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  • Blog Post: To use a .Local or real internet DNS name for SBS (Small Business Server)

    I while back I got into a debate with a good friend of mine – Mitch Garvis – President of the Montreal IT Pro user-group . He’s a hands on Small Business Server guy with plenty of practical real world experience with the product and with various customer requirements. We were having...
  • Blog Post: Who Wants a Licensing Advisor?

    I do! I am the first to admit that licensing can be really confusing but there are some tools that can help you (including the CanITPro team) navigate the waters so to speak. In the virtualization realm there are some calculators which I linked in a previous article to which would help you figure out...
  • Blog Post: [Podcast] A talk about the MVP program

    On October 23rd 2006, Microsoft Canada hosted an mini MVP summit in Mississauga which was streamed to satellite sites and MVPs across Canada. It was a great time and I got the chance to sit down with the Canadian MVP Lead Sasha Krsmanovic, SBS MVP Cal McLennan, SQL MVP Tom Moreau and US MVP Lead Ed Hickey...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2003 and Vista

    So you've got your hands on Vista, installed it and then tried to add the Vista PC to the SBS domain. Doesn't work very well does it? Well the SBS team has been hard at work and there is a fix now! Previously you would have to manually join the Vista PC to the SBS domain, but with this fix you can now...
  • Blog Post: Mobile 5 devices, locally issued cert, .local dns domain with SBS 2003

    I got an email from Kenrick Robertson a week or so ago about problems he’s been having trying to get Active Sync working with his new Mobile 5 device and his companies Small Business Server 2003. I knew the problems related to the self signed cert pointing to the common name (fully qualified) of a host...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 Migration Successes

    I received the following post from Philip Elder of MPECS Inc, and Edmonton based SBS specialist.  As hardware nears its end of life more and more people are starting to migrate their SBS installations to new hardware and in the process moving to SBS 2008 as well.  Philip has done a number of...
  • Blog Post: The First week of Infrastructure Optimization Tour (Montreal and Quebec City)

    One Word - unbelievable. En francais - incroyable! It has been one busy week with the added twist of having Montréal and Québec as the Eastern kick off cities - which also requires us to have the Decks translated earlier in the development cycle. But I am now at home for the weekend, my first two stops...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blogger - SBS 2003 or How to get free Edmonton Oilers tickets

    Brett Finch (Edmonton, Alberta, IT Pro) Windows 2000, XP and SBS 2003 Brett Finch is a member of the executive for the Edmonton Microsoft Users Group and recently told me about how he gets tickets to see his hometown Edmonton Oilers. I gotta say, after trying to get myself some Toronto Maple Leafs...
  • Blog Post: Infrastructure Optimization Tour '06 Landing page is live!

    In case you didn't catch my hints in this July blogpost , the first TechNet national tour is around Infrastructure Optimization and supporting Branch Office solutions. The landing page went live yesterday - you can see it here if you like. I am rather excited - as the first tour is always fun to get...
  • Blog Post: Deploying a Small Business (Part 1)

    With all the announcements, release of new products and technologies and changing business needs it is hard to keep up.  VMWare releases a free version of ESX, Hyper-V is released, Hyper-V Server is announced and will be available shortly, Small Business Server 2008 hits the RTM stage etc... ...
  • Blog Post: TechDays Infrastructure Track Resources

    Building High Availability Infrastructures with Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering Cluster Team Blog: http ://blogs.msdn.com/clustering Clustering on Microsoft TechNet: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=107273 Clustering Webcasts: http://msevents.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008 RTM a Deal and a Free Exam!

    So I was off last week and just went through my email and my RSS feeds and found three things related to SBS 2008 that might be of interest.  First off, SBS 2008 has been released to manufacture.  Now there is a lot that is different in SBS 2008 but a lot that is the same.  I'm working...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008 Launch - Your Input Is Requested

    I was speaking with Constanza Zalba, the SBS/EBS product manager the other day and she asked my opinion on the upcoming SBS/EBS Launch she is planning. I said why not ask the potential attendees and she agreed. She wrote up this post for our blog. Got some ideas, comments, concerns you want to share...
  • Blog Post: Another .LOCAL post - SBS 2008, EBS 2008

    Just to be clear - this is an unsolicited blog post on this .local discussion. For those of you who do not know me - I come from an Enterprise background and not from a small business background.  I opened my mouth on the .local discussion a while back and it's now the inside joke that I'm the anti...
  • Blog Post: Rodney's Road Trip

    Ahhh! September is here, the nights are getting cooler, the sun is going down earlier and we are starting to get into the swing of things. With the team prepping for the AlignIT Tour and TechDays we'll be coming to a city near you. I really love getting out on the road, talking with like minded IT folks...
  • Blog Post: Coming Soon: Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 Release 2

    Pamela Lauz, the Product Manager for Microsoft Small Business Server shared some exciting news with me that I suggested she post here. Here is what she had to say: ---------------- At the US Small Business Summit Microsoft is announcing Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 Release 2 (SBS 2003 R2...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blogger - Why I am not an SBSer

    Mitch Garvis (Montreal, Quebec, IT Pro) SBS 2003 R2 and Windows Server Technologies Mitch Garvis is an IT Professional who has a strong background in Small Business Server so when he asked me to post an article he wrote on why he does not consider himself an "SBSer" I was a little shocked. After...
  • 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...