• [Podcast] Computer Forensics with Kai Axford and TPS

    At the recent SecTor event I had a chance to sit down with Kai Axford, who is part of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing team, and Warren Bulmer from the Toronto Police Service after their session on Computer Forensics ( PPT and WMV available). What do you do when you think a machine has been exploited or you find inappropriate or illegal materials on your network? How do you investigate it? Who do...
  • Understanding the MVP Program - Part 2

    In my previous guest blog entry I touched on some “MVP Program Basics”. I received a few notes from people who read it and thought they are a good match. I look forward to receiving more and possibly getting a few new MVPs out of all those contacts I made. In this guest blog entry I will try to answer  the question every blog reader looks for in a blog entry - “what’s in...
  • [Review] Palm Treo 750w

    About a week ago Damir gave me a Palm Treo 750w to try out.  I recently switched to Rogers so I'd have the freedom of switching SIM cards between devices.  I am a bit of a gadget guy and love to try new mobile devices and SIM cards make this easy.  My own personal device is an HTC Touch which I love, but as with every device it has some shortcomings, most notable the lack of a keyboard...
  • [Podcast] Steve Riley on Social Engineering

    A few weeks ago I had the chance to take in SecTor. Normally when I go to an event like this I hang out in the Community Zone or am presenting or doing some other work. This time I showed up as an attendee, went to a load of sessions, networked, and hung out with like minded security people. It was a nice departure from the norm but I did get a chance to record some interviews for podcasts to share...
  • MVP Profile - Garth Jones

    Garth is the Chief Architect with Enhansoft in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He has over 18 years of IT experience, 11 of which have been dedicated to SMS, He started working with Systems Management Server when it was a v1.1. He can be found in Microsoft newsgroups, forums on both FAQshop.com and myITForum.com and on the mailing list of myITforum.com. Some of Garth's greatest contributions to the community...
  • UAC: How to Leave it Enabled

    I know a lot of people who are running Vista and disabling UAC. I'll admit UAC can make for a frustrating install and setup experience with the repeated prompts with every application you install and every MMC console you launch. Turing it off, while it may allow you to get things done faster, is not really a good idea for a number of reasons. First it leaves your machine open to comprimise because...
  • Production Virtualization for SMB - SC-VMM, Server 2008 and Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1

    I was talking with Dana Epp when Rodney and I were out in Vancouver for the MySecurity tour a couple of months back. He was telling me about when he was trying to get a straight answer on how he license System Centre Virtual Machine Manger in his office and the software reseller he was talking to didn't quite understand the licensing as of yet. To be fair - the product had only just released to the...
  • [Funnies] Home Server vs. Real Server

    I am giving Sean the day off this week as I wanted to share some serions news with you all. It must be serious as it could not wait until Friday to post this "funny" news. There has been a lot of news flying around here and elsewhere about Windows Home Server and with the upcoming availability at Best Buy and Futureshop as well as other Canadian retailers I thought I should share these news clips with...
  • Ignite Your Career - Work Life Balance for IT Pros

    Work / Life Balance is something that is important to everyone - regardless of what career or profession you are currently involved with. My personal philosophy is that you only have ONE life - regardless of how you work it out - you only have 24 hours in a day, of which you must sleep and eat as well as fit in all your work, play, family and personal time. It's the balance of what makes the most sense...
  • [Guest Bloggers] - Sean O'Driscoll on Web 2.0

    The other day Nelson Ruest sent me an email from a session he and his wife Danielle attended by Sean O'Driscoll on Web 2.0, social network sites and community. I asked him if I could post it here as it was an interesting discussion and they agreed. Afterall this is a community site and you all most likely participate in one or more social network sites or online communities. -------------------...
  • [Funnies] Holiday Help at the North Pole

    Poor old Santa Claus. Another year has come up and he is having SO much trouble dealing with managing the elves. Production problems left right and centre. Suppliers are backed up because they can't communicate properly with poor Santa. Simple difficulties in production and questions are causing major backlogs. Some elves needed to book some time off too and most of them booked the same day off. Mrs...
  • Traffic Sucks

    Most of you know I moved to the GTA from Winnipeg when I took this job. There are a lot of things I like about living here but traffic is not one of them. Now traffic is no treat in Winnipeg, but in the GTA it is a little different. Most traffic in Winnipeg can be blamed on two things, construction and weather. In the summer you know there is going to be construction and you try and avoid it, in the...
  • Installing Hyper-V on Core

    In case you didn't know another RC1 build of Server 2008 was released late last week which includes the Hyper-V beta. You can download the beta here ! Hyper-V is the hypervisor based virtualization technology that can be included in x64 versions of Windows Server 2008. Server Core will be the recommended OS to run as the parent partition. I thought I'd share a quick video on how to install the Microsoft...
  • Helping the Kid's Help Phone - Exchange Deployment

    It has been a while since I posted an update on the Kid's Help Phone project.  It is not because we've been slacking but I've been away with little time to catch up with Ted and Neil.  Well I am back and met with them a week or so ago and things are humming along nicely.  I left off with the server specs for the new Exchange 2007 Server but since then.... Exchange 2007 has been deployed...
  • Unified Communications Launch Tour Wraps Up in Toronto

    Tomorrow, Tuesday December 4, marks the last stop of the Unified Communications Launch Tour .  If you have not yet registered to attend the event, although registration has closed we can still take a few more folks so come down to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre - South Building and learn about how to enable your organization to enhance productivity and enrich the experience of communicating...
  • IT Pro Innovation Awards - Last Chance to Nominate!

    Nominations close for the 2007 IT Pro Innovation Awards. If you or someone you know is doing something innovative with technology be sure to get the nomination in by December 15th. 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...
  • Happy Holidays!

       On behalf of the Canadian IT Pro team I'd like to wish everyone the best in this holiday season and best of luck in 2008!  It has been an exciting year for our team with Ruth and I passing the one year anniversary at Microsoft and on this team.  We've all enjoyed coming out and meeting you at a number of events, interacting with you through our blogs, your local community groups...
  • [Funnies] My Replication

    Sorry to Mr. Townsend and Mr. Daltry of the Who. Their version was WAAAAAY better. My Replication Sql servers going d-down (Talkin' 'bout my replication) Data's droppin' on the ground (Talkin' 'bout my replication) Stripe set in there's gettin' old (Talkin' 'bout my replication) Stupid tech was pretty bold (Talkin' 'bout my replication) I need my replication I need my replication dummy ...
  • [Podcast] Kevin Coleman - From Social Engineering to Cyberwar

    This is the last podcast in the series from my time at SecTor. Kevin Coleman was the Chief Strategist at Netscape before becoming a Senior Fellow and Strategic Management Consultant with the Technolytics Institute – an executive think-tank. When Kevin talks security he is talking high level and on a global scale. He has testified before Congress on security matters including cyber warfare. We had...