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  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Uninstalling A Microsoft Lync Server 2013

    Depending on the circumstances , it is sometimes necessary to uninstall Microsoft Lync Server 2013 a production environment . The example provided in this S tep-B y-Step showcases a Microsoft Lync Server 2013 environment that is composed of a front-end server and an Edge server. In the standard version...
  • 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: Production Virtualization for SMB - SC-VMM, Server 2008 and Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1

    I was talking with Dana Epp when Rodney and I were out in Vancouver for the MySecurity tour a couple of months back. He was telling me about when he was trying to get a straight answer on how he license System Centre Virtual Machine Manger in his office and the software reseller he was talking to didn...
  • Blog Post: DFS and Access Based Enumeration (how to hide folders from prying eyes)

    I was chatting online the other week with Brian - an IT Pro friend of mine here in Ottawa. Brian is the president of TechDelta - a consulting company that has been delivering Microsoft solutions (technical architectures, implementations, migrations, etc.) for the past 15 years. He was working for a large...
  • Blog Post: Finding Opportunities in a Recession Economy, Part 2

    This is part 2 of a 3 part series written by our collegue Paul Laberge on surving tough economical times. -------------------------- Without a doubt, most of us are experiencing the most serious economic recession in our lifetimes. There's an awful lot of uncertainty that goes with that; everything...
  • Blog Post: Techdays 2010 – A Recipe for Success and One Nearby YOU!

    Right around the corner near a major Canadian City near you is Microsoft Techdays Canada 2010 And unbelievable chance to improve your skills exponentially.    It’s a true recipe for success!  Wondering what’s in the mix? Let’s check out the recipe for this delicious delight! 2 Days...
  • Blog Post: Build your Own or Buy? To boldly go….where relatively few have gone before

    I had an email conversation with Graham Jones - President of the Vancouver Technology User Group around Build or Buy your own PC. It's something that we as IT Professionals get asked by peers and by family members all the time. I'm from the Build mindset myself, mainly because I like to tinker. That...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Bing

    You may have heard about Bing , a new search decision engine, that was recently released. Miguel Carrasco , an MVP from my hometown of Winnipeg, got early access to Bing and wrote up this post on Bing, what it is, how it is different and I hope you give it a try. As always we appreciate your feedback...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Fixit – Fixing Your Problems for You!

      Sasha Krsmanovic from the MVP team is back with another guest blog post on Microsoft Fix It.  I saw this on a KB article a while ago and gave it a whirl and loved the fact that I could run a verified MSI to fix the problem I had rather than editing the registry or making other system changes...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blogger - When in doubt call PSS!

    Dave Lewis (Oshawa, Ontario - IT Pro) Windows Server 2003 R2, PMC and PSS An IT Pro in Oshawa Ontario wanted to share an experience he had with Product Support Services recently. I encouraged him to do so as all to often we let things get in the way of solving an issue. It is OK to call support...
  • Blog Post: [Guest Blogger] Top 10 Security Mistakes

    I saw Brian Bourne give this presentation at Energize IT and asked to have it written up as a guest blog post. Over the past few years his company, CMS Consulting, has been doing security audits and this lead to their list of top 10 mistakes. -------------------------------------------------- 1...
  • Blog Post: Some Windows Server R2 resources from our newest Guest Blogger - Mitch Tulloch (MVP Windows Server)

    I hooked up with Mitch while in Winnipeg. Nice guy – very knowledgeable and has a passion for writing and technology. I am very glad he has decided to share his experiences and skills with the IT Pro guys in addition to their Managers… ————— Hi this is...
  • Blog Post: You Just Never Know What a Microsoft Event Can Lead To.....

