You Don’t Have to Be Bored in Mid-March!

There are several exciting events this month that I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss out on.

TechDays SF – 3/22 and 3/23, San Francisco, CA

Is TechEd North America too far away?  Do you not have the training and travel budget you hoped for this year?  Maybe you are looking for a local event that more than one of the IT Pros in your company can attend… Look no further – TechDays SF is on March 22nd and 23rd, located in downtown San Francisco.  Don’t miss out on this great event for IT Professionals!

Speakers and Topics will include:
  • Stephen Rose (Microsoft) – Windows 7 Deployment
  • Harold Wong (Microsoft) – Exchange 2010 and Lync
  • Joey Snow (Microsoft) – How the Cloud will Impact IT Pros
  • Chris Avis (Microsoft) – System Center
  • Mark Minasi (Microsoft MVP, Author)- 10 Things to Know about Windows 2008 R2 Server; Windows 8 Server
  • Darren Mar-Elia (Microsoft MVP, Author) – Best Practice for Group Policy Design
  • Jason Helmick (Author) – Powershell Beginner and Advanced
  • Richard Hicks (Microsoft MVP) – DirectAccess; Microsoft Forefront
  • Steven Evans (Microsoft MVP) – IIS 7 for IT Pros; Windows Failover Clustering
  • Chris Henley (Veeam Software, Author) – Backup Solutions
  • CA Callahan (Author) – SharePoint
… And many more, check out the speakers ( and session abstracts ( for more information.  This fabulous two-day line up is only $300 if you sign up now.  Register at, early bird pricing ends soon!

Microsoft VIP Event – 3/18, Santa Clara Microsoft Store, 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd

See Windows 8 at a private VIP after-hours evening gathering at the local Microsoft Store. Play with Windows 8 in an immersive environment while we celebrate, network, and talk modern apps. Experience new Metro style gadgets that revolutionize a whole new generation of cool.

Microsoft IT Camp – 3/19, Mountain View, CA

IT Camps are semi-structured, no-fluff events exclusively designed to serve IT professionals.  They are a free, in-person learning event for anyone seeking professional development as it applies to IT Professionals.  The agenda is intended to deliver a technical overview and hands-on experience that is less formal or structured than traditional instructor-led training.

Participants will have a chance to perform hands on activities / exercises individually or as a team.  At the end of the day, we encourage everyone to share their thoughts and experiences with the rest of the group.  Come prepared to have fun, be excited, and interact in a group.

Where Will You Be on March 22nd and 23rd?

I hope you be joining me at the Pacific IT Professionals 2 day IT Professional conference in San Francisco – TechDays SF. We have a great lineup of speakers to present on current topics that IT Professionals won’t want to miss, including me!

The speakers also include Microsoft MVP’s Mark Minasi, Richard Hicks, Jessica DeVita, Steve Evans, Darren Mar-Elia and many more distinguished presenters. In addition, from Microsoft we will have Stephen Rose, Joey Snow, Chris Avis and Harold Wong.

Session abstracts are being posted as they become available. The conference agenda shows all the topics being covered for example, Best Practices for Group Policy Design, Beginner and Advanced PowerShell, Windows Failover Clustering and 10 Things to Know about Windows Server 2008.

To register for this incredible conference, please click here. The 2 day multi track conference is just $300 US dollars if you register before March 6th, after that it goes up to $400.

We bring the best IT Professional speakers and content to the SF Bay Area so come join us for two packed days of IT knowledge!

2 Days–$300–Dozens of Sessions

In March, I’m co-chairing a 2 day IT Professional conference hosted by Pacific IT Professionals called Techdays SF.  Join us in San Francisco on March 22 and 23rd. We already have a great lineup of speakers to present on topics that we hope IT Professionals will be interested in.

The speakers list so far include Microsoft MVP’s Mark Minasi, Richard Hicks, Jessica DeVita, Steve Evans, Darren Mar-Elia and more. Additionally, from Microsoft we will have IT Pro Evangelists Chris Avis and Harold Wong, plus some other special MS guests.

