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  • Blog Post: Vote Now!

    A while ago we asked you to submit your nominations for the 2006 Canadian IT Pro Innovation Award. There were a lot of great entries and we had a hard time pairing the list down to a top five. After a few long discussions and some heated debate we managed to agree on a top five and voting is now open...
  • Blog Post: Who you gonna call?

    Ghostbusters? Maybe, but what if you need to get clarification or help on something Microsoft related? If you guessed the IT Pro or Developer Advisors you guessed right. We are your connection point back into Microsoft. Now we will never claim to know everything and everything about Microsoft but we...
  • Blog Post: National User Group Tour and the Unify 2007 Tour Are Coming To A City Near You

    In less than two weeks Ruth Morton and I will be heading out across the country on the Unify 2007 Tour . This promises to be exciting and unique in that we are going to have an IT Pro and Dev on the same stage at the same time going through the process of building, deploying, and maintaining a web-based...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 – Are You Ready?

    Are you ready for Windows 7? It is a common question now that Windows 7 is released to manufacturing. This 2 hour 4 part session will cover all the key aspects, guidance, tools and resources to help prepare you and company for Windows 7. For anyone looking how to Discover, Explore, Pilot, Deploy or Manage...
  • Blog Post: GTA IT Lounge

    I just can't seem to lose the desire to participate in an IT Lounge. Back when I was in Winnipeg I used to go to all of them. Maybe it is the beer, but I think it is the conversations with other IT Professionals of all faiths (aka OS/App distro) that keeps me going back. As we've travelled around if...
  • Blog Post: And so it begins.....

    Like I have told anyone who would listen, I love this time of year!! It's when we all get back to the task at hand after a fun summer. Perhaps it's because as a kid I actually liked going back to school, September to me is always the start of another exciting year. The fact that the Microsoft cycle seems...
  • Blog Post: Looking for a Knowledge Base Article?

    When I was a system administrator I found it a struggle to locate knowledgebase articles in a fast effecient manner. Well I just came across this little nugget about Live Search . "We are happy to announce that the Support Knowledge Base is now over 99.5% indexed. MSDN Library, MSCOM Downloads, and...
  • Blog Post: TechDays 2009 Community Team

    Well you might have heard that TechDays is going to roll across Canada in the Fall of 2009 and while we have 6 of the 7 cities locked we are now starting to focus on content. And there is a lot of content with 5 tracks each with 8 sessions for a total of 40 sessions over the two days. So where does it...
  • Blog Post: What?! Microsoft and Novell announce collaboration agreement...

    Snowballs are also reported to be seen in hell... :) No seriously - we have and it makes sense . I've been working with customers for a while as a consultant in my past life that have both Novell and Microsoft as parts of their infrastructure. This announcement has a number of parts to it and is well...
  • Blog Post: Halifax “Coffee and Code” or “Lans and Lattes” for IT pros…

    Hello Folks As Rick mentioned in his blog post “ Stay where y’re at, we’ll come where y’re to ” we’re getting ready to head out east. That’s right.  Monday morning, Rick, Christian and I will be boarding an early flight to Halifax. We’ll be there early and the Energize IT Event is an evening event...
  • Blog Post: [Podcast] Exchange DR and Women in IT

    The other night I was at the Waterloo Wellington IT Pro User Group meeting in Waterloo, Ontario. It was an interesting meeting in that rather than having some one present on a topic for the entire evening, three members of the user group presented shorter topics on an challenge they encountered and how...
  • Blog Post: To use a .Local or real internet DNS name for SBS (Small Business Server)

    I while back I got into a debate with a good friend of mine – Mitch Garvis – President of the Montreal IT Pro user-group . He’s a hands on Small Business Server guy with plenty of practical real world experience with the product and with various customer requirements. We were having...
  • Blog Post: Vista Tips for All (and more)

    Typically the things we chat about on this blog are aimed at the more experienced PC user and most IT Pros know a thing or two about computers. I came across this blog recently and have added it to my RSS feed as it is a great mix of hardware, software, Windows and Linux tips, tricks, reviews and more...
  • Blog Post: What is the future of your server room?

