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  • Blog Post: Down East (Fredericton) is also Ready!

    The weather was not as extreme as it was out west in Regina, leading to a stellar turnout of over 400 people for the Eastern stop of the Business Value Launch of Office 2007, Vista and Exchange 2007. I found this stop quite refreshing - as our team has not been down to Fredericton in quite a while. It...
  • Blog Post: Heroes Happen Here, eh? What's going on up north for Launch 2008 Activities.

    If you remember way back - I posted the initial confirmation and tickler that Canada was having a major event on February 27th to mark the Launch of Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL 2008. As you have probably read online over the last little while or so, the US have stepped up their marketing...
  • 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: Beta 3 of Longhorn Server - We're using it for FoSR

    I was busy with internal events yesterday and traveling back to Ottawa when the announcement was made. I noticed this morning that the Windows Server Team blog announced Windows Server codenamed "longhorn" Beta 3 has been declared and made available for downloading. You would have known this if you signed...
  • Blog Post: Tim Rains (Microsoft) in Calgary and Edmonton Next Week!

    On Tuesday, July 22 nd , Tim Rains (Group Product Manager, Microsoft Trustworthy Computing) will be in Edmonton for an open talk on security and the changes in the threat landscape. What? Open Discussion on Security and Threat Landscape Who? Tim Rains (Group Product Manager, Microsoft Trustworthy Computing...
  • Blog Post: Thank you for all the comments and thoughts!

    I am compiling a list of all the comments and thoughts on the blog since I asked the question - what do you think about how we're doing... Some great responses and very clear indications of what you like and don't like to read / listen to / see. I'll have a summary and more importantly - the WINNER up...
  • Blog Post: Think You Know About Security?

    The My TechNet Security Tour is ready to hit the road. We had a successful run through this past Friday and based on the feedback we got have a few tweaks to apply to ensure that you get the most out of the time you are going to spend with us. In the meantime, we thought we would test you and see how...
  • 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: Les diapositives sont maintenant disponibles en français et anglais!

    Just un petit note que les diapositives pour la tournée IO'06 sont maintenant disponibles au site de web http://www.microsoft.ca/technet/iotour06/thanks . Je m'excuse au délai, il y avait un problème de communication entre moi et mon équipe quand j'étais en Vancouver.
  • Blog Post: Need the Bits for Windows Vista? Beta 2 download now available...

    One of the most asked questions on the Future of the Desktop tour is when can I download the bits for Windows Vista Beta 2. The best way to stay informed on the 3 major Betas being released in the near future (Office 2007, Vista 2007 and Exchange 2007) is to stop by the Windows Beta Central page . If...
  • 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: TechDays 2011 Montreal–Build your personalized Schedule

    After having the pleasure of talking about technology and connecting with people in Toronto and Vancouver – it’s now Montreal’s turn.  Techdays Montreal is coming quickly and the whole team is giving 200% effort to finish things up with a Bang. This year – lots of diverse sessions are on hand to...
  • Blog Post: Learning Longhorn

    Longhorn Beta 3 is out the door and in the hands of a lot of people now. You might be one of them. If you are like me you'll poke around, try a few things and blow away the install a few times before you get it right. Now you may not have the time to do this so when I found this little nugget I decided...
  • Blog Post: Vote for the MY TechNet Tour

    A few times a year the TechNet team travels across Canada delivering technical readiness sessions to IT professionals. The tours are always focused around a particular theme, take the Core I|O Tour last fall which had branch office as a theme. Going out for the Fall tour this year we are changing things...
  • Blog Post: TechDays_ca in Toronto – Setup Well underway.

    Hey guys/gals, By now I hope you know that TechDays is a technical conference that we’re putting on across most of Canada – 7 cities to be exact. The other day I tweeted that I was excited because we crossed the 350 registered attendees for our “expansion city” of Halifax as of the registration reports...
  • 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: Bloggers Needed for Future of the Desktop Tour

    The Future of the Desktop Tour gets under way this week with the first stop in Montreal on Thursday. The response has been unbelievable!! Looks like IT pros out across Canada are interested in seeing what Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office System have to offer and how to deploy it. Bruce and...
  • 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: 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: TechDays 2011 Virtualization Content Area Resources

    So you attended TechDays in one of the cities OR you have teleported back from the future where TechDays Online has referred you back to some additional resources for anything and everything to do with the Virtualization Content Area sessions.  This is the one stop shop for all things virtualization...
  • Blog Post: SecTor 2008

    With all the talk about TechDays going on recently there is another conference coming up shortly.  I attended SecTor 2007 and I`ll admit it was the best con I attended last year and that includes the internal Microsoft ones I was able to attend.  I was pretty happy when they asked me to participate...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Online learning opportunities: March 2012

    Hello folks, This is my compilation of some of the online resource available to you in March 2012 . This list featuring both live and on-demand content including webcasts, videos, virtual labs, and podcasts by product and topic. this is not the WHOLE list of the available content. but these are the ones...
  • 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...