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  • Blog Post: Top 6 New Features Offered in Hyper-V Technical Preview

    Since its release back in October 2014, the latest Windows Server Technical Preview made available has created a great deal of buzz around Microsoft’s further attempt to close the gap between on-premise and in-cloud datacenters. Most notably are the announcements made at the recent Ignite conference...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Docker Client Setup for Windows

    DevOps, while not entirely new, provides a new opportunity for both IT professionals and developers alike. The ability for the two roles to develop, ship, and run applications in collaboration can increase the agility of the supported organization to become more nimble in addressing it’s customer...
  • Blog Post: Étape Par Étape: Configuration Lync Serveur 2013 VDI avec VMware Horizon View

    Le plugin VDI pour Lync est un nouveau composant apparu avec la version 2013 qui permet d’offrir une expérience audio et vidéo à des utilisateurs utilisant le client Lync dans une session VDI. Pour supporter cela, le plugin VDI utilise des mécanismes de redirection...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Microsoft Lync Server 2013 with VMware Horizon View Integration

    The VDI plug-in for Lync is a new component which appeared with Lync Server 2013 which enables both audio and video experience to users using the Lync client in a VDI session. To support this, the VDI plug-in uses redirection mechanisms, encodes and decodes the media stream using the client's local...
  • Blog Post: Planned Maintenance – Azure Style

    Hello Folks, All of us IT pros and DevOps people need to have some time for patching servers, applications, making changes to the infrastructure. It’s part of our lives. it’s something we have wrestled with for years. You ensure that all your users know about it, you plan for it, and you depend on it...
  • 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: 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: “Where ya to ‘der b’y?” EnergizeIT East Coast Update

    People I chat with wonder what it is we do when we’re on the road with a series of activities that encompass a number of events like EnergizeIT. I’ve been peckin’ away at this post while were were on the road a week or so ago and finally made all the pieces fit and reordered in a chronological order...
  • Blog Post: TechDays 2011 Virtualization Content Area Resources

    So you attended TechDays in one of the cities OR you have teleported back from the future where TechDays Online has referred you back to some additional resources for anything and everything to do with the Virtualization Content Area sessions.  This is the one stop shop for all things virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Exam Prep for 70-659 Part 3: Configuring Virtual Networks and VLAN Security

    As I wrote ain an earlier post , there is no better time to write your exam for 70-659 Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization, than now and particularly before May 31, 2012. So to aid in that endeavour, Joseph Yedid, an IT specialist with Enhansoft in Ottawa, has put together a series of posts...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtual Academy: Live Q&A!

    The IT Pro Evangelism team, Microsoft Learning and the Microsoft Virtual Academy are pleased to announce the next FREE & PUBLIC event Live Q&A: Introduction to Hyper-V on Wednesday April 3 rd , from 8:30 am – 10:30am PST with virtualization experts Jeff Woolsey & Symon Perriman . Ask your...
  • Blog Post: Talking to MVPs & Customers at MMS 2012–Dave Kawula from Tricon Consulting.

    This year I get the opportunity to connect with the sizeable contingent of customers, Partners and Microsoft Valued Professionals (MVPs) attending the Microsoft Management Summit 2012 (MMS 2012) in Las Vegas April 16-20. Each of the individuals I spoke to were very excited about what they will see and...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Networking in Hyper-V 2012

    Microsoft has released a poster diagramming virtual networking in Hyper-V 2012.  Much of it revolves around Virtual Machine Manager, and is actually branded System Center 2012 SP1 .  If you are building or managing datacenters – even smaller ones – you should download this document and review...
  • Blog Post: Exam Prep for 70-659 Parts 11 & 12: Configure Authorization Rights and Manage VMware Hosts

    As I wrote in an earlier post , there is no better time to write your exam for 70-659 Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization, than now and particularly before May 31, 2012. So to aid in that endeavour, Joseph Yedid, an IT specialist with Enhansoft in Ottawa, has put together a series of posts...
  • Blog Post: Power Of Community–Virtualization Reality–Halifax Leg

    On the continuing Eastern leg of the Virtual Reality community tour – I drove from Sydney to Halifax yesterday morning in order to make an up time, avoid the fog (which closed the airport) in order to talk with professors and IT staff at Nova Scotia Community College. The meeting was setup by my...
  • Blog Post: Exam Prep for 70-659 Part 2: Remote Management

    As I wrote ain an earlier post , there is no better time to write your exam for 70-659 Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization, than now and particularly before May 31, 2012. So to aid in that endeavour, Joseph Yedid, an IT specialist with Enhansoft in Ottawa, has put together a series of posts...
  • Blog Post: Exam Prep for 70-659 Part 6: Configuring Child Storage

    As I wrote in an earlier post , there is no better time to write your exam for 70-659 Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization, than now and particularly before May 31, 2012. So to aid in that endeavour, Joseph Yedid, an IT specialist with Enhansoft in Ottawa, has put together a series of posts...
  • Blog Post: VMware Admins take note–Hyper-V skills jumpstart

    I kicked off a new podcast called CareerBytes for the Regular IT Guy yesterday. In the premiere episode, Jeff Woolsey and I talked about the importance of building your skills by knowing how to work in a heterogeneous Hypervisor environment. It is a matter of fact that virtualization is here to stay...
  • Blog Post: Following My Own Advice: New DCs at SWMI

    Earlier this year I published an article in which I told you that it was okay to virtualize your domain controllers; however in the piece I opposed the idea of doing a P2V (physical to virtual) migration of them, or to upgrade them from one version of the OS to another. This weekend I followed my own...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Private Cloud part 2: unlimited virtualization rights

    A new whitepaper was released in January comparing private cloud solutions from Microsoft and VMware, taking a look at the functionality, benefits and economics of each solution. This series of blog posts breaks down the components of the whitepaper into consumable chunks and I’ve added my own...
  • 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: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization R2 Solutions

    The R2’s are out the door with the release of Hyper-V R2, SCVMM R2 and MDOP R2.  As with the new release of any technology you are probably wondering how it works, how to use it and how it is going to make your life easier.  Well I am happy to share that my friend Mitch Tulloch and the team...
  • Blog Post: MCSE is Back–and Better Than Ever!!

    I remember getting my first MCSE certification in the mid-1990s and feeling really proud of the accomplishment.  Many of my peers at that time also pursuing an MCSE felt that it was a certification that would increase their likelihood to get hired over a candidate that did not hold the certification...
  • Blog Post: Canadian IT Folks–Colin Smith - The Private Cloud in the Closet

    Something I’d like to start off with this Guest Blog post is the ability to get to know some of the fantastic speakers and partners in the technology space here in Canada. I created / participate in the LinkedIn group called Canadian IT Folks – thought the name was a good fit for this series...
  • 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. ...