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[2011 Meetings]

Our Next Meeting is December 6th 2011

A couple of months ago I got a note from my pal Grey "Gramps" Lancaster asking me if we had any interest in seeimg him show off the new HomeServer (Gramps is the first ever HomeServer MVP) and how to run multiple instances of it in Hyper-V on an HP MicroServer. Gramps will also be showing DPM so you will get to see the full range of Microsoft backup offerings. I said of course, when do you want to come out. Well he was busy for October & November and we had StorageCraft already lined up, so he said how about December. I said you got it. So for our meeting on December 6th Gramps will be showing off a few of his favorite toys as he likes to call them :>)

Also Grey has gone through the necessary paperwork to become an OEM (not system builder but full-fledged OEM) with Microsoft and will be marketing his own brand of WSSE box to a select group of partners and will have one of the prototypes with him to show off to us.

ECPI has arranged for us to use the room with the concrete floor, so you can bring your dinner with you if you like. 

Hope you can make it, should be a lot of fun!

 Meeting Space compliments of
ECPI
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Our Last Meeting was November 1st 2011

While I was at SMB Nation in Las Vegas I bumped into the gang from StorageCraft and harrassed them about neglecting us for so long and guess what, our pal Matt Rutter is coming out to do our November meeting. StorageCraft has lots of new stuff to show off, it should be a great meeting. I know a few of you have had questions lately, so bring them along and let make it an interactive session, they are the best for all of us.

StorageCraft also has a new and improved partner program, how do I know you ask, because I helped shape it :>)

Due to the rules about food in the classrooms, I turned down their offer to buy dinner, it was just going to be to much of a hassle and distraction, so eat before you come or you are welcome to eat in the lunchroom, see note below.

Please remember you are welcome to bring food or drinks with you, but you must eat them in the cafeteria, not in the classrooms anymore, due to new carpeting. If you want to eat your din din in the lunchroom get there at 6:00PM. The actual meeting will start at 6:30pm.

Meeting Space compliments of

ECPI

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At Our Meeting October 4th 2011

I will still be on the road between SMB Nation and the SMB MVP Roadshow, and Kay Tatum has once again stepped up to be your stand in group leader, thank you Kay!

For October, one of our members John Zielke would like to lead an open discussion of favorite apps y'all use. So please bring a list of your top 5-10 favorite apps or tools and be prepared to discuss what you like about them. This type of open discussion always ranks near the top when I pole you guys about what kind of meetings you would like, so here is your chance, sorry I will not be there, I like these as well.

Also Kay will have some exciting news to share with you at the meeting, she is under strict NDA until then.

 

At Our Meeting September 6th 2011
How do you manage your privileged passwords? 
Come to the meeting and share horror stories and talk about best practices using solutions by
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The IT industry typically focuses on network security, endpoint security, firewalls, vulnerability testing, and intrusion detection. Unfortunately, passwords are often overlooked. Policies are created for end user passwords to ensure complexity and regular changes, but what about privileged passwords? Privileged accounts can do practically anything on the network with no accountability and the passwords are often known by many IT team members.  Privileged (admin/root) accounts are privileged system level accounts that do not correspond to an end user. Examples of privileged accounts include Windows local administrator accounts, UNIX root accounts, firewall admin accounts, application/service accounts, and router local accounts Ė and they all have passwords. 

Jonathan Cogley is the Product Manager and CEO at Thycotic Software which is headquartered in Washington DC and makes enterprise password management tools including Secret Server.  Secret Server is a web-based password vault for storing privileged passwords. Over 30,000 IT administrators worldwide trust Secret Server with their infrastructure passwords.  Secret Server also integrates with AD so you can apply permissions for access to passwords and it can even change passwords for servers, network devices and workstations automatically across the network.

Please remember you are welcome to bring food or drinks with you, but you must eat them in the cafeteria, not in the classrooms anymore, due to new carpeting. If you want to eat your din din in the lunchroom get there at 6:00PM. The actual presentation will start at 6:30pm.

