Our first NHCTO Council Net & Sys Admin day is scheduled for Thursday, October 31st, 2019. As always this is an event for K-12 network and system administrators and is from 9:00am to 3pm in Concord at Granite State College in Concord. This event is free for all NH districts.
The topic of the day will be: Implementing network changes & controls to support RSA189:66.
In the morning we will hear from several schools who conducted Data, Privacy & Network audits. They will discuss the audit process, how it helped them identify weaknesses and how it helped to better their security posture. Daniel Dister, NHDOIT's CISO will also be stopping by to answer any questions the group may have.
Lunch will be provided by Security 7.
Security7 Networks (www.security7.net) is a leading cyber security advisory and managed security services provider serving organizations of all sizes throughout New England, the U.S. and Internationally. Our core competencies include regulatory compliance, standards implementation, risk management and designing and implementing highly-secure and reliable networks that scale with your business and help you achieve your digital security goals.
In the afternoon we will have we will have an open discussion on what changes schools have implemented to support the new amendments to RSA 189:66. If time allows we will end with an open forum for any topics people want to discuss, so bring your questions! Anything goes, this time can be used to discuss any technical challenges you're district is facing.
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Our first NHCTO Council Net & Sys Admin day is scheduled for Friday, October 26th, 2018. As always this is an event for K-12 network and system administrators and is from 9:00am to 3pm in Concord at Granite State College in Concord. This event is free for all NH districts.
The topic of the day will be Physical Security, Identity Control, and Data Automation.
In the morning we will talk about physical security including door access control, IP camera systems & identity controls. The state has recently provided significant grants to districts to enhance physical security. We will discuss how these new systems are being implemented, the IT ramifications, and how these systems integrate with other district technology systems.
Lunch will be provided.
We will discuss automation and the use of Pentaho & other tools. Many districts are trying to work smarter instead of harder & automation is the best way to do so. Automation of Active Directory account creation, integration of HR, AD, Identity and access control systems will all be discussed.
Our third NHCTO Council Net & Sys Admin day is scheduled for Friday, May18th, 2018. As always this is an event for K-12 network and system administrators and is from 9:00am to 3pm in Concord. This event is free for all NH districts.
The topic of the day will be Device & OS SMACKDOWN! We have many vendors coming to present their newest, latest & greatest devices. We will get a chance to look, touch & evaluate these new models which you may be considering for the 2018-19 School Year.
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Our second NHCTO Council Net & Sys Admin day is scheduled for Friday, February 16th, 2018. As always this is an event for K-12 network and system administrators and is from 9:00am to 3pm in Concord. Please note our venue has changed and we are now meeting at Granite State College in Concord (different from previous meetings). This event is free for all NH districts.
The topic of the day will be Security.
In the morning, we will have a presentation form Daniel Dister, CISSP. Daniel is the Chief Information Security Officer for the NH Department of IT. Daniel will discuss what state resources are available to schools, the New Hampshire Cyber Integration Center and the current threat landscape.
Lunch will be provided by Barkly (https://www.barkly.com/). Barley has a unique approach to preventing malware attacks which they will share with the group.
In the afternoon, we will have discussions & presentations about the SANS institute, hear from a school which sustained a significant & sustained DDOS attacks this fall and discuss preventative phishing & penetration testing.
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As always it should be a lively group discussion!
Back by popular demand the NHCTO Council will be having our First Sys & Net Admin day of the 2017-18 school year on Friday November 3rd, 2017 from 9:30am to 3pm.
Please note that our meeting location has changed from last year. We will now meet at New England College, 62 N Main Street Concord, New Hampshire 03301. Please click here for parking information.
We will discuss all things printing. As technologist you often may wonder why people need to print so much? We will discuss strategies to reduce printing with products like Paper Cut and Uniflow as well. In addition we will discuss how districts deploy, supply, repair and manage printer fleets.
Sick of printing? Want to get your district moving data automatically and electronically? This discussion is for you! This follow up from last fall's Pentaho workshop will discuss how districts have further automated data movement, used technologies like Sharepoint and Google Apps and reviewed business processes to reduce printing and streamline workflows.
Morning Topic: One to One 101
We will discuss 1-1 computing initiatives. Several school districts which have implemented 1-1 programs for students will discuss lessons learned, what to expect, how to prepare and what they would do differently. This includes preparing the network, becoming a certified hardware repair center, mobile device management and logistics (cases, chargers, printing etc).
