• My Core box. How to turn a near obsolete PC in a Lab Domain Controller.

    Hello folks, I was reading Mohamud’s post and it made me think of my own lab environment. I had been thinking about writing about it for a while now, but something always came up. So, this morning I gathered the documentation i had kept when i setup my environment (and yes for those who doubt, i do document my setups) and actually got to it. When i started my preparation for the EnergizeIT demos...
  • Hyper-V in the Lab

    I met Mohamud Ashoor in my travels to Vancouver at various VanTUG events and we regularly chat on IM as well. A few weeks back he was telling me about his home lab setup and how he uses it to sharpen his skills, keep up with technology. In our discussions the topic of a blog post came up as Mohamud has quite the setup. Between Hyper-V, ESXi, Windows Mobile and everything in between. Take a read and...
  • Windows 7…The Old Hardware Test

    I met Jonathan Cusson in Montreal a couple of months ago while I was there with the IT Manager “AlignIT” tour. We got to talking about virtualization and he offered to write a couple of posts on things he’s doing at Alpha Mosaik and in his spare time. Not long after getting his hands on Windows 7 he had it up and running on multiple hardware and virtualization platforms to see what the install experience...
  • IE8 RC1 is Ready to Download!

    Hot off the presses, or in this case the IE8 Team Blog , is the announcement that IE8 RC1 has been released and is ready to download! The IE8 team has focused on three major areas with the work put into IE8, consumers, IT Pros and developers and each has their own set of wants and needs. To be honest, at times the web scares me. While I don’t manage a companies network, I am still concerned about...
  • Windows 7 Beta Download Extended

    I ran across this post on the Windows 7 Team Blog and thought I’d pass on the information.  It was previously announced that the download deadline for the Windows 7 beta was going to be January 23rd but this date has been extended.  From the Windows 7 Team Blog… The shutdown of general availability for the Windows 7 Beta will occur in 3 phases over the course of the next few weeks: Starting...
  • Submitting an IgniteIT Award Submission

    There has been some confusion around the submission process for the Ignite IT Awards . In the submission form you’ll see that one of the field is “Project title”. Because of that many people are not submitting en entry for themselves or their team because either they are between projects or the one they are working on is not finished. Let me explain in my own term what we are looking for. We are looking...
  • Gone Skiing!

    So as you’ve seen with Rick’s posts we are in Vancouver for TechDays Vancouver. We all got out West a little early and Rick and I decided to take a day off and spend it skiing. We headed up to Cypress Mountain based on the advice of the bartender at the VanTUG pub night we attended. Considering it is the location for a few skiing events at the 2010 Winter Olympics, it must be good. We had a great...
  • Making connections at TechDays Vancouver

    Day one is about to wrap up for TechDays Vancouver. Lots of people, lots of technology and probably the coolest part – LOTS OF CONNECTIONS. We brought back the designated “Ask The Experts” area, based on feedback we got from the other cities. We encourage the speakers to spend time in this area to connect with people who might not have been comfortable asking questions in a large room or who weren...
  • TechDays Vancouver – It’s a go

    Today is Day One of TechDays Vancouver – our last BIG stop on our skills development conference and experience. I was recently talking with our team earlier this month talking about our “post conference experience” and what sort of resources and tools we make available to registered attendees. I can’t quite talk about the full detailed plans as of yet, but let’s just say it’s going to be something...
  • MVP Profile – John Policelli

    John Policelli is a solutions-focused IT consultant with over a decade of combined success in architecture, security, strategic planning, and disaster recovery planning. He has designed and implemented dozens of complex directory service, e-Messaging, web, networking, and security enterprise solutions. John has spent the past 9 years focused on Identity and Access Management and providing thought leadership...
  • In Vancouver week of January 19th – Looking to connect

    I wanted to get a quick note out to say that I will be heading out to Vancouver as part the last city of TechDays 2008 Canada . It’s the end of our pilot of events in Canada which were designed based on YOUR FEEDBACK - to give you and your colleagues the technical skills you need to be successful with technologies the industry is talking about. The feature I hear the most positive feedback about over...
  • It’s your opportunity to tell the world how good YOU are.

    It’s called the Ignite IT Award . And it’s a way for the community to recognize and reward the work that you do. Yes, that‘s not a typo… The community, your peers… They can review any submission and will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites. Voting starts in: 47 days (March 1 st 2009). Tic Toc …. There will be some great prizes but the best part is that you will be able to highlight...
  • Windows 7 Boot From VHD

    I posted this to my other blog, thelazyadmin.com but thought it might be useful to post here as well. One of a new features in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is the ability to boot from a VHD. It is pretty simple to enable this feature and have it ready at your disposal! Before you begin you should note the following… You can only boot a Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 VHD You...
  • Oh Yeah! Windows Server 2008 R2 is out too!

    With all the news about the release of the first public look at Windows 7 something might have slipped past you and that was the release of Windows Server 2008 R2.  As you might imagine there are quite a few upgrades and improvements and there is a great four page document that covers the Top 10 IT Pro Tasks Made Easier with Server 2008 R2 as well as a PowerPoint that gives a Windows Server 2008...
  • Windows 7 Springboard

    You might have heard that the first Windows 7 beta was released today and you may have even downloaded it!  If not you can find out how to get it here !  While you are downloading it be sure to check out the new, revamped Springboard portal dedicated to Windows 7. Windows 7 Springboard Portal So what will you find here?  Well currently you’ll find… Windows 7: A First Look for IT Pros...
  • $5 Security

    So I spent $5 on what is one of the most secure ways to do any online logins, in this case my PayPal account.  PayPal now offers a one time password token (OTP) to give its users a more secure login methodology.  Now instead of a username and password you must also provide the current passcode displayed on the token they provide. The passcode is valid for 30 seconds upon which time a new...
  • TechNet Plus Subscribers - Download Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 BETA Now!!!

    There is a little battle going on right now in Twitterland between Mark Relph (@mrelph) and Rick Claus (@Rickster_CDN) on who's going to install Windows 7 on their Dell Latitude E4300 notebook first.  Looks to me that Mark is winning but that's now why I'm writing this post.  I'm writing it because I know that many of you have a TechNet Plus subscription that you may have received at TechDays...
  • My Ford Sync (powered by Microsoft) Experience

    I got back into the office yesterday and in the course of a number of " Happy New Years " and other conversations, I was also asked what I did over the Holidays. Besides spending some well-deserved time with the family (I probably travel more than my kids would like), the most exciting thing we did was purchase a new vehicle. Truth be told, I was not specifically looking to get a new vehicle but...