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  • Blog Post: Top 5 Key Security Improvements Found in Windows 8.1

    Amidst the recent Windows 8.1: Ask Us Anything tour we at CANITPRO have recently embarked on, one question has been repeated more often than not. Said question is namely: “What has Microsoft done to further enable security in its new Windows offering?” While the push to migrate users...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Enabling DirectAccess in Windows Server 2012 R2

    With the holidays now behind us, attention becomes focused on the new devices entering the workplace previously received as gifts two weeks or so prior. To add, this week marks the unveiling of new devices at the 47th annual Consumer Electronic Show in which many manufactures will be showcasing the latest...
  • Blog Post: The first 22 days with Windows 7….

    I got an email from a friend of mine who is a prof at Algonquin College – Richard Hagemeyer. I met him a while back on one of my visits to the college to talk to students and we became friends both online and in person. He’s one of those guys who’s been around the industry a long time and has a very...
  • Blog Post: Create a “Bootable” Windows 7 VHD

    I had posted this entry on Thelazyadmin.com but after reading a comment asking about a previous post I thought I’d throw it up here as well!   A few weeks back we posted an entry on how to boot from a Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2 VHD .  Booting from VHD is new to Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2...
  • Blog Post: Want an Overview on Windows 7 Management?

    My developer colleague John Bristowe (known affectionately as JohnB in team discussions) passed along this document and download link on our internal discussion list. I thought it strange that “a dev guy” would find this interesting, but after perusing the 25 pages of Management Overview information...
  • 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: 22 Free Microsoft eBooks to Add to Your Must Read List

    During the summer months, I always try to catch up on my must read list. These are books that are perfect to read at the cottage on long weekends, when I’m off on vacation, or even when I’m travelling for work. For the work you do, it’s a little different; you’re probably not...
  • Blog Post: EnergizeIT – out east – UPDATE: Halifax Venue!

    In my previous post on our EnergizeIT activities out east and why there were not readily apparent on the mass mailing, I mentioned that we were going to a number of cities, including Halifax, Moncton, Fredericton and St. John’s. I neglected to include final Registration links – so I thought I would take...
  • Blog Post: Managing Your Servers Remotely using the RSAT Tools

    While delivering IT Virtualization Boot Camps across the country, we often get asked about how to administer Windows Server 2008 R2 computers running Hyper-V or other services remotely. This is especially true if you want to administer computers running Hyper-V Server or Windows Server 2008 R2 Server...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Training

    Are you the leader of your pack? The person everyone comes to with technology questions? Have you been getting asked more and more about “this thing called Windows 7”? Based on emails I’ve been getting from TechNet Flash subscribers there is a lot of excitement about Windows 7, not only from people in...
  • Blog Post: Canadian Windows 7 Launch

    The day is here!  Tomorrow, October 22nd 2009, Windows 7 will be released and you’ll be able to head to your favourite reseller and pick up a copy or maybe even a new PC with Windows 7!  Today is the press launch at the Westin Harbour Castle in downtown Toronto. The media launch brought our...
  • Blog Post: EnergizeIT - Windows 7 InstallFest Quick Reminders

    Hello folks, Having been through a few InstallFests (Montreal, Calgary and Mississauga) I wanted to share some quick tips if you’re attending one of the remaining ones (Ottawa, Vancouver) tomorrow night to ensure you get the best possible experience . Ensure that your BIOS is at the latest revision ...
  • Blog Post: Upgrade or Migrate – From XP or Vista to Windows 7

    There is a lot of confusion around the upgrade and migration scenarios for people thinking about moving to Windows 7.  You may have seen the eye chart (below) put out by Microsoft that attempted to clear things up but from what I have heard this has caused more confusion rather than clarify things...
  • Blog Post: Are Resource Kits Dead? NOPE!

    UPDATE!!! The Windows 7 Resource Kit is now available from Microsoft Press. This 1700 page book and CD is the book for administrators who will be deploying, maintaining and troubleshooting Windows 7 in their organizations. The book was authored by three MVPs Mitch Tulloch, Tony Northrup and Jerry Honeycutt...
  • Blog Post: Découvrir les outils pour mener à bien votre déploiement windows 7

    One of the challenges I face is how to properly serve the French-speaking IT Professionals out there.  I don’t write French very well and others on the team are, unfortunately, primarily English speakers.  I suppose that if I wanted to I could craft a blog post or two in Croatian since this...
  • Blog Post: Mark Russinovich Chat on Windows 7

    With every new OS release comes some new features, changes to old features, fixes, kernel updates and more.  While you might have read about some of these new features you probably have questions and now is your chance to find out more about Windows 7. On Thursday, February 12th, Mark Russinovich...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 on a stick.

    Hello folks, Since Windows 7 Beta 1 became available i have been slowly upgrading all my machines. It started with my test box A Dell Latitude D830, followed by my production machine a Dell Latitude E4300. I thought to myself, WOW this rocks!!! so i went one step further and upgraded my Media Center...
  • Blog Post: Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 in TechNet DL

    It’s There! Both in a single standalone x86/x86 install ISO and integrated ISO. It popped up around noon PST or so – I can almost hear the internet pipes buzzing as people Technical Professionals around the world download this anticipated update. What are they most excited about? It has to be Dynamic...
  • Blog Post: Impromptu Windows 7 Demos

    I wanted to take a few minutes to tell you a little story about my trip to the Halifax edition of TechDays 2009. The reason why it’s interesting is the fact that all IT pros at some point need to “demo” or talk about certain solutions. So we must always be prepared. So here i am on Sunday morning trying...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 from Beta to RC

    As we are in the midst of a flurry of EnergizeIT events we’ve met a lot of people who are already running the Windows 7 Beta 1, and even more are trying it out after attending the Windows 7 Install Fests.  Probably the most common question we get is when is the RC (and/or RTM) version going to be...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Trial Download

    Windows 7 has RTM’d and if you are a TechNet and/or MSDN subscriber you have not doubt downloaded it and installed it already. If you are coming to TechDays you’ll also get your hands on Windows 7 through your TechNet subscription included as part of your registration. But what if you don’t have any...
  • Blog Post: How I preserve that new PC smell.

    While participating in a discussion on LinkedIn ( http://linkd.in/r3WJPl ) where we were discussing what are the different processes\habits that people have in order to setup a newly acquired machine, i decided to document my own process. I personally use a mix of WinPE and ImageX to image the machine...
  • Blog Post: Simplifying App Compat

    During the recent Deployment Deep Dive on Windows 7 Community Tour there were a few questions on how best to tackle an application compatibility problem.  There are a number of ways you can go about it from new apps, to shims to virtualization.  The other day Microsoft and ChangeBASE announced...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Springboard

    You might have heard that the first Windows 7 beta was released today and you may have even downloaded it!  If not you can find out how to get it here !  While you are downloading it be sure to check out the new, revamped Springboard portal dedicated to Windows 7. Windows 7 Springboard Portal...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 post SP1 patch relief

    I've been getting this question a lot lately.  is there a rollup for Windows 7 Post SP1?   Well now there is. An enterprise hotfix rollup is available for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2775511 This article describes a hotfix rollup for Windows...