• [Review] Mark Zielinski's Review of the Microsoft LifeCam VX-6000

    One of the great things about being part of the IT Pro team here at Microsoft Canada is that we get to play with a lot of toys that Microsoft sells. Playing with the toys we get is all well and good but it's not fun unless you can share what you have learned about the toys you get to play with. For this reason, I though it might be a cool idea to have different people on the team take a look at some...
  • December TechNet Magazine is available!

    The latest installment of the TechNet Magazine is available online today. This issue covers one of my favourite subjects, Exchange Server 2007! There is a great article in there on my favourite feature of Exchange Server 2007 as well, and that is the Exchange Management Shell! Read the magazine online here: English or Français Or download a copy here: English Enjoy!
  • Guest Blogger - When in doubt call PSS!

    Dave Lewis (Oshawa, Ontario - IT Pro) Windows Server 2003 R2, PMC and PSS An IT Pro in Oshawa Ontario wanted to share an experience he had with Product Support Services recently. I encouraged him to do so as all to often we let things get in the way of solving an issue. It is OK to call support, I've done it and it was an enjoyable experience everytime! Best of all, they always had a solution...
  • Guest Blogger - DFS is a beautiful thing!

    Simon Collier (Edmonton, Alberta, IT Pro) Windows Server 2003 R2 and DFS During the Edmonton stop of the Vista/Office/MOSS 2007 launch tour I met Simon Collier. Simon wanted to share some learnings he aquired with his implementation of Windows Server 2003 R2 using DFS. Got a similar story to share, get in contact with one of the IT Pro's (hint: there is a contact button to the left) and let us...
  • Edmonton IS ready!

    Congratulations Edmonton, you are the first city in Canada to be ready for a new day as we brought the Vista/Office 2007/Exchange 2007 launch event to the Shaw Center in Edmonton. It was cold, snowing and blowing but that did not stop almost 1300 IT Pro's, developers, BDM/TDM and interested parties out to witness the largest launch in Microsoft history. The event was a success and the feedback was...
  • Edmonton is getting ready!

    The launch has begun in Edmonton and at the time of this writing the Keynote is being delivered. It is cold (-27 windchill), snowing and blowing but that did not deter the people of Edmonton from showing up in huge numbers. Just take a look at this overhead shot of the crowd and multiply it by three as there is equally large seating areas to the right and left! If you haven't registered yet,...
  • Vote Now!

    A while ago we asked you to submit your nominations for the 2006 Canadian IT Pro Innovation Award. There were a lot of great entries and we had a hard time pairing the list down to a top five. After a few long discussions and some heated debate we managed to agree on a top five and voting is now open! The TechNet Canada Innovation Award is awarded to a Canadian IT Professional who has used Microsoft...
  • Your Solutions - Add/Remove Components over the Network

    Ryan Fitzsimmons (Edmonton, Alberta) Adding and Removing Windows Components over the network Your Solutions is another new series on the CanITPro blog where we will be highlighting IT Pro's across Canada who have come up with innovative ways to manage their Windows environment. The first article was written by Ryan Fitzsimmons -------------------------------------------------- Network monitoring...
  • [Podcast] PowerShell with Bruce Payette

    A few weeks ago I was in Redmond for MS101, a new hire training program. Looking for a reason to cut class, I managed to arrange an interview with Bruce Payette from the PowerShell team. Here is our conversation about PowerShell! http://www.canitpro.ca/podcasts/BPPowershell.mp3 By the way, you can read the introductory chapter of his book at http://manning.com/payette and I posted a whole lot...
  • Want an xBox360?

    Dumb question I know, but if you are looking to get your hands on one I know a way you maybe able to snag one for free! Now you are interested aren't you! Complete the TechNet Launch 2007 Quiz and get yourself entered in a draw for an xBox360! There are 10 questions in total, covering the products we are about to launch, and you must get all 10 correct. To take the pressure off there is a button...
  • I might be a bit late to the party, but Vista Download on TechNet Plus is Early!

    I got it in my internal email as I was leaving work and didn't get a chance to check it out until now to verrify - Windows Vista RTM is available on the TechNet Plus Subscribers Download! That would be the x86 and x64 English only at this point in time - more to follow. Which editions? Windows Vista Business Windows Vista Home Basic Windows Vista Home Premium Windows Vista Ultimate...
  • PowerShell has been released to web!

