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  • Blog Post: Down East (Fredericton) is also Ready!

    The weather was not as extreme as it was out west in Regina, leading to a stellar turnout of over 400 people for the Eastern stop of the Business Value Launch of Office 2007, Vista and Exchange 2007. I found this stop quite refreshing - as our team has not been down to Fredericton in quite a while. It...
  • Blog Post: My Secure Vista Install

    It was about time, I needed to reinstall Vista on my Toshiba M7 now that all the drivers and applets were RTM. In fact they have been for a while now, but I never got around to it until today. In rebuilding this install I decided to go all out on the security front. Part of the reason was to test out...
  • Blog Post: Dual-booting Vista and Linux with BitLocker

    Interoperability is key today and I have always said the right tool for the right job. At the same time, security is big on everyone's mind. BitLocker is one of those security tools that is a key feature in Vista. Trying to dual boot Vista and Linux WHILE using BitLocker has been a challenge there is...
  • Blog Post: Mark Russionovich on Vista Performance

    I am the first to admit that Vista did not perform to expectations when first released. I know a lot was driver related and there has been a noticeable difference experienced in the last year and I know a lot of people who are actually using Vista who will agree with that. Still there can be the occasional...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V in the Lab

    I met Mohamud Ashoor in my travels to Vancouver at various VanTUG events and we regularly chat on IM as well. A few weeks back he was telling me about his home lab setup and how he uses it to sharpen his skills, keep up with technology. In our discussions the topic of a blog post came up as Mohamud has...
  • Blog Post: Favorite "Little" Things in Vista

    I have been running Vista full time for a little over two months now and even with all the big new features and functionality in Vista, I am amazed at all the little things that have been "fixed. For as long as I could remember, I always install my OS on the C partition and create another partition...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Security Guide

    Every few years you hear that this version of Windows is "the most secure ever". Now that statement has always been true to the time when it was made, but with Vista things just feel a little more secure. There are a host of new security features in Vista such as Bitlocker, UAC, NAP client, Windows Defender...
  • Blog Post: Vista Tips for All (and more)

    Typically the things we chat about on this blog are aimed at the more experienced PC user and most IT Pros know a thing or two about computers. I came across this blog recently and have added it to my RSS feed as it is a great mix of hardware, software, Windows and Linux tips, tricks, reviews and more...
  • Blog Post: Vancouver TechFest Videos

    Just catching up on my RSS reading and noticed some videos over on the Canadian Developers blog from the recent Vancouver Techfest. There are some very interesting, short, videos filmed by our own John Bristowe where he interviews a number of smart people including a couple of MVPs. The one that caught...
  • Blog Post: Future of the Desktop Tour Lands in Vancouver and Soars

    Montreal was an amazing start to the Future of the Desktop Tour and Vancouver just kept the momentum going. We had just under 600 people show up to the event and it rocked!! The night before the tour we also had 90 people attend the Windows Vista Chalk Talk held in conjunction with the Vancouver IT Pro...
  • Blog Post: Managing a Smooth Windows Vista SP1 Deployment

    (cross post from http://blogs.technet.com/cdnitmanagers/archive/2008/02/11/managing-a-smooth-windows-vista-sp1-deployment.aspx ) Earlier this month, both Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista SP1 were released to manufacturing (RTM), which is great news for IT shops that have been working with beta...
  • Blog Post: In case you were under a rock for the last couple of days - Vista RC1 Download Available

    I am just finishing off installing my "tour" laptop (Dell M170) with the Windows Vista RC1 (build 5600) and Office 2007 B2TR (Beta2 Technical Refresh). It is not surprising that there might be some confusion around how to get RC1 of Vista in your hands. In order to simplify it for you - have a read of...
  • Blog Post: Windows Defender RTM

    As we head into a deluge of product RTMs in the next weeks (no I don't know the date for Vista RTM) I saw that Windows Defender has RTM'd. Windows Defender has been in beta for quite a while now, but testing has been completed and Microsoft's Anti-spyware tool is complete. I have highlighted some of...
  • Blog Post: [Guest Blogger] Who says that lightening doesn't strike twice...

    Graham Jones (Vancouver, BC, IT Pro and UserGroup Lead) Hard Disk #2 has gone belly up! I got this in the mail yesterday evening. I can't believe Graham's luck with hard drives and his second miraculous save by Vista Complete PC Backup process. Graham - maybe you have to start thinking about either environmental...
  • Blog Post: Sweet Deal on Windows Vista

    I was recently sent an email that outlined a sweet deal on Windows Vista. Basically, buy one retail copy of Windows Vista Ultimate (full product or upgrade) and you can purchase up to two copies of Windows Vista Home Premium upgrade for $59.99 each. Since all Vista SKUs are shipped on the DVD, you can...
  • 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: Windows Networking info for IT Pros on TechNet (NAP, Domain Isolation, Secure Wireless etc...)

    I noticed there is a new resource out there for IT Professionals looking for info (evaluate, plan, deploy, maintain and secure) on Networking with windows operating systems. It has info on: Network Access Protection with “Longhorn” server Domain Isolation using IPSec Setting up...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blogpost - When HardDisks go *clunk* in the night

    Graham Jones (Vancouver, BC, IT Pro and UserGroup Lead) Windows Vista, Complete PC Backup I was working away yesterday when I got IM'd by Graham Jones from VANTUG out in Vancouver. He was asking about how to kick off the Complete PC Backup restore option and wanted some more details. While on Tour, we...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 and Vista Beta 2 Availability on TechNet Beta Central

    I have received a number of emails and comments from those that attended the Montreal stop of the Future of the Desktop Tour wondering about the availability of the Beta 2 bits for Office 2007 and Windows Vista. During the tour I mentioned that Beta 2 of both Windows Vista and Office 2007 was announced...
  • Blog Post: Helping the Kid's Help Phone

    One of the things that worried me a little when I got to Microsoft was losing my "touch". As IT Pro Advisor's we work in the realm of the virtual lab a lot and well that is nice for learning and demos, it is removed from the real world. Because of this I was happy to jump onboard a project being done...
  • Blog Post: Ain't it the Truth - family tech support

    As soon as you embark on a career in IT - you get classed as a free technical support resource for all your friends and family - it's the norm.  I got this email from a friend of mine (Richard Hagemeyer - a prof. in CompSci at Algonquin College ) who got roped into a support call while visiting...
  • Blog Post: TPM, BitLocker and Active Directory

    If you attended any of the launch events held across Canada in the last month or so, you may have seen the session we presented on security in which we talked a little about a new feature in Vista called BitLocker. One common question was wether or not AD could be configured to store BitLocker keys with...
  • Blog Post: Launch 2007 - Ottawa Registration Walkthrough

    So the same path I took the evening before for setup, I took with all the people in the process of registration. This was taken AFTER I had my coffee and was prepared to actually shoot something with the camera. All this stuff happened after I had already setup the workstations for the event and we...
  • 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: Powershell and Vista

    So a while ago I posted the question "Is anyone using Powershell?" I got a few responses but none from our beloved Canadian readers!!!! Well with the relase of Vista to the world, the PowerShell team has also released the RTM build for Vista as well. You can get them at the links below and now there...