• A Better Way To Manage Virtual Server

    Almost two years ago I saw Bruce using this tool at a TechNet event and asked him where I could get it. The tool was in it's Alpha stages so he was unable to pass it on but I am happy to say that now, after a long development road (it was built by Matthijs ten Seldam who is a consultant in the Netherlands) VMRC Plus is available. VMRC Plus is a replacement for the VMRC client that ships with Virtual...
  • [Funnies] - Don't Mess With Bruce

    A hush sits over the room. The Canadian IT Pro team sits down for an "after meet". A chance to sit down, cool off for a few minutes and relax after the years activities. John steps up to the mic. "Ok guys it been a great year. Time to decide on exactly what we're going to do for our next batch of sessions for the year." "We could do SQL server! More SQL server. SQL SQL SQL!" "Ummm.... ok Damir...
  • A Look Back at the Last Year

    Based on the title you might have thought this was a New Year's Eve post but it is not. Microsoft's fiscal year end is June 30th and we are all in review mode right now. We are reviewing ourselves, our team, our events, our blogs; pretty much everything we do. You could probably tell we were busy with something based on the number of guest posts and the lack of us posting! As I look back on the past...
  • [Guest Blogger] 40 Years in the Field (Part 4)

    Graham Jones (Surrey, British Columbia, IT Pro) In part 3 I described the “struggles” with the establishment; a “people” problem again. Now I will get back to some of the “techie” stuff. FORTRAN 66 was widely recognized as a “suitable” language for technical computing. However, it was a lousy language when it came to data input. Everything had to be done in “fixed format”. For example “3F8.2” would...
  • Legislate or Educate?

    With all the tours, Energize IT and other travel out of the way for a few weeks I had a chance last week to catch up on some reading. I came across a lot of articles on a new law enacted in parts of the US and being considered here in Canada by some . It is called Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and it was developed by the major credit card companies as a way to protect financial...
  • [Funnies] You might be an IT Pro if....

    Yes, he is back with yet again, another humorous look at what makes you an IT Pro. If you haven't seen Sean's other posts be sure to read them here and here for a good laugh! I've gone ahead and convinced him to become a regular on the CanITPro blog so until he gets carted off to an asylum you can look forward to a good laugh every Friday! -------------------------------------------------- You know...
  • [Guest Blogger] Top 10 Security Mistakes

    I saw Brian Bourne give this presentation at Energize IT and asked to have it written up as a guest blog post. Over the past few years his company, CMS Consulting, has been doing security audits and this lead to their list of top 10 mistakes. -------------------------------------------------- 1. Password Management - This is an obvious one but still prevalent in many organizations. Issues include...
  • [Guest Blogger] Running on 100% Open Source

    David F. Skoll (Ottawa, Ontario, IT Pro) A few months ago, through this blog, I met David. We had an interesting conversation through the comments section and via email about a number of things. One of those things was the solution he built for his business that runs on 100% open source software. I found it to be an interesting solution and asked him to share it with the Canadian IT Pro audience. Now...
  • Energize IT Wrap Up

    Energize IT was a success! · Number of Attendees: 1,483 · Number of Sponsors: 21 · Number of Sessions: 39 · Number of Tracks: 8 · Number of Hands on Labs: 3 · Amount Raised for Charity: $3,386 “This was probably one of the best conference's I have been to ever in my Career and that says a lot because I have been to two Techmentor and one Exchange\Windows Connections conference...
  • FoSR Interesting Q&A

    On the recent Future of the Server Room tour Rick and I tried something different and allowed attendees to email or text their questions in throughout the day. It was quite successful as we got over 200 text messages and 50 emails over the 5 stops. I've compiled a list of the most popular questions along with the answers just in case you missed it! Q. What is the name of the zoom and background utility...
  • [Guest Blogger] 40 Years in the Field (Part 3)

    Graham Jones (Surrey, British Columbia, IT Pro) Graham Jones continues his series on the past 40 years he has spent in the industry. -------------------------------------------------- In part 2 I described my initial experiences of trying to do software development with Fortran 66 under pretty much impossible circumstances. Inevitably things had to change. The people “making the money” (ie. the...
  • [Funnies] A humorous look at Energize IT

    Sean Kearney is back with his humorous take on his experience at Energize IT '07. The entire team got to meet Sean, as well as many other people, at Energize and he is as funny in person as he is in his blog posts. It was a great day and I am already looking forward to Energize IT '08 -------------------------------------------------- Beep beep beep beep... "What happened doctor?" "They call...
  • Energized at Energize IT

    2:45PM and the third track of the IT Pro track has started with Brian Bourne doing his thing and demoing rootkits and rootkit detection. Ali Rohani was up just before that to show off what's coming with regards to Unified Communications. The IT Pro tracked kicked things off with a session on SoftGrid Application Virtualization. It has been an exciting day and I know I've been uploading pictures...
  • Energize IT - Are you registered?

