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Written by admin
Monday, 17 March 2014 15:00
San Francisco, CA
Microsoft Office 
680 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Next SF meeting             
Wednesday December 6, 2017
6:00 pm


Can’t attend the meeting?  Many meeting are live streamed at

Los Angeles, CA
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December 6 – Holiday Party

Written by Doug Spindler
Thursday, 16 November 2017 14:25

Join your fellow IT Pros and members of other IT professional groups for a festive Holliday Party at Microsoft’s reactor from 6-9 pm. December is a Wednesday.

November 7 – Balancing data security risk with usability and productivity

Written by Doug Spindler
Thursday, 02 November 2017 13:03

Egnyte  will be presenting on  Balancing data security risk with usability and productivity

Even with almost weekly data breaches in the headlines, for the past 20 years, many organizations still struggle with locating and protecting their sensitive data. And although the average global cost of a data breach decreased to $3.6M this year from $4M last year, as reported by Ponemon, it’s still far from low.

The continuing proliferation of potential data sources, both on-premises and in the cloud, as well as increasing endpoint connection possibilities intensify complexity. Join Jeff Sizemore from Egnyte for a discussion on simplifying this complexity and achieving the right level of data security in a way that’s manageable for you and productive for your employees.


Jeff Sizemore: VP, Governance and Compliance,
Kevin Orlando: Solutions Engineer,
Mark Vinokur: Enterprise Account Executive,

Members the meeting will be taking place at Microsoft’s newly remodeled Reactor. 
680 Folsom St #145, San Francisco, CA 94107 

Meeting sponsor is  Egnyte this month’s meeting sponsor.

RSVP if you would like to join Eqnyte at 6:00 for pizza before the meeting.
Meeting start time is 6:30.  (No need to RSVP to attend just the meeting.  RSVP only if you will be joining us for pizza.)
Pac IT Pros meetings are open to all IT Pros.  You are welcome to bring  co-workers and other IT Pros.  Remember this meeting is at the Reactor at Folsom at 3rd.

October 3 – Disaster planning and recovery

Written by Doug Spindler
Wednesday, 06 September 2017 23:43

With 2, now 3 hurricanes disrupting business it’s time we talk about being prepared for disasters and how IT departments need to be prepared to recover from them.  Scientists are telling us Join us for our October meeting.

This meeting will take place at Microsoft’s offices at 555 California Street at 6:30.  Building security requires you RSVP to attend.

Presentation Title:  How does a 180-year-old city prepare for a 1,000 year storm? 
Subtext: How do IT leaders manage expectations in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds? 
Presentation Topics:
•    Lead in with disasters
    Harvey, Irma, Maria, Mexico Earthquake, etc.
    Equifax for financial drama
o    Describe complex environment, obstacles, and consequences
    Reliable data to demonstrate need for action
o    Cover People, Processes, and Technology
o    Expectations management
o    Where breaches, incidents, and disaster recovery converge
o    Why your company needs to get prepared now for a variety of incidents
    A small time investment covers a wide range of issues
    Simple steps that go a long way toward meeting compliance
    Planning now can reduce costs later
o    Examples of prepared and unprepared
    Contrast two examples to illustrate consequences of preparation
o    What you can do and how
    Start simply and layer on
    Frameworks
    Exercises and tabletops
o    How to persuade your leadership to act
Presenter Bio: Mark Simmerman is a CISSP and the senior security engineer for Intivix, a leading MSP based in San Francisco for over 20 years. Mark is a retired Master Sergeant with the US Army and California National Guard having served in Military Intelligence and Military Police, including a combat tour in OEF in Afghanistan in 2010-11.  Mark has worked in IT for 18 years, supporting companies like Annie’s Inc. which grew from a relatively small food manufacturer to over a 750 MM company that had to rapidly become SOX 404 compliant.  Mark’s professional focus is on persuading and engaging small and medium businesses to enhance their security posture to meet the needs of defending against today’s growing threats.

September 5 – Practical Malware Analysis and Passwords on a Phone – 555 California St. RSVP

Written by Doug Spindler
Wednesday, 02 August 2017 14:47

This month Sam Bowne will give two workshop demonstrations – Practical Malware Analysis and Passwords on a Phone created by and presented by Sam Bowne.

