Barnaby's Canadian IT Pro WebLog

  • 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...
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 SP4 and Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services SP2 are open for Public Beta Testing

    I have just noticed the following on the Microsoft website. If you have a passion for technology and want to make a difference for your company and for SQL Server users around the world, sign up to participate in a SQL Server beta testing program. The...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • New Blog URL's

    For those of you that are still subscribed to this blog with your RSS reader, you might want to point to one of the two places that I'm now blogging: For work : http://on10.net/blogs/bjeans/ Personal: http://barnabyjeans.ca/blogs/barnaby See...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Changing Blogs...

    I think Bruce says it best in his blog post: For all of you wondering if I had disappeared from the planet, you may be pleased to know that I am simply moving blogs. Based on your feedback the Canadian IT Pro team is amalgamating our efforts...
  • Kick Back, Relax, Play some XBox

    As an IT Manager or IT Professional you probably spend a lot of time under pressure at work. So when the time comes to relax you probably want to make the most of it. So as a test, we want to find out if you are interested in getting together (virtually...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Launch 2005 - Business Intelligence Podcast

    Here is the first of the Launch 2005 audio recordings. This was recorded live on November 8th as part of the Launch 2005 activities in Toronto. If you were not able to attend the Delivering Business Intelligence Session, download the mp3 version to...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • SBS Usergroup Tour - hosted by SBS MVP’s

    Small Business Server MVPs invite resellers and consultants who want to understand solutions for small business customers to join together for an evening of presentations and discussion. Each of the SBS MVPs appearing on this tour is an experienced resellers...
  • 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...
  • On Database Performance...

    I have just finished reading a great blog post over on Tom Kyte's blog ( http://tkyte.blogspot.com/2005/09/most-incredible-statement-i-heard-this.html ) regarding database performance and the attitude to what the database should be able to deal with....
  • The Mystery of Free Software

    For those of you that have asked questions about whether we will be handing out software at the Canadian launch events, Mark Relph has just written about this on his blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/mark_relph/archive/2005/10/28/486419.aspx Enjoy, ...
  • What does the new SQL Server release mean to ISV's?

    My Colleague Ryan Storgaard has just started a series of posts on his blog that focus on the benefits of SQL Server for an ISV. http://blogs.msdn.com/stoey/archive/2005/10/14/481345.aspx I think that Ryan hits on one of the key messages when he talks...
  • 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: ...
  • 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...