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SMB Nation, Inc. and O365nation Webinar: Introducing THE 2015 Fall ConferenceRegistration Link: 
Date: Thursday, March 19, 2015 11:00-11:30 AM PST
Presented by: Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation, Inc. and O365nation

UPCOMING  April 30th,2015

VANTUG and .Net BC,  are having a joint meeting Hosted by on “How IT Pros and Developers can use Windows 2012 Local Azure Cloud Features”
Apr 30, 2015: 6pm Welcome @ BCIT DT Campus Rooms 280 & 282
555 Seymour Street Vancouver BC,

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UPCOMING  May 7th, 2015
MVP Cloud Platform Roadshow with Charlie Russel and Yaroslav Pentsarskyy for the Cloud OS Event 

May 7th 2015  The Cranium  308 E 5th Ave Vancouver, BC  6:30 PM Start Time

There are more apps, more devices, and now, more data than ever — all driven by the rise of cloud computing and the use of cloud services. With these technologies playing an ever present role in businesses, how can IT drive more efficiency and deliver new forms of value? Microsoft’s answer is the Cloud Platform. Microsoft’s approach allows IT to get all the benefits of scale, speed, and agility while still protecting existing investments. This means IT can now rapidly build and deploy apps, flexibly manage IT services, and support real-time analytics across all forms of data.

Yaroslav Pentsarskyy
Microsoft MVP

Charlie Russel
Microsoft MVP

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6pm Carl Katz, “IT Consulting Secrets” Followed by  a screening of Something Ventured"
“IT Consulting Secrets” with Carl Katz, IT Consultant and Author of a book for IT professionals called IT Consulting Secrets – it’s available in print and eBook. 

UPCOMING: May 19th :  "Something Ventured"  7:30PM
- The Cranium Office - Limited Seating 50 People Max

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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May 19th


AtlasCloud is a Datacentre Company that is getting ready to open for business in Vancouver, located in the Mount Pleasant area. In the long run, AtlasCloud intends to be the leader in Hybrid Collocation in Western Canada – it intends to target the small to medium market of IT usage – the datacenter is going to offer high power equipment with reliable backups, and a large amount of bandwidth that has solid levels of redundancy. Atlas Cloud will also sell Cloud services as White Label products – companies like Syncronet, Troika and NorthWest VoIP have already agreed to be future tenants reselling under the Atlas brand.
One of the key aspects of the AtlasCloud datacenter is the location at 308 East 5th Avenue. This is only 10 minutes away from the termination site for all of Western Canada, downtown on Hastings Street. This leads to an incredibly savings in cost which can be passed onto the tenants. The site itself has all the requirements for a robust power supply and will be upgraded with the best of security – from intrusion, fire and other damages. Connection to eventual backup sites will lead to a prime level of safety for the tenants.

The Cranium Coworking Space owned by AtlasCloud is one of the newest Coworking spaces in Vancouver, the Cranium offers a shared working environment, for teams or for single people who need a cheap but professional location to work and who want to work amidst a community of devoted entrepreneurs. Members pay monthly for a desk space, WiFi and 24 access to the facilities, which includes a kitchen and boardroom – all this allows members to have access to the professional accoutrements of an office, but in a casual, interconnected and affordable area.

The spaces of AtlasCloud and the Cranium have been made available for VanTUG meetings in the past and will be open for more meetings in the future – the Cranium in particular is open to hosting large events on evening and weekends with booking and payment. As well, for any technical group, the development and launching of AtlasCloud is of certain interest"

Contact Fred from AtlasCloud or
Stewart at The Cranium

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Anthony Bartolo of the CanITPro Team will deliver an “Microsoft: Ask Me Anything” on  Windows 10 & The Importance of Identity Management

Recorded :Thursday February 26th. 630pm @ The Cranium 308 East Fifth
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 One of the biggest challenges to creating a single user identity for each user is to get all the various identity attributes together and consistent across an environment. Users perform their day-to-day activities from anywhere, using more than one device and OS. IT professionals are beginning to shift from device-centric management to people-centric management. The upcoming Windows 10 offering will amplify this and further enable end users to seamlessly transfer from one device to the next. Join the upcoming discussion regarding the importance of Identity Management in light of the upcoming OS offering.

March 3rd-2015

Pierre Roman of the CanITPro Team delivered a “Microsoft -Ask Me Anything”  on  Cloud, infrastructure and everything in between

@ The Cranium 308 East Fifth

Abstract: Cloud computing is quickly becoming a commodity that is being used by a growing numbers of enterprises of all sizes. From “mom and pop” shops to large enterprises. However, there are still a lot of misconceptions and distrust. Come and ask the questions you’ve been pondering. But we won’t stop there… Come and join the conversation.

Working on the Video from these events - we will release YouTube links as available and I will post details here

Seeking Volunteers for Video Production for our YouTube Channel.


VanTug Media Team - Recruiting and Fundraising Drive
VanTUG  Media Team 

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.

To help share and disseminate this information in a collaborative environment we are establishing a media team to record, document, broadcast, pod cast and basically get the word out to the masses. 

Are you in?   

Let us know what you can do, what you want to do, and what you want to learn - because hey it's all about learning and sharing collaborative ideas with each other and the world. Email

Our Goal :  To provide online content based upon our Event Based activities

VanTUG Media Team is active !-   Come help us create content for our YouTUBE Channel and website. 
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Video  Nov 12th – Yaroslav Pentarskyy - Azure Machine Learning and Azure Websites
Pentsarskyy [MVP] & Group Manager at Avanade will be live at:

Yaroslav is an author of 4 SharePoint books, Microsoft MVP since 2009, and Group Manager at Avanade.  Yaroslav frequently presents at local and worldwide tech events and you can always find a fresh bit of SharePoint information on his blog:

Specialties: SharePoint, Solution Architecture, Technology, Social Collaboration

 VanTUG October GM – Jeremy Dahl – Office 365 MVP
-  October GM is Oct 15th  is online on our new Youtube Channel :

Still To Be processed for YouTUBE: 
Oct 29th  VanTUG GM- FOCUS on "Infrastructure & Cloud" with Damir Bersinic Senior IT Pro Advisor with Microsoft Canada  RECORED LIVE in Vancouver, BC at The Cranium
Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Damir Bersinic is a Core Infrastructure Architect at the Microsoft Technology Center in Canada. He is passionate about showing customers the benefits Microsoft's private, public, and hybrid cloud technologies to allow them to grow their ability to respond to business pressures with agility and confidence. Damir works with a great team of individuals who are also passionate about what our products, specifically System Center 2012, Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V, Windows Azure, Windows 8 and Windows Intune can do to energize customers' environments, help reduce budgetary constraints, and improve their IT capabilities

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Registration Update Request
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.

To Register and join the VANTUG email list click on the REGISTRATION LINK at the top right hand corner of this page. PLEASE remember the login credentials that you create because you will need them to remove yourself from the email list should you choose to do so. To remove yourself from the email list, login, click on User Profile in the menu bar at the top of the page and then click on Edit Profile. Then you will see an option to Unregister or Update your account, for example to change your email address, which we would appreciate you keeping up to date.

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