• TechEd 2013: Call For MCTs!

    Are you a current MCT? TechEd wants you!  The Call For Staff for TechEd, including Hands On Labs, MCT Ambassadors, and Certification Prep is open, and I am hoping to see a few Canadian MCTs throw their name into the Goblet of Fire!  Ok, it’s not a goblet, there’s no fire… but you do get your show pass paid for TechEd along with a cool shirt   If you would like to go to TechEd but think...
  • Windows 8 Deployment: Getting it Done!

    I had the chance to be one of the first customers in the world to be deploying Windows 8 in a production environment. In the spring of 2012, we were part of a Rapid Deployment Project with Microsoft around Windows Server 2012 which involved deploying Windows 8 Release Preview and Windows Server 2012 Release Preview in three schools. The project was very successful and the full information can be found...
  • System Center 2012 Orchestrator - Fix the Web Console Login Issue after Upgrading to SP1

      I submitted a blog post recently on upgrading System Center 2012 to Service Pack 1 see it here: Upgrading to System Center 2012 SP1. During testing, I encountered an issue launching the Orchestrator 2012 SP2 Web Console where I was greeted with 2 authentication prompts. 1 for the Web Console website and the 2 nd for the Web Service website. Regardless, despite providing valid credentials to...
  • Step-By-Step: Migrating From VMware to Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012

    This week is going to be a great week for Pierre, Mitch and I as activities are underway to create version 2 of the Windows Server 2102 #CANITPRO camp. Details regarding the new camp dates will be available shortly and will be posted predominantly on this blog. As mentioned on a previous post, most of the focus in version 1 camp was heavily centered around Hyper-V. While Version 2 of the camp will...
  • Feedback regarding Office license portability

    Hello Folks, Yesterday, the "TechNet eNews - Revisiting Windows 8 and Your Feedback" mailing went out and in it I did "encourage you to continue to provide great feedback". Well, provide feedback you did…. My mailbox suddenly filled with all kinds of feedback. Some was request for help troubleshooting issues, some was constructive (which I love) some were rants. But there was one particular...
  • Step-By-Step: Enabling and Disabling the GUI in Windows Server 2012

    Today Pierre Roman and I are conducting the latest edition of the #CANITPRO Windows Server Camp in St.John's Newfoundland. Our good friend, Rick Claus who now hangs his hat at Microsoft Corp, has been giving us tips on places to visit while here as St.John's is one of his favorite spots. Another favorite of Rick's is running Windows Server 2012 in core mode. This is because when running Windows Server...
  • Activation Headaches: Here is your aspirin!

    There are three concepts in Microsoft licensing that people often mistake for a single entity, when in fact the three are connected but very separate.  They are: Licensing Activation Product Keys Because the three are so tied together it is easy to get yourself in trouble if you do not take the time to understand how the three of them interrelate.  However with a little understanding you...
  • What not to Learn… Revisited for 2013!

    In October, 2011 I posted an article called vPTA: What NOT to take away from my 1-day virtualization training! It was only partly tongue-in-cheek on the environment that I have been using for several years to demonstrate server virtualization from a pair of laptops. A few months later Damir Bersinic took that list and made some modifications, and published it on this blog as Things NOT To Take Away...
  • Windows 7 post SP1 patch relief

    I've been getting this question a lot lately.  is there a rollup for Windows 7 Post SP1?   Well now there is. An enterprise hotfix rollup is available for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2775511 This article describes a hotfix rollup for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)-based and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1-based computers. This hotfix rollup...
  • New Windows 8 Camps announced.

    Hello folks, On January 25 th 2013, Chris Di Lullo had announced a new set of camps for IT pros focusing on Windows 8. The first 2 camps were very well received. During this day long camp we cover the following: Windows 8 overview Windows 8 deployment in the enterprise Using MDT 2012 Using System Center 2012 SP1 Windows 8 and flexible work style Windows 8 Apps and Apps deployment Windows 8 recovery...
  • Windows 8: From an enterprise point of view

    Some of us get to live in the world of cool.  We are on the leading edge of software (and sometimes hardware); we are not simply IT Professionals, but we are also IT Enthusiasts … we are passionate about technology, and we always want the latest and greatest.  We wait with bated breath for new operating systems and applications from Microsoft and other vendors because every little improvement...
  • Windows 8 & System Center 2012 SP1 - The Complete Solution

    It has been an exciting couple of weeks delivering the Windows Server 2012 camp alongside Mitch Garvis and during our recent stop in Winnipeg many questions were asked of us in regards to System Center 2102 . Many questions pertained to even management and deployment of Windows 8 utilizing System Center 2012 Configuration Manager as well. As per their request, and for your benefit, here is a full run...
  • Converting VHDs to VHDX and other questions…

    Many of the articles I write for both The World According to Mitch and the Canadian IT Pro Connection come directly from people I meet through my travels.  They send me questions about technology by e-mail and rather than simply replying to them, if I feel the questions are relevant, I write them up as articles.  So if you meet me at one of my sessions and you ask me a question, do not be...
  • Windows 8: More beautiful, more flexible and more secure

    Hello folks, Windows 8 has been since October 30 th 2012. And a lot has been said about it. Some may love it as I do, and some may still need another look before being convinced. One of the many improvements in Windows 8 that has been “baked-in” is definitely the security enhancements. And I’m not talking about the UAC… It’s still in there… But there is so...
  • Step-By-Step: Upgrading SCSM 2012 and Orchestrator 2012 Environments to SP1

    System Center 2012 SP1 was recently released. You can now download and install it for all System Center 2012 products. Using the same installation media you can: Install System Center 2012 SP1 as a net new install Upgrade an existing System Center 2012 RTM installation You can upgrade either the fully licensed version of System Center 2012 or the evaluation version of System Center...