• “The SQL Guy” Post # 1: BEST PRACTICES FOR USING SQL SERVER NETWORK PROTOCOL

    When I first joined my team at Microsoft, I was labelled “the SQL guy” for my SQL Server and Oracle background by others on the team.  It didn’t help that the first major event that I was involved with at Microsoft was the SQL Server 2005 Launch Tour.  Over the years I have done many things and worked with great technologies, but I still have a passion for databases and, since SQL Server...
  • The Hammer of Thor, the Lightening of Zeus, None compares to Windows Powershell! It can CLOSE MY OPEN FILES!

    Hi, I’m Sean. I’m an ITPro and about three years ago ( and you can’t tell my wife this ) I began my affair with Windows Powershell.   As you can tell from my background (and forget all the silly letters) I really just consider myself a true blue, grease under my fingers, crimpers in my pocket, screwdriver in my mouth, TECH. A few months back somebody asked on TechNet Talk Radio if Powershell...
  • Here’s the Scoop on TechDays 2011

    Over the last few weeks I have received many emails from individuals across the country asking about TechDays 2011 so I figured I would give you all an update. Over the last few months the team and I have been discussing how we can make TechDays 2011 even better than in previous years. We took your feedback over the last three years as the basis of our discussion on making an improved TechDays 2011...
  • One Man’s Journey from Google Apps to Office 365

    Kanwal Khipple told me about how he moved from Google Apps and Gmail to Office 365. I thought that this would be a journey that others might be interested in as well and asked him to put t ogether a post to tell you how he did it. The post below is in his own words. Whether we love life, gadgets, productivity tools or all of the above - change is the only constant. I believe it and am certain you believe...
  • Security Bulletins for the Regular IT Guy #32, July 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...
  • The Microsoft Cloud Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

    By now, you’ve heard a lot about the “Microsoft Cloud”. We’ve talked a lot about what is Windows Azure , the problems it solves, the business opportunities it presents, and even more so, implementation scenarios, security, privacy, etc. More recently, we’ve also talked about the same with respect to Office 365. But there’s one aspect of Windows Azure that has always been a mystery to most – what’s...
  • Windows Intune Beta–V2 now available

    Originally it was US only… …but it’s now available IN CANADA. In case you don’t already know - I’m a fan of Windows Intune. One advantage of Cloud Services and Software As A Service is the speed at which new updates can come around and be available for deployment to YOUR clients – on YOUR schedule.  No longer do you have to do massive changes to your back end servers to make new functionality...