IT-Pro User Group

The IT-Pro Users Group is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping IT Professionals keep their skills on the cutting edge of the industry.

Established in 1993, we are an official Microsoft user group but also support most other operating systems and technologies. The goal of the group is to pool our knowledge and resources so our members stay informed about technology, security, best practices, innovations and procedures. Everything an IT pro needs to keep their career moving forward.

Membership is FREE.

Our meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each Month (except November which is the second Wednesday to avoid Thanksgiving), from
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Next Meeting:

Feb 17 2016 - 07:00 pm-09:00 pm

Paul Braren of will be talking about “My 5 Year Ultimate Home Server quest, featuring Core i7 vZilla and those mini-tower Xeon D-1540 SuperServers”.

IT Pros and PC enthusiasts face challenges with running virtualization effectively at home, including VMware vSphere, Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V, Nutanix Acropolis and/or Linux KVM. Tougher still to make it simple to install and maintain a server affordably at home 24×7, including UPS and automated graceful shutdown. Intel’s new Xeon D-1540 solves this need for simplicity and speed with the TinkerTry’d efficient mini-tower called the Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T. Room for up to 8 drives, including the latest fastest NVMe SSDs. Peace of mind with preconfigured bundles shipped worldwide. We’ll get into the weeds about some of the early-adopter challenges that needed to be resolved, along with discussing novel use-case scenarios that have piqued the interest of so many already, including the SuperServer Workstation (ESXi+Windows 10). This platform is a huge step up from the Intel NUC, with eight Xeon CPU cores, two Intel 1GbE and two 10GbE network connections, and a whopping 128GB of affordable DDR4 RAM. Join us for presentation and demonstration. An opportunity for learning, Q&A, and heaps of fun.


Paul Braren has worked at IBM since 1995 in a wide variety of hands-on consulting roles, mostly involving Intel-based server installations. Experience includes over a decade of virtualization deployments using IBM, HP, and Dell gear at a variety customer sites across the US. His roles included designing and deploying, including customer software tuning labs, datacenters, classrooms across the globe, and secret-clearance-only sites. Paul is currently working as an IBM Storage (XIV and FlashSystem) Technical Advisor, with dozens of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York customers, and an occasional speaking role at VMworld. Finally working from his home in Connecticut these past 6 years, he’s enjoyed presenting at VMUGs and VTUGs, along with many evenings and weekends spent sharing over 600 IT stories and tips on his personal blog: TinkerTry IT @ home. Efficient virtualization, storage, backup, and more… Paul can also be found @paulbraren on Twitter and Paul Braren on Google+.
Duration: 02:00 hours.
Location: @ MTTI - 1241 Fall River Ave (RT 6), Seekonk, MA - Classroom 9(CST/NI classroom) Computer Service Technician/Network Installer classroom

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The meetings start with a 15-minute President’s Forum, which includes club business, technology information, and “Members Asking Members” which is an open floor for IT problems and solutions. A guest speaker follows this. We have an IT expert or a technical representative of a major manufacturer do presentations and sometimes club members.

IT-Pro User Group has a listserv to help our members stay in touch. It allows members to seek help from other members on tough questions. Special announcements and meeting reminders also channel through it.

IT-Pro User Group meetings are open to all IT professionals and others interested in IT technologies.