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  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Enabling Hyper-V for use on Windows 8.1

    CANITPRO Camps are always a great way for IT professionals to learn about the new Microsoft ecosystem offerings such as Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and others. These camps provide IT professionals both information regarding said ecosystem as well as hands on labs to complete. These...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 IT Camp – Lab #3 - Thin vs. Fixed provisioning… That is the storage management question.

    Since the last few Windows Server 2012 IT camps a few discussions have sprouted regarding “Thin provisioning” in Storage Spaces. a new feature of Windows Server 20912.  Those discussions mainly revolved around 3 things: What is Thin provisioning? How will that bring me value? And, Why should I care...
  • Blog Post: Lots of Learning & Team Spirit at IT Virtualization Boot Camps in Mississauga

    Yesterday, we wrapped up the second IT Virtualization Boot Camp brought to you by Microsoft TechDays Canada and your local user group - IT Pro Toronto .  Both on Saturday and on Monday, we had a full house with 40+ attendees taking part in a hands-on journey to a highly-available virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 IT Camp – Lab #1

    In November I posted the first of several post that covered building a lab at home .  Here is the second of that series.  We will also cover the first Lab exercise in the Windows Server 2012 IT Camp we have been running across the country. We have our 2 physical machines: If you want to configure...
  • Blog Post: New Windows 8 Camps announced.

    Hello folks, On January 25 th 2013, Chris Di Lullo had announced a new set of camps for IT pros focusing on Windows 8. The first 2 camps were very well received. During this day long camp we cover the following: Windows 8 overview Windows 8 deployment in the enterprise Using MDT 2012 Using System Center...
  • Blog Post: Trying it Out: How to prepare to test your new operating system

    This is a really exciting season for IT Pros across Canada.  Last week Microsoft released Windows Server 2012 to the public, and on October 26th they will release Windows 8.  As an IT Pro you are going to want to test these out, whether that be in your own environment at home or at the office...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Canadian Launch Tour and IT Camp Events

    Looking for IT Camp registration links? We've created an updated post you should visit: IT Camps... come pitch your tent with Windows Server 2012! With Windows Server 2012 becoming generally available September 4, we want to make sure you get some hands on experience with this latest server offering...
  • Blog Post: Get Hands-On with System Center 2012 and Windows Server 2012

    After 20 IT Camp events across Canada , if there is one thing that we have heard loud and clear from many of you out there, it is that you like to get hands-on with our technology . This just means that we need to do more of them, and we are. Over the next 6 weeks we will be coming to a city near you...
  • Blog Post: IT Camp Next Steps: MCSE Private Cloud… Not easy, but valuable!

    One of the exciting developments at the re-introduction of the MCSE designation was the announcement of an MCSE: Private Cloud certification.  Holders of this certification have proven that they have the skills to deploy and manage a Private Cloud infrastructure based on Microsoft platform technologies...
  • Blog Post: How To Clean Up Cluster Nodes from Destroyed Clusters

    While delivering IT Virtualization Boot Camps and taking the participants through the process of creating a failover cluster, Mitch Garvis and I found that a couple of times some of the individuals ran across issues when creating a Windows Failover Cluster from both nodes at the same time – you only...
  • Blog Post: Utilizing PowerShell to Build an IT Camp

    I was recently conversing with a colleague complaining that he was always busy and was not enjoying his job because he felt as if he hardly had time to breathe. When asked what sort of tasks he did on a regular basis, his reply was simply: ‘If you have to do a task only once, do it manually. If...
  • Blog Post: There Has Never Been a Better Time to Learn About Microsoft’s Private Cloud Technologies

    [ UPDATE: The final set of cities and dates for the Private Cloud Boot Camps has been announced. Learn more and register for the event in the city near you in this blog post . You will also find information on Windows Server 2012 Install Camps there as well. --- Damir] Last week in Las Vegas at...
  • Blog Post: IT Camps… come pitch your tent with Windows Server 2012!