Regular Meeting Space compliments of

ECPI

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At Our Meeting August 2nd 2011

We will be hosting a stop of the International SMB MVP Community Roadshow sponsored by HP & Microsoft and produced by SBSmigration.com. This is a going to be a big meeting for us and we will be taking advantage once again of the Regus Conference Center next door to ECPI. You will need to register for this event as we will likely sell out and I want to make sure you donít get turned away at the door, so please register early. Registration is open at smbmvptour.com/register  . You can get more information about the tour at smbmvptour.com. Food will be provided by the sponsors. Here is the news blurb;

The Triad SBS Group is proud to host a stop of the International SMB MVP Community Roadshow for our August meeting. This is a chance to hear first-hand from our peers in the field how they are implementing the New SMB Stack from Microsoft and see it actually demoíd on current shipping HP Hardware. This is not a canned sales pitch, this is a live demo by some of my fellow SMB MVP's on real world scenarios they are deploying today. Each stop on the tour will be a little different as the presenters change as the tour progresses and they also have to flexibility to shape the discussion to fit the local audience. The format will follow our normal 3 hour meeting, 30 minutes to eat (food supplied by tour sponsors) and mingle, 120 minutes of presentation and 30 minutes of networking to close the meeting. Presenters: we are lucky to have two outstanding MVPís presenting at our event, first possibly the most awarded person in SMB IT Amy Babinchak of Harbor Computing & Third Tier and also SBS MVP Cliff Galiher who is an independent consultant and also works for Third Tier in his spare time.

(Note: If you are a group leader and would like to look into having the tour stop at your group see http://www.sbsmigration.com/it-pro-community/signup.php and follow the instructions there. Also watch for a direct mailing from Jeff Middleton  with more details.)

 

At Our Meeting July 5th 2011

After last month's meeting a few of us were talking in the parking lot (the famous meeting after the meeting) about who used the advanced features of LogMeIn and Dick Snow offered to do a demo of some of them including Ignition . So this month he has agreed to do that demo and then we will have a random access session after that where you can ask your questions of the group and/or share any tips you find useful. Yes I know it is the day after the holiday, but that is when you are supposed to get back to normal, so I hope to see many of you there being normal :>)

Please remember you are welcome to bring food or drinks with you, but you must eat them in the cafeteria, not in the classrooms anymore, due to new carpeting. If you want to eat your din din in the lunchroom get there at 6:00PM. The actual meeting content will start at 6:30pm.

Coming up for our August 2nd Meeting we will be hosting a stop of the International SMB MVP Community Roadshow sponsored by HP & Microsoft and produced by SBSmigration.com. This is a going to be a big meeting for us and we will be taking advantage once again of the Regus Conference room next door to ECPI. You will need to register for this event as we will likely sell out and I want to make sure you donít get turned away at the door, so please register early. Registration is open at smbmvptour.com/register  . You can get more information about the tour at smbmvptour.com. Food will be provided by the sponsors.

(Note: If you are a group leader and would like to look into having the tour stop at your group see http://www.sbsmigration.com/it-pro-community/signup.php and follow the instructions there. Also watch for a direct mailing from Jeff Middleton  with more details.)

 

Regular Meeting Space compliments of

ECPI

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 At Our Meeting June 7th 2011

We would took a look at Windows Storage Server R2 Essentials previously known as code name Breckenridge. This is a server based on the common Colorado technology under the hood for SBS 2011 Essentials (Aurora) and Windows HomeServer 2011 (Vail). If you are looking for a backup solution for your SBS 2008 or SBS 2011 Standard this will fit the bill. Microsoft heard us when we said we needed a solution that was not called HomeSever and stepped up to the plate and delivered WSSE. We will also have some time to discuss current issues you may be having.

Please remember you are welcome to bring food or drinks with you, but you must eat them in the cafeteria, not in the classrooms anymore, due to new carpeting. It will take me a while to set everything up so if you want to eat your din din in the lunchroom get there at 6:00PM. The actual presentation will start at 6:30pm.

