I attended the Midwest Management Summit a couple of weeks ago. There was a lot to learn in only four short days, but the sessions are very informative and packed with so much information that it is an invaluable resource for career development.
I have attended enough of them now that I am starting to recognize people, both presenters and other attendees.
We have a lot of new attendees this year, so that was also exciting. One of the attractions for me is that it is at the Mall of America, so it is very easy to get to if you live in the midwest.
Because of the success of the Desert edition, they are hosting a Jazz edition in NOLA this fall. Not to mention another edition in San Diego in 2020…so MMS is really going to spread it’s wings as a community-driven conference.
Some highlights for me:
- Learning a lot about Intune and Configure. One thing that I think most folks who use Intune never addressed is the “sync button”. Most of the presenters talked about the “Sync Button” like it is an actual button on which to click, but the “Sync Button” is actually more like a hot-link in a webpage under the Accounts section of Control Panel. As I proceed down the path of learning and managing endpoints with Intune, I will keep my ears open to determine if there is ever an actual button, or if we just invoke a sync via the Control Panel.
- Announcement of MBAM being fully integrated into ConfigMgr. This lit up #MMSMOA on Twitter when it was announced. (Note: Option #1…Intune! There may be a theme here…)
- Discussing the differences between Pulse mode and Rate Limits for Distribution Points with David James, the Director for the ConfigMgr product team at Microsoft. David explicitly stated that the Rate Limits setting uses a percentage of “available bandwidth” and not a percentage of “ALL bandwidth”. The suggestion that setting Rate Limits to 50% would mean that ConfigMgr will use 100% of the bandwidth 50% of the time is not valid.
- I was more receptive to learning about some agent-based vendor solutions that may allow us to eliminate Distribution Points and have a more intelligent shared bandwidth usage.
- An unplanned Campfire Session with Jörgen Nilsson and Doug Wilson. The great thing about MMS in general is having the chance to meet the people from around the world upon whose blogs you depend for doing your job! When I first started fonding soltuions for my challenges at work, I never imagined that I would ever actually meet the people on the other end of the Interwebs!
- And so much more!!! Follow or search the #MMSMOA hashtag for a wealth of information. For that matter, use it to find people to follow on Twitter. The #ConfigMgr hashtag is quite active and the community is responsive.
If you ever have the chance to attend an MMS, you should go. It is well worth the investment to see the community-focused experts show up and present live demos…not to mention the ConfigMgr product team routinely creates a new Technical Preview of Configure based on feedback received from the admins and systems management SMEs that attend the MMS conferences.
And there was fun stuff too…I did an Escape Room (The Heist) and we managed to get out after 45 minutes!