• Help Protect Your Friends And Family From Phone Scams

    A few weeks ago, I was surprised to get a call from Microsoft offering to help “fix my window”. This was surprising because: My window wasn’t broken and having worked at Microsoft for a while, I’m pretty sure we don’t do home repairs. Microsoft doesn’t call people out of the blue to offer technical support (I knew what he was really talking about)...
  • Managing Older Versions of Windows with Windows Server “8” Beta Tools (and vice versa)

    [UPDATE: The RC release of WMF 3.0 is now avaialble for use with Windows Server 2012 RC. You can download WMF 3.0 RC from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29939] Over the last few weeks while travelling across Canada for the Private Cloud Launch Tour , as well as the Windows Server 2012 Install Camps , I have often been asked whether or not it is possible to use Server Manager...
  • Get Hands-On with System Center 2012 and Windows Server 2012

    After 20 IT Camp events across Canada , if there is one thing that we have heard loud and clear from many of you out there, it is that you like to get hands-on with our technology . This just means that we need to do more of them, and we are. Over the next 6 weeks we will be coming to a city near you with a series of two events – Private Cloud Boot Camps and Windows Server 2012 Install Camps...
  • The “SQL Guy” Post # 28: Introducing the New IIF() Function in SQL Server 2012

    In SQL Server 2012 we have added the IIF() function to the SQL Server family of functions. It is a brand new logical function being introduced with SQL Server 2012 that allows you to perform IF..THEN..ELSE condition within a single function. This helps in simplified code and easy to read conditions.   In earlier versions of SQL Server, we have used IF..ELSE and CASE..ENDCASE to perform logical...
  • The “SQL Guy” Post # 29: Using SEQUENCE in SQL Server 2012

    Before joining Microsoft I spent many years working as an Oracle DBA, SQL Server DBA, consultant, trainer, and so on.  I got to see the differences in features and functionality between a wide variety of products.  I also saw that there was a different approach that Oracle and SQL Server used for incremental numbers in databases.  There are many applications that require incremental...
  • Gérer les drivers dans MDT 2010, Partie 3 – Bien choisir sa méthode pour les fichiers INF

    Continuing with our theme of how to make use of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 , here we have the third and final post of a 3-part series for our French-speaking readers on how to manage drivers using MDT 2010 to help ensure your deployment of Windows 7 on your new PCs works well. The series is written by Yannick Plavonil , a Microsoft MVP based in Quebec. You can find this and more on his own...
  • The “SQL Guy” Post # 27: Increasing Developer Productivity with Snippets

    This week we have something for you to share with the SQL Server developers, as well as use in your DBA T-SQL scripts to make life easier when you re-use common code.  Saleem Hakani provides some guidance on new functionality in SQL Server 2012 to help make you more productive when creating T-SQL code. SQL Server 2012 introduces a new feature called T-SQL Snippets. T-SQL Snippets allow you to...
  • Windows Server 2012 RC & Windows 8 client release preview now available for download

    Today, both the Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC) and Windows 8 Release Preview were made available for public download. More information about Windows Server 2012 RC: Resources page for the RC More information about the Windows 8 Release Preview: Steven Sinofsky’s post about what’s been updated in this release
  • Get Ready for Windows 8 & Windows Server 2012 with MAP 7.0 Beta

    Last week we released a beta version of Microsoft Assessment & Planning (MAP) Toolkit 7.0.  The MAP Toolkit,  a free download , is an agentless, automated, multi-product planning and assessment tool for quicker and easier desktop, server and cloud migrations. MAP provides detailed readiness assessment reports and executive proposals with extensive hardware and software information, and...