• MVP Profile – Misha Hanin

    I met Misha a few years ago while I was an MVP still living in Winnipeg and Misha was visiting Winnipeg as planned his move to Canada.  We’d share postings between thelazyadmin.com and his site admininfo.ca and I was glad to hear he got his MVP award! ---------------------------- Misha Hanin has served as an IT Infrastructure Consultant and IT Systems Administrator for over 15 years. He has a...
  • TechDays in Ottawa - the sun has set

    This was the first time we had a shorter version of the TechDays experience and it had it's trial in Ottawa earlier today. For all intents and purposes - it was a great success from the in person feed back I got from hosting the breakfast and lunchtime activities and talking with people in the hallways between sessions. How did we handle it?  Well - we has as many registrations as Montreal - which...
  • Sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /media/HDD2

    As you may have read I recently jumped on the netbook bandwagon and have been playing about with the Asus Eee PC 901 for a while now. For the past few weeks I’ve been using it as I travel for TechDays as an email and web surfing machine but decided I should put some music and videos on there to watch on the road. That was were the fun began. I had installed Ubuntu Eee as I like to have one Linux...
  • MITPro meeting tonight. A shift in UG event format

    Hello folks, I am currently sitting in the train on my way to Montréal where tonight I will participate in a User Group meeting for MITPro (Montreal IT Professionals Community). For this user group it marks a new way of conducting their meeting, a new meeting format. 1 topic 3-5 panelists. an open floor no holds barred! Each member of the panel comes with a unique point of view on the topic. Each panel...
  • TechDays Data Platform Track Resources

    Session 1 - Take Control of the Enterprise: Effective Solutions for Governing your Environment with Policy-Based Management Enterprise Policy Management Framework – http://www.codeplex.com/EPMFramework Policy Based Management Blog – http://blogs.msdn.com/sqlpbm/default.aspx Lara Rubbelke’s Blog – http://sqlblog.com/blogs/lara_rubbelke/default.aspx David E. Myers’ Blog: –...
  • TechDays Virtualization Track Resources

    Planning Successful Physical to Virtual Server Migrations with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit MAP Team Blog: http://blogs.technet.com/mapblog MAP Toolkit Download http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=67240b76-3148-4e49-943d-4d9ea7f77730&DisplayLang=en Transitioning to a Virtual Environment with Microsoft Hyper-V ...
  • TechDays Infrastructure Track Resources

    Building High Availability Infrastructures with Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering Cluster Team Blog: http ://blogs.msdn.com/clustering Clustering on Microsoft TechNet: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=107273 Clustering Webcasts: http://msevents.microsoft.com Clustering on MSDN: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-ca/library/aa373130(VS.85).aspx ...
  • Update - SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition from Heroes Happen Here Launch

    Over the last couple of weeks I received a number of emails from individuals who attended the Heroes Happen Here (HHH) Launch events in the spring of 2008.  These emails all asked the same question:  I got my HHH kit and went online to request my copy of  SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition but have not received it yet nor heard from anyone on when it will be coming?  Can you help...
  • Finding Opportunities in a Recession Economy, Part 3

    Paul Laberge is back with the final instalment of this series. Please shoot us an email via the link in the top left of the page and let us know what you think of this information and share experiences and ideas you have to survive the tough times. Rodney ------------------------- Without a doubt, most of us are experiencing the most serious economic recession in our lifetimes. There's an...
  • IT Guy / IT Gal Series - what's the worst task you had to do?

    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...
  • Your satisfaction matters...and it’s clear that we need to do better!

    Hi Everyone, In the sprit of being transparent and building connections, I thought I would share my teams mandate and goals with you.  My team is responsible for one key goal in Canada and that is to build your trust and support you in a manner in which to earn your satisfaction with Microsoft.   We don’t  focus on revenue and we don’t have any utilization targets...twice a year...
  • Finding Opportunities in a Recession Economy, Part 2

    This is part 2 of a 3 part series written by our collegue Paul Laberge on surving tough economical times. -------------------------- Without a doubt, most of us are experiencing the most serious economic recession in our lifetimes. There's an awful lot of uncertainty that goes with that; everything from our retirement savings, disposable income and job security. IT as an industry is certainly...
  • Finding Opportunities in a Recession Economy, Part 1

    Paul Laberge, aka The Burger, is a member of our team that focuses on web development agencies and wrote a series of posts on surviving the turmoil in the current economy. I asked him if I could post it here as it is some great information and added a follow-up with some IT Pro focused resources as well. This is part 1 and we’ll have part two and three next week. Rodney ---------------------...
  • TechDays Montreal is a Wrap.....but SQLTeach is only a few weeks away

    After a weekend recovering from TechDays Montreal, most of the teams gets a couple of weeks rest before the Ottawa stop of TechDays on November 27, and then on to Winnipeg and Calgary, and finally Vancouver in January.  If you have not yet registered for these events, they are filling up really fast so register sooner rather than later at www.techdays.ca . As many of you that attended TechDays...
  • TechDays à Montréal

    Bonjour Montréal ! C'est Philippe Reil, Directeur des communications stratégiques, marchés francophones. L’équipe de Microsoft est en ville cette semaine pour la conférence TechDays, tenue au Palais des Congrès. C’est l’événement de l’année pour la communauté des développeurs québécois et tous les professionnels...