• My TechNet Q&A - Montreal

    Damir and I have returned from Montreal after dropping in for the My TechNet Security tour. We had a great time at the Montreal IT Professionals Group talking about data security tools in XP and Vista and then a packed house at the event on Thursday. Again there were some great questions at both sessions and some required links to additional resources. We had a lot of great questions on Encrypted File...
  • [Funnies] Alternate Methods of Security

    Hook up a wide open wireless router with range boosters. Attach a wide open computer FULL of pornography with no internet access. They'll be so busy drooling and downloading they won't have time for your corporate network. Get a huge (and ancient) but REALLY impressive looking tower. Put it behind a big expensive locked cabinet with glass doors. Cover it with lots of signs saying "Don't" and "Not...
  • Ignite Your Career - Resource Page

    Based on the success of the recent MSDN series focusing on helping developers manage their career, the Canadian TechNet team decided to follow suit and in partnership with the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) - produce a 5 part series on career for the IT Professional . Based on the registration numbers and active participants - this is a popular topic that needed some attention. We've...
  • Opening Up the HyperCall Virtualization API

    I got a heads up last night about a pretty big change that was being announced today. Early on in the life of Virtual Server 2005 we (as in Microsoft not the CanITPro team) opened up the COM APIs which allows anyone to create applications to interact with a Virtual Server. A great example of this is the tool I posted here a while ago called VMRC+ . VMRC+ combines the functionality of the Virtual Server...
  • Understanding the MVP Program - Part 1

    We often get asked what an MVP is, how someone becomes an MVP, what exams are required and other questions along those lines. Being a former MVP (they strip that credential when you get hired at Microsoft) I try my best to explain the program but figured why not get our Canadian MVP Lead, Sasha Krsmanovic to explain it. -------------------------------------------------- By the way of introduction...
  • Windows Server Virtualization

    Last week I participated in an event held in Cambridge called WWITPRO in the Know and gave a talk on Windows Server 2008 and Virtualization . I think the talk went well, but I had a couple of technical difficulties, and I wasn't able to complete the demos I had planned. So I've put together two 10 minute screencasts of what I would have shown, had I been able to. The first screencast shows Windows...
  • The Black Art of Security

    Security. It is on the minds of more and more people these days as evident by the large draw of the My TechNet Security Tour, the coverage in the press, and conversations with other IT professionals in Canada. Security is important. One of the challenges with security and building a secure network is knowing what the vulnerabilities are. In order to protect what you have, you need to know what you...
  • [Funnies] How do You Handle Stress?

    Some creative ways of dealing with stressful situations. Now "Miss Manners" says that walking about the office with a small pry bar and a loaded AK-47 is not the best way to handle stress or stressful situations. And truthfully so. It only ends up in hurt feelings (and fingers). But these situations need to be dealt with. On a more human and proper manner. Letting the 'ID' out of the box is never the...
  • My TechNet Q&A - Ottawa & St. John's

    Rick visited St. John's Newfoundland and I made my way to Ottawa for the My TechNet Security tour and again the sessions led to some great Q&A at the end of the day. There were some great questions on SQL database encryption and you can find out more information on this at the following websites. Protect Sensitive Data Using Encryption in SQL Server 2005 SQL Server 2005 Encryption Hierarchy I also...
  • Exclusive: The first public Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007 CLM training event!

    Hey - interested in participating in a course that was previously only available to internal Microsoft employees and TAP members?  I got wind of this offer from Paul and Brian in an email recently and it looks like quite the course! Space will be limited, check out the details below for more information. In case you aren't familiar with the technology - ILM is a policy and workflow driven identity...
  • Is Unified Communications Going to Make My Network Crawl? Where to get some of the answers...and free software!

    My blog post a few days ago about how using web cams, headsets, Microsoft Office LiveMeeting and Office Communications Server 2007 helped us to give everyone on the Community Team a richer experience during meetings got a number of emails and comments. Some of the feedback I got centered around How does this stuff work? and What's the impact on my network? Others wanted to know what the pieces you...
  • My TechNet Q&A from Winnipeg

    The My TechNet Security tour is officially underway with the first stop in Winnipeg complete. As you are aware if you've ever attended an event we always have time for Q&A at the end of the day and there were a lot of good questions. All were answered but I did promise some resources with the how-to information. There are demos on implementing SSL, Forms Based Authentication on Exchange and on...
  • [Funnies] Dealing with Technical Support

    Let's face it! We've all had those days when we've absolutely had it dealing with a tech support person. For WHATEVER reason. I was thinking about all the little evil thoughts my ID was bursting to come out and pull off when things were going my particular pathway and thought I might lend a little common sense to the fray. I mean it just might save somebody's life. Threats Although threatening...
  • Bringing the Team Together - Unified Communications at Work

    One of the challenges we on the Community Team at Microsoft face is working across distances. Because we are often on the road, and with the team split between Ottawa, Mississauga and Calgary, getting everyone together for a meeting is a challenge. I know that Rick in Ottawa and John in Calgary sometimes feel like they're on the outskirts and maybe missing something by not being at the Canadian HQ...
  • MVP Profile - Danielle Ruest

    Danielle is passionate about helping people make the most of computer technology. She is a Senior Enterprise Workflow Architect and Consultant with over 20 years experience in IT project implementations. Her customers include governments and private enterprises of all sizes. Throughout her career, she has led change-management processes, developed and delivered training, provided technical writing...
  • A Sincere Thank-You

    Today is World Teacher's Day . If you have never heard of this it is a UNESCO backed day to "represent a significant token of the awareness, understanding and appreciation displayed for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development." We have all had teachers in our lives, some making more of an impact than others. I can think of three teachers that made a huge impact...
  • [Funnies] Preparing for a Phone Conference

    Many have had to deal with this problem. And it shouldn't REALLY be an issue. But phone conferences can be a nightmare. Some things should really be addressed before you get involved in one. A telephone. Get one. Now I know this seems one of those "DUH" things but HOW many times have I tried to start a phone conference and said to myself, "Boy I sure wish I had a telephone!". I don't understand...
  • Think You Know About Security?

    The My TechNet Security Tour is ready to hit the road. We had a successful run through this past Friday and based on the feedback we got have a few tweaks to apply to ensure that you get the most out of the time you are going to spend with us. In the meantime, we thought we would test you and see how knowledgeable you are about security. It is a pretty simple test, 10 questions, multiple choice and...
  • [Guest Blogger] Certification Experiences

    Sam Serajian (Toronto, Ontario, IT Pro) A while ago, via the email link on this page, we recieved an email from a fellow named Sam Serajian. Sam is relatively new to Canada, moving here from the Middle East, and he told me about his journey into IT, how he obtained his MCSE and the value he sees in it. I thought it was a pretty inspiring story so I thought I'd share it with you. ------------------...
  • [Guest Blogger] Kai Axford on Computer Security

    Graham Jones (Surrey, British Columbia, IT Pro) Last week we were very fortunate to have Kai Axford (CISSP, MCSE-Security) do a Western Canada sweep hitting Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria UG’s. Kai Axford (CISSP, MCSE-Security) is a Senior Security Strategist in the Trustworthy Computing Group and has been with Microsoft for 8 years. He started as Server Support Engineer and then moved...