The topics to be covered include: Windows Server 2008R2, Windows 8, Deployment, IIS, SharePoint, Hyper-V, AD/GPO, System Center, Exchange, Lync, Powershell and much more. You can see the current agenda at

We now have the registration site set up for the event so please sign up here. This 2 day multi-track conference will be $300 US dollars. The first 75 paid registrations will receive a copy of Windows 7.  Also, all attendees will be entered in a drawing to win a Kindle!

Please share this your colleagues and friends in the IT industry. If we are able to get sufficient attendance for the event we will consider doing these every 6 months on-going to try and bring the best IT Professional speakers and content to the SF Bay Area so please help us along to that goal and spread the word!

Start Marking Your Calendar for 2012 Events!

If you like to fill up your calendar with events geared toward the tech community or you’ve got some training budget lined up for 2012, look no further than some of these tried and true events that are coming up in the first half of this year. Prices vary from free to several thousand, depending on your travel needs.

Pacific IT Professionals in LA (1/24, Santa Monica, CA) – Meeting the 4th Tuesday of every month, the LA chapter of PacITPros never ceases to bring lively discussions to the table. This month, Joey Snow will be speaking on Windows 2008 R2 Migration Tools. Join and attend for free!

She’s Geeky (1/27 – 1/29, Mountain View, CA) – Back in Mountain View at the Computer History Museum, She’s Geeky is a great way to meet new faces in the STEM fields. This unConference give you a chance to learn from a collection of really smart women and practice your skills of leading a group session yourself if you’ve got a topic you’d like to share.

San Jose Tech-Security Conference (2/2, Santa Clara, CA) – I enjoyed this low cost security centered event last year when there was one held in San Francisco.  This event is held in various locations during the year. So if the Bay Area isn’t your home base, you are likely to find another date in your area!

Pacific IT Professionals in SF (2/7, San Francisco, CA) – Meeting the 1st Tuesday of every month, PacITPros has been bringing IT Pros together for over 20 years.

RSA Conference (2/27 – 3/2, San Francisco, CA) – A San Francisco staple, RSA never fails to disappoint.  Even if you can only swing an Expo Plus pass, you’ll have access to lots of informative keynotes and the large expo hall.

Security B-Sides (2/27 – 2/28, San Francisco, CA) – A free security event hosted near the Moscone center earlier in the same week of the RSA conference.  A great way to complement your RSA Expo Pass!

TechDays SF (3/22 – 3/23, San Francisco, CA) – A two day event with over three dozen sessions planned covering a variety of tech topics of interest to IT Professionals.

Microsoft Management Summit (4/16 – 4/20, Las Vegas, NV) – Geared toward managing your Microsoft enterprise, MMS brings you the latest technical training for desktop and device management as well as data center and cloud technology solutions.

Microsoft TechEd (6/11 – 6/14, Orlando, FL) – As a 7 or 8 year alumni of TechEd, I always look forward to this conference. The expo hall and Technical Learning Center always provides opportunities to connect to vendors and Microsoft employees.  Community areas bring MVPs, User Groups and other IT Pros together.  And don’t forget the crazy number of sessions you can choose from.

Upcoming – TechDays Technology Guru Speakers!

PacITPros and LearnIt have teamed up to bring you an opportunity to learn more about the future of mobile and cloud technologies. Todd Lammle and Mark Minasi will be joining forces on April 5th from 1pm-6pm, covering some great topics.

Todd will cover Cisco’s plans for taking wireless networks to a new level, Mark will cover the future of the cloud and then they will join forces to discuss IPv6 and the future of the related networking technologies.

When: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 (1pm – 6pm)
Where: Microsoft: San Francisco Office (835 Market St.)
Cost: $79 
Register at:

This speaker series takes place right before the regular April PacITPros meeting, so rest up for a jam packed afternoon and evening of tech talk.