    I got the following email through my personal blog from Matt Dean, who attended a couple of Microsoft events at our Missisauga office last week. His second event provided more excitement on the way home then he expected. Here's what he wrote me: Hi Damir, I'm sending this information to both...
  • Blog Post: 2008 MVP Fast Facts

    I thought you might be interested in some quick facts about the MVP Summit, the program and the impact the MVP community has on diverse communities worldwide. With the summit quickly approaching, here are data points on the significant role MVPs play. Worldwide there are more than 100 million participants...
  • Blog Post: [Guest Blogpost] When is virtualization a BAD idea?

    Steven Syfuhs (Ottawa, Ontario, IT Pro) Rod and I wrapped up the Future of your Server Room tour last week in Toronto where the second session on virtualization technologies was still quite a hit. Both Rod and I are big believers in virtualization and are quite passionate about all the offerings on...
  • Blog Post: Windows XP Shared Computer Toolkit - just over 1 year old...

    I've been busy visiting my friends down east in Halifax for the eastern stop of the IO tour (more on that visit later). I always mention to the audience whenever I speak that I am looking for stories to share with the greater Canadian IT Professional community. I encourage you to email me your post suggestions...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blogger – Searching with PowerShell

    Sean Kearney has been doing some work with PowerShell as of late and sent in this little write up about searching with PowerShell! Enjoy, and remember if you have any tips you want to share email us! ------------------------------ A post I threw onto "Energized about Technology" and "Energized...
  • Blog Post: Hidden User Group benefits - do you know the power of being connected in a community?

    In case you didn't get it yet - I believe User Groups are integral to your IT support system and strengthens the local community / economy. I am big on supporting user groups any way I can. When I was in Winnipeg, I had the good fortune to meet Rodney Buike at the Winnipeg IT Pro UserGroup. Rodney...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Upgrading SCSM 2012 and Orchestrator 2012 Environments to SP1

    System Center 2012 SP1 was recently released. You can now download and install it for all System Center 2012 products. Using the same installation media you can: Install System Center 2012 SP1 as a net new install Upgrade an existing System Center 2012 RTM installation You can upgrade...
  • Blog Post: [Funnies] What to do When Your PC Won't Start

    A little advice for you guys. We all know the real truth. The following advice can help you when your computer won't start... Pray. There are computer gods. They may actually hear your prayer. And depending on what offering you give them (Cheese Doodles, Steak Dinner) the may or may not grant your request...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blogger - Running Without Administrative Privledges

    A little while ago I wrote a post on how Rick convinced me to run Vista as a standard user . Vista sure makes this easy but Colin Harford has written a nice guest blog post on how he is able to run as a standard user on XP. -------------------------------------------------------------------------...
  • Blog Post: [Guest Blogger] 40 Years in the Field (Part 5)

    Graham Jones (Surrey, British Columbia, IT Pro) In part 4 I discussed some of the challenges of using FORTRAN 66 in process plant design. In part 5 we get into the guts of the numerical solution of large numbers of ill-conditioned (ie. tough!), simultaneous equations. In order to describe the issues...
  • Blog Post: Telus mobility and Windows Mobile 5 AKU 2 / MSFP Update report

    For those of you who didn’t know – up here in Canada, Telus Mobility was the first Canadian based mobile operator to offer a Mobile 5 device to their regular walk in clients / web store patrons. A while back (it was the launch of this blog in January) Damir and I did the TNX: TechNet Exchange...
  • Blog Post: [Guest Blogger] Kai Axford on Computer Security

    Graham Jones (Surrey, British Columbia, IT Pro) Last week we were very fortunate to have Kai Axford (CISSP, MCSE-Security) do a Western Canada sweep hitting Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria UG’s. Kai Axford (CISSP, MCSE-Security) is a Senior Security Strategist in the Trustworthy Computing...
  • Blog Post: [Guest Blogger] 40 Years in the Field (Part 11)

    Graham Jones (Surrey, British Columbia, IT Pro) Designing, constructing and commissioning a process plant bears some similarity to software development. When we develop software we always start from a perfect set of requirements that never change, right? In your dreams. Building a process plant, especially...