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May 21 15

Is This Thing On?

by Reed Porter

It’s been a few years since I posted on here. Let’s just say  I have been busy and leave it at that. I’m dusting this thing off because I have been getting back into the swing of things businesswise, health wise, and socially and need a hub to keep all this stuff in the flow.

Firstly, I let Intense Resume go. I could not keep up with the research needed once I was fully employed and working 80 weeks getting everything cleaned up and up to date there. I also have not done an MyOTradio in quite some time. Someone where I work mentioned it may not be appropriate …yada yada yada.

I have been losing weight. from a high of 330 pounds or more I am currently down to 205 pounds and plan to lose even more. I want to help other overweight people get fit, too, and a lot of my passion is going toward fitness these days. I am planning an Obstacle Course Race designed to get people excited about getting fit and teaching them and challenging them along the way. This OCR’s niche will be Bible based and will be awesome!

I’m also in a better position professionally to jump back in to the community and help others work through issues with their systems.

So stay tuned, exciting days are ahead!

Feb 15 12

Hangout Goes Doppio for Sherry in February

by Reed Porter

In the second SCCM Guru during the second month of the decade’s second year, (I know, that one was reaching) we at the SCCM Guru official hangout are doubling up! I’ll have both TinyChat and Google+ Hangout going during Sherry Kissinger’s SCCM Guru session at 1:00 CST today, February 15, 2012.

“That Reed, he’s crazy!”

Yeah, so what you gonna do about it?

If you’re smart, you’ll be there! Note: TinyChat seems to work just fine on an Android flash capable browser, and I understand there are Apps for it as well.

Details for connecting are at MyITForum:

P.S. If you have missed any of the prior webcasts, they are available for replay at:

Buena Sera!

Dec 6 11

Double-Dog Dare! Join the 12-7 SCCM Guru Hangout

by Reed Porter

Where’s Wally Mead?

Wally is usually figuring out ways to make our jobs easier by continuously improving System Center Configuration Manager. But, on December 7, 2011 at 1:00 PM CST, Wally will be presenting at the BDNA SCCM Guru series for his second time. This time he’ll be discussing what you’ll need to be ready for SCCM 2012. (It’s from the future!) If you have not signed up, yet, do so here:

Episode 6: Wally Mead Returns!
Are You Ready for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager?
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 ~ 11:00am – 12:00pm Pacific


So,will there be a hangout?

I thought you would never ask! As many already know, demand for seats at last month’s Google Plus Hangout exceeded capacity by a factor of 6 times! Before November we’d never had more then 9 people join the hangout. Then all of a sudden, 60 or more wanted in (even without Claudia)! As a result I went looking for a different solution.

This month we will hold the hangout at Tiny Chat. Despite the name, Tiny Chat can accommodate 12 people on camera and an unlimited number of text chatters. This should work out just fine for our purposes.

Yada, Yada, Yada, Get on with the Details, Reed!

SO here it is

MORE at MYITForum!….

Nov 16 11

The 11/17/2011 BDNA SCCM Guru Google+ Hangout with No (uninvited) Kids!

by Reed Porter

No kids.

“But Reed, that Claudia was so entertaining are you sure?”

I am so sure!

As interesting as it may seem to look at a pink bedroom to prevent tears, the mission of these Google+ hangouts is to increase the sense of community and enhance the concurrent System Center Configuration Manager Guru Webcast content. So this month’s Hangout will be exclusively for IT professionals.

“You couldn’t boot her, so how can you prevent her from joining?”

To get in to this month’s Hangout you either have to be in my Circles or be invited in by me or one of the other participants. So, go to my Google+ profile page if I don’t have you circled, Circle me and send me a note so I may Circle you. Click the sticker for my Google+ page:

It’s MDT November! That means we get to hear from one of our favorites, Mr. Michael Niehaus! He’s going to talk Task Sequences, passing information to them, and how to troubleshoot if something does not go as planned. So get over to the BDNA SCCM Guru Webcast Sign-up page and Sign-up, duh. Then show-up at 1:00 pm CDT on November 17, 2011 to listen to what Michael has to say.

Google+ Hangout Info

More info at

Oct 18 11

(New Date) Catch My G+ Hangout During the BDNA SCCM Guru Webcast on October 26, 2011 1:00 CST

by Reed Porter

It’s Rodtober and that means Rod is another year older! It also means it will be Rod Trent sitting in the hot seat for this month’s SCCM Guru Webcast on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 1:00 PM CST! (click to register). He’s got the G.I. Joe Method for Troubleshooting Configuration Manager 2007.

I’ll once again be hosting a Google+ Hangout during Rod’s SCCM Guru Webcast. We have found that sitting together in a hangout while watching and listening to a presentation enhances the information as we can see each other agree and ask questions in the hangout before sending them up to the webcast.

This is the third G+ Hangout during a BDNA webcast. The prior ones during Kim Oppalfens Webcast in August and John Nelson’s in September. Let’s make Rod’s webcast the best attended to date and let’s blow the doors of the Google+ Hangout!


