• Windows 7 Training

    Are you the leader of your pack? The person everyone comes to with technology questions? Have you been getting asked more and more about “this thing called Windows 7”? Based on emails I’ve been getting from TechNet Flash subscribers there is a lot of excitement about Windows 7, not only from people in the industry, but from consumers and PC users from all walks of life. When you get asked these...
  • Windows 7 Trial Download

    Windows 7 has RTM’d and if you are a TechNet and/or MSDN subscriber you have not doubt downloaded it and installed it already. If you are coming to TechDays you’ll also get your hands on Windows 7 through your TechNet subscription included as part of your registration. But what if you don’t have any access to these options? Well today you can download a 90 day trial of Windows 7 Enterprise so that...
  • “Security Bulletins for the regular IT guy” Podcast – 9/8/2009

    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 ...
  • Day One – Half Done – TechDays Toronto

    Here we are, half way done the first day and things are flying. It’s awesome to see how many people came out to attend TechDays Toronto in order to pick and choose their personalized “a-la-carte” track from the over 40 sessions. As you can see – we’ve got some interesting challenges with capacity planning for certain sessions – so we’ve got monitors outside the rooms to accommodate some overflow. We...
  • Application Compatibility and Virtualization

    The legacy application. Some have a longer legacy than others but we all have them. Those applications that won’t run on anything but Windows XP, or in some cases even, Windows 9x. It was a little over 3 years ago when I was installing a $250,000 CNC milling machine that I came into contact with my biggest legacy application, both in terms of size (the CNC had its own 3000 sq. ft. room) and age. You...
  • Windows 7 – Are You Ready?

    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...
  • How to Work the Room at TechDays

    Can I work a room or can I work a room? Why Work the Room? If you’re attending TechDays (or any other tech conference this year), you should keep in mind that while we spend a lot of energy on the presentations and sessions, the opportunity to meet and talk to the other people there is just as important. I’ve observed that some of the most important things I’ve learned at conferences didn’t happen...
  • TechDays Behind the Scenes

    TechDays Vancouver is underway and soon heading to a city near you.  John Bristowe and I shot this short video to give you a peak at the TechDays Survival Kit and a look behind the scenes!
  • TechDays Tools List!

    ZoomIT – the most requested tool from TechDays, used by presenters to zoom in on areas of the screen Sysinternals Suite – free tools for everything from background info to Active Directory PowerShell v2 – included in Windows 7/2008 R2 but available for XP, 2003, Vista and 2008 NotePad++ – enhanced script editor with support for 40+ languages Visual Studio 2008 Express – free versions of...
  • TechDays Vancouver Schedule and Details

    For those of you attending TechDays Vancouver (or those of you who are just curious), I’ve put together a schedule (with actual times, rooms and maps) as well as some other information that you might find useful. Enjoy! Venue TechDays Vancouver takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre , located right on the waterfront. If you’re taking the SkyTrain, it’s right by Waterfront Station. Schedule...
  • The first 22 days with Windows 7….

    I got an email from a friend of mine who is a prof at Algonquin College – Richard Hagemeyer. I met him a while back on one of my visits to the college to talk to students and we became friends both online and in person. He’s one of those guys who’s been around the industry a long time and has a very diverse background with a very long memory. He’s kept a running tab of his experiences using the RTM...
  • Your Satisfaction Matters!

    Hi Everyone, I’m John Oxley and for those that don’t know me, I’m the Director of the Technical Audience team at Microsoft Canada.  I manage a team of technical audience marketing managers and technology evangelists that reach out, support and connect with the ICT community. The team is all about empowering your success, helping you make connections, grow your skills and enabling you in your role...
  • “What have you been up to lately? How’s the IT department?” Ignite your Career – Episode 3

    Picture yourself walking into an elevator and having a senior executive standing in there. After the pleasant head nod, you press your floor button and stand to the side. After the doors close - the executive finally recognizes you and remembers you’re in IT. Because it’s a long ride up – she asks you a small talk type question like “So Bob, what projects have you been up to lately? How’s life in the...
  • TechDays_ca in Toronto – Setup Well underway.

    Hey guys/gals, By now I hope you know that TechDays is a technical conference that we’re putting on across most of Canada – 7 cities to be exact. The other day I tweeted that I was excited because we crossed the 350 registered attendees for our “expansion city” of Halifax as of the registration reports on Friday. This is awesome for the region – mainly from a community / ecosystem perspective – it...