• Dell Chooses Ubuntu

    I have to say I am a curious individual. If I was a cat, I'd probably be dead, but I am not a cat and I have a blog. So I am curious about what you think about certain things and because of this I have created a new category on this blog called Commentary where I'll share my thoughts and ask for your comments. Note: The opinions expressed here are not necessarily those of my team or of my employer...
  • What Should Server Managament Tools in Vista Look Like?

    After we launched Windows Vista, a number of you commented to me that there was no way to install the Windows Server 2003 AdminPak (adminpak.msi) on Windows Vista to manage your existing infrastructure. Though we did publish a KB document on how to get these tools working in Vista, it is not as clean as it was in Windows XP. As we get further into the release cycle for Windows Server codename Longhorn...
  • An interesting year.....

    Today the Energize IT '07 "early-bird" registration page went live. You can go and register yourself for the event and join us for the day as we celebrate the past year and get your geek on! Energize IT '07 will be a big event, much bigger than last year and we have a lot lined up. While we are still working out the schedule I can let you in on this much.... At least three speakers up from Redmond...
  • Future of the Server Room Video

    For those who got the chance to attend the Future of the Server Room event you have already seen this video. But since we didn't make it everywhere, and I know how much everyone loves these videos I posted it on Soapbox and you can view it here. Video: Longhorn Beta Distribution Process Enjoy!
  • What's in a name?

    Windows Server 2008. Not exactly the most imaginative or creative name for a product but hey it is a network operating system. I guess that means it doesn't deserve a cool name like Vista or Feisty Fawn. But did you ever wonder where the name came from? Well check out this video on the naming process for Windows Server 2008.... Video: What's In a Name? Enjoy! P.S. Same video as before I just...
  • Sweet Deal on Windows Vista

    I was recently sent an email that outlined a sweet deal on Windows Vista. Basically, buy one retail copy of Windows Vista Ultimate (full product or upgrade) and you can purchase up to two copies of Windows Vista Home Premium upgrade for $59.99 each. Since all Vista SKUs are shipped on the DVD, you can use the Ultimate DVD and the Home Premium keys you get to upgrade to Windows Vista on two more machines...
  • EnergizeIT Registration is Now Live!!

    If you have attended a TechNet tour event over the last few months, you have no doubt heard us talk about EnergizeIT . It is our annual big event in Toronto on June 16th bringing together IT Pros, Developers, Designers, Enthusiasts, IT Managers and anyone else interested in technology (a geek at heart). Registration is now open so get your geek on and go to http://www.microsoft.com/canada/technet/energizeit...
  • [Guest Bloggers] A Review of the FoSR Tour

    Nelson and Danielle Ruest (Victoria, British Columbia, IT Pro) The Future of your Server Room Rick and I recently got the chance to meet a couple (a married couple) of MVPs from Victoria, B.C. They have something in common with us as they also tour delivering technical sessions on what's new, what's coming and why you should care. They've blogged here before on the e-book they are publishing...
  • [Guest Blogger] Energized about Energize IT '07

    Dan Nerenberg (Montreal, Quebec, IT Pro) I got this post from my friend Dan at the Montreal IT Pro Community Group about Energize IT. He was there last year as an attendee and he is back this year only I've managed to get him a speaking spot :) ---------------------------------------------------------- Get in gear and get out to Energize IT! First full disclosure I’m presenting a session at Energize...
  • [Guest Blogger] It's Official, Windows Server 2008!

    Good friend of mine, MVP and technical author Mitch Tulloch sent this post in and it could not be more timely.... -------------------------------------------------- Mitch Tulloch here as guest poster to the Canadian IT Pro Blog. Well, the word is out—at WinHEC today, as reported by Redmond Channel Partner , Bill Gates announced that the official name of Windows Server Code-Name "Longhorn" will...
  • Check Out Upcoming Certification-Related Webcasts

    Over the last couple of months we have been discussing certification a fair bit on this blog. I guess it is timely as there are a number of LiveMeeting sessions planned to go over different aspects of certification. Here is the list of what is coming up and you can register for: Protecting the Integrity of Microsoft Certification May 23, 2007 7:30 A.M . Pacific Time or 5:00 P.M . Pacific Time...
  • Helping Those Who Help Others

    A while back I sat down with Graham Jones and we chatted about volunteering and IT Pros . For new IT Pros volunteering is a great way to get that ever valuable experience that potential employers seek and for seasoned veterans it is a great way to learn new skills and stay on top of the skills pile. One of the problems associated with volunteering is finding somewhere in need of your skills and this...
  • [Guest Blogger] Windows Home Server by Graham Jones

    Graham Jones (Surrey, British Columbia, IT Pro) I have been chatting on and off with Graham about a project he's working on as well as listen to him lament about Hard Drive woes. This post came in the inbox late last night and I was happy to read that Graham as decided to spruce up his home network with a beta install of Windows Home Server (WHS). I've been using it now since it was made available...
  • Another Launch?

    Yes, indeed, we have another launch. Today, May 2nd 2007, is the launch day for System Center and Forefront tools. Some of these tools have RTM'd already and some are set to in the near future. On the upcoming Future of the Server Room tour Rick and I will be talking about System Center Operations Manager which RTM'd a while ago, and ForeFront Client Security which, as luck would have it, RTM'd today...