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

Next SF meeting              
            
Tuesday Feb 6, 2018             
6:30 pm

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Los Angeles, CA
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Azure A-Z: Azure Governance session – Sunnyvale

Written by Doug Spindler
Friday, 15 December 2017 13:27

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Azure A-Z: Azure Governance session

December 21, 2017 | Sunnyvale, CA

We’re pleased to invite you to Microsoft’s Azure A-Z: Azure Governance session at the Microsoft Technology Center in Sunnyvale. 

Join us for a session on December 21 to learn and discuss tools, policies, processes and procedures to govern Azure resources. You will learn how various Azure resources could be created, managed, secured etc.

The session will cover Azure topics as below:       

· Account Provisioning
· Subscription Management
· Resource Management – Resource Groups, Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates, deployment, access control, audit etc.
· IaaS Workloads – Virtual Networks, Virtual Machines, NSGs, Gateways, Express Route etc.
· Azure Security Center
· Azure Advisor

Date: December 21, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: 1020 Enterprise Way BLDG B, Sunnyvale CA 94089
Ph: 650-693-1009

We hope you can join us!

Please send an RSVP to azureaz@microsoft.com , and feel free to reach out to the same id for any questions/clarifications.

Special Event – Azure A-Z: IoT Workshop

Written by Doug Spindler
Friday, 01 December 2017 13:41

Join us for a hackathon on December 7 to design and build a complete Azure IoT solution. Attendees will be provided with a detailed instruction set, and after completing the hackathon, the attendees will have learned how to work with technologies such as:

  • IoT Hub
  • Azure Stream Analytics (ASA)
  • Power BI

The solution will cover IoT components/modules such as:       

  • Device Management
  • Telemetry ingestion
  • Telemetry processing
  • Reporting

Date: December 7, 2017

Time: 9:00 am- 5:00 pm

Location: 1065 La Avenida St. Building 1 Mountain View, CA 94043
Registration link
https://www.microsoftevents.com/profile/form/index.cfm?PKformID=0x3002 742abcd&

Special event invitation Azure Service Fabric on Linux – Thursday, December 7, 2017

Written by Doug Spindler
Friday, 01 December 2017 13:35

Pac IT Pro members you are invited to a Microsoft special even Azure Service Fabric on Linux
Azure Service Fabric is a distributed systems platform used to build scalable, reliable, and easily-managed applications for the cloud. The Service Fabric platform provides orchestration of microservices and containers with fault resiliency and rapid failover and dynamic resource balancing. Using Service Fabric, developers and administrators can avoid solving complex infrastructure problems and focus instead on implementing mission-critical, demanding workloads that are scalable, reliable, and manageable. Service Fabric represents the next-generation middleware platform for building and managing these enterprise-class, Tier-1 cloud-scale services. The talk will focus on the recent announcement of the Linux platform with support for Java as a first-class programming language.

The Presenter: Sudhanva Huruli is a Program Manager in the Azure Service Fabric team. He joined Microsoft in 2017 and is currently working on building up the Linux offering on Service Fabric and improving the Java developer experience. Before joining the Service Fabric team, he worked on the core Azure Compute team focusing on driving programs to improve availability of services. He is a graduate from the Electrical & Computer Engineering program from the University of Waterloo and is an active member of the open source community contributing to numerous projects and efforts.

Thursday, December 7, 2017
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Microsoft’s Reactor
https://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Microsoft-Events/events/245196191/

Azure Service Fabric on Linux – December 7, 2017

Written by Doug Spindler
Tuesday, 28 November 2017 21:55

Azure Service Fabric is a distributed systems platform used to build scalable, reliable, and easily-managed applications for the cloud. The Service Fabric platform provides orchestration of microservices and containers with fault resiliency and rapid failover and dynamic resource balancing. Using Service Fabric, developers and administrators can avoid solving complex infrastructure problems and focus instead on implementing mission-critical, demanding workloads that are scalable, reliable, and manageable. Service Fabric represents the next-generation middleware platform for building and managing these enterprise-class, Tier-1 cloud-scale services. The talk will focus on the recent announcement of the Linux platform with support for Java as a first-class programming language.
The Presenter: Sudhanva Huruli is a Program Manager in the Azure Service Fabric team. He joined Microsoft in 2017 and is currently working on building up the Linux offering on Service Fabric and improving the Java developer experience. Before joining the Service Fabric team, he worked on the core Azure Compute team focusing on driving programs to improve availability of services. He is a graduate from the Electrical & Computer Engineering program from the University of Waterloo and is an active member of the open source community contributing to numerous projects and efforts.

Register to attend https://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Microsoft-Events/events/245196191/?_co okie-check=0QMYdQP-S8EF7Mkp

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 on Wednesday December 6th.

It is mandatory to RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/holiday-party-for-sf-meetups-azure-net-po wershell-it-pro-f-microsoft-data-platform-c-tickets-40191887016

November 7 – Balancing data security risk with usability and productivity

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

Egnyte  https://www.egnyte.com/  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.

Speakers:

Jeff Sizemore: VP, Governance and Compliance, https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffsizemore/
Kevin Orlando: Solutions Engineer, https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevinorlando/
Mark Vinokur: Enterprise Account Executive,  https://www.linkedin.com/in/markvinokur/

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  https://www.egnyte.com/ this month’s meeting sponsor.

RSVP if you would like to join Eqnyte at 6:00 for pizza before the meeting.  http://www.pacitpros.org/meeting-rsvp/
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.  http://www.pacitpros.org/meeting-rsvp/

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 http://www.pacitpros.org/meeting-rsvp/

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:  https://samsclass.info/126/126_DC_2017.shtml

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

THIS MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE AT MICROSOFT”S CALIFORNIA STREET OFFICES.  555 CALIFORNA STREET.  YOU MUSUT RSVP TO ATTEND.

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: http://bit.ly/SFPL-DIW
Link to Tech Fair page on our website: http://bit.ly/SAF-TechFair
Link
to  Repair sign-up:
http://bit.ly/TechFair-Repair
Link
to Workshop sign-up:
http://bit.ly/TechFair-Workshop

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

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

THIS MEETING WILL BE TAKING PLACE AT MICROSOFT”S OFFICE AT 555 CALIFORNIA STREET.  YOU MUST RSVP TO ATTEND.

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 http://www.pacitpros.org/join-pacitpros/

Janurary 10 – HACK DAY AT THE REACTOR

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

TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2017
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 https://www.meetup.com/bayazure/events/236029924/?rv=ea1&_af=event&_af _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 https://www.docker.com/ and the Microsoft/Docker partnership https://www.docker.com/microsoft so you can build, ship, and run Windows and Linux distributed applications.  Our friends over at at Learn IT! http://www.learnit.com/ 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