• Reason # 42 to Attend TechDays 2011: Hands-On Labs

    One of the elements added to TechDays 2011 that I am most excited about is the addition of instructor-led hands-on labs at the event.  This is directly as a result of your feedback asking us for more content where you can actually play with the technology.  We will have 9 labs on site and an additional 40+ labs that you will be able to take advantage of from the luxury of your home or workplace...
  • How I preserve that new PC smell.

    While participating in a discussion on LinkedIn ( http://linkd.in/r3WJPl ) where we were discussing what are the different processes\habits that people have in order to setup a newly acquired machine, i decided to document my own process. I personally use a mix of WinPE and ImageX to image the machine and that way preserve that new PC smell. Here are the details: to create the WinPE disk, Download...
  • Everything You Need for TechDays Toronto

    There’s always lots to do when it comes to getting ready for a conference (especially if you’re travelling), so I thought I would take this opportunity to review your “everything I need for TechDays Toronto ” prep list with you. I won’t be able to help you with your personal prep to-dos, but I can suggest the following: Review the Session Abstracts and build your schedule...
  • IT Camp–something for SysAdmins, LanAdmins, Tech Pros and IT Junkies

    OK – it’s not what you think. There are no formal presentations . It’s not death by PowerPoint . It’s NOT marketing / Sales It’s for Technical Professionals / Geeks / Pro-Sumers / SysAdmins / LanAdmins / Security Experts / basically anyone that works in IT or has a passion / interest in IT. It’s not your traditional “event” from Microsoft – or at least one that you would expect. Using the *.Camp approach...
  • WestCoast Virtualization Swing - Session resources

    I was out West the other week, attending the itech summit (in Calgary and Vancouver) and paying a visit to VANTUG (Vancouver Technology User Group). I had a great time talking to everyone about Virtualization, Private Cloud and a bit of Public Cloud. Out of all the great conversations that I had, I found that something kept coming up, so much so that I thought it would be good to include in a blog...
  • Don’t Miss Out on Great Keynotes and Sessions at TechDays 2011

    Time moves quickly! Hard to believe that we are only a few weeks away from the first TechDays 2011 event in Toronto on October 25/26. We’ve been busy getting the content ready and are working with a great group of subject matter experts from Microsoft, our Partners, the MVP community and your peers to deliver some of the best content we have ever put together! I’m really excited to let you know that...
  • Help Us Improve the Way We Help You

    Twice a year, every autumn and spring, we send out a survey called the Global Relationship Study to a number of IT Professionals across Canada. We use the feedback from this survey to make changes and adjustments within the company and how we engage with you – our customer, our audience, our reason for being. We take the results of this feedback quite seriously, so it’s a great way for your to get...
  • Reason #11 To Attend TechDays–The Data Platform Content Area

    We’ve revealed the keynotes , the Windows Client and Phone Track , the Developer Tools, Languages and Framework track , the Developer Practices & Architecture , and the Cloud Computing and Online Services track, but the one thing that all of these have in common is the need to access, store, and manipulate data.  Organizations rely on IT to help ensure that corporate data is safe and secure...
  • TechDays 2011: Security, Identity and Management…Oh Yeah!

    TechDays is THE conference for technical training in Canada and it’ll be hitting these cities on these dates: October 25-26: Toronto November 15-16: Vancouver November 29-30: Montreal This year I’m putting together the speakers and sessions for the security, identity and management track. It’s going to be great – we’ve got a number of...