• Take Control "User Group" Tour

    I am not giving up on my rant to drop the user group moniker but I am taking some time out to highlight the upcoming Take Control User Group Tour. May 9th - Montreal May 14th - Calgary May 16th - Vancouver May 22nd - Ottawa May 29th - Toronto We are going to be focusing on the challenges small businesses are faced with when it comes to management. Rick and I will be covering System...
  • Learning Longhorn

    Longhorn Beta 3 is out the door and in the hands of a lot of people now. You might be one of them. If you are like me you'll poke around, try a few things and blow away the install a few times before you get it right. Now you may not have the time to do this so when I found this little nugget I decided to post it. Microsoft eLearning has developed, and made available for free, four online courses...
  • User Groups Are Dead

    There I said it. USER GROUPS ARE DEAD! You probably think I am crazy. You are probably thinking about the 30+ IT pro user groups in Canada with 10,000+ members with monthly attendance at meetings surpassing 2500 nationally. You might then remember me being at some of these meetings as an attendee or a speaker and ask "what the heck is Rodney talking about?" I know Wendy Rogers (the Developer...
  • Beta 3 of Longhorn Server - We're using it for FoSR

    I was busy with internal events yesterday and traveling back to Ottawa when the announcement was made. I noticed this morning that the Windows Server Team blog announced Windows Server codenamed "longhorn" Beta 3 has been declared and made available for downloading. You would have known this if you signed up to TechNet Beta Central (hee hee) and probably already are finished downloading it to evaluate...
  • Who you gonna call?

    Ghostbusters? Maybe, but what if you need to get clarification or help on something Microsoft related? If you guessed the IT Pro or Developer Advisors you guessed right. We are your connection point back into Microsoft. Now we will never claim to know everything and everything about Microsoft but we do know how to get in contact with the people who do know! Need an example? A week or so ago we got...
  • [Guest Blogger] - Do Managers Care About Certification?

    A few weeks ago Jennifer Waters posted the first blog entry dealing with certification and asked the question Does Certification Really Matter? . In the next post, she asks whether managers care about certification. ---------------------------------------------------- Let’s face facts. Certification is all about where it can get you. Most people don’t fantasize about studying or taking exams...
  • Certification Info Session for Canadians - Live Webcast

    We've been having a lot of questions regarding certification and what is the current state of affairs for existing and new individuals to the certification process. We had a couple of blog posts over the last while: Jennifer Waters posted on whether or not certification matters any more, while Graham Jones’s entry dealt with the value of certification. Because of all the discussion and after talking...
  • SecTor web site is now up. "Blackhat of the north", eh?

    I had a couple of pints with my good buddy Bruce Cowper at the beginning of the week at one of my favorite Ottawa pubs D'arcy McGee's ... He's moved on from the team into a new role last summer as a Senior Program Manager for Microsoft Canada's Security Initiative. We were talking about all sorts of things but he told me about something that caught my ear - a "black hat" Security conference in Toronto...
  • Doing things a little different - FoSR on the train...

    You haven't heard much from my side of the blogsphere lately - I have been heads down working on completing the reference network infrastructure that Rod and I will be using in the upcoming Future of your Server Room tour. Someday I should share our framework for what we use to put together a day long event - you would be impressed with the amount of effort that goes into these day long events. Rod...
  • When we say JUMP, you really do jump!

    Wow! A few days ago, less than a week in fact, Damir posted on this blog about the Certification on the Brain and Special Certification Offer . We had 2200 study kits consisting of a MS Press book on one of 6 certifications to give away. Also the first 50 to request a kit in each certification were given an exam voucher as well. The response was overwhelming, too much in fact, and we are already...
  • [Guest Blogger] Proud to be a Professional Engineer AND an IT Professional

    Graham Jones (Surrey, British Columbia, IT Pro) Graham sent me a nice note to complement the recent series Rodney has started around "Proud to be an IT Pro". I agree with a lot of his comments even though I do not have one of the iron rings (although my dad does, maybe it rubs off). What are your thoughts? Are we going to have a serious movement to get recognition with a certification that is vendor...
  • SQL Server and .NET Coffee Break Tutorials Available Online

    I recently got an email from Ralph Shillington, an MCT and former colleague, on a new resource that he is making available on the web. His company, iFoundTime Inc . is posting a series of SQL Server and .NET tutorials online and is also asking for your input on what else you want to see. While Ralph is more developer than IT Pro these days, I think the various tutorials he has posted could be of interest...
  • A Little Advance Info on Tuesday's TechNet Monthly on OpsMgr 2007

    Rory McCaw , a principal at Infront Consulting , as well as a Microsoft MVP on System Center Management products in general and MOM and Operations Manager 2007 will be delivering this month's TechNet Monthly session on Tuesday, April 17 at the Microsoft Mississauga office. This month's topic is End-to-end Service Monitoring with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 . Having just returned...
  • Computer Skills keeping pace in post secondary education?

