• Using SQL 2005 as an IDS log analyzer - Ingenious!

    When my team goes out on tour or as part of a product launch, we meet a lot of people who have fantastic ideas on how to use Technology to get things done and make their lives easier. One of these people is Yaroslav Pentsarskyy – a student at British Columbia Institute of Technology. He came out to the SQL 2005 Launch tour and saw Damir Bersinic and Barnaby Jeans in action with SQL 2005. He contacted...
  • ....psssst! Veux-tu participer a un program privée Beta pour Windows Vista en Français?

    Le programme "Customer Preview" pour Windows Vista n'est plus disponible au public. Mais j'ai un "scoop"… Vous avez l'occasion de participer a un "mini-Beta" pour Windows Vista en français. OUI - en français ! Vous voulez en savoir plus? Avant de vous donner plus d'amples renseignements, voici les règles: Vous êtes autorisé à procéder à l'installation d'un produit Beta en environnement de...
  • Do you work in or support a "branch office" environment?

    I thought I would post an entry up here asking for your advice. I am working on fleshing out content for the the next tour and based on your feedback and previous comments - you want to actively participate in helping us shape the content . My question to you is along the lines of the title... "Have you or do you work in or support a Branch Office?" I have designed branch office solutions in my previous...
  • XBox Anyone?

    As IT Pros we tend to work long and sometimes strange hours. Once in a while it is a good idea to inject a little fun into the equation to keep us grounded. The Canadian IT Pro team would like to help and needs your input. We are thinking of putting together XBox Live game nights where you can challenge your peers and members of the Canadian IT Pro team to a game online. See whether or not Rick...
  • TechNet Plus subscriber downloads now online!

    This has been a long time coming. Here I am in Prince Edward Island on vacation with my family and I check out my online RSS feeds to discover that the TechNet portal has been updated. Last Friday, TechNet Plus subscribers have been granted access to a new Download engine similar to the MSDN secure downloads!!! Looks like a colleague of mine in the UK has posted about it already ...As you might have...
  • Connecting with the Community in a new way - Habitat for Humanity build

    Part of my job is working to establish relationships and connections with IT Professionals across Canada as well as support their community efforts. I’ve met a large number of you through in person events like TechNet days – but also at User Group communities and online communities as well. In case you hadn’t noticed, we also try to promote individuals to participate in their IT pro...
  • Exchange Server 2007 and Forefront Security for Exchange Server Betas Available for Download

    For those of you waiting to try the next version of Exchange Server, the wait is over. Beta 2 of Exchange Server 2007 is now available for download. You can get it by registering on the BetaCentral web site ( http://www.microsoft.ca/technet/betacentral in English or http://www.microsoft.ca/technet/centrebeta in French) where you will also get additional support that you won't be eligible for if you...
  • In case you Missed it - Exchange 2007 Beta 2 now on BetaCentral

    ---------- edit July 26th ---------- Guess I should check the blog before posting with my standalone blog editing software, eh? Damir beat me to the punch by a couple of hours. Oh well. You got the info twice on this one. ---------- end edit ---------- I was just chatting with Bryan Rusche (Product Manager for Exchange in Canada) about Exchange 2007 and what we’re doing with it for the upcoming...
  • TechNet Subscriptions Get Great New Features

    This week I am in Seattle at TechReady 3, our internal technical training conference. Every year at least each member of the Canadian IT Pro team comes out here for a week of deep technical training. It is also a chance to touch base with other people at corporate and also meet and greet some of the 7000+ technical Microsoft people from around the world. Lots of work but we also unwind. The nice thing...