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  • Blog Post: What is Microsoft Virtual Academy?

    IT professionals are, for the most part, driven to best use technology to enable people from within the organization they support. To do so, system administrators, Infrastructure Specialists, Solutions Architects, etc, must keep their knowledge of IT best practices, solutions and tools current to ensure...
  • Blog Post: Get Certified!

    With all the turmoil in the job market right now there couldn’t be a better time to get certified.  Certification can be that differentiator with your boss over who stays and who goes, can help you prove your skill set with potential employers and I know of more than one HR department that scans...
  • Blog Post: A Career in IT Requires more than Code, Prove you have the Skills for Free!

    Originally posted on the Canadian Developers’ Connection blog by my colleague Susan Ibach. --------------------------- The traditional view of the developer or system administrator is that of a nerd. A complete geek with no social skills whatsoever (Big Bang Theory anyone?) But those of you...
  • Blog Post: TechDays TechNet Subscription Offer

    So you were at TechDays and you went home with your 6 month subscription to TechNet Plus and wonder what else there is besides software you can download?  How about some free virtualization training and some free exam vouchers?  You see there is a lot more to TechNet than just software you...
  • Blog Post: Exam Prep for 70-659 Part 7: Configuring Child Network Adapters

    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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Summer is approaching, don't just plan to work on your tan.

    I love this time of year. The days are getting longer, warmer and the deck is calling my name. (these are my feet….) At my house, summer months are very busy. The kids are home, my wife is at home (she’s a teacher) so I tend to hide in my office with the door shut so I can get work done...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Exam Prep for 70-659 Parts 11 & 12: Configure Authorization Rights and Manage VMware Hosts

    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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Exam Prep for 70-659 Part 6: Configuring Child 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...
  • Blog Post: MCSE is Back–and Better Than Ever!!

    I remember getting my first MCSE certification in the mid-1990s and feeling really proud of the accomplishment.  Many of my peers at that time also pursuing an MCSE felt that it was a certification that would increase their likelihood to get hired over a candidate that did not hold the certification...
  • Blog Post: The Top 5 Learning Resources to Brush Up on Your Skills This Summer

    Summer is a great time of year. The weather is nice, the sun shines, there’s no snow to shovel or try to drive through. It’s also a time of year when the traffic on the roads gets a little lighter and the office is a less busy. You might even get the chance to leave a few hours early on a...
  • Blog Post: Heroes Happen {Here} is over, now what?

    ** edit note ** - Direct URL now added at bottom So the Heroes Happen {Here} launch has come to an end. After a long haul on the road the teams are back at home, relaxing, catching up and getting ready for Energize IT 2008. You might be wondering what you can do with all that information we shared...
  • Blog Post: 22 Free Microsoft eBooks to Add to Your Must Read List

    During the summer months, I always try to catch up on my must read list. These are books that are perfect to read at the cottage on long weekends, when I’m off on vacation, or even when I’m travelling for work. For the work you do, it’s a little different; you’re probably not...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Certified or Certifiable?

    A couple of weeks ago I wrote this blog post on our annual trip to the mothership for implant upgrades technical training. It is always a great time meeting with the rest of the world wide team and we had fun sharing ideas and experiences with Jeff Alexander (Australia) , James O'Neill (UK) and Steve...
  • Blog Post: [Guest Blogger] The Value of Certification

    Graham Jones (Surrey, British Columbia, IT Pro) Certification Graham Jones left a comment in regards to the post on Does Certification Really Matter Anymore? It was a lengthy comment, but very well written and some good insight into why certifications do still matter. Long enough that I turned...
  • Blog Post: MS Blogs – Career Development Products and Technologies

    I was catching up on my RSS feeds while recovering from the first day of TechDays Calgary and came across this post on the MS Blogs blog.  MS Blogs is a blog that aggregates the product team blogs and is a nice one to add to your feeds to keep you up to date on what’s going on in areas you don’t...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Are you Certifiable?

    I first got certified in Windows 2000 sometime in 2002 with my Windows 2000 MCP.  At the time I really didn’t put a lot of thought in certifications but used the vouchers my school gave me to write that exam as well as the A+ and Network+ exams from CompTIA.  I landed a job with a company in...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008 RTM a Deal and a Free Exam!

    So I was off last week and just went through my email and my RSS feeds and found three things related to SBS 2008 that might be of interest.  First off, SBS 2008 has been released to manufacture.  Now there is a lot that is different in SBS 2008 but a lot that is the same.  I'm working...
  • Blog Post: Exam Prep for 70-659 Part 10: Configuring Delegation of Rights

    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...