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  • Blog Post: Windows Server Tips: Analyzing Possible Storage Savings Via The Deduplication Evaluation Tool

    Introduced in Windows Server 2008 and enhanced in Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2, the Disk Deduplication tool is an exemplarity tool used by IT professionals to save storage space amidst the infrastructure they manage. The storage space saved is reclaimed from duplicate files being removed utilizing...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Managing Windows Server 2012 R2 Via Windows 8.1

    As you are aware, managing Windows Server 2012 R2 has been made easier through the introduction of Server Manager. The robust capability of the tool allow you to not only manage multiple servers, but roles and features as well. However, did you know Server Manager is also available for use through Windows...
  • 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: Heroes, Apply Here

    Hero Pronunciation: 'hir-(")O Function: noun Inflected Form(s): plural heroes Etymology: Latin heros, from Greek hErOs There are a lot of heroes in day to day life. Fire, police, paramedics, armed forces, system administrators, network engineers, systems analysts, the list goes on. Some may find it...
  • Blog Post: Community Connection Resources

    As part of the Microsoft Windows Server 2008/ SQL Server 2008/Visual Studio 2008 Launch events , we are visiting 14 cities across Canada conducting workshops featuring “learning circles” on the following key industry relevant topics: Impact of Virtualization on the IT Industry Application...
  • Blog Post: Connecting to an iSCSI SAN Using Command Line Options on Hyper-V Server & Server Core

    Many of you (thousands, impressively!) read the three articles that Mitch Garvis wrote in April about Microsoft’s Software iSCSI Target 3.3. If you didn’t, you can read them all now by clicking below: All for SAN and SAN for All Creating a SAN using Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 Creating HA VMs...
  • Blog Post: Heroes Happen {In Your Lab}

    One thing I mentioned a few times on the HHH tour in Canada was the ability for you to download a build guide to set up your own lab and follow the steps to do all the demos on your own in your virtual lab. Well it is finally done! Before I shared it with everyone I wanted to ensure it was right and...
  • Blog Post: Oh Yeah! Windows Server 2008 R2 is out too!

    With all the news about the release of the first public look at Windows 7 something might have slipped past you and that was the release of Windows Server 2008 R2.  As you might imagine there are quite a few upgrades and improvements and there is a great four page document that covers the Top 10...
  • Blog Post: RTM! Server 2008 and Vista SP1

    So this morning at 5:50AM PST Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008 were released to manufacturing. Over the next few weeks and months you will see them become available through OEM and Volume license channels, retail channels and Windows Update (SP1 only). Our team will be out on the road soon with the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 RC0 is now available for download

    If you, like me, have been anxiously awaiting the release candidate build of Windows Server 2008 , the wait is over !! Windows Server 2008 RC0 can now be downloaded from the TechNet BetaCentral web site. From here, you enter your Windows Live ID and pick the edition of Windows Server 2008 RC0 you want...
  • Blog Post: Installing Hyper-V on Core

    In case you didn't know another RC1 build of Server 2008 was released late last week which includes the Hyper-V beta. You can download the beta here ! Hyper-V is the hypervisor based virtualization technology that can be included in x64 versions of Windows Server 2008. Server Core will be the recommended...
  • Blog Post: My Core box. How to turn a near obsolete PC in a Lab Domain Controller.

    Hello folks, I was reading Mohamud’s post and it made me think of my own lab environment. I had been thinking about writing about it for a while now, but something always came up. So, this morning I gathered the documentation i had kept when i setup my environment (and yes for those who doubt, i do...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations, you are now in charge of IT for the division!! - Paul's Exchange Server 2007 Migration Story

    After one of our events last year I got an email from Paul Gartner in Montreal. During the event I indicated that if you or anyone you knew was looking to deploy some of our newer technologies I may be able to get some additional resources to help through the IT Pro Momentum Program and to send me an...
  • Blog Post: Production Virtualization for SMB - SC-VMM, Server 2008 and Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1

    I was talking with Dana Epp when Rodney and I were out in Vancouver for the MySecurity tour a couple of months back. He was telling me about when he was trying to get a straight answer on how he license System Centre Virtual Machine Manger in his office and the software reseller he was talking to didn...
  • 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: An interesting year.....

    Today the Energize IT '07 "early-bird" registration page went live. You can go and register yourself for the event and join us for the day as we celebrate the past year and get your geek on! Energize IT '07 will be a big event, much bigger than last year and we have a lot lined up. While we are still...
  • Blog Post: TechDays Virtualization Track Resources

    Planning Successful Physical to Virtual Server Migrations with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit MAP Team Blog: http://blogs.technet.com/mapblog MAP Toolkit Download http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=67240b76-3148-4e49-943d-4d9ea7f77730&DisplayLang...
  • Blog Post: Vista and Server 2008 SP2 – What You Need to Know

    Wow they are busy down in Redmond! Yesterday Service Pack 2 for Office 2007 was released and today Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 were completed! I’ve been doing some digging to find out what is new and noteworthy as well as what resources are available. So what’s new in SP2...
  • Blog Post: [Videocast] Windows Server Virtualization Preview

    OK, now I am getting excited and I have to thank fellow IT Pro Advisor Arlindo Alves for finding this gem. :) More and more of the "Internal - Microsoft Confidential" stuff we got to see at our recent technical training seminar is starting to become public and this is a biggie. We've talked about it...
  • Blog Post: [Guest Bloggers] A Review of the FoSR Tour

    Nelson and Danielle Ruest (Victoria, British Columbia, IT Pro) The Future of your Server Room Rick and I recently got the chance to meet a couple (a married couple) of MVPs from Victoria, B.C. They have something in common with us as they also tour delivering technical sessions on what's new, what...
  • Blog Post: Wanna get your hands on Windows Server Virtualization (Viridian)?

    If you are any bit of a virtualization nut like I am (ok - passionate, not NUT), you have probably heard about how our hypervisor implementation of virtualization is called Windows Server Virtualization (formerly known as Viridian - shot form known as WSV). You also know that we've been talking about...
  • Blog Post: Make Windows 2008 R2 roar like a performance machine…

    Hello Folks, I meet a lot of you during the last TechDays season.  And a few of you asked me if there were any information or guidelines for “tuning” servers. Well I found out that an old document has been updated and is  just as relevant today as it was when it was just published back in June...
  • Blog Post: What Should Server Managament Tools in Vista Look Like?

    After we launched Windows Vista, a number of you commented to me that there was no way to install the Windows Server 2003 AdminPak (adminpak.msi) on Windows Vista to manage your existing infrastructure. Though we did publish a KB document on how to get these tools working in Vista, it is not as clean...
  • 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: A Few Sleepless Nights

    A while back Ruth did an interview with Cameron McKay about an upcoming infrastructure project he was in the planning stages on.  While the planning is done and the implementation also complete, I thought it was time to revisit with Cameron and talk about how things went.  Turns out Cam was...