Still time to register and attend the upcoming TechStravaganza in Atlanta June 3rd
 http://techstravaganza-esli.eventbrite.com/

Not too late to register for SMB Nation Spring Conference in Toronto, Canada
http://www.smbnationevents.com/


And finally Jewel from ECPI has a request for some participation from some of our members which I will post here,
unfortunately I will not be able to attend as I will be in Atlanta that day at TechStravaganza 2011, see link above.
I hope at least a few of you can do us proud and help them out!
Make sure to let her know if you will be attending
jwatts@ecpi.edu


Hi Mr. Goodman,

 

We have an exciting opportunity coming up at ECPI.  On Friday, June 3 from 11am - 2pm we will hold our annual Advisory Board Meeting.  We invite industry professionals to join us in a round-table discussion on what you think students should do to prepare themselves for success in the corporate world.  This includes technologies that they should learn and skills that you think will be beneficial for them to have.

 

Areas of interest include:

- Web Design

- Electronics

- Network Security

- Mechatronics

- Business Administration

 

Lunch will be provided to all participants.  Please feel free to forward this email amongst those in the SBS Group, or any professional that qualifies to attend this event.  A response via email would be greatly appreciated!  Any questions, just let me know.

 

Thanks a bunch!

 

Jewel Watts, (Greensboro) <jwatts@ecpi.edu>

Instructor, ECPI College of Technology

7802 Airport Center Drive

Greensboro, NC 27409

Phone: (336) 665-1400 ext. 69439

Fax: (336) 664-0801

Meeting Space compliments of
Description: ECPI College of Technology
Click the logo for address and directions

 

 At Our Meeting May 3rd 2011

A couple of weeks ago I  presented Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 to Amy's brand new IT Pro Group see blog post and it was very well received. I figured I would do that same presentation for my own group for our upcoming May meeting . I would not want my peeps to feel cheated :>)

Please remember you are welcome to bring food or drinks with you, but you must eat them in the cafeteria, not in the classrooms anymore, due to new carpeting. It will take me a while to set everything up so if you want to eat your din din in the lunchroom get there at 6:00PM. The actual presentation will start at 6:30pm.

Upcoming TechStravaganza in Atlanta June 3rd
 http://techstravaganza-esli.eventbrite.com/

Kevin Royalty and I will be answering questions about WMS on TechNet Radio on May 4th at noon eastern time
https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032485865&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

And finally Jewel from ECPI has a request for some participation from some of our members which I will post here,
unfortunately I will not be able to attend as I will be in Atlanta that day at TechStravaganza 2011, see link above.
I hope at least a few of you can do us proud and help them out!
Make sure to let her know if you will be attending
jwatts@ecpi.edu


Hi Mr. Goodman,

 

We have an exciting opportunity coming up at ECPI.  On Friday, June 3 from 11am - 2pm we will hold our annual Advisory Board Meeting.  We invite industry professionals to join us in a round-table discussion on what you think students should do to prepare themselves for success in the corporate world.  This includes technologies that they should learn and skills that you think will be beneficial for them to have.

 

Areas of interest include:

- Web Design

- Electronics

- Network Security

- Mechatronics

- Business Administration

 

Lunch will be provided to all participants.  Please feel free to forward this email amongst those in the SBS Group, or any professional that qualifies to attend this event.  A response via email would be greatly appreciated!  Any questions, just let me know.

 

Thanks a bunch!

 

Jewel Watts, (Greensboro) <jwatts@ecpi.edu>

Instructor, ECPI College of Technology

7802 Airport Center Drive

Greensboro, NC 27409

Phone: (336) 665-1400 ext. 69439

Fax: (336) 664-0801

Meeting Space compliments of
Description: ECPI College of Technology
Click the logo for address and directions

At Our Meeting April 5th 2011

Post Meeting Update: We had a pretty good turnout with the weather and all, a few of you who could not get to the meeting asked about recordings. Their will be a virtual event on 4/13/2011 where you can get the content you missed, register at
https://partner.microsoft.com/us/40158719 and it will also be recorded if you miss that one as well, of course you can't ask questions if you wait for the recording so try to make the live virtual event on the 13th.

