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1) NELeaders: 2/10 http://neleaders.com

    • "Improving YOUR NAME Brand"
    • “Value of Getting Published”

2) Certified Career Conference: Feb 17th online: Registration and more details 

(80% discount on the regular fee) Promo code to use: CCDX5CH6MS

    • People and Technology: The Whole World is in Your Hands – Proactively Managing ALL Critical Infrastructure
    • Opportunity Knocks: Leveraging an Enormous Technology Community: Get The Answers You Need - When You Need Them

3) MVP Summit: 2/27-3/2 http://www.2011mvpsummit.com

4) Virtualization Deep Dive Day 3/11 http://www.virtg.com/deepdiveDay2011/

    • Introduction to Virtualization: Virtualization Strategy, Products, and Solutions for the New Economy
    • Cloud Computing Essentials for IT Pros
    • 10 Hot Topics Every IT Admin Needs to Know about Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

5) User Group Speaker Training 3/12 http://menlo.com/speak/

6) Windows Connections: 3/27 Registration and more details

    • Direct Access Always Connected: Death of the VPN
    • 10 Hot Topics Every IT Admin Needs to Know about Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
    • Monitoring and Managing All Critical Infrastructure

7) TechNet FireStarters Management and Deployment: Starts on 4/5 Registration and more details available soon!

    • Keynote: The Whole World is in Your Hands – Proactively Managing ALL Critical Infrastructure
    • Do You Think Integrated Management is Just for Large Enterprises?  Think Again!!! (John Baker)
    • Can’t See the Forest Through The Trees? See It All Through Monitoring
    • Get A Grip On Your Virtual World: Advanced Virtualization Management
    • Look Mom, No Hands! Zero Touch Software and OS Deployment (John Baker)

Abstracts and Additional detail follows:

1) NELeaders: 2/10  "Improving YOUR NAME Brand" and “Value of Getting Published”  NELeaders Mission: Give IT Pro Community Leaders a mechanism to network and brainstorm to improve our technical community and assist our community leaders.  This is open to community leaders only.  See http://NELeaders.com for more information.

2) Certified Career Conference: Feb 17th online: Registration and more details

More Information on the Microsoft Certified Career Conference

On February 17, 2001, jump-start or expand your IT career at the Microsoft Certified Career Conference, a 24-hour virtual event for technical professionals (or anyone aspiring to be one). Meet employers at our virtual career fair; learn how to find the right job, write winning resumes, and interview with a razor sharp strategy at our Career Essentials sessions. Network with fellow professionals from around the world and glean career advice from experts in the field. And of course, hone your technical knowledge and prepare for certification exams.

(80% discount on the regular fee) Promo code to use: CCDX5CH6MS

For more information about this event, and frequent updates, please also visit these resources:

Overview and Registration site

The Microsoft Certified Career Conference Facebook Page

Born to Learn Event Blog

I will have the following 2 sessions…

People and Technology: The Whole World is in Your Hands – Proactively Managing ALL Critical Infrastructure

Do you feel like you are always in crises mode?  Are you tired of having to put out fires? Do you want to learn what it takes to become a proactive and rationalized IT shop?   Are you ready for the cloud?  In this session we will address these concerns and more as we take a look inside the Microsoft Management Stack.  We will cover the basics of what you need to know to get started.  We will look at on-premise as well as the path to take those tools to the cloud. You will walk away with a basic understanding of the tools that make up the Microsoft management stack and some resources to help you plan and implement your new rationalized IT shop.  Join us and learn how to get more out of your most precious resource… YOUR TIME!  All of this brought to you by “The IT Pro Guru” Dan Stolts.

Opportunity Knocks: Leveraging an Enormous Technology Community: Get The Answers You Need - When You Need Them

Do you know who to call when you need career advice? Do you know the GURU in all technologies you work with? Do you have a strong steel like relationship with your partners, customers and peers?  Do you know who to call when you get in a jam?  Do you know who to call to keep yourself out of a jam in the first place?   This session will teach you what you need to know to eventually be able to answer all of these questions in the affirmative.  You have to learn to walk before you run so you will not as a result of this session be able to answer yes to all questions.  But you will learn how you can eventually get to that point.  The “IT Pro Guru” (Dan Stolts) teaches us how to get involved, grow your sphere of influence and put yourself in a position to know all the right people.  If you listen closely, you may even walk away with the secret (magic bullet) to you personally becoming the person that others seek out.  So, come and learn how to get the answers you want when you need them.   It may just change your life!

