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  • Blog Post: Become a Licensing Expert

    Licensing. It’s the topic that we all love to hate, or to ignore at any rate . Based on the feedback we get through GRS (the Global Relationship Study) Survey that we send out twice a year, Licensing is a major pain point for many of you. We hear you loud and clear and we’re doing more to...
  • 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: 4 New Technical Training Sessions - Get a "Jump Start" in the New Year

    We love travelling this great country of ours, especially when we get to connect with the IT Professional Community and to deliver in person events. If IT Camps have taught us anything, it's that there’s an huge appetite out there for deeply technical, hands on training. And rest assured...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Online learning opportunities: March 2012

    Hello folks, This is my compilation of some of the online resource available to you in March 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: 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: Microsoft Virtual Academy–Resources, Free Training, OneStopShop

    After all the product announcements, betas and sneak peaks at all things management related at MMS last week, one thing crept out out of the Las Vegas haze that might have gone unnoticed. We’ve launched an online Virtual Academy called the MVA (Microsoft Virtual Academy).   Picture it as a single...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 SP1– Overview

    System Center 2012 SP1 has been on most of our radars since Windows Server 2012 was released.  as you know, when release in Q2 of 2012, System Center 2012 didn’t support the unreleased Windows Server 2012 operation system. The original System Center 2012 release was designed for Windows Server 2008...
  • Blog Post: Creating and Managing a Private Cloud: free 2 day online training

    You may already be well versed on Windows server 2008 and Hyper-V and you may already be running a component or two of the System Center suite, but do you know how to put it all together to to build out, manage and operate a private cloud? Join this free 2 day online Jump Start course designed for IT...
  • 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: Need help studying for your 70-659 exam? Join one of our study groups!

    Different people learn in different ways and in my last post about the great incentives there are to take exam 70-659 Windows Server Virtualization before May 31st, I also listed a number of resources you could use to study up. Depending on your learning style, different resources will appeal to you...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 IT Camp – Lab #2

    In November I posted the first of several post that covered building a lab at home .  Then I followed up with Windows Server 2012 IT Camp – Lab #1 . This is third one in this series and it will cover the following: Details of the import virtual machines process in Hyper-v Virtual Machines Dynamic...
  • 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: Office 2013 Quick Start Guides

    In my last role as a Technical Account Manager supporting large corporate and public sector customers, I often had discussions regarding moving to the latest versions of Office. Funny enough, the answer in a lot of cases was not the ones I expected (licensing and/or cost). But the fact the training...
  • Blog Post: Resources for Retention

    You can attend all the conferences, seminars, and training courses that you want, but just watching and listening will only allow you to retain about 10% of the information given to you. A measly 10%. That’s a pretty low return on your investment. Luckily, we’ve designed TechDays to help...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Want to be an MCT? Start Here!

    I had a conversation this week with someone who was asking me about becoming an MCT. I know I am a good presenter, and I know my stuff… what do I need to do to become a Microsoft Certified Trainer? Becoming a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) was, for me, a turning point in my career.  It opened...
  • Blog Post: The best time to pass the 70-659 Windows Server Virtualization exam is NOW!

    There has never been a better time to study for and pass the 70-659 exam because we here at Microsoft Canada are determined to get as many Canadian system admins, network admins, IT managers, IT job seekers, and whatever-else-you-want-to-call-yourself certified on Window Server virtualization as possible...
  • Blog Post: 7 new Microsoft Virtual Academy courses covering Private Cloud technologies

    It’s never easy keeping up with all the latest technologies but at least the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) helps. If you haven’t checked it out already, it’s a free training portal which allows you to get up to speed on the latest Microsoft technologies all at your own pace. And great news…here are...