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Scram, Scams! Today’s Threat Landscape

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Step aside, Nigerian prices. Coronavirus phishing attacks take the throne.

With the explosion of the remote workforce and the general confusion around the pandemic and how to adjust to the “new normal,” many workers are overwhelmed and confused by scams and phishing attacks. How can you protect your team from falling victim? Join Mirazon’s networking engineer Rance Reinhardt as he walks you through today’s threats and what methods we can use to prevent being scammed.

Bring your questions!

About the Presenter

Rance Reinhardt

Network Engineer


Rance has been one of Mirazon’s networking engineers for 5 years. Before that, he served as a communications specialist in the Department of Defense. Today he spends his days setting up network security gear, slapping down ransomware and skateboarding.

Office 365 Automation

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Domo arigato, Microsoft Roboto

The name of the game in today’s business environment is automation! However, most businesses are not aware of all of the options available to them as Microsoft customers.
In this month’s meeting, HMB’s Russell Patrick will explore all of our options when it comes to automation in the Microsoft stack.
These options range from building bots with conversational automation services in order to build robotic process automations for day-to-day tasks.
We will look at Microsoft’s Cognitive Intelligence API, and then build a bot using conversational automation.
We will wrap it all up by building an automated robotic process using Microsoft’s Power Automate.
By the end of this session you will be able to talk intelligently about building robotic processes and how you can use these tools at your organization!
Bring your questions!

About the Presenter

Russell Patrick


Senior SharePoint Consultant

Russell is a Senior SharePoint Consultant at HMB. Having worked in SharePoint for seven years in three different capacities, Russell can answer almost everything on the topic. He is also involved with LouMUG, and wishes to bring SharePoint Saturdays back to the ‘Ville in the future.

Latency for Dummies

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Your Servers, Your Network, The Cloud, Storage…

Latency in your environment can come from any or a variety of sources. At LouMUG this month we’ll pick apart the places latency can hide in your infrastructure and practical remedies to consider.

Mirazon CTO Brent Earls will discuss:

  • What is latency?​​
  • Interconnects​​
  • Network​​
  • Server​​
  • Storage​​
  • THE CLOUD!​​
  • Users​
Bring your questions!

This session is sponsored by DataCore’s vFiLO software-defined file storage solution!

Teams Live Event: Teams Bots & Apps

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In conjunction with the fledgling Heartland Teams Users Group and EPOS Audio, we present:

“Empower Your Users with Bots and Apps in Microsoft Teams.”

Session Summary

Microsoft’s mission is to “empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.”  Microsoft Teams is a service that empowers your team members through modern collaboration by the use of Chat, Channel Conversations, Meetings, Calling and full integration with our Microsoft 365 toolset.  But are you aware of the Microsoft Teams development platform and how it can be used to empower your team members even further by the use of Bots and Apps?  In this session we will provide an overview of the Teams development platform, showcase a variety of real world Bots and Apps, and provide resources to help get you on your way empowering your team members.

About the Presenter

Presenter Al Durham is Modern Workplace Technical Specialist with Microsoft.  He helps customers navigate the digital transformation journey and improve overall productivity in their business operations.  Al has over 23 years of technical, business and people leadership experience that helps him guide customers through critical decision making processes as they make their way to the cloud.

Bring your questions!

This session is sponsored by EPOS Audio, maker of gaming and enterprise audio equipment.

Al’s Teams Background to Download and Use

Teams Live Event: PowerShell, Your Way

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What the Shell??

PowerShell is one of the most awesome tools Microsoft has created in the past 20 years. It has the power of .NET combined with an easy to learn scripting language syntax. Join LouMUG this month for our first ever virtual event as Tony Morrow shows you how to take simple PowerShell code and elevate it to the next level.


  • What is PowerShell?
  • How does Tony uses PowerShell?
  • How to:
    • Install and use modules
    • Loop and pipe data
    • Create custom objects
    • Build advanced functions
    • And more

About the Presenter

Tony Morrow

Tony is the Principal Solutions Architect at Bellarmine University’s Information Technology Department. With 10 years of experience he is considered a jack-of-all-trades, assisting with managing the University’s network, security, and wireless infrastructure; server and virtual environment; and designs solutions using PowerShell whenever possible. Tony is an avid technology nerd and race car fan with more knowledge than any one person should have.