Meeting will be at Microsoft at 555 California Street, start time 6:30.  Be sure to RSVP for building security

1. Practical Malware Analysis
Sam will demonstrate the CTF-style hands-on workshop I presented at DEF CON and BSidesLV this summer. If you have a computer that can run a virtual machine, you can do it yourself. If not, I’ll show you the tools and techniques used to analyze malware. All materials are on this page, freely available:

2. Passwords on a Phone
This is the talk Sam gave at DEF CON in the Packet Hacking Village.

Android apps are appallingly insecure, and most of them save extra copies of your password on your phone instead of using cookies like normal websites do. There is no good reason for this, and it’s a terrible practice. Many apps use encryption, but all the apps Sam has tested implement encryption incorrectly so it does little or no good.

Sam will demonstrate and explain the various worthless and insecure methods used by Staples, Safeway, Home Depot, Walgreens, and many other apps. All these companies have been notified, but very few fixed the problems.

August 1 – HoloLens – Meeting at 555 California Street – be sure to RSVP

Written by Doug Spindler
Monday, 12 June 2017 11:46

This month is all about Microsoft’s HoloLens. At this month’s meeting Microsoft will be showing off the HoloLens.  Ever wanted to put one on and give it a try?  At this month’s meeting you will be able to do just that and talk to Microsoft HoloLens app creators and learn about the HoloLens.

How you can join us.  Meeting starts at 6:30.  Be sure to RSVP for building security.

July 4 – No meeting–Fourth of July holiday

Written by Doug Spindler
Monday, 12 June 2017 11:45

June 6 – Windows Server and Network monitoring tools

Written by Doug Spindler
Monday, 01 May 2017 14:17


At this month’s meeting you will learn how to monitor the performance or your Windows Servers, Windows networks and network equipment with FREE open source monitoring programs.  We will have live demos and show you how to use Observium and SmokePing how you can monitor and baseline the performance of your Windows servers.  These program are easy to configure, can run as a Hyper-V or VMWare VM and provide valuable information about the heath and security of your Windows Servers and Windows network.  

May – St. Anthony Tech Fair on May 13th

Written by Doug Spindler
Monday, 01 May 2017 14:07

In May Pac IT Pros will be supporting our community and the St. Anthony Tech Fair on May 13th. 

Your IT skills or  retired computers are needed.
You can find out more about the Tech Fair page and details about the event.

Links to Repair and Workshop sign-up forms.
Links to electronic materials are social media/flyers:
Link to DIW page:
Link to Tech Fair page on our website:
to  Repair sign-up:
to Workshop sign-up:

April 4 – Introduction to Azure Resource Manager (ARM) Administration for IT Pros

Written by Doug Spindler
Sunday, 19 March 2017 11:49


How much do in you know Azure Resource Manager (ARM) administration and SaaS, PaaS and IaaS?  As an IT Professional you have been managing and administrating on prem Microsoft servers, Active Directory, disk storages, the networks, firewalls and keep the environment safe and secure.  With the introduction of cloud services and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) you will need to learn a new set of skills and lean how to use a new tools for cloud Administration.  This month we will look at those skills and teach you how to do the tasks Microsoft’s Azure Cloud using Azure Resource Manager or ARM to do the tasks you’ve already been doing.

Azure Presentation        Link to download Azure IaaS Presentation
If you are new to Microsoft Azure or looking to get started using it, then this meeting is for you. Attendees at this can’t-miss event will get a comprehensive overview of Microsoft’s enterprise-grade cloud computing platform, and learn from our experience in moving our clients’ servers to Azure.

What we’ll cover:
* The services Azure provides.
* ASM (old) vs ARM (new) – We’ll focus on ARM.
* How to create your first Azure virtual machine and its dependencies – Azure IaaS is your own virtual datacenter!
* Ways to back up your virtual machine with Azure.
* Real world “gotchas” we’ve experienced in moving our clients to Azure.
* Where we see Azure within 5 years and how this may affect your near-term hardware purchases.

About Intivix
Founded in 1996, Intivix is a trusted technology partner that is committed to supporting, protecting, mobilizing and improving IT systems and strategies for businesses in the Bay Area. We provide forward thinking cloud solutions, application development/integration, security, and IT support/planning services. We deploy and support Azure services for a range of different clients from small shops with cloud-only servers to larger clients with hybrid deployments.