    It has been a long beta, but PowerShell was released to web yesterday. Many people still ask what PowerShell is and the official answer is "Windows PowerShell is Microsoft's new command-line shell and scripting language designed specifically to improve the manageability of Windows and products running on Windows such as Exchange Server 2007." If you have been using the Exchange 2007 beta you probably...
  • From the Trenches - Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Beta 2

    Mark Seniow (Richmond Hill, Ontario) Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Beta 2 From the Trenches is a new series on the CanITPro blog where we will be highlighting IT Pro's across Canada who are running the latest Microsoft technologies in their pilot and production environments. If you are on the front lines and live on the bleeding edge and want to be highlighted here, drop us a line, we'd love to...
  • Sysinternals tools now on TechNet

    A few months ago Microsoft bought Winternals/Sysinternals and brought Mark Russinovich and all the other talented people into the fold. One question that was asked over and over was "What about the free Sysinternals tools?". Those tools have been available from the Sysinternals site and they are now available, in a complete single suite of all the tools on TechNet. http://www.microsoft.com/technet...
  • Office 2007 on TechNet Plus Subscriber DL - Vista soon?

    I was signing in to my TechNet Plus subscription to download a copy of Windows Server 2003 R2 x64 to install on a laptop I will be using for the upcoming Business Value Launch tour (more on this setup later) and I happened to notice that Office 2007 RTM is now posted on the TechNet Plus Subscriber Download! Yup - If you are an MSDN or TechNet Plus subscriber - you can sign in to your page and check...
  • Windows Vista Security Guide

    Every few years you hear that this version of Windows is "the most secure ever". Now that statement has always been true to the time when it was made, but with Vista things just feel a little more secure. There are a host of new security features in Vista such as Bitlocker, UAC, NAP client, Windows Defender this list goes on. Understanding how these tools work on their own and as part of your overall...
  • Register for the TechNet Monthly on Secure Messaging

    I know that Vista just RTM'd and you may have heard that we are getting ready for the biggest Launch in Microsoft Canada's history with Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office System, but that's no reason to miss out on a very exicting TechNet Monthly if you are in the Greater Toronto Area. The session takes place on November 21 starting at 6:30pm. This month's topic is Securing Exchange Servers...
  • Windows Vista has RTM'd!!!

    So I am sitting in Redmond for MS-101 (you'll hear more about this next week) and someone just popped in and announced that Vista had been Released to Manufacturing (RTM). Quick check of my email and there was a global email sent out by Jim Allchin confirming that it is done! I for one am excited! I have been running what turned out to be the RTM build for about a week now, along with Office 2007 RTM...
  • Looking for a Knowledge Base Article?

    When I was a system administrator I found it a struggle to locate knowledgebase articles in a fast effecient manner. Well I just came across this little nugget about Live Search . "We are happy to announce that the Support Knowledge Base is now over 99.5% indexed. MSDN Library, MSCOM Downloads, and MSDN/TechNet Forums are also now fully indexed." What does this mean? Well if you are looking for...
  • VHD Library Now Online

    A lot of you have been asking for pre-configured VHDs so that you can test some of the latest Microsoft technologies. We get tons of requests for the VHDs we use when we are on tour, but due to licensing issues (i.e. the Core I|O VHDs were built with my personal TechNet keys) we can't supply them. I am very pleased to see we have made available a library of some VHDs that will allow you to test out...
  • Last Week to Nominate an IT Pro for the 2006 TechNet Innovation Awards

    We have has a great response to the 2006 TechNet Innovation Awards but we are still looking for more nominations. If you are an IT Pro who has done something really cool for your organization, then submit your name or nominate a colleague for the 2006 TechNet Innovation Awards. The deadline for submission is November 10 so get those nominations in now. Visit the 2006 TechNet Innovation Awards web site...
  • [Podcast] Exchange DR and Women in IT

    The other night I was at the Waterloo Wellington IT Pro User Group meeting in Waterloo, Ontario. It was an interesting meeting in that rather than having some one present on a topic for the entire evening, three members of the user group presented shorter topics on an challenge they encountered and how they solved it. It was an informative session and I grabbed a hold of two of the members for a short...
  • What?! Microsoft and Novell announce collaboration agreement...

    Snowballs are also reported to be seen in hell... :) No seriously - we have and it makes sense . I've been working with customers for a while as a consultant in my past life that have both Novell and Microsoft as parts of their infrastructure. This announcement has a number of parts to it and is well worth a read from both the Novell perspective and the Microsoft perspective. Let me give you some links...