What to Expect at LabMan 2021

This year, LabMan will bring higher ed technologists from around the country together to collaborate and innovate. The 2021 LabMan Conference will be hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University on May 26-28

Here’s a quick overview of the theme, keynote and sessions:

LabMan Theme

In today’s technology support climate, maintaining academic computing resources at scale demands efficiency, repeatability, flexibility, and a whole host of other requirements. With a DevOps approach, it’s possible to gain valuable economies of scale, deliver stable solutions, and repeat releases of new software (updates, patches, upgrades, bug fixes) to mitigate potential downtime and increase uptime for end-users.

The theme for the LabMan 2021 Conference is centered on DevOps practices with respect to desktop and endpoint management, aptly titled “DevOps on the Desktop.” 

Conference presentations will focus on:

  • automation and scripting
  • software packaging and deployment practices
  • infrastructure and deployments as code
  • configuration management
  • monitoring
  • …and more

Keynote: Jake Kouns

Jake Kouns LabMan
Jake Kouns

Jake Kouns is the CEO and CISO for Risk Based Security, providing vulnerability intelligence and breach data. He previously oversaw the operations of the Open Sourced Vulnerability Database (OSVDB.org) and DataLossDB. Kouns has presented at many well-known security conferences, including RSA, Black Hat, DEF CON, DerbyCon, Bsides, CISO Executive Summit, IEEE, FIRST, CanSecWest, InfoSecWorld, SOURCE and SyScan.

He is the co-author of Information Technology Risk Management in Enterprise Environments, Wiley, 2010, and The Chief Information Security Officer, IT Governance, 2011. He holds both a bachelor of business administration and master of business administration degree from James Madison University, with a concentration in information security. In addition, he holds a number of certifications, including: ISC2’s CISSP, and ISACA’s CISM, CISA and CGEIT.

He has briefed the DHS and Pentagon on Cyber Liability Insurance issues and is frequently interviewed as an expert in the security industry by Information Week, eWeek, Forbes, PC World, CSO, and CIO Magazine. He has appeared on CNN as well as the Brian Lehrer Show, and was featured on the cover of SCMagazine.


Project Management in a Galaxy Far, Far Away 

Craig Kilgo, Project Manager, Virginia Commonwealth University

Develop a project and product plan in small teams that can withstand first contact with the enemy.

Zero Touch Lab Management and Imaging with LabDash

Eddie Roadcap, Computer Lab Manager – James Madison University

Is comprehensive single-tool zero-touch computer lab imaging and management a pipe dream? Many of us utilize several disparate tools to provide and control endpoint imaging, non-persistence, facility and application utilization reporting, and real-time remote monitoring, management and control of endpoints. All of those tools can be quite expensive to purchase and maintain. They don’t integrate with each other, lack needed functionality, and sometimes actually reduce efficiency and productivity. What if there was one tool that could do everything?

MacOS. Imaging is dead. Now what? 

Chris Van Gorp, Senior Information Specialist – Butler University

Apple has moved away from thick imaging, so how do you wipe and re-image Macs?

Packless: A history of package management for Windows and macOS 

Houston Griffith, Senior Manager – Labs and Classrooms Computing – Virginia Commonwealth University

Software package management isn’t easy, that much has been known for some time. But it doesn’t have to be painful. In this presentation, members of the VCU Labs and Classrooms Computing team will debut a brand new package management technique that provides seamless, unified syntax for installing application software on both Microsoft Windows and Apple macOS from the command-line.

Moving to an Adobe ETLA: A Review of VCU’s Transition and Challenges 

Houston Griffith, Senior Manager – Labs and Classrooms Computing – Virginia Commonwealth University

Is your school considering moving to an Adobe Enterprise Term License Agreement (ETLA) to save on licensing costs? In this presentation, the project team from VCU will be explaining their process to migrate over 70+ VIP (Value Incentive Plan) agreements to a single ETLA with Adobe.

Puppet Introduction Hands-On

Chris Wieringa, Computer Science Lab Administrator – Calvin University

Puppet Introduction Hands-On workshop will allow you to get started with Puppet! We will work through the Puppet Learning-VM interactive tutorial and learning environment together. This self-paced workshop will allow participants time to start working through the Puppet Learning-VM. The speaker will wander around answering questions that may arise.

