• Exam Prep for 70-659 Part 4: Configuring Storage

    As I wrote in an earlier post , there is no better time to write your exam for 70-659 Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization, than now and particularly before May 31, 2012. So to aid in that endeavour, Joseph Yedid, an IT specialist with Enhansoft in Ottawa, has put together a series of posts focused on getting IT folk ready to pass this exam. Joseph writes his blog at www.josephyedid.com but...
  • Where’s The Windows “Start” Button?

    Over the last few weeks I have received many emails from IT professionals across the country about their experience with Windows 8 Consumer Preview .  Overall, I have to admit that the switch to the Metro UI by a number of you has not been a happy one.  Looks like you’re having some challenges with the new UI and I hope sharing my own experience with Windows 8 Consumer Preview may help others...
  • Need help studying for your 70-659 exam? Join one of our study groups!

    Different people learn in different ways and in my last post about the great incentives there are to take exam 70-659 Windows Server Virtualization before May 31st, I also listed a number of resources you could use to study up. Depending on your learning style, different resources will appeal to you. Well, if you’re the type that does better in a group or at a set time, then perhaps an online...
  • Exam Prep for 70-659 Part 3: Configuring Virtual Networks and VLAN Security

    As I wrote ain an earlier post , there is no better time to write your exam for 70-659 Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization, than now and particularly before May 31, 2012. So to aid in that endeavour, Joseph Yedid, an IT specialist with Enhansoft in Ottawa, has put together a series of posts focused on getting IT folk ready to pass this exam. Joseph writes his blog at www.josephyedid.com but...
  • Monthly Online learning opportunity listing

    Hello folks, This is my compilation of some of the online resource available to you in April 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 # 22: Understanding Transparent Data Encryption

    You may have heard about Transparent Data Encryption (TDE), which was introduced in SQL Server 2008. But what does it do, what are its advantages and disadvantages and how can you leverage this technology in SQL Server? Keep reading this tips and tricks article to learn how.   Transparent Data Encryption (also called as TDE) is a technology in SQL Server that offers encryption of data-at-rest...
  • Déployer Windows 7 avec MDT 2010, Partie 1 - Installation du serveur

    This post is the start of 4-part series for our French-speaking readers on how to use MDT 2010 to deploy Windows 7 in your environment. The series is written by Yannick Plavonil , a Microsoft MVP based in Quebec. You can find this and more on his own blog – Revue du Geek . Let me know what other topics you would like covered in the future. Leave a comment or send an email by clicking on the...
  • Exam Prep for 70-659 Part 2: Remote Management

    As I wrote ain an earlier post , there is no better time to write your exam for 70-659 Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization, than now and particularly before May 31, 2012. So to aid in that endeavour, Joseph Yedid, an IT specialist with Enhansoft in Ottawa, has put together a series of posts focused on getting IT folk ready to pass this exam. Joseph writes his blog at www.josephyedid.com but...
  • Exam Prep for 70-659 Part 1: Installing Hyper-V

    As I wrote ain an earlier post , there is no better time to write your exam for 70-659 Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization, than now and particularly before May 31, 2012. So to aid in that endeavour, Joseph Yedid, an IT specialist with Enhansoft in Ottawa, has put together a series of posts focused on getting IT folk ready to pass this exam. Joseph writes his blog at www.josephyedid.com but...
  • Creating a New Active Directory Forest in Server Core

    We often get asked how to do certain “simple” operations on the GUI when running the Server Core installation of Windows Server 2008 R2 . While the SCONFIG utility allows you to perform a number of tasks quickly, it does not cover every possibility. There are still times when you need to go to the command line or look into using PowerShell . This post takes you through how to create a new...
  • The “SQL Guy” Post # 21: Efficiently Manage Large Data Modifications

    Did you know that you can now use the TOP operator for Deleting, Inserting and Updating data in SQL Server tables? Using the TOP operator for DML operation can help you in executing very large data operations by breaking the process into smaller pieces. This can potentially help with increased performance and also helps with improving database concurrency for larger and highly accessed tables. This...
  • Microsoft Private Cloud part 3: VMware private cloud and per-VM licensing

