Better late than never – the Culminis Restructure…


This org has grown sideways for far too long, and its been rumored that Microsoft was going to step in and fix it.  I kept waiting.  Today, their last monthly newsletter outlines the changes coming – and yes, Microsoft has stepped in.

Read about the restructuring

I was actually on the original board to get this org going, but dropped out because I didn’t agree with the plan to move forward.  The primary problem was that they just didn’t understand community.  It was all too heavy-handed acting as if they knew more about you than you do.

If you care about community and User Groups, I highly suggest you read this post.  There are things in there that may still leave you scratching your head.  I may eventually go into a tirade about how Microsoft has renewed their push to own and control community (this happens about every 3 years), but we’ll see.

And, when you get a chance, make sure you read Graham Watson’s announcement on how Microsoft is changing the way they support User Groups.

Did you attend the first-ever meeting of the System Center Virtual User Group?

I’m interested in how this went, as I was not available during this time.

This was the agenda, in case you missed it on the Event Calendar

  • 12:00PM-12:10PM: Introduction
  • 12:10PM-12:40PM: Anders Bengtsson (OpsMgr MVP) – Cross-PLatform Monitoring in Operations Manager 2007 SP2.
  • 12:40PM-1:10PM: Ryan Brennan (SecureVantage) – ACS Best Practices & Configuration Tips
  • 1:10PM-1:40PM: Marco Shaw (Powershell MVP) – PowerShell within System Center Operations Manager 2007
  • 1.40PM-1:50PM: Closing

Go here to find out more about it…

[NEASMSUG] User Group Meeting June 25, 2008

DO NOT miss out on this user group meeting if you are in the area.


Our next meeting will be Wednesday, June 25th, 2008 at the Microsoft Waltham offices. 6:00pm – 9:00pm.

Registration info and directions are found here:

Registration site:

Presented by: New England Area SMS User Group

An information sharing evening.  For those who have already upgraded to System Center Configuration Manager, bring your experiences, and for those who are planning your upgrade, bring your questions.

Jared Cook (Microsoft) will demo / discuss System Center Configuration Manager SP1/R2.   Jared will connect into his lab to provide a visual overview of SP1.