ITS Conference



Monday, April 28 - Wednesday April 30, 2014

Preconference Sessions will take place:

Monday, April 28, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Craguns Conference Center and Hotel

Vendor Exhibition:

Vendor Exhibition Registration is CLOSED, click here for information. 

IT Staff:

For more information on the Conference go to the IT Connect SharePoint site
become a member of IT Connect and then use the link on the left to go to the 2014 IT Conference space.



Registration closed March 31, 2014 


Revised MnSCU 2014 IT Conference Schedule


Revised MnSCU 2014 IT Conference Program

Note the list of presentations can be found on SharePoint.



April 28, 2014 at Craguns

The IT Conference Committee is happy announce that there will be 5 presessions.  Click on the link to see complete information including requirements for the sessions.

A.M. Presentations 9:00-12:00

Microsoft Orchestrator 

Robert Wakefield from Now Micro will provide attendees with the knowledge necessary to design and deploying Microsoft’s System Center 2012 Orchestrator. You will how Orchestrator 2012 is architected and deployed within the Systems Center suite. In addition, we will cover the automation of processes designed to address various scenarios, which may be encountered in an Enterprise environment. Upon completion, we will have the skills necessary to manage Orchestrator 2012 for maximum benefit. This session will also incorporate hands-on learning opportunities, so attendees can practice applying Orchestrator solutions to real-world scenarios.

Vulnerability Management (IP 360)

 Presenters are Garrett Lanzy (MnSCU) and Leslie Sloan (Tripwire).  Now that institutions have implemented IP360 vulnerability scans, this session will focus on how to use the information compiled by IP360 to improve information security.  We will explore:

    1. Generating and interpreting IP360 reports
    2. Using IP360 to plan and verify vulnerability remediation efforts
    3. Best practices and “lessons learned”

The session will include time for participants to discuss challenges and successes which they have experienced so that we can share solutions to common issues.  Participants should be familiar with the material presented at the June 2013 Vulnerability Management Program Training web conference sessions, including:

  • The goals of the MnSCU Vulnerability Management Program
  • Setting up and running IP360 vulnerability scans
  • Working with IP360 Credentials. 

P.M. Presentations 1:00 - 4:00

Apple Updates 

Jacob Dekkenga Apple & John Putnam Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) will facilitate a presentation covering the new features and changes in iOS 7, Mac OS X Mavericks, and the Volume Purchase Program. Also included in the presentation will be various workflow and scenarios for deploying and managing iOS and OS X devices (one to one, shared devices, app deployment, etc.).  The remainder of the time will be a hands-on walkthrough of the methods shown in the presentation.

Cisco Prime

Bipin Kapoor and Keith Steller from Cisco will provide information on Cisco Prime.  Cisco Prime Infrastructure empowers IT departments to more effectively manage their networks and the services they deliver. This scalable, integrated solution tightly couples end-user awareness and application performance visibility with comprehensive lifecycle management of wired and wireless access, campus and branch networks.

Microsoft Applying Patches Using SCCM (Managing Updates with ConfigMgr 2012)

Nash Pherson from Now Micro  a Systems Management expert from Now Micro will help attendees understand the Software Update Management components of System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager necessary to fully patch all devices in your environment.  Not only will you learn about how ConfigMgr operates, but we will go through how to handle the real-world scenarios common in educational institutions and what it takes to include updates for non-Microsoft applications.  By the end of this session you will be equipped to build out your patch management plan in ConfigMgr, solve common roadblocks, develop a pilot program, leverage maintenance windows, and enable end users flexibility while still ensuring the job gets done.