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Dec 12 2018

Holiday Meeting / ComVault

Agenda:
6:15pm Dinner provided by ComVault
6:30 – 7:00 Introduction, Nominations, & Voting
7:00 – 7:45 Keynote Presentation
7:45 - 8:00 Break
8:00 – 8:30 Sponsor Presentation
8:30pm Prize Giveaways


Keynote Presentation:

Group Q&A / How to be a Consultant

Bob Borges and Bill Dwyer will be leading a group Q&A session around utilities and mordern IT. They will also discuss what it takes to be an consultant in the ever evolving field of Information Technology.

  • Management and Troubleshooting tools
  • Remote access utilities
  • Speaking with client CEOs and other executives

 
Event Sponsored By:

Bob Smolenyak of ComVault will be presenting:

Digital Transformation and Industry Leading Heterogeneous & Storage Agnostic Data Management

  • How a single solution can enable you to maximize your Azure Cloud, Azure Stack, O365, on-premise data environment.
  • How a comprehensive and heterogeneous data management is your best defense against Ransomeware attacks and compliance issues (including GDPR).
  • How to accelerate workload migrations to Azure (and now Azure Stack) to create the agility you need.
  • How to enable O365 content to be searched for E-Discovery with the rest of your enterprise’s data.

You will also experience hands-on demonstrations of this technology in action - enabling you to evaluate the real impact it can have on your digital transformation.

Bio:  Bob Smolenyak - Global PMM – Office of the CTO - CommVault Inc. - CommVault Inc.
Over 25 years industry experience in Distributed Data and Storage Management, Data Protection, Archiving, Content Management, Disaster Recovery and e-discovery technologies.


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Sep 12 2018

Paul Asadoorian

Agenda:
6:30 – 7:00 Introduction, Members Helping Members
7:00 – 8:30 Keynote Presentation
8:30pm Prize Giveaways


Keynote Presentation:

Paul Asadoorian

Come along on a fantastic voyage and learn Hip Hip and how it relates to information security! When I was growing up there were two things that intrigued me, computers and rap music. Using examples from my favorite genre or music, we’ll explore some interesting facets of rap music, and discuss the lessons and parallels to security today. There will be no half steppin’. It will be dope as it allows us to dig into topics such as:

  • Is security a fad? How do we differentiate a fad from something here to stay?
  • Encouraging youth to become security engineers, a call-to-action for the community
  • Deviating from established norms and setting trends, few truly change the industry, and who will change the security industry in the near future?
  • Remembering those who have passed on and learning from their work
  • How true experts practice their craft (and how to best utilize their skills and share the knowledge)
  • Few things are truly original (and it’s okay, in most cases)
  • Not all legends reach the same pinnacle of success. What separates the best from the rest?
  • How experts make career pivots, and actually pull it off
  • New isn’t always better
  • We all have beefs (and better ways to resolve them. And no, we’re not going to dig into social media beefs)

Paul Asadoorian is the founder and CEO of Security Weekly, a security podcast network providing free security information to the community and security market validation to a wide array of security companies. Paul is the primary host to several shows, including Paul’s Security Weekly, Enterprise Security Weekly, providing the security community with valuable knowledge. Paul is also a founding member of Active Countermeasures, a startup dedicated to providing reliable sources of actionable intelligence. Previously Paul has held positions at Tenable Network Security, penetration testing firms, university and other industries. Paul is an IANS faculty member and has presented at various security conferences including RSA, Derbycon, Brucon, SOURCE Conference and more.

 

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Jun 13 2018

SIP Trunking and VoIP Phones

Agenda:
6:15pm Dinner provided
6:30 - 7:00 Introduction, Members Helping Members
7:00 - 7:45 First Presentation
7:45 - 8:00 Break
8:00 - 8:30 Second Presentation
8:30pm Prize Giveaways


First Presentation:

Steve Rosenbaum of Contemporary Telephone will be presenting:

An Overview of Allwork VoIP Phone System

Steve will give an overview of types of network cabling as well as running and certifying them. He will review the Allworx IP phone system as well as similar Voice Over IP phone systems.


