• I'mmmm ccccccolddd

    Ssssso IIII jjjjust gggot bbback frommmmm tttthe iiiiice hhhhouse anddddd ittttt wwwwwaas a cccccold one. Today we released Vista and Office to the world and as you may have seen on this blog, we built an Ice House in downtown Toronto to celebrate. Today was the first day it was open to the public and we had over 3500 people come and visit. It was pretty cool (no pun intended) and we had lots to...
  • Is there anybody out there? 48 Hrs left for comment contest

    I just wanted to remind you of a post I made earlier in the month... ( here it is if you don't remember ) We're still looking for your feedback and comments around how we're doing with the blog AND I'm going to sweeten the pot by randomly choosing a winner from the pool of a dozen or so contributors for a TecNet backpack to carry your laptop and stuff! Your odds are good that you can win this puppy...
  • Ice House Pictures

    So I managed to sneak into the Digital Ice House as it was open to media for a short period this afternoon and took some video (coming soon) and some pictures I thought I'd share right away. Living Room Master Bedroom Bathroom You can see all the pictures I took today at http://www.flickr.com/photos/canadian-it-pro-team/ Myself and the rest of the team will be there over...
  • Seriously coooooool!

    The day is near, January 30th is upon us and Vista and Office 2007 are set to be released to the public. So what are we doing to celebrate the consumer launch? Well if you are in the GTA area, come down to Dundas Sqaure (that is at Yonge and Dundas for recent imports like me) and check out the Digital Ice House. Yes I said ICE House, as in a house made of ice, aka frozen water. From 10:00am to 7...
  • Guest Blogger - Tips for running a user group

    Graham Jones (Vancouver, British Columbia, IT Pro) Graham Jones from VANTUG is the one of the grandfathers of user groups in Canada (he is probably going to kill me for putting it that way) having been part of VANTUG for many years including acting as president for 5 years now. VANTUG was putting on user group meetings long before most. Because of this I thought it would be appropriate to share...
  • Guest Blogpost - When HardDisks go *clunk* in the night

    Graham Jones (Vancouver, BC, IT Pro and UserGroup Lead) Windows Vista, Complete PC Backup I was working away yesterday when I got IM'd by Graham Jones from VANTUG out in Vancouver. He was asking about how to kick off the Complete PC Backup restore option and wanted some more details. While on Tour, we used the integrated backup solution in Vista as one way to ensure we had a working system in the event...
  • Test Drive Windows Vista Online

    Having just completed the Windows Vista, 2007 Office System, and Exchange Server 2007 Launch Tour one of the questions I often got asked on tour was Is there a way for me to test out Windows Vista without using up one of my PCs? I can understand that - you want to see what is in the OS but dont' want to re-format a machine to do so. This is why I can so excited to share VistaTestDrive.com with you...
  • You think you have backup challenges?

    A few months ago at the last stop on the Core I|O Tour, Rick and myself were talking about Data Protection Manager and how it can be used to simplify backups and restores of your data. Someone from the audience asked a question at the end that stumped us so we took it offline and responded after the event and blogged about it here . The person was Dan Braun, an engineer with CHUM , the television...
  • [Podcast] A Chat with Microsoft Canada IT

    One of Microsoft's biggest customers is Microsoft. Internally we try to use as many of our own products as possible and start using them well before they hit RTM stage. This process is known as dogfooding and as you can imagine, there are a number of challenges that go with this. Recently I sat down with Chris Brockbank, the Senior IT Manager for Microsoft Canada to see how we (well he ) does it! ...
  • Search for a cause

    We all search online, everyday, usually multiple times a day. Now imagine if for every search you do, you could help some of the 9 million refugee children in the world? Sound interesting? Well than I challenge you use http://click4thecause.live.com as your default search engine from now until March 31st. For each search you do Microsoft will be contributing to NineMillion.org , a UN Refugee Agency...
  • Calling all students!

    Are you a student? Are you looking for a challenge? Do you think you have what it takes to win the cup? No not the Stanley Cup (although that would be cool too), the Imagine Cup! Time is running out to get yourself registered and finish round one of the Imagine Cup IT Challenge. The first challenge is an online quiz that should take about 30 mintues and you can take it as many times as you like...
  • 24 Hours of Exchange 2007 Webcast Series

    If you're looking for a great resource to get up and running with Exchange Server 2007 or to learn about the product and how to use it, check out the 24 Hours of Exchange 2007 Webcast Series . Being a racing fan, I immediately thought of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, but this is not a race but a great leisurely way to learn about Exchange Server 2007. Exchange experts cover in-depth topics such...
  • Guest Blogger - SBS 2003 or How to get free Edmonton Oilers tickets

