Last week I had the opportunity to visit both Edmonton and Winnipeg as part of the TechNet Innovations tour and User Group Tour.  I had the opportunity to meet lots of great IT Pro's and answer lots of questions.  For both the Edmonton Microsoft User Group and Winnipeg IT Pro User Group we had a great discussion about Microsoft Small Business Server.  If you are an IT Pro in either Edmonton or Winnipeg, and are not already a member of the user group, you may want to check them out.

There were a couple of things that we talked about during the TechNet session; one of them was the TechNet Innovation Award.  To quote the website:

The TechNet Canada Innovation Award is awarded to a Canadian IT Professional who is a bright star in the IT community. The Innovation Award is given in recognition of Canadian IT professionals who make a positive impact using Microsoft-based technology.

Well, now you can go ahead and nominate yourself or a fellow IT Pro for the award.  Check out http://www.microsoft.com/canada/technet/innovationaward/ for more information.  We also talked about the Discover TechNet quiz with the chance to win an XBox (and to see how well you know the team).  Take a look at  http://www.microsoft.com/canada/technet/discover/ before October 31st, 2005.

One of the recurring questions that I got asked was about the ClearPC demo boxes that we use.  Well here is some more information on the configuration of the hardware:

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Depending on the demos that we are doing, these machines are either configured with Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2003 x64.  For the upcoming , you might see these machines running SQL Server 64-bit on Windows Server 2003 x64.

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