Barnaby's Canadian IT Pro WebLog

  • Want to Migrate from Oracle to SQL Server?

    The beta version of the SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) for Oracle has just been made available. If you are interested in migrating your Oracle database to SQL Server 2005 take a look at: http://www.microsoft.com/sql/migration/ Here are the instructions...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • MSN Messenger 8 Beta invitations

    This one is for the Canadians out there. If you are interested in trying out the MSN Messenger 8 beta, just leave me a comment here with your email address, where in Canada you are, and if you have been to any of our events. Right now I have 10 invites...
  • Is Linux ready for prime time enterprise?

    According to industry analyst firm Gartner, the technology industry has entered a period of high commercialization of Linux. Many acknowledge that Linux may have a place in their organizations, but many questions remain – questions about the business...
  • SQL Server 2005 - Coming to a city near you

    The Technet and MSDN teams have teamed up for this tour to bring you a day full of SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 presentations and demos. We will be kicking off the tour in Ottawa on June 2nd and will be heading out to 4 other cities after...
  • Launch 2005 - Managing and Monitoring SQL Server 2005 Podcast

    Here is the second of the Launch 2005 audio recordings. This was recorded live on November 17th as part of the Launch 2005 activities in Victoria. If you were not able to attend the Managing and Monitoring SQL Server 2005 Session, download the mp3...
  • Canadian Launch Tour 2005 Blog

    The Canadian Launch Team here at Microsoft has put together a blog where we can publish all thing related to the upcoming SQL Server 2005 / Visual Studio 2005 / BizTalk Server 2006 Launch. Take a look at http://blogs.msdn.com/canadian_launch_tour_2005...
  • Are you attending the launch? Are you blogging about it?

    Are you planning on attending the SQL/VS/BizTalk Launch ? Are you planning on blogging about it? If you are, you may want to add your blog to the TechNet Event Bloggers site ( http://techneteventsbloggers.net ). As I mentioned in a previous post , you...
  • Rock the Launch

    Let the fun begin. As Mark posted earlier today , the Launch activities are underway. I have posted a few behind the scenes and setup photos to the flickr group ( rss ), and hope to post more as the day unfolds. Remember, get spotted wearing...
  • On Tour with SQL Server 2005

    It's about 3:30 on a Sunday afternoon and I'm sitting in my hotel room in Vancouver overlooking a very foggy harbour. We've completed four of the ten cities on this cross Canada tour. So far, we have been to Toronto , Ottawa , Edmonton , and Victoria...
  • SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 4 Released

    Improve the performance, serviceability, and enhance the security of your SQL Server 2000 installations with SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 4. · SP4 adds platform support for Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition allowing 32-bit SQL Server applications to...
  • Technet Monthly - SQL Server 2005 Technical Overview

    Thanks to all that attended the SQL Server 2005 Technical Overview session. Here are a couple of URL's that I mentioned during the session. SQL Server 2005 : http://www.microsoft.com/sql/2005/ SQL Reporting Services : http://www.microsoft.com/sql/reporting...
  • 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...
  • Free Microsoft Security E-Learning

    If you are interested in taking some Security training from the comfort of your office take a look at: https://www.microsoftelearning.com/security/ . Currently there are four different E-Learnings available as well as one Hands-On Lab targeted at the...
  • Register for VSLive! Toronto and Save 10%

    For all the developers out there - register for VSLive! Toronto ( http://www.ftponline.com/conferences/vslive/2005/to/ ) and enter priority code JEANS to get a 10% discount on your registration fees. The event runs April 13th-16th, 2005 at the Westin...
  • Is 2005 the year for 64-bit computing?

    In a previous post we talked about whether 2005 was the year for Linux, in this post we'll discuss whether this is the year that 64-bit computing really takes off both in the enterprise and on the desktop. I have spent the last week sitting in sessions...
  • 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...
  • Grow Your Small Business Contest - Canada

    Here's one for all the small businesses out there in Canada. Microsoft wants to help you make your small business even more productive through technology. See where your business can go when you put the latest Touch System’s hardware and Microsoft software...
  • Need to Synchronize folders of digital images?

    I’ve just got back from a lovely two week vacation that included a 7 day cruise up into Alaska. All I can say is WOW! The scenery is beautiful. I took all of my Canon equipment with me (EOS 20D, EOS D60, S500) and took hundreds of photos. Now that I’m...
  • TechVibes Follow-up

    Thanks to all that came out to see my presentation (Windows in an Open Source World) at the TechVibes Massive 2005 event. It was great to have a full room and lots of great questions and discussion. For more information on what Microsoft is doing in...
  • SQL Server 2005 x64 on Server 2003 x64

    Hot on the heels of the TechNet Spring Tour where we talked about both IT Pro and Developer topics, I will be giving a presentation and demo for the Toronto SQL Server User Group. We'll spend an hour or so talking about the x64 (Intel and AMD 64-bit)...
  • Thank you Canada

    After 5 weeks of touring across the country and delivering presentations in 10 different cities, all I can say is WOW! The Canadian IT Pro's and Developers are great. As Damir mentions in his post "It has been an amazing five weeks..." For those...
  • 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...
  • 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...