    Is your Infrastructure Optimized? Are you ready to take the next steps? Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange 2007 have launched but that isn't all Microsoft has up their sleeve. Microsoft has got big things coming in the virtualization arena. The System Center and Forefront Security tools are being...
  • Blog Post: If you maintain a Blog - Windows Live Writer is worth a Download!

    As part of maintaining this and other blogs - offline blogging software is a must. I was previously using an internal build of Windows Live Writer when I recently switched production laptops instead of using my tried and true BlogJet blogging software. I figured - "Hey - why not? A fresh install of Vista...
  • Blog Post: Vancouver TechFest Videos

    Just catching up on my RSS reading and noticed some videos over on the Canadian Developers blog from the recent Vancouver Techfest. There are some very interesting, short, videos filmed by our own John Bristowe where he interviews a number of smart people including a couple of MVPs. The one that caught...
  • Blog Post: IO Tour - Vancouver and Ottawa - What a Week!

    Nothing like flying back from one edge of the country on a 5 hr flight to land just in time to cab it to the local Microsoft office in order to start up the local Ottawa Windows Server UserGroup meeting. That was me on Wednesday. To recount this weeks activities... Monday night, VANTUG meeting with...
  • Blog Post: Virtual PowerShell User Group

    A while ago I "met" Marco Shaw, by met I mean exchanged emails on a frequent basis. I noticed over on the Canadian Developer Advisors blog a post by Marco about his blog on PowerShell. Marco has been hard at work in the PowerShell world and has now formed a Virtual user group for PowerShell users. “I...
  • Blog Post: Helping Those Who Help Others

    A while back I sat down with Graham Jones and we chatted about volunteering and IT Pros . For new IT Pros volunteering is a great way to get that ever valuable experience that potential employers seek and for seasoned veterans it is a great way to learn new skills and stay on top of the skills pile....
  • Blog Post: [Podcast] A talk about the MVP program

    On October 23rd 2006, Microsoft Canada hosted an mini MVP summit in Mississauga which was streamed to satellite sites and MVPs across Canada. It was a great time and I got the chance to sit down with the Canadian MVP Lead Sasha Krsmanovic, SBS MVP Cal McLennan, SQL MVP Tom Moreau and US MVP Lead Ed Hickey...
  • Blog Post: Power Of Community–Virtualization Reality–Halifax Leg

    On the continuing Eastern leg of the Virtual Reality community tour – I drove from Sydney to Halifax yesterday morning in order to make an up time, avoid the fog (which closed the airport) in order to talk with professors and IT staff at Nova Scotia Community College. The meeting was setup by my...
  • Blog Post: Community Connection Events - diamond in the rough

    We've been getting a number of inquiries as to "What the heck is this event?", "Why should I bother going?" and "What's in it for me?". I thought I'd spend a little time on this post to elaborate what's going on and really help expose the diamond in the rough. I'm stoked about these events as part of...
  • Blog Post: An IT Pro travels to developer land

    Last week I had the pleasure of talking about Vista with members of the Toronto Delphi User Group. Because they are a developer related user group I got Christian, one of our Developer Advisors, to post my wrap up on the Canadian Developers Blog. You can read all about my adventures as I reached out...
  • Blog Post: Community Connection Event Resources

    A while ago Rick posted an entry about the Community Connection events being held during the Heroes Happen {Here} tour in Canada. First off... they are being put on as a partnership with User Communities / Professional Associations that serve as LOCAL resources to you. This includes CIPS , ICTC...
  • Blog Post: Connecting with the Community in a new way - Habitat for Humanity build

    Part of my job is working to establish relationships and connections with IT Professionals across Canada as well as support their community efforts. I’ve met a large number of you through in person events like TechNet days – but also at User Group communities and online communities as well...