• WHS and the victim of your own success!

    If you remember from a couple ( 1 ) ( 2 ) of previous guest blog posts, Graham out in Vancouver was talking with Ron about using WHS as a very small office solution for centralized and easily expandable storage, centralized backup and remote access. This post came in with him musing on what the expansion possibilities could be for WHS and it's continued use as a quick and simple solution for SOHO business...
  • Deploying a Small Business (Part 1)

    With all the announcements, release of new products and technologies and changing business needs it is hard to keep up.  VMWare releases a free version of ESX, Hyper-V is released, Hyper-V Server is announced and will be available shortly, Small Business Server 2008 hits the RTM stage etc...  How does one keep up?  How does one decide?  Deploy now or wait? How does one get the skills...
  • TechDays Speaker List Coming Together for the Data Management Track

    The Toronto stop of TechDays Canada 2008 is just a month away!! Things are heating up and we are getting together a great roster of speakers for the Data Management Track across all 7 cities. Starting with Toronto, you will be able to hear from folks such as SQL Server MVP s Tom Moreau and Val Matison , as well as SharePoint MVP Reza Alirezaei . Tom will be talking about how to effectively use Policy...
  • Around the Clock IT on Hyper-V

    With Hyper-V now in the RTM stage and available for download I thought I'd share this interview with Sean and Rick from Around the Clock IT. They implemented Hyper-V when it was still in the RC stages and have been running some production servers in a virtual state since. Take a listen as they share their reasons and experiences.
  • It’s “LIVE” and you can sign up now for TechDays

    Technorati Tags: techDays_CA Hello Everyone!  While we don’t have all the speakers listed as there are over 60 across the country (most should be there for the end of the week), we do have the sessions and you can sign up for the early bird price right now.  We are going out to the masses later this week and given we’ve limited attendance to 5000 across the country…please take advantage of...
  • TechDays Canada 2008 - Details coming soon!

    Wraps are coming off the packaging and details are starting to make their way on to the web . Hold on to your seats folks - we'll have more details coming soon. Keep your eyes peeled for a full disclosure post coming up before the weekend. This is something that the team has been working on in some form or another for almost a year and is based on the feedback that you`ve given us over the years. Deep...
  • Deploying a Small Business (Part 2)

    If you read part 1 of this blog post you are aware that a SBS 2003 R2 Server was deployed and the next step was to deploy a terminal server to host the Jonas Construction Software. While Synergenics did design a very suitable server to run terminal services there was room for improvement. During initial conversations with Jeff he had mentioned that he might like to expand employee usage of Blackberry...
  • Simplifying the task of adding Internet Explorer 8 to your Vista SP1 images

    A short while ago, I meet with a friend who is responsible for the management of a testing lab. The federal department he works for, setup a lab to allow each business unit owners to come and test their Line of Business applications against the standard desktop configuration. I thought to myself, "This is cool." It's a great way of dealing with a problem that is in a lot of cases been ignored until...
  • So much to Learn and so little time!

    Technorati Tags: TechDays_CA Hello Everyone! While I guess the surprise is out. TechDays is real and no longer just a dream. We’ve been working hard over the last year to bring a similar experience as TechED across Canada. Yes, not just in Toronto …..our pilot experience is also in six other cities across the country. This was not easy, we had many challenges and while we not 100% there…. It...
  • Rodney's Road Trip

    Ahhh! September is here, the nights are getting cooler, the sun is going down earlier and we are starting to get into the swing of things. With the team prepping for the AlignIT Tour and TechDays we'll be coming to a city near you. I really love getting out on the road, talking with like minded IT folks, sharing stories, experiences, knowledge and the odd pint ;) So when my travel calendar came out...
  • IT Guy / IT Gal series – WSUS to simplify patching complexity

    Do you work in a small IT shop or are you the only IT resource that your company has? Are you the "go to" guy/gal for anything to do with technology? Do you (or others) consider yourself a "jack of all trades"? Do you work in a small company with less than 250 PCs? do you spend most of your day reactively fixing and addressing issues that come up and feel like you can't proactively...
  • [Podcast] Interview with John Martin on Technical Portals

