Past Meetup

Special Meeting - Windows 8

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One of the benefits of having the Microsoft Canada Head Office located in the GTA is that when people are in town to visit Microsoft, we can sometimes get them to speak to us. On the evening of May 23rd, IT Pro Toronto is fortunate to have Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) Dana Epp and Todd Lamothe available for a Special Meeting discussing Windows 8. Dana and Todd will deliver two very interesting presentations, followed by a Q&A session where you will have an opportunity to ask questions. As I'm sure you know, MVPs don't work for Microsoft. They are exceptional, independent community leaders who share their passion, technical expertise, and real-world knowledge of Microsoft products with others. This is your opportunity to hear about Windows 8 from the professionals who are actually working with it and deploying it in their organizations.

Our first presenter, Dana Epp, will cover Recovery and Security in Windows 8.

Description: In this session, learn how to better control, secure and manage Windows 8 PCs with Microsoft’s latest enhancements like BitLocker, Secure Boot and the Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT). Learn how to create a secure WindowsToGo experience that allows you to have a personalized Windows 8 experience on almost any computer, even if it isn’t your own. And finally, learn how Security Auditing is greatly enhanced in Windows 8 to help monitor, troubleshoot and enforce compliance in a network.

Bio: Dana Epp is the CEO and Chief Software Security Architect at Scorpion Software, where he leads his team to solve the obvious problems with passwords that others ignore. He has spent the last 20 years focusing on software security and has been awarded the recognition and designation by Microsoft as an Enterprise Security MVP for the past eight years.

His latest research has been on user authentication automation designed for practical use in small business. When he isn’t working or touring around the world speaking about information security you can find him having fun producing web-based TV shows like

The Second Presenter, Todd Lamothe, will discuss Deploying Windows 8.

Description: Windows 8 is now out and IT Pros are wondering what they need to do to get it deployed. This session covers off what you need to know to deploy Windows 8. We will cover off deploying Windows 8 with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1. I will show you what you need to be able to start deploying Windows 8 today.

Bio: Todd Lamothe is a Data Centre Administrator for the Upper Canada School Board . Supporting the Information Technology needs of the board and its’ 89 schools. He is responsible for helping to manage and maintain the datacentre infrastructure. Aside from the IT duties, Todd is also responsible for managing on-going projects. Todd has been working in the IT field since 1995 when he first started doing tech support for an internet service provider. As well Todd is also a primary consultant for Nattrac Consulting Ltd providing consulting services in the area of Windows desktop deployments.

For the Q&A session, there may be some other MVPs who join Dana & Todd in the discussion. Don't miss this opportunity to hear these 2 exciting speakers. The presentations will be applicable to both Enterprise and SMB IT Pros.