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May 6 10

MMS2010: Demo of Athena by Odyssey Software

by Reed Porter

Mark Gentile met with me to talk about Odyssey Software’s Athena. Athena is a deviceodyssey management product that can extend the System Center Configuration Manager console to  give the administrator some nifty tools for remotely managing mobile devices. I was very impressed with the clean interface and integration into the console.

Odyssey Software is a sponsor.

May 5 10

MMS2010 MyITForum Party: The Pablo Palooza Band!

by Reed Porter


The Pablo Palooza band started playing at about 8pm at the party. And they did rock! The band members are:

    Magic Dave Roberts-Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals
    George Knight-Bass, Vocals
    Mark Hobbs-Guitar, Vocals
    Mike Velvet Davis-Vocals, Percussion, Chick magnet
    Paul Gonzalez-Drums, Vocals

They are not just another band out of Boston. Paul Gonzalez is a long time member of the MyITForum community and we are unsure whether he was on or off vacation while in Las Vegas. But either way, we sure are glad he was there.

The opening set was a strong mix and got the crowd jumping:

In this video, I tried to catch people in the audience. Were you there?

And the third video shows the band from the wings.

I know, you just can’t get enough of these guys! Be sure to go watch the videos in HD on YouTube and sign up for the PabloPalooza fan page on Facebook!


May 4 10

MMS2010 MyITForum Party: Vendor Introductions

by Reed Porter

 Rod Trent introduces the sponsors who help make possible and pay for the’s exclusive “Buttons Only” party. In the first video, Rod introduces Viewfinity, Matrix42, Secure Vantage Technologies (SVT), and Microsoft


In the second video Garth Jones and Ed Aldrich present Rod and Ron Crumbaker with a plaque commemorating 10 years of Next Ron calls out the booth babes and myself. Lastly, Ed talks about 1E and their long history supporting

They had the stage lights off during these videos, but I was able to brighten them a bit. Enjoy!

Apr 29 10

MyOTRadio #MMS2010 MyOTSpecial 7: Day 1 Means Registration Renewed Friendships and the Quest for a MyITForum Party Button

by Reed Porter

On Monday, April 19, 2010 Microsoft Management Summit 2010 at the Sands Expo In Las Vegas, NV officially begins! With the beginning of the conference people are connecting with friends both old and new, jockeying for position in a variety of lines, and begging each vendor for inclusion at their party.  It’s a whirlwind day; the first of many and if you’re looking for Wally, he’s probably in the Labs area.

This opening day I held the Social Networking for Codgers breakfast at Harrahs Flavors Buffet. There were six of us for breakfast and I decided I would need to hold a more in-depth training for technical people to really do this topic justice. High profile people from all walks need to be able to connect and have conversations with their constituents via tools like Facebook and Twitter.  Look for a webinar on this very topic by me in the near future.


Next we went over for registration. Here is where you get your badge and backpack full of goodies. I was able to bypass the rather long line and go right to vendor registration.  On the way out I took the first video of the line and followed by the unboxing of the swag bag.  Be sure to comment below if you see yourself in either video!

From there, I connected with a few friends and made some plans. Then we went to one of the Freshman Orientation sessions and met up with some new friends from the Kansas City area.  Hopefully, we can get the Kansas City Area Systems Management Users Group going again.  Look for a meeting in June at the earliest.

The opening day Vendor Expo is essentially a party with brochures and swag. What’s really cool about the #MMS2010 opening party is the mad dash to get a MyITForum party button. Much like Charlie’s Golden Ticket, the MyITForum party button gets you into the party.

The second video chronicles a couple of guys waiting over 2 hours to be first in line for their button, many of the folks receiving their buttons, a celebrity ex-hockey player, and a couple prizes won.

What it does not show is the mad rush itself. I had the camera on pause and missed the entire thing. The camera and my video taping experience were barely two weeks old at the time. (Which explains why so many attendees appear to be missing their heads!)

If you want to see the mad rush, you’ll just have to join us for MMS 2011 at Mandalay Bay.  Until then imagine, if you will, you are standing in a dry river bed somewhere out west. You’re expectant, but not too worried when you hear a voice in the sky intone, “The 2001 Microsoft Management Summit Expo is now open.” This is followed by a rumbling in the distance growing quickly louder.  You look toward the sound and you see a herd of desert creatures bounding toward you as they attempt to escape a flood of amber liquid rushing after them. You are thinking you should move, but you look around and do not see any reachable safe havens. Just as you think it is about time to let your bowels go and give up the ghost, the charging herd stops as quick as it started.  Then the wave of amber liquid engulfs you and you admonish folks to try to keep their beer in the cup rather than all over everybody else. 

Think I am exaggerating? Test me, sign up for #MMS2011.  I hope I see you there! Come back tomorrow for more from last week’s summit.

Apr 19 10

MyOTRadio #MMS2010 MyOTSpecial 6: 10 is for 10 great years MyITForum and MMS

by Reed Porter


I hope Las Vegas is ready for us!  My sixth special podcast leading up to Microsoft Management Summit 2010 April 19-23 in Las Vegas.  I do a couple walking around LV shots, I real dark picture of the SCCMExpert party in Zefferinos, and display the contents of my Laptop Bag.  The Rod Trent BFF badges are finally revealed!

Below the video are a couple badge prototypes as well.





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