• Core I|O Audience Feedback

    Well the Core I|O Tour has been over for a bit now and the team has been going through all those feedback forms we ask you to fill out. Yeah, we actually read them! Better yet we even respond to some of them! Whodathunkit. After reading the comments a lot of you left behind we learned a few things. Grant L. and Jimmy T. both made the suggestion that we should provide a printout of the reference network...
  • Virtualization Licensing and Media Part Numbers

    A while back I posted about the licensing changes around Virtual Server 2005 R2 and Windows Server 2003 R2 EE and DE . During the Core I|O Tour '06 this was something we mentioned a lot as well. As a refresher, if you buy Windows Server 2003 R2 EE you get 4 virutal machine OS licenses included with the package, for DE you get unlimited VM OS licenses. As part of this, you can run any version of Windows...
  • A GUI for Robocopy

    Robocopy is one of my top ten tools I have been using for years. I often recommend it to people asking how to migrate fileservers, copy files over the network, pretty much anytime you need to copy more than a few files. Now robocopy is pretty powerful but it is a command line tool and there are still a lot of people who prefer the point and click ease of the GUI. Well now Robocopy has a GUI! You can...
  • [Podcast] A talk about the MVP program

    On October 23rd 2006, Microsoft Canada hosted an mini MVP summit in Mississauga which was streamed to satellite sites and MVPs across Canada. It was a great time and I got the chance to sit down with the Canadian MVP Lead Sasha Krsmanovic, SBS MVP Cal McLennan, SQL MVP Tom Moreau and US MVP Lead Ed Hickey and ask them what the MVP program is about, how one becomes an MVP and what some of the benefits...
  • Une autre ressource pour les professionels de TI... TechNet en Français!

    J'ai juste reçu un email d’un collègue qui m'informe que maintenant "TechNet Magazine" est maintenant disponible en français (et 7 autre langues)! Visitez le site de web http://www.microsoft.com/technet/technetmag/default.aspx?loc=fr pour lire l'édition pour Novembre 2006 en français. Fantastique!
  • Ottawa TechNet Monthly on Antigen - November 7th

    You probably have heard me talk about Antigen services over the last tour or so and how I used to recommend it to most of my enterprise customers when I was a consultant. The ability to have multiple scan engines and signature files at multiple entrypoints to your collaboration solution is priceless. Based on user demands for more information - the Ottawa TechNet monthly on the 7th of November is...
  • Windows Defender RTM

    As we head into a deluge of product RTMs in the next weeks (no I don't know the date for Vista RTM) I saw that Windows Defender has RTM'd. Windows Defender has been in beta for quite a while now, but testing has been completed and Microsoft's Anti-spyware tool is complete. I have highlighted some of my favourite feature Improved detection and removal – New engine, real time protection, leads...
  • What the heck is Powershell?

    I have been asking people lately if they have tried, or if they are using Powershell. Far too often I hear the response "What the heck is Powershell?" Well if that is you, I have some resources for you. You may want to take a peek as PowerShell is the CLI enviroment you can use to manage Exchange 2007, but you will see a lot more products support it in the future! Drill down into Windows PowerShell...
  • Be One of the First to Beta "Centro"

    I just received an email from a colleague in Redmond looking for beta testers for a new server product set - "Centro". “Centro” is the code name for a new Microsoft® infrastructure solution that will help midsize businesses with less than 250 PCs in their environment. Centro will bring together key server products for midsize businesses, including Windows Server “Longhorn,” Exchange Server 2007 and...
  • Guest Blogger - Running Without Administrative Privledges

    A little while ago I wrote a post on how Rick convinced me to run Vista as a standard user . Vista sure makes this easy but Colin Harford has written a nice guest blog post on how he is able to run as a standard user on XP. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We are all guilty of it at one point or another. We all like to make our...
  • IE7 and WSUS

    So IE7 for XP and 2003 shipped the otherday and will be pushed out via Windows Update in the future. IE7 for English clients will be available for WSUS server synchronization from Microsoft Update starting Wednesday, November 1, 2006. This release will be available in other languages over the next few months. IE7.0 will be classified as an Update Rollup for WSUS servers and will be approximately 15MB...
  • What happened to the blogs?

