• Home Office

    A while back Rick Claus posted some pics from his office setup. When I moved to Mississauga and was looking for a place to live the room for my home office was a high priority. It is very spacious, comfortable and even has its own bathroom and has a wonderful view. From L to R on the desk is my Toshiba M2 corp notebook (XP SP2 with Office 2007), my personal IBM x41 tablet (XP SP2 with Office...
  • Office 2007 PDF/XPS Plugin Available

    Well I was one of the many Office 2007 beta testers who was upset by the removal of one of my favorite features, the Save as PDF and Save as XPS functionality. At the time it was promised that they would return as seperate downloads and that promise was kept. I am happy to say that the plugins are available and you can grab them here! Save as PDF plugin Save as XPS plugin Save as PDF/XPS plugin
  • Having Trouble with Vista RC1, IE7 and certain online HTTPS / SSL sites?

    I've been asked this a couple of times by a number of people since RC1 came out. I experienced this myself when I was trying to do a AirCanada Web Checkin to print my boarding pass last Friday before heading out the door of the Microsoft office to catch my flight home. It also affects some Canadian Online banking sites as well. **Paragraph below edited for clarity - edits in italic ** It is all...
  • How to get up to speed with Vista more quickly

    I have talked to a number of IT Pros that have taken Windows Vista for a spin and many have made the same comment to me - There is so much in Windows Vista and I don't have time to go through it all. I just want to find out quickly how to do X. Where can I get that info? Getting started with a new OS is always a bit of a challenge. I can speak from experience since part of what our team does is get...
  • NetMon 3.0 Beta is open to the public!

    Ever use NetMon? If you haven't it is worth a look as it is a good tool for performing network monitoring. You can install it from Add/Remove Programs, Add Windows Components, Management and Monitoring Tools. If you have used it you know that, even though it is a great tool, it is a little out of date. Well NetMon 3.0 is now in beta and offers intelligent filtering, real-time capture and display...
  • Our team has grown!

    I would like to take a minute of your time and introduce myself, Rodney Buike, as the newest member of the IT Pro Advisor team at Microsoft Canada. Before joining Microsoft Canada I worked in a number of positions ranging from network technician, system engineer, consultant and author. I am originally from Winnipeg Manitoba, but have recently relocated to Mississauga in order to take this position...
  • Nice chuckle around IT in the house and Bedroom... How connected is your family?

    I was reading my RSS feeds this AM and Eileen Brown's post on laptops in bed gave me a laugh. I must admit, as a Mobile employee, I can fall victim to working in PJs on occasion and with wireless connectivity - work just about anywhere in the house. My wife also is a mobile employee in another tech company so she's connected as well. After we get the Twins and my son to bed, eat and "straighten" up...
  • Favorite "Little" Things in Vista

    I have been running Vista full time for a little over two months now and even with all the big new features and functionality in Vista, I am amazed at all the little things that have been "fixed. For as long as I could remember, I always install my OS on the C partition and create another partition for my data. Once the OS was installed I'd go in and redirect a lot of folders to the other partition...
  • Datacenter and Virtualization Licensing Changes

    Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter is coming soon to a via a volume license! Although this was announced a while ago at the World Wide Partner Conference in July, as of October 1st you will be able to purchase Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter Edition through volume license channels. So what does this mean to you? Well if you are using Virtual Server 2005 R2 in your production enviroment, it can...
  • TechNet Monthly Post Event Resources

    Well I completed my first TechNet monthly the other night. The topic was Exchange 2007 Overview and it was a high level look at some of the new features in Exchange 2007 inlcuding New features in Exchange Server 2007 Exchange Management Console Exchange Management Shell New features in Outlook Web Access Transport rules And more.... One thing we tried that we haven't done before...
  • The First week of Infrastructure Optimization Tour (Montreal and Quebec City)

    One Word - unbelievable. En francais - incroyable! It has been one busy week with the added twist of having Montréal and Québec as the Eastern kick off cities - which also requires us to have the Decks translated earlier in the development cycle. But I am now at home for the weekend, my first two stops are done and after reviewing the evaluations quickly, you seemed to be very happy with the content...
  • Windows Live Makes It Easy to Find a HotSpot

    Just tried the new Windows Live HotSpot Locator at http://hotspot.live.com and found it a really easy way to search and locate both free and paid hotspots anywhere in the world. I was even amazed to find out that one of my favourite lunch-time restaurants provided a free hotspot and I did not even know it. Check it out and find the hotspot nearest you!! Simple things are sometimes the coolest!!
  • Bringing the Show to You

    I blogged yesterday about how we build the tour, from the concept right up to the creation of the content. I'll admit it was a general overview and it is much more work than what it seems (at least that is what Rick and I tell our manager). So now I am packing and thanks to new flight regulations have some interesting steps to take in order to get myself and all my gear on the plane. If you have been...
  • The Community Preview Program for Vista RC1 is open...

