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Meeting Notices: 2016 June

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2016 June 




VirtG Nov 2015 Meeting
Location and
Microsoft NERD Ctr.
1 Memorial Dr #1
Cambridge, MA 02142

NERD Center

Nerd Ctr. Map

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Eastern Time

Paid parking available nearby; MIT lots are free after 5PM, Bldg E-51 (2 Amherst St) for example.
Directions to E-51 Parking
Better yet, take the "T".


























Thursday June 9th
Ultimate Home Lab & Windows Server 2016 Landscape

The Best in Education and Virtualization each Month

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PLEASE, be sure to RSVP on the VirtG Meetup site MeetUp Logo
so we know how much food to order and speed up registration at the Microsoft Security Desk

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  • 6:00-7:00 Networking, Introductions, Food and Refreshments

  • 7:00-7:45: Live Demonstration: The Ultimate Home Lab SuperServer featuring Intel Xeon D-1500 System-on-a-Chip

  • Description:
    • For this technical presentation and live demonstration, Paul will bringing his compact SuperServer with him! You’ll see just how capable the new Intel Xeon D-1500 really is, powering this highly compatible mini-tower with a high “family acceptance factor.” A commitment to power, efficiency, and capability is evident in this latest SoC design that features up to 128GB of RAM, 2x1GbE and 2x10GbE networking, IMPI/iKVM remote console, 6 SATA3 drive bays, and 2 of the world’s fastest consumer M.2/PCIe NVMe SSD drives.

    • These are big step up from the popular Intel NUC: similar efficiency, with way more capability. Actual use-cases include Windows Server 2012 R2/2016/Hyper-V, Windows 10, VMware ESXi 6.0, Linux, Citrix XenServer, Nutanix CE, FreeNAS, and even a datacenter/workstation all-in-one.

    • Paul’s efforts to get fast, stable, and simple solutions readily available and fully documented and tested will be evident, featuring Amazing (8 core), Insane (12 core), and Ludicrous (16 core) variants that folks can buy from an authorized reseller, or create for themselves.

      Speaker Bio
      Paul Braren

    • Paul Braren is an IT Professional, VMware VCP, vExpert, and Founder of, LLC. He’s worked in IT for 21 years in a wide variety of hands-on roles involving IBM, HP, Dell, and Lenovo server gear, with experience in virtualization architecture, training, and deployments across the US.

    • Paul is currently working as an IBM Storage Technical Advisor mostly from his home office in central Connecticut, less than 2 hours from Boston or New York. Most recently, he’s enjoyed presenting various hardware and software topics at many local user groups such as the Virtualization Technology User Group and BSides Boston.

    • Paul also enjoys home lab tinkering evenings and weekends, does a little consulting, and has created over 750 deep-dive technical articles and videos at “TinkerTry IT @ home. Efficient virtualization, storage, backup, and more…”More about Paul at

  • 8:00-8:45 - Technology Landscape 2016 – A look at Windows Server 2016, the Cloud and Datacenter Operations of Tomorrow

  • Description: 
    • Technology is changing at a breathtaking pace! Major security landscape changes, Client and Server OS changes, Hybrid and Cloud technology changes and much more.  All of this puts an increased burden on IT. Our need to translate business problems into technology solutions put an even greater stress on IT. We are forced to keep up with the changes in business and technology.  What are some of these changes and how should we respond to them? In this session, we will demystify the future of IT and datacenter operations. 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.  There are some REALLY EXCITING changes coming to the next server OS from Microsoft.  Nano Servers, Containers, software defined “everything” (we will focus on storage) and so much more.  Please mark your calendar to join us. 

  • Speaker Bio
    greg ross
  • Dan Stolts, ITPROGuru
    • 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 or twitter @ITProGuru. He is proficient in many datacenter technologies (Windows Server, System Center, Virtualization, Cloud, etc.) 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. See more at:

  • 8:45- Cleanup and prizes 
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