I sent this earlier through the Community page, but unfortunately the web-based mail form messed up the formatting. Here’s how it should have looked…
I wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you who was able to attend our first BigFix Houston User Group yesterday. The turnout was great, discussion was lively, and I think we were all able to come away knowing more than we did going in, so in my book this was a great success.
I especially want to thank our presenters. Jimmy Glass started us off with “Back to Basics”, an overview of BigFix architecture, communication, and content types. I-Lung Kao followed this with a discussion of the Product Roadmap for 2018, with particular focus on Patch Policy and Third-Party Integrations. Tony Sater was up next with Flash Storage performance gains on BigFix Root Servers. Galley Sarai presented on BigFix Inventory and Software Use Analysis. We closed with customer stories from myself on using custom action constraints to grant end-user control over maintenance windows, and Sudha Vasudevan on health and recovery of third-party security tools using Client Dashboards and Policy Actions for restart/repair/reinstall.
We had planned for the event to wrap up at 2pm, but with all the lively discussion we ended up sticking around until shortly after 5. This was even with JGo being called away to save the day somewhere else in the world (we missed you!) and having to skip his talk about BigFix Client in Windows Pre-Boot; we’ll have to save that one for next time.
We did have some open questions, I’ll see what we can do about following-up on them. Here’s a list I captured, but the discussion was moving very quickly so if I missed any please direct message me and I’ll get them added to my to-do list -
- Configuring client initial registration at install time, how-to on clientsettings.cfg
- Controlling external site Gather interval and/or Schedule * Managing Group Policy Settings how-to / best practices
- BFI - is Software Usage History/Statistics reset when a product is upgraded across versions?
For everyone who presented content, if you’re willing, please upload your presentation to the BigFix Houston User Group document library. If you need any assistance with uploading documents, feel free to contact me and I’ll see what I can do to help.
Thanks again for everyone for making this event a success, to all our attendees from across the state and across the country, our friends from the Austin area, to all of our presenters, and to Galley Sarai and John Golembiewski for all their work behind-the-scenes to bring this together.
I’m looking forward to our next meetup, so please start thinking about what topics you’d like to see, what you’d like to present, and what we can do to make our next meetup even better [maybe avoiding August is a good start ]