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  • Blog Post: Check Out a Demo of HP MediaSmart Server powered by Windows Home Server

    Yesterday, I blogged about the fact that Windows Home Server was released and you soon could buy an HP MediaSmart Server powered by Windows Home Server . It seems that HP is not yet shipping these units in Canada or the United States as their shopping sites on both sides of the border list them as "Coming...
  • 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: [Guest Blogger] Who says that lightening doesn't strike twice...

    Graham Jones (Vancouver, BC, IT Pro and UserGroup Lead) Hard Disk #2 has gone belly up! I got this in the mail yesterday evening. I can't believe Graham's luck with hard drives and his second miraculous save by Vista Complete PC Backup process. Graham - maybe you have to start thinking about either environmental...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blogpost - When HardDisks go *clunk* in the night

    Graham Jones (Vancouver, BC, IT Pro and UserGroup Lead) Windows Vista, Complete PC Backup I was working away yesterday when I got IM'd by Graham Jones from VANTUG out in Vancouver. He was asking about how to kick off the Complete PC Backup restore option and wanted some more details. While on Tour, we...
  • Blog Post: Announcement Rumor

    OK, so I've heard through the world wide IT Pro Advisor network about the special announcement we will be making. To give you an idea of how long this project has been in the works, it has take over 12 years to get to this stage. I was in career one of my life, cell phones where the size of bricks and...
  • Blog Post: [Funnies] Home Server vs. Real Server

    I am giving Sean the day off this week as I wanted to share some serions news with you all. It must be serious as it could not wait until Friday to post this "funny" news. There has been a lot of news flying around here and elsewhere about Windows Home Server and with the upcoming availability at Best...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Licensing 101

    Licensing. It can be a headache, it is often misunderstood and things are different in the virtual environment. There are some great virtualization specific licensing resources I wanted to share to help you navigate these waters. First of all there are two calculators available online. Calculator 1 lets...
  • Blog Post: [Review] Mark Zielinski's Review of the Microsoft LifeCam VX-6000

    One of the great things about being part of the IT Pro team here at Microsoft Canada is that we get to play with a lot of toys that Microsoft sells. Playing with the toys we get is all well and good but it's not fun unless you can share what you have learned about the toys you get to play with. For this...
  • Blog Post: [Review] Samsung ACE Mobile 6 Device

    Every once in a while we end up getting hardware to take a look for and try out.  The latest gadget to cross our path was the Samsung ACE Mobile 6 device from Bell.  I asked Paul Laberge on our team to take it for a spin and share his impressions.  Check out his blog post on the Canadian...
  • Blog Post: [Review] HTC Touch Windows Mobile 6 Device from Bell

    One of the cooler parts of my job is being able to take a look at different hardware and software that our partners provide us with and then share my impressions with you.  Recently, Bell provided me with an HTC Touch Windows Mobile 6 device to try out and use as my every day mobile phone. ...
  • Blog Post: TechDays Virtualization Track Infrastructure

    Well as I look over at my TechDays Countdown gadget I am reading 4 days, 15 hours, 14 minutes and 12 seconds to go before the start of TechDays! About time I got the hardware set up for the virtualization track don’t you think? I’ve been working on getting this all set up and testing the demos and it...
  • Blog Post: Home Server Hits It's Stride

    Graham Jones (Surrey, British Columbia, IT Pro) I have been enthused about WHS ever since it became available as a beta program. As an MVP we enjoy the privilege of MVP beta programs where, because we are under a NDA with Microsoft, we get a little closer to the “action” which perhaps adds some expectations...
  • Blog Post: Vista on an Eee PC?

    I am sure you have all heard of the Asus Eee PC series of netbooks.  They seem to be the hot gadget lately and not one to miss out on a gadget trend I picked up an Eee PC 901 the other day.  It arrived on Tuesday and I’ve been toying around with it all week.  Before I get any further the...
  • Blog Post: Test Your Skills at Defending Your Data Center

    A little while ago I got an email from a friend of mine who works at Dell Canada. It talked about a game they developed in conjunction with us (Microsoft) and Intel that allows you to test your skills and knowledge at protecting a data center from security and other threats. The new Data Center Defender...