August 2019 – Yo, That’s WAC!

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NOTE: We are back at Awesome Inc this month!

Date: Friday August 16th, 2019

Time: 11:30a-1:00p

Topic: Yo, That’s WAC!

Windows Admin Center is FREE to use. Let’s look at it!
Windows Admin Center (WAC) comes free with Windows Server and allows you vast visibility and control over your environment.
This HTML5-based UI can be set up in minutes and can manage a wide variety of servers, roles, and functions. There are new releases every six months, and paired with an extensible API, WAC is always going to be getting new features.
We’re going to tempt fate and demo it live, so come wish us luck!

 

Bring your questions!

Speaker: Brent Earls

Brent Earls is the Chief Technology Officer at Mirazon, a local IT consulting services company. Brent has been with Mirazon for 12 years and has his MCSE, MCITP, VCP and VCAP. He has a degree in information systems from the University of Louisville.

Location: 

Awesome Inc
348 East Main Street
Lexington, KY 40507

Agenda:

11:30am – Check-in, networking, and time to grab lunch (provided)
12:00pm – Welcome and feature presentation

November 2018 – Tapping the Power in PowerShell

Date: Friday November 16th, 2018

Time: 11:30a-1:00p

Topic: Tapping the Power in PowerShell

Target Audience:Developers and IT Pros

Level: 200/300

SP Version(s):SharePoint Online, SharePoint Server 2010+

PowerShell has been around in some form since 2005, but it was only with SharePoint Server 2010 that PowerShell became an official part of the SharePoint administrative landscape. Nowadays, PowerShell is the preferred mechanism for administrative management of SharePoint farms, both on-premises and in the cloud with SharePoint Online. In this session, we’ll be taking a more advanced look at PowerShell and how it can be used to execute and script administrative actions for SharePoint. We’ll look at some common SharePoint activities that are carried-out through PowerShell, as well as some of the newer PowerShell capabilities like desired state configuration (DSC). We’ll also look at some PowerShell watch-outs including some behaviors that can sometimes cause trouble with SharePoint. Administrators and developers alike will leave this session with a variety of concepts and script samples that can be used to immediately improve operations within their own SharePoint environments.

Highlights

  1. A review of baseline PowerShell operations, concepts, and SharePoint cmdlets
  2. A look at advanced PowerShell capabilities (like DSC) and how they can be leveraged

Numerous script samples that can be adapted for use in most SharePoint environments

Speaker:

SeanMcDonough

Sean McDonough, CTO Bitstream Foundry

Sean is the Chief Technology Officer for Bitstream Foundry, a Cincinnati-based provider of SharePoint solutions, services, and consulting. Microsoft certified MCP, MCTS, and MCPD, Sean has over two decades of experience developing software, building infrastructures, and solving technical problems. Unable to take anything except the deep dive into any role, Sean has acquired a diverse and expansive skill set as consultant, product manager, solution architect, team lead, administrator, and platform evangelist through the years. Some might label his passion for all things tech related as borderline ‘obsession’, but it is equal only to his desire to share those discoveries and experiences with others as author, blogger, and frequent speaker/instructor at technical conferences, user groups, and similar events all over North America. Sean is also a Microsoft MVP. He can be reached through his blog (http://SharePointInterface.com) or on Twitter (@spmcdonough)

Location: 

Awesome Inc
348 East Main Street
Lexington, KY 40507

Agenda:

11:30am – Check-in, networking, and time to grab lunch (provided)
12:00pm – Welcome and feature presentation

NOTE: There is free parking beside, and behind the building.  Check out the parking map.

October 2018 – Microsoft Ignite Recap

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Date: Friday October 19th, 2018

Time: 11:30a-1:00p

Topic: Microsoft Ignite Recap

Microsoft’s biggest community event of the year, Ignite, kicks off at the end of September.  The event will include over 700 deep-dive sessions, 100+ workshops, and thousands of networking opportunities.  Join us as Jeremy Miller and Matt Varney lead a panel discussion of some the biggest announcements and takeaways from the week so you can prepare your company for what’s next from the Microsoft world!

Speakers:

Jeremy Miller, Enterprise Architect KCTCS

Jeremy is an Enterprise Architect focused on designing secure and scalable solutions. He has a broad background in designing and supporting both cloud and on-premises systems. Jeremy’s past experiences include working with Microsoft technologies in complex environments ranging from SMB hospitality to EDU to multi-national manufacturing companies. In his downtime he enjoys cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats, trying new beers, eating great food, and experiencing new adventures.

Matt Varney, Intranet Administrator KCTCS

Matt Varney is a technology architect specializing in enterprise IT strategy and solutions. Matt is the Intranet Administrator for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and its 8,000 employees. His 18 years of technology experience has made him an expert in both the technical and organizational aspects of IT. He likes nuts-and-bolts work like SharePoint farm and Office 365 administration, but he also enjoys creating the business process and people conditions necessary for effective implementations. With an emphasis on the big picture, Matt is at his best when working with employee groups and teams, helping them find hidden value in the processes and digital artifacts they thought they knew. On a personal note, he’s a fan of fine bourbon, winning basketball and horse racing.

Location: 

Awesome Inc
348 East Main Street
Lexington, KY 40507

Agenda:

11:30am – Check-in, networking, and time to grab lunch (provided)
12:00pm – Welcome and feature presentation

NOTE: There is free parking beside, and behind the building.  Check out the parking map.

May 2018 Meetup

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Date: Friday May 18th, 2018

Time: 11:30a-1:00p

Topic: Using PowerShell with SharePoint

May’s session is all about utilizing PowerShell with SharePoint! PowerShell is a powerful scripting language that can be utilized to automate and configure your SharePoint instance. In this talk, Russell Patrick will show the basics of PowerShell and how it relates to your SharePoint Farm.

Speaker: Russell Patrick

RussellPatrick-ComposableSystems.jpgRussell Patrick is the key SharePoint Architect at Composable Systems, a custom software firm in Louisville, Kentucky. Working in SharePoint for five years in three different capacities, Russell can answer almost everything on the topic. He is a co-organizer for the Louisville SharePoint Users Group and an active member of the Louisville Microsoft Users Group. Russell wishes to one day bring SharePoint Saturdays back to the Ville.

Location: 

Awesome Inc
348 East Main Street
Lexington, KY 40507

Agenda:

11:30am – Check-in, networking, and time to grab lunch (provided)
12:00pm – Welcome and feature presentation

NOTE: There is plenty of free parking beside, and behind the building.