• Great little Utility I use on all my servers - Production, Virtual and Demo (BGINFO.EXE)

    As you might remember from a couple of previous posts ( post 1 , post 2 ) – I was the initial creator of our Reference Network that is used for my teams national tours. It has been refined, debated, changed and updated by everyone on the team in an effort to make it better and more representative of a network you would see in an IT Shop. We add to it, take things away from it, patch it, upgrade...
  • “…G2G, POS!!”

    I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Gavin Thompson, Microsoft Canada’s Director of Community Affairs. In addition to working on initiatives to help children and youth realize their potential through technology, working with community stakeholders to create initiatives that bridge the digital divide in Canada and empowering Microsoft Canada employees to be active volunteers in their...
  • TechNet Monthly - Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) Slide Deck and Resources

    As promised to those that attended last night's TechNet Monthly in Mississauga, you can download the PowerPoint slides for the event here . For more information on Identity Management on Windows Server 2003 R2, visit the Identity Management web page on the main Microsoft web site at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/r2/Identity_Management/default.mspx . From a developer point of view...
  • New Shared Computer Toolkit update for Windows XP

    Besides working with IT Pros while on tour – I’ve also made it a priority to connect with schools and schoolboards. My son started Jr. Kindergarten this year and my twin girls are close behind. I took the opportunity to “adopt” their classroom to make their hand me down computers more stable. I talked with the principal and toured their more powerful computer lab that is shared...
  • thelazyadmin.com publisher Rodney Buike and Virtualization

    When I was in Winnipeg, I had the good fortune to meet Rodney Buike at the Winnipeg IT Pro UserGroup . I also killed his Dell Laptop harddrive (which he fixed by smacking it on the desk a few times) and shared some pints of the local Fort Gary brew while debating virtualization technologies and various other topics. Rodney is a Microsoft MVP for Windows Server and the publisher of http://thelazyadmin...
  • Expand Your Knowledge tour - Ottawa stop tomorrow

    In case you didn’t get the TechNet Flash about the Expand Your Knowledge tour that is going on right now – check it out. I will be attending the Ottawa event to see how Barnaby makes out. ————— Hear Barnaby Jeans speak on the evolution of operating platforms. Gain insights into how Linux and OSS have developed, how they are tested, distributed...
  • Partner Program event - Linux/Open Source a comparative overview with IDC and Microsoft

    Likewise on the Open Source discussion theme of the day – here are the details of an upcoming Partner Tour that you might be interested in attending. ————— Platform choices are critical to the success of your organization, and making the right strategic decisions now will set the foundation to help achieve your growth objectives. To get all the facts, please join Microsoft and IDC Canada , a...
  • DemoGod Award 2006 (iotum) and what makes for a good demo.

    I love this thing called the internet with RSS feeds, Mailing lists and Newsgroups etc... It always amazes me how you can stumble across information that makes you take a second to stand up and think to oneself "hey - that's really cool!"... I was doing some email triage (I got my fourth "your mailbox is over your limit" message this weekend from the good old Exchange agent) and I perused some folders...
  • Webcast en français (Vista, Office 12, Biztalk)

    Un de mes colleagues international ( PatricG ) a écrit un post de blog au sujet des “webcast” en français qui étais entrgistrer pendent un presentation au grandes comptes @ Paris. Il y a 8 webcast au sujet de Vista, Office 2007, BizTalk et d'autre. Voici le lien!
  • Another great utility for WSUS administrator ... ForceUpdate.bat

    I used this utility on the last tour to “kickstart” the WSUS client on my Exchange box to register and download updated with my WSUS server. If you search the web, you will see a number of articles talking about kickstarting the auto update client – I like this one from my friend Rod at “the Lazy Admin” blog… He talks in the comments section on how to get the process to work with Windows 2000 based...
  • If you are in Winnipeg and not on floodwatch.. WITPRO Virtual Server R2 Installfest

    I noticed on Rod Buike personal site that WITPRO is having a Virtual Server 2005 R2 Mini Lab / install fest on April 18th. Sounds pretty cool. Bring in your systems, get it installed and have all your questions answered on the spot by “ The LazyAdmin ”… I guess he’s not all that Lazy any more. Oh yeah – they are also giving away a copy of Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise...
  • Interesting SharePoint Webcast Coming Up

    I work for Microsoft and I sometimes wonder how the IT staff at the world's largest software company manage the technology that we both create and use. One product that is at the heart of the how we work at Microsoft is SharePoint. On April 18 the Microsoft IT staff are presenting a webcast on How Microsoft IT Handles SharePoint Operations . If you are as curious about this as I am, register now by...
  • Updated Security Guide (v 2.2) for Windows XP SP2 released today.

