• OWSUG November Meeting

    Microsoft Canada (Ottawa)

    OWSUG November Meeting Hi Everyone, We are starting our user Group a little later this year to accommodate some changes with our sponsorship and some other things we want to try. I will talk more about after this after the intro for Ken's presentation on Excel PRO. Dimensional modelling for the Excel pro It is more of a technical session where Ken teaches why Power Pivot is important, how to create a model, and how to use Power Query to make it happen. (This is actually quite educational for PivotTable users, as it touches on what they need to look at when they more to Power Pivot). About Your Presenter: Ken Puls, FCPA, FCMA, is a Chartered Professional Accountant, blogger, author and trainer with over 20 years of business and financial modelling experience. His passion lies in exploring tools to turn data into information, and teaching others how to benefit from them. Ken has held the Microsoft MVP distinction since 2006 in both the Excel and Data Platform categories. He is also one of about 4% of CPA’s to be recognized as a Fellow of his accounting body. Learn more about Ken at https://ca.linkedin.com/in/kenpuls. IMPORTANT NOTE: 1) The Elevators will be locked at 6:00 pm so make sure you arrive before then. 2) Please RSVP so we know how many will be attending. How the OWSUG Will work This Year: What first got me interested in participating with the OWSUG was the focus on training, skills development and networking. In the past few years we did this by a combination of presentations and special events like Camps or other group activities. This year we are going to try a different format for our meetings. This year we are going to take one topic and do a deep dive into that product. Windows 2019 Server- Will be that Topic! We will spend the rest of the year doing a deep dive and really get to know how Windows 2019 Server works. How we will do this will be a cross between our regular monthly meetings and a study group like scenario. We will meet monthly but the format of the meetings will change to be more like a study group. Participants (Yes you guys) will help present and talk about Windows 2019 Server. This will be a more interactive meeting and we may have an occasional guest speaker. I will talk more about this at our November 21st Meeting, If this sounds like something you are interested then please leave a reply to the announcement on our OWSUG Meetup group. Cheers, Blaine Coombs President OWSUG

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  • Global DevOps Bootcamp

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    Hi Everyone, The folks at DevOps User Group asked if we can put the word out about their free event. The organizers Frank Boucher and Wes Macdonald, whom I have had dealings with over the years are awesome. It should be a great camp and I encourage our members to signup. Please see the Eventbrite link at the end of the description. Global DevOps Bootcamp is a global event that will be held on Saturday June 16th and is all about DevOps on the Microsoft Stack. Centrally organized by Xpirit and Solidify and offered to you by this local partner. During this 1-day event we will join (Microsoft) DevOps communities all around the world to talk, learn and play with DevOps concepts. Goals of the GlobalDevOpsBootcamp: DevOps in general Insights into where we are heading when it comes to DevOps and new technologies Get people's hands dirty and let them play with all the good Microsoft DevOps stuff This year's theme will be 'From one release per month to multiple releases a day'. We will kick off with an introduction of a well-known authority in the DevOps space, followed by a keynote from the local partner about where we are heading with DevOps. This time the event is all about DevOps and improving your release cadence. It will help you understand the latest DevOps trends and insights in modern technologies that enable you to release multiple times per day. It is an amazing combination between getting your hands dirty and sharing experience and knowledge around VSTS, Azure, DevOps with other community members. Of course you won't be on your own. During the day you will be supported and guided by local experts who are active in the Microsoft Community. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/global-devops-bootcamp-2018-ottawa-tickets-42032919594

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  • SCCM Reporting and You!

    Microsoft Canada (Ottawa)

    SCCM Reporting and You! Session Description: Have you ever had to answer the question, who has Visio installed? How many Dell computers do you have? We all know that SCCM is a great product but where would it be without reporting? You couldn’t answer those questions without it. We also all know that the built-in reports never give you exactly what you want. So Create your own! In this session, SCCM Reporting and You, Garth will walk us from start to finish in creating a useful report. Starting with a SQL query that can be found on his blog, he will show how to test the SQL query. Next he will create a basic report before taking the report from Plain Jane to a work of art. What you will learn: * Learn what tools can be used to query and report on data within ConfigMgr Database * Learn the tips and tricks to reporting * Learn the tips and tricks for SQL query tools BIO Garth Jones is Chief Architect at Enhansoft, an Ottawa-based company that develops products and services to extend the value of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) Current Branch (CMCB), System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (SCCM 2012), System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (SCCM) and System Center Intune. Garth started working with Systems Management Server (SMS) back in 1996. He is an MVP for System Center Enterprise Client Management (formerly System Center Configuration Manager). Garth is the lead author for System Center Configuration Manager Reporting Unleashed. He is an active participant in Microsoft’s forums, as well as on windows-noob.com and myITForum.com. Garth is the founder of the Ottawa Windows Server User Group (OWSUG) and its associated study group. He currently holds the title of Past President. Garth is often called upon to be a speaker. He presented numerous times to OWSUG, and was has been presenter at the Midwest Management Summit, ITProTeach, MVP Days Canada, Microsoft Management Summit, EnergizeIT, and Techdays. Along with participating in forums, and public speaking, Garth also creates webcasts for both Enhansoft, SMSUG.ca and myITForum.com.

