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May 19th - IT Consulting Secrets With Carl Kats

Carl Katz Book Launch for IT professionals called "IT Consulting Secrets" – it’s available in print and eBook. April 14th and May 19th - 630PM

Followed by a 730PM Free Screening of "Something Ventured" Documentary @ The Cranium Office

"IT Consulting Secrets"
“During this period of technology transformation, IT Pros are seeking steady guidance. Carl Katz over delivers wisdom gained from years of day-to-day IT professional experiences. With a nodtowards the technical acumen he has accumulated, Katz really shares his business knowledge in a readable, people speak way. Any IT Pro seeking to reduce the friction along the path to greater profitability is well-served to read this book. Right now!”-Harry Brelsford CEO SMB Nation & O365 Nation.

Carl Katz is an author, a senior server, desktop and network engineer, an IT business coach, an accomplished musician and award-winning songwriter.

This book is for IT consultants of all experience levels and the content is relevant to any IT support business model from managed services (MSP) to break/fix. I have methodically compiled these strategies and this information from over sixteen years of experience working in the IT support field at the small and medium sized business and enterprise levels.

This Event will be followed with a Screening of  "Something Ventured"  @ 7:30PM

SOMETHING VENTURED tells the story of the creation of an industry that went on to become the single greatest engine of innovation and economic growth in the 20th century. It is told by the visionary risk-takers who dared to make it happen…Tom Perkins, Don Valentine, Arthur Rock, Dick Kramlich and others. The film also includes some of our finest entrepreneurs sharing how they worked with these venture capitalists to grow world-class companies like Intel, Apple, Cisco, Atari, Genentech, Tandem and others.

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Please Join us to meet your fellow IT & Development Professionals for this great learning opportunity.

This Event will be at the BCLDB - on east broadway near Renfrew Station to allow our Burnaby & outlying area Members to attend. BC Liquor Distribution Branch 3200 East Broadway in Vancouver


Networking & Refreshments Served @ 6pm Event Starts at 6:30 If you wish to stay for movie it starts at 730 after Q&A

2015 MVP Virtual Conference

Register to attend the Microsoft MVP Virtual Conference

Hi All – I wanted to let you know about a great free event that Microsoft and the MVPs are putting on, May 14th & 15th.  Join Microsoft MVPs from the Americas’ region as they share their knowledge and real-world expertise during a free event, the MVP Virtual Conference. 

The MVP Virtual Conference will showcase 95 sessions of content for IT Pros, Developers and Consumer experts designed to help you navigate life in a mobile-first, cloud-first world.  Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Developer Platform, Steve Guggenheimer, will be on hand to deliver the opening Keynote Address. 

Why attend MVP V-Conf?  The conference will have 5 tracks, IT Pro English, Dev English, Consumer English, Portuguese mixed sessions & Spanish mixed sessions, there is something for everyone!  

Come learn from the best and brightest in the tech world today. All of the sessions will all be delivered by the Americas’ Region Microsoft MVPs. These MVPs are experts who present at premiere conferences, independent community events and local user groups all over the globe.

This is a technical conference focused on helping attendees to learn and develop skills for everything from everyday technical work to wackier weekend projects.  Whether it is on the IT Pro, Dev or Consumer side of things, you can bet that the content of MVP V-Conf will be cutting edge, exciting and relevant.

Be sure to register quickly to hold your spot and tell your friends & colleagues.  

The conference will be widely covered on social media, you can join the conversation by following @MVPAward and using the hashtag #MVPvConf.

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May 7th MVP Roadshow with Charlie Russel on Cloud OS
Charlie Russel
Microsoft MVP

Charlie is BACK !   Always a great conversation Charlie is bringing the MVP Roadshow to VanTUG to help answer questions on the Cloud OS and share his tips and tricks for depoloyment.

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VANTUG and .Net BC, are having a joint meeting Hosted by on “XtremIO and the Microsoft application stack”
April 30th,2015

VANTUG and .Net BC, are having a joint meeting Hosted by on “XtremIO and the Microsoft application stack”
Apr 30, 2015: 6pm Welcome @ BCIT DT Campus Rooms 280 & 282
555 Seymour Street Vancouver BC,


XtremIO and the Microsoft application stack
Flash technology is redefining the datacentre by providing unprecedented workload consolidation, agility, performance and dramatic cost savings. In this session we will show how EMC’s XtremIO disruptive Flash technology provides new and unique capabilities to better service user needs in your Microsoft environments in a more cost effective, efficient manner while delivering consistent/predictable performance at scale. EMC XtremIO’s All-Flash Array is built from the ground up to optimize Flash and provides Always-on Data Services of In-Ine Dedupe and Compression, Data Protection and Thin Provisioning that is industry leading. An example is our unique ability to provide instantaneous zero-cost snapshots to allow multiple copies of your SQL Server databases as and when needed without impacting production.

Michael Morris
XtremIO Principal Solution Architect
10+ yrs working as a Developer, DBA, GIS Administrator and Statistical Analyst before joining EMC where I’ve been fortunate to be involved in all aspects of testing Flash (SSD) technology. From initial work on manual storage tiering, to the introduction of the very first Flash drives in the then CX4 Storage Array, followed by the progression to Fully Automated Storage Tiering for Virtual Pools (FAST VP) for EMC VNX and VMAX series arrays. This was followed by a natural progression to working on EMC XtremIO’s All-Flash Array.

Pizza and Refreshments will be served.

VANTUG and .Net BC, are having a joint meeting Hosted by on “XtremIO and the Microsoft application stack”

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Free AP for IT Professionals - Details

Full-time IT professionals can receive a FREE Cisco Meraki access point (AP) with a 3-year cloud management license. While Cisco Meraki webinars are open to all audiences and while APs may be offered at live events, to be eligible for a free AP, participants must:

  • Attend the live event or the live webinar in its entirety
  • Provide a valid company name and website
  • Be a full-time IT professional
  • Register with a shipping address in the US, CA, UK or the rest of the EEA, Croatia, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, or Puerto Rico. We cannot ship free APs outside of these regions and cannot ship to post office boxes.
  • If from a European country, provide a valid VAT ID for shipment.
  • Register with their organization's email address
  • Confirm eligibility and shipping address with a Cisco Meraki representative by phone

By accepting the AP you represent that you are authorized by your employer to accept the AP and that you will disclose receipt of the AP to your employer as and if required. If you are unable to accept your AP due to restrictions, then we will be happy to provide you with a trial AP, which can be returned following your evaluation of our solution. Cisco Meraki reserves the right to not fulfill your free AP shipment in the event that the promotional AP is not certified in your country, or it is unable to clear customs at the time of shipment. The recipient is responsible for taxes and duties, if any. Due to abuse, we cannot provide free access points to individuals who register with yahoo, gmail, hotmail, and other similar email addresses. Limit one free AP per organization and per individual. Please speak directly to your Cisco Meraki rep if you have any questions.

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Created as the Vancouver NT Users Group in 1996, the group changed it's name to the Vancouver Technology User Group in 2002. Since VANTUG's inception, the interest from the membership has been centered around learning both about the newer technologies as well as to seek out other members that may have knowledge to share. Many members have developer, IT Pro, database or Office certifications providing access to a wide range of personal networking opportunities. The group focuses primarily on those topics and technologies that are of interest to IT pros. The hunger for information and knowledge sharing will always be there and VANTUG has played, and will continue to play, an important role in facilitating this.

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