    Energize IT '07 is less than 24 hours away! Have you registered at www.energizeit.ca ? Yes, great, we have a great line up and it is going to be a fantastic day filled with fun, networking, technical talks, learning, labs and did I mention fun? So what about if you are not registered ? Well if you aren't head over to www.energizeit.ca and register . No web connection? Well a) how are you reading this...
  • Energize IT Photo Stream

    Just in time for Energize IT 07 our team has been outfitted with the very cool Nikon Coolpix S50c digital camera . It has some typical features for a point and shoot digital camera (3x optical zoom, 7.2 Megapixels, auto-everything, etc...) but the one that caught all our attention was 802.11 b/g support. Yes, a digital camera with 802.11 b/g Wi-fi support! The camera can connect to wireless access...
  • Hmmmmmm, Safari for Windows?

    So Apple released Safari for Windows to public beta (a new OSX version too of course) and listed a dozen reasons why I am going to love it. Now I use IE7 roughly 90% of the time with Firefox filling the other 10% because there are some very cool extensions (CSSEdit rocks and is available for Safari). So I am looking at the list of "12 Reasons You'll Love Safari" and wondering if I will. I should caveat...
  • Energize IT Pro Track Preview

    So a while back I mentioned how excited I was about Energize IT '07 as this is the culmination of a wild year personally. Rick mentioned yesterday that Energize is a little like the TechEd of the North in a way. I've been put in charge with the IT Pro track and we have a pretty cool lineup. Good friend of mine, MVP and the president of MITPRO, Dan Nerenberg is going to be delivering a session on SoftGrid...
  • Goin' into Production - Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 released

    I almost missed this one. I knew that we RTM'ed it last week or so, but I didn't know that we released Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 to the web (in a newly refurbished website on virtualization) so quickly - just yesterday infact on www.microsoft.com/technet/virtualserver . Way cool! The team and I have been using the Betas in our production/demo environment for a long time now and have found it quite...
  • EnergizeIT 2007 - TechEd of the north?

    I was asked this the other day by an IT Pro who had just finished visiting the registration page and registering for the event. Hummm... well... sort of, but not really. Let me explain. Last year - the guys on my team of community IT Pro Advisors came up with the idea of a day to celebrate your geekness and technology with a community angle. After much discussion, refinement and involvement of a LOT...
  • [Guest Blogger] 40 Years in the Field (Part 2)

    Graham Jones is back with part 2 of his look back on 40 years in the industry. This is an excellent look at the journey he has made, how things have changed and I am looking forward to the rest of this series. -------------------------------------------------- In part 1 I described my first real success in computing and how that helped to change the attitude in the design department where I worked...
  • Vista Security

    One of the things a lot of people are still concerned with is security. In fact a recent survey by King Research found that 73% of IT Pros fear losing their jobs over a security breach . Now there is not one single tool or technology that will make you 100% secure. I'd go as far as saying there is no such thing as 100% security with the exception of unplugging the computer from the power source. Within...
  • [Guest Blogpost] When is virtualization a BAD idea?

    Steven Syfuhs (Ottawa, Ontario, IT Pro) Rod and I wrapped up the Future of your Server Room tour last week in Toronto where the second session on virtualization technologies was still quite a hit. Both Rod and I are big believers in virtualization and are quite passionate about all the offerings on the table - both ours and others. I got this email from a new friend of mine who took in the first...
  • [Guest Blogger] 40 Years in the Field

    Graham Jones (Surrey, British Columbia, IT Pro) Graham Jones emailed me the other day asking to share his experiences after coming to the realization that it's been 40 years since he finished his Engineering degree. 40 years is a long time and during that time he has amassed some interesting experiences. I jumped at the chance and this is the first in a series of posts on his experiences over the years...
  • [Funnies] Confessions of a Computer Geek

    Sean Kearney sent this little story in through the blog contact form and we just had to publish it. I laughed so hard reading his confession which he claims is quite accurate with regards to his journey into geekdom. -------------------------------------------------- Hello everybody. "HELLO!" My name is Sean, and I am (CHOKE!) addicted to computers "THAT'S OK SEAN, THAT'S WHY YOU'RE HERE!" Thanks...
  • [Guest Blogger] Running Vista on a MacBook

    Renaud Lepage (Le Gardeur, Quebec, IT Pro) I met Renaud on the Montreal stop of the Future of the Server Room tour at Trois Brasseurs where Rick and I held an IT Lounge after the event. Renaud mentioned that he just ordered a MacBook and was going to install Vista on it and I asked him to blog about it. --------------------------------------------------- Disclaimer: I am not loyal to anything...