    As posted on the Windows Vista blog at 10 AM today... The public can sign up (in case you missed your opportunity to check out Beta 2) to get the bits for 32 and 64 bit versions. As I have previously posted here and here - if you already have a Beta 2 CPP key, you have probably already been informed of the download locations and the fact that you DO NOT NEED TO RE-REGISTER to participate. All you need...
  • User Groups Kicking Off Another Season

    Part of what I like to do is go and hang out and chat with members of user groups. I do this every time I go on tour and I also do it whenever I am in town with groups local to the Toronto-area, or close to it. I don't always present at every session (thankfully) but I do get a chance to talk to members and find out what kinds of things they have been up to with our and other technologies. This week...
  • Latest Vista Build 5728 Available to the Public

    Rick mentioned the other day that the Vista Customer Preview Program is taking new registerations. If you signed up, or if you have been beta testing Windows Vista for a while now, you may be interested to know that the latest build, 5728, is now available . You can use your Beta 2 key and upgrades are supported from RC1. So what are you waiting for? If you aren't on the beta you can still register...
  • In case you were under a rock for the last couple of days - Vista RC1 Download Available

    I am just finishing off installing my "tour" laptop (Dell M170) with the Windows Vista RC1 (build 5600) and Office 2007 B2TR (Beta2 Technical Refresh). It is not surprising that there might be some confusion around how to get RC1 of Vista in your hands. In order to simplify it for you - have a read of this post on the Windows Vista Team blog. In short: If you previously registered for Windows Vista...
  • The Original IT Lounge is Back!

    When I was living in Winnipeg, I was lucky enough to participate in the original IT Lounge started by Mitch Tulloch . I was also the only one to make it to all subsequent gatherings which might say a lot about me. I am glad to hear that even though I am no longer in Winnipeg, that IT Lounge is back (what else are they supposed to do in the winter anyway :P ) If you are from Winnipeg or the surrounding...
  • IO Tour '06 - DPM 2006 Version 2 Beta 1 Available!

    Well I am home after week one of the IO Tour '06. While Rick was out east, Bruce and I were in Edmonton and Calgary. In a nutshell, we had a blast!! This was my first tour as a member of the TechNet team. If the rest of them are half as fun, I am in for a great ride! Big thank you to Edmonton and Calgary for welcoming me. Also a big thank you to Calgary for not laughing when I almost fell off the stage...
  • Building the IO Tour

    We wrapped up building the upcoming IO Tour '06 on Friday. I know you might be wondering "isn't that cutting it a little close?" Yes and No. The primary goal is to develop quality content no matter how long it takes. Could we have finished a week earlier, sure, but taking the time allowed us to review, get input from others and tweak the content. This is my first tour and I thought you would like to...
  • Windows Vista Update - September 13, 2006

    The excitement is building as Windows Vista moves into the last stages of development. Further to my earlier post about the Step-by-Step Guides currently available for Windows Vista, I wanted to provide some additional information and links to some other resources available to help you understand, prepare for and leverage Windows Vista-based technologies in your environments. General Information...
  • Windows Vista RC1 (5600) is available on TechNet and MSDN download sites

    Just a quick note that the RC1 ISO files are available on both the MSDN and TechNet download sites. Yup - you heard me right. x86 is there in Arabic, English, French (YEAH!) , German, Japanese and Spanish. x64 is available only for English. :( I know I already pointed you to a direct download in this post , but here is the official announcement that they are available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers...
  • And so it begins.....

    Like I have told anyone who would listen, I love this time of year!! It's when we all get back to the task at hand after a fun summer. Perhaps it's because as a kid I actually liked going back to school, September to me is always the start of another exciting year. The fact that the Microsoft cycle seems to coincide with that, for me, is a bonus. This month we kick off the activity calendar with a...