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Written by admin
Monday, 17 March 2014 15:00
San Francisco, CA
Microsoft Office 
Meetings are now being held at Microsoft’s new newest SF office
680 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Next meeting
Tuesday June 7, 2016 @ 6:30pm

Los Angeles, CA
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Sacramento, CA – PowerShell UG
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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.

Mar 1–What’s New from Microsoft

Written by Doug Spindler
Friday, 26 February 2016 17:15

Join us for a Microsoft What’s New From Microsoft meeting – Windows Server 2016, Windows 10 and Cloud/Azure.

This is a Microsoft sponsored meeting with free food and free giveaways.

Feb 2 – What does Microsoft mean when they say, If you are not running Windows 10 by July 2017 don’t expect patches or support anymore

Written by Doug Spindler
Monday, 01 February 2016 16:52

Meeting topic – What does Microsoft mean when they say, If you are not running Windows 10 by July 2017 don’t expect patches or support anymore.
There are a lot of details to Microsoft’s July 2017 deadline and it does not apply to all computers. But if you are working with corporate customers and you are buying new computers and exercise your downgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1 rights you might want to rethink what you are doing. It’s not only Microsoft, but the computer industry which is behind Mycroft’s support change announcement. Supporters include: Intel, Dell, HP, AMD, nVidia, and printer/peripheral manufactures.
Read this closely. If you purchase purchase computers with new CPUs and downgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1 and there’s a Windows update after July 2017 that computer which may have been working in June might not be working in August.

At tomorrow night’s meeting we will discuss why Microsoft and the computer industry is doing this to us. Is it a good thing or bad? Before passing judgment hear both sides of the story.

Microsoft and the computer industry is giving us a year and a half to upgrade customers and our environments to Windows.10. If this is something you want to avoid just don’t buy any new computers.