Welcome to SEA-TUG

The Systems Engineering and Administration Technology Users Group
Providing "Technology On Tap" to the local IT Community since 2001


Meeting: Wednesday October 18th, 2017 - 6PM

This month we'll have another crossover meeting with our friends at ISSA-NH as we discuss the topic of vulnerability management. More details to follow.

Meeting: Wednesday September 20th, 2017 - 6PM

SEA-TUG is excited to announce our first cross-over event with the NH chapter of the Information System Security Association!

Topic: “Managing Log Data"

Join us for a discussion (and interactive workshop) on the history of logging up to current day SIEM.  We'll talk about the selection of tools for regulated and non-regulated environments to drive improvements in IT Security Operations, and techniques for using automation to wade through an ever-growing mountain of data using examples from the audience, as well as chat about the primary data required for emergency response during ongoing breach events.

Our guest presenter is Jason Sgro, Managing Partner and Chief Strategist of The ATOM Group right here in Portsmouth.

We've added a 2nd presenter, Michael Leland, SIEM Evangelist for Mcafee, who will discuss Using Log Data to Identify Insider Threats.

This will be a highly interactive session with knowledge sharing and networking opportunities.  We hope to see you there.

Download copies of the presentation decks here:
1- Intro Deck
2- Jason Sgro - Logging Presentation
3- Michael Leland - Data is the Answer (What was the Question?)

PLEASE NOTE:  If you have not joined our Meetup group, please do in order to continue getting notifications about upcoming meetings: http://meetup.com/sea-tug

We welcome your feedback on the meeting, format, venue, content, presenters, food, schedule, and the new crossover with ISSA.  SEA-TUG exists for your benefit, please let us know what we can do to make the group more effective for you.  Contact Steve at caretaker@sea-tug.com.

Summer Break - July/August 2017

Meeting: Wednesday June 21st, 2017 - 6PM

Topic: “Automating Yourself to The Unemployment Line: How I learned to stop worrying, and love DevOps”
Presented by Ben Hamilton, fellow sys-admin for Idexx labs in Maine. 


This will be a chat on Ben's experience about coming on as a System Administrator right at the beginning of Idexx's DevOps adoption, and how the team and the organization have fostered DevOps culture.  There may also be various philosophical views which are important for SysAdmins to embrace in order to do DevOps successfully.

Download the INTRO deck or the PRESENTATION deck.

Note that we will skip July and August meetings; this will be the last meeting until September 2017 

 Meeting: Wednesday May 17th, 2017 - 6PM

Securing Your Organization - Where Do You Start? 

Here's the scenario:  You're given 3 months and $50,000 to improve your organization's security posture.  George Magee will lead us through a discussion on what to focus on, how to determine what's most important, and discuss some strategies to make multiple quick-hit wins given the constraints. 

Every organization will have different priorities - this is intended to be a highly interactive discussion.

Great meeting, everyone.  Loved the interactivity and connections being made.  Huge shout out to George Magee for leading the discussion.  Here's the "Wannacry Fact Sheet" I mentioned - I'll upload the Wannacry deck I put together after I update and scrub it.

Download the files: Main Deck; Top 20 Controls Document, Top 20 Controls Matrix


Meeting: Wednesday April 19th, 2017 - 6PM


Building Windows Images with MDT

Presented by Tobin Weltin - download the deck here.

Tobin provided an overview and a live demo of making images and deploying them to new hardware as well as the tools involved and ways to customize the installation.  As an added bonus he also covered using MDT to deploy applications to clients and via an end-user self-service portal.


Meeting: Wednesday March 15, 2017 -- CANCELLED DUE TO NOR'EASTER

3 Mini-Topics: 1) Favorite tool(s) of the month, 2) Analyzing data with Excel, 3) Using WDS and MDT to deploy Windows 10

 This month we'll have 3 mini-topics to entertain and educate.

