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ConfigMgr/Intune: Ignite 2015 Sessions

Here are the sessions of note for Ignite 2015 around Configuration Manager and Microsoft Intune. Links to Channel9 to watch the recording are below.

Managing Windows 10 with Microsoft Intune and System Center Configuration Manager

Excited about the new Windows 10 features? We are as well! Join this session to learn about how Microsoft Intune and System Center Configuration Manager are going to support and enhance new features coming in Windows 10.

What’s New and Upcoming with Microsoft Intune and System Center Configuration Manager

This session outlines the latest enhancements in enterprise mobility management using Microsoft Intune and System Center Configuration Manager. See the newest Microsoft Intune improvements for managing mobile productivity without compromising compliance, and learn about the futures of Microsoft Intune and Configuration Manager, including new Windows 10 management scenarios.

Managing Your Datacenter with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager

Is deploying, updating, and maintaining configuration compliance still a challenge in your datacenter environment? Join this session to learn how System Center Configuration Manager along with the other components of System Center can make your life easier by addressing these common challenges. We share with you lessons learned from customer deployments, common industry practices, and provide insights into what is coming in the future.

What’s New with OSD in System Center Configuration Manager and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

This session covers future improvements for deployment and upgrade in the next versions of System Center Configuration Manager, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), and Windows. Learn how Microsoft is gearing up to make the deployment and upgrade of the next version of Windows using Configuration Manager or MDT the easiest yet.

Configuring Corporate-Owned Mobile Devices with Microsoft Intune

Not all mobile devices are personally owned. Often, corporations own the devices and issue them to end users. It’s up to the IT Pro to configure these devices. Intune makes it easy for IT Pros to provision, configure, and manage corporate-owned devices. In this session, learn how to use Apple Configurator to bulk-enroll iOS devices, how to tightly control device usage, and how to pre-provision apps and policies to devices. We walk you through how Microsoft Intune enables IT Pros to keep devices secure and managed, while enabling end users to be productive.

Evolving Mobile Application Management for BYOD Devices with Microsoft Intune

Protecting company assets on mobile devices will continue to grow as a crucial challenge to IT in 2015. In this session, you’ll see the latest advancements in Microsoft Intune’s Mobile Application Management solution. The focus will be on two differentiating technologies: first, enforcing application management for specific identities to ensure company assets are protected and personal assets remain under user control; and second, enabling application-level data protection independent of MDM. This session will include both a discussion of the features and capabilities as well as a demonstrations of these scenarios in key Microsoft applications.

Deep Dive on Android and iOS Device Management with Microsoft Intune

Do you manage Apple devices in an enterprise or educational environment? How about Android? Do you think they’re fully secured? Think again. In this deep dive session we will provide insights into managing mobile devices using Microsoft Intune and the MDM channel. This session will dive into advanced topics like Supervised mode, Apple Configurator, jailbreak detection as well as new Android features. We will also provide a first glimpse into managing Mac OS X devices using the modern MDM functionality of Microsoft Intune, rounding out Intune support for every major platform.

Configuring Corporate-Owned Mobile Devices with Microsoft Intune

Not all mobile devices are personally owned. Often, corporations own the devices and issue them to end users. It’s up to the IT Pro to configure these devices. Intune makes it easy for IT Pros to provision, configure, and manage corporate-owned devices. In this session, learn how to use Apple Configurator to bulk-enroll iOS devices, how to tightly control device usage, and how to pre-provision apps and policies to devices. We walk you through how Microsoft Intune enables IT Pros to keep devices secure and managed, while enabling end users to be productive.

Building Out a Successful Microsoft Intune Pilot

Are you planning to pilot or deploy Microsoft Intune and looking for straight forward technical guidance to help you accelerate these efforts? Please join the Intune Engineering Customer Acceleration Team as they share their extensive Intune implementation experience working with customers from all over the world. During this session the team will share their experiences, covering the end to end implementation process, from planning, architecture, deployment and management. At the end of this session you will have everything you will need to successfully deploy Intune in your environment, even if you have no prior knowledge or experience with Intune.

Evolving Mobile Application Management for BYOD Devices with Microsoft Intune

Protecting company assets on mobile devices will continue to grow as a crucial challenge to IT in 2015. In this session, you’ll see the latest advancements in Microsoft Intune’s Mobile Application Management solution. The focus will be on two differentiating technologies: first, enforcing application management for specific identities to ensure company assets are protected and personal assets remain under user control; and second, enabling application-level data protection independent of MDM. This session will include both a discussion of the features and capabilities as well as a demonstrations of these scenarios in key Microsoft applications.