Second Presentation:

Brad Fackler of New Horizons Communications will be presenting:

SIP Trunks and Hosted PBX

Brad will discuss SIP trunks and hosted phone systems.


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Mar 14 2018
Meeting Cancelled


Jan 10 2018

Everything You Didn't Know about Microsoft's Cloud Offerings - Azure AD, Office 365, Hyper-V, Hybrid Cloud

Microsoft MVP Robert Borges and Bill Dwyer will team up to talk about various private and public cloud technologies, including the things you didn't think of. We will talk about Office 365 administration, setup, reliability, and synchronizing your existing Active Directory users. We will also talk about Hyper-V and Azure virtual machines and hybrid environments, including migration, hybrid cloud, failover technologies, and licensing.

The second part of the meeting will be a roundtable discussion around various tools and utilities to make IT Professionals more productive.

Sponsored by:
Microsoft

Agenda:
6:15pm Pizza Dinner Provided by Microsoft
6:30 – 7:00 Introduction, Nominations, Officer Elections, & Members Helping Members
7:00 – 7:45 Keynote Presentation
7:45 - 8:00 Break
8:00 - 8:30 Roundtable Discussion: Utilities and More!
8:30 pm Prize Giveaways



Sep 13 2017

Turbocharging Windows Administration with PowerShell

Agenda:
6:15pm Dinner provided
6:30 – 7:00 Introduction & Members Helping Members
7:00 – 7:55 Keynote Presentation by Bryan Cafferky
7:55 - 8:00 Break
8:00 – 8:30 Sponsor Presentation
8:30pm Speaker Q&A and Prize Giveaways


Keynote Presentation:

Turbocharging Windows Administration with PowerShell

PowerShell has become the backbone of Windows Administration and expanded to include Linux and all popular cloud platforms. This presentation will explain and demonstrate the most critical features of PowerShell and the most useful commands for systems administration. We'll walk through examples while getting familiar with the PowerShell Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Demonstrations include querying and modifying resources on multiple machines simultaneously (PowerShell Remoting), using built-in job execution and scheduling, and how to navigate resources like the Windows registry as if it were a file system. If you are involved in systems administration, you absolutely need to know PowerShell and here’s your chance!

About Bryan Cafferky...
Bryan (@bryancafferky) is a 2016 Microsoft Cloud and Data Center Management MVP and 2017 Data Platform MVP. His specialties include cloud and on-premise automation with PowerShell, ETL, data architecture, and analytics. He is the author of Pro PowerShell for Database Developers by Apress, available on Amazon. He leads the PASS Chapter, The RI Microsoft BI User Group, and the Southern New England R User Group. He is a Data Solutions Consultant with decades of experience and frequently presents at technical events. He has been working with the SQL Server stack since 1997 and implemented projects in the banking, insurance, e-commerce, utility, and health care industries. He holds a bachelor of science in computer information systems and a Masters in Business Administration.

 

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Jun 14 2017

Everything You Didn't Know about Microsoft's Cloud Offerings - Azure AD, Office 365, Hyper-V, Hybrid Cloud

Microsoft MVP Robert Borges and Bill Dwyer will team up to talk about various private and public cloud technologies, including the things you didn't think of. We will talk about Office 365 administration, setup, reliability, and synchronizing your existing Active Directory users. We will also talk about Hyper-V and Azure virtual machines and hybrid environments, including migration, hybrid cloud, failover technologies, and licensing.

Agenda:  
6:15pm Pizza Dinner - Provided by Bay State Integrated Technology  
6:30 – 7:00 Introduction & Members Helping Members  
7:00 – 7:45 Keynote Presentation  
7:45 - 8:00 Break  
8:00 - 8:30 Sponsor Speaker  
8:30 pm Prize Giveaways  

Pizza will be sponsored by Bay State Integrated Technology, Inc.