February 24 TechDays: Training on Containers

Written by Doug Spindler
Friday, 13 January 2017 14:23

Pac IT Pros together with Learn iT! are proud to present TechDays: Training on Containers – Windows Server 2016 containers Docker containers. Whether you are a developer or devops, IT Manager you containers is where the IT is headed. This is a must know technology.

Docker has already revolutionized virtualization in areas of scalability, portability, and micro services with containers. In Server 2016 Microsoft introduced Windows Containers and supports Docker and Docker Containers.

Microservices and containers if the future of IT, come and see why.

Attend Pac IT Pros half-day workshop on Friday, February 24, 2017 at Microsoft’s reactor to learn Windows Containers and Docker.

. Overview
. Windows container architecture
. Creating containers
. Orchestration
. Networking and Security

Sponsored by Pacific IT Professionals, Learn iT!
Presenting will be Donis Marshal a Microsoft MVP and Microsoft Press author.

Workshop hours:9 AM – 12 PM  Check-in begins at 8:30.  Microsoft’s Reactor 680 Folsom St San Francisco, CA 94107   (Between 2nd and 3rd Street.)
This event is open to all Pac IT members.  Not a member? Click on the link to join


Written by Doug Spindler
Tuesday, 10 January 2017 11:28

Start the New Year off right by learning how you can improve your company’s workflow. Sit down with Microsoft technical experts who will help you automate your most repetitive tasks through open source technology. Spend the afternoon with us coding side by side where we will show you how you could automate your build process, create a chat bot to answer frequently asked questions, or scale your existing app through Azure.

As part of the hackfest you will hear from the Microsoft Technical Evangelism team who will show you how, you could:

    • Build great bots that converse where your users are
    • Build an automated, continuous integration Jenkins pipeline to help get your applications to market faster
    • Build Docker containers and scale through Azure app services

1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Microsoft Reactor
680 Folsom  Suite 145
San Francisco, CA 94107

We’ll help implement your existing project or create a new one. Our goal is to help you with your project so you feel empowered to keep working to refine your scenarios at work. 

REMINDER: Bring your laptop and create a production ready prototype or proof of concept by the end of the day. An Azure subscription is required, we can help you get started with a free trial if needed. 

Sponsored by Microsoft Developer Experience & Evangelism Team

Dec 13 – Holiday Party and Lightning Talks

Written by Doug Spindler
Friday, 04 November 2016 12:50

Note the date, December 13 which is the second Tuesday
Festivities begin at 6:00 at Microsoft’s Reactor/Community Space at 680 Folsom Street San Francisco, CA.

RSVP to attend at _eid=236029924&https=on

Pac IT Pros members join your fellow IT Professionals and the members of other Bay Area IT groups for a holiday party and five 10 minute lightning talk on technology.

Nov 1 – Azure Workshop

Written by Doug Spindler
Monday, 31 October 2016 12:17

Bring your for more hands on training on Azure.

Oct 4 – News from Ignite @! This meeting will be at 555 California Street

Written by Doug Spindler
Thursday, 29 September 2016 17:56

October meeting will be at 555 California Street.  (This meeting only)  Building security requires RSVPing (see link above) to attend.

Meeting topic – News from Microsoft’s Ignite.  Did you get Windows 10 Anniversary edition?  How did the update go?

Sept 6 – GPG keys and local encryption

Written by Doug Spindler
Friday, 02 September 2016 14:54

In our next meeting, our presenter will be speaking about GPG keys and local encryption. He will go through the processes of using a Raspberry Pi with a true RNG in order to generate a GPG key pair, properly storing the keypair, generating subkeys to be used with multiple Yubikeys, and if time permits, he will show the benefits of the Unix local password manager “Pass”. He will be presenting slides, but you are more than welcome to bring a laptop and follow along.

Aug 2 – Tonight’s meeting/Docker training has been cancelled–Medical emergency Free Azure/Docker training – Learn how to virtualize virtual apps in Server 2016

Written by Doug Spindler
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 11:32

Bring your laptop and learn about Docker and the Microsoft/Docker partnership so you can build, ship, and run Windows and Linux distributed applications.  Our friends over at at Learn IT! will be providing the training so you can learn about Windows Server Containers and Docker so you can create virtualized virtual apps.

Docker for Windows workshop

Docker has finally arrived for Windows! With Windows Server 2016, Windows users finally have the ability to create containers natively. Docker containers are a disruptive technology redefining concepts of virtualization, deployment, and service oriented architecture. Docker is often described as a lightweight virtual machine (VM). But it so much more and the impact is enormous! Leave the seminar with an understanding of an important new technology innovation in Windows.

This will be covered in the seminar.

  • Brief introduction to Docker and Hyper-V Containers
  • How to create:
    o Docker terminology
    o Create container images
    o Execute containers
    o Orchestration
    o Use a Linux container
  • Walkthrough of Microservices

July 5 – Free hands-on Azure traning for Pac IT Pro memebers

Written by Doug Spindler
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 15:18

Starting in July at our regular Pac IT Pros meetings will be offering Azure training for IT Pros.  To participate bring a laptop.  You’ll need an free Azure account.  (Don’t know how to create an Azure account?  No problem come at 6:00 and will help you create an account.)  Every month we will cover a different Azure topic.

Topics covered will include
Creating a Servers in Azure.
Azure Active Directory
Azure AD Connect: Integrating your on-premises identities with Azure
Creating Storage blobs
Azure Networking
Azure tenants
Azure Hyper-V
Moving VM’s between Hyper-V and Windows Azure
Azure Site Recovery
Azure Container Service 

Feel free to make suggestions,

June 7 – Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Written by Doug Spindler
Tuesday, 07 June 2016 14:29

Join us as we discuss the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).  No new news from Microsoft since the release of TP5 last month.  In addition to discussing IoT and security of IoT devices and what that means to us as IT Pros this will be an open form meeting for you to discuss your IT topics and issues. 

May 3 – What’s new in Server 2016 TP5

Written by Doug Spindler
Monday, 02 May 2016 22:01

IT Pros, last week Microsoft released the fifth and final test-preview for Server 2016.  In this meeting we will take a look at the new features and functionally that’s in Server 2016.
Release date for Server 2016 should be in the next four of five months.

April 5 – A New Perspective on Patch Management

Written by Doug Spindler
Thursday, 17 March 2016 13:37

Join us for dinner at 6:00 as we discuss the cryptowall attack against St. Joseph Health System and ways to help prevent this and other cyber terrorism attacks against your users.  Isn’t it time we out smart the cyber criminals by making our computer systems harder to attack with minimal IT administration effort?  Join us as you learn how with Flexera’s Corporate Software Inspector.

clip_image001Corporate Software Inspector gives you the when, where, what and how of security patching. It tells you when a software vulnerability with an available patch is threatening your infrastructure, where it will have the most critical impact, what the right remediation strategy is and how to deploy it.

Corporate Software Inspector lets your team know what to patch for maximum impact and consistent risk reduction. You get complete visibility of your systems, stay current and reduce the cost of your patch process significantly. This new perspective on patch management, allows Corporate Software Inspector to support the entire Software Vulnerability Management lifecycle.

Corporate Software Inspector includes an authenticated internal software inventory scanner. It can assess the security patch status of more than 20,000 programs running on Windows, Apple Mac OSX and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) platforms. Corporate Software Inspector delivers software patching, configuration tools and hundreds of pre-configured patches for non-Microsoft applications running on Windows platforms.

The seamless integration with Microsoft System Center and Windows Server Update Services for security patch management means you maximize your investment and manage patching of non-Microsoft products easily from within Microsoft System Center, using your existing infrastructure.

Corporate Software Inspector provides:

  • Verified intelligence
    Verified, accurate and timely intelligence from Secunia Research enables you to choose the best remediation strategy.
  • Inventory scanning
    Multi-platform software scanning correlates our vulnerability database with your infrastructure, for effective risk prioritization.
  • Reduce patch costs
    Includes hundreds of preconfigured software patches for easy deployment and covers 20,000+ programs – more non-Microsoft programs than anyone else.
  • Integration for deployment
    Corporate Software Inspector integrates seamlessly with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) for patch deployment.