Southeast Michigan Azure User Group (SMAUG) November/Holiday Meetup

2018-06-20T14:42:21+00:00 November 27th, 2018|

Southeast Michigan Azure User Group (SMAUG) November/Holiday Meetup

Our Holiday SMAUG Meetup will be held at Altair Engineering in Troy, MI. Jeff Marraccini, VP Global IT Systems at Altair, will be our host. We will hear about successful migrations to Azure from the customers themselves. Lightning Talks, Christmas Cookies, and Cheer will end the night. Happy Holidays!

Southeast Michigan Azure User Group (SMAUG) October Meetup

2018-06-20T14:33:53+00:00 October 23rd, 2018|

Southeast Michigan Azure User Group (SMAUG) October Meetup

Our October SMAUG Meetup will be held at the gorgeous brand new Microsoft Technology Center in Detroit!

Topic: The Best of Microsoft Ignite! We will have presenters who attended the conference present the most exciting and relevant information discussed at Ignite. Don’t miss it! Lightning Talks will conclude the evening. If you went to Ignite and want to share for 5 minutes, this will be for you!

Microsoft Ignite 2018

2018-06-20T15:17:48+00:00 September 24th, 2018|

Microsoft Ignite 2018

Create your ultimate tech conference

Get the latest insights and skills from technology leaders and practitioners shaping the future of cloud, data, business intelligence, teamwork and productivity. Immerse yourself with the latest tools, tech, and experiences that matter, and hear the latest updates and ideas directly from the experts.

Southeast Michigan Azure User Group (SMAUG)

2018-07-16T14:51:45+00:00 July 17th, 2018|

Our July meetup will be at Altair Engineering in Troy.  Hope to see you there!

TOPIC:  Artificial Intelligence is one of today’s technology mega-trends. Articles about the rise of Artificial Intelligence are all over the news and technology companies promise that AI will change the world and the way we live in it. As one of leaders in the advancement of AI, Microsoft is making it easier than ever for developers to leverage AI technologies in their applications. But just what is AI? Join this session as Chris Campbell discusses how Microsoft views AI and how you can build intelligent capabilities into your next project.

Chris Campbell is a Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft specializing in Data, Advanced Analytics and Artificial Intelligence. Chris works with some of Microsoft’s largest customers in Michigan to help them realize their vision for data-centric applications and architectures on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform.

Azure Summit at Microsoft Technology Center (MTC), Detroit

2018-06-20T17:13:37+00:00 June 27th, 2018|

Azure Summit at Microsoft Technology Center (MTC), Detroit

Join Total Solutions and Microsoft for the second quarter Azure Summit at the new Microsoft Technology Center in Downtown Detroit. The aim of the event is to help educate the local community on recent Azure developments and its use within the market. We hope to host this event again in the fourth quarter to further educate and build a community around Microsoft Azure.

We are excited to announce that we will be featuring speakers from Coretek, Microsoft, and Total Solutions. Attendees from the latest Office 365 Summit may also recognize New Horizons, a co-host of the summit, who will have a booth located outside of the room to talk to attendees about their offerings. We look forward to you joining us Wednesday morning! 

Global Azure Bootcamp April 21, 2018

2018-04-16T20:43:16+00:00 April 21st, 2018|

Welcome to Global Azure Bootcamp! All around the world user groups and communities want to learn about Azure and Cloud Computing!

On April 21, 2018, all communities will come together once again in the sixth great Global Azure Bootcamp event! Each user group will organize their own one day deep dive class on Azure the way they see fit and how it works for their members. The result is that thousands of people get to learn about Azure and join together online under the social hashtag #GlobalAzure!


Global Azure Boot Camp 2018

When:  Saturday, April 21, 2018

When:  8:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Who:  Southeast Michigan Azure User Group/Coretek Clients

Where:  Coretek Event Center, 34900 Grand River Ave., Farmington Hills, MI  48335



8:30: Breakfast and Networking

9:00: Welcome

9:15:  Chris Shalda – Citrix on Azure, Demystified

10:15:  Break

10:30:  Richard Sedlak – LAB: Migrating servers with Azure Site Recovery

11:30:  Lunch
12:00: Will Anderson – LAB: Understanding and Creating Your Own DSC Resources
1:00:  Break
1:15:  Avi Moskovitz – LAB: Deploying a .Net MVC Application in Azure

2:15:  Conclusion




9:15 AM:  Chris Shalda, Senior Azure Solutions Architect, Coretek Services

Keynote Address:  Citrix on Azure, Demystified


A lot has changed in the last year – we now have many different options for running VDI in Azure. During this session, we’ll focus on Citrix on Azure as far as what has changed, provide an overview of the options available and some real-world use cases. You’ll see how Citrix Cloud can handle managing the Citrix infrastructure servers as a SaaS service so you don’t have to, as well as how quickly you can start provisioning Windows 10 in Azure. A demo will be shown of how graphics intensive workloads perform in Azure when presented with Citrix Cloud. We’ll also cover some of the technical considerations as well as the operational benefits for utilizing Citrix and Azure as a cloud desktop platform.


