• Your Solutions - Install Vista in a Flash

    James ? (Mississauga, Ontario) Install Vista from USB Flash Drive A few weeks ago my brother was in town and we were at a Toronto Raptors game and someone came up and introduced themselves, says they saw one of our sessions and enjoyed it. I always like meeting people and things like that are fun. Today I was at the grocery store buying some things and something similar happened. I am standing...
  • Vancouver TechFest Videos

    Just catching up on my RSS reading and noticed some videos over on the Canadian Developers blog from the recent Vancouver Techfest. There are some very interesting, short, videos filmed by our own John Bristowe where he interviews a number of smart people including a couple of MVPs. The one that caught my eye as an IT Pro was this chat with Dana Epp and Charlie Russel on Vista security. Video: Vancouver...
  • [podcast] Chatting about Security with Kai Axford

    This podcast was sitting in my "to be edited" folder on my machine. I met up with Kai Axford (Senior Security Strategist) on his Eastern Canada tour at the end of January / beginning of February trip up north. I really like his style of engagement with telling it like it is in the realm of security. This podcast part of an ongoing trial I'm conducting of podcasts where I have a recorder, ask a couple...
  • [podcast] Chatting about Virtualization with Jeff Woolsey

    I carried along my Podcast recording device (M-Audio Microtrack 24/96) when I was down in Seattle for TechReady a while back. You never know who you can run into and if they will be willing to sit and have a chat about something or other. One of the people I really wanted to talk to was Jeff Woolsey - a lead program manager on the Windows Server Virtualization team. He was the guy who did a wicked...
  • IT Lounge - Bathurst, New Brunswick

    Back when I was living in Winnipeg, Mitch Tulloch had started something called IT Lounge . Every few weeks a bunch of IT people from all disciplines would gather at a pub, have a few pints, some food and some great conversation. We had some good times and it is still one of the things I miss from Winnipeg. I am heading solo to the New Brunswick Community College IT Forum in Bathurst New Brunswick on...
  • Helping the Kid's Help Phone

    One of the things that worried me a little when I got to Microsoft was losing my "touch". As IT Pro Advisor's we work in the realm of the virtual lab a lot and well that is nice for learning and demos, it is removed from the real world. Because of this I was happy to jump onboard a project being done at the Kid's Help Phone and get my hands a little dirty. You may have heard of KHP, they have their...
  • [Guest Bloggers] - Planning your Vista Migration

    Nelson and Danielle Ruest (Victoria, British Columbia, IT Pro) Windows Vista Nelson and Danielle Ruest are authors of the Definitive Guide to Vista Migration, a ten-chapter eBook produced by Realtime Publishers and released one chapter per month. The eBook can be obtained from www.realtime-nexus.com/DGVM.htm . The book is free and I thought it would be good to hear from them on how to build a lab to...
  • [Guest Blogger] Who says that lightening doesn't strike twice...

    Graham Jones (Vancouver, BC, IT Pro and UserGroup Lead) Hard Disk #2 has gone belly up! I got this in the mail yesterday evening. I can't believe Graham's luck with hard drives and his second miraculous save by Vista Complete PC Backup process. Graham - maybe you have to start thinking about either environmental factors or possibly user error with regards to the frequency of the failure rates? :) Here...
  • SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 is also Released!!

    I am always amazed at how fast Rodney is able to get a post up about a topic!! He reminds me of Hammy the squirrel from one of my kids' favourite movies - Over the Hedge . I think Virtual PC 2007 was out and released for about 17 seconds before Rodney blogged about it!! For those of you working with SQL Server 2005, you will be glad to know that Service Pack 2 of SQL Server 2005 is officialy released...
  • Virtual PC 2007 is out!

    A while back I worte a quick post on how to get Virtual PC/ Virtual Server 2005 R2 running on Vista. One of the tools I mentioned was a beta version on Virtual PC 2007. We'll it ain't beta no more! Virtual PC 2007 was released today and offers the following improvements over the older version... Hardware Virtualization (Intel VT, AMDV CPUs) PXE Boot Support for running Vista Support for running on...
  • Windows Vista Volume Activation

    So you may have heard of the changes around Windows Vista and Volume License Keys (VLK) and activation. With previous versions of Windows, you could purchase a VLK and use it as many times as you wanted to install the OS, and in the case of XP, you would not have to activate VLKs. With Vista, a VLK is no longer unlimited and now requires activation. I could probably write a hundred blog posts on it...
  • Are you Web Aware?

