The Realm of the Verbal Processor

Jarvis's Ramblings


A few weeks ago I got an email from Rod Trent about MMS. He said that Microsoft was looking for “face of the customer” videos to show during various sessions at MMS this year. I was already planning to put together a video to use at a technology meeting that we have at the office every month, so I figured I’d send it in. The original video plan was to take the OSD process and condense it to five minutes so that I could present it at that technology meeting.

As I got to thinking about the video, the concept for the video changed a bit. I still wanted it to communicate what I’ve done with SCCM and OSD, but I wanted it to be funny also. I talked to a friend at the office who is a director/videographer, and he did a quick video shoot and processed the video for me. A really big thanks to John Boggs for doing that. Thanks bud!

Anyway, I sent in the video, and the guys at Microsoft loved it. I got an email from Bill Anderson who is the Lead Program Manager for SCCM. He said their whole team was laughing hysterically at it, and they want to use it during the “State of the Nation” session at MMS. This is the largest session at MMS outside of the keynotes! There will probably be 2000 people at that session. Very cool!

Now…with that said…I personally feel like I look like a dork. It was my first time in front of a camera…and it shows. The second half of the video makes up for it though. I’m going to post the video on my blog after the session (tomorrow at 10:15am Pacific). Come back to take a look at it. I have it scheduled to post at 11:00am Pacific.

April 28, 2008 Posted by | ConfigMgr | | 1 Comment

Bible Study at MMS

Thanks to all of you who responded that you are interested in the Bible study that I will be leading at MMS. There are currently ten of us that I know about. I’ve heard possibilities of others who are interested, but they haven’t let me know. If you know of others who are interested, and especially if you know of others who are planning to come, please let me know who they are. I need to make sure that we have a place big enough to meet.

The Bible study plan is to meet in the morning before breakfast for a max of a half hour. I know the schedule is busy…especially for one of the presenters who is hoping to come to the study. I will hold us to ending on time. We will meet Tuesday-Friday mornings from 7:00-7:30.

Where will we meet? Rod and Megan Trent have graciously offered the living room of their suite at the Venetian for us to meet in. I’m not posting their room number on the blog…if you want to come, you need to contact me!

The plan is to spend four half-hour sessions on the book of Philemon. It’s a book that I taught through in the LIFE group that I lead at my church. It’s a short little book…only 25 verses, so it is very doable to cover this book very well in that timeframe. I will be taking an “onion” approach to the book. Each day, we will peel back another layer. You will learn something deeper about the book each day.

What can you do to prep? Read Philemon a couple of times. It only takes about five minutes to read it. Get a feel for the book. If you are like most people, you’ve never read it. If you wanted to refer to some of the material that I’ve gone through with my class, you could look at this page, but it is not required at all.

Looking forward to meeting you folks face to face. It’s going to be a fun time.

April 28, 2008 Posted by | devotional, Jesus | | Leave a comment

MMS – Benefits

I’m at MMS this week in Las Vegas. Great conference with some of the best training in the world on everything in the Microsoft management space. Hands down…the people who know the most about this stuff are at the conference.

One of the side benefits is not just the training from the speakers, but the interaction with other attendees. After I arrived last night, I caught up with my friend Joey who I met at MMS last year. Over dinner at Chipotle, we were talking about what we had been doing with SCCM. I mentioned one issue I had been having (getting an OSD Build and Capture Task Sequence to apply software updates…since the machine is in a workgroup instead of a domain at that point). He had run into the same issue, and was able to tell me the answer to it. (It’s a WINS settings mode that needs to be set.)

I had only been in town one hour. I hadn’t even gone through registration yet. I’ve already chalked up my first benefit of the conference. I’m keeping a list of the benefits that I can specifically point to this year. It will help me when budget time rolls around again.

April 28, 2008 Posted by | ConfigMgr | | Leave a comment