Experts Live Europe – Speaker

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Once more I am very excited to be part of one of the best IT conferences in Europe – Experts Live Europe. The 3 conference days are taking place from August 23 – 25 in the Berlin Congress Center in Berlin Germany and will bring together the Microsoft IT Pro Community from all over the world, including a large quantity of Microsoft MVPs and (former) Microsoft employees. You will get the latest about datacenter, cloud and workplace trends. This also includes many vertical topics such as security, identity management and much more.

I will have several sessions / discussion panels / demos:

Azure TestDev Labs – What the heck is it?
Wednesday, August 23 • 10:45am – 11:45am
In this session we, my wingman MVP Stefan Johner and I, show you how you can use Azure DevTest Labs to build your own lab and keep control of cost and resources.

Discussion Panel: Insights and Analystics
Wednesday
, August 23 • 3:15pm – 4:15pm
Discussion panels allow you to meet a group of experts and discuss your questions. In this panel my buddy MVP Kevin Greene and I would like to discuss about OMS monitoring and mainly about Insights and Analytics.

The best of the SCOM community (+whisky tasting)
Wednesday, August 23 • 4:45pm – 5:45pm
If you haven’t been to this famous Squared Up session in the past years, you definitely missed something. Squared Up will present their latest and greatest news about their products surrounded with delicious whisky tasting. There will be some room for community presentations about their recently released PowerShell MP. I will also have a short entertaining demo, what you can do with this MP and PowerShell.

Azure Monitor & Co
Friday, August 25 • 8:00am – 9:00am
Monitoring Azure is getting more and more important. This session will give you an overview of Azure Monitor and its best buddies. I will show you the basics and how you could make sense out of your data.

On-premise automation using SCSM, SMA and PowerShell
Friday, August 25 • 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Everyone is talking about automation. But what does that mean if business processes or IT infrastructures are automated on-premise? Microsoft offers System Center Service Manager (SCSM), Service Management Automation (SMA) und PowerShell as core components to achieve the goal. MVP Stefan Roth and Jonas Feller talk about what problems you could face and what impact does it have starting such a project. In addition we show you a current real-world case and talk about experiences we have made in the past.

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I am convinced that this will be another legendary edition of Experts Live Europe and I hope to see you there. If you are not familiar with Experts Live Europe at all read MVP Marcel Zehner’s blog post.


Global Azure Bootcamp Switzerland 2017 – Speaker

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This year is the first time I will be speaking at the Global Azure Bootcamp Switzerland together with my buddy MVP Stefan Johner. Stefan and I will talk about Microsoft Operations Management Suite (MS OMS) and put some light on the different pillars of OMS.

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So what is this Global Azure Bootcamp thing?

All around the world user groups and communities want to learn about Azure and Cloud Computing! On April 22, 2017, all communities will come together once again in the fifth great Global Azure Bootcamp event! Each user group will organize their own one day deep dive class on Azure the way they see fit and how it works for their members. The result is that thousands of people get to learn about Azure and join together online under the social hashtag #GlobalAzure! Join hundreds of other organizers to help out and be part of the experience!

There is still time to sign up for this awesome bootcamp, use Eventbrite to register for this free event. The Bootcamp is organized by the Azure Zurich User Group and the Azure Cloud User Group Switzerland and will take place at Microsoft Switzerland. Get all details on the Global Azure Bootcamp Switzerland website.

Quick Post – Azure Services Overview

There is a saying “Can’t see the forest for the trees” this could also apply to Azure and its provided services. I haven’t seen a good overview of Azure and the offered services until today. While browsing the internet, I bumped into this site here http://azureplatform.azurewebsites.net/en-us/ . image

It is an interactive site which shows the single services in each category and provides links to more information like updates, pricing, SLA, documentation etc. image

I love this page and I highly recommend to explore and bookmarking it! It is even available in German :).

User Group – IT Pro Switzerland Experts Live Cafe

I had been very busy recently organizing a new user group event. It isn’t just a user group, it is a part of the Experts Live network. What is “Experts Live Café”? The idea of Experts Live Café is, to get community members together and share know-how, get latest technology insides,  socializing, networking and having a good time. There will be 2 sessions organized per event held by anyone who has an interesting project to share or wants to talk about Microsoft (but not only) technologies. Because it is part of the Experts Live network, there will be some interesting news / concepts behind in the near future.

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Together with my MVP buddy Stefan Johner we run these café events and we try to find sponsors to offer the community members free drinks and snacks in a cozy location. We are proud to have Microsoft Switzerland as our first sponsor on board –  big THANK YOU!