    You may have loaded one of our blogs today and wondered where you ended up, I know I did. Well this still IS the CanITPro blog, we just found someone to make it look prettier. Mark Zielinski, our latest D&PE intern has been working hard to give our blogs a unique look. A look that ties all our blogs together, and makes no mistake that we are Canadian. So now that you know you are still in the...
  • IE7 for Windows XP and 2003 is Available

    I have been using IE7 on XP for a long time now. In fact the beta and RC releases where one of the first things I installed on my own PCs when I needed to rebuild them. Over time I got used to the new layout, and now I am hooked on the tabs, the integrated RSS (which syncs with my Outlook 2007 RSS folder) and oh yeah, it is more secure. Anyway, IE7 has been finalized for XP and 2003, both the x86 and...
  • Core i|o Tour '06 - Interesting Q&A

    The Core i|o Tour '06 has come to an end. Rick took the tour East visiting Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Halifax while I took it West (along with Bruce) to Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver (Rick was here too) and Winnipeg before we met again for the tour wrap-up in Toronto. Along the way we heard a lot of common questions, a lot of really good questions, and even some questions we couldn't answer. Some...
  • Comprehensive Comparison of SharePoint 2007 and Previous Release Features

    A colleague just emailed me a link to the SharePoint Team Blog on which a multi-tabbed spreadsheet was posted with a comparison of features of current SharePoint technologies (Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 and SharePoint Portal Server 2003) with those in the upcoming Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. You can find the blog post at http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint/archive/2006/10/17/microsoft...
  • Updated URL for registering for the 2007 Microsoft Office System and Windows Vista Launch Events

    It seems the URL I provided in my earlier post on the 2007 Launch Tour was incorrect. Please use http://www.microsoft.ca/technet/anewday2007 to register for the Launch Event in your city. Sorry about that. Damir
  • Toronto stop of IO tour, but reminiscing about Halifax stop last week.

    Maybe it is just the fact that I grew up on the East coast - but I always love doing an event down east. It could be in Halifax, Saint John, Moncton, Fredericton, St. John's - doesn't matter. East Coasters are just a friendly bunch and go out of their way to make ya feel welcome - if you are from there or " come from away ". I write this entry from a hotel room at the Fairmont Royal York hotel in Downtown...
  • Windows OneCare V1.5 Beta open to CANADA

    I got asked this question a lot since the first early betas for OneCare - why isn't the 1.0 final product available to Canadian Subscribers? Humm.... I still don't have the answer to that one, but I can at least distract you with this belated announcement that surfaced in my email cleanup tasks while on the road last week... OneCare V1.5 Beta is now open to Canada (and other non US countries). You...
  • Dual-booting Vista and Linux with BitLocker

    Interoperability is key today and I have always said the right tool for the right job. At the same time, security is big on everyone's mind. BitLocker is one of those security tools that is a key feature in Vista. Trying to dual boot Vista and Linux WHILE using BitLocker has been a challenge there is help! Cyril Voisin, Security Advisor for Microsoft in France, has written a great how to on his blog...
  • The 2007 Microsoft Office System and Windows Vista Business Value Launch - Register Now!

    It's getting close. The launch of Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office System is almost here. This time around the entire IT Pro team at Microsoft Canada will be going out across the country for the 2007 Microsoft Office System and Windows Vista Business Value Launch Tour to show you how to deploy, secure, manage, and generally work with Windows Vista, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007...
  • Mark Zielinski and his encounters with Microsoft Flight Simulator X

    OK... it's already the weekend, but I thought that this was worth sharing with y'all. Mark Zielinski is a Co-Op/Intern/Assistant that keeps things running in my group down in the Mississauga head office of Microsoft Canada. He wrote up this post and I think that it is hilarious and worth sharing. There is something to be said for creative internal and external marketing... Mark Zielinski is currently...
  • Windows XP Shared Computer Toolkit - just over 1 year old...

    I've been busy visiting my friends down east in Halifax for the eastern stop of the IO tour (more on that visit later). I always mention to the audience whenever I speak that I am looking for stories to share with the greater Canadian IT Professional community. I encourage you to email me your post suggestions / complete posts and I will put them up. One came in a while ago from Todd Lamothe, a member...
  • Need a virtualization application for Vista?

    So I know a number of you are running Vista on your PC and you may be curious about how to install Virtual Server 2005 R2. A while back The Virtual PC Guy , Ben Armstrong, wrote a bit on how to install Virtual Server 2005 R2 on Vista . For a lot of you, Virtual Server is a little to much for your notebook/desktop so I thought I'd let you know that Virtual PC 2007 has been released into the beta...
  • Running Vista as a standard user

    So a few weeks back Rick was mentioning to me that for the first time ever he is running as a standard user on his Vista PC (he has been for 10 months now!). I backed up, then blew away my Toshiba M7 the other day and loaded up Vista RC2 and decided to take the plunge. I am now a standard user on my primary Vista RC2 PC. This is the first time that I have ever run a desktop as a non-admin. Now I have...
  • IT Pros DO Innovate!

    One thing I struggled with as an IT Pro was do we, or don't we innovate. I came from the camp that said "we don't innovate, we deploy and manage" and for a long time I agreed with that. The problem with that frame of mind is that what we deploy and manage, how it impacts our users, and the ways we deploy and manage is where the innovation occurs. There are a large number of individuals who are coming...