• SecTor 2009

    It is almost that time of year again! Time to put on the black/white/aluminum foil hat and learn about the latest in security. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, you cannot protect against what you do not know exists. We recently finalized the speakers and here is a glimpse at what you can expect this year! "Opening Keynote" - Michael Barrett , Paypal CSO "The Frogs Who Desired A...
  • Free Hyper-V Server R2 Cluster and Live Migration

    Wow things have changed. I first got started with virtualization in 2000/2001 with VMWare Workstation 3.x as a way to clean up my “office” in the one bedroom apartment I was renting. Just over three years ago at the first EnergizeIT event, we demo’d failover clustering in Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1, and blowing up a power supply at the same time. Many people who were there still ask about that demo...
  • The TechDays $299 Deal

    The Early Bird Price is Going Away Soon The $299 early bird pricing for TechDays Canada 2009’s Vancouver and Toronto stops will vanish after Monday, August 31st. From September 1st onward, if you want to catch TechDays in Vancouver (Monday, September 14th – Tuesday, September 15th) and Toronto (Tuesday, September 29th – Wednesday, September 30th), you’ll have to pay the full price of $599 . Why pay...
  • Fixing Technical Support

    www.toothpastefordinner.com “Let’s try rebooting your computer” If you have ever provided or asked for technical support these words are familiar.  I recently had an issue that required some technical support and as I went through the process it reminded me of things I used to say and highlighted how frustrating those things are to the end user who just wants their problem fixed. There is a process...
  • SecTor Canadian IT Security Awards

    Along with working on our own events like TechDays and EnergizeIT I also work in the community supporting the local technology user groups and other events such as SecTor .  I have been participating on the SecTor 2009 advisory committee as we pull together keynote and breakout session speakers, hand on labs and such.  This is the 3rd year for SecTor and this year we are introducing the Canadian...
  • Get Windows 7

    Last week, in a special edition of the TechNet Flash , I wrote about how you can get Windows 7 before the General Availability date by registering for TechDays 2009 before August 19th .  If you do so, or have already registered, we will activate your TechNet Plus Direct subscription within a couple of weeks.  This means that you will not only be registered to attend Microsoft Canada’s premier...
  • Upgrade or Migrate – From XP or Vista to Windows 7

    There is a lot of confusion around the upgrade and migration scenarios for people thinking about moving to Windows 7.  You may have seen the eye chart (below) put out by Microsoft that attempted to clear things up but from what I have heard this has caused more confusion rather than clarify things. First lets look at the two install types listed in the chart: In-Place Upgrade - An In-Place Upgrade...
  • Are You Ready For Windows 7 User Group Tour

    Are you ready for Windows 7? It is a common question now that Windows 7 is released to manufacturing. This 2 hour 4 part session will cover all the key aspects, guidance, tools and resources to help prepare you and company for Windows 7. For anyone looking how to Discover, Explore, Pilot, Deploy or Manage Windows 7, this is the seminar for you. This session will answer questions like "Why and how...
  • “Security Bulletins for the regular IT guy” Podcast – 8/11/2009

    Three guys got together over pints in February 2009 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 up to them at a User Group meeting they were attending ( Ottawa Windows Server User Group ) where we were participating in an “Ask the Microsoft Guy” panel discussion. Over pints at D’Arcy McGee’s ...
  • Get Your TechDays E-Badge!

    The TechDays09 sessions have been announced and it’s only a little over a month till the first city Vancouver. We see many folks are coming back to this year’s conference and bringing their friends and colleagues. To help you spread the word about TechDays and let people know which track you are attending, I have created a new set of Techdays e-badges for this year. Whether you are a TechDays attendee...
  • Windows 7 RTM makes it to TechNet Subscriber Downloads

    Ladies and Gentlemen – start your download engines. Like most of the “geek” world of technical enthusiasts and professionals who have been waiting with baited breath for the official RTM ISO files to be available – I have been watching the Subscriber Download site most of the day in the background and hitting refresh periodically. Well – the wait is over. https://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/subscriptions...