    I got my lovely email reminder that my mailbox was rapidly approaching my max. When I get one of these, it means I go through my folders, delete stuff or start my auto-archiving feature. The main culprit is usually the 75 or so internal mailing lists I belong to that are my "secondary" reading for when I schedule time or happen to "find" time while waiting for a meeting or sitting in the airport. My...
  • [Guest Blogger] A Proud Woman in IT

    Rosemary Warren (Montreal, Quebec, IT Pro) IT Professionalism Rosemary Warren sent me this email in response to Proud to be in IT and I wanted to share it with you. My teammate Ruth Morton knows all about working in a male dominated industry and I wanted to post Rosemary's thoughts to encourage more women to get into the exciting world of Information Technology. --------------------------...
  • [Guest Blogger] Another Proud IT Professional

    Simon Collier (Edmonton, Alberta, IT Pro) IT Professionalism A week or so ago I posted a question on this blog as to why you are proud to be an IT professional. I got this email from Simon and wanted to share it in it's entirety with you. -------------------------------------------------- While we battle the frustrations that come with managing an IT infrastructure, we understand that we...
  • Certification on the Brain and a Special Certification Offer

    Recently we have had a couple of posts dealing with the topic of certification. Jennifer Waters posted on whether or not certification matters any more, while Graham Jones’s entry dealt with the value of certification. Looks like the discussion is timely as we are kicking off a promotion to help you. To help you achieve your certification goals, the Microsoft Canada TechNet team is pleased to offer...
  • Community Team

    In the past two weeks you've seen a lot of guest blog posts and such about proud to be an IT professional. I wanted to know what people thought about their careers and was happy with the responses I got. We also get a few guest bloggers on various topics and I really love the fact that there are some people who like to contribute to this blog because we truly believe it is your blog to share your knowledge...
  • Introducing RunAs Radio

    Here at the Canadian IT Professionals blog we've been doing what Rick likes to call "Commando Podcasts" in which we grab someone turn on the recorder and have a quick chat about a (hopefully) interesting topic. A lot of you may listen to more "professional" podcasts such as .NET Rocks or TWiT and i am happy to say that there is now an IT pro focused weekly online radio show (aka podcast) being produced...
  • Vista Security Webcasts

    The other day I wrote a post on how I secured my Vista installation . I also mentioned that there was going to be a series of webcasts on the security features in Vista, how to manage them via Group Policy and some of the new tools available. Well the details for that webcast, to be presented by yours truly, are complete and you can now register for them. What's New in Vista Security - (April 25th...
  • [Guest Blogger] Proud to be an IT Professional

    Edward Letendre (Calgary, Alberta, IT Pro) IT Professionalism A week or so ago I posted a question on this blog as to why you are proud to be an IT professional. I got this email from Edward and wanted to share it in it's entirety with you. -------------------------------------------------- Why I am proud to be an IT pro? 1. I get to work with a lot of cool technology (I am currently...
  • Why YOU are Proud to Be IT Professionals

    Last week I gave some insight as to why I am proud to be an IT professional. I got a pile of responses and wanted to share some of what others told me about why they are proud to be IT pros. Blake Handler MVP I get paid to do what I love I help people for free on my blog and forums I feel a "bond" with other IT Professionals Glenn MacDonald Being the one everyone comes to for...
  • You Missed My City!!!

    Whenever we announce a tour, we get emailed asking why we missed city X . Even before I joined Microsoft I would email the IT Pro Advisors and let them know they were disappointing my community (Winnipeg in this case) by not making a tour stop. Since joining I've heard the same from other communities across Canada venting the same frustration. Now that I am on the other side and understand what goes...
  • My Secure Vista Install

    It was about time, I needed to reinstall Vista on my Toshiba M7 now that all the drivers and applets were RTM. In fact they have been for a while now, but I never got around to it until today. In rebuilding this install I decided to go all out on the security front. Part of the reason was to test out the security settings I'll be showing you in an upcoming webcast series in a production setting and...
  • [Guest blogger] VANTUG session on Security with Ryan Purita

    I always enjoy hearing about interesting UserGroup sessions that have gone on from any of the groups I stay connected with. This post came in my mail last night from Graham Jones - president of VANTUG. I did a little reading about Ryan and some of the services his company offers - very interesting. Do you have any security experts in your membership or neighbourhood who could present to your local...