Device and Data Protection with Mobile Device Management in Office 365

In this session we dive deep into mobile device and data management for Office 365. This includes our new MDM for Office 365 feature and application management with Microsoft Intune. Both of these features now include conditional access to Office 365 data so you can protect Office 365 content on any device with ease!

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Microsoft Ignite: One Geeks Take On the Conference

There is no denying the fact the conference was popular. 23,000 people don’t show up if it doesn’t at least look good on paper. Microsoft condensed their events into a single event/conference, so this first year (2015) is somewhat of a “pilot” I feel like. The ultimate question(s) is what do most people think, and whether they would come back next year or go to other conferences…

The good:
Product announcements: This is the flagship conference for Microsoft, so all the big product news more or less lands here.

Streaming: Great for people who couldn’t attend, great for people who can’t decide between sessions, and great if you missed a session.

Technical crossover: Due to the wide variety of people attending, you’ve got some developers, SQL guru’s and others that you wouldn’t normally have, at say an Infrastructure based conference. There are also more C and D level people attending sessions.

Expo: Probably one of the biggest Expo’s I’ve seen. Talking with vendors they received 3x or greater traffic than at TechEd. It remains to be seen if the percentage of good leads increased as well, or if it was just freebie junkies who really like color changing pencils (great for kids) or cloud erasers (to erase away your cloud fears).

Microsoft Staff: Due to the conference being what it is, the who’s who of Microsoft is in attendance. A lot of product group staff and others were available in booths and Q&A sessions.

The bad:
Food: Everyone has a different take on this, some people will eat nearly anything. A poll on yammer pretty much sums it up though.

Lines: I hope you like lines, because there are a lot of them. That’s what happens when you shove 23k people into any spot. Lines everywhere.

Bathrooms: Never before has mankind (stress on on the word “man”) had to wait so long to use a restroom. It’s payback for all the years we looked at women standing in line and snickered. Some clever marketing person also though it apparently should be a scavenger hunt to find a restroom. Hint: The best bathrooms were below the expo hall, those were the biggest.

Technical depth: Presenters need to be realistic about the session level, I sat in many that were allegedly 300 that I would have barely called a 50. I also talked with many other people and got responses on Twitter confirming the same feelings I had. I have no issues with level 100/200 sessions, they serve their purpose. However, lets label them correctly so people can decide for themselves what they want to go to. Overall I think the conference lacked technical depth, at least for System Center focused people, a lot of overview sessions and intro sessions, no 400/500 level. However, I don’t think that was the main focus for the conference, it just didn’t have the technical depth I’ve seen at other conferences.

Streaming: Good and bad, on the bad side, you can stream everything after 24 hours, so why do you really need to even be at the conference? (Of course the answer is to get out of the office, to meet fellow IT professionals and hope to learn new things)

Venue: McCormick is a BIG place, it’s confusing to find the rooms and get around. You also can easily spend 30 minutes walking from one side to the other to catch sessions. Many people complained about having to leave sessions early to get to the next one early so you wouldn’t get turned away (yup that happened).

Location: McCormick is downtown, but not “downtown” downtown. So even if you wanted to get food somewhere else, you couldn’t just walk to a restaurant. There was a Starbucks, a little convenience cafe (sandwich on a shelf), and a McDonalds. Ok there was a restaurant in the Hyatt as well, but that was a secret for a few days until everyone else found it, then it was crazy busy.

Shuttles: I talked to a few people who waited 45 minutes in the rain to get on a shuttle, ouch. Or the shuttles ended too early at night, so you either left sessions early or took a cab back to your hotel that was anywhere from pretty close to 40 minutes away.

Overall opinion:
Would I go to Ignite 2016? You know I don’t know that I can answer that right now. I’ve gone to quite a few conferences over the years, and spoken at many as well. The crowds and logistics of Ignite and the McCormick convention are not my favorite. I prefer the technical depth I’ve seen at Microsoft Management Summit and Midwest Management Summit. IT Dev connections is a well organized conference that is growly steadily in the infrastructure/System Center space. Midwest Management Summit last year was easily one of the best conferences I’ve attended. 3 days of awesome System Center sessions and a 3 story food court at the Mall of America to please all types of stomachs.

I will be at IT Dev Connections later this year speaking. I will also be at Midwest Management Summit in November as well.

I far prefer Vegas for location, you’ve got a ton of very good hotel options. You have a million restaurants to choose from and you don’t really need shuttles to get around.

So overall, if I had to only pick one conference to attend, I wouldn’t waste my time on Ignite, there are better conferences for me personally to attend. If I speak or was given a free space, I would attend Ignite again.

Let me know your thoughts/comments! Would love to hear what you thought of Ignite as well if you attended.

-Chris

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Ignite Keynote Summary/Links