Category Archives: Past Events

October 9th Meeting ~ PowerShell by Mark Hicks

We are still going! We have made some changes since you last heard from us and while we are still meeting monthly – we are only meeting “In-Person” now on a “Quarterly” basis. Our October meeting will be our 1st “In-Person” meeting in the new time slot and new format designed by our membership.

This meeting will be an “In-Person” meeting, and will begin on-time at 3:00pm and will last 2 hours – concluding by 5:00pm. 

Wednesday, October 9th, 3:00pm – 5:00pm at the Microsoft PacWest office located at 1414 Northrup (in the Pearl district).

Our Technology Wizards Great Idea / Tech Talk will be presented by Matt Wilson, Brightstar Consulting

This is a new 2-5 minute segment that features one of our members sharing a business, marketing or technical tip that they have found to be very helpful or valuable in their business. 

Disk Recovery and Why to Avoid It. Disk Recovery is one of the last things that an IT professional wants to do. Matt will briefly mention the (glaringly obvious) ways to avoid it, and some of the options that exist when you have no choice but to recover a disk. Matt will also include some of his own experiences with this.

Matt Wilson, Brightstar Consulting

Matt has been working with computers since “building a computer” literally meant getting out a soldering iron. Despite denying that he was going to work with computers while still in grade school, he is well into his 3rd (or 4th) decade of working with them professionally, and has run Brightstar Consulting for almost 20 years.

PowerShell presented by Mark Hicks, Petra Technologies

Come and learn a little bit about Power Shell. We’ll explore a few basics like running DOS commands at the PS prompt and capturing and parsing output. We’ll demonstrate a few commands that may be useful on a daily basis. And, we’ll explore some scripts and examples of using Power Shell to automate various tasks. Bring your curiosity and your questions as this is intended to be both informative and interactive.

Mark Hicks, COO, Petra Technologies

Co-Owner and COO of Petra Technologies. Joined the computer revolution in 1981. Been an IT professional and systems engineer since 1993. Spent 12 years in enterprise IT before changing focus to the SMB space and building an MSP practice in 2005. Extensive background in scripting and automating various IT processes such as unattended PC and server builds, application deployment, and computer/network maintenance.

Ken Shafer
President, Technology Wizards

Reminder: Technology Wizards meetings are intended for current Technology Wizards members or potential members.  Potential members must be owners or employees of a/an IT services business whose main purpose is to support small business using Microsoft products and services in some capacity.

September 11th Meeting ~ Backblaze By John Green, Online-Members Only

Backblaze presented by John Green, Nova Business Systems This will be a technical presentation! An online meeting for members only. Cloud storage with a sophisticated foundation, ease of use, and over eight nines of reliability. “Backblaze is the leader in online backup with a reputation of being reliable and easy to use. We specialize in… Continue Reading

August 14th ~ Amy Babinchak on Azure AD – Online, Members Only

August 14th ~ Amy Babinchak on Azure AD – Online, Members Only

Our August meeting marks the first meeting in the new time slot and new format designed by our membership!  This meeting will be an “Online” meeting, and will begin on-time at 11:30am and will last 90 minutes – concluding by 1:00pm.  We have chosen the Zoom platform for our online meetings and we encourage you to test… Continue Reading

June 12th ~ Members Only Meeting

This month our regular meeting is replaced with a “Members Only” Strategic Planning Session. All members are highly encouraged to participate. Please check your email or Slack for details. Continue Reading

March 13th Meeting ~ Egnyte Connect MSP

Our next Technology Wizards meeting will be Wednesday, March 13th, 12:00pm – 3:00pm at the Microsoft PacWest office located at 1414 Northrup (in the Pearl district). Egnyte – Aaron Biancrosso, Bryan Vanderhoof Please join us for a complete technical demonstration on Egnyte Connect MSP! Egnyte Connect is an Enterprise caliber cloud file server (CFS) that… Continue Reading

February 13th Online Meeting ~ Auvik Network Management

This month’s meeting will be online for members only. Please check your email for details. Auvik Networks and FranklyMSP – Colin Houston, Steve Petryschuk With software applications and data now in the cloud, networks are the gateway to everything your business clients need to function. Clients want you to take full responsibility for keeping them… Continue Reading

December 12th Meeting ~ Board Elections, DNS, Favorite Tools

Our next Technology Wizards meeting will be Wednesday, December 12th, 12:00pm – 3:00pm at the Microsoft PacWest office located at 1414 Northrup (in the Pearl district). Technology Wizards Board Elections We will begin our monthly Technology Wizards meeting on Wednesday with our annual Board Elections.  We will be electing the 5 members who will serve on the Board beginning in… Continue Reading