Afternoon Topic: Network Storage, Hyper-convergence and Virtualization
At the heart of most modern networks is storage and virtualization. Traditional SANs are still widely used however with the advent of Hyper Convergence some schools are consolidating storage back into the virtualized hosts to save complexity, increase redundancy and ease management. We will look at the pros & cons of these new systems, talk to schools who have implemented as well as those that have not and why.
We will also look at Hyper-V and VMware and compare / contrast these two virtualization platforms. Virtual desktops may also be discussed.
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The NH CTO Council is holding a workshop for K-12 network and system administrators on February 3rd from 9am to 2pm in Concord. This event is free for districts that are a member of the NHCTO council!
The first session will include Security, Backup & Disaster Recovery. We will look at how schools are protecting their networks and data. Regardless if you’re 100% in the cloud or 100% on prem everyone still needs to have security and backup procedures in place for the event of data being compromised, corrupted or accidently deleted. We will explore different strategies schools are utilizing to protect their data.
Our second session will include discussion around Application deployment, and Operating system management. Most everyone has a mixed environment and many use different tools to manage and deploy these environments. For those schools whom have not yet adopted Windows 10 but are considering it come to hear about some of the trials and tribulations from schools that have successfully deployed it.
There will also be time for an open forum & networking. Please feel free to bring any topics, questions, concerns, or projects you are working on or thinking about as well.
Registration is capped at 30 participants and last spring we filled the room, so don’t wait! If your school district is a current NHCTO member we will be sending a registration code for free registration. If you are not yet a NHCTO member now is a great time to consider joining. The cost of the event for nonmember districts is $25 and lunch is included.
The NH CTO Council is holding a workshop for K-12 network and system administrators on November 3rd from 9am to 2pm.
The primary topic will be data integration, user account management and automation of these tasks. Most schools have to maintain large user databases and many are integrating things like Active Directory, Google Apps, and Office 365 to create a Single Sign user environment. We will discuss, compare and contrast how schools are accomplishing this goal and streamlining these processes.
There will also be time for an open forum & networking. Please feel free to bring any topics, questions, concerns, or projects your working on or thinking about as well. There are not many opportunities for technical K12 staff to collaborate, and the NH CTO Council wants to change this. The goal of this event is to get high level tech support staff (system administrators, network administrators, or jack of all trades) together to share, network and collaborate.
The NH CTO Council and Aruba/HP are sponsoring a workshop for K-12 network and system administrators. If you work on servers, storage, switches, APs, etc. - this event is for you! There are not many opportunities for technical K12 staff to collaborate, and the NH CTO Council wants to change this. The goal of this event is to get high level tech support staff (system administrators, network administrators, or jack of all trades) together to share what they are working on and what issues they are running into. Areas of discussion will include servers, storage, network, wireless, management, monitoring, and anything else that is important. There is no cost for this event and Lunch will be provided by Aruba Network an HPE Company. They will share what the merger means for HP and Aruba customers.
LOCATION: 2 Pillsbury St, 5th Floor, Concord, NH 03301
Session #1: Installing and Setting up Pentaho Data Integration
Session #2: Connecting to Databases and Generating Basic Reports
Session #3: Scheduling with CRON, Advanced Scripting and Powerful Data Transformations
We’re offering Session #2 on October 16th and Session #3 on October 23rd. Each session requires the previous session.
We’re asking folks to complete Session #1 on your own. Please install and configure Pentaho Data Integration according to the instructions at http://www.veriapt.com/presentations/mde . When your server is installed, set up a way to remote into your Pentaho server/session. Bring connection details and credentials for your databases.
If you are interested but require assistance setting up PDI please contact Joshua Mulloy.
School IT systems are continuing to evolve and increase in complexity. Even with the advent of cloud services there are many systems to manage. Without a robust and reliable networks cloud services can not be reached. Many schools face similar challenges and use similar systems. In an effort to insure that professional development is available to the many men and women behind the scenes the NHCTO Council provides three "System and Network Administrator Days" each year. These workshops are centered around technical discussion with technical people. Sessions are highly interactive and provide opportunity to discuss various solutions to challenges faced by IT departments.