• OMG My Hard Drive DIED!!!! Now What???

    North York Civic Centre - Member's Lounge

    This month we are going to take a look at what’s new in the data recovery world. We will look at newer technologies such as SSDs and flash drives and discuss how recovering data from them is different from a traditional spindle drive. We will also talk about minimizing the chances of drive failures, how and why they fail, and whether your chances of a successful recovery are better or worse than with a traditional hard drive. Guidance will also be given on what to do when a drive fails to give the best chance for recovery. Our Speaker: Tim Margeson is the Owner of CBL Data Recovery Technologies Inc based in Markham, ON. While in charge of the day-to-day business of the company, Tim also has a vast experience in the data recovery industry going back over 20 years. Having seen almost every kind of storage media and its failings over two decades, Tim has a unique perspective of where computer storage has come from and where it is going. Tim’s core values of honesty and integrity have also influenced CBL’s business principles with the company’s core service guarantees and policies striving to treat the customer with respect and to ‘solve the problem’. After work, Tim - a father of 2 active boys - coaches competitive baseball, drives his sons to and from hockey rinks, and enjoys trying some of the province’s local microbrews.

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  • No December Meeting

    Needs a location

    We will not be having a meeting in December. Please watch for our January meeting announcement soon.

  • November Meeting - Microsoft Teams

    222 Bay Street

    For November, we’re revisiting Microsoft Teams with Scott Stubberfield from the Microsoft Teams product engineering group. The meeting will be held on Tuesday November 13th at the Microsoft Canada Offices, 222 Bay Street, Suite 1201, Toronto M5K 1E7. This is the Toronto-Dominion Centre (formerly the Ernst & Young Tower). PLEASE NOTE: We need you to supply your Full Name when you RSVP for the event. Since this event occurs in the evening after business hours, we have to submit a list of attendees to building security at 222 Bay to get elevator access to the facility. Session Description: Microsoft Teams brings together the full breadth and depth of Office 365, to provide a true chat-based hub for teamwork and give customers the opportunity to create a more open, fluid, and digital environment. This session aims to show you how Microsoft Teams brings together people, conversations and content as well as the tools that teams need so they can easily collaborate for success. Part of the session will be a hands on mini-lab where you will interact with other members in a live Microsoft Teams environment where you will work together to complete a series of assigned tasks. Please bring your devices, your questions and your energy to this interactive session. Due to the size of the room, we won’t be able to provide power bars so make sure your laptop or tablet is charged. Our Speaker: Scott Stubberfield works in the Microsoft Teams product engineering group focused on Teams adoption and usage. He has been with Microsoft since 2005 and has been actively working on Microsoft communications products since 2006. Scott lives in Georgetown Ontario and enjoys shuttling his two kids to their baseball and hockey activities. When he is not debugging snooper traces or writing power point decks he enjoys golfing, hockey and slo-pitch baseball.

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  • 1. IT at the Olympics 2. Training Resources for IT Pros

    North York Civic Centre - Member's Lounge

    For the first part of our October Meeting, Daryl Craig, Director of Information Technology at the Canadian Olympic Committee is going to tell us what goes into planning and executing IT Support for the COC. Daryl was responsible for IT for Team Canada at the Winter Olympics in Seoul Korea. He's going to share some of what goes into providing IT support for the COC in Canada and when Team Canada is at the Olympic Games. For the second half of the meeting, we're going to have a group discussion around different Training Resources for IT Professionals. Please be prepared to listen to and discuss the various methods members use to keep on top of the rapidly changing IT landscape. What blogs do you follow? What podcasts do you listen to? What's your favorite learning site - Pluralsight, Lynda.com, Microsoft Virtual Academy, or ???? What User Groups do you follow? A lively discussion will benefit all members as we try to stay up to date. PLEASE NOTE: We will start the meeting right at 7pm. We will not have our usual 1/2 hour networking time before the presentation due to the room availability.

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  • CANCELLED - Microsoft Teams

    222 Bay Street

    CANCELLED - Unfortunately we have had to cancel the September meeting due to a scheduling conflict with our presenter. We will re-schedule this event for another time. We apologize for any inconvenience. Watch for news of our October event soon.

  • We're taking the Summer Off!

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    There will not be a Meeting for June, July and August. See you in September.

  • RansomWare Protection

    Metro Hall - Room 308

    In 2013, when the first widespread ransomware attacks really took hold, Third Tier began to offer up a set of group policies that were created by Harbor Computer Services. These GP's locked down the user profile to eliminate running executable files from within those locations. Since then they've added a few other tools and best practice documents to the Ransomware Protection Kit. The concept behind the kit is that this is an IT problem to solve and solving it can be done by good IT practices. It's layers of protection that will keep systems safe from the many variants of ransomware. Our Speaker: Amy Babinchak is the owner of three IT related businesses: Harbor Computer Services, Third Tier and Sell My MSP and has been working in the small and medium business IT field for more than 20 years. Amy is a technical person with advanced skills in networking design, management and implementation. She values technology for what it does for people and the success it brings to business. A Microsoft MVP for 10 years, Amy has received numerous leadership awards and is a valued member of various boards guiding business growth, acquisitions, and partnerships. Harbor Computer Services began in 2000 and won the Microsoft Partner of the Year award in 2010. It is a single award by Microsoft to the top technology firm in the world. HCS on the surface is a typical MSP but their focus on aligning technology with business goals and maintaining security and compliance makes them a stand out. Third Tier spun out of Harbor Computer Services and began in 2008 to provide technical assistance to IT firms by providing a helpdesk for IT professionals. Since most IT firms are small companies it isn't possible for them to have all of the expertise they need on staff. Third Tier helps them fill those gaps. They have assisted about 1300 IT firms around the world and also have a significant social media reach into the IT community. Third Tier won its first award in 2015 - SMB All-Star. Sell My MSP spun out of Third Tier and began in 2015. It provides a space for buyer and seller of IT firms to meet one another. They also provide information on preparing a business for sale and performing due diligence before purchasing one.