10:30 AM:  Richard Sedlak, Cloud Practice Architect, Coretek Services

Session Title:

LAB: Migrating servers with Azure Site Recovery


Richard Sedlak will present this hands-on lab where you will learn how to migrate a server using the Azure Site Recovery (ASR) tool.  We’ll be using a simulated source environment in Azure to migrate.  We’ll also be doing a test cutover and discuss the complete cutover.  On-premise environments (VMware, Hyper-V, and hardware) will be discussed.


Participants will need a laptop and access to an Azure subscription where they can create the following resources:

  • Virtual network
  • Network security group
  • Storage accounts
  • ASR account
  • Virtual machine (including disks, network interfaces, and public IP addresses)

Before the session, please download and follow the instructions at


12:00 Noon:  Will Anderson, Microsoft MVP and Cloud Solutions Architect, Coretek Services

Session Title:
LAB: Understanding and Creating Your Own DSC Resources

The community has tons of resources that you can use, but what if you can’t find the one you need? Build it!

In this session, Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP Will Anderson will walk you through:

  • Understanding how DSC Resources work behind the scenes when you invoke them
  • Creating your own Desired State Configuration resources using the DSC Resource Designer.


1:15 PM:  Avi Moskovitz, Senior Consultant-Cloud, Coretek Services

Session Title:

LAB: Deploying a .Net MVC Application in Azure


This will be a hands-on learning experience with no previous development expertise required.  Learn how Azure can easily and quickly stand up a development environment.  We will walk you through the process of creating your own MVC web application.  Then we will take you through the process of how to publish it to an App Service in Azure.  If additional time allows we will also take you through connecting your new website to an Azure SQL database and discuss the benefits of using Application Insights with your application.


Palo Alto Ultimate Test Drive in Azure

2018-03-27T14:28:44+00:00 April 12th, 2018|

Microsoft Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud that allows you to develop and deploy new applications rapidly; expand into geographic regions seamlessly and extend competitive advantages.

However, cyber criminals are well aware of the rapid expansion into the public cloud and are looking for weaknesses in your security posture. Don’t let them find one.

Join us for the VM-Series on Microsoft Azure FREE Ultimate Test Drive to see how you can securely extend your corporate data center into Azure using our next-generation firewall and advanced threat prevention features.

These classes are hugely popular and space fills quickly. Register now to save your place at the next Ultimate Test Drive.
We look forward to having you in the driver’s seat.  Register Here

The 2018 Citrix Innovation Award Story-Founders, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2018-02-01T19:29:48+00:00 February 13th, 2018|

The 2018 Global Citrix Innovation Award Story
Coretek Services and Wolverine Worldwide

Come hear the story of Wolverine Worldwide’s journey to the cloud on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at Founders Centennial Room, Grand Rapids, MI

You are cordially invited to attend this exciting interactive seminar with live demo featuring Jeff Gurney, Sr. Director of IT and Security at Wolverine Worldwide.  Jeff will present the story of how he and Coretek Services implemented a Citrix on Azure solution to virtualize 3-D apps across the world, and brought product development down from 425 days to 140 days.  Refreshments will be provided.

Vote Today for Coretek: 2018 Citrix Innovation Award for Partners

2018-01-07T15:35:29+00:00 January 7th, 2018|News|

Vote today for Coretek…one of three Global Finalists for the Citrix Innovation Award for Partners, 2018. Coretek represents all Citrix Partners in North America, Central America, and South America for this prestigious honor. Vote Here
The Citrix Innovation Award recognizes game-changing partners — those who use Citrix technology to re-imagine IT, drive business growth, and create new ways of working. The winner of the Citrix Innovation Award for Partners, 2018, will be decided by popular vote, taking place January 2-9, 2018, on the Citrix website. The winner will be announced at Citrix Summit 2018, January 8-9, in Anaheim, California.
Coretek is being recognized for their work at valued customer, Wolverine Worldwide. Wolverine Worldwide is one of the world’s leading footwear and apparel distributors, providing marketing and licensing for iconic brands including Keds, Sperry, and more. Working with Citrix and Microsoft, Coretek developed a global solution for virtualized 3-D applications hosted in Azure that helps Wolverine accelerate time to market for new consumer products.
About Coretek Services
Coretek Services is a Global Systems Integration and IT Consulting Company that delivers high value and innovative solutions. Coretek works with clients to custom-design an IT architecture based on each clients’ unique requirements. The solution encompasses server and desktop virtualization, optimization of a virtual desktop environment, cloud desktop, mobile device management, and infrastructure consulting and project management. Our goal is to help our clients achieve Project Success. No exceptions! For more information, visit
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