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  • Blog Post: Move your career into hyperdrive

    It's time for Virtualization squared. In an increasingly multi-hypervisor world, more and more IT organizations are using Hyper-V from Microsoft in addition to VMware solutions. With nearly two-thirds of businesses on more than one virtualization platform, adding Hyper-V to your wheelhouse can help...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: AlignIT Tour is a Wrap - Post-Event Resources Now Available

    Over the last 6 weeks or so, John Bristowe and I , as well as Rick Claus and Christian Beauclair , have visited 10 cities for the AlignIT Tour . For those of you that attended the tour events, we thank you once again for taking the time out of your busy schedule to hear about how you can take the road...
  • 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: Episode #26 - Virtualization simplified from datacenter to small business

    In this episode of the IT Manager Podcast - I talk with the General Manager of a BC based Hosting Company called RackForce. Randal Robinson talks about their switch from dedicated hardware servers in 2003 to a more efficient resource distribution solution using a mixed Virtualization environment on hundreds...
  • 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: Supporting Virtual Infrastructures - cross post

    Rodney Buike had this blog post up on our IT Pro blog and I thought I would ask him to cross post it over here, instead of me just linking over to it. SVVP (Server Virtualization Validation Program) was announced way back in February, but only recently came to fruition. A number of vendors have signed...
  • 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: Can't wait to connect with Canadian IT Manager's in person again...

    I love September! It is the month of so many beginnings and possible adventures. My two boys went back to school and I, like many of you who are parents, saw them off and loved to see the excitement, and slight trepidation, in their faces as they followed their teacher into the school and off for another...
  • Blog Post: Community Connection Event Notes

    As part of the launch events for Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008, there are a number of Community Connection Events happening across the country in 14 cities. My colleague, Rick, does a great job of explaining in detail what these events are . The most exciting part of these...
  • Blog Post: 70-659 Exam Study Group Recordings

    Group Lead: Sasa Sanda Presentation decks and resources can be found on the TrainingCamp70-659 SkyDrive . Information on getting your free exam voucher and the gift card promotion for those who pass the exam can be found here. Session 1: Sunday, February 19, 2012 Download WMV file (167...
  • Blog Post: Talking About Virtualization

    Virtualization seems to be on the minds of most IT organizations these days. Either you’re doing it or are thinking of doing it. And if you’re doing it, you’re likely thinking about how you can improve, add to or change as the technology gets better, more reliable and easier to manage. