• Future of the Desktop Tour featuring Windows Vista and Office 2007 is coming!

    Today I attended the Build '06 Tour event in Toronto and helped to configure a Windows Media live stream of the event, as mentioned in earlier posts. The Toronto stop is now complete and the stream is no longer active, but we should have the recordings made off the video stream available for you to view at your leisure soon. I'll post the URL where to get them when they become available. I have to...
  • To use a .Local or real internet DNS name for SBS (Small Business Server)

    I while back I got into a debate with a good friend of mine – Mitch Garvis – President of the Montreal IT Pro user-group . He’s a hands on Small Business Server guy with plenty of practical real world experience with the product and with various customer requirements. We were having a few drinks with a bunch of people after an event one night and I overheard him mention installing...
  • Ottawa Windows Server User Group Meeting for Wednesday, April 12th

    Topic: Windows 2003 R2 – What is New? Description: This presentation will cover what is new within Windows 2003 R2. This session will show attendees with demonstrations and video clips the latest features within Windows 2003 R2 including: Improved Branch office Management Storage Management Virtual Server and Windows 2003 R2 Enterprise 64-bit support Q & A will follow...
  • Build '06 - SWMI (Secure Well Managed Infrastructure) Reference Network

    I have had a number of people asking me about the hardware we use to run the reference network used for our national TechNet Tours. If you have attended an event delivered by one of the Canadian IT Pro team members recently, you have probably seen us carry a large transparent briefcase containing the guts of “the bot”. I felt it was time to share the configuration the Microsoft technology...
  • Mobile 5 devices, locally issued cert, .local dns domain with SBS 2003

    I got an email from Kenrick Robertson a week or so ago about problems he’s been having trying to get Active Sync working with his new Mobile 5 device and his companies Small Business Server 2003. I knew the problems related to the self signed cert pointing to the common name (fully qualified) of a host that has a non routable .local domain (ex: mailserver.mycompany.local). I did one post a while back...
  • Build '06 - SWMI (Secure Well Managed Infrastructure) "Demo Bot" Hardware Specs

    This is part a lot of you have been waiting for. In the previous post – I laid the foundation with the nuts and bolts of how I setup and manage the Build ‘06 tour reference network. Now here is the fun Geek stuff – hardware specs and photos of the transparent case that makes up “the bot”. Before I do that – I have to caveat this post by stating this does not serve...
  • Interesting SQL Server 2005 Encryption and Key Management Post

    I had the pleasure of attending a webcast on SQL Server 2005 Security from a developer perspective today. Dan Sellers, a member of the Microsoft Canada DPE team based in Calgary, was one of the key presenters during the session and he got asked an interesting question that I was curious to hear the answer to. The question dealt with encrypting columns in SQL Server 2005 tables, a new feature in the...
  • Great article talking about Exchange 12 and 64 bit hardware recomendations

    I have been on the road with the Build ‘06 tour lately and have been back logged in writing blog posts. Luckily I have been reading my off-line RSS feeds – great little gems here and there while waiting for a flight or company while having dinner for one in a hotel restaurant. I came across a great article written up on the Exchange blog talking about future proofing your hardware investments...
  • Slides from the Introduction to Data Protection Manager 2006 Session Now Downloadable

    Sorry it took so long, but I finally have a download link for the PowerPoint slides from the Introduction to Data Protection Manager 2006 session I delivered last week. You can find the PPT files here . For more information on Data Protection Manager 2006, visit the DPM web site as well as the TechNet Resource site for DPM . For information on the entire System Center family of products including...
  • SQL Server 2005 SP1 CTP is Now Available

    Yesterday, Microsoft announced the public availability of SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Community Technology Preview (CTP). In addition to the availability of the SP1 CTP, the SQL Server team is introducing a new transparent customer collaboration model, which will extend the CTP process to service packs, re-engineer the development process for more predictability and release isolated security...
  • Made in Express Contest!!

    Do you like to use technology to build cool and useful stuff? Do you think you could do it with Visual Studio Express and/or SQL Server Express? Would you like $10,000 cash? Well then we have a contest for you! Learn more at www.MadeInExpressContest.com .
  • Build'06 tour - Victoria (YYJ)

    I am still marvelling at the weather out here in Victoria – double digits on the positive side, instead of a wind-chill of -25 back home in Ottawa. Keep this up and I won’t have any issue coming out west to do an event again! I had a lot of fun presenting with Bruce un-expectantly yesterday – I played the roll of Demo-Master while he presented the 4 sessions to a few hundred IT...
  • Some Windows Server R2 resources from our newest Guest Blogger - Mitch Tulloch (MVP Windows Server)

    I hooked up with Mitch while in Winnipeg. Nice guy – very knowledgeable and has a passion for writing and technology. I am very glad he has decided to share his experiences and skills with the IT Pro guys in addition to their Managers… ————— Hi this is Mitch Tulloch MVP here in Winnipeg. I'm usually a guest blogger on the Canadian IT Managers blog but...
  • Build'06 Resources

    Tonight is the last event in the Build'06 calendar. Rick and I have covered 10 cities from East to West. The response from you all was amazing, both from the Usergroup and Build'06 events. Many of you have asked for the links for download the ppt files and other resources, so please feel free to go to: http://www.microsoft.com/canada/technet/build06/thanks and you will find a whole host of...
  • You Wear two hats? Interested in Dev stuff too?

    I ran into John Bristow while in Quebec City delivering the developMental tour while I rolled in for the Build ‘06 tour. In case you didn’t know, TechNet and MSDN groups at Microsoft Canada are part of a larger organisation called Developer and Platform Evangelism. Believe it or not, we work together reaching both sides of the greater IT Pro community. Among other things, John, Anthony...
  • Team Foundation Server for IT Professionals - Security: Part 1

    My name is Jean-Luc David and I’m a Team System MVP. Damir has graciously given me the opportunity to post a series of blogs on Team Foundation Server for IT Pros. The topic is of particular interest to me because I’ve written a book on Team System. (Shameless plug: Professional Visual Studio 2005 Team System by WROX Press – coming to a bookstore near you and Amazon.com). Visual Studio 2005 Team...
  • Build’06 Tour – Vancouver (YVR)

    Someone shared a funny observation this morning. Vancouver’ites are picky about the weather when they choose to come out to events. If it is raining – they like to stay indoors, if it is sunny, they like to stay outside. By all checks of the weather today, we had a perfect attendance day – overcast, but on the warm side. I particularly like the attendees out west – my third time out this way, very...
  • Microsoft Team Blog resources

    Got this post from Mitch early in the morning today. From the date and time stamp, Mitch likes to work all hours of the night like the rest of us. I agree with him about the usefulness of blogs – I used them before joining Microsoft (way easier read then 90% of the white papers out there) to find nuggets of info that saved my bacon many times. ————— I've been...
  • Connect to the Build '06 Tour Toronto Stop LIVE!!

    One of the things I love about working with the IT Pro team at Microosft is that we get to try new things and see how they work. Right now (1:55pm EST on March 9, 2006) we are streaming the Toronto stop of the Build '06 Tour LIVE on the web. If you can, connect to the Windows Media stream by going to http://media.canitpro.ca/build06 or mms://media.canitpro.ca/build06 . This should let you see and hear...
  • Build '06 Winnipeg UserGroup presentation and Community

    I am wrapping up the Build ‘06 tour in Winnipeg this week and just got back from the post event activities from the user group event this evening. User groups and communities around technology have been around since the time of the Altair personal kit computer once they started out of peoples garages. I wasn’t around to use the Altair, but I got an early start when my dad ordered and built his Sinclair...
  • Coming Soon: Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 Release 2

    Pamela Lauz, the Product Manager for Microsoft Small Business Server shared some exciting news with me that I suggested she post here. Here is what she had to say: ---------------- At the US Small Business Summit Microsoft is announcing Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 Release 2 (SBS 2003 R2). SBS 2003 R2 will be available in Spring ’06. From a technical standpoint, SBS 2003 R2 will include...
  • New Generation of Microsoft Certification Exams Released

    If you've been looking forward to taking the New Generation of Microsoft Certification Exams, your wait is over. The following seven exams are now available at our testing providers. • Exam 70-528: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 - Web-Based Client Development • Exam 70-431: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 - Implementation and Maintenance • Exam 70-536: TS:...
  • You Just Never Know What a Microsoft Event Can Lead To.....

    I got the following email through my personal blog from Matt Dean, who attended a couple of Microsoft events at our Missisauga office last week. His second event provided more excitement on the way home then he expected. Here's what he wrote me: Hi Damir, I'm sending this information to both you and Bruce Cowper. My name is Matt Dean and I work for the Simcoe County District School Board,...