    The Build ‘06 tour had a user group presentation around securing and managing your desktop environments in Active Directory domains. One of the resources Bruce and I used to develop this document included the Windows XP Security Guide and the Microsoft TechNet Security Centre . I just received an internal update email from the team that produced the XP Security Guide to inform me that it has...
  • Chat with the IE Product Team This Thursday, April 13

    Members of the IE team will be online for an Expert Zone chat this coming Thursday April 13th at 10:00AM Pacific/1:00PM Eastern. These chats are a great opportunity to have your questions answered and hear from members of the IE product team. A transcript will be published after the chat and transcripts of other recent chats are available. Want to have a lot of fun and see how fast and furiously...
  • Microsoft Acquires ProClarity to Enhance the BI Platform

    In a rather exciting development on the business intelligence front, Microsoft today announced it has signed an agreement to acquire ProClarity – a leading provider of software that provides advanced analysis and visualization technologies for the Microsoft BI Platform. The acquisition of ProClarity will allow Microsoft to offer increased business intelligence capabilities as an integral part of Microsoft...
  • Virtualization is in the air! Virtual Server R2 Announcements.

    In case you have not been reading your RSS feeds, or surfing the web recently, Microsoft made a BIG announcement at Linux World today. eWeek has a good interview with Jim Ni – a group product manager for the Windows Server Team that talks a bit more in depth then the press-pass stuff. In summary – the news is…… Virtual Server 2005 R2 is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD right now. Yup – not a time bombed...
  • Team Foundation Server for IT Professionals - Security: Part 2

    In my last post, I provided a high level overview of the security layers present in Team Foundation Server (and related products). One of the challenges around the management of user credentials is that there are so many layers to secure. There are a few ways to mitigate the complexity. The Developer Division Customer Product Lifecycle Experience Team (DDCPX) ( http://blogs.msdn.com/ddcpxblg...
  • Build-06 questions from FeedBack... Windows Server 2003 R2 Schema Extensions

    It has been a while…. It has taken some time… but Bruce and I have waded through the feedback forms, evaluations and personal contact emails from the event. You see – we weren’t lying, we do read each one of them. In case we didn’t mention it earlier – THANK YOU for being great participants who wanted to interact! Without that connection, the events wouldn’t be nearly as fun as they are to do. As...
  • Build-06 questions from FeedBack... LUA (Least User Access) with WinXP

    We went out to the user group community during the planning stages of the tour and we heard that the community as a whole were interested in how to manage their desktop environment in a more secure fashion and how to get more people to run with a LUA (Least User Access) user account. After digging around and going through our own best practices, we came up with a good balance of information – and lots...
  • TechNet April Subscription update

    I am a TechNet Plus subscriber and even though I work for Microsoft, I still use it as an easy way to get access to support information and valuable resources that are helpful to IT Pros. Call it “dogfooding” or whatever you like – I use the subscription the same way IT Pros use it in the real world. The best part about a plus subscription are the added benefits like the non time...
  • Build'06 Questions from Feedback... User Group slide decks

    I just poked around the Post Event resource Page and I realized that the UserGroup decks are not listed. Humm… I’ll have to see if I can get the page updated. In the meantime, if you were looking for a copy of the English Presentation, here’s the link to download a copy today… Sorry about that.
  • Build'06 - Les diapositives en français…

    Enfin, un post de blog en français! C'est seulement un petit post de blog, mais - c'est un post. Je vais essayer d'augmenter les nombres de post en français, mais j'ai besoin d'aide! Si vous êtes intéresser d'écrire un post que tu penses est intéressant pour les autres Professionnels de TI francophones, SVP - cliquez le lien de contact pour m'informer. J'ai reçu beaucoup de questions au sujet de...