    Brett Finch (Edmonton, Alberta, IT Pro) Windows 2000, XP and SBS 2003 Brett Finch is a member of the executive for the Edmonton Microsoft Users Group and recently told me about how he gets tickets to see his hometown Edmonton Oilers. I gotta say, after trying to get myself some Toronto Maple Leafs tickets I wish I had a connection like this :) ---------------------------------------------...
  • [Podcast] Virtualization - The Road Towards Dynamic IT Systems

    A few weeks ago I had the priviledge of sitting down with Barnaby Jeans, and Greg Mathieu (Business Information Group) to talk about virtualization. The following is a description of the recording. From simplifying disaster and recovery planning to server consolidation, virtual technologies are emerging as one of the most effective ways for customers to make their IT operations more dynamic...
  • Welcome our newest IT Pro Advisor

    If you were at the Fredricton launch event, you may have been wondering who the new IT Pro advisor was helping Rick out in session two and showing off SharePoint 2007 in session 3. Well our team has grown once again and I'd like to introduce Ruth Morton, the newest addition to the IT Pro Advisor team here at Microsoft Canada. Ruth wrote an introductory post over at the Canadian IT Managers blog...
  • An IT Pro travels to developer land

    Last week I had the pleasure of talking about Vista with members of the Toronto Delphi User Group. Because they are a developer related user group I got Christian, one of our Developer Advisors, to post my wrap up on the Canadian Developers Blog. You can read all about my adventures as I reached out beyond my IT Pro comfor zone and into developer world :) http://blogs.msdn.com/cdndevs/archive/2007...
  • I figured it out!

    Did you? Were you there? Video: Vanashing Point Toronto Too bad I can't win :(
  • Have you figured it out?

    Have you? Am I going to see you there? http://www.vanishingpointgame.com/ http://vanishingpointwiki.com/wiki/Main_Page Video: Vanishing Point - Las Vegas
  • GameCamp coming to Ottawa - I'm helping out!

    As I was cleaning my inbox and catching up on RSS feeds (remember my new year resolutions here on the blog?), I noticed over on Canadian Developers that Carleton University will be the location of the next GameCamp on Saturday, January 27th. I didn't make it down to Toronto to help our my team the first time the sold out event was held and I heard it had rave reviews. After pinging Christian Beauclaire...
  • BDD - Vista Edition now available

    My how time flies... I swear I was at the Business Desktop Deployment centre on the TechNet website earlier this week and now I get the email (and blog post from Windows Vista ) that we've now RTM'ed. In case you missed the Business Value Launch 2007 tour where we demonstrated the power of the BDD workbench in session 1 - we were using a pre-release version. Now you can go there and get the RTM version...
  • Guest Blogger - Why I am not an SBSer

    Mitch Garvis (Montreal, Quebec, IT Pro) SBS 2003 R2 and Windows Server Technologies Mitch Garvis is an IT Professional who has a strong background in Small Business Server so when he asked me to post an article he wrote on why he does not consider himself an "SBSer" I was a little shocked. After reading what he submitted, I had to admit that some of it made sense. I can't say it all did or his...
  • Un mot finale de Launch 2007 à Québec par Pierre Roman

    C’était du fun faire cette présentation en français avec mon ami et collègue Pierre Roman. Si tu rappelle, ce n'est pas son "day job" présenter les séance avec l'équipe TechNet. Je l'ai demandé d'écrire un petit post qui décrit ces expériences. I'll ma répondu avec cette post qu'il a écrit pendent qu'il attendait son avion pour retourner en Ottawa. Merci Pierre et merci Québec! ---------- ...
  • Canada IS Ready

    After nearly two months traveling across Canada meeting over 13,500 IT Professionals, developers, technical and business decision makers, the Canadian launch tour has come to an end and we have our sights set on the consumer launch scheduled for January 30th. It was an exciting time but I have to admit I am glad to be home for a while. There are a lot of highlights from the tour, some we have blogged...
  • TPM, BitLocker and Active Directory

    If you attended any of the launch events held across Canada in the last month or so, you may have seen the session we presented on security in which we talked a little about a new feature in Vista called BitLocker. One common question was wether or not AD could be configured to store BitLocker keys with a users account in AD to aid in key recovery. I am happy to say yes and even have a resource for...
  • Québec, on garde le meilleur pour le fin pour le lancement 2007

    Je suis maintenant en train de prendre un vol pour Québec a partir de Fredericton. Je vais présenter les 5 scéance pour les professionelles de TI en français avec un colegue d'Ottawa - Pierre Roman. J'ai demandé qu'il écrive un petit post de blog. Le voici ci-dessous. --- Et voila, la semaine du Lancement est arrivé. Ce blog sera probablement ma seule opportunité de demande pardon au monde...