• An Offer you CAN’T refuse. Career advice AND Free stuff/Contest

    I’ve been talking about the resources available to you at some of our sites for a while now. I keep on talking about this one called Microsoft Virtual Academy a lot recently – and there is a reason. IT’S FREE (as in beer) It’s Consumable Chunks of video interviews / screencasts / interviews talking about current and upcoming technologies that can MAKE A DIFFERENCE in...
  • TechDays day 2–all the EXTRA STUFF

    One of the things that goes on while we’re in town for TechDays are “extra” events that are generally open for all to attend free of charge. I mean we have all these speakers from all sorts of backgrounds, passions and technology expertise focus areas – why not “share the love” with local community events. Cloud Camps are usually the day before – great format – something we started last year and continued...
  • TechDays Vancouver, T-2 to Go Time.

    As I was packing up this afternoon – I decided to snap a photo of what was mostly going into my Carry On Bag. Have a look – can you identify everything that an Evangelist brings along with him on a trip out to Vancouver TechDays and a User group in Saskatoon? Dell XT2 tablet – my corporate machine XT2-XFR Tablet – Same spec as corporate machine, but ruggedized (because sometimes I need some extra help...
  • We’ll be right back after this break…

    Hello folks, Today started very very early, we were leaving the hotel for the conference center a 5:30am…  yes, 5:30am.  however we had a great view from the hotel window. we were onsite at the Montreal Palais des Congres, to put the finishing touches on our Keynote presentation.  This morning, we tried something a little different.  we put together something a little special. not...
  • Continuing your Journey of learning after TechDays 2011

    Welcome to your one stop shop for links to all the online resources and references from a TechDays 2011 event.  By now – you have been back to work, eager to apply / learn more about the things you saw while attending TechDays . But you still have to wait a little longer to get access to the PowerPoints and recorded Videos from Toronto or Montreal – they will be up by the end of November / early...
  • Canadian IT Folks–Colin Smith - The Private Cloud in the Closet

    Something I’d like to start off with this Guest Blog post is the ability to get to know some of the fantastic speakers and partners in the technology space here in Canada. I created / participate in the LinkedIn group called Canadian IT Folks – thought the name was a good fit for this series – one thing lead to another and bang – here ya go. Colin Smith was more then happy to...
  • TechDays Vancouver T-1–Setup Day

    The event known as TechDays takes quite a bit of pre-planning and setup in order to pull off successfully. A good chunk of the team come in early in order to ensure things go smoothly. I snapped a quick shot of my carryon gear in a previous post – I thought I’d carry on with some more setup day stories and photos to fill in some more background info. Damir and I ended up arriving close to the same...
  • TechDays Day 1–MidDay update

    WOW oh Wow. it has been a fun ride here in Vancouver – and the first day is only half over!  Since I last checked in – we’ve had a speaker dinner and CloudCamp. TechDays_CA Vancouver Speaker Dinner VIEW SLIDE SHOW DOWNLOAD ALL Had the Microsoft Showcase and Partner Fair setup TechDays_ca Vancouver Microsoft Showcase VIEW SLIDE SHOW DOWNLOAD ALL An AWESOME keynote by Scott Hanselman. TechDays_ca...
  • Getting the goods!

    Hello folks, This is my compilation of some of the online resource available to you in December. This list featuring both live and on-demand content for December including webcasts, videos, virtual labs, and podcasts by product and topic. this is not the WHOLE list of the available content. but these are the ones i thought were relevant to the conversations I've had with customers and IT pros. Microsoft...
  • Recap on Resources: Free Training, Valuable Eval software and certification

    I’ve been a little spoiled with the weather while out and about getting ready for and helping deliver Techdays. It was Sunny, warm and quite nice – except for the departure day, little more rain and cold. Central Ontario was getting a nice warm spell as well – can’t complain for November weather for sure. On the closing evening, after the boxes were packed, the truck loaded and celebratory drinks were...
  • RunAs Radio podcast Episode #238–Diagnosing DNS

    { This article also appears on The Regular IT Guy } I sat down with Richard Campbell from RunAs Radio podcast during TechDays Toronto to record an episode while waiting for lunch.  He hit me up about my session called Diagnosing DNS (Based on the TechEd North America session by Mark Minasi). Some great chit chat and banter back and forth with Richard and I on all things networking and your Active...
  • TechDays 2011 Montréal – Construisez votre horaire personnalisé

    Après avoir eu le plaisir de discuter technologies avec les gens de Toronto et de Vancouver, c’est maintenant le tour d’aller à Montréal. TechDays Montréal arrive à grands pas et toute l’équipe donne son 200% pour finaliser le tout, question de vous donner une expérience plus qu’intéressante. Cette année encore plusieurs sujets de l’heure sont au menu. Que l’on s’intéresse à l’agilité, à l’infonuagique...
  • TechDays 2011 Montreal–Build your personalized Schedule

