• Conficker… Threat? Or April’s fool?

    Regardless… Like Murphy said… “He who laughs last probably made a back-up”. In this case “He who laughs last probably applied MS08-067 to all his systems”. I’ve received a lot of questions from enthusiasts & customers about the latest version of Conficker discovered earlier this month, Worm:Win32/Conficker.D . Well, like it has been the case since the first discovery of Conficker, (see timeline...
  • IT Skills Shortage – Myths and Realities – Part 3

    (This is part 3 of a 4 part series, you can read the first post here ) Here is the second part of my discussion with Shane Schick on the Myths & Realities of the IT Skills & Talent landscape in Canada.  This part is titled “Myth 3 – I have to leave to stay employed” .  Check it out, let me know what you think.  
  • IT Skills & Talent In Canada – Myths and Realities – Part 2

    (Cross-Post.  This is part 2 of a 4 part series, you can read the first post here ) Here is the second part of my discussion with Shane Schick on the Myths & Realities of the IT Skills & Talent landscape in Canada.  This part is titled “Myth 2 - There aren’t enough Skilled IT people in Canada” .  Check it out, let me know what your thoughts on the topic are.
  • IT Skills & Talent In Canada – Myths and Realities - Part 1

    (Cross Posted With Mark Relph’s Blog ) Working in today’s IT industry comes with a variety of challenges, especially in these tough economic times.  Jobs are becoming more complex, employers expectations are high and employees need more than just technical skills to grow their careers.  I had a chance to sit down with Shane Schick from itWorldCanada to discuss the state of the IT Profession...
  • EnergizeIT in Kitchener and London

    Qixing wrote up this post and took some photos from these events on the CanUX blog and I thought I’d share it here as well…   This week Rod, Joey and I kicked off the EnergizeIT tour on the west coast. Joey showed you the Road Warrior Office we had in London. Here, let me show you some pictures from our  User Group, Student Connection, and EnergizeIT events. Below Left - Rod is getting ready...
  • TechDays TechNet Subscription Offer

    So you were at TechDays and you went home with your 6 month subscription to TechNet Plus and wonder what else there is besides software you can download?  How about some free virtualization training and some free exam vouchers?  You see there is a lot more to TechNet than just software you can download for your lab, there is a whole bunch of e-learning opportunities as well.  I actually...
  • Direct Access in Server 2008 R2

    I managed to find a spot for myself on the DirectAccess dogfood going on now at Microsoft.  This is by far the single best technology that Microsoft has produced that I can remember.  Remember back to when you first got Outlook Anywhere back with Exchange 2003 SP2 and then think about expanding that to the entire corpnet.  I tweeted my excitement and Sean Kearney did some investigating...
  • Free PowerShell Book

    Every so often you miss something, perhaps it was all the Energize IT prep the team was heads down in, regardless I woke up this morning with tweets , emails, blog posts in my RSS all about a free PowerShell book. Free as in beer, not even an email registration!  Just hit the link below and download the 1MB PDF full of great information on PowerShell! Effective PowerShell: The Free eBook One of...
  • MVP Profile – Peter Piluk

    Peter Piluk is a 15 year veteran Jack of All IT guy from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. He has used every version of Windows since 2.0 and every version of MS-DOS since 2.1 and has been using Vista since its beta days. Peter has been involved in just about every aspect of IT from custom software development to Web Development, to Network Design and maintenance, to training to general consulting. Currently...
  • Using IE8

    We’ve written a few posts here on IE8 centered around what you need to know as an IT Pro and/or dev.  In fact I just wrote one and posted it a few hours ago.  I have been using IE8 final now for a couple of days (call it a perk of working here) as well as participating in the beta and RC trials and thought I’d share some of the new features I’m using… Web Slices     The Weather...
  • Internet Explorer 8 101

    So IE8 has been released to the web and is ready to download.  I’ve run through the betas, the RC and went to www.microsoft.com/ie8 this morning as soon as I heard it was released.  If you haven’t you can hit that link and download it now for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Server 2003 and Server 2008.  If you are using the Windows 7 beta you’ll have to wait until the RC for Windows 7 before...
  • A Few Sleepless Nights

    A while back Ruth did an interview with Cameron McKay about an upcoming infrastructure project he was in the planning stages on.  While the planning is done and the implementation also complete, I thought it was time to revisit with Cameron and talk about how things went.  Turns out Cam was one step ahead and posted an entry on his blog which we are cross posting here. ------------------...
  • Test Your Skills at Defending Your Data Center

    A little while ago I got an email from a friend of mine who works at Dell Canada. It talked about a game they developed in conjunction with us (Microsoft) and Intel that allows you to test your skills and knowledge at protecting a data center from security and other threats. The new Data Center Defender game offers you an opportunity to test your skills at building server towers to defend against...
  • East Coast Crew headin’ to Montreal for EnergizeIT

    I noticed that Christian over on the Developer blog has posted up that we’re heading out to “la belle province” with EnergizeIT kickin’ it in Montreal next week. From Damir’s TechNet Flash editorial to Rodney’s blog post – you still might have missed some of the finer points of what exactly is taking place.  I’m going to do my best to to follow the K.I.S.S. principle and just say it. EnergizeIT...
  • EnergizeIT – out east – UPDATE: Halifax Venue!

    In my previous post on our EnergizeIT activities out east and why there were not readily apparent on the mass mailing, I mentioned that we were going to a number of cities, including Halifax, Moncton, Fredericton and St. John’s. I neglected to include final Registration links – so I thought I would take a moment to give them to you here. UserGroup session: Future of the platform. Learn more and Register...
  • “Security Bulletins for the regular IT guy” Podcast – 03/10/2009

    Three guys got together over pints a while ago and talked about how one of the issues facing Technical Professionals today is keeping their systems patched and up to date. This issue was brought to the forefront at a User Group meeting we were attending ( Ottawa Windows Server User Group ) where we were holding an “Ask the Microsoft Guy” panel discussion. Over pints at D’Arcy McGee’s , we decided...
  • Using Windows Live ID for SharePoint Authentication

    I recently got an email from Yaroslav Pentsarskyy who has a blog at http://www.sharemuch.com/ .  He contacted me with feedback that the Canadian IT Pro blog, and others blogs that the Canadian Audience Team contributes to like the Canadian Developers Blog , do not have all that much SharePoint content.  He asked why and also wanted to know if he can help.  My first reaction to this was...