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August, 2005

  • Feedback from the Vista Install Fest

    So many of you have provided a huge amount of feedback from the Vista Install Fest and I thank you for everything,so I thought I would share this piece from Jason Leclaire.... WINDOWS VISTA BETA 1 INSTALL FEST As noted by Jason R. Leclair, MCP First...
  • AD In-Place Migrations

    This is a topic that is always rather subjective, AD In-Place Migrations… One of my colleagues [ Rick Claus ] has been blogging about his experience over the years with just this sort of thing: http://blogs.technet.com/rclaus/archive/2005/08/29...
  • Vista Install Fest Photos

    Again a huge thank-you to all those that came along and made the event such a success. One of my colleagues {Barnaby Jeans} has posted a number of photos and interviews he took during the afternoon, so go to his blog and have a look & listen! ...
  • Vista Beta 1 Install Fest

    Now that was an AWESOME event. I hope you all had as much fun as I. There was an amazing response from the event, not only raising hundreds of dollars (there were some donations later on so I will let you all know how much we raised) and we filled...
  • TASK Defcon Rollup

    Continuing with my community gust blogger theme... I asked Brian Bourne from TASK and CMS Consulting to let you all know about the meeting on Wednesday (see www.task.to/eventss/upcoming.php ) for details. Defcon Review Just by quick introduction...
  • Oracle to SQL migrations

    I will admit to the fact that I can spell SQL ( I am an infrastructure and Security guy after all). I was however curious enough to sit down and start playing with SQL2005 this week and was most surprised to notice quite a few differences between SQL...
  • The joys of Virtualisation

    For those of you coming along tomorrow to the Vista Install Fest, you will be pleased to know that Virtualisation has saved the day. Yesterday I was happily verifying the servers were all up and running when the unthinkable happened - I had a hardware...
  • TASK - The Toronto area Security Klatch - www.task.to

    ... and before you ask, a Klatch is (according to dictionary.com) “A casual social gathering, usually for conversation”. Between you and me I went to look this up on the Oxford English Dictionary and they wanted me to subscribe before telling…...
  • SQL 2005 Server CTP

    Okay, this wasn’t planned but after my last post I checked out the blog of one of my colleagues: Barnaby Jeans and he has just blogged about the SQL Server 2005 CTP; http://blogs.technet.com/barnaby_jeans/archive/2005/08/24/409752.aspx . In...
  • Is your career development lacking?

    As an IT Professional over the years, a big focus for employer choice was working for a company prepared to invest in me. Then when I became an employer, I found very quickly that if I did not invest in the team they soon went elsewhere. Many I have voiced...
  • A Canadian Focus on IT

    Are you proud to be a Canadian? Well I think you should be… After now living in Canada for nearly 18 months, there are a number of observations that I think are worth sharing. Some are generalisations, all I feel are true… Canadians are a very friendly...
  • A Huge Welcome to Damir Bersinic

    I would like to extend a huge welcome to Damir, the newest member of the Microsoft Canadian IT Pro team. Damir has entitled his blog Canadian IT Pro Data Base . You can find his blog at: http://blogs.technet.com/damirb/ Damir's focus is Databases and...
  • The Current State of IT Communities

    I always like to get other people's opinions and what better way that having my own guest bloggers... Jean-Luc David, President of the Toronto Windows Server User Grooup ( www.twsug.com ) has put down his thoughts on the current state of IT Communities...
  • The changing face of Security

    If I ask you the question - This time 3 years ago did you have an anti-virus and anti- spyware tool on your computer? The answer will depend on who you are… If you are an IT Pro (i.e. you work in the IT Industry) you most likely had...
  • Virtualisation via the OS

    I was perusing John Oxley’s Canadian IT Managers blog and found an interesting article about Virtualisation via the OS: http://blogs.technet.com/cdnitmanagers/archive/2005/08/12/409115.aspx In the post, he talks about the roadmap for virtualisation...
  • Building the Vista Beta 1 Install Fest Demo Network

    I have had the same question from a number of people about Windows Vista asking “That is great, a new operating system… now how to I deploy, secure and maintain it??” The question has really hit home over the last week with me...
  • The New Year, New Possibilities and New Technologies

    The summer is always a break point for us from the old to the New Year at Microsoft. We are now finalising the planning for FY06 and I can safely say that you aint seen nothing yet! For those of you who don’t know, I am Bruce Cowper, and IT Pro Advisor...
  • What to bring to the Vista Beta 1 Install Fest

    A number of people have asked me what they should bring along on the 27 th , so I have compiled a short list J Yourself (obviously) A computer including screen, mouse, keyboard and all cables (power, video etc). This is very important as we will...
  • Windows Vista Beta 1 Install Fest x86 Driver list

    I have put together a list of the x86 video drivers for the install fest. I suggest that if you can, use a card listed with LLDM after the name as these support Aero Glass. The list can be found here: http://blogs.technet.com/brucecowper/articles/409228...
  • Vista Client Beta 1 x86 Video driver list

    Here is a non exhaustive list of x86 video drivers currently available for Windows Vista Client Beta 1 during the Install Fest only. I cannot confirm these are generally available, so please see the manufacturers web sites. I am afriad I am unable to...
  • Dual Booting Windows Vista and Windows XP

    Have you tried dual booting with Windows Vista and Windows XP? Well, I sat down earlier to set up a machine to dual boot with Windows Vista and Windows XP, which proved to be a little interesting. I noticed when I installed Windows Vista on a separate...
  • Why the Vista Client Beta 1 Install Fest

    For those of you who are coming along to the Vista Client Beta 1Install Fest I wanted to take a moment to highlight a few of the reasons why I designed the event and am spending so much of my time organising it (with the help of the TechNet team and...
  • Vista Beta 1 Install Fest Hardware requirements...

    For the up-coming Vista Install Fest I have been asked by many what sort of hardware should I bring along… so what I though I would do is let you know what sort of machines I have installed Vista on to letting you know my experiences thus far… I will...
  • Vista Beta 1

    Have any of you started using the Vista Beta 1 yet? I have been using the various builds internally for a while and decided recently to extend this to the members of the TASK and TWSUG user groups by putting on a Vista Beta 1 Install Fest later...
  • Visiting the UK

    I had a chance a couple of weeks ago to visit the Microsoft UK office and hook up with my colleagues there… Thanks guys, I appreciated the lunch etc! Okay, where is the point to this, well I thought I would give you my thoughts after the recent events...