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  • Blog Post: BYOD Basics: Mobile Device Enablement Via Office 365

    In Canada, and in many other countries around the world, small businesses equate to more than half of the organizations contributing to said country's bottom line. What has been interesting observation as of late is the ability of many small businesses to compete alongside larger sized incumbents...
  • Blog Post: What is Azure Rights Management?

    Azure Rights Management Services (RMS), newly added to Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite, enables the ability to help protect sensitive company information by controlling how said information is used and to block unauthorized access. The service uses identity, encryption, and authorization...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Integration between Exchange 2013 UM and Cisco Unified Communication Manager

    Integrating the latest version of the UM board now directly in Exchange 2013 with Cisco telephony system is a hot topic in our projects. In terms of architecture, the approach with Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 is completely different from the Exchange Server predecessors 2007 and Exchange Server...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Intégrer la messagerie unifiée Exchange 2013 avec un environnement Cisco Call Manager

    L’intégration de la dernière version de la messagerie unifiée embarqué maintenant directement dans Exchange 2013 avec un système de téléphonie Cisco est un sujet d’actualité dans le cadre de nos projets de communications unifiées...
  • Blog Post: Launch 2007 - Ottawa - it's a wrap. Victoria here we come.

    5 sessions later - Barnaby and I on stage for the second time in two years, we delivered the content - Ottawa seemed to be pleased and we had a lot of fun.We're going to be going through the feedback and evaluation forms as well as comparing notes after talking with a number of you in the Community zone...
  • Blog Post: BYOD Basics: Managing Smartphones and Tablets with Exchange ActiveSync

    As mentioned in BYOD Basics: Proper Planning and Considerations , "Bring Your Own Device" provides great potential to one's organization when planned for properly. Choosing the right tools that meet the requirements of your organization requires proper research to ensure said organization's mobile worker...
  • Blog Post: Your Solutions - Exchange 5.5 & DST

    David Parker (Edmonton, Alberta) Exchange 5.5 and 2003 In the last few weeks, as you are all aware of, DST patching has been the main goal of every admin from Halifax to Victoria to Tuktoyuktuk . There are a lot of things that need patches and updates and some of those things are not supported...
  • Blog Post: [Your Solutions] Modify Exchange 2007 SmartHost Configuration

    Sean Kearney (Toronto, Ontario) Exchange 2007 Sean Kearney is our Friday Funnies guest blogger but he has a serious side too! This is a great tip on how to change the default port and SmartHost in Exchange 2007. This might come in handy for those trying to host an Exchange 2007 server behind a residential...
  • Blog Post: TNX: TechNet Exchange Q&A - ISA and ActiveSync with Two or More Domains

    An interesting question came in today that I wanted to share with everyone: Hi, I'm having trouble finding a document that explains the design issues around ActiveSync. I'm looking at providing ActiveSync capability to domain 2 with the ISA server located in domain 1. Is that possible? The short...
  • Blog Post: Launch 2007 - Ottawa Gear checkup and walkthrough

    I thought it would be interesting to share the technology that goes on behind the scenes as well as the schedule that we keep while on the road for this large Launch event. This morning I laid out all the gear, checked all the cables and verified I wasn't missing anything in order to get ready...
  • Blog Post: It Is That Time Again

    I was catching up on my RSS reading and noticed a post by my fellow IT Pro Advisor, Ruth Morton , on the Canadian IT Managers blog . It seems that the time is nearing, time for another round of DST "fun". She posted some great links which I'll share here... Key Dates: September 30th, 2007 – The...
  • Blog Post: Your Solutions - Fix Exchange 2007 SMTP Connectors with ADSIEDIT

    Daniel Sarfati (Winnipeg, Manitoba) Fix Exchange 2007 SMTP Connectors with ADSIEDIT Daniel Sarfati sent me an IM with an issue he had after he upgraded his Exchange 2003 organization to Exchange 2007 and removed the old Exchange server. I asked him to write it up so that we can all be aware of...
  • Blog Post: Ottawa TechNet Monthly on Antigen - November 7th

    You probably have heard me talk about Antigen services over the last tour or so and how I used to recommend it to most of my enterprise customers when I was a consultant. The ability to have multiple scan engines and signature files at multiple entrypoints to your collaboration solution is priceless...
  • Blog Post: The 2007 Business Value Launch Tour Continues!!