When I warned you last month that this meeting would sellout fast, even I was surprised at just how fast. The SBS 2011 Partner Road Show is going to be doing our April meeting we had already booked 58 attendees well past the 30 seat limit of our regular meeting space. I went back to Microsoft and they have authorized some additional funding for a larger space so we will be meeting in the building next door to ECPI. If you have not registered yet, we have 2 slots still open, but cut off is today 4/4/2011 at 2:00pm Eastern. Please register at https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032477494&Culture=en-US for more details CLICK HERE

Please Note the location for the April meeting is the Regus Building
7800 Airport Center Dr, Ste 401
Greensboro, NC 27409

This is the building directly to the right of ECPI sharing the same parking lot. Suite 401 is towards the back of the building.

At Our Meeting March 1st 2011

I was out of town at MVP Summit and MVP Nation so Kay has offered to run the meeting which seems appropriate since JR will be doing the presentation. Just think of it as an evening with Performance Dimensions, Inc

Here are the descriptions of the two applications JR will demo'd 

SmoothWall Express Firewall
The SmoothWall GPL project was founded in the summer of 2000 by Lawrence Manning (Principle Code Author) and Richard Morrell (Project Manager). Their goal was to create a Linux distribution that could convert a redundant PC into a hardened internet firewall device. The goals of the project can be summed up as:

1. Be simple enough to be installed by home users with no knowledge of Linux

2. Support a wide variety of network cards, modems and other hardware

3. Work with many different connection methods and ISPs from across the world

4. Manage and configure the software using a web browser

5. Run efficiently on older, cheaper hardware

6. Develop a supportive user community

7. Use sponsorship from SmoothWall Limited to further these goals

 Washington Post Article  

Zentyal - The Linux Small Business Server

 Manage all your computer network services through one single platform. Zentyal is a Network Gateway, Unified Threat Manager, Office Server, Infrastructure Manager, Unified Communications Server or a combination of them. All services based on the same technology and fully integrated. For the first time you can make your network act as one single unit.

 And for our April Meeting The SBS 2011 Partner Road Show will be dropping in. You need to register for this event before it fills up, Please register at https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032477494&Culture=en-US for more details CLICK HERE

Finally Microsoft UGSS (User Group Support Services) would like you to fill out a short survey before the end of February CLICK HERE for the survey or HERE for more details.

 

At Our February Meeting

It had been quite a while since we had a member to member meeting, and these have been very popular in the past, so for February you brought your tough problems and the group put on their thinking caps and solved them for you with a little give and take. All questions related SMB Business and/or Technology were fair game.  I also gave a sneak peak at the new Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 and now some of you are as anxious for it to RTM as I am,

Meeting Space compliments of
ECPI College of Technology
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At Our January Meeting
Happy New Year!

Update: Wow what a turnout, we had close to 200 folks in attendance. Dave put out a great spread of food and the CITPG members were great hosts! Karl put on a great presentation and yours truly won the Intel Hybrid Server, no there was no fix, it was a honest drawing in front of the whole crowd :>)

Due to some major miscommunications (probably my fault) between, Karl Palachuk, Intel, Dave Sanders and myself it has turned out that our Intel Hybrid Cloud meeting is happening on the right date in the wrong city. I spoke to Dave and Karl and everyone is bending over backwards to work this out. So based on your wiliness to help as well, we are going to make it a joint meeting between CITPG and TSBSG and meet in the Charlotte location on our meeting date.

Karl has asked that you please register on HIS SITE to confirm your attendance and be eligible to win the Grand Prize, a Lenovo TS200v Server. See HIS FLYER for more specifics about the event.

 For more information about the venue and directions please see the CITPG WEBSITE  it says food is $7.00 but Intel is picking up the tab. If you plan to eat please make sure to click the CITPG link above and check the box for food so Dave has an accurate count for the chef. Yes that's right CITPG has it's very own chef, see what you can do with a huge membership! It will say the cost is 7.00, but worry not, Intel is sponsoring the food completely, as long as you register!

I am sorry about the requirement for dual registration for this event, but it is out of my control.
Keep an eye on our website for last minute updates!

 Thank You Again To Everyone For Your Flexibility With The January Meeting Arrangements.
HA

PS next month things will be back to normal and we will be back home meeting at ECPI, topic ytbd

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