering and Music Theory/Composition at the University of Utah.
  • Joined Microsoft in 2000 to work on SMS Installer, and eventually SMS 2.0 SP2.
  • David Has worked on every version of SMS/SCCM.
  • Was an engineering manager in Intune, 2012-2015.
  • Outside of work, like to code, and dabble w/ music, and hang out or play w/ my kids.

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November/December 2018 Meetup – Windows Virtual Desktop

Monday, December 3rd, 2:00pm – 4:00pm MSTAdvance Registration IS REQUIRED

“Finally, all of my server infrastructure is in Azure.” You breathe a sigh of relief. “Now what?” you ask yourself on a flight to Redmond, WA. Then it hits you… if your laptop can operate from the  clouds… why can’t all of your workstations live in the cloud?

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Join us to learn about Windows Virtual Desktop, the best virtualized Windows and Office experience delivered on Azure. Windows Virtual Desktop is the only cloud-based service that delivers a multi-user Windows 10 experience, optimized for Office 365 ProPlus, and includes free Windows 7 Extended Security Updates. With Windows Virtual Desktop, you can deploy and scale Windows and Office on Azure in minutes, with built-in security and compliance.

  • Overview of Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) and architecture considerations
  • Setting up WVD in Azure
  • Demo of WVD full desktop and application streaming

Nick Moseley from Microsoft (and one of our faithful leaders) will be presenting! Also food and drink will be provided courtesy of Microsoft!

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October 2018 Meetup – The One About MSIX

Friday, October 26th, 3:00pm – 5:00pm MST(Please register in advance so that we can estimate attendance)

It’s coming! For any of you unfamiliar with the next generation of packaging, MSIX is going to take all of the best parts from App-V, MSI, ClickOnce, UWP, and Appx and roll them into one new standard to rule them all. Since it’s still in its infancy this is the best time to learn and to be able to provide feedback – get ahead of the curve!

Do you want to learn how you can convert your installers into MSIX?

Do you want to learn what is coming down the road in ConfigMgr for MSIX support (including automated conversion of applications)?

Then don’t miss this session!

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September 2018 Meetup – Get Your Head in the Cloud (Management Gateway)

Friday, September 28th, 3:00pm – 5:00pm MST(Please register in advance so that we can estimate food and drink)

It’s time to get your head in the clouds… and no, we don’t mean we’ll be having a sick vaping contest. Justin Chalfant of Patch My PC and https://setupconfigmgr.com is going to give us an introduction to Cloud Management Gateway in Configuration Manager.

Do you want to extend your ConfigMgr environment to support off network devices?

Do you want to know how easy it is to do with Cloud Management Gateway? (Like ridiculously easy)

Then this session is for you! Justin will be covering how you can set up the cloud management gateway in Configuration Manager to manage clients on the internet. He’ll cover essential aspects of CMG such as certificates, site system roles, Azure prerequisites and much more!

Did we mention that Patch My PC is also sponsoring pizza and drinks? Yeah… there will be pizza and drinks too.

 

As with most meetings we’ll be at the Microsoft office in DTC:

Microsoft Technology Center in DTC
7595 Technology Way, Suite 400
Denver, CO 80237
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August 2018 Summer Break!

Hey MEMUGers,

With all the storms we’ve had lately in Denver it seems to have spawned our own perfect storm among the MEMUG leadership team. A vacation, a business trip, and a baby have caused all of the available facilitators to be unavailable leaving us without a location for the month of August (and nobody to facilitate discussion).

With that said we still encourage all of you to get together with each other – maybe grab some pizza or do happy hour together. If you are available to do that we recommend going to “Great Northern” for happy hour from 3PM – 5PM. Or you can use the twitter post here to organize among yourselves.

We’ll be back in September!

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July 2018 MEMUG

Friday, July 27th, 3:00pm – 5:00pm MST (or whenever we want the party to end)

It’s time again to gather around a beverage and share our favorite (or most horrifying) war stories. Did “your friend” accidentally deploy software to the wrong battlefront? Did you get down in the trenches of OSD and come out on the other side alive with awesome tips and tricks that you can’t wait to share? Have you been deep in the war room strategizing your next moves and want to solicit some advice? It’s all welcome and we expect conversations of all types to be happening around the table.

We’ll meet at Great Northern Tavern (which is just 2 klicks away from the Microsoft office) for eats and drinks. Happy Hour begins at 3PM and runs until 7PM (but we’ll “officially” end at 5PM).

Please register in advance so that we can get an appropriately sized table!

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June 2018 MEMUG

Friday, June 22nd, 3:00pm – 5:00pm MST

Join us for a tour of the Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) in Denver and an update from our friends at Patch My PC about their new automated publishing service. Pizza and soda will be provided courtesy of Patch My PC.

Advance registration is REQUIRED.


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Join us for a tour of the Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) in Denver this month! Get some first hand experience on what the Microsoft Technology Center can offer you and your business – trust us you won’t want to miss this event. Invite your co-workers and your bosses too – they’ll be glad you did!

The tour will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction and Exploratorium: Introduction to the Denver Microsoft Technology Center
  • Data Center: See the on-premises data center and discuss its current and potential usage
  • MTC Envisioining Center: Visit our Envisioning Center and get an overview of the facility and its capabilities. Discuss how we use the Envisioning Center to tell the story of digital transformations.
  • MTC Engagement Rooms: See each of our MTC Engagement rooms and discuss their purpose and capabilities.
  • Vail and Q/A: See our room designed mainly for workshops and hackathons. Discuss MTC Engagement types. General MTC Q&A.

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See how easy third-party patch management can be in Microsoft SCCM. Justin Chalfant will show Patch My PC’s new automated publishing service. We’ll show you how you can integrate over 120 third-party patches into SCCM in under 10 minutes!

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