    A new whitepaper was released in January comparing private cloud solutions from Microsoft and VMware, taking a look at the functionality, benefits and economics of each solution. This series of blog posts breaks down the components of the whitepaper into consumable chunks and I’ve added my own commentary. Read the entire series >> Licensing a VMware private cloud with per-VM licensing...
  • Creating and Managing a Private Cloud: free 2 day online training

    You may already be well versed on Windows server 2008 and Hyper-V and you may already be running a component or two of the System Center suite, but do you know how to put it all together to to build out, manage and operate a private cloud? Join this free 2 day online Jump Start course designed for IT admins and professionals who are looking for a fast-paced approach to get technical understanding of...
  • Découvrir les outils pour mener à bien votre déploiement windows 7

    One of the challenges I face is how to properly serve the French-speaking IT Professionals out there.  I don’t write French very well and others on the team are, unfortunately, primarily English speakers.  I suppose that if I wanted to I could craft a blog post or two in Croatian since this is the country of my birth , but I’m not sure that it would really reach a very large portion of the...
  • Hyper-V in Windows Server “8” Beta and VMware–Looking at the Numbers

    This week I delivered a number of sessions at Prairie IT & DevCon in Calgary. These included a SOLD OUT IT Virtualization Boot Camp , an IT Camp where most of the conversation centered around Windows Server “8” Beta , as well as 2 sessions at the conference itself on What’s New in Windows Server “8” Beta for Hyper-V – where we only scratched the surface on all...
  • “The SQL Guy” Post #20: Using Cell Level Encryption in SQL Server

    Last week you learned how to setup the encryption key hierarchy in SQL Server .  Now, let’s use encryption to encrypt sensitive data in SQL Server.   It is quite possible that you might have sensitive data that needs encryption at a finer level of detail than the entire database. Most of the row might need to be visible to users, while certain sensitive information such as employee salary...
  • The best time to pass the 70-659 Windows Server Virtualization exam is NOW!

    There has never been a better time to study for and pass the 70-659 exam because we here at Microsoft Canada are determined to get as many Canadian system admins, network admins, IT managers, IT job seekers, and whatever-else-you-want-to-call-yourself certified on Window Server virtualization as possible. Why? Virtualization is the foundation for private cloud and dynamic IT infrastructure. Being...
  • Flight Delays, Lounges & Continuous Learning

    I write this while sitting in an Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge in Winnipeg waiting for my flight to Calgary for Prairie IT & DevCon West (March 13-16, 2012 at the Telus Convention Center).  I had actually planned to write this later tonight but because the we had to wait for our pilots on my connecting flight from Toronto to arrive, I have a comfortable hour-long delay in the brand new terminal...
  • Coming to a computer near you: the Global Relationship Study (GRS) survey

    Every fall and spring, a survey goes out to a few hundred thousand IT folk in Canada asking what they think of Microsoft as a company. The information we get from this survey helps us understand what problems and issues you’re facing and how we can do better. We take the input we get from this survey very seriously. Now I don’t know who of you will get the survey and who won’t...
  • “The SQL Guy” Post #19: Working with Encryption Keys in SQL Server

    Ever wonder how encryption keys are protected and managed in SQL Server?   Microsoft SQL Server makes use of a key hierarchy, which helps to protect keys that are to be used for encryption. This hierarchy can best be viewed as a series of layers, in which each layer encrypts the layer below it.  This hierarchy provides a highly secure infrastructure for sensitive data.   Figure 1 illustrates...
  • SQL Server 2012 RTM Now Available–Attend the Virtual Launch Event

    Today, when I went to www.microsoft.com/sql I was delighted to find the image to the left with a link to download the evaluation edition of the newest release of SQL Server  - SQL Server 2012.  There are so many great features in this edition that listing them would not make sense. Instead, you should register for and attend the SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch event tomorrow (March 7th) to...
  • Microsoft Private Cloud part 2: unlimited virtualization rights

    A new whitepaper was released in January comparing private cloud solutions from Microsoft and VMware, taking a look at the functionality, benefits and economics of each solution. This series of blog posts breaks down the components of the whitepaper into consumable chunks and I’ve added my own commentary. Read the entire series >> Licensing rights for your cloud Private cloud building...