Linux Lab Management Redux

Chris Wieringa, Computer Science Lab Administrator – Calvin University

How to manage a Linux lab using DevOps! This talk with go over how Calvin University is managing their Computer Science labs using the Puppet open-source tool with the Foreman open-source front-end.

Kaltura Lecture Capture at VCU

Eric Harvey, Senior Manager – Learning Systems – Virginia Commonwealth University

Tomas Balciulis, Kaltura Administrator – Virginia Commonwealth University

Houston Griffith, Senior Manager – Labs and Classrooms Computing – Virginia Commonwealth University

Explore the world of lecture capture with the VCU Academic Technologies team! In the Fall of 2019, VCU began deploying the Kaltura Classroom Lecture Capture software solution to all centrally-managed classrooms. Come learn about the journey VCU went through and see how a solution like Kaltura can help bring lecture capture to more classrooms, more efficiently.

Managing Crestron with PowerShell

Mariusz Ostasz, Audio Visual Programmer – Virginia Commonwealth University

Jeremy Parker, Audio Visual Programmer – University of Virginia

Powershell is a free tool that can be used to gather data and perform actions across campus in minutes.

LabFind and LabStats Updates

Trevor Paesl, Director of Engineering – LabStats

John Felushko, Product Manager – LabStats

LabFind and LabStats product updates. Come see what’s new in LabFind and LabStats.

LabStats for Every Campus Stakeholder

Tyler Jacobson, Sr. Account Executive – LabStats

A high level view of how data from LabStats can be used to provide value to many departments on campus. How can Lab Management, DevOps and IT Administrators provide value to other departments on campus? 

Put LabStats in Your Corner

Josh Schofield, Customer Success Manager – LabStats

How can you best utilize all the resources available from the LabStats team? LabStats is in the business of helping our customers succeed: at their universities and in their careers. How can you utilize LabStats resources to help you and your organization win? 

Make the Future of LabStats

Trevor Paesl, Director of Engineering – LabStats

John Felushko, Product Manager – LabStats

This session is focused on gathering input, feedback and ideas from attendees that are freshly exposed to LabMan’s conference content. What did we learn at the conference that we can apply to LabStats? What would help attendees’ do their jobs better? How can we make a tool that will work better for the attendees? We’re seeking attendee input for the future of LabStats in this session.

Sessions are subject to change and the LabMan committee is still accepting proposals. If your presentation is approved your registration is free!

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LabMan Conference Rescheduled for 2021

LabMan has become a tight-knit community of professionals who collaborate beyond the 3-day conference to discuss IT management in higher education.

LabMan Conference Dates

The next LabMan will be hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University. To ensure the safety and well-being of all participants, the annual LabMan conference has been rescheduled to May 26-28, 2021.  

Altria Theater

The conference will be held in the historic Altria Theater, located in the heart of Monroe Park, a Richmond landmark. 

Lodging at the Graduate

The preferred lodging partner is one of the city’s finest hotels, Graduate Richmond. The hotel features a rooftop bar and an upscale vibe. It’s conveniently located in Richmond’s Art’s District and is a short walk to the conference venue, the Altria Theater.

Safety Precautions

LabMan has taken extra precautions to create a “Safe but Social” conference to promote the health and well-being of all participants. To comply with university, state, and federal guidelines, the conference will provide masks, hand sanitizer, and hand-wipes. All areas of the venue will be arranged to support social distancing and the time between session blocks will be extended to allow more time for hand-washing and restroom breaks. 

We can’t wait to see everyone at the 2021 LabMan conference. For more information on LabMan join LabStats’ LabMan Newsletter to get updates and stay connected.

LabMan: A Safe But Social Conference

After months of video meetings and trying to connect with colleagues virtually, we’re excited to announce the LabMan conference is still on!

The 2021 Labman Conference will be held May 26-28 in Richmond Virginia. 

About the Conference

LabMan is a national conference for computer lab managers and IT professionals working in higher education. It’s a gathering of technologists of all backgrounds including engineers, technicians, managers, directors, administrators, and anyone managing academic computing resources.

