• Remote Worker / Teleworking, UC and #G20 woes

    (photo by Neil McIntyre http://www.flickr.com/photos/neilmcintyre/4711178904/ ) Unless you have been living under a rock for the last couple of months – you probably know that the G20 summit is taking place in Downtown Toronto this weekend. As an IT guy – I can only imagine the amount of work and planning the IT staff had to do for all the Business Continuity plans that had to be activated for all...
  • Support for Windows 2000 and XP SP2 Ends on July 13th so Mark Your Calendars

    It’s amazing how time flies. I remember writing one of the first in a series of books talking about Active Directory , one of the big enhancements to Windows 2000, and can’t believe that I was doing that more than 10 years ago! But, time marches on and I have written many more books on Windows since then, better versions of Windows have since shipped, and Active Directory has changed a...
  • Your TechDays 2010 Frequently Asked Questions

    One of my favourite parts of being the “face of TechDays” in all communications is that I also get the opportunity to reply to every email that is sent to the td_can@microsoft.com email alias. I get lots of emails – over 1000 at last count – and I reply to each one. Keep them coming – I really love reading them and having the conversation. The fact that developers and...
  • Automated Install of Office 2010

    With Office 2010 out the door more and more people are adding it to their deployment plans. Sean Kearney, aka the Energized Tech, put together this post on how to customize a silent install of Office 2010. Check it out and bookmark the page for when you are tasked with this job :) ------------------------ I Learned a neat trick I’d like to share with you all. It’s called “How...
  • Managing PCs in the Cloud

    Cloud computing has been a hot topic for a while now.  Microsoft InTune is a cloud based PC management service that is currently in beta.  It is an intriguing service for small and medium sized businesses and I found this webcast with Joseph Dadzie who is the Program Manager for Windows InTune.  Check out this webcast and learn What are some of the similarities and differences between...
  • SoundBites from MakeWebNotWar

    I got prodded by Steve Syfuhs– as to what ever happened to the Audio recordings my team created during NerdsOnATrain / Make Web Not War event. In case you missed it – Make Web Not War is an event that Microsoft put on last week in partnership with the PHP community, partners and individuals in Montreal as part of MonDev – an open source week of events. Part of the activities associated...
  • Security Bulletins for the Regular IT Guy – Episode 17 – 6/8/2010

    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...
  • A Few Tips & Tricks on Attending Microsoft TechEd 2010

    As a technical professional, it's a safe bet that you will attend a conference (or two) during your professional career. Given this reality, it's a good idea to have a plan that outlines what you should do before, during and after each conference. With Microsoft TechEd 2010 less than a week away, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of my tips & tricks when attending this conference...