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Monday, 17 March 2014 15:00
San Francisco, CA
Microsoft Office
835 Market Street, Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tuesday September 2, 2014 @ 6:30pm RSVP
Los Angeles, CA
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Sacramento, CA – PowerShell UG
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Sept 2 – Special Presentation on Windows Server and Microsoft Azure – Start 5:00pm

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.


August 5th – Microsoft and Cisco Unified Computing System

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.

July 1, 2014 – Sam Bowne – Exploit Development for Mere Mortals

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.

June – No meeting – Please attend the PacITPros TechDays Event

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).

Name Session Title
1 Sven Aelterman Getting Started with MDT 2013 to Deploy Windows 8.1
2 Sven Aelterman Application Deployment Tips and Tricks for MDT
3 Sam Bowne Violent Python & The AV Scam
4 Eric Courville Extending your reach with Powershells Custom Objects
5 Jennelle Crothers Azure IaaS Hands On Lab – ½ day session
6 Jessica Deen You’re not as important as you think you are
7 Jessica DeVita Planning and building your first virtual machines in Azure
8 Daniel Egan How to work with Developers
9 Matt Egen App Deployment session of some kind?
10 Steve Evans DevOps, What is Different and Why You Need to Understand IT
11 Steve Evans Hyper-V Q&A
12 Cliff Galiher Grappling with Hyper-V Networking in 2012 R2
13 Cliff Galiher Confused About Clustering in Hyper-V?
14 Nick Hawkins Microsoft Azure – Hyper-V Recovery Manager – How and why to use it
15 Jason Helmick Manage, deploy and prevent drift with Desired State Configuration
16 Jason Helmick Anywhere, Anytime, Any Device Management with PowerShell Web Access
17 Richard Hicks Access Everywhere! Secure Remote Access to Public Cloud and On-Premises Resources with Windows Server 2012 R2
18 Laura Hunter How MSIT does…” spiel on any number of Identity topics – How Microsoft IT Has Adopted O365 & Azure?
19 Laura Hunter How MSIT does…” spiel on any number of Identity topics – Azure ADFS best practices?
20 Alex Lewis How to Make Your Lync Deployment a Killer Success
21 Alex Lewis Lync 2013 and Beyond
22 Alex Lewis Lync – Integrating Communications into your Business
23 Darren Mar-Elia Understanding & Leveraging new Group Policy Features in Windows 8.1
24 Sai Mukundan StorSimple: Enabling Azure cloud storage for enterprise workloads
25 Kirk Munro PowerShell Modules: Best Practices to Follow When Creating and Sharing PowerShell Modules with Colleagues and the Community At Large
26 Kirk Munro Debugging PowerShell, Defensive Scripting Techniques and How to Cope With Red Error Text
27 Aleksandar Nikolic Azure IaaS Automation with PowerShell
28 Symon Perriman Hybrid Cloud Capabilities with System Center 2012 R2 & Windows Azure
29 Symon Perriman Windows Server 2012 R2: Introduction to Failover Clustering Fundamentals
30 Symon Perriman Windows Server 2012 R2: Preparing the Datacenter for a Private Cloud
31 Symon Perriman Introduction to System Center Application Management & DevOps for DevelopersorSystem Center 2012 R2: Virtual Machine Manager Overview
32 Isaac Roybal Splunk for the Windows Admin
33 Doug Spindler 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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