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  • Blog Post: Private, Hybrid, Public: What Cloud Keeps Your Organization Connected?

    Which cloud service is right for my organization? Microsoft prides itself in providing three base offerings of cloud services: Private, Hybrid and Public. All three have their advantages and so organizations must do their due diligence to ensure the best fitting option is chosen. Ensuring the right...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Psst…wanna know some product vision and roadmap secrets?

    It often helps when planning to have a roadmap and when planning your IT infrastructure it helps to know the Microsoft product roadmap. If you want to know what our vision and roadmap is over the next while, then block off the morning of February 22 in your calendar and register using the links below...
  • Blog Post: Making Time To Learn In 3 Easy Steps

    Learning. It’s one of those things that we know is good for us, but we can never seem to do it. It’s good for the job that we’re currently in and it’s helpful in building your skill set, which could lead to career advancement. And yet we can’t seem to find the time. In...
  • Blog Post: Chat: Michael Jenkin, Innovating Business Executive, International Microsoft Technology Expert

    Michael Jenkin is a recently announced 2012 SMB 150 Awards recipient, recognizing the top 150 Small & Medium Business professionals. In addition, Michael received media attention for founding a rapidly growing company and  for his innovative business leadership. Sharing his insights for success...
  • 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: Building the Perfect Infrastructure–Online Conference

    Minimize Management & Improve IT Services This free online conference is next week — Virtualization and Microsoft Exchange together can offer major benefits to your organization’s infrastructure; they can save you time, hassle, and money. Join experts next Tuesday on December 6th to learn about how...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Ryan Waite Shares Essential Insights and Gates, Balmer stories: Partner Director of Development for Technical Computing, Past General Manager HPC Server

    This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I interview Ryan Waite : Partner Director of Development for Technical Computing, Past General Manager for Windows HPC Server, Microsoft Corp. Ryan Waite is the partner director...
  • 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: 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: Learn About The Microsoft Private Cloud to Win a Trip for Two to Mexico!

    Microsoft has released new and exciting products that will change the way IT Pros utilize Virtualization and Microsoft Private Cloud solutions.   Two products which are a part of these great changes are the newly released System Center 2012 and the soon to be released Windows Server 2012. ...
  • Blog Post: AlignIT IT Manager Podcast #42–Virtualization with Jeff Woolsey

    Last week when my colleague Jonathan Rozenblit and I were at TechDays Toronto , we had the opportunity to sit down with Jeff Woolsey, the Principal Program Manager Lead for Windows Server Virtualization at Microsoft. During our chat we talk about virtualization (of course!), but we also discuss managing...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization and Private Cloud Infographic - Windows Server 2012

    When it comes to new products, it can be tough to know when you should dive in. It takes a lot of time and effort from you as well as any teams you may manage, not to mention the potential budget implications. We’ve heard from you and we’ve seen firsthand at our events, that it helps to...
  • 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: 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 commentary...
  • Blog Post: Going Virtual and Getting Certified

    I was talking earlier this week at the WatITis conference (a University of Waterloo IT conference for the 300 or so campus IT network and technology support staff) and one of the presentations I gave was on cloud computing – To Cloud or Not to Cloud . One of the things I always talk about is how...
  • Blog Post: Managing Your Virtual World

    “Virtualization without management is more dangerous than not using virtualization in the first place.” ~ Tom Bittman, Gartner VP & Analyst There are many good things about using virtualization in your infrastructure: consolidation of physical servers flexibility to respond to business needs time...
  • Blog Post: You Could Win $5,000, An HP EliteBook Revolve, 800 Microsoft Points and Don't Forget The Free Resources

    Get the resources, hands-on experience and knowledge you and your team need to take advantage of what Microsoft Virtualization and the Microsoft Private Cloud have to offer. You’ll be able to spend less time on day-to-day maintenance and more time on your strategic objectives, helping you add...
  • Blog Post: On the next Manager Tech Talk: Managing Your Private Cloud with System Center

    (Photo credit Eric Willfong ) The private cloud scenario sounds like the perfect solution – take many of the highly desired characteristics of a public cloud such as resource pooling, self-service, elasticity and pay-per-use service and bring them in-house under the control of your own IT organization...
  • Blog Post: Making Connections and Summarizing the Align IT Event

    It was great to see those of you who were able to make it out to the Align IT event for Infrastructure Managers in Mississauga this week. There were quite a few folks from the Halton IT Pros group which meets just a 10 minute drive from the Microsoft office as well as my friend and former colleague,...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Private Cloud Part 1: What is a Private Cloud?

    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...