    You’ve used them. www.technet.com , www.msdn.microsoft.com , www.codeplex.com , and maybe even expression.microsoft.com . You may have visited the forums, downloaded software but what else is there? Turns out quite a bit. Years ago when I got my first TechNet Plus subscription it was only by accident. I had started a new job and the Director of IT would drop a box on my desk each month. When I asked...
  • Couple’a Quick Q’s from TechDays post

    John Oxley’s 2nd post on TechDays has raised a couple of questions in his personal email (yes, that email is his personal email). I thought it best if they came in the form of a quick Monday morning post – the week the registration site goes live. Here they are..   1) “To that point we are committed to supporting you and your development/skills growth.....So, please take advantage of the early...
  • New BlogSeries - something for "The IT Guy/IT Gal" or "Jack of all trades"

    A couple of questions for ya... Do you work in a small IT shop or are you the only IT resource that your company has? Are you the "go to" guy/gal for anything to do with technology and you consider yourself a "jack of all trades"? Do you work in a small company with less than 250 PCs? do you spend most of your day reactively fixing and addressing issues that come up and feel like...
  • SecTor 2008

    With all the talk about TechDays going on recently there is another conference coming up shortly.  I attended SecTor 2007 and I`ll admit it was the best con I attended last year and that includes the internal Microsoft ones I was able to attend.  I was pretty happy when they asked me to participate as an advisor and have some input on the speakers.  And what a group of speakers confirmed...
  • TechDays 2008 - Updates

    Hello Everyone!  Your feedback on TechDays has been great and I really want to thank you so much for taking the time to share your comments with me.  I thought, as there has been three major themes in all the questions, I’d share my answers both broadly and individually via direct email. Firstly, thanks for all the positive comments on bringing the technical conference series to Canada. ...
  • A Virtual Launch

    Well you go away for two short days and come back to a flurry of activity on the virtualization front! In case, as was mine, you were too busy getting ready for Monday Night Football you might have missed the Hyper-V launch that happened on Monday where Microsoft announced.... Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V live migration (UPDATE: See Video Below!) Microsoft Application Virtualization (aka...
  • TechDays Canada Speaker Badges

    Here are some sample speaker badges. The idea behind the colours is to identify which track you are speaking on and will be carried forward throughout the event as a way for attendees to identify what their primary track of interest is as well as serve as a connection point during "birds of a feather" activities throughout the day and at the evening reception. At this time the colours are not finalized...
  • Congratulations, you are now in charge of IT for the division!! - Paul's Exchange Server 2007 Migration Story

    After one of our events last year I got an email from Paul Gartner in Montreal. During the event I indicated that if you or anyone you knew was looking to deploy some of our newer technologies I may be able to get some additional resources to help through the IT Pro Momentum Program and to send me an email at damirb@microsoft.com or through the Email link at the top of the blog. Paul shared with me...
  • Meet Sean - He's much more than just a PC

    I'm sure many of you have seen the I'm a PC ad campaign that we have ben running over the last little while. The most recent ad starts out with a what looks like the PC guy from the Apple Mac/PC ads saying "Hello, I'm a PC and I've been made into a stereotype". Those words are not uttered by an actor, as is the case with the Apple ads, but by an actual Microsoft employee named Sean Siler. Sean is...
  • Changing the world, One competition at a time.

    Since I started in this role I have heard a lot about the Imagine Cup . Not knowing anything about it, I started looking into it. Well it turns out it’s a wonderful competition where students from around the world are using their minds, their know-how, their passion, their creativity and – of course... – their imagination to compete and develop innovative technologies. And it’s...
  • Supporting Virtual Infrastructures

    Virtualization technologies are being adopted at a rapid pace. One concern that I often hear about relates to support of the operating systems and applications running in the virtual environment. Microsoft has supported Microsoft operating systems in Microsoft virtualization platforms from the start and the list of supported applications are continually growing. Knowledge Base Article 897615 details...
  • Mark Russionovich on Vista Performance

    I am the first to admit that Vista did not perform to expectations when first released. I know a lot was driver related and there has been a noticeable difference experienced in the last year and I know a lot of people who are actually using Vista who will agree with that. Still there can be the occasional nag that, while they appear in every OS, are still annoying. There is help though….. On Wednesday...