    After having the pleasure of talking about technology and connecting with people in Toronto and Vancouver – it’s now Montreal’s turn.  Techdays Montreal is coming quickly and the whole team is giving 200% effort to finish things up with a Bang. This year – lots of diverse sessions are on hand to choose from.  If you are interested in Agile, Cloud Computing, Application Testing with Visual...
  • TechDays Montréal 2011 – Du nouveau avec les laboratoires pratiques

    Vous aussi vous aimeriez avoir cet effet d’accomplissement que l’on peut voir sur la photo de cet article? D’avoir le goût de célébrer une victoire tels ces deux jeunes hommes? C’est ce bonheur que vous obtiendrez après avoir participé et terminer un laboratoire pratique: le sentiment d’avoir repoussé ses limites et d’avoir profité au maximum de l’expérience TechDays! Toujours dans le but d’offrir...
  • Techdays Montreal 2011–Something New, Hands On Labs!

    Yes – you can have this feeling of accomplishment these two guys are feeling when we took this picture. Do you want to have that feeling of fulfillment and spontaneous celebration like these two dudes?  You can get it after you take the leap of faith and attend one of our Hands On Labs at TechDays Montreal in order to know that you have maximized your time and experience at TechDays! As we try...
  • TechDays Montréal 2011–Présentation principale

    Chaque conférence qui se respecte a un “keynote”, une présentation principale. TechDays Montréal n’y échappe pas. Après quelques réflexions sur la personne que nous pourrions approcher, une idée s’est imposée comme un incontournable. Pourquoi ne pas trouver une étoile locale, quelqu’un qui est facilement abordable après la présentation et qui connait les enjeux du coin. C’est donc avec un grand plaisir...
  • TechDays 2011–Keynote for Montreal

    Each big conference attendee who’s signed up for conferences is looking for a Keynote. TechDays Montreal is no exception. After batting around a number of ideas over the last while, the team decided that it would be a GREAT idea to find a local superstar and personality who is well versed in Microsoft technologies to present – ALSO who’s a native of Montreal! It’s with great pleasure that we can announce...
  • De retour après la pause….

      Salut, La journée a commencé de bonne heure ce matin… 5 :30am.  voici la vue de ma chambre…  oui oui c’est le matin… Nous étions sur place tôt pour donner la touche final à notre présentation principale. Cematin à TechDays 2011 Montréal, nous avons eu la chance de faire une expérience un peu spéciale. Un Jeu de rôle avec en vedette, notre vedette locale, Guy Barrette , notre évangéliste...
  • Security Bulletins for the Regular IT Guy #35, November 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 Story of the TechDays Vancouver Keynote

    You’re probably wondering what the PowerPoint slide is all about. Well let me tell you. This is the story of the TechDays Vancouver keynote. A week from today, I have the distinct pleasure and honour (and stress!) of introducing   the keynote speaker. As you heard from Damir a little while ago, that speaker is none other than Mr. Scott Hanselman . How do you introduce someone that needs no introduction...
  • Everything You Need for TechDays Vancouver

      With just under a week to go before TechDays Vancouver , I know that the team here is going through all our prep lists to make sure that we have everything to ensure an amazing experience for you. While we’re doing that, you can get started on your TechDays prep with this “everything I need for TechDays” prep list – Vancouver Edition! There’s lots to do and so this post is a bit of a long read...
  • TechDays_CA Vancouver. TAKE An Instructor Lead Lab!

    In case it got missed in the communications to you about TechDays Toronto, Vancouver or Montreal – there is a new component available to continue your learnings on site and after the event takes place. You Asked for it… We Provided it!!!  Instructor Lead Labs. My freakin AWESOME colleague Susan Ibach is running (quite literally) the onsite Instructor Lead Labs which span ALL the content areas...
  • Resources for Retention

    You can attend all the conferences, seminars, and training courses that you want, but just watching and listening will only allow you to retain about 10% of the information given to you. A measly 10%. That’s a pretty low return on your investment. Luckily, we’ve designed TechDays to help participants remember and recall a whole lot more than that. For those attending the conference in...
  • TechDays 2011 Communication & Collaboration Track Resources

    TechDays 2011 in Toronto featured a myriad of sessions on Communications and Collaboration technologies featuring Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint Server, Microsoft Lync, and Office 365 . You learned about how to extend your Exchange infrastructure into the Cloud, the important role SharePoint plays in a the Microsoft business intelligence platform, how to effectively do web conferencing using...
  • TechDays 2011 SQL Server and Data Platform Track Resources

    A few days ago I posted the resources for the TechDays 2011 Communications and Collaboration track.  This post is intended to provide those who attended session in the Data Platform track to be able to continue their learning with the resources listed for each of the sessions delivered at TechDays 2011 in Toronto, as well as overall resources for the track.  As was evident from the content...