• Vista and Server 2008 SP2 – What You Need to Know

    Wow they are busy down in Redmond! Yesterday Service Pack 2 for Office 2007 was released and today Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 were completed! I’ve been doing some digging to find out what is new and noteworthy as well as what resources are available. So what’s new in SP2? First and foremost this release coincides with the expiration of the Windows Vista SP1 blocker...
  • MSEmploy.ca Job Fair

    Are you a Microsoft professional looking for a better career opportunity or to expand your skills? MSEmploy Canada ( http://www.msemploy.ca ) - Canada's only job and training portal serving the Microsoft community - is conducting a Career Fair at the Microsoft Canada Mississauga office. When: May 6, 2009, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Where: Microsoft Canada Head Office; 1950 Meadowvale Blvd., Mississauga...
  • Coffee & Code à Québec.

    Salut tout le monde, Rick Claus, Joël Quimper et moi-même serons au Cosmos sur Grande Allée à Québec demain matin de 9:00am a 11 :30am pour un « Coffee & Code ». Le concept du « Coffee & Code » est de promouvoir les connections avec la communauté des professionnels en Informatique. Ce, à l’aide d’un endroit public, d’une bonne tasse de café et d’un environnent agréable. Nous nous installerons...
  • Office 2007 SP2 – What You Need to Know

    Office 2007 Service Pack 2 was released today and aside from rolling up all the hotfixes released since SP1 there are some additional changes provided by this update. There are three key changes in Office 2007 with SP2. Interoperability – Office 2007 SP2 adds support for read, write and save capabilities for the ODF 1.1 file format. There is a great blog post on Working with ODF in Office 2007...
  • Security: Hype vs. Reality

    Over the past few weeks I’ve been reading a few stories on vulnerabilities found in various operating systems. You might have seen the headlines like Attack Sneaks Rootkits Into Linux Kernel or Security Team Shows Unfixable Windows 7 Hack or First Mac OS X Botnet Activated and while all are valid (both as exploits and as ultra scary headlines) they are so easily mitigated that I have to call them out...
  • Windows 7 – A Review from the Field

    I got an email from Raphael from PCWhizKid.com the other day letting me know about some Windows 7 videos he posted. He does a great job showing off a slew of new features and functionality in Windows 7. Take a look and pass them on! ";" galleryimg="no" mce_src="http://blogs.technet.com/blogfiles/canitpro/WindowsLiveWriter/Windows7AReviewfromtheField_A5B5...
  • St-John’s Coffee & Code at “Coffee Matters”

    This has been a great day.  We (Rick and I) told a few IT pros in the region about it and they in turn connected with their peers and their customers to spread the word. When we arrived at the coffee shop, Johnny the barista shouted “Are you the Microsoft guys?? People have been asking about you.” “How can you tell?” said Rick. (wearing the Windows 7 shirt, with the Windows Mobile jacket, carrying...
  • Check out the new TechNet Flash

    When I first started at Microsoft in August 2006 I remember my first team planning meeting where I put up my hand and asked what the plans were to update the Flash. I’ve long been a subscriber to the Flash and saw it grow, and grow, and grow and at the same time it became more difficult to find the information I needed. So I am very happy to introduce the totally redesigned TechNet Flash . In it...
  • O’Reilly Webcast: What’s New in Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory – Friday, April 24th

    My colleague, Joey DeVilla – also known on Twitter and everywhere else as the Accordion Guy , posted this article on the Canadian Developer’s Blog , but I think it makes a lot more sense here.  I felt a re-post is in order so check it out and sign up for the webcast. Damir ------------------------------------------------- I just got an email from the folks at O’Reilly telling me about a webcast...
  • Earth Day - TechNet Magazine Green IT Issue Released

    As it is Earth Day and something I’m pretty passionate about, I am pleased to share with you the release of this special online-only Green IT issue of TechNet Magazine! The issue features a valuable collection of new and archived articles on energy efficient computing, including: · Framework for Building a “Hyper-Green” Virtual Server System · Planning Your Power Management and Virtualization...
  • Green IT for the Home?

    Typically when you hear about Green IT it is all about virtualization, power and cooling savings, reducing the carbon footprint etc… But did you know that there is a lot more you can do everyday to be more green? Since it is Earth Day I thought I’d share some of these tips I found on the http://www.microsoft.com/athome/default.mspx newsletter. Reduce your environmental impact with OneNote...
  • Hacker or Defender?

