• SQL 2008 Implementation, At last… Structure and automation.

    Hello folks, In December I had written a little piece regarding Todd Lamothe, the system administrator for the County of Lennox and Addington , and his deployment of Windows 2008. Well, he’s been driving hard to bring more value and order in his environment. His latest project involves the migration of a lot of statistical information from a manual Excel based process to a SQL 2008 system that will...
  • Merry Christmas - Happy Holidays

    I thought I would share our electronic team Christmas Card with you (powered by Silverlight – click to view animation). We hope you enjoy a safe and happy holiday season – whichever holiday you choose to celebrate: Christmas, Hanukkah, Solstice, Festivus.... Take the time be be with your friends and family, disconnect from the grid a little in order to reconnect with those that matter to you most...
  • “My users have noticed that I’m not around as much anymore”

    Hello folks, Todd Lamothe, the system administrator for the County of Lennox and Addington was in town a few weeks ago to present at TechDays and we started to talk about fun, and cool stuff he’s been doing. Well let me tell you, he’s been busy.  He told me that he upgraded his entire forest to Windows 2008.  He’s now running AD in 2008 native mode and is also taking advantage of a lot of...
  • Merry Christmas, Happy holidays and Happy New Year!

    It’s a pleasure connecting and supporting each and every one of you through the year, both personally and from a team perspective … I am lucky to have a role and great team that is focused on supporting and helping you make a positive difference in Canada.  I also feel so lucky to have this relationship with you. You’ve given us great feedback to help better support you , adjust our programs and...
  • Hyper-V Migration – Jonathan Cusson, AlphaMosaik

    Hi, I am an IT Professional from Montreal and I’ve been working in IT for 7 years now, specializing in Microsoft solutions and virtualization. I currently work as IT infrastructure consultant at AlphaMosaik, a company that specializes in Microsoft solutions and products. AlphaMosaik is always working with the newest Microsoft technologies which gives me the opportunity to be among the first to build...
  • Critical Out Of Band Hotfix Released

    Typically hotfixes are released on the second Tuesday of each month as you are all well aware.  Occasionally, I can personally only remember four including this one and the one this past October, there are out of band hotfixes released.  While we don’t normally post hotfix release notifications considering this is an out of band release I wanted to let you all know about it. Microsoft Security...
  • Who wants an Xbox Elite?

    Update: Contest closes on December 31st! Get your answers in and get entered to win! Now that I got your attention I wanted to talk to you about the sad state of, just kidding :) Yes the headline is true, we got an Xbox Elite to giveaway along with a copy of Rock Band: Special Edition and GTA IV: Special Edition and all you need to do is answer 10 simple questions on Vista deployment to enter...
  • Vista Tips for All (and more)

    Typically the things we chat about on this blog are aimed at the more experienced PC user and most IT Pros know a thing or two about computers. I came across this blog recently and have added it to my RSS feed as it is a great mix of hardware, software, Windows and Linux tips, tricks, reviews and more. The videos are very well done, the articles are easy to follow and the reviews are unbiased and best...
  • Virtualization Savings

    Everytime anyone, me included, talks about virtualization one of the things that comes up is saving money.  Virtualization saves you money.  Or does it?  And if it does, how?  The current economic situation is taxing a lot of organizations of all sizes there really is some savings to be had by implementing virtualization.  The other topic is Green IT and it goes hand in hand...
  • MS Blogs – Career Development Products and Technologies

    I was catching up on my RSS feeds while recovering from the first day of TechDays Calgary and came across this post on the MS Blogs blog.  MS Blogs is a blog that aggregates the product team blogs and is a nice one to add to your feeds to keep you up to date on what’s going on in areas you don’t normally have time to look into.  As we are close to finishing up TechDays in Vancouver at the...
  • Mission Impossible? Not with Hyper-V

      Louis-Philippe Gauthier (Sherbrooke, Quebec) We’ve all been there, boss calls you in at the last minute for your input on a project that has been brewing for months but all of a sudden needs to be implemented ASAP.  Louis-Philippe from Centre d’élaboration des moyens d’enseignement du Québec (CEMEQ) had such an experience and used Hyper-V to save his weekend :) ------------------------...
  • [Guest Blogger] Dell E6400 Review

    Our team just went through a hardware refresh and the large majority of us all chose the new Dell e4300. We are just starting to get our feet wet with them but Montreal MVP Dan Nerenberg has have his e6400 for a few months now and wanted to share his thoughts. If you have an interesting piece of hardware or a gadget you’d like to share an experience on, shoot us an email we’d love to post your thoughts...
  • MITPro’s LiveMeeting experience.

    Hello Folks, 2 weeks ago I participated in the first MITPro LiveMeeting enabled monthly meeting. I know I’m late reporting back to you, but I’ve been touring the country side with TechDays 2008 ( four cities down, 2 to go…) At that meeting we had a panel discussion on “virtualization”. Well, the discussion was lively, the attendees were participating, and all in all a very good experience. I...
  • Getting Up To Speed on Deployment

    It is an interesting time right now. Some of you have finished deploying Vista, others are part way through a deployment and others are waiting to see what Windows 7 has to offer before making a decision. All valid options but while the decision making process is going on there is no reason to sit on your hands. While the OS might be changing, the deployment tools and techniques won’t be and what a...
  • Interesting thought of the day...

    I was walking my 3 kids to school this morning - it was blowing snow and cold. Somehow the conversation turned to my work and I was explaining to them (6.75 son and twin 4.5 year olds) what it is that I do (connect with ICT Professionals, share stories of their success, help them develop skills etc). I mentioned that one way that I share stories or retell stories is not through sitting down and reading...
  • SP2 + 7 = TechDays

    Ok so that isn't exactly math but it does remind me of the calculus I took in high school but let me explain :) I know there is a lot of interest in Windows 7 with nearly everyone asking me when there will be a public beta.  I know there are a few places that have decided to hold off their Windows Vista deployments in anticipation of 7.  I am not at liberty to say when the 7 beta will open...