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  • Dive into Signals and Monitoring in Azure and Office 365.

    Microsoft Canada Co.

    • What we'll do Signals and monitoring in Azure and Office 365. Tonight Derek Kerr will dive deeply into some of the various Integration and consumption options in the Azure Stack. Better get your laptops out! There’s going to be a ton of information to rip into! Derek Kerr is an experienced Architect with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry. Skilled in Microsoft's end to end holistic approach to Productivity, Collaboration and Security from Windows endpoints to Cloud services in Office 365 and Azure. • What to bring Something to take notes with. • Important to know 1) Please RSVP so we know how much food and drinks to order. 2) Food and beverages are offered on a first come first serve basis. 3) Please arrive before 6:00 pm because the building elevator will be locked at 6:00 pm.

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  • Dive into Signals and Monitoring in Azure and Office 365.

    Microsoft Canada Co.

    • What we'll do Signals and monitoring in Azure and Office 365. Tonight Derek Kerr will dive deeply into some of the various Integration and consumption options in the Azure Stack. Better get your laptops out! There’s going to be a ton of information to rip into! Derek Kerr is an experienced Architect with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry. Skilled in Microsoft's end to end holistic approach to Productivity, Collaboration and Security from Windows endpoints to Cloud services in Office 365 and Azure. • What to bring Something to take notes with. • Important to know 1) Please RSVP so we know how much food and drinks to order. 2) Food and beverages are offered on a first come first serve basis. 3) Please arrive before 6:00 pm because the building elevator will be locked at 6:00 pm.

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  • Upgrading and Servicing Windows 10/Get Smart with Windows 10 Upgrade Analytics

    • What we'll do Todd Lamothe will be Presenting on Upgrading to and Servicing Windows 10. Second half we will “Get Smart with Windows 10 Upgrade Analytics. More Details to Come. • What to bring • Important to know 1) Please arrive before 6:00 pm as the elevator will be locked by the building. 2) Please RSVP so we will have an idea of how many drinks and snacks to order.

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  • OWSUG JANUARY MEETING - Error trapping Techniques with Windows PowerShell

    Welcome to a New Year! Tonight you can Feel the "Power" and come out of your "Shell" with some Windows PowerShell. Our January Meetup will be on Windows PowerShell and we have Sean Kearney presenting. Windows PowerShell has been RTM (Released to Manufacturing) since 2007 and can be an easy to learn solution for the IT Professional for Scripting and Automation. One of the challenges with writing a Script is to have built in error checking; to identify bad data or problems in an intelligent manner. Tonight we will visit some of the various ways we can do this in Windows PowerShell from a basic "If Then Else" to some of the more Advanced. RSVP: Please RSVP so we know how much food and beverages to order

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  • OWSUG December 13th - Deploying and Managing Windows 10 in the Enterprise

    Hi, Colin Smith will be presenting on Deploying and Managing Windows 10 in the Enterprise. More details to come. RSVP: Please RSVP so we know how much refreshments to order.

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  • OWSUG Nov. 15th Meeting- Microsoft SCCM using "Parallels" Mac Management Plug-In

    Hi Folks, We have a change of topic for our November 15th Meeting. Microsoft SCCM using "Parallel's Software" Mac Management Plug-In Control and Manage Mac computers with Microsoft SCCM using Parallels Mac Management plug-in. Its core management features include: Mac Discovery & Enrollment, Inventory, Compliance Settings (policy), Software Deployment, Patch, and OS Deployment, Reporting. Bio: Danny Knox is a Senior Sales Engineer for Cross Platform Sales with Parallels Software. Having been engaged with IT support and sales for over 25 years, Danny has worked in a number of technical and sales positions as a consultant and senior systems administrator, supporting enterprise operations and end users globally. Currently part of a dedicated team on a global initiative for driving the adoption of Parallels Mac Management for Microsoft SCCM, Danny works with IT professionals who need to govern and administer Apple hardware in Windows-centric environments. RSVP: Please RSVP so we know how much refreshments to order. Security: Please note that the elevator will be locked at 6:00 pm so please arrive before then.

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  • OWSUG October 11 Meeting- PowerShell to generate Documents

    Microsoft Canada Co.

    Using PowerShell as a Documentation Generation solution Depending upon your situation, there is often a need to generate an AdHoc report, Document a client side or pull together a welcome Letter for a new User or staff members. Sit down tonight as Sean Kearney, PFE from Microsoft, shows you different ways you can have Windows PowerShell generate documents for your environment. He might even do it without using Word or Excel! Is it magic? Nope. Just Windows PowerShell :)

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