Meeting: Wednesday February 15, 2017

Infrastructure Monitoring

We've covered this topic before, but it seems to be a popular discussion topic.  Greg Ross, a Systems Engineer for Paessler AG (the company that makes PRTG) will be in town to lead a discussion on best practices and provide us with some ideas of things that can and should be monitored.  We'll also have a panel of your peers on hand to discuss and compare performing similar tasks with different tools and comparing features/benefits of several tools.  We have several members who have volunteered to talk about PRTG, Solarwinds, Nagios (and variants), and other tools.  Please be ready to talk about your own experience and bring questions about how/what to monitor in your own environment.  This is not a sales event for PRTG, but it will likely be used in the demonstration portion of the meeting by default.

Meeting: Wednesday January 18, 2017

Understanding Wireless Networks

We all have wireless networks and we all know how imperfect wireless connectivity can be, but do you know how to tune your wireless network for optimal performance?  Do you understand RSSI, SNR, and wireless bands?  If you would like to improve your understanding of wireless concepts and how to enhance the end user experience come to the SEA-TUG meeting on January 18th at 6:00 pm at Great Bay Community College (Pease).  Mark Waruszyla from Focus Technologies will be reviewing these concepts and sharing best practices for wireless optimization.  Mark is an experienced engineer and thrives on group discussions, so bring the wireless questions that have been nagging at you for years. 

 Download the deck here.


Special Event Notice: NH ISSA Meeting 11/17/16 - See http://www.issanh.org/ for more info.

Meeting: Wednesday November 11, 2016
Holistic Security: Defining and Defending Against Multiple Attack Vectors

Craig Taylor, CSO for NeoScope will lead a discussion on defining and defending against attacks.  This is intended to be an interactive session where Sea-Tug members can discuss what they're dealing with and discussing tactics, techniques, and even tools to defend your users and environments from attacks and other risks.

Download the deck from tonight's meeting here.

 Special Event Notice: SMMUG (Southern Maine User Group) was founded in 2009 and normally meets in Portland.  This month they're holding a special event on November 10th, at the 100 Club in Portsmouth from 4:30 to 6:00pm.    Topic: Digital Transformation – Start in the Cloud and End at the Desktop.  For more information, contact Tricia Richardson at tricia@smmug.info (an RSVP is requested).

October Meeting: Wednesday, 10/19/16 at 6:00pm
Monitoring the Evolving Datacenter (Private, Public, and Hybrid Cloud)


We're excited to announce this month's topic and speaker.  SEA-TUG's own Mark Cassinelli, Manager of On-Demand Platforms at Amadeus Hospitality (Newmarket Software) will be sharing his experience with monitoring Private, Hybrid and Public Cloud environments.  He'll discuss toolsets and methodologies as well as incident management and change control for continuous deployment and DevOps environments. 

Please join us for education and networking with your local IT peers. 

Download the deck from tonight's meeting here.


September 21, 2016!
Evaluating Hyper Convergence

Download the Intro deck, the main presentation (coming soon), or the Excel-based Hyperconvergence evaluation tool.

Sea-Tug is BACK and the team is looking forward to seeing everyone again!  We have a new steering committee in place and we're very excited to announce the next scheduled meeting of Sea-Tug as follows:

When: Wednesday September 21, 2016 at 6:00pm
Where: Great Bay Community College (Pease Campus), 320 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth NH 03801
Topic: Evaluating Hyper Convergence
Speaker: P.J. Soucy, VF Corporation (Timberland)

PJ will present an analysis of Hyper-Converged platforms and the methodology he used to determine if this technology was a good fit for VF Corp.  We’ll also have a round table discussion of Hyper-Convergence and the experiences of other Sea-Tugians with this technology.  There will be no sales presentation at this meeting.   

Please note: We are consolidating our online presence to this website and MeetUp.  You can find the Sea-Tug group, including contact information, at http://www.meetup.com/SEA-TUG.  We are discontinuing the use of the broadcast emails, all meeting notifications will come from MeetUp.

Please reach out if you have any input or interest in participating in organizing the future of SEA-TUG!


Previous Meetings

Update 1/28/13 - January Meeting Complete

Thank you to presenters (Mark Villinski from Kaspersky and Angelo Cianci of Verizon) and to everyone who attended last night's meeting!  We had over 40 people in attendance.  If you have not signed up for the mailing list or the LinkedIn group, please be sure to do so.  Slides for the presentations are available here: 





Meeting Details


As of September 2016, we have moved to
Great Bay Community College - Pease Campus.
320 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth, NH 03801