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  • Blog Post: Crack the Cloud Contest

    Crack the cloud and advance your career with a full-featured, no-cost product evaluation. You’ll get hands-on with System Center 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Hyper-V Server 2012 R2, while earning ballots for amazing prizes! Tell a friend to boost your chances! Plus, every friend who participates...
  • Blog Post: TechDays 2011: Security, Identity and Management…Oh Yeah!

    TechDays is THE conference for technical training in Canada and it’ll be hitting these cities on these dates: October 25-26: Toronto November 15-16: Vancouver November 29-30: Montreal This year I’m putting together the speakers and sessions for the security, identity and management track. It’s going...
  • 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: Visiting Montreal for AlignIT, Smoked Meat, and More

    I landed in Montreal a few hours ago for what I hope will be a very exciting week.  I love the city, not only because it is the place that hosts the Canadian Grand Prix every June (and since the F1 season kicked off in Australia this past weekend, I am looking forward to the F1 circus landing in...
  • Blog Post: Tame Your Organization’s Infrastructure Via Free Microsoft Courseware

    Knowledge has always been an IT Professionals best weapon.  A statement made many a time, but IT Professional knowledge actually breaks down into two parts: studied and practical. Both parts are symbiotic, like ying and yang, as practical knowledge requires studied knowledge to flourish.  Certification...
  • Blog Post: On the Next Manager Tech Talk: The Complete Cloud Picture–a Gamut of Choice

    Last November, Jonathan and I were thrilled to have Mary Jo Foley on our show. Mary Jo is an industry expert and well known tech journalist with over 25 years of experience. We talked about the Future of IT and found Mary Jo to be a great guest who was able to share valuable insights into the IT industry...
  • 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...
  • 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: Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) and the Private Cloud

    Guest blog post by Jerry Dyer, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft - a man very passionate about private cloud and the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF). Thanks, Jerry! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- If you’ve ever felt frustrated because Microsoft...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise On the “Glance and Go”

    Guest post by Paul Laberge , Developer Advisor, Microsoft Canada There is a sea change happening in the enterprise today – employees are deciding to bring the technology they are comfortable using at home to work and using it to be productive. Many people call this the Consumerization of IT , and in...
  • Blog Post: AlignIT Manager Tech Talk #10: Managing Your Private Cloud with System Center

    There’s no denying that virtualization has transformed our datacentres and redefined how we do IT, giving us more capacity and savings. Now, private cloud capabilities take us one step further providing the agility IT needs to truly provide IT as a service. The beauty of a private cloud is that it takes...
  • Blog Post: System Management for Smaller Organizations

    Management tools such as Systems Management Software (SMS) and Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) - now called System Center Configuration Manager and System Center Operations Manager - have in the past been thought of as tools only for large organizations, with big data centres of servers, thousands...
  • Blog Post: Making Messy Deployment Projects Simpler

    Desktop deployment is often thought of as the ugly step child of IT projects. It's much messier than server deployment. There's less control over what's really out there, more unknowns. Before coming to Microsoft, I made good use of all the free deployment tools that Microsoft made available to help...
  • 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: 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: Are you ready for the cloud conversation?

    In the midst of hopping around websites looking for something else, I came across this which I just had to share. It’s an online event called Cloud 101 Jump Start and it’s for business leaders and technical decision makers in organizations to prepare them to have the conversations they know are coming...
  • Blog Post: AlignIT Manager Tech Talk #9: Your Enterprise on the Go

    Earlier this year, there was a post on this blog about the change that’s happening within organizations and how employees are bringing technology from home to make themselves more productive at work. IT departments are scrambling to support these devices and keep workers productive, while figuring out...
  • 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: Microsoft System Management Goes Cross-Platform

    Today at the Microsoft Management Summit , the beta release of the System Center Operations Manager cross-platform extensions was announced. These extensions allow the native management of both Windows and non-Windows environments from the same console. As well System Center Virtual Machine Manager will...
  • Blog Post: IT Executive Roadmap Tour - Coming to a City Near You

    One of the toughest things about being the IT manager in a small or medium sized company is that you tend to wear many hats and need to be up to speed on so many different technologies to be able to do your job effectively. This fall, myself and my colleagues , Rick and Damir , will be out on the road...
  • Blog Post: Showcasing System Center

    Just when you thought you'd gotten familiar enough with the names of our Operations Management (MOM) and Systems Management (SMS) products, the marketing minds at Microsoft decided to change it all up again. These two products have been renamed under the umbrella of the System Center line of products...
  • Blog Post: Roadmap Wrap-up

    The IT Executive Roadmap Tour finished up a couple of weeks ago, and several people have asked me for links to the PowerPoint presentations. They were posted a week or so ago, but I'm only remembering to blog about it now. You can find them here along with webcasts of the sessions (from our Calgary stop...
  • 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...