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We are a talented community of Houston area individuals that have an interest in SharePoint and associated technologies.  As the cloud continues to gain momentum, the focus of H-SPUG will evolve to include technologies such as Office 365, Azure, PowerBI, ADFS, OAuth, along with Hybrid Cloud and other Microsoft solutions.  In addition to monthly user group meetings, H-SPUG also hosts the SharePoint Saturday Houston event.  For our December meeting each year, we host a Holiday Party with a "Casino Night" theme.

We meet on the third Wednesday of each month, at the Microsoft Houston offices, to network, collaborate, and socialize.  After our meeting, we continue our social activities to further collaborate and have some fun!  Our monthly meetings generally consists of two sessions: (1) General, and (2) Technical.  Select the Monthly Meetings image below for the format, location, and upcoming presentations.

H-SPUG February 2017 Meeting - Wednesday, February 15th

Members and loyal H-SPUG supporters:

Call for Volunteers:  We are looking for new faces to help lead H-SPUG. We have several open Officer positions.  If you are interested, please email Rick Garcia at

This year we are adding an entirely new track dedicated to Azure.  It is called the Azure Discovery Series.  Our goal is to help educate those that are entirely new to Azure as well as good deep for those with experience.

Topic: The Azure Discovery Series - Azure Virtual Machines

Presenter: Mark Freeman

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This session is a deep-dive into the planning, provisioning and management of Azure Virtual Machines. We'll start with important pre-provisioning activities such as storage, network, and security planning, and VM cost considerations. Then, we'll cover various ways to deploy VM's in Azure and when to use each approach. Finally, we'll go over best practices regarding monitoring, availability, and backup/recovery of VM's. This is a demo-heavy 200-level session and also includes numerous valuable technical references to expand your knowledge on this subject. After attending this session, you'll be well-prepared to begin leveraging Azure Virtual Machines for your organization!


Upcoming Sessions - Azure Discovery Series will feature:

  • Deep dives into specific areas of Azure
  • Guidance and best practice for creating and managing Azure resources and services
  • Resource links and suggestions for expanding your knowledge and skill sets post-session

Topic: Overview of SharePoint Hybrid Solutions

Presenter: Rafael De la Cruz

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Microsoft SharePoint hybrid consists of a growing list of advanced hybrid solutions that empowers
organizations to consume benefits of the cloud and maintain their on-premises investments.  I will cover the following topics.

  • Hybrid Search
  • Hybrid Business Connectivity Services
  • Hybrid OneDrive for Business
  • Hybrid Sites Features
  • Extranet Sharing




Sponsor Update

We are also still looking for more sponsors.  So if you are interested, please email us at or


We hope to see you there!


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