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News Brandy Favilla is currently the Community Engagement Manager at New Horizons of Minnesota ( In this position, she helps people define and build their careers through educational events. Brandy focuses on networking with members of the Information Technology community to form partnerships in education. She strives to maintain New Horizons’ reputation as a high-quality learning center throughout the Twin Cities and beyond. Some of her accomplishments include chairing the committee for both the TechFuse and MindSurf Conferences hosted by New Horizons, co-chairing Twin Cities Code Camp and Twin Cities SharePoint Camp, Co-host of the Twin Cities Developers Guild, VP of PR for TechMasters (, Communications Chair of PACT (, Programs chair for IAMCP, President of the Business Intelligence User Group ( and actively participating in the SharePoint User Group ( *the thoughts and opinions in this blog are my own and do not reflect the opinions of New Horizons of Minnesota

Twin Cities IT and Developer Events Postings by Brandy Favilla

System Center User Group Meeting

Registration Link
Date:  August 21, 2008
Location:  Microsoft Office in Bloomington
Time:  4:30 (registration) 5:00 (meeting start)

Details:  Well the summer is nearly over and we'd like to start having regular user group meetings again.  Please consider joining us next week on Thursday 8/21/2008 at the Microsoft Bloomington Office where free food and beverages will be provided.  Welcome time and food is at 4:30 and we will start at 5:00 and try to end around 7:00.  This month we'd like to start off by having Officer Elections.  We will then have a presentation / discussion on patching with SCCM.  This will involve:

- Overview of WSUS 3.0
- GPO settings for Windows Updates
- Strategies that others are using with Windows Update including with Forefront
- SCCM WSUS integration
- Monthly Patch Cycle walk through with SCCM   
- Problems other have seen installing / deploying via SCCM / GPO's
- Explain some of the differences in using ITMU and SMS versus WSUS and SCCM

Finally, we will have come cool swag to give away this month, including a free copy of Windows Home Server.  The only catch is we're doing registrations differently this month.  Please use the clicktoattend link at the bottom to let us know if you are coming.  This will help with pizza and beer counts, and it's the only way to be eligible for the swag drawings.  Rather than send an outlook invite out we will try this registration method.  You will have to complete a few questions, register, and then simply accept the invite and import it into Outlook.

Hope to see you there next week.  We will try to get back to a monthly or every other month schedule now that summer is winding down.  I'd also like to ask for volunteers that have been involved with SCOM if they would consider helping with a future meeting to discuss how your organization has implemented SCOM.


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