    With the Christmas break over, the Windows Vista, 2007 Microsoft Office System, and Exchange Server 2007 Business Value Launch Tour starts up again for the remainining threee cities - Regina, Fredericton, and Quebec City. I'll be having fun in the cold in Regina with Rodney, while Rick heads heads up...
  • Blog Post: The 2007 Microsoft Office System and Windows Vista Business Value Launch - Register Now!

    It's getting close. The launch of Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office System is almost here. This time around the entire IT Pro team at Microsoft Canada will be going out across the country for the 2007 Microsoft Office System and Windows Vista Business Value Launch Tour to show you how to deploy...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Server in Depth resources (Exchange 12, Exchange Services, Mobility ...)

    An interesting thing came into my inbox over the weekend – a link to the public side of Technet Exchange in Depth landing page of webcasts, both on demand and upcoming live events. At first I was thinking this was just an announcement about a series of webcasts, but in fact, their landing page...
  • Blog Post: Remote Worker / Teleworking, UC and #G20 woes

    (photo by Neil McIntyre http://www.flickr.com/photos/neilmcintyre/4711178904/ ) Unless you have been living under a rock for the last couple of months – you probably know that the G20 summit is taking place in Downtown Toronto this weekend. As an IT guy – I can only imagine the amount of work and planning...
  • Blog Post: A Few Sleepless Nights

    A while back Ruth did an interview with Cameron McKay about an upcoming infrastructure project he was in the planning stages on.  While the planning is done and the implementation also complete, I thought it was time to revisit with Cameron and talk about how things went.  Turns out Cam was...
  • Blog Post: VHD Library Now Online

    A lot of you have been asking for pre-configured VHDs so that you can test some of the latest Microsoft technologies. We get tons of requests for the VHDs we use when we are on tour, but due to licensing issues (i.e. the Core I|O VHDs were built with my personal TechNet keys) we can't supply them. I...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Migration of Exchange 2003 Server to Office 365

    While most of the focus happening this week was centered around end of support for Windows XP, many IT professionals also had Microsoft Exchange 2003 top of mind as it too had official support end on April 8th. Those currently running Exchange 2003 do have Office 365 as an option and preparation around...
  • Blog Post: Great article talking about Exchange 12 and 64 bit hardware recomendations

    I have been on the road with the Build ‘06 tour lately and have been back logged in writing blog posts. Luckily I have been reading my off-line RSS feeds – great little gems here and there while waiting for a flight or company while having dinner for one in a hotel restaurant. I came across...
  • Blog Post: Register for the TechNet Monthly on Secure Messaging

    I know that Vista just RTM'd and you may have heard that we are getting ready for the biggest Launch in Microsoft Canada's history with Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office System, but that's no reason to miss out on a very exicting TechNet Monthly if you are in the Greater Toronto Area. The session...
  • Blog Post: Bringing the Team Together - Unified Communications at Work

    One of the challenges we on the Community Team at Microsoft face is working across distances. Because we are often on the road, and with the team split between Ottawa, Mississauga and Calgary, getting everyone together for a meeting is a challenge. I know that Rick in Ottawa and John in Calgary sometimes...
  • Blog Post: In case you Missed it - Exchange 2007 Beta 2 now on BetaCentral

    ---------- edit July 26th ---------- Guess I should check the blog before posting with my standalone blog editing software, eh? Damir beat me to the punch by a couple of hours. Oh well. You got the info twice on this one. ---------- end edit ---------- I was just chatting with Bryan Rusche (Product...
  • Blog Post: Final City Report - TNX: TechNet Exchange (YUL - Montreal)

    I can't get away from posting the final report on the last city on the TechNet Exchange tour. Montreal . It was last Thursday with over 300 attendees who came to eagerly see the tour and experience the power of collaboration with Sharepoint, Live Communication Server and Exchange on the mobile platform...