MVP Summit: 2/27-3/2 http://www.2011mvpsummit.com/ If you are attending, please feel free to schedule a meeting with me using the online portal.

Virtualization Deep Dive Day 3/11 http://www.virtg.com/deepdiveDay2011/

Introduction to Virtualization: Virtualization Strategy, Products, and Solutions for the New Economy

Learn about the many different aspects of Virtualization and Cloud Computing.  Join Dan Stolts the ITProGuru, President of Boston User Groups, Founder of Virtualization Group Boston, and Sr. IT Pro Evangelist for Microsoft as he covers all things virtualization from the datacenter, to the desktop, to the cloud -- and how it will help you cut costs and build value. In this session we review and demonstrate virtualization products and discuss how you can use them to solve today's IT issues (cost cutting, consolidation, business continuity, green IT), develop new computing solutions (VDI) and build a foundation for a more dynamic IT environment, including cloud computing. The session reviews all of the latest virtualization products and technologies. Learn how you can enable IT to become a cost cutting mechanism with virtualization, cloud and management technologies.

“Cloud Computing Essentials for IT Pros”

While cloud computing is emerging as a promising IT service delivery vehicle, to cloud or not to cloud? That is not the question. For IT professionals, it is crucial to recognize the opportunities and play a key role in the transformation from existing infrastructure-focused IT into a service-oriented, user-centric, and IT as a service environment. Are you ready for the challenge to lead and transform your IT organization?  If not, you might want to consider getting knowledgeable soon.  In this the ITProGuru will share the essential information IT Professionals need to know about the cloud. He will clarify myths and provide pertinent information of cloud computing from an IT professional’s viewpoint. We will review the architecture and examine the service delivery models of cloud computing while stepping through business scenarios and operations of employing public cloud and private cloud and what all that means.

“10 Hot Topics Every IT Admin Needs to Know about Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1” 

Windows Server 2008 R2 is an awesome operating system, and the real benefits are for the IT administrator. Join Dan Stolts the ITProGuru, President of Boston User Groups, Founder of Virtualization Group Boston, and Sr. IT Pro Evangelist for Microsoft as he covers the ten hottest topics in the world of Windows Server 2008 R2 from the IT admin's perspective.  Do you know how Dynamic Memory works and how to use it? You will! How are your Hyper-V skills? We'll make them better! Ever used the graphical interface from PowerShell? We’ll show you how! What happened to Terminal services? Why is Remote Desktop so much better? We’ll show you! If you’re an IT administrator you don’t want to miss this session.

Windows Connections: 3/27 {60 Mins}

Direct Access Always Connected: Death of the VPN

Take a sprinkling of Windows 7, add Windows Server 2008 R2, IPv6 and IPsec and you have a solution that will allow direct access to your corporate network without the need for VPNs. Come to this session to see the ITProGuru (Dan Stolts) and learn how to integrate DirectAccess into your environment. Can you see the benefit of your users never having to connect to a VPN?  Can you see the benefit in your IT personal to be able to access remote computers as long as they are connected to the Internet? Come to this session to Learn how to control access to corporate resources and manage Internet connected PCs through group policy.

10 Hot Topics Every IT Admin Needs to Know about Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

Windows Server 2008 R2 is an awesome operating system, and the real benefits are for the IT administrator. Join Dan Stolts the ITProGuru and Sr. IT Pro Evangelist for Microsoft as he covers the ten hottest topics in the world of Windows Server 2008 R2 from the IT admin's perspective.  Do you know how Dynamic Memory works and how to use it? You will! How are your Hyper-V skills? We'll make them better! Ever used the graphical interface from PowerShell? We’ll show you how! What happened to Terminal services? Why is Remote Desktop so much better? We’ll show you! If you’re an IT administrator you don’t want to miss this session.

Monitoring and Managing All Critical Infrastructure

Join the ITProGuru (Dan Stolts) in this session to learn how to “Monitor” (and even manage) your critical Infrastructure with the Management Packs for System Center Operations Manager. We will take a peek at the installation process, then dive into the system and the management packs that help you easily monitor all critical infrastructure.  Whether you have SharePoint, SQL Server, Exchange, File Servers, AD or any other key infrastructure, you will find a management pack you simply plug in to start monitoring and managing. The monitoring capabilities do not stop at Microsoft products.  We will take a peek at monitoring Linux and any number of other 3rd party products. You will learn how to keep ALL critical infrastructure humming.  You will learn how to change from a reactionary mode to a proactive mode when it comes to your infrastructure. You will leave this session with a deeper understanding of what these powerful management packs can deliver.