    I’ve always had the belief that in order to really understand something you have to break it and then fix it. Well maybe not break it but take it apart at least :) I really believe this when it comes to security. If you don’t know what threats are out there, how can you protect against them? If you don’t understand how hackers get through firewalls, how can you deploy one or manage it? Have you...
  • Halifax Coffee & Code / Latte & Lans update

    Hello folks We’ve had a wonderful time so far in Halifax. Flew in early and meet with local partners before heading to “ Just Us ” 1678 Barrington Street” in Halifax NS . ( http://www.justuscoffee.com/barrington.aspx ) for our first “Coffee and Code” in the Maritimes. So, we’ve had a great time and meet some wonderful folks. Funny enough we’ve had more people from out-of-town than Haligonians...
  • Exchange Server Remote Connectivity Analyzer

    Hello CanITPro readers! My name is Sasha Krsmanovic. I am the MVP Lead in Canada; you may recall my posts on this blog about the MVP program ( Part 1 , Part 2 ). Rodney has asked me to write a guest blog about a useful tool our team developed for IT Pros – the Exchange Server Remote Connectivity Analyzer . The Exchange Server Remote Connectivity Analyzer is a web site for IT Administrators to...
  • Halifax “Coffee and Code” or “Lans and Lattes” for IT pros…

    Hello Folks As Rick mentioned in his blog post “ Stay where y’re at, we’ll come where y’re to ” we’re getting ready to head out east. That’s right.  Monday morning, Rick, Christian and I will be boarding an early flight to Halifax. We’ll be there early and the Energize IT Event is an evening event. So we thought, “hmmm, what should we do to maximize the number of connections we can have with the...
  • “Security Bulletins for the regular IT guy” Podcast – 04/14/2009

    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 , Pierre Roman...
  • IgniteIT Awards Finalist - Outcrypt

    Project: Outcrypt: Email Encryption as an Add-In for Outlook 2003 & 2007   The Challenge Describe the situation, challenge or problem you or your team faced.   Email is not thought of as a secure method of sending confidential information. Servers can be made secure, firewalls can be put up front, but once the email is received, it can sit on a laptop, BlackBerry, cell phone, or PDA,...
  • IgniteIT Awards Finalist – Edmonton School

    Project: K-12 Network Overhaul   The Challenge Describe the situation, challenge or problem you or your team faced.   A private K-12 school was running on a Windows Server 2000 network with an infrastructure that had been neglected and was falling apart. Viruses, spyware, 10mb hubs, and lack of backups plagued the system. The schools data was at risk. The old server (P4 1.6 white box workstation...
  • EnergizeIT - Windows 7 InstallFest Quick Reminders

    Hello folks, Having been through a few InstallFests (Montreal, Calgary and Mississauga) I wanted to share some quick tips if you’re attending one of the remaining ones (Ottawa, Vancouver) tomorrow night to ensure you get the best possible experience . Ensure that your BIOS is at the latest revision (must be ACPI compliant). Go to your manufacturers website to download and flash your system. Keep in...
  • IgniteIT Awards Finalist – Neuroplacity Lab

    Project: Elderly (Alzheimer) mental fitness   The Challenge Describe the situation, challenge or problem you or your team faced.   My mother have major stroke major, leave her right side of body total unmovable. She needs total care. I see my mom can feels and think except she can't move. Then I wonder how good her consciousness? I asked neurologist how medical/psychology to measure our consciousness...
  • Windows 7 from Beta to RC

    As we are in the midst of a flurry of EnergizeIT events we’ve met a lot of people who are already running the Windows 7 Beta 1, and even more are trying it out after attending the Windows 7 Install Fests.  Probably the most common question we get is when is the RC (and/or RTM) version going to be released.  I wish I could say, but I really don’t know, I can only read the same rumors you read...
  • IgniteIT Awards Finalist - Navantis

    Project: The Community Caregiver Portal Solution by Navantis - Social Networking in Action   The Challenge Describe the situation, challenge or problem you or your team faced.   Have you ever had a family member or loved one with a chronic disease or an acute condition that relied on you as the main source of constant care? If you have, you may understand the difficulties that a caregiver...
  • Toronto Area Windows 7 Installfest

    This article was originally posted by Joey Devilla (AccordionGuy) in Canadian Developer Connection We held a Windows 7 Installfest yesterday as part of the cross-Canada EnergizeIT tour. The idea is pretty simple: invite developers, IT pros and early adopters of all stripes to the Microsoft Canada Headquarters in Mississauga, provide them with DVDs of the Windows 7 beta, walk them through the installation...
  • IgniteIT Awards Finalist – B-Line Technical Services

      Project: Welaptega Reborn   The Challenge Describe the situation, challenge or problem you or your team faced.   This client based in Halifax was facing enormous challenges trying to keep their infrastructure system up and running. I found out about their issues when I visit their CEO at his cottage and he couldn't even connected remotely to his own email/shared folders. They had 1...
  • Energize IT in Calgary

    Today John Bristowe, Qixing Zheng and myself are at the lovely Hotel Arts in Calgary for EnergizeIT. It has been a busy few days so far that started with a visit with some students at SAIT on Tuesday afternoon. It was great to talk to the students and faculty about some of the new technologies such as Windows 7 and Azure as well as the ICT job landscape in Canada and tools and programs available to...