• UPDATED!! - Out of Band Security Bulletin Notification

    Hello, my name is Mohammad Akif and I am the National Security and Privacy Lead at Microsoft Canada. I wanted to give you notice of two critical security bulletins that were recently released. Microsoft has issued an Advance Notification Service (ANS) for two out-of-band security bulletins released Tuesday, July 28. Microsoft released both security updates through systems such as Microsoft Update...
  • Is my VM solution supported?

    Hello Folks, Knowing that your production environments are fully supported is very important for an IT pro (even more to an IT manager). That knowledge could potentially save you lots of troubles that you really don't need in the event that your solution goes down and that the support center tells you: “oh! that’s not a supported configuration. but thanks for calling” Well I’ve only been back to my...
  • Windows 7 & Server 2008 Has Been Released to Manufacturing

    Hot off the presses!  Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 have hit the RTM Milestone!  From the Windows 7 team blog… I am pleased to announce that Windows 7 has RTM’d! As I mentioned previously, RTM officially happens only after sign-off occurs. What happens is a build gets designated as a RTM contender after going through significant testing and meeting our quality bar for RTM. Then, it goes though...
  • 40th Anniversary Moon Landing

    At 10:56AM EDT on July 20th, 1969 Neil Armstrong stepped out of Apollo 11 and took the first step on the moon and uttered the famous line “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” . It was one of those world changing moments and while there was competition between the USSR and USA at the time to be the first, when it finally happened I can’t forsee any other reaction than just awe...
  • What is a TechNet+ Subscription?

    I get asked this question all the time and there are a lot of misconceptions about what exactly is included with a TechNet+ Subscription and how it can be used. So let’s clear this up! I copied the following from the TechNet+ Subscription page but I’ll try and go a little deeper in explaining things. Subscribe to TechNet Plus and receive: Full-version software for evaluation - without...
  • TechDays-SSM Status

    title Vancouver Toronto Halifax Calgary Montreal Ottawa Winnipeg From Zero to Live Migration: How to Set Up a Live Migration 2008: Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) and Management Integration Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Virtualization Considerations and Best Practices open open open Monitoring...
  • TechDays 2009 - Servers, Security and Management - final Draft

    While I can't say its final (only Damir can say that) - I can say that this is the final draft version of the vetted track sessions for Techdays 2009 - Servers, Security and Management Track. It has been reviewed and commented on by over 35 ICT community members across Canada. I am now actively seeking speakers to handle these sessions in ALL cities. Have you worked with these technologies in your...
  • How does your IT Department run?

    I recently had the privilege of holding a piece of Canadian history (photo credit, Mark Blevis from Podcasters Across Boarders ). Well, actually 64 pieces of history – in the shape of the SixStringNation guitar . I was at a conference this past weekend and the keynote was from Jowi Taylor – the mastermind behind the ambitious project of assembling a guitar made up of historical wood and miscellaneous...