Mar 08 2017

PBX and PSTN in the Cloud with Office 365

Mike Dixon of Wellington Street Consulting will be speaking about using the new Cloud PBX and Cloud PSTN in Office 365 Enterprise offerings.

With Skype for Business Cloud PBX, users can globally manage calls right within Office 365 and eliminate separate PBX systems for information workers. This provides users with access everywhere, so they can make, receive and transfer calls from mobiles, tablets, and PCs from nearly anywhere with Internet access. It also provides consolidated management, so the Office 365 administration portal is the central location to manage users for communications, email and content.


Dec 21 2016
[download presentation] Officer Nominations & Elections Tonight!! Event Sponsored By: Kaspersky Lab Mark Villinski of Kaspersky Lab will be presenting:

Unlock the Key to Repel Ransomware

Your screen freezes and a dialogue box pops up to tell you that your computer is locked and your files will all be gone forever if you don’t pay up. Since many victims are willing to pay the ransom, this type of cryptomalware is on the rise, netting millions of dollars for cybercriminals looking for a substantial return on their minimal investment. During this session you will hear from Mark Villinski, Kaspersky Lab, on what they as a security vendor are seeing in this growing area of focus for both security vendors and cybercriminals. . Areas of focus will include:
  • Common ransomware scenarios and delivery mechanisms
  • Trends in this growing form of cybercrime
  • Recommendations to help your organization avoid being a victim


Sep 21 2016
Microsoft MVP, author, and blogger, Bill Wilder will be presenting:

Meet Azure, Your Next Data Center

Bill WilderIt is nearly impossible to find a company today that does not rely on the cloud, at least for applications like email, CRM, or document management. But the cloud want more of your workloads, including all of your applications and databases and more. In this talk, join long-time Azure MVP Bill Wilder, founder of Boston Azure, book author (Cloud Architecture Patterns, O’Reilly Media, 2012), and CTO of Finomial (a born-in-the-cloud SaaS company serving the hedge fund industry), for an overview of what the Azure cloud offers – and why it will increasingly make business sense for you to make it your data center.  
Event Sponsored By: PAESSLER PRTG

Infrastructure Monitoring Best Practices

How do you monitor and respond to issues in your infrastructure? What is unified monitoring and why is it important? What factors should you consider when choosing a monitoring solution? Join Paessler, the creators of PRTG Network Monitor and Paessler's Sales Engineer, Greg Ross, for a live session where they will discuss network monitoring best practices and how you can use PRTG Network Monitor to set up a world-class monitoring strategy for your organization. To help us get a head count, please Register Online


Jun 15 2016

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Jack Daniel of Tenable Network Security will be joining us to talk about

The State of Information (In)security

Jack DanielThis presentation will highlight usable information from a variety of sources, including the Verizon DBIR, to provide not only an overview of the state of security, but practical advice for efficiently improving security regardless of your current security situation. The presentation will also include a review of VERIS, the incident investigation framework used by organizations around the world and the framework behind Verizon DBIR data analysis.
Sponsored by:

Tanium: 15-Second Visibility and Control over every endpoint in even the largest networks.

TaniumJohn Boulmetis of Tanium will be live demo of the Tanium platform focusing on Asset information as well as Incident Response and Hunting scenarios followed by some Q&A.


Mar 16 2016

MicrosoftDan Stolts of Microsoft will be presenting:
Windows Server 2016 and Thought Leadership Around the Future of IT

Windows Server 2016 and the cloud will play an increasing role in helping us meet the challenges of our new IT landscape. Come to this session to have a look at the near future as well as the soon to be released tools to help us meet these challenges. On this journey, we will get a sneak peek of the next version of Windows Server… Windows Server 2016.

