• Launch Tour Feedback Gets Results

    If there is one message that we have heard from you following each stop of the Windows Vista, 2007 Microsoft Office System, and Exchange Server 2007 Business Value Launch , it is your cry for a copy of the software so that you can play and become familiar with it. Working in conjunction with the Product Managers, we are happy to say that we can now fulfill your request. Everyone who attended a Launch...
  • Your Solutions - DST Fix via Startup Script

    Dani Sarfati (Winnipeg, Manitoba) DST Patching So as you can imagine, the DST changes have been on the top of everyone's mind lately. I can't count the number of things I've had to patch besides computers. My GPS had a patch, my Moto Q and my wife's GSM phone needed patching, my PVR got patched from the cable provider and so on..... A lot of work but hey at least at Microsoft I am an end user...
  • What is the future of your server room?

    Is your Infrastructure Optimized? Are you ready to take the next steps? Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange 2007 have launched but that isn't all Microsoft has up their sleeve. Microsoft has got big things coming in the virtualization arena. The System Center and Forefront Security tools are being released and there's the next generation of Windows Server codenamed "Longhorn" coming out in Beta...
  • [Videocast] My Favorite Office 2007 Trick

    I like playing with new hardware and software as much as the next geek and I was thrilled when Rick managed to snag our team a few copies of Camtasia Studio from TechSmith . I've used their tools in the past and love them. I thought I'd use the tool to record a screencast of my favorite little tip from Office 2007. Office 2007 Command Reference Let us know what you think of the screencast format or...
  • Your Solutions - Exchange 5.5 & DST

    David Parker (Edmonton, Alberta) Exchange 5.5 and 2003 In the last few weeks, as you are all aware of, DST patching has been the main goal of every admin from Halifax to Victoria to Tuktoyuktuk . There are a lot of things that need patches and updates and some of those things are not supported anymore. Exchange 5.5 is one of those things as it was retired on January 10, 2006 after almost 10 years...
  • I'd Rather (not) Be Phishing!

    Lately you've heard a lot about IE7 and Outlook and the anti-phishing capabilities. Today I got an email that was not picked up as Spam, and included a phishing link. Since the Spam filters didn't catch it I thought I'd see what happens when I clicked the link and was surprised that the phishing filter in IE7 didn't catch it. This got me thinking on how to report this and after a little digging I found...
  • Announcement Rumor

    OK, so I've heard through the world wide IT Pro Advisor network about the special announcement we will be making. To give you an idea of how long this project has been in the works, it has take over 12 years to get to this stage. I was in career one of my life, cell phones where the size of bricks and Bill Gates invested in a company called Teledisc. "The Teledisc Network, which Bill Gates is backing...
  • Upcoming Speaking Engagement at Algonquin College

    Usually I spend my time engaging with IT Pros at large scale events and user group meetings. I don't usually visit colleges or universities right now - it's something that I have been planning to do for a while, but I was lacking the proper introduction to someone responsible for such things. Then that changed. A colleague of mine introduced me via email to Algonquin College and eventually to Nancy...
  • Wow! This Will ROCK!

    I've heard a rumor about some very hush-hush new technology that we will be announcing early next week. We heard about it at our recent internal training event but didn't think it would be public this soon. One of our fellow IT Pro Advisors has close contact with the team and we are hoping to announce it initially through the blogs. Why? Because we believe in blogs as a medium and corp is willing to...
  • [Guest Blogger] - Does Certification Really Matter Any More?

    Having held an MCSE for as long as I can remember, and realizing that many IT Pros out there have gone through and are going through the process of getting certified or upgrading their certification - me included - I asked Jennifer Waters, who manages the Learning and Certification Program and the CPLS (Certified Partner for Learning Solutions) channel to provide her perspective on the issue of certification...
  • Les résultats de vos commentaires du lancement Windows Vista, Microsoft Office 2007 et le serveur Exchange 2007 atteignent leurs but

    S’il y a bien un message que nous avons entendu après chaque arrêt du lancement d’affaires de Windows Vista, Système Office de Microsoft 2007 et le serveur Exchange 2007 , c’est votre intérêt de recevoir des logiciels afin de vous familiariser avec nos nouveaux produits. En partenariat avec les gestionnaires de ces produits, nous sommes heureux de vous annoncer que nous remplirons votre demande. Toutes...
  • Sea of Red at the MVP Summit

    I returned last week from attending the MVP Summit. When I received my MVP status I was pretty happy as it is quite an honor. I got really excited when they announced the dates for the summit and said that Bill Gates would be delivering the keynote. Then I got hired and the first thing they do is revoke your MVP status. You see MVPs are independent and they want to keep it that way. So when our Canadian...
  • Your Solutions - WSS 3.0 without Active Directory

