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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 consist of two sessions: (1) General, and (2) Technical.

​Meeting Format:

​6:00 - 6:30 p.m.Sign-In, Socialize, and Eat​
​6:15 - 6:30 p.m.Chalk Talk, Introductions, and Announcement​s
​6:30 - 7:30 p.m.Presentation Sessions​
​7:3​0 - 7:40 p.m.Surveys and Room Consolidation​
​7:40 - 8:00 p.m.Prizes, Drawings, Announcements, and Wrap-Up​

Microsoft Houston
750 Town and Country Blvd., Suite 1000 (top floor)
Houston, TX 77042


Visitor Parking: There is free parking across the street from Microsoft's building at 12711 Queensberry; it is next to Brio.  Also, visitors are able to park in the adjoining Garage Parking on the first floor.  Visitors will take a ticket and use the machine to pay for parking; there may be a discounted rate after 5:00 p.m.


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


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