New Sponsor: Nimble Storage

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Jan 312012

CASIT 2012 is proud to announce our new sponsor Nimble Storage.


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Nimble Storage thinks that enterprises shouldn’t have to compromise on performance, capacity, ease of use, and price. So they developed the first storage architecture designed from the ground up to seamlessly integrate SSDs with high-capacity disks, all to give you unparalleled performance and capacity efficiency, easier backups and DR, and stress-free operations.

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New Sponsor: Cambridge Computer

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Jan 312012

CASIT 2012 is proud to announce our new sponsor Cambridge Computer.

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Cambridge Computer is a national integrator specializing in data storage and data protection solutions. We are now celebrating 20 successful years in business.

We provide comprehensive solutions drawing on best-of-breed hardware and software from multiple manufacturers. Our professional services include consulting, integration, project management, and knowledge transfer.

Our technical expertise is known throughout the storage industry. Our clients include leading corporations, major financial institutions, top universities, the most vital of government facilities, as well as small to medium size businesses. Allow us to apply our creativity to design a solution that meets your budget and exceeds your expectations.

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New Sponsor: Splunk

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Jan 302012

CASIT 2012 is proud to announce our new Sponsor Splunk.

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Splunk was founded to pursue a disruptive new vision: make machine data accessible, usable and valuable to everyone. Machine data is one of the fastest growing and most pervasive segments of “big data”–generated by websites, applications, servers, networks, mobile devices and the like that organizations rely on every day. By monitoring and analyzing everything from customer clickstreams and transactions to network activity and call records–and more, Splunk turns machine data into valuable insights no matter what business you’re in. It’s what we call operational intelligence.


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Power Editing with vi

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Jan 202012

Cascadia is excited to announce that it will be offering a half-day Power Editing with vi class with trainer Alexsey Tsalolikhin. It is a hands-on course to take you from a vi beginner or intermediate user to a power user, able to leap tall text buildings with a single bound. Unleash the full power of that blinking cursor, become more efficient at your job, and fame and fortune will surely follow. Most people use about 10% of what vi is fully capable of. Awaken to your vi’s full potential.

Aleksey has been a UNIX/Linux system administrator for 13 years. Wrangling EarthLink’s server farms by hand during growth from 1,000 to 5,000,000 users, he developed an abiding interest in improving the lot of system administrators through configuration management, documentation, and personal efficiency training. Aleksey is a member of LOPSA and was recognized in 2011 at the most active mentor in the LOPSA Mentorship Program.

Cascadia will be announcing more classes that will be offered at this years conference soon. Please check out our website for more updates  on classes.

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Windows Powershell Tutorials

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Nov 182011

Cascadia IT Conference is proud to announce that two 1/2 day Windows Powershell Tutorials will be offered at our 2012 conference.  PowerShell Fundamentals will provide students with a basic foundation to begin leveraging PowerShell to accomplish standard systems admin focused tasks by teaching some concrete techniques that they can begin using immediately. The course begins with some of the basic terminology, as well as the four essential commands to using PowerShell. The course progresses into a number of task-based examples of system administration style tasks. The course finally covers using PowerShell with two products that many administrators have to work with, Active Directory and Exchange. (Note: these can be swapped out for some other product like Hyper-V, VMWare, Microsoft DNS, SQL Server, etc.. .)

PowerShell Tips and Tricks will provide students with a variety of tips and tricks to make working with PowerShell simpler, more effective, and just plain fun. We will cover how profiles can help you have standard levels of features across users and machines, as well as providing customizability for an individual’s shell environment. We will explore the pipeline and how you can leverage the different capabilities provided by the PowerShell pipeline to make more concise scripts and functions. Additional topics we will cover include tricks with variables, getting around Execution Policy, making the Integrated Scripting Environment awesome.

These courses will be taught by Steven Murawski who is a Senior Windows Systems Engineer for Edgenet. He is an active participant in his local IT community. Steven is the founder of the Greater Milwaukee Script Club, a board member for the Greater Milwaukee IT Pro User Community, and an executive committee member for the Wisconsin INETA user group. Steven has been a member of LOPSA since 2006.  Steven blogs at


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Cascadia Keynote: Unified Cloud: How Context Aware Clients Will Enhance the Cloud Experience

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Nov 062011

Cascadia is pleased to announce that its keynote talk will be “Unified Cloud: How Context Aware Clients Will Enhance the Cloud Experience” by Ben Cahoon, president of Stoneware, Inc.

Ben’s talk will describe a vision of Unified Cloud computing that merges private and public clouds into a single service for the end user. he will show how the hardware and software context of the client can be used by the cloud to understand and adapt to the clients device to deliver a richer user experience. Also learn how the Unified Cloud simplifies the management of client access to public and private resources. This session will include a live demonstration of these concepts with Stoneware’s webNetwork platform.

Ben Cahoon is currently the president of Stoneware, Inc. based in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is passionate about software and entrepreneurial ventures. He has a computer science degree and an MBA from Brigham Young University. Previously he was the vice president of LanSchool, president of STS Turbo and director of product management at Intel for LANDesk desktop management products.

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Cascadia IT Conference 2012

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Sep 082011

The League of Professional System Administrators and the Seattle Area System Administrators Guild are proud to present the 2012 Cascadia IT Conference.   Cascadia 2012 is a regional IT conference for all types of system administrators – computer, database, network, SAN, VMware, etc.  It will take place on March 23 – 24th (Fri – Sat) of 2012 at Hotel DECA in Seattle’s University District.  We provide excellent training opportunities at a very reasonable price and it is a great way to meet other local system administrators.

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