Dan Stolts - ITProGuruBio: Dan Stolts “ITProGuru” is a technology expert who is a master of systems management and security. He is Chief Technology Strategist for Microsoft, owns several businesses and is a published author. Reach him on his primary blog http://itproguru.com or twitter @ITProGuru. He is proficient in many datacenter technologies and holds many certifications including MCT, MCITP, MCSE, TS, etc. Dan is currently specializing in system management, virtualization and cloud technologies. Dan is and has been a very active member of the user group community. Dan is an enthusiastic advocate of technology and is passionate about helping others. 


Dell ComputerOur group member, Dave Pavone of Dell, will also be showing off some of Dells latest technology.

Dinner will be provided by Dell


Feb 17 2016

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Paul Braren of TinkerTry.com 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.

Bio:

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+.


Jan 20 2016
Meeting Cancelled


Dec 16 2015
No Meeting - Winter Break


Nov 18 2015


Oct 21 2015
NutanixMichael Berthiaume of Nutanix - What could you accomplish if you no longer had to spend all your time managing your infrastructure? Nutanix makes datacenter infrastructure invisible, elevating IT to focus on applications and services that power their business. Join this session to be one of the first to learn about the new Nutanix Xtreme Computing Platform, the 100% software-defined infrastructure solution that combines storage, compute and virtualization. This session will include:

  • A first look at Nutanix Acropolis, which integrates compute, storage and virtualization to run any application
  • A preview of Nutanix Prism, which gives administrators a simple and elegant way to manage virtual environments
  • A discussion of how web-scale engineering and consumer-grade design applied to the infrastructure stack makes infrastructure simple
Nutanix will also be providing pizza and some great raffle prizes!!
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Sep 16 2015
Paul ThurrottPaul Thurrott will be coming by to speak about Windows 10. Paul Thurrott is an award-winning technology journalist and blogger with over 20 years of industry experience and the author of over 25 books. He is the News Director for the Petri IT Knowledgebase, the major domo at Thurrott.com, and the co-host of two tech podcasts: Windows Weekly with Leo Laporte and Mary Jo Foley, and What the Tech with Andrew Zarian. He was formerly the senior technology analyst at Windows IT Pro and the creator of the SuperSite for Windows.


Sep 12 2015

Azure Loadfest 2015

Learn how to get your organization hybrid-ready at the Azure Loadfest. In just one day of hands-on training, you’ll learn how to move your IT workloads from on-premises to the cloud and back again. After all, who wants to choose between your datacenter and the public cloud? With Microsoft Azure, you get the best of all possible scenarios – plus, powerful virtualization, on-demand application scaling, complete data control and much more. Expect lively demos and hands-on labs from IT experts who will get you fired up and ready to apply what you’ve learned. Here are just some of the topics we’ll cover:
  • Migration of on-premises virtualization to Azure Virtual Machines, Apps, and Storage
  • ADFS on Microsoft Azure and Office 365 Integration, including Multi-Factor authentication
  • Microsoft Azure for Test and Development (IaaS)
  • Application migration to Microsoft Azure (IaaS & PaaS)
  • SQL BI, Media, Backup, DR and much more
Tickets are limited, so register online today! Eventbrite - Azure Loadfest


Aug 19 2015
No Meeting - Summer Break


Jul 15 2015
No Meeting - Summer Break


Jun 17 2015
Meeting Cancelled


May 20 2015
Dave Pavone from Dell is the speaker. He will be going over the current Dell server technology and anything thing else we bring up. Dave is a great speaker and has a very broad knowledge of the industry not just Dell so is happy to open the floor to additional topics after the main one.


Apr 15 2015

Peter Hail of Warehouse CablesWarehouse Cables will present: The Wrong Cable or Incorrect Installation Could Cost You or Your Company Big $$. How do you Choose the Correct Cable for your Application?
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This training session answers the important questions:

  • Understanding the industry standards
  • Why are twisted pairs necessary
  • How solid or stranded conductors make a difference
  • Why the outer cable jacket is important
  • Performance of different category cables
  • What the Mhz rating really means
  • Shielded vs Unshielded cable
  • Why quality matters
  • Where to get help
  • Peter will also discuss power issues and ways to mitigate and prevent them.

