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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Private Cloud Guided Labs Now Available

    The cavalcade of virtual hands-on labs just keeps on going!  Not only can you try out the features and capabilities of Windows Server “8” beta (now Windows Server 2012) as I blogged about this morning, we have also just released a series of 14 guided labs to allow you to get you familiar with Microsoft...
  • 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: Summer is approaching, don't just plan to work on your tan.

    I love this time of year. The days are getting longer, warmer and the deck is calling my name. (these are my feet….) At my house, summer months are very busy. The kids are home, my wife is at home (she’s a teacher) so I tend to hide in my office with the door shut so I can get work done...
  • 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: The Top 5 Learning Resources to Brush Up on Your Skills This Summer

    Summer is a great time of year. The weather is nice, the sun shines, there’s no snow to shovel or try to drive through. It’s also a time of year when the traffic on the roads gets a little lighter and the office is a less busy. You might even get the chance to leave a few hours early on a...
  • Blog Post: What was I thinking???

    Hello folks, Today my daughters helped me realize something. they convinced me to stop watching videos and reading “howto” articles and actually strap on the snowboard and go to the hills with them. You see… I’ve been contemplating learning to Snowboard. I went out I bought...
  • Blog Post: Try Your Hands On Windows Server 2012–New Virtual Labs Released

    Last week at the Microsoft Management Summit 2012 (MMS 2012) in Las Vegas, we announced the official product name and editions for Windows 8 client as well as the official name of the server counterpart - Windows Server 2012 (formerly Windows Server “8” ).  Now, we have not yet updated all of the...
  • Blog Post: Knowledge is Power–Free Resources to Keep Your Skills Updated

    As someone who works in the IT industry, you know that things are always changing.  At the same time, a lot of people depend on you and your skills to keep things going. What better way to stay on top of this change than to keep learning?  Our goal is to make this just a bit easier for 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: Monthly Online learning opportunity listing

    Hello folks, This is my compilation of some of the online resource available to you in April 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: Step-by-Step: Enabling Data Deduplication on Windows Server 2012 Volumes

    Hello folks, A new feature of Windows Server 2012 called Storage Spaces is designed to change the storage task for enterprises by providing an in-box storage virtualization that can use low-cost commodity storage devices. We’ve covered Storage Spaces a few time already: Storage Pools…...
  • Blog Post: Free Learning Resources for Microsoft Virtualization & Private Cloud

    In the last little while as we have started to deliver the IT Virtualization Boot Camps as well as go out to various user groups and talk about the Microsoft Virtualization and Private Cloud offerings, I have often been asked where IT Pros can find resources to learn about how our products work, especially...