User Group Speaker Training 3/12 http://menlo.com/speak/

Workplace Presentations 101 for IT Professionals (Adam Moskowitz)

Saturday, March 12th, 2011 - 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Microsoft NERD Center - Kendall Square, Cambridge MA

Whether you are a new sysadmin or an IT team leader, presentations are an important part of your job. Need to convince your boss and work team that you have the right solution to a problem? Be sure to address the issues that are most important to them. Want to go to that conference again next year? Give a great report to your group when you get back. Hoping for that next promotion? The better you are at explaining your work, the more clear it will be that you are the right choice!

Designed expressly for IT professionals, this seminar will introduce participants to an array of tools and techniques to help them confidently plan and give presentations to their managers, colleagues, executives, and customers. You will learn and practice essential skills such as designing a talk to fit your audience, subject, and available time; effective use of software tools for presentations; and what to do (and how to feel comfortable) when you are finally in front of your audience. Participants will give practice talks and get feedback from the presenter and each other, and leave ready to tackle their first workplace presentation.

Topics

Analyzing the requirements for your presentation
Preparing your content
Preparing your materials
Practicing your talk
Getting ready to give your talk
Giving your talk
Common mistakes and problems

TechNet FireStarters Management and Deployment: Starts on 4/5 Registration and more details available soon!

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Keynote: The Whole World is in Your Hands – Proactively Managing ALL Critical Infrastructure

Do you feel like you are always in crisis mode?  Are you tired of having to put out fires? Do you want to learn what it takes to become a proactive and rationalized IT shop?   Are you ready for the cloud?  In this session the ITProGuru (Dan Stolts) will address these concerns and more, as we take a look inside the Microsoft Management Stack.  We will cover the basics of what you need to know to get started.   We will look at on-premise as well as the path to take those tools to the cloud. You will walk away with a basic understanding of the tools that make up the Microsoft management stack and some resources to help you plan and implement your new rationalized IT shop.  Join us and learn how to get more out of your most precious resource… YOUR TIME!

Do You Think Integrated Management is Just for Large Enterprises?  Think Again!!! (John Baker)

Are you are in an organization responsible for managing under 500 clients and 50 servers. If so, Microsoft System Center Essentials 2010 (Essentials 2010) is the management solution for you.  It aims at enabling you, the IT professional, to proactively manage your IT environment with increased efficiency. In this session we’ll take a comprehensive look at the capabilities Essentials 2010 puts at your fingertips to better manage your infrastructure.   Whether it’s monitoring, troubleshooting, asset tracking or distributing software, Essentials 2010 is the cure to your pain!!

Can’t See the Forest Through The Trees? See It All Through Monitoring

Join us in this session to learn how to monitor and even manage your critical Infrastructure with the Management Packs for System Center Operations Manager (SCOM). We will take a peek at the installation process, then dive into the system and the management packs that help you easily monitor all critical infrastructure.  Whether you have SharePoint, SQL Server, Exchange, File Servers, AD or any other key infrastructure, you will find a management pack that you simply plug in to start monitoring and managing. The monitoring capabilities do not stop at Microsoft products. They can be extended to allow you to monitor Linux and any number of other 3rd party products. You will learn how to keep ALL critical infrastructures humming and see how to change from a reactionary mode to a proactive mode when it comes to your infrastructure. You will leave this session with a deeper understanding of what these powerful management packs can deliver!

Get A Grip On Your Virtual World: Advanced Virtualization Management

You have heard about System Center Virtual Manager (SCVMM) and its incredible view of the entire virtualized world.  You have seen the basics but now you want more in depth coverage.  In this session, learn about and understand how the advanced management capabilities of SCVMM 2008 R2 effectively and efficiently manage your virtual infrastructures. We will cover Automated VM deployment, Physical to Virtual conversion, PRO TIPS and integration with Microsoft Operations Manager, and so much more!

Look Mom, No Hands! Zero Touch Software and OS Deployment (John Baker)

If you like to automate things like I do, then you’ll love System Center Configuration Manager.  SCCM is a comprehensive management tool to assess, deploy, and update servers, client computers, and devices-across physical, virtual, distributed, and mobile environments.   There are a multitude of areas where SCCM can help you realize cost savings and efficiencies when managing your infrastructure.  In this session we will focus on the Software Distribution and Operating System Deployment functionality. We will see how it can help you simplify and automate the task of deploying Windows 7 and applications to desktops in your environment.  Kick back, and let System Center Configuration Manager do the work for you!!!