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  • Cloud PBX - Part II: Configuring the babyTEL business VoIP solution

    Following up on November’s very well received presentation, Dan Dorsey of babyTEL is returning this month to demonstrate the capabilities of a cloud managed business phone system. You’ve heard of the PBX in the Cloud, now experience it first hand as babyTEL walks you through the configuration and set up of their solution. This presentation will introduce you to the basic set up of a babyTEL CloudPBX account, the remote management capabilities, and demonstrate the new features available with a cloud solution that add compelling new features for your customers over a traditional premise based phone system such a Norstar Meridian. Concerns such as quality and security will be addressed. Be prepared to ask questions and make live phone calls with the latest in CloudPBX technology. Dan's first presentation focused primarily on an overview of SIP technology. This presentation will be primarily a live demo and you do not need to have attended his first session to get value from this event. Our Presenter: Dan Dorsey is the VP of Channel Partnerships at babyTEL. babyTEL is Canada’s first SIP Trunk over Internet Service Provider and the global leader in providing real-time T.38 fax transmissions over Internet. Daniel is a 25 year veteran in the telecom space having worked for Sprint Canada, UMS Direct, Ascenda, United Messaging and Cision (formerly Canada Newswire). He is just as comfortable as selling service as he is programming a Nortel Norstar, and has worked with legacy phone systems such as Norstan, Siemens, Meridien and Mitel SX200. He earned his BA in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from the Kellogg-Schulich program. He is an accomplished squash player and sometimes performs 80’s synth music as his alter ego BusinessPlan.

  • Containerization for IT Pros

    Metro Hall - Room 309

    The buzz around containers, particularly Docker and Kubernetes, is hard to avoid. Containerization of applications promises speed and agility, capabilities that are essential in today's fast-paced IT environment. Containerization is a hot technology that IT teams can't afford to ignore. But, unfortunately, outside the world of DevOps, containers can still be an unfamiliar technology. During this session we will discuss fundamental aspects of container virtualization and the detail for using containers by IT Pros. This will be a demo heavy session and will appeal to both those familiar with containers and also to those who are new to container technology. We'll go through how containers are built. We'll discuss how containers and VMs are both similar and different. We'll cover the Kubernetes workflow: clusters, pods, and continuous deployment, and much more... About our speaker: Max Yermakhanov A passionate and innovative DevOps advocate who thrives on challenge and believes in success through collaboration. A veteran IT professional with 18+ years of progressive experience in private and public organizations. A Senior DevOps consultant helping clients to implement best practices around continuous deployment and scalable infrastructure. A decent developer with Master’s degree in Computer Science who just enjoys IT work too much. A dilettante librarian with Master’s in Library and Information Science. A tenacious problem-solver with strong organizational, communication and management skills who brings energy, enthusiasm, and leadership to problem resolution. A life-long learner with an uncompromising approach to client satisfaction.

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  • Office 365 Teams

    222 Bay Street

    Our Meeting for February will feature Ash Chaudhury and Sean van Osnabrugge from Microsoft speaking about Office 365 Teams. We will be meeting at the Microsoft Canada Downtown Office, 222 Bay St. Suite 1201, Toronto-Dominion Centre, Ernst & Young tower. What we're talking about: To deliver smarter calling and meeting experiences with intelligent communications, we are bringing Skype for Business capabilities into Microsoft Teams... what does this mean for you? Join us for this meet up as we share the impacts of two new announcements from Microsoft. 1. Our vision for Intelligent Communications, which goes beyond "UC" to create a meeting and calling experience powered by A.I. across any device, with the right people and the right content 2. PSTN Calling Plans which are now available in Canada in Preview Details to follow. This is a date and location change from our regular meetings. Ash Chaudhury is the Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft, using technology to help Canadians work from wherever the heck they want to. My job is to empower people and businesses in our beautiful country to do more. Specifically, I want to help you work from home (or the cottage, or another country) - connecting to colleagues, sharing ideas, and collaborating with each other as easily as you would being physically present at some office. Sean van Osnabrugge is your Microsoft Modern Workplace Voice Technology Solutions Professional (TSP) bringing value to enterprise customers through their journey towards digital transformation specific to the Microsoft Office 365 platform of services. Sean has more than 15 years of Information Technology experience in various in-house, consulting and sales roles. He is known by his peers as an expert in unified communications (UC), strategic planning and solutioning and actively helps run the Toronto UC meetup. Sean has helped many enterprise and government clients with their unified communications needs, such as TD Bank, CIBC, Nestlé, Government of BC, Rogers Communications, Corus and CP Rail. PLEASE NOTE: You will be asked for you Full Name and Company when you RSVP for this event. Please type this information in the space provided on the RSVP form. We MUST have your full name for Building Security at 222 Bay St. or you will not be admitted to the event. This information will only be available to the meeting organizers - it will not appear online anywhere.

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