    That might be a silly question to ask you, a seasoned IT Professional, but it is a real question. Many of today's kids and their parents are not web aware. What is being "web aware"? Well educating yourself, your family, you kids about the dangers of the web is the first step. Canada is one of the most wired countries in the world. We were the first to connect all our schools and libraries to the Internet...
  • [Guest Blogger] - As Mike Myers would say "Groovy Baby"

    Graham Jones (Vancouver, BC, IT Pro and UserGroup Lead) Office Groove 2007 My friend Graham Jones pinged me earlier today to talk about how he and the VANTUG executive committee are using Groove 2007 as a collaboration platform in order to plan for an upcoming event. I use Groove myself with partners, friends and with the national "Canadian IT Pro UserGroup leaders" group I engage with. If you haven...
  • [Guest Blogger] - Pierre Roman over coffee and DST

    I was having a coffee with my good friend Pierre Roman earlier this week and the topic of Daylight Savings Time came up in discussion. As a Technical Account Manager at Microsoft, it's part of his job to contact and inform all of his customers about the resources available to them. I asked if he'd be willing to share that info with the Canadian IT Pro blog - here's a copy of his post. I hope you find...
  • [Auteur Invité] Un café avec Pierre Roman et DST

    J’ai pris un café avec mon ami Pierre Roman cette semaine et la matière de l'épargne Temps de jour a été soulevée dans la discussion. Pierre est un Directeur Technique chez Microsoft et c’est son responsabilité de contacter tous ses clients au sujet des ressources qui sont disponibles pour les aidez. J'ai demandé s’il serait intéressé à partager l'information avec le Canadien IT Pro blog - voici une...
  • Comments and Feedback contest winner...

    Hold on a second there. I can't spill the beans just yet. On behalf of the team, I wanted to first of all say THANK YOU!!! It is nice to know the audience is listening but more importantly - willing to give some constructive feedback. Who did we hear from ? We had over 25 comments and emails from people all over Canada (and the rest of the world) ranging from around the corner Peterborough to across...
  • [Podcast] Interview with the Solution Architect Behind CETS

    You have most likely heard about CETS, the Child Exploitation Tracking System, that has been in use now for over 3 years. The system was designed and built by Microsoft in an effort to help police forces battle child exploitation on the web. I recently had the chance to sit down with John Hancock, a Solutions Architect at Microsoft and the project lead and our discussion. http://www.canitpro.ca...
  • SBS 2003 and Vista

    So you've got your hands on Vista, installed it and then tried to add the Vista PC to the SBS domain. Doesn't work very well does it? Well the SBS team has been hard at work and there is a fix now! Previously you would have to manually join the Vista PC to the SBS domain, but with this fix you can now use the SBS tools again! All you need to get is the Vista and Outlook 2007 Compatability Update ....
  • Back from internal training and jazzed about Windows Mobile 6

    As you have heard, the team was in transit back from an internal training conference called TechReady. Tons of sessions and content on things like Longhorn server, Windows Server Virtualization and Windows Mobile 6. I was catching up on my RSS feeds while I was stuck in Toronto due to some AirCanada scheduling issues and FAA transportation rules (what - pilots and aircrew need sleep between flights...
  • What I learned at TechReady

    Well we are all back from our internal training week. It was an interesting time, lots of fun and my first chance to see Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates speak in person. I actually got to see Bill speak twice, once to a large crowd and once at a much smaller room where he spoke with his wife Melinda about the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation . Now with all this I did learn some things..... The architecture...
  • Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0 is Released

    Even though the entire team is out in Seatte for TechReady4, our internal technical training extravaganza, I did not want to miss the opportunity to let you know that a very important tool to help you test your applications for Vista compatibility is now released - the Application Compatibility Toolkit (or ACT) 5.0. The bits and the updated user guide are now live on the download center. http://www...
  • Ice House Walkthrough

    I just found this video of a walkthrough of the Microsoft Digital Ice House. If you are in Toronto and haven't seen it, get down to Dundas Square and check it out. It will be open from 10am to 7pm until Saturday February 3rd! Video: Microsoft Canada’s Digital Ice House
  • Thank you for all the comments and thoughts!

    I am compiling a list of all the comments and thoughts on the blog since I asked the question - what do you think about how we're doing... Some great responses and very clear indications of what you like and don't like to read / listen to / see. I'll have a summary and more importantly - the WINNER up here before the end of the weekend. As Rodney mentioned - our whole team is heading to lovely rainy...
  • We're off to see the wizard.....

    Well not really, but we are all off to Seattle for our annual world wide team meeting and training sessions. We'll try our best to post new entries, and review comments but in case you see the site go quiet for a few days don't worry, we will be back! Don't delete us from your RSS aggregator, don't remove us from your favorites, and don't change your homepage. Before you know it, we will all be back...
  • Powershell and Vista

    So a while ago I posted the question "Is anyone using Powershell?" I got a few responses but none from our beloved Canadian readers!!!! Well with the relase of Vista to the world, the PowerShell team has also released the RTM build for Vista as well. You can get them at the links below and now there is no excuse not to try it! Windows PowerShell 1.0 Installation for Windows Vista x86 Windows PowerShell...