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  • Blog Post: Meeting up in Montreal

    As Damir wrote in his last post , he and I are in Montreal this week for the Align IT tour . But instead of popping in and out just to speak tomorrow morning to IT managers, we’re also here to connect with local IT professionals and technology aficionados. So if you fall in one of the aforementioned...
  • 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...
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  • Blog Post: On the next Manager Tech Talk: De-Risking Your Windows Deployment

    With any big change to your IT infrastructure comes risk, but of course you’re hoping that the rewards will out weigh those risks. In fact, you’re doing more than just hoping – you’re planning, strategizing, and putting your organization in a good position to mitigate those risks. Deploying a new operating...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring the Almighty App

    While those of us in server and network infrastructure may sometimes look down on our developer colleagues because, after all, without us their applications wouldn’t have anything to run on, in truth it’s really all about the app. Without applications, there wouldn’t be a need for our servers, desktops...
  • Blog Post: Care for a coffee with your System Center 2012 download?

    The upcoming System Center 2012 product line is arguably one of the most anticipated releases of the coming year for many IT professionals and a slow month like December is the perfect time for you and your team to download the free pre-release products and start playing around with the latest features...
  • Blog Post: On the Next AlignIT Manager Tech Talk: The Complete Cloud Picture–Stories from the Trenches

    As children we are enthralled by the stories that we hear. Stories teach us and fire our imaginations to what is possible in this world. And as adults, we’re not much different. It’s one thing to hear about a process, product or idea, but hearing the story of the trials and triumphs that accompanied...
  • Blog Post: AlignIT IT Manager Podcast #39 – Security in the Age of Social Media

    A little while ago I posted about the new series that we’ve started – the Manager Tech Talk Video series. We broadcast our first episode in mid-August and from that broadcast, created an on demand video   and a new on demand audio podcast for our long-standing IT Manager podcast series. Woot! Here...
  • Blog Post: Back to the basics with Microsoft software licensing options

    My colleagues and I get asked a lot about licensing. Frankly, Microsoft doesn’t have a great reputation for keeping it simple. And to be totally transparent – I, like many of my colleagues, would usually rather stick a fork in my eye that talk about it because it can get complicated. And...
  • Blog Post: AlignIT IT Manager Podcast #40 – Straight Talk about Windows Azure

    A little while ago I posted about the new series that we’ve started – the Manager Tech Talk Video series. We broadcast each episode live on the 2nd Thursday of the month and record it for on-demand access later. I take the audio and use it to create an episode for our long standing IT Manager Podcast...
  • Blog Post: Things I Learned at ITIL Training – Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

      A large part of any effective IT organization is communication – especially communication within your organization. And although you may be presenting the same or a similar message to everyone, it’s important to consider your audience and tailor the message accordingly. Ignore this at your peril...
  • 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: How does Hyper-V compare to VMware?

    That’s a pretty popular question these days with the release of Windows Server 2012 and the pending VMware vSphere 5.1 updates. Fortunately, a great comparison whitepaper was recently released which details just that. The whitepaper goes into more detail however, I want to highlight one particular table...
  • Blog Post: Help Us Improve the Way We Help You

    Twice a year, every autumn and spring, we send out a survey called the Global Relationship Study to a number of IT Professionals across Canada. We use the feedback from this survey to make changes and adjustments within the company and how we engage with you – our customer, our audience, our reason for...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Edge Spotlight: Deploying Office 2010

    TechNet Edge has some great content for IT professionals and I especially like following Kevin Remde’s IT Manager Community Chats. Are you thinking about deploying Office 2010 to your organization yet? In these two webcasts, Kevin is joined by Senior Product Manager Brian Shiers to discuss how...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Private Cloud part 3: VMware private cloud and per-VM licensing

    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 commentary...
  • Blog Post: AlignIT Manager Tech Talk #3 – Planning Your Windows Roadmap

    A little while ago I posted about the new series that we’ve started – the Manager Tech Talk Video series. We broadcast each episode live on the 2nd Thursday of the month and record it for on-demand access later. I take the audio and use it to create an episode for our long standing IT Manager Podcast...
  • Blog Post: Latest Digital Events from Microsoft

    There is always good stuff to be found on the Microsoft world wide digital events site. Below, are the most recent or highly rated webcasts, videos and podcasts specifically for IT managers. Series Highlights: Learn the Benefits of the Microsoft In the Clouds Discover how the world's most widely used...
  • Blog Post: Licensing software in the cloud

    A girlfriend of mine called me up this weekend looking for a DVD copy of an older piece of software. She was rebuilding a computer for a family member who had the product key but no installation media. I’m sure many of you have similar stories trying to fix or repair computers for your family and...
  • Blog Post: Talking about IT as a Service

    Tomorrow I talk to folks in Montreal, the last city on the itSMF Canada Professional Development Days tour. It been an interesting experience. Usually I talk about Microsoft products and the problems they solve but on this tour my focus has been on IT services in general with only a little bit about...
  • 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: Get your team up to speed on the latest with free, online courses

    If you haven’t taken a look at the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) yet, now is the time to do it and pass the link along to your team. There are 7 new Private Cloud courses available which I outline on the Canadian IT Professional Connection blog . MVA is a free training portal with modules...
  • Blog Post: 10 questions to help you plan your Windows deployment

    The final support date for Windows XP is just 840 days away and while that might seem like a long time, you and I both know that April 8, 2014 will come all too soon for some companies who are still reluctant to make the move. If you’re still on Windows XP and are planning to rollout Windows...
  • Blog Post: AlignIT Manager Tech Talk #6 (Special Edition) – Mary Jo Foley on the Future of IT

    Jonathan and I had a great time doing this episode with Mary Jo Foley. We did the broadcast live from TechDays Vancouver in front of a live audience as well as our usual online audience. Mary Jo was a great guest and even wrote a follow up blog post based on her experiences with us up here in the Great...
  • Blog Post: Special Edition of the Manager Tech Talk at TechDays Vancouver: Mary Jo Foley on the Future of IT

    Don’t you wish sometimes that you had a crystal ball showing you what technology is coming down the pipe and if it’s going to disrupt your status quo? It would just make life so much easier. No more guessing what the CIO is going to insist be deployed ASAP just because he read about it in PC magazine...