• Real World Azure: An Overview of Cloud Computing

    The other day Rick posted an entry on cloud computing and asked “As IT Pros who save the world every day at work – what do you think about all this “cloud” stuff?”  It led to a lot of comments and questions. Our colleagues over at TechNet Edge have started to answer the questions around cloud computing specifically aimed at the IT Pro.  It is a four part series which will cover the IT Pro...
  • Hack and Defend

    It’s back!  Last years popular Hack and Defend workshops are back!  Step inside the mind of a hacker at Microsoft’s Hack and Defend Workshop. Discover the tactics used to penetrate your PC, become aware of the most threatening viruses online, and most importantly, learn how to help protect yourself. Hands-on presentations by industry-leading professionals and Microsoft experts in security...
  • End of support for Windows 2000, XP SP2 and Windows Vista RTM

    As we announced in 2008, support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) will end on July 13, 2010. Support for Windows 2000 will end on the same date. Support for Windows Vista Release to Manufacturing (RTM) will end on April 13, 2010. NOTE: There is no Service Pack 3 for the 64-bit version of Windows XP. If you are running the 64-bit version of Windows XP with Service Pack 2, you are on the latest service...
  • Announcing Microsoft TechDays 2010

    Hi Everyone, I’ve been looking forward to this post for a long time and while I wish it would have been earlier, it was paramount to us to take the time to review your feedback and insights before we thought about moving ahead for 2010. Techdays 2009 was very successful with over 87% of the guests surveyed being very satisfied with the overall event and over 90% also indicated their intention to...
  • Security Bulletins for the Regular IT Guy – Episode 13 - 3/9/2010

    Over pints Pierre Roman, Bruce Cowper and Rick Claus decided they would put together a concise and timely podcast each “Update Tuesday”. The object is to keep it simple by letting you know in plain non technical language what the updates are, what they resolve and why you should care. Have a listen directly from the embedded Silverlight player OR subscribe to the feed and download it to your...
  • Windows 7 & Server 2008 R2 SP1 – What’s Coming?

    Yesterday the Windows team disclosed some information on what you can expect for Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2.  While there are no new features set for Windows 7 SP1 there is a change to XP Mode available for Windows 7 Professional and up.  Until now your computer needed to support hardware assisted virtualization for XP Mode to run but that has changed.  XP Mode will...
  • Real World Azure: The IT Professional’s Role and Windows Azure

    It’s obvious by the number of comments to Rick’s post , and my last post on Azure, that there are a lot of questions still on your mind in regards to cloud computing.  IT Pro Technical Evangelist Joey Snow and Senior Architect Evangelist Brian Prince are back at it again! This time Brian gives the white board a workout as he describes the Windows Azure architecture and answers questions about...
  • Coffee and Code in St. John’s at Coffee Matters March 25th 9:30 AM

    UPDATE: Apparently Coffee Matters on Water street is now a restaurant and no longer a coffee shop. As a result - we've moved the location to across the street where our friends at Blue On Water have offered their restaurant space. Same Concept - just different address - 319 Water Street instead of 320. ---------- A month shy of a year , we’re heading back to Coffee Matters in St. John’s, Newfoundland...
  • “Security Bulletins for the Regular IT Guy” Podcast – O.O.B - 3/30/2010

    Over pints Pierre Roman, Bruce Cowper and Rick Claus decided they would put together a concise and timely podcast each “Update Tuesday”. The object is to keep it simple by letting you know in plain non technical language what the updates are, what they resolve and why you should care. Have a listen directly from the embedded Silverlight player OR subscribe to the feed and download it to your iTunes...
  • EnergizeIT 2010: Coming Very Soon!

    In a couple of weeks, Microsoft’s Technical Evangelism Team will embark on the EnergizeIT 2010 Tour, a cross-country set of presentation showing what’s possible with Microsoft tools and technology. If you want to know how Visual Studio 2010, Office 2010, SharePoint 2010 and other Microsoft tools and tech can cut your costs and help your business and organization, you should catch an EnergizeIT event...
  • RunAs Radio – Robert Manages SharePoint 2010

    As part of EnergizeIT 2010 we have partnered with RunAs Radio to produce some podcasts on Office 2010.  The first podcast of this 4 part series was posted yesterday.  If you don’t already subscribe to RunAs Radio I encourage you to do so.  It is a great podcast aimed directly at IT professionals. ------------------------- In this episode Richard and Greg talk to Robert Crane from the...
  • Desktop Virtualization Hour

    With the recent Windows 7 Deployment Deep Dive tour wrapping up tomorrow night in Saskatoon one of the most common question topics was desktop virtualization.  From XP Mode to MED-V, App-V to VDI there are plenty of choice to fit the needs of the particular situation.  What is the best migration path to Windows 7? What’s the best desktop management strategy for my company? Which virtualization...