New SysAdmin Party Sponsor: GOVERLAN

Date July 15, 2014

I'm really happy to announce that my SysAdmin Appreciation Day party has another sponsor! This one is GOVERLAN.


GOVERLAN isn't something that I was familiar with until just the other day. It seems like a pretty cool piece of technology that ties into Active Directory to help manage your Windows infrastructure. That's pretty vague, I know, but if you like things like "Active Directory Integration" and like managing Windows resources, you should head over to their YouTube channel and watch some videos, which can explain it much better than I can.

Thanks, GOVERLAN, for supporting the SysAdmin Appreciation Day party here in Boston. We appreciate it!

I originally opened 70 tickets, but pulled back 20, since I was having trouble getting sponsors. With this recent news, I'm adding 25 more, so we're at 75 tickets total (of which a lot have been claimed, so grab yours today!


Other SysAdmin Day Parties 2014

Date July 14, 2014

Every year, there are SysAdmin Appreciation Day parties all over the world. I've been super busy, so I've only found out about a few this year. Here are the ones I know of (and please comment and let me know about the others so I can update this list):

Yep, that's all I know of! Send me more! Comment below and link me to them!

Ain't no party like a sysadmin party cause a sysadmin party achieves the maximum available uptime required.

Two Sponsors For SysAdmin Appreciation Day Party!

Date July 11, 2014

I'm very happy to announce today that we've got two sponsors so far for the SysAdmin Appreciation Day party!

Peak Hosting sponsoring $1,000 worth of food and drinks!

Netsource Global is sponsoring $500 worth of food and drinks!

This party is going to be great!

I want to thank both Peak Hosting and Netsource Global for helping out so much. I appreciate it, and I know the party guests do, too.

The room minimum is $2,000, so we're still looking for sponsors (and last year, we ended up with so many sponsors, that the food bill went fully paid and we were giving away gift cards at the party)!

You definitely want to come take part.

Eventbrite - 2014 Boston SysAdmin Appreciation Day Party

Reminder: Tomorrow in Providence, RI - MeetUp

Date July 9, 2014

Just a reminder, tomorrow evening I'll be in Providence, Rhode Island at the LOPSA-RI group speaking on the topic of user management. People are way harder than computers, so come down and we'll discuss what we can do about it.

Leveraging Good User Mojo to Simplify your IT Day-to-Day

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014, 6:00 PM

10 Dorrance St, 9th Floor

8 IT Pros Attending

Check out our Pre Meetup Chat and hear what's coming up at our next Meetup: we have ten or more attendees we'll be raffling off two O'Reilly Media books, so bring a friend!Keeping end users happy can be one of the toughest parts of an IT pro's day-to-day. Join Matt Simmons to learn some tips and tric...

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SysAdmin Day Party in Boston! Woot!

Date July 8, 2014

It's that time of year again! That's right! SYSADMIN APPRECIATION DAY!

Alright, so the United Nations still hasn't recognized our basic human right to party on the last Friday of July, but we're doing it anyway!

For the second straight year, I'm renting out The Asgard in Cambridge, MA and we're going to get together for an evening of drinks, food, and fun with your fellow sysadmin-types.

The party starts at 6:30pm and goes, well, basically until they kick us out. Check out the party page for details, but this is what you need to know:

Location: The Asgard
Time: 6:30pm-11:30pm
Cost to you: $0
Sign up: HERE

I'm currently looking for sponsors, so if you're hiring IT / Ops folks, then maybe your company wants to help sponsor this. Drop me an email or hit me up on Twitter if you want to get in touch about sponsorship.

Register now, and come have a great time!

Video Interview w/ me - LOPSA Rhode Island

Date June 24, 2014

Yesterday, I got to sit down and talk with Adam Codega, leader of the fledgling LOPSA Rhode Island group. I'm going to be speaking there on Thursday, July 10. The event is at the offices of Swipely, and is convenient by car or train.

I'm going to be speaking on the subject of users. We use the term 'user' like it's a four letter word...which, I mean...technically is true, but there's nothing denigrating about being (or working with) users. In fact, we should all be better at it. The fact is that our users are our customers and clients, and it doesn't matter if you're on the front line of the help desk or if you're a senior level IT Administrator and Developer, you still have clients and customers. As a matter of fact, the more senior you are as a system administrator, the more important your clients and customers are, both to you and to the business as a whole, so grokking that fact is a vital part of improving IT's usefulness to the company.

Adam and I sat down and talked for about 20 minutes yesterday, and we covered this and more:

The talk in July is going to be an early release of my talk at Spice World in Austin this September. If you're not going to get to go to Austin and you're anywhere near Rhode Island, then come on over to the Swipely offices and hang out. Even if you don't do it for my talk, I believe they'll have pizza and soda/beer. So there's that.

Put it on your calendar now. July 10th, Providence, Rhode Island. See you there!