Our goal is to run at least 3 such events in 2017. Our first event takes place in Bern, Switzerland April 7th from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm. The first session will be about a Windows 10 rollout at a big Swiss insurance company, the second session needs to be defined. So if you are interested in this event, please check the website at http://itproch.expertslive.cafe/ and follwow us on Twitter @ExpertsLiveCafe, hope to see you there. The site will be updated in the upcoming weeks, to reflect the latest information, so stay tuned!

E2EVC – Session “Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) meets Citrix”

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I am very happy to have a session with my buddy MVP Stefan Johner, at the Experts 2 Experts Virtualization Conference 2016 which will take place from November 18th-20th in Rome. E2EVC is a non-commercial, virtualization and Citrix community event. The main goal of the event is to bring the best virtualization and Citrix experts together to exchange knowledge and to establish new connections. After speaking at E2EVC Lisbon in 2015 I am very happy to be back at E2EVC Rome 2016!

The session will take place place on Saturday 19th from 5:45pm till 6:20pm.

Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) meets Citrix. Operations Management Suite (OMS) is the new born star from Microsoft. OMS is a suite of solutions for different Microsoft technologies, but it provides also platform for injecting data via different interfaces. The injected data can be visualized and used for deep data analysis. Stefan and Stefan will give you and overview what OMS can do in terms of Citrix and how it might deliver some ideas how a Citrix administrator can benefit using OMS.

In our session, we will show you what happens if Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) meets with Citrix and VMware. Microsoft OMS is a suite of solutions for different Microsoft technologies, but it also provides a platform for injecting data via different interfaces. The injected data can be visualized and used for deep data analysis. We will give you an overview what OMS can do in terms of Citrix and VMware and how a Citrix or VMware administrator can benefit from using Microsoft Operations Management Suite.

Hope to see you there!

System Center Universe Europe 2016 – Speaker

This year I am very proud again, to be part of System Center Universe Europe 2016 at Conference at August 24-26 in Berlin.

System Center Universe is a community conference with a strong focus on systems management and virtualization topics such as cloud, datacenter and modern workplace management.  We present top content with top presenters around Microsoft System Center, Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Microsoft Hyper-V and more and want to build the number one conference for those kind of topics across Europe.

I will have two sessions about different topics, the first session will cover the latest about SCOM 2016 and OMS in a Linux world. I will present together with my colleague Stefan Johner (@JohnerStefan) a demo packed session, about the latest and greatest features in both technologies.

The session will be on Wednesday, August 24th 12:00 – 13:00

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My second session is a more fun session where we have built an automation “thing”, using all sorts of freely available Azure and other cloud resources to provide a “tool” that gives you some advice when you need it. It is a session that is fun but also shows you things you might not have known. If you want to know more about this session please join my fellow MVP Stefan Koell (@stefankoell) and me in Berlin.

The session will be on Thursday, August 25th 09:15 – 10:15

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You can expect a top quality conference with top quality content. During the conference you have many options to learn and connect. Beside learning we guarantee that you will also have a lot of fun at our parties and make new friends. Here we go with a list of available options you have during the conference:

  • 3 conference days
  • 75+ breakout sessions
  • 1 Keynote session
  • 1 Closing session
  • 1 Pre-Party session
  • 5 parallel tracks
  • Lots of Microsoft MVPs on site
  • Ask the experts area
  • Exhibition area (partners)
  • 1-to-few side meetings
  • Top WiFi infrastructure
  • Power available everywhere
  • Food & beverages
  • Networking Party
  • Closing Party
  • Good connected historical city
  • Hotels near the venue

It is going to be a great conference with a lot of skilled people and a lot to learn and of course a lot of fun. So hopefully see you in Berlin!

Quick Post – PowerShell Blog HellShell.com

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This blog has been up and running for a couple of years now. I mainly blog about System Center and OMS. During my daily work, I am using PowerShell a lot and sometimes I am able to figure out some cool stuff or would like to share some challenges I faced. In my opinion is this blog, http://stefanroth.net,  the wrong place for sharing PowerShell-only information and therefore I created another blog http://HellShell.com . As I mentioned I will write about PowerShell only, nothing else. If you are interested please follow my new blog and also on Twitter @hellshell_com. Currently there are only few posts published, but it will grow in the near future. I hope to provide you some additional help with my posts. If you have a some suggestions or comments please comment on this or the new blog.