    Gim Muthukumarana (Toronto, Ontario) Using WSS 3.0 without Active Directory The other night I attended a meeting of the Toronto Chapter of CIPS . Before the meeting got started I got into a conversation with Gim Muthukumarana from Iserve Technology Consulting . During our conversation Gim mentioned a script he used to configure WSS 3.0 so that he could use it without having an Active Directory...
  • [Videocast] Windows Server Virtualization Preview

    OK, now I am getting excited and I have to thank fellow IT Pro Advisor Arlindo Alves for finding this gem. :) More and more of the "Internal - Microsoft Confidential" stuff we got to see at our recent technical training seminar is starting to become public and this is a biggie. We've talked about it, you've read about it, how about a short video with Jeff Woolsey demoing Windows Server Virtualization...
  • An MVP on SQL Server Clustering

    I was in my "office" this afternoon catching up on some reading and as I flipped through the March edition of the TechNet Magazine a familiar face pops up. Dr. Tom Moreau is a local (Toronto) MVP on SQL Server and he has written a really good article covering tips for clustering a set of SQL Servers . I've met Tom a few times and always enjoy chatting with him. You may have seen him on the stage at...
  • Helping the Kid's Help Phone - Exchange Hardware

    When I first met with the guys at KHP they had a list of things they wished worked better in their organization, I mean who doesn't? I remember being in that position where you would love to do this, buy that or implement the latest technology. Problem is, it all costs money, takes up time, and it is not like there is plenty of free time in the life of most IT Pro's. Now they have a different issue...
  • Identity Management

    A fellow IT Pro Advisor from Australia, Michael Kleef , posted an link to an article on identity management at InformationWeek.com . The article talks about centralized identity management and refers to a survey saying "64% of the 627 IT pros surveyed ......say their companies use identity and access management technology" 64%, THAT'S IT? What I think a lot of IT Pro's miss is the fact that Active...
  • Exchange 2007 in the Lab

    This webpage has an Email link , and IT Pro's in Canada are starting to use it. This is fantastic because we are posting more and more Your Solutions articles, and little tidbits of useful information. Like this one..... Through the blog we got an email from Eric in Quebec. Eric was trying to use the 32 bit trial version of Exchange 2007 in a test lab so he could get up to speed and encountered an...
  • Off to the MVP Summit

    It maybe a quiet week here at the Candian IT Professionals blog with Damir starting out on the Unify Tour and myself heading down to Redmond for the MVP Summit so in order to keep you occupied for the week I'm going am posting some links to the videos I've dropped on my Zune to watch on the plane. Now don't go rushing and watching them all at once or you won't know what to do with yourself the rest...
  • Interesting Announcements

    I am sitting in Building 34 on the Redmond campus attending some security sessions during the MVP Summit. Right now they are talking about NAP which you might have seen on the Business Value Launch tour. While listening in, I had to clear out my mailbox as I was getting close to the limit. In that I found some pretty cool announcements and with Damir on tour and Rick on vacation I thought I'd post...
  • [Podcast] Jeff Jones on Security and Vulnerability Analysis

    Fear, uncertainty and doubt, aka FUD, we all know it, we all hear it and no one is immune to it. Cutting through the FUD is often difficult and the information, although public, in most cases takes time to sift through. One of the more prevalent arenas for the spreading of FUD in operating system security. I can't tell you how many times I have heard that you shouldn't run Windows, and that OSX and...
  • GTA IT Lounge

    I just can't seem to lose the desire to participate in an IT Lounge. Back when I was in Winnipeg I used to go to all of them. Maybe it is the beer, but I think it is the conversations with other IT Professionals of all faiths (aka OS/App distro) that keeps me going back. As we've travelled around if we had time we try to organize an IT Lounge type event in the city we are in. A lot of times after user...
  • [Podcast] Graham Jones on IT Volunteering

    At the recent MVP Summit I got a chance to sit down and talk with Graham Jones , an MVP and the president of VANTUG about something he has been working on with fellow MVP Stephen Ibaraki . With the help of a few other key individuals, they have built ITVolunteering.org and are currently in a large project with the Surrey Food Bank. Being involved in the Kid's Help Phone project here in Toronto, I was...
  • How are you changing the world?

    Change the World! Sounds intimidating, sounds difficult, sounds like a lot of work doesn't it? Well it is not if you think about how we change the world everyday. Graham Jones and Stephen Ibaraki starting up ITVolunteering.org is a big project but they have help. The work going on at the Kid's Help Phone is substantial, but there is plenty of help. User groups running study groups takes time, but the...
  • I am Groovin'

    Are you Groovin'? When I first heard of Groove , long before I joined Microsoft, my first thought was "bah, don't see the use". Since joining Microsoft I've started using it and am converted! Groove absolutely rocks! Why you ask? Well I started using it to sync my Internet Explorer favorites between my corporate and home PCs. With two corporate notebooks, a personal notebook, a personal desktop, and...