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  • Blog Post: Introducing Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration

    A new technology was released when Microsoft and the PowerShell team launched Windows Management Framework 4.0 and the latest incarnation of PowerShell. ….and boy is its name a MOUTHFUL! I am of course referring to DSC or “Desired State Configuration”. A new feature brought forth...
  • Blog Post: Final Wrapup Video EnergizeIT–TeamEast

    We’re back – EnergizeIT activities wrapped up last week and I finally got around to editing the final video Christian and I shot while on the road. In this one – I decided to capture what it’s like to order Tim Hortons while in Quebec as well as an impromptu wrap up commentary from John Oxley – our boss...
  • Blog Post: EnergizeIT is Coming…

    I just sat through Mark Relph’s kick-off presentation at the Cloud Computing Conference in Toronto. He talked about what we at Microsoft are doing in what is generally called the Cloud Computing Space and what we call Software+Services. This got me thinking about yesterday’s meeting about EnergizeIT...
  • Blog Post: On The Road – EnergizeIT Quebec edition Part 2

    subtitle: What to do for lunch while on the road. With EnergizeIT – we’ve visited 20 different cities and traveled by car, plane, bus and train. One thing that always comes up is “where should we eat?”. Sometimes it can take a while to settle on a place that isn’t your branded takeout food – some of...
  • Blog Post: Coffee and Code – Quebec City – on now!

    In case you are in the neighbourhood of the EnergizeIT Event this evening at École national d’administration public (dans L’amphithéatre) in Quebec City – Christian and I are having an impromptu Coffee and Code this afternoon.  We found a coffee shop next door and we’re all set up. We’re already...
  • Blog Post: Services in the Cloud. Should you really Give a Crap - yet?

    (Thought that title might get your attention) Over the last month or so – I’ve had my head in the clouds working away on creating a scenario based demo for EnergizeIT that leverages the scalability of the cloud and “transportability” of existing .net code and “n” tier architecture. I’ve been...
  • Blog Post: EnergizeIT Week 2010 – Anything is Possible!

    Hi I’m Christian Beauclair, Senior Developer Advisor at Microsoft Canada.  Listening to IT Professionals across Canada, we heard clearly that in today’s ever-changing IT environment, you are tasked with finding new ways to with do more with less. From increasing productivity, reducing costs, and...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Guidance Available!

    The team is hard at work on the upcoming Energize IT events and we will be showing you how to take advantage of the Microsoft-based platform, Windows 7, and a Software + Services approach to help your organization reduce costs and increase scalability.  Right now I know a lot of people are focused...
  • Blog Post: EnergizeIT 2010: Coming Very Soon!

    In a couple of weeks, Microsoft’s Technical Evangelism Team will embark on the EnergizeIT 2010 Tour, a cross-country set of presentation showing what’s possible with Microsoft tools and technology. If you want to know how Visual Studio 2010, Office 2010, SharePoint 2010 and other Microsoft tools and...
  • Blog Post: On The Road – EnergizeIT Quebec edition Part 3

    subtitle: Childhood memories of Roadtrips Do you do roadtrips now with family / kids / friends? I remember a number of trips that I took as a kid in my parents yellow volvo station wagon. It’s funny how visual images bring back memories so clearly. I feel like I am going back in time when I drive on...
  • Blog Post: On The Road – EnergizeIT – Quebec Edition – Part 4

      subtitle: Donuts and coffee secrets   What’s a road trip without coffee and donuts? it’s unheard of. While on the road out east – we tried to share the secret of keeping your coffee in your cup instead of being spilt on your lap while trying to drink it in a moving car. Since the roads in...
  • Blog Post: EnergizeIT - Quebec Roadtrip – Shawinigan edition

    EnergizeIT is in “extended” mode this week with sessions taking place outside of “the usual suspect” cities we normally visit. Time and resources unfortunately constrain where we go and who we connect with – but this time we managed to top off at 21 cities across Canada. Team east visited  Shawinigan...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 in Action

