• SecTor Resources

    Last week, Rodney and I both had the opportunity to attend the Security Education Conference in Toronto (SecTor). It was an excellent conference, one that I would recommend if you have anything to do with IT security in your job and can make it to the Toronto area. Next year's conference is already set for October 7-8, 2008, so mark it in your calendar! We got an email through the blog asking when...
  • Ignite Your Career - Webcast Series update

    WOW. We've taken your feedback over the last couple of years and created this webcast series focused on you and your career . We've had two go down with great participation and tons of questions. The format works great - it's all about you and your time to ask the experts the questions - it's not about "us". I just finished updating the post event resource page from last weeks call. You can...
  • SQLTeach Vancouver Resources

    Database Mirroring Resources: SQL Server: Database Mirroring Best Practices and Performance Considerations Database Mirroring in SQL Server 2005 SQL Server 2005 Database Mirroring FAQ SQL Q&A: Server Tuning, Mirroring, Log Shipping and more SQL Server Storage Engine : Database mirroring questions from TechEd: Failover and partner timeouts. How to Configure SQL Server Database...
  • Check out the New Canadian Windows Mobile Site

    A couple of days ago I reviewed the HTC Touch from Bell .  Following on the mobile theme, we recently launched an updated Windows Mobile site at http://www.windowsmobile.ca with specific Canadian content and special offers.  The site provides a great set of resources on Windows Mobile including information on carriers and devices available in Canada , how to get started with Windows Mobile...
  • IT Pro Innovation

    IT Pro Innovation is an interesting thing. Not only because it makes things that weren't possible, possible, but because it highlights the creativity and technical expertise of those doing the planning and implementation. It shows that being an IT professional takes a heck of lot more skill than just clicking Next in a wizard. That is why Microsoft Canada and the TechNet team celebrate the innovative...
  • [Review] HTC Touch Windows Mobile 6 Device from Bell

    One of the cooler parts of my job is being able to take a look at different hardware and software that our partners provide us with and then share my impressions with you.  Recently, Bell provided me with an HTC Touch Windows Mobile 6 device to try out and use as my every day mobile phone.  I was very happy to receive the device as other members of the team purchased the HTC Touch, raved...
  • TechNet Offer - You commented, we responded!

    The other day we posted an offer for TechNet Plus subscriptions offering $70 off. Pretty good deal until we heard that the US is offering $100 off. Considering the health of the Canadian dollar this didn’t seem right and a loyal reader named Luke pointed that out in a comment to the blog. Microsoft is a huge company and each country has its own subsidiary that runs their own promos and programs...
  • SQL Server 2008 November CTP and Online Training Available

    Today we announced the availability of the November CTP (Community Technology Preview) of SQL Server 2008 - the next generation of the SQL Server database platform.  You can download either an ISO file or a self-extracting executable of the CTP for all supported platforms (x86, x64, and IA64) from this link . For me, the November CTP of SQL Server 2008 is an important milestone since the November...
  • [Funnies] All You Need is RUS

    From the Beatles tune - "All you need is love" comes (with apologies to the Beatles) "All you need is RUS" Mail, Mail, Mail, Mail, Mail, Mail, Mail, Mail, Mail You need to see what is or isn't done Nothing should be seen if you're number one Exchange Enterprise seems all out of sort It's easy Mail's just not flowing when it should SMTP's are where they shouldn't be It seems all out of sorts but the...
  • TechNet 2.0

    There is a lot of hype about web 2.0 for the last few years. Facebook, MySpace, MS Live Space and others have changed the way people interact and communicate. I am an active participant, as are many of you….it is not a geek thing anymore….it is a people thing…my wife who can’t install an application without phoning me is an active participant! There are many Facebook groups dedicated to Microsoft technologies...
  • My TechNet Q&A - Toronto

    Well it is a wrap! The MyTechnet Security Tour wrapped up last week with the final event in Toronto and Regina. Rick, Damir and myself had a great time meeting with IT pros in Canada to talk about security, and answer questions along the way. We had a ton of questions (the Q&A in Toronto lasted an hour) and over the course of the tour I've been posting answers to some of the common questions. A...
  • Last Chance for SecTor

    Based on the recent success of the My TechNet Security Tour, IT pros and developers in Canada care about security. Computer security impacts our lives in so many ways from personal things like online banking, to protecting corporate assets. In order to know what to protect and how to protect it you need to know what the possibilities are and that includes what the bad guys are working on. Finding this...
  • TechNet - How we do demos (and a special offer)

    We are often asked how a person can get the software to build up a demo environment and do the demos we do when we are on tour. Believe it or not, just because we work for Microsoft we don't have an unlimited pile of installation media and license keys to pull from. We primarily get our software from two places, TechNet Beta Central and TechNet Plus Direct subscription . Everyone on our team has a...
  • Imagine....

    ....an organization: that was formed in 1976 whose business went live in 1989 who got their web presence online in 1996 who provides services via phone and online services who is working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year that has offices across Canada whose clients are Canadian children between 5 and 20 years old that had 400,000 customers in 2004 that grew...
  • My TechNet Q&A - Vancouver

    Last week Rick and I were in Vancouver for the My TechNet Security tour and again we had some great questions again. One of the SMS questions that came in had to do with deploying your self signed Root CA via Active Directory. When using an internal CA you'll have to deploy your Root CA as a trusted root to prevent those SSL warnings from appearing. You can read the how-to on deploying your Root CA...
  • New Linux VM Additions

    Interoperability is often on my mind. I've never worked in a 100% Microsoft shop, and when I started thelazyadmin.com it was running on the LAMP stack. Another thing that is often on my mind is virtualization. More and more people are adopting virtualization technologies and this trend will continue. When I was living in Winnipeg I delivered a session to WITPRO on Virtual Server 2005 R2 and talked...
  • Check Out a Demo of HP MediaSmart Server powered by Windows Home Server

    Yesterday, I blogged about the fact that Windows Home Server was released and you soon could buy an HP MediaSmart Server powered by Windows Home Server . It seems that HP is not yet shipping these units in Canada or the United States as their shopping sites on both sides of the border list them as "Coming Soon". That being said, you can still purchase the OEM edition of Windows Home Server from system...
  • Ignite Your Career - IT Pro Style

    I've been on the road now for 6 weeks - connecting with IT Professionals and IT Managers across the country (literally - St.John's to Vancouver). One of the questions that come up in almost every stop over the last 3 years of working on this team has been a question around "career". These are more general in nature, asking about industry trends, how do I make myself more attractive to employers, I...
  • Windows Home Server is Released!!!

    As anyone who has talked to me, or attended a TechNet event over the last few months can tell you, I am a big fan of Windows Home Server . I even blogged about how during my vacation I got my geek on and got it up and running at our house to ensure the photos and other valuable information that translate into our family's precious memories are kept safe. The fact is that it was possible to download...
  • [Funnies] Security Quiz Answers

    You might have seen the TechNet Security Quiz , but I am going to share the TRUE correct answers Rodney does not want you to SEE! 1. Which of the following is the MOST secure password? Good grief, those are all pretty easy. Come on, everybody KNOW that a BLANK (NULL) password is the most secure. They're run a cracker on it all day long and get NOTHING. How can you type in NOTHING?! It's the hardest...
  • MVP Profile - Charlie Russel

    A chemist by education, an electrician by trade, a UNIX sysadmin and Oracle DBA because he raised his hand when he should have known better. An IT Director and consultant by default, and a writer by choice, Charlie is the author of more than 2 dozen computer books on operating systems and enterprise environments, including "Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Administrator's Companion"(MS Press), "Microsoft...