• Are you supporting Dev projects? Jump In to the WebMatrix later today.

    Yesterday I called out a video explaining something called WebPI yesterday and introduced you to Lucas. The goal behind that solution is mostly for the IT Professional that has to setup and deploy WebApps with all dependencies included. Works great if you are already in the know for how to setup Microsoft Servers and IIS. But what about people who are not used to using or setting up the Microsoft...
  • Make Windows 2008 R2 roar like a performance machine…

    Hello Folks, I meet a lot of you during the last TechDays season.  And a few of you asked me if there were any information or guidelines for “tuning” servers. Well I found out that an old document has been updated and is  just as relevant today as it was when it was just published back in June 2009. This guide describes tuning parameters and settings that you can tweak to improve the performance...
  • Windows Phone 7 - IT Pro Resources

    I’ve been doing Windows Mobile for quite some time now and hooking devices up to Microsoft Exchange Active Sync for push email delivery, sync and notifications. It’s nothing new – been doing push email now since Windows Mobile 5.0. I’ve survived , struggled , used a variety of phone devices for years and for the most part, hookin’ them up and supporting them hasn’t...
  • Over $4300 Raised for User Groups through the Azure Community Promotion!!

    In conversations with UG leads across the country, we heard clearly for Canada the cloud represents so many opportunities for organizations, developers and IT Pros.   After listening to the feedback, through these conversations and others from TechDays, we decided we needed to do something that drives awareness and helps grow skills.  That something turned out to be the Azure Community...
  • Security Bulletins for the Regular IT Guy–# 26, January 2011

    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...
  • Web Platform Installer (WEB PI) explained!

    Let me introduce you to Lucas. He’s a Web Designer / consultant who’s setting up webservers the OLD way. What do I mean by that? As IT Pros/Technical folks with multiple Hats, I know that I used to get asked to setup web servers for various projects and it was a PAIN IN THE A** to figure out what dependencies and configurations / connection strings / language runtimes had to be installed to get everything...
  • SharePoint your thing? SharePoint Summit 2011 - Jan 31–Feb 2nd.

    If SharePoint is your thing – you gotta be at the SharePoint Summit 2011 running January 31st to Feb 2nd in Toronto (La version français en Québec le 11 et 12 avril ).  It’s THE GO TO EVENT with regards to access to SharePoint experts, Partners and all things SharePoint in general here in Canada. A little full disclosure – it is a paid for event and Microsoft Canada is a Sponsor of the event. ...
  • Free Tools: Taking stock of what’s in house with MAP 5.5

    It’s January, start of a new Calendar year and typically time for regular folk to take a personal inventory of what’s been going on over the last year and plan for what lies ahead. IT departments don’t necessarily run on the same schedule, but you might find that you have cycles to check up on what’s in your shop in order to help plan for the future. I just got an internal notice that the final version...
  • Cloud interview–Canadian perspective. My IT Pro Spin.

    A good friend of mine, John Weigelt, National Technology Officer for Microsoft Canada had an interview with Mary Allen from http://itincanada.ca about cloud computing and what are points to know about the good ol’ US Patriot Act, Canadian PIPEDA and security/privacy in cloud environments. The article is a long one – 14 pages (I guess they are lookin’ to bump up their add revenue and page views) but...
  • IPocalypse Now

    Some time this week the last of the public IPv4 addresses will be distributed.  You read that right, no more public IPv4 addresses.  If you’ve been following along this might not be a surprise but if you’ve been buried under a pile of projects the last year or two you might have missed this.  Regardless now more than ever IPv6 is going to make inroads and soon you’ll be asked about it...