IT Governance

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“Ask Not What You Can Do For Governance, But What Governance Could Do For You!”

We all know the importance of developing a solid IT strategy. Join us this month as we discuss the importance of aligning IT investments with business strategy.

In this session Matthew Workman will be covering the following:

  • Brief discussion about content.
  • Controlling content chaos, how culture can help
  • Driving change where appropriate.
  • Some automation tools that can assist, such as:
    • Azure Automation
    • PnP Provisioning Engine
    • Governance and DevOps controls to support business value.

About the Presenter

Matthew Workman


My name is Matthew, a fairly normal person trying to do as many good things as I can, and trying to share a positive attitude to influence people for the better. At the moment, I enjoy using technology to do that along with my employer HMB. I have been employed in the Louisville area for over 15 years for companies such as Mercer, Norton Healthcare, and Republic Bank. I have made it a personal mission to help organizations understand how technology can “compliment” culture, and so begins the story of productivity.

SQL for the Sysadmin: What Non-DBAs Need to Know

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On occasion, as a sysadmin or provider of Infrastructure Support, you have no doubt dealt with those pesky database administrators. They are so needy, they have unreasonable requirements, and they tend to stress about the smallest of things.

But have you ever wondered what is really going on under the hood of a SQL Server? What is the best way to secure it? Why is performance so sporadic? Why is it so hungry for resources?

In this session we will explore some of the nuances of SQL Server, and also attempt to remove the “black box” qualities that overshadow it. In the end, we will all hopefully agree that the DBA is truly indeed neurotic… but understandably so.

About the Presenter

Jeff Rouse

Jeff is the Assistant Vice President, Manager of Database Administration for Republic Bank and Trust. He is a seasoned IT professional with 25+ years of experience with the processes that make IT successful.

Jeff has been a Microsoft junkie since Window for Workgroups, and has worked with most all of their enterprise level products. Jeff serves as a leader of the Louisville, KY chapter of the SQL Server & PowerBI User Group. His professional experience has allowed exposure to a wide variety of markets – finance, healthcare, telecommunications, law enforcement and more.

Cloud Data: Backup for What’s Next

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I’m Veeaming of A Disaster-Free Christmas

In this session, we will learn how Veeam solves the challenge of how to leverage our multi-cloud world to improve Disaster Recovery capabilities and make certain that user’s data is available at all times. In addition, we will learn how enhancements in the upcoming v10 release will not only make certain your data is protected no matter where it is, but that you may be able to leverage cloud options such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. This will ensure that you can stay up and running even when disaster strikes.

Artificial Intelligence Landscape From Academia to Industry: How and Where you Can Fit in

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To AI…and beyond!

AI is becoming more applied into our everyday and understanding how to effectively implement AI solutions can bring value to businesses and customers. We will cover AI Consortium, Market Insights, and Microsoft Azure AI Use Cases. Join us as while learn about the Artificial Intelligence landscape from Konrad Konarski, who led IBM’s Watson team.

We will review:

  • AI Consortium
    • Collective Innovation
    • Data Democratization
    • Innovation Lab
  • AI Market Insights
  • Microsoft Azure AI – Use Cases
    • Office Automation
    • Retail Analytics
    • PPE Detection
  • Additional Use-Cases
    • Chatbot Platforms
    • Computer Vision Systems
    • Deep Learning Analytics
  • Call to Action

Data Protection

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Don’t Be Scared … Protect Your Data!

In today’s IT landscape, the threat model is constantly changing and drastically. The theft of data for purposes of accessing personal customer information is no longer the main driving motivation of bad actors – they are turning to threads aimed at large financial gain. In addition to attacks aimed at holding data for ransom, attacks can also be founded in political activism with the distinct purpose of data destruction in order to interrupt or destroy business. Join us to learn about these threats and how you can increase the probability of recovering your most critical business data in light of these new threat models.

We will review:

  • Overall threat landscape today
  • The cost these threats wreak on business
  • Application dependency mapping to identify risks
  • Assessing current backup infrastructure
  • Strategies to protect your backup data where it cannot be deleted or modified