• One of the Many Reasons Why We Support Communities!

    The following article is written by Mitch Garvis ( @MGarvis ), who wanted to share the story of an individual who spoke of the value of getting involved with user groups and community and the benefits of doing so.  It is also a great example of why my team here at Microsoft Canada is so passionate about working with your local user group and community association.  Check it out!   Last...
  • You Only Need One Tool to Get System Center 2012 RC Installed!!

    Talking to individuals who downloaded the System Center 2012 RC from the TechNet Eval Center in December or early January, one of the pieces of feedback I received is that in order to get everything running you needed to install each component individually and that just took too long and also meant that you were potentially responding to over 450 screens of information. I get it. That’s a lot...
  • Free Learning Resources for Microsoft Virtualization & Private Cloud

    In the last little while as we have started to deliver the IT Virtualization Boot Camps as well as go out to various user groups and talk about the Microsoft Virtualization and Private Cloud offerings, I have often been asked where IT Pros can find resources to learn about how our products work, especially by those individuals who are familiar with VMware but not so much with Hyper-V and System Center...
  • Virtualization Infrastructure: Which platform is right for you?

    The following article is written by Mitch Garvis ( @MGarvis ) and also appears on The World According to Mitch . Over the past year as a Virtual Partner Technology Advisor for Microsoft Canada I have heard a lot of people say a lot of things about Hyper-V, and not all of it has been from people who work for (or are otherwise strongly invested in) VMware. Some of those arguments are reasoned, others...
  • Hey Vancouver IT Pros!!! IT Virtualization Boot Camps Are Coming to Your City Feb 10 & 11!!

    Wow!  When we announced the IT Virtualization Boot Camps in the TechNet eNewsletter last week, the response from you has been overwhelming.  Many of you emailed me saying you wanted an IT Virtualization Boot Camp in your city.  The folks on the West Coast, were especially vocal.  Well, I am happy to announce that we will be holding IT Virtualization Boot Camps in Vancouver on Friday...
  • “The SQL Guy” Post # 13: Changes to Location of Startup Options in SQL Server 2012

    Many users have hated the way SQL Server supported configuring startup parameters in previous versions. It was confusing and buried in a single text box under the Advanced Tab of SQL Server services in Configuration Manager. The only way you could separate different options is by using a semicolon(;) between the options.   With the introduction of SQL Server 2012, this is no longer an issue. The...
  • Lots of Learning & Team Spirit at IT Virtualization Boot Camps in Mississauga

    Yesterday, we wrapped up the second IT Virtualization Boot Camp brought to you by Microsoft TechDays Canada and your local user group - IT Pro Toronto .  Both on Saturday and on Monday, we had a full house with 40+ attendees taking part in a hands-on journey to a highly-available virtualization infrastructure on the Microsoft platform .  On top of that, all proceeds from registration fees...
  • Licensing software in the cloud

    A girlfriend of mine called me up this weekend looking for a DVD copy of an older piece of software. She was rebuilding a computer for a family member who had the product key but no installation media. I’m sure many of you have similar stories trying to fix or repair computers for your family and friends. One of the nice things about using software online or “in the cloud” so to...
  • What’s a Layer 1 or Layer 2 Hypervisor and Where Does Hyper-V Fit In?

    The following article is written by Mitch Garvis ( @MGarvis ) and also appears on The World According to Mitch .  Expect to see more articles from Mitch in the future. In the world of Server Virtualization, there are two types of hypervisors: Layer 2 hypervisors are installed as an application (or service) on an existing operating system (such as Microsoft Windows). Layer 1 hypervisors are in...
  • Microsoft Online learning opportunities: February 2012

    Hello folks, This is my compilation of some of the online resource available to you in February 2012 . This list featuring both live and on-demand content 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 customers and IT pros. Microsoft webcasts are 30-90 minutes in length...
  • “The SQL Guy” Post # 12: Understanding Data Hashing Techniques in SQL Server

    I don’t often deal a lot with the business intelligence side of SQL Server preferring to spend most of my time on the relational side of the house.  However, once in a while topics about optimizing a data warehouse or helping to secure BI data peak my interest.  I ran across this article by Don Pinto, a SQL Server Security Product Manager at Microsoft and thought it was worth sharing. ...
  • Important Webcast Tomorrow: Learn About Exciting Developments in Microsoft’s Private Cloud Strategy

    Tomorrow (January 17th) at 8:30am PST / 11:30am EST there is a really important webcast featuring Satya Nadella , the President of Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business.  If you are interested in hearing developments about Microsoft’s Private Cloud strategy including the System Center product line, Hyper-V, and Windows Server, you need to register for the webcast .  During the webcast you...
  • Get Hands-On With Microsoft Virtualization & Help Your Local User Group

    As our team looks to provide valuable content to you to help you grow in your career and acquire new skills, I am often asked if we can put on more hands-on events where you get a chance to play with the technology.  At TechDays 2011 this year we offered hands-on labs for the very first time and had a phenomenal response.  However, TechDays did not go to all cities across the country and...
  • “The SQL Guy” Post # 11: SQL Server’s Black Box Can Be Very Helpful

    Ever wanted to find out what was happening when SQL Server crashed? Your investigation should also include reviewing the SQL Server activities much like what profiler would do. SQL Server 2005 (including 2008, 2008R2 and the upcoming 2012) come with a default trace enabled out of the box. This trace keeps track of configuration changes, process level information and other information that can be very...
  • Back to the basics with Microsoft software licensing options

    My colleagues and I get asked a lot about licensing. Frankly, Microsoft doesn’t have a great reputation for keeping it simple. And to be totally transparent – I, like many of my colleagues, would usually rather stick a fork in my eye that talk about it because it can get complicated. And confusing. And just…ugh. So you can imagine my joy when I was asked to write a newsletter...
  • “The SQL Guy” Post # 10: INSERT Multiple Rows with Table Value Constructor

    Wouldn’t it be nice to have the ability to insert multiple rows of data using one Insert statement? Every time you create a table and have to insert rows manually, you will need to repeat “Insert Into <Tables> values..”   SQL Server 2008 and up provide the ability to insert multiple rows of data through one INSERT statement. This makes the entire statement part of one single DML (Data Manipulation...