• Offline Servicing Toolkit v3 Beta!

    During the course of EnergizeIT I got a few questions about how to maintain your library of offline VMs that you have built for your test/lab environment or you have stored for various reasons.  I had mentioned the Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Toolkit and saw today that they kicked off the beta for v3. VMST 3.0 helps customers more effectively—and safely—manage the workflow of updating their...
  • Microsoft TechDays 2010 – Update 2: Prices and Venues

    Hi Everyone, In an update to my original post for TechDays 2010 we now have confirmed prices and venues. As well, the web sites is making great progress and we are on track for the launch date as registration goes live on the 10th May. The session tracks have almost been confirmed and that means we’ll soon be on to building the sessions. Damir is leading the ongoing efforts with the team and many...
  • Plan, Test, Assess, Deploy

    He’s back!  On April 29th, join Microsoft Technical Fellow, Mark Russinovich , as he will be leading a discussion around the process of planning, testing, assessing and rolling out Windows 7 in an enterprise organization.  Having just finished up the Windows 7 Deployment Deep Dive Community Tour I know there are a lot of plans to deploy Windows 7 and with every plan there are a lot of questions...
  • Microsoft TechDays 2010 – Update 1: TechDays Team

    Hi Everyone, As we get close to opening registration for this year I wanted to take some time to update you on TechDays 2010 , introduce the team and give you the opportunity to get connected. Before I get to the update I want to take a moment to thank everyone so much for your emails, tweets and calls. I’m really excited about the buzz and interest building in TechDays….. especially on increasing...
  • Networking – oldstyle. What’s you’re approach?

    Part of our visit to Quebec City, Shawinigan and Trois-Rivières included driving and walking around the city to get to events and places in between. As you might have noticed – the traditional construction of most houses include outside stairs access to the upper floors and balconies. Christian was telling me stories of him growing up and going outside most nights to socialize with all the neighbours...
  • EnergizeIT - Quebec Roadtrip – Shawinigan edition

    EnergizeIT is in “extended” mode this week with sessions taking place outside of “the usual suspect” cities we normally visit. Time and resources unfortunately constrain where we go and who we connect with – but this time we managed to top off at 21 cities across Canada. Team east visited  Shawinigan yesterday in order to talk with students at CEGEP de Shawinigan about how to succeed in their...
  • Coffee and Code – Quebec City – on now!

    In case you are in the neighbourhood of the EnergizeIT Event this evening at École national d’administration public (dans L’amphithéatre) in Quebec City – Christian and I are having an impromptu Coffee and Code this afternoon.  We found a coffee shop next door and we’re all set up. We’re already here and “live” at 585 boulevard Charest EST at a coffee shop called “City” on the top floor. Free...
  • On The Road – EnergizeIT – Quebec Edition – Part 5

    subtitle: Monster of all shapes and sizes. Wrapping up this road trip from Ottawa to Quebec City involves a mix of strange companions: Nudist Camps, Monster Trucks, Dinosaurs and a little weather control. I have to mention the Nudist camps along the route – just because there are at least three of them between Ottawa and Quebec city.  Why such a concentration is anyone’s guess. I can’t help but...
  • On The Road – EnergizeIT – Quebec Edition – Part 4

      subtitle: Donuts and coffee secrets   What’s a road trip without coffee and donuts? it’s unheard of. While on the road out east – we tried to share the secret of keeping your coffee in your cup instead of being spilt on your lap while trying to drink it in a moving car. Since the roads in Montreal / highway 20 were in the state they were in – I figured it was time for a second attempt....
  • On The Road – EnergizeIT Quebec edition Part 3

    subtitle: Childhood memories of Roadtrips Do you do roadtrips now with family / kids / friends? I remember a number of trips that I took as a kid in my parents yellow volvo station wagon. It’s funny how visual images bring back memories so clearly. I feel like I am going back in time when I drive on the 20 around Montreal.  That and the damn confusing road signs… The vehicles have changed, but...
  • On The Road – EnergizeIT Quebec edition Part 2

    subtitle: What to do for lunch while on the road. With EnergizeIT – we’ve visited 20 different cities and traveled by car, plane, bus and train. One thing that always comes up is “where should we eat?”. Sometimes it can take a while to settle on a place that isn’t your branded takeout food – some of the guys are more picky then others. Christian and I always try to “go local” and find something that...
  • On The Road – EnergizeIT Quebec edition Part 1

    Quick update – we’re on the road and living large en route to Québec City from Ottawa. Christian managed to get his summer tires on his car in time for the roadtrip. I thought we’d put up some updates along the way as we’re driving. I’m using the Bell wireless internet stick sitting in the front seat with a power inverter driving down the 417 towards the Quebec border. En route – we’ll have to watch...
  • Help Microsoft focus on customers and partners

    Hi Everyone, I’m John Oxley and for those that don’t know me, I’m the Director of the Technical Evangelism at Microsoft Canada.  I’m part of 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...
  • Security Bulletins for the Regular IT Guy – Episode 14 – 4/13/2010

    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...
  • Microsoft Desktop Player

    Webcast, video cast, white papers, resource links, there are plenty of all of these scattered throughout the web.  Finding them and having them available when and where you need them can be a challenge.  Searching, missing plugins, and a requirement to be online all pose challenges to access the information we want when we want it.  There is help via a beta tool called the Microsoft...
  • RunAs Radio – Nick Simons Puts Office on the Web

    As part of EnergizeIT 2010 we have partnered with RunAs Radio to produce some podcasts on Office 2010.  In this episode Richard and Greg talk to Nick Simons about the upcoming Microsoft office Web Apps. Web Apps are lightweight versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote available through Sharepoint 2010 or soon via Windows Live SkyDrive. The conversation digs into how users can interoperate...
  • “Where ya to ‘der b’y?” EnergizeIT East Coast Update

    People I chat with wonder what it is we do when we’re on the road with a series of activities that encompass a number of events like EnergizeIT. I’ve been peckin’ away at this post while were were on the road a week or so ago and finally made all the pieces fit and reordered in a chronological order (Yeah – I’m a little late – I know).  I wanted to share with ya how the first week of EnergizeIT...