Managing IT on college and university campuses comes with unique challenges, and LabMan offers a way for colleagues to get together and discuss:

  • Managing computer labs
  • Technology use and data
  • Wireless support
  • BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
  • Improving the student experience
  • Classroom support
  • Innovation spaces
  • Computer lab monitoring
  • Print management
  • And more

Although LabMan meets annually, over the last two decades it’s become a community of professionals who collaborate beyond the 3-day conference to troubleshoot issues, find solutions and explore innovative ideas.

Safety Precautions

To keep everyone safe during the conference, the LabMan team will be taking the following safety precautions:

  • Personal protective equipment kits for each attendee (including cloth masks, sanitizer and wipes)
  • Enforcing social distancing measures in all venue areas
  • Providing additional time between sessions for hand washing
  • Encouraging safe, social interactions
  • Ensuring compliance with guidelines from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), VDH (Virginia Department of Health), and the conference host, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Friendly Gatherings 

In an effort to build community and have some long-awaited fun away from the screen, LabStats will be sponsoring the LabMan social event.

Conference attendees will get to enjoy a night out at Tang and Biscuit where they can challenge friends new and old to a game of shuffleboard, giant Jenga, ping pong, cornhole and more. Tang-inspired cocktails, beer and pub snacks will guarantee a night of fun.

For more information on LabMan join LabStats’ LabMan Newsletter to get updates and stay connected.

LabMan Through the Years

We love meeting up with colleagues and friends throughout the year, and LabMan is always a highlight for our team. The next LabMan Conference is scheduled for May 26-28, 2021.

It’s been tough to watch conferences get rescheduled, cancelled, and moved to online formats, so we’re taking a minute to reflect on conferences of the past.

LabMan Conference

The Academic Lab Management Conference, shortened to LabMan, is a national conference for computer lab managers and other IT professionals. If you’re involved in the management and support of computer labs, computer classrooms, and other technology-driven teaching/learning spaces, LabMan is for you. 

The LabMan Conference is held annually, and hosted by a different college or university every year. It’s small size, usually 150-300 attendees, ensures that no one gets lost in the crowd. 

LabMan has become a community of professionals who collaborate beyond the 3-day conference to discuss and troubleshoot similar issues, find solutions to shared problems, and explore innovative ideas for enhancing management of academic endpoints.

History of LabMan

The LabMan conference started with a few computer lab managers in 2000. The group met at Wayne State University to discuss an increased demand for software, CPU speed, memory, hard disk space and the complex issues that arose in managing school computer labs. 

Over the years, LabMan grew to cover wireless support, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), classroom support, innovation spaces, computer lab monitoring and print management, and include technologists of all backgrounds from colleges and universities nationwide.

LabMan conference locations

LabMan is hosted by a different college or university every year, with locations rotating throughout the continental US.

  • 2000 – Wayne State University, MI
  • 2001 – Indiana-Purdue Universities, IN
  • 2002 – Northwestern University, IL
  • 2003 – University of Michigan, MI
  • 2004 – Eastern Illinois University, IL
  • 2005 – Cornell University, NY
  • 2006 – Purdue University, IN
  • 2007 – Wright State University, OH
  • 2008 – Minnesota State University, MN
  • 2009 – University of Notre Dame, IN
  • 2010 – Northampton Community College, PA
  • 2011 – Spelman College, GA
  • 2012 – SUNY Oswego, NY
  • 2013 – The Evergreen State College, WA
  • 2014 – University of Nevada Las Vegas, NV
  • 2015 – University of North Texas, TX
  • 2016 – Xavier University, OH
  • 2017 – Wright State University, OH
  • 2018 – University of Maryland, MD
  • 2019 – Illinois Institute of Technology, IL
  • Upcoming May 2021Virginia Commonwealth University, VA

LabStats and LabMan

Every year, the LabStats team looks forward to connecting with old friends and new colleagues at the LabMan conference. We participate as sponsors and work to support the host schools in any way we can.

It’s the one event that brings computer lab managers, engineers, technicians, CIOs, directors, administrators and IT professionals together to share successes and innovate solutions.

Also, it’s a ton of fun. 

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