• Home Server Hits It's Stride

    Graham Jones (Surrey, British Columbia, IT Pro) I have been enthused about WHS ever since it became available as a beta program. As an MVP we enjoy the privilege of MVP beta programs where, because we are under a NDA with Microsoft, we get a little closer to the “action” which perhaps adds some expectations but is kind of “cool”. At a VANTUG meeting back in November 2007 I asked how many people...
  • Inside the HHH War Room

    7 days and counting until the Heroes Happen { Here } tour kicks off in Toronto before heading out with a number events across Canada. Both the IT Pro and Dev teams are working away to get the hardware all set up so we can load up our virtual machines and get the show on the road. And when I say setting up hardware, I mean setting up hardware!!! So what are we setting up? Well Dell and HP stepped...
  • What is a Hero?

    Sean Kearney, our resident funny guy, poet, songwriter emailed me his latest; a definition of a hero.  Enjoy! ------------------------- Those unspoken masses who work through the night Doing the deed to end the fight Plodding along until the light {HEROES} Those who answer the angry calls While terror runs through the halls And laptops thrown at the walls {HEROES} Those who weave amongst the Code...
  • Attention Students!!!

    Attention all students! Ever wanted to get your hands on the software you need to work on your technical, development and design skills? I remember being a student and having that challenge and wondering where to get the tools I needed to learn. Well let me introduce you to a brand new program called DreamSpark! Microsoft DreamSpark ™ is a program that provides no-cost access to Microsoft designer...
  • RTM! Server 2008 and Vista SP1

    So this morning at 5:50AM PST Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008 were released to manufacturing. Over the next few weeks and months you will see them become available through OEM and Volume license channels, retail channels and Windows Update (SP1 only). Our team will be out on the road soon with the Heroes Happen Here launch event where we will discuss and demo how to start using some of the new technologies...
  • Upcoming UG Meetings of interest - Ottawa Area

    My buddy Garth asked me to post this up on the Blog to see if we can drive some registration and interest on an upcoming UserGroup meeting here in Ottawa. I've been working with Garth for almost 3 years as he runs the Infrastructure focused OWSUG group. I encourage you to check it out. I also have been working with Todd Lamothe - an avid IT Pro who put our FREE steady state solution to work on his...
  • Community Connection Events - diamond in the rough

    We've been getting a number of inquiries as to "What the heck is this event?", "Why should I bother going?" and "What's in it for me?". I thought I'd spend a little time on this post to elaborate what's going on and really help expose the diamond in the rough. I'm stoked about these events as part of our launch activities - they are something we've never done before and something that we feel will...
  • Community Connection Resources

    As part of the Microsoft Windows Server 2008/ SQL Server 2008/Visual Studio 2008 Launch events , we are visiting 14 cities across Canada conducting workshops featuring “learning circles” on the following key industry relevant topics: Impact of Virtualization on the IT Industry Application Lifecycle – Upgrade, Migrate, Rebuild, etc. Importance of Security – Data, Management, Privacy ...
  • SharePoint Powers SaskEnergy

    Will Craddock is the president of the Regina IT Professionals group and is part of the IT team at SaskEnergy .  SaskEnergy is Saskatchewan's natural gas distribution company, a provincial Crown corporation with roots of more than half a century in Saskatchewan.  About 8 months ago Will mentioned the SharePoint 2007 deployment they we planning and I got him registered with the IT Pro Momentum...
  • Share Your Experiences at Heroes Happen Here Events!!

    On Wednesday, we launched Windows Server 2008 , Visual Studio 2008 , and SQL Server 2008 at the first Heroes Happen Here event in Toronto.  As the next few weeks go by we will be visiting other cities across the country to allow you to learn more about how these products can help your organization and continue your technical journey.  As we travel across the country we invite you to share...
  • Chat with Mark Russinovich About Deploying Vista

    So Vista SP1 has RTM'd for most IT Pros that is the mark to start deploying Vista.  As you ramp up with this deployment project wouldn't it be great to talk to experts in the field to hear some best practices and ask questions?  Microsoft Technical Fellow and desktop guru Mark Russinovich will be hosting an interactive virtual roundtable—broadcast LIVE over the Internet on Wednesday...
  • Managing a Smooth Windows Vista SP1 Deployment

    (cross post from http://blogs.technet.com/cdnitmanagers/archive/2008/02/11/managing-a-smooth-windows-vista-sp1-deployment.aspx ) Earlier this month, both Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista SP1 were released to manufacturing (RTM), which is great news for IT shops that have been working with beta versions and are eager to get the released code. However, there has been a bit of extra noise in...
  • MVP Profile - Anderson Patricio

    Anderson Patricio has been working with Microsoft Technologies since 1996. Currently he is working at CMS ( www.cms.ca ) as an Exchange and Active Directory specialist. Anderson contributes to many activities within the Exchange Community: web casts, presentations, articles, tutorials, some Exchange KBs, and three blogs about the Exchange Server. He has a personal web site explaining Exchange Technology...
  • HPC in the real world

    A while ago I posted a couple of entries related to High Performance Computing (aka HPC).  You can read them here ( Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3 ) but I wanted to share a real world example of how HPC is being used and how it impacts the mining industry, as well as our lives. A few months ago I got the chance to visit with Paul Ruppert director of strategic research systems for the department of civil...
  • [Guest Blogger] An IT Pro moves to Canada

      Sam Serajian (Toronto, Ontario, IT Pro) While being involved these days in writing 70-292, I would like take this chance and to finish my story from previous up to this point where I have landed a job one of the big 5 financial firms in Canada. Back in 2005, Oct when I arrived in Canada, I had no clue how to structure my resume so that it could be read by employers and in known job-search engines...