• How To: Security Enhancements with Windows Server 2008 R2

    One of the internal notification emails I get is from a group that writes up TechNet articles on things that Microsoft Internal IT (a.k.a MSIT) do to manage the 90,000 ish employees of the largest software company in the world. They are rather interesting to read and typically hit the 100 – 200 technical level – giving you a sense of what’s possible when you apply a solutions based approach to issues...
  • Microsoft Lync launches today!

    As a mobile employee who’s office is typically anywhere there is an internet connection – I live and die by video conference, instant one on one and group chat conversations.  It’s the way our team stays connected even when we’re principally in at least 4 different cities. I was added to the internal Beta of Microsoft Lync and immediately saw some great improvements over the previous version ...
  • Security Bulletins for the Regular IT Guy - #25, November 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. As always - if you have suggestions on making it better - please pass on your comments. Mail Rick directly  –...
  • Multi Xbox situations and Solid State BABY!

    OK- so being an IT Pro or Geek can’t be all work and no fun. I know how exciting it can be planning out your Active Directory migration from x86 DCs to Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 DCs, but eventually you need some form of Down Time. It’s different for everyone – me? I try to focus on being 100% present with my family, friends and occasionally playing some Xbox 360 ( See my xBox console...
  • TechDays Experience–what’s the scoop?

    This post has been long overdue. Seriously – after finishing off Vancouver TechDays a couple of MONTHS ago, Edmonton is in the rear view mirror – heck even OTTAWA is over with now. I think it’s about time to talk a bit about Experience in general. I’ll be updating this post with even more up to date information if anything changes for TECHDAYS 2010 CANADA. What do I mean? I’m talking about the stuff...
  • Moving on…

    It seems like yesterday that I wrote this post introducing myself as the newest member of the Canadian TechNet team. Over the last 4+ years I’ve had the opportunity of a lifetime travelling across Canada engaging and interacting with the outstanding technical community in Canada and evangelizing the fantastic products and solutions Microsoft produces. From TechNet events, to EnergizeIT, to TechDays...