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  • Blog Post: Scriping in Windows - MONAD

    One of the things that Linux admins say to me is that Linux gives them more control to script specific actions within their environment than Windows does. So I want to point out some technology that will be arriving in a future version of Windows that will hopefully change that perception. What I'm talking...
  • Blog Post: The inside scoop on *.microsoft.com from the team that runs it...

    It looks like the team that runs all of the Microsoft.com sites have started a blog ( http://blogs.technet.com/mscom/default.aspx ). Their first post has some great information on the number of servers they are running, the number of hits on www.microsoft.com , and all kinds of other interesting stuff...
  • Blog Post: Download Virtual Server 2005 Service Pack 1 (Beta)

    This morning, Steve Ballmer announced the beta release of Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 Service Pack 1 (SP1). We are very pleased to tell you that SP1 is now available on Microsoft Beta Place. To participate in the beta program, you need to: Go to http://beta.microsoft.com . (Note: You need...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Tour - Edmonton and Winnipeg

    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...
  • Blog Post: Expand your knowledge tour

    Well, the first week of the tour is complete, and I'm just sitting at the airport waiting to fly out to Calgary. Bill Hilf and I have already completed 3 cities, Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa. I'm heading out west to visit Calgary and Vancouver on this leg of the Tour. If you attended the sessions...
  • Blog Post: Are you interested in Supply Chain Management?

    If you're going to be in the Greater Toronto Area, and are interested in Supply Chain Management, I'll be speaking at the Third Annual Symposium on Supply Chain Management at the Wyndham Bristol Place Hotel on Thursday September 29th . The title of the session is: Enhancing Business-to-Business Integration...
  • Blog Post: Technet Monthly - Business Activity Monitoring and Business Intelligence

    Thanks to all that attended the BAM and BI session last night. Also, thanks to Scott Cairney from Cactus Commerce . For more information about BizTalk Server 2004 head over to: http://www.microsoft.com/biztalk/default.mspx For more information about SQL Server 2005 take a look at: http://www.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Tag the Launch

    Are you blogging about the joint SQL Server / Visual Studio / BizTalk launch this November? If you are, you might want to consider tagging your blog posts to make it easy to search for anything "Launch 2005" related. Simply tag your posts with Launch2005 by adding the following somewhere in your...
  • Blog Post: Is 2005 the year of Linux?

    In my last post we talked about comparing Linux and Windows on the basis of bugs and/or vulnerabilities. Not surprisingly this generated lots of discussion. One of the comments that caught my attention was a one-liner that said "No matter. 2005 is the year of Linux. We have Microsoft right where we want...
  • Blog Post: Running Exchange on 64-bit

    I just came across a post from the Exchange team that explains the issues with trying to run current versions of Exchange on Windows Server 2003 x64. To quote their blog ( http://blogs.technet.com/exchange/archive/2005/07/11/407529.aspx ): In short – running current versions of Exchange, including...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.0 Beta now available

    Ever wonder if the machines that you manage have the most up-to-date security updates and aren't mis-configured. MBSA is the free ( http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/tools/mbsahome.mspx ) , best practices vulnerability assessment tool for the Microsoft platform. It is a tool designed for the...
  • Blog Post: Security and critical updates are available on ISO-9660 CD image files from the Microsoft Download Center

    According to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/913086 Microsoft is now making Security and Critical updates available as an ISO image . If you have many machines to update, but aren't using a centralized update management solution, you may want to check this out. Enjoy Tags: [ Microsoft ]
  • Blog Post: Can you hack IIS 6?

