Survey – Local Networking User Groups: Your Input Requested

Are you part of a networking user group in your area? Would you care to share that info with others? I’m compiling a list to share with the readership, so I’d love to hear from you via e-mail to or the comments section below. All corners of the globe are encouraged to respond, and vendor-specific user groups are certainly fine as well.

Please include as much of the following information as you can. TIA!

  • Name of the user group.
  • Geographic area served.
  • Group leader contact information.
  • URL.
  • Mailing list, Google group, other ways of staying in touch with group members.
  • Location and frequency of meetings.
  • Technology and/or vendors typically covered.
  • Anything else you feel would be helpful.
Ethan Banks
Ethan Banks, CCIE #20655, has been managing networks for higher ed, government, financials and high tech since 1995. Ethan co-hosts the Packet Pushers Podcast, which has seen over 3M downloads and reaches over 10K listeners. With whatever time is left, Ethan writes for fun & profit, studies for certifications, and enjoys science fiction. @ecbanks
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  • Ben Story

    No group in my area that I’ve been able to find, but would love to be part of one.

    Springfield, IL

  • Dmitri Fedotov

    No group here in Berlin, Germany. Would like to join one.

  • Matthew

    None in my area, but would be great to see one. Brisbane, Australia.

    • Paul Gear

       I haven’t heard of any around here either.  Yet there must be lots of users – plenty of job ads for Cisco engineers about…

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    • Alex White-Robinson

       You guys do have Ausnog, though! I like the various NOGs, often a bloody good group at the meetings.

      If you floated the idea on the mailing group, you might spark some interest in a monthly meetup.

      • Paul Gear

         Good point – there’s also SAGE-AU, which has regular meetups in Brisbane. Perhaps fitting in with that would work?

  • DLWood1001

    Can’t wait to see the list. I doubt there are any groups here in NH though. :)

  • The Editor

    Would love to find/start one here in Lancaster, Pa… 

  • Pjw

    We (Chesapeake NetCraftsmen) hold monthly “CMUG” presentations in the Baltimore area, except in the summer.  (Cisco Mid-Atlantic User Group.) Mostly Cisco topics, attendance runs 50-100 or so. We used to also do Washington DC, and would love to do so again, but we tried various locations including Herndon and turnout was generally light. 

    See to sign up for emails about upcoming events.

    • mitch

      I’m a member of CMUG but can’t attend meetings because I live near Charlottesville, VA. Would love something in central VA area.

  • ktokash

     I’d go to one in LA, but the closest I’ve found is 2600, which is … yeah not so much.

  • Rizky

    Indonesia, anyone?

  • Costa

    There are none in Toronto. Would love to see one. It’s a huge city with Cisco’s Canadian headqurters located here

  • Shane Copelin

    I saw that there’s a Cisco Users Group here in San Diego, Ca but I haven’t been there yet.

    • Rowell Dionicio

      Hey Shane,

      I run the San Diego group. You should really come down. More people have been coming out to the meetings. If you have any ideas you can shoot them my way

  • Krunal Shah

    There is one in Toronto, Canada.

    INPOC-Internetworking Professionals of Canada

  • Octavio Alvarez

    Anyone from Tijuana, Mexico?

  • Matthew Norwood

    We have a Cisco user group in the Nashville,TN area that meets monthly. There are 2 URL’s I would recommend using:

    1. InformIT User Group List –
    2. CiscoPress Cisco User Group List –

    I can’t guarantee the group listings on either site will be the most current, but it is a start for finding one in your local area. Cisco Press, Wiley, and O’Reilly all have programs where they will send complimentary books to give out at user group meetings.

    If you have a local user group that interests you, I strongly recommend you attend. I’ve built numerous local relationships through the Nashville Cisco User Group over the years.

  • Roy Cichon

    Tulsa, OK has a local Cisco group, newly formed, Tulsa Cisco Users Group. First meeting next month, I believe. LinkedIn group is how to access information currently. The person that started that group is Joe Ramirez.We also have a Tulsa IT Pros group that meets on a monthly basis and covers various topics. Meets at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa campus.Tim Vander Kooi is the ones that manages the LinkedIn group for that one. You can also hit, but they are just trying to get that website rolling, LinkedIn is much better to get info on that group at the moment. 

  • Josh Tripodi

    Interested in one in the Rhode Island/Mass area.