    Okay, so our IT Camps are not really that kind of camp; they are, however, a great opportunity for you to get your hands on the technology that is relevant to today’s modern IT Pro. Earlier this year we published a list of upcoming camps on Windows Server 2012.  Every one of them has sold out!  ...
  • Blog Post: Get Hands-On With Microsoft Virtualization & Help Your Local User Group

    As our team looks to provide valuable content to you to help you grow in your career and acquire new skills, I am often asked if we can put on more hands-on events where you get a chance to play with the technology.  At TechDays 2011 this year we offered hands-on labs for the very first time and...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 home lab preparation

    We’ve been criss-crossing this great country of our for a couple of months now delivering IT camps and Windows Server 2012 launch events. You can see the details here and here . So far we’ve delivered: 15 IT Camps with a few more to come A 5 city launch tour for Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: What not to Learn… Revisited for 2013!

    In October, 2011 I posted an article called vPTA: What NOT to take away from my 1-day virtualization training! It was only partly tongue-in-cheek on the environment that I have been using for several years to demonstrate server virtualization from a pair of laptops. A few months later Damir Bersinic...
  • Blog Post: Creating A Hyper-V VM from an ISO using PowerShell

    Pierre Roman and I have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming round of CANITPRO Camps being made available in a couple months time to the general public. For those of you who have attended a CANITPRO Camp in the past, you may be aware of the 20 or so computers provided for utilization to complete...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Completing Storage Live Migration in Hyper-V

    As mentioned in an earlier post, the tour of the Windows Server 2012 V1 #CANITPRO Camp has now completed and we are currently working on creating version 2 of the camp. Further details regarding version 2 will be forthcoming, however I wanted to ensure that the labs that took place during the camp were...
  • Blog Post: IT Camp Secrets: Creating a Multi-OS Environment with Boot from VHD

    Many individuals who attended the IT Virtualization Boot Camp or Private Cloud Boot Camp in the last few months have asked how we set up the systems and how we are able to reset computers back to a pre-Camp state to take to the next event.  The actual reset process is a simple XCOPY of the pre-Camp...
  • Blog Post: Join Us In Person and Online to Learn About Private Cloud!!

    Next week is the beginning of a lot of great activity around Microsoft’s Private Cloud technologies, System Center 2012 , and Windows Server “8” beta .  Most of these are events that you can attend, some are online and all are a great way to dig a little deeper and find out more about what we have...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 IT Camps

    Many of you are familiar with and have even attended one of the many Windows Server 2012 IT Camps we ran from September through December. We've had a great turnout and amazing feedback! Needless to say we'll be continuing with IT Camps in the new year. We still have a few more Windows Server 2012...
  • Blog Post: Flight Delays, Lounges & Continuous Learning

    I write this while sitting in an Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge in Winnipeg waiting for my flight to Calgary for Prairie IT & DevCon West (March 13-16, 2012 at the Telus Convention Center).  I had actually planned to write this later tonight but because the we had to wait for our pilots on my...
  • Blog Post: MCSA & MCSE: The What & The Why

    When delivering IT Camps over the last several months, both Ruth and I have always said that one of the best next steps in your journey of professional growth is to get or update your certification on Microsoft-based technologies.  With the recent re-introduction of the MCSE designation, a number...
  • Blog Post: Hey Vancouver IT Pros!!! IT Virtualization Boot Camps Are Coming to Your City Feb 10 & 11!!

    Wow!  When we announced the IT Virtualization Boot Camps in the TechNet eNewsletter last week, the response from you has been overwhelming.  Many of you emailed me saying you wanted an IT Virtualization Boot Camp in your city.  The folks on the West Coast, were especially vocal. ...
  • Blog Post: GRS - We're Listening

    Feedback is central to much of what we do at Microsoft Canada. We use that feedback to make sure we're focused on the right way to help YOU by providing resources, answering questions and generally trying to help set you up for success with Microsoft-based solutions. Twice a year, through something...