    I have just finished touring western Canada talking about Windows, Linux, and Open Source Software. One of the common questions that I get asked is "how secure are Microsoft products?" Well, the folks over at Windows IT Pro magazine have setup the Hack IIS 6 challenge ( http://www.hackiis6.com/ ). ...
  • Blog Post: ISA Client for 64-bit runs a short beta program

    From Volker Will's blog: The ISA Server Team will release an update to the ISA Server 2004 Firewall Client. As part of the development process, they are running a short beta program to collect valuable feedback. Highlights: Support for the Microsoft Windows Vistaâ„¢ operating system (builds...
  • Blog Post: Vista Beta 1 Install Fest - Photos and interviews

    This past Saturday one of my colleagues - Bruce Cowper - hosted a Vista Beta 1 Install Fest at the Microsoft office in Mississauga. I was there to help out as well as document the event. If you were at the event and are looking for the photos that I was taking, head over to: http://www.flickr.com...
  • Blog Post: Linux: Fewer Bugs than Rivals?

    Now that you're wondering what a headline like that is doing on a Microsoft site, let me explain. I joined Microsoft in Nov 2004 after working for both a large Database vendor and an Enterprise Linux vendor. Now that I have been here for a couple of months I feel it is time I weighed in on this question...
  • Blog Post: Technet Monthly - BizTalk Server 2004 Technical Overview

    Thanks to all who came out to the BizTalk 2004 Technical Overview. Here are a couple of URL's that you may find useful. BizTalk Server 2004: http://www.microsoft.com/biztalk/ BizTalk Adapters: http://www.microsoft.com/biztalk/evaluation/adapter/default.asp Specifically there were some questions about...
  • Blog Post: TNX: TechNet Exchange Event (Toronto)

    WOW! What an amazing event . I spent most of today in the John Bassett theatre at the Metro Toronto Convention Center watching Damir and Rick deliver an excellent set of sessions on Communicating and Collaborating. For anyone out there that was unable to attend the session, and is looking into mobility...
  • Blog Post: Great x64 Resource (and he's in Canada)

    After I published this blog post , I was pointed to a great resource from one of our MS MVP's The " Unofficial x64 FAQ " is maintained by Charlie Russel who is one of our MVP's living out in B.C. If you are trying to figure out how to get Windows working with the latest devices, check out the site...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 features and versions

    If you are trying to figure out which version of SQL Server 2005 has the feature that you are interested in, take a look at http://www.microsoft.com/sql/2005/productinfo/sql2005features.mspx for a great matrix that should help. Tags: [ Microsoft ] [ SQLServer ]
  • Blog Post: NT4 to AD In-Place Migration

    One of my colleagues, Rick Claus, is currently posting a series on migrating your enterprise from NT4 to Active Directory. He currently has posted parts 1, 2, and 3 of a 7 part series. The posts so far: NT4 to AD In-Place Migration - Are YOU a candidate? (In-Place Migration - Part 1) How...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Canada - Winter Tour 2005

    In a few weeks my colleagues Bruce Cowper and Rick Claus will he heading out across Canada to connect with IT Professionals on the TechNet Canada Winter Tour 2005. As the events get closer, keep an eye on their blogs for more information specific to your city. For the dates of the tour and a list of...
  • Blog Post: Heading to Vancouver

    I will be heading to Vancouver this week to give a presentation at the TechVibes Massive event on Wednesday March 30th. If you happen to be in Vancouver and attending Massive, drop by and say hi. For more information on the the event check out: http://www.techvibes.com/massive/ or for the agenda:...
  • Blog Post: Financial Services - BizTalk Server 2004 Technical Overview

    Thanks to all who came out to the BizTalk 2004 Technical Overview. Here are a couple of URL's that you may find useful. BizTalk Server 2004: http://www.microsoft.com/biztalk/ To download a trial version of BizTalk Server: http://www.microsoft.com/biztalk/evaluation/trial/ BizTalk Adapters: http://www...
  • Blog Post: Study finds Windows more secure than Linux

    I have just finished reading a great article on the Seattle Times website titled: " Study finds Windows more secure than Linux ". The article talks about a couple of Florida researchers that just presented the session at the RSA Conference. I'll let you read it and draw your own conclusions. Let me know...