    Yesterday, Rodney’s blog post reminding everyone that the Windows 7 Beta code will start to reboot your computer every two hours if you don’t migrate to the Release Candidate version before July 1 got me thinking about all of the great people I met during the EnergizeIT InstallFests that we held in many...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Install Fest and EnergizeIT

    Hello Folks, I’m on my way to Montreal for the MITPro Windows 7 Install Fest .  It will be great.  but if you can’t make it tonight, EnergizeIT is coming your way. Here’s what you can expect. I hope to see you there! Cheers!
  • Blog Post: On The Road – EnergizeIT – Quebec Edition – Part 5

    subtitle: Monster of all shapes and sizes. Wrapping up this road trip from Ottawa to Quebec City involves a mix of strange companions: Nudist Camps, Monster Trucks, Dinosaurs and a little weather control. I have to mention the Nudist camps along the route – just because there are at least three of them...
  • 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: “Where ya to ‘der b’y?” EnergizeIT East Coast Update

    People I chat with wonder what it is we do when we’re on the road with a series of activities that encompass a number of events like EnergizeIT. I’ve been peckin’ away at this post while were were on the road a week or so ago and finally made all the pieces fit and reordered in a chronological order...
  • Blog Post: EnergizeIT 2009 is a Wrap!!

    I have to admit that the end of March and all of April was a pretty busy time for the team. Considering that EnergizeIT 2009 included events in 16 cities from Victoria, BC to St. John’s, Newfoundland in a short six week period – it was a bit of a whirlwind (and a really exciting time)!! We were able...
  • Blog Post: Coffee and Code in St. John’s at Coffee Matters March 25th 9:30 AM

    UPDATE: Apparently Coffee Matters on Water street is now a restaurant and no longer a coffee shop. As a result - we've moved the location to across the street where our friends at Blue On Water have offered their restaurant space. Same Concept - just different address - 319 Water Street instead of 320...
  • Blog Post: EnergizeIT 2009 – Who, What, Where, When and Why?

    Well the cat is out of the bag and inboxes, Facebook and the Twittersphere are full of Energize IT chatter. If you subscribe to the Canadian versions of the TechNet Flash or MSDN Flash you would have received this invitation in your inbox on Thursday afternoon. Since then the Energize IT mailbox has...
  • Blog Post: East Coast Crew headin’ to Montreal for EnergizeIT

    I noticed that Christian over on the Developer blog has posted up that we’re heading out to “la belle province” with EnergizeIT kickin’ it in Montreal next week. From Damir’s TechNet Flash editorial to Rodney’s blog post – you still might have missed some of the finer points of what exactly is taking...
  • Blog Post: Want an Overview on Windows 7 Management?

    My developer colleague John Bristowe (known affectionately as JohnB in team discussions) passed along this document and download link on our internal discussion list. I thought it strange that “a dev guy” would find this interesting, but after perusing the 25 pages of Management Overview information...
  • Blog Post: EnergizeIT – out east – UPDATE: Halifax Venue!

    In my previous post on our EnergizeIT activities out east and why there were not readily apparent on the mass mailing, I mentioned that we were going to a number of cities, including Halifax, Moncton, Fredericton and St. John’s. I neglected to include final Registration links – so I thought I would take...
  • Blog Post: Stay where y’re at, we’ll come where y’re to.

    My good buddy Rodney wrote up a great explanation of all the activities we’re doing as part of EnergizeIT. Damir wrote up a special edition of the TechNet Flash newsletter talking about all the cities – including registration links for all sorts of activities . It didn’t sit in peoples mailboxes for...
  • Blog Post: On The Road – EnergizeIT Quebec edition Part 1

    Quick update – we’re on the road and living large en route to Québec City from Ottawa. Christian managed to get his summer tires on his car in time for the roadtrip. I thought we’d put up some updates along the way as we’re driving. I’m using the Bell wireless internet stick sitting in the front seat...