• Office Goodness Wherever You Are

    Mobility has become a game changer in terms of always having access to information most important to you. Organizations are capitalizing on that trend to ensure its employees are always connected to the latest information to stay one step ahead of the competition. As of late, trends like BYOD or the Consumerization of IT have started to change the perspective as to how day to day activities are conducted...
  • System Center 2012 SP1, Windows Intune and the BYOD Revolution

    (Please visit the site to view this video) The term “Bring your own device” or BYOD has become more mainstream as of late. Gone are the days of IT simply handing out a device prescribed in part because the solution was thought of as secure and easily managed. More and more, “Mobile Workers” are enticed by the latest and greatest smartphones released and look to capitalize...
  • My Return to Microsoft as An IT Pro Evangelist

    Why hello esteemed audience of the Canadian IT Professional blog. My name is Anthony Bartolo and I am the newest Technical Evangelist focusing on IT Professionals to be added to the Developer and Platform Evangelism group here at Microsoft. I can’t tell you how excited I am to return to such an innovative organization. As most of you know, my passion for Microsoft runs deep and I am...
  • Plan your Windows 8 deployment with the Map Toolkit.

    We recently announced the release of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 8.0. The MAP Toolkit makes it easy to assess your current IT infrastructure for a variety of technology migration projects. This Solution Accelerator provides a powerful inventory, assessment, and reporting tool to simplify the migration planning process. In this version of the MAP Toolkit, there has been numerous...
  • Windows 8 IT Camps

    Many of you are familiar with and have even attended one of the many Windows Server 2012 IT Camps we ran from September through December. We've had a great turnout and amazing feedback! Needless to say we'll be continuing with IT Camps in the new year. We still have a few more Windows Server 2012 IT Camps to come, as well as plans for some really cool camps that cover BYOD and Consumerization of...
  • System Center 2012 SP1– Backing up Applications with DPM 2012

    Hello Folks, I’ve said it before… I’m always looking for individuals in the Canadian IT pro community that have expertise they’d like to share.  And yes,  one more tremendous individual has stepped up. Islam Gomaa is a Data Protection Manager MVP from Ottawa, Canada, specialised in System Center Products, disaster recovery and system infrastructures running on the Microsoft server technology...
  • System Center 2012 SP1– Overview

    System Center 2012 SP1 has been on most of our radars since Windows Server 2012 was released.  as you know, when release in Q2 of 2012, System Center 2012 didn’t support the unreleased Windows Server 2012 operation system. The original System Center 2012 release was designed for Windows Server 2008 R2. The new System Center 2012 SP1 takes care of that by adding full support for all the new features...
  • 4 New Technical Training Sessions - Get a "Jump Start" in the New Year

    We love travelling this great country of ours, especially when we get to connect with the IT Professional Community and to deliver in person events. If IT Camps have taught us anything, it's that there’s an huge appetite out there for deeply technical, hands on training. And rest assured, before you start asking about it in the comments section of this post, we’re planning more...
  • Migrating a Production Server 2008 R2 SP1 Hyper-V Cluster to a Server 2012 Production Hyper-V Cluster

    Hello Folks, I’m always looking for individuals in the Canadian IT pro community that have expertise they’d like to share. One of those individual I've had the pleasure of working with in the past few years is Dave Kawula I meet Dave Kawula at TechDays a few years ago. We have since kept in touch and worked together on several occasion.  Dave Kawula is now Senior Consultant 1E Software DataCenter...
  • Failover Clustering: Let’s spread the Hyper-V love across hosts!

    Some veteran IT Pros hear the term ‘Microsoft Clustering’ and their hearts start racing.  That’s because once upon a time Microsoft Cluster Services was very difficult and complicated.  In Windows Server 2008 it became much easier, and in Windows Server 2012 it is now available in all editions of the product, including Windows Server Standard.  Owing to these two factors you are now...
  • Help Protect Your Friends And Family From Phone Scams – Part deux

    Last May, Chris Di Lullo posted a great note regarding a phone scam that had been going around. Well, they are back at it.  (I'm wondering if they ever stopped). I received 3 calls this weekend from someone posing as a Microsoft employee offering to help me fix my machine.  So I thought to myself, “It’s time for a reminder” Please tell all your friends and family about this so no one gets...
  • iSCSI Storage in Windows Server 2012

    Storage is one of the most important aspects of our IT infrastructure.  In this day and age of virtualization it is even more important because our entire server infrastructure may be stored on a limited set of devices. Of course that is a lot easier said than done, especially for smaller companies with limited IT budgets.  Even the simplest SAN devices can be expensive, and the temptation...
  • Shared Nothing Live Migration: Goodbye Shared Storage?

    Many smaller companies and individuals with home labs see shared storage – usually a SAN (Storage Area Network) device as the impediment to Live Migration.  In April of 2011 Microsoft released the iSCSI Software Target 3.3 as a free (and supported) download.  At the time Pierre and I wrote a series of articles in this space as guest bloggers ( The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target is now free...
  • A Quick Tip for Hyper-V Users: Product Keys

    I keep telling people that the best way to activate your servers and desktops is to have a Key Management Server (KMS) in your environment.  However not everyone has volume license keys, and when an IT Pro (or Dev) builds a lot of lab environments using their TechNet, MSDN, or MAPS licenses that is not an option. If you hate typing and retyping product keys, here’s a trick that will make your...