• Faced with choices. I must evaluate!

    As an IT professional this is a concept you know very well. This is why most of us got in the business anyway.  Find cool technologies, play with them, learn how to integrate it and take advantage of it.  It’s like playing with toys! Really cool toys.  This is why a lot of us have complex networks at home…  It’s our labs, our sandboxes, and our playgrounds. But what if you don't...
  • Get the jump on Windows 8

    There has been a lot of excitement over the launch of Windows 8 in the consumer space and the launch of the sleek new Windows Surface has just added to the buzz. However, for those who manage, secure and maintain the IT infrastructure for organizations, corporations and companies across Canada, the information provided to the consumer market, while very cool and exciting, just isn’t enough. So Stephen...
  • Windows 8: The least spooky thing to come out this October

    Think the release of Windows 8 means there’s toil and trouble brewing for desktop deployment specialists and IT project managers? Not so! It’s really not that spooky and here are 3 reasons why: There’s lots to like about Windows 8 for organizations. From AppLocker to BitLocker, from Client Hyper-V to Group Policy Management, there are many new and improved features for IT professionals...
  • Meet Windows 8

    It’s a big day for Microsoft with the launch of Windows 8 and the Surface . It’s the start of a new era where the term “personal computer” is being redefined and were the lines between business and consumer, work and play, are becoming blurred. It’s also the continuation of a trend where we see IT and the delivery of IT services being redefined as we move towards more seamless, automated and self-service...
  • Get up and go! Windows To Go, that is….

    With the arrival of Windows 8 a whole world of possibilities are becoming realities. Especially with enterprises that are juggling with roaming usage, consumerization of IT , Consultant access to corporate network…. Those are 3 of the scenarios where Windows 8 will bring a tremendous value. That’s right, VALUE!!! I was just discussing this with a buddy of mine who manages the desktops...
  • Windows 8: Why you should be excited.

    It is finally here. Microsoft’s most anticipated operating system in years is ready for prime time, and all around the world the enthusiasts are downloading bits, stores are putting out their new offerings with the new OS, and IT Pros around the world are asking the same question they have asked for years: do I need to upgrade my organization? Of course, this is not a question that is going to be new...
  • Shortcuts for Windows 8

    With the GA of Windows 8 just around the corner, I started to put together an article of tips and tricks. However, then I found this great post over on the Go Dev Mental student blog written by my colleague Susan Ibach on all the keyboard shortcuts she could find. I’m not too proud to beg, borrow and steal when it’s appropriate, so instead of me creating something net new, here is Susan’s post with...
  • Taking Windows 8 for a test drive

    While your organization may not be ready to roll out Windows 8 as soon as it becomes available on October 26, chances are like any good IT professional, when it comes to new technology, you want to evaluate and test it out, take it for a test drive and play around with it. Colin Smith from Cistel wrote up this post to help you do just that without having to re-image your entire workstation. And while...
  • Exciting Software–Thou shalt evaluate!

    As I sit on board the Via train on my way to Montreal I am thinking about what a great way to travel this is. For one thing, I don’t have to drive; I also have relatively decent Internet connectivity, which means I can use my time efficiently, and not have to worry about the flood of e-mails and calls that would normally be waiting for me on the other side of a 5-6 hour journey. It is a smarter...
  • GRS - We're Listening

    Feedback is central to much of what we do at Microsoft Canada. We use that feedback to make sure we're focused on the right way to help YOU by providing resources, answering questions and generally trying to help set you up for success with Microsoft-based solutions. Twice a year, through something we call the Global Relationship Study (GRS for short); Microsoft Canada reaches out to you and asks...
  • Server Manager: Manage multiple servers just got easier.

    One of the things I love about Windows Server 2012 is the ability to manage multiple servers from the same Server Manager console.  In this video I will perform the following steps: Add a second server to be managed to the Server Manager console Add roles and features to the remote server Configure the remote server as a domain controller. Export the PowerShell script to create a domain controller...
  • Following My Own Advice: New DCs at SWMI

    Earlier this year I published an article in which I told you that it was okay to virtualize your domain controllers; however in the piece I opposed the idea of doing a P2V (physical to virtual) migration of them, or to upgrade them from one version of the OS to another. This weekend I followed my own advice.  It was time to integrate my new servers into my production infrastructure on Windows...
  • When I’m Sixty-Four… TERABYTES!

    Okay, I am asking for a show of hands: How many of you remember 100MB hard drives? 80? 40?  While I remember smaller, my first hard drive was a 20 Megabyte Seagate drive.  Note that I didn’t say Gigabytes… Way back then the term Terabyte might have been coined already as a very theoretical term, but in the mid-80s most of us did not even have hard drives – we were happy enough if we had dual...
  • From Server Core to GUI to… MinShell?

    In Windows Server 2008 we were introduced to a revolutionary way to install Windows Server: Server Core . Server Core may look boring – there’s nothing to it except the command prompt – but to an IT Pro it is really exciting for several reasons: It requires fewer resources, so in a virtualization environment you can optimize your environment even more than previously; It has a smaller attack surface...