• Speaking with managers.

    Early in my career as an IT professional, I realized some things... WOW... management speaks a language that I do not understand and, as much I thought I controlled the IT environment for my enterprise... Management really controlled the IT environment. So, I set out to figure out a way to address those things. Management controls the money. Money is generated by the business units. And, business...
  • Is Your DNS Patched?

    In case you have been living under a rock for the past month you have most likely heard about the DNS cache exploit recently discovered by Dan Kaminsky . This might be one of the most severe flaws discovered as it was cross platform affecting everything from Windows to Linux, UNIX, Cisco IOS etc.... It was so big in fact that all the major vendors worked together to get the patch issued on the same...
  • Time Fer Sum Learnin

    It is that time of the year, time again for myself, Rick, Damir and now Pierre to head down to the mothership to upgrade our skills. Keeping your skills up to date is one of the bigger challenges an IT Pro faces. Over the next week and a half we'll be attending sessions, taking in some hands-on labs and even writing a few certification exams. One my agenda I have a few different tracks I am taking...
  • Another .LOCAL post - SBS 2008, EBS 2008

    Just to be clear - this is an unsolicited blog post on this .local discussion. For those of you who do not know me - I come from an Enterprise background and not from a small business background.  I opened my mouth on the .local discussion a while back and it's now the inside joke that I'm the anti-".local" guy (quiet Calvin!). I have in no way expressed an opinion on going one way or...
  • Tim Rains (Microsoft) in Calgary and Edmonton Next Week!

    On Tuesday, July 22 nd , Tim Rains (Group Product Manager, Microsoft Trustworthy Computing) will be in Edmonton for an open talk on security and the changes in the threat landscape. What? Open Discussion on Security and Threat Landscape Who? Tim Rains (Group Product Manager, Microsoft Trustworthy Computing) When? Tuesday, July 22, 2008 – 6 PM to 9 PM Where? Brewsters Oliver Square (11620 104...
  • Joining the Dream Team!...

    Hello folks, I wanted to take a few minutes and introduce myself.  My name Pierre Roman and I'm joining the IT Pro Advisor team. For the past three years I have been a Senior Technical Account Manager for Microsoft Enterprise Services. As such, my role was to become a trusted business advisor to the Microsoft Premier Support customers and the single point of contact for all operational issues...
  • MVP Profile - Marco Shaw

    Marco is currently an IT system analyst for one of Canada's leading telecommunications companies.  He has been working in the IT industry for over 10 years.  He recently received a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award for his contributions to the Windows PowerShell community.  His personal blog is at http://marcoshaw.blogspot.com , where he covers all kinds of PowerShell related...