• EnergizeIT 2009 – Who, What, Where, When and Why?

    Well the cat is out of the bag and inboxes, Facebook and the Twittersphere are full of Energize IT chatter. If you subscribe to the Canadian versions of the TechNet Flash or MSDN Flash you would have received this invitation in your inbox on Thursday afternoon. Since then the Energize IT mailbox has been flooded with questions. As Ricky would say to Lucy “You got some ‘splaining to do!”, hence the...
  • Windows 7 Install Fest and EnergizeIT

    Hello Folks, I’m on my way to Montreal for the MITPro Windows 7 Install Fest .  It will be great.  but if you can’t make it tonight, EnergizeIT is coming your way. Here’s what you can expect. I hope to see you there! Cheers!
  • Stay where y’re at, we’ll come where y’re to.

    My good buddy Rodney wrote up a great explanation of all the activities we’re doing as part of EnergizeIT. Damir wrote up a special edition of the TechNet Flash newsletter talking about all the cities – including registration links for all sorts of activities . It didn’t sit in peoples mailboxes for more then an hour before the e-mails started coming in about where were the East Coast stops (besides...
  • Windows 7 on a stick.

    Hello folks, Since Windows 7 Beta 1 became available i have been slowly upgrading all my machines. It started with my test box A Dell Latitude D830, followed by my production machine a Dell Latitude E4300. I thought to myself, WOW this rocks!!! so i went one step further and upgraded my Media Center PC. Boom, done working perfectly, no driver issues, simply flawless…. Hmmm… which...
  • Touring the Microsoft Open Source Labs

    Microsoft has assembled quite a team over the last years whose sole mission is to participate in an ongoing conversation with the Linux, Open Source and Microsoft communities about interoperability.  While I was in Seattle for our annual internal training event a few of us got to go and meet Hank Janssen from the Microsoft Open Source Labs, who took us on a tour of the lab and talked about what...
  • MVP Profile – Philip Elder

    Philip has been involved with Small Business Server since the BackOffice SBS 4.x days. He has worked in the SMB market for most of his I.T career. With the advent of SBS 2003, the SMB market became the primary focus due to the SBS 2003 feature set providing the best possible value to SMBs. In 2003, Monique and Philip Elder started MPECS Inc. with the company’s primary market focus being the 5-35 seat...
  • Create a “Bootable” Windows 7 VHD

    I had posted this entry on Thelazyadmin.com but after reading a comment asking about a previous post I thought I’d throw it up here as well!   A few weeks back we posted an entry on how to boot from a Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2 VHD .  Booting from VHD is new to Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 but one of the caveats was you needed a “clean” VHD to boot from.  There is a very simple way...
  • EnergizeIT is Coming…

    I just sat through Mark Relph’s kick-off presentation at the Cloud Computing Conference in Toronto. He talked about what we at Microsoft are doing in what is generally called the Cloud Computing Space and what we call Software+Services. This got me thinking about yesterday’s meeting about EnergizeIT 2009 and and future. Over the last few years EnergizeIT has been a one-day conference for developers...
  • Windows 7 - Experience From The Field

    Welcome to the Windows 7 - Experience from the Field page. This is your spot to share what hardware and software you are using on Windows 7 as well as any workarounds you may have come up with. While this is in no way an official endorsement, nor is anything fully supported I thought it would be useful to allow everyone to share their experiences. If you have content you want to share, leave a comment...
  • Want an Overview on Windows 7 Management?

    My developer colleague John Bristowe (known affectionately as JohnB in team discussions) passed along this document and download link on our internal discussion list. I thought it strange that “a dev guy” would find this interesting, but after perusing the 25 pages of Management Overview information on Windows 7 I can see a whole lot of common ground and overall goodness in there. Disclaimer...
  • Pssssst! Wanna leg up with your career?

    No… I’m not the guy with the trench coat asking if you want to buy the letter C, but I do want to make sure you’re in the know.  Talking with head-hunters / recruiters / IT Managers out there and there’s one thing they’ve told me again and again. They look to hire professionals with personal skills when ranking candidates with equal knowledge and experience. Your personal skills and the time you...
  • Mark Russinovich Chat on Windows 7

    With every new OS release comes some new features, changes to old features, fixes, kernel updates and more.  While you might have read about some of these new features you probably have questions and now is your chance to find out more about Windows 7. On Thursday, February 12th, Mark Russinovich will host a virtual roundtable for IT pros worldwide to discuss Windows 7 Beta. This is your chance...
  • TechDays – TechEd DVD Kit Update #2

    A while ago we posted an update to the TechEd DVD’s that were included with the Techie Crunch kit given away at TechDays Canada.  I just wanted to post an update as one of our own Canadian Silverlight MVPs has created a new fix.  I gave it a run through last night and find it to be a much better fix than the original one we posted. You can find Laurent Duveau ’s fix and directions on how...
  • Pssst! The Canadian IT Manager portal now online!

    Wait a second! Why am I announcing this on the Canadian IT Pro blog? Well – I wanted to bring this resource to your attention as well… and maybe ask you a favor. What? Why? We have been talking about Infrastructure Optimization for a while now. We went out last fall to IT Managers (your bosses) with the AlignIT series of events and talked about Infrastructure Optimization – this time in their...
  • Are you Certifiable?

    I first got certified in Windows 2000 sometime in 2002 with my Windows 2000 MCP.  At the time I really didn’t put a lot of thought in certifications but used the vouchers my school gave me to write that exam as well as the A+ and Network+ exams from CompTIA.  I landed a job with a company in Winnipeg and that is where I found that employers valued certifications.  I was lucky to get...
  • Windows 7 Guidance Available!

    The team is hard at work on the upcoming Energize IT events and we will be showing you how to take advantage of the Microsoft-based platform, Windows 7, and a Software + Services approach to help your organization reduce costs and increase scalability.  Right now I know a lot of people are focused on Windows 7, learning what’s new, testing applications, etc… During the last stop of the TechDays...
  • Ask Microsoft and your peers @ OWSUG tonight!

    This came through my twitter feed this morning from a friend in Kingston…   Shameless plug for an event in Ottawa that is NOT Obama related taking place tonight – Ottawa Windows Server UserGroup has asked myself, Pierre Roman, Christian Beauclair (yes – a DEV will be there) as well as other local Ottawa people in the Tech Community to have an “ask any question” style event. We did one of these...