    Peter Hail has worked in the industrial electrical, data communications and information technology fields for over 30 years. He assembled and tested the first IBM PC’s while working for Brown & Sharpe Mfg during the 1980’s and has since helds many supporting roles including: USCG Naval Engineering Support, Electronic field service engineer in the machine tool industry, Manufacturers representative for engineering and architecheral firms in the Boston area, System Administrator and hardware support, Marketing and sales of network cable products and devices, Started Warehouse Cables, LLC in 2002.


    Mar 18 2015

    Meeting Cancelled.


    Jan 21 2015

    Justin Walker and Steven from SophosSophos will give a demo of Sophos’s Cloud security offering. What does that entail?

    As a customer, you’ll have the ability to have your AV, MDM, & Encryption needs hosted through a web based console- NO HARDWARE NEEDED!

    As a partner, you have the ability to have an internal dashboard where you can see each of your clients licenses. You can upgrade and send out trial as well right from there!


    Dec 17 2014
    No Meeting - Winter Break


    Nov 19 2014
    Steve Sullivan of Sophos will be talking about the Sophos Unified Threat Management firewall solutions (formerly Astaro Security Gateway)... More details to come.


    Oct 15 2014

    Paul Asadoorian, Founder & CEO of Security Weekly / Hack Naked TV, will be speaking about The Internet of Things (IoT).

    The Internet of Things (IoT) aims to makes our lives better, yet there is still no foundation for security controls on the devices that allow us to access the Internet, listen to music, watch television, control the temperature in our homes and more. This talk will look at the history of embedded device insecurity. We’ll explore some real-world example of how devices are exploited (and attackers profited). You will also learn what we can do to help fix these problems and push the industry for a much higher level of security for devices affecting our daily lives.


    Sep 17 2014

    Lee Benjamin, ExchangeGuy and Surface Pro 3

    Lee Benjamin, Chairman Exchange Server Boston, the ExchangeGuy that Microsoft pays to help them, will briefly discuss preparing for Office 365, recent updates to Office 365, as well as recent updates (including scalability improvements) for Exchange 2013 Public Folders.

    Kevin Gorski, of the Providence Microsoft Store, will also be showing off the new Surface Pro 3 tablet. Get a hands on preview of the tablet that can replace your laptop, Surface Pro 3!


    Aug 20 2014
    No Meeting - Summer Break


    Jul 16 2014
    No Meeting - Summer Break


    Jun 18 2014

    Paul Thurrott will take a look at the One Microsoft strategy with an eye on how the changes across the company's many businesses - Windows, Phone, Office/Office 365, Surface, Xbox, Azure and more - impact both businesses and individuals. It's not just marketing silliness: This changes everything.


    May 21 2014

    Gene Laisne will go over the different ways PowerShell can be used and look at how to write more effective PowerShell. He will go over dealing with errors, leveraging –WhatIf and –Confirm in your own functions and highlight some of the ways to leverage .NET directly. By the end, you will have a better idea of how PowerShell can make your life easier, and your work more efficient.

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    Apr 16 2014

    Dan Stolts of Microsoft - "Windows Server 2012 and Storage Spaces EXPOSED!"

    In this session, learn about the latest and greatest technologies built into Windows Server 2012 R2 including how you can deploy Storage Spaces as the infrastructure on which your datacenter, public or private cloud runs. We demonstrate how to deliver cost efficiency, availability, and performance to the enterprise and at hosting scale. The beginning of commodity storage is here now. You will learn about the new technology and how you can use it to tame your datacenter storage woes. Plus, plenty of Q&A about Windows Server so come learn with us.

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    Mar 19 2014
    Walter Horowitz will be talking about IPv6.  [Download PPT]