Written by Doug Spindler
Thursday, 31 July 2014 11:41
To many an IT Professional Microsoft has become a giant company selling the same products they’ve been selling for the past twenty-five years. If that’s what you think you’re mistaken. Microsoft is the sleeping giant that has just awoken from its many years of slumber with bold and innovative products never offered before. For server Microsoft has made many changes under the hood and really souped it up. You have got to attend to see what sleeping giant has done to Windows Server 2012R2, Hyper-V, Storage and in the Cloud. Join your fellow IT Professional for discussion and dinner on the features you have got to know about in Windows server and Microsoft Azure.
4:00 – 5:00 (60 m.) | Registration, Mingling and Introduction – The Sleeping Giant Has Awoken
5:00 – 6:00 (60 m) | Server 2012R2 – It’s all souped-up and ready to perform.
6:00 – 6:30 (30 m) | Dinner and Q&A
6:30 – 7:30 (60 m) | Get your Head in the Clouds with Microsoft Azure.
7:30 – 8:30 (60m) | Your Schizoid environment – On prem Windows servers with Microsoft’s Azure Cloud Services.
8:30 – 9:00 (30m) | What are you waiting for? Support for Server 2003 Ends next year.
Written by Doug Spindler
Thursday, 17 July 2014 23:24
By enabling better automation of processes and management, Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) allows data center managers to achieve greater agility and scale in their server operations while reducing complexity and risk. Join us as we discuss UCS PowerTool, the PowerShell library for UCS, and demonstrate how Cisco UCS PowerTool interfaces with the Cisco UCS XML API (which provides an interface for Cisco UCS hardware inventory, monitoring, alerting, and automation of Cisco UCS using PowerShell). Real world examples detailing programmatic bare metal deployment and ongoing systems monitoring and management of Cisco UCS using Cisco UCS PowerTool will be demonstrated.
Presenter bio: Jason Shaw is a UCS (Unified Computing Systems) Technical Marketing Engineer with Cisco Systems who focuses on systems management, automation, and partner integration. Jason’s responsibilities include educating customers, partners, and field staff on the management benefits of using the Cisco UCS platform in the datacenter. Jason works closely with UCS Product Management Teams to drive product direction and roadmap.
Written by Doug Spindler
Sunday, 22 June 2014 17:47
When a program crashes, that’s just a bug. But when a hacker takes remote control of your computer, that’s a disaster. This presentation shows how to weaponize a simple crash of a vulnerable application and turn it into a remote control exploit, using Kali Linux, Metasploit, the Immunity debugger, and some very simple Python code. The result is System-level remote control of a Windows 7 computer. Nothing about it is difficult anymore–you don’t need to be an expert on machine language or Windows internals to do it.
Written by Ed Horley
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 17:33
Due to the TechDays Event happening June 5-6 there will be NO monthly user group meeting. Please help support our user group by registering for the TechDays event instead. It is what we use to fund the user group throughout the year!
Event: TechDays San Francisco
Date: June 5th and 6th, 2014
Sessions summary: For session details, see EventBoard (should be up shortly).
||Getting Started with MDT 2013 to Deploy Windows 8.1
||Application Deployment Tips and Tricks for MDT
||Violent Python & The AV Scam
||Extending your reach with Powershells Custom Objects
||Azure IaaS Hands On Lab – ½ day session
||You’re not as important as you think you are
||Planning and building your first virtual machines in Azure
||How to work with Developers
||App Deployment session of some kind?
||DevOps, What is Different and Why You Need to Understand IT
||Grappling with Hyper-V Networking in 2012 R2
||Confused About Clustering in Hyper-V?
||Microsoft Azure – Hyper-V Recovery Manager – How and why to use it
||Manage, deploy and prevent drift with Desired State Configuration
||Anywhere, Anytime, Any Device Management with PowerShell Web Access
||Access Everywhere! Secure Remote Access to Public Cloud and On-Premises Resources with Windows Server 2012 R2
||How MSIT does…” spiel on any number of Identity topics – How Microsoft IT Has Adopted O365 & Azure?
||How MSIT does…” spiel on any number of Identity topics – Azure ADFS best practices?
||How to Make Your Lync Deployment a Killer Success
||Lync 2013 and Beyond
||Lync – Integrating Communications into your Business
||Understanding & Leveraging new Group Policy Features in Windows 8.1
||StorSimple: Enabling Azure cloud storage for enterprise workloads
||PowerShell Modules: Best Practices to Follow When Creating and Sharing PowerShell Modules with Colleagues and the Community At Large
||Debugging PowerShell, Defensive Scripting Techniques and How to Cope With Red Error Text
||Azure IaaS Automation with PowerShell
||Hybrid Cloud Capabilities with System Center 2012 R2 & Windows Azure
||Windows Server 2012 R2: Introduction to Failover Clustering Fundamentals
||Windows Server 2012 R2: Preparing the Datacenter for a Private Cloud
||Introduction to System Center Application Management & DevOps for DevelopersorSystem Center 2012 R2: Virtual Machine Manager Overview
||Splunk for the Windows Admin
||Your privacy online – What your Like clicks tell the world about you
Remember that we have everything up on Eventboard and the application is available for every major mobile handset OS (yes, even Windows Phone 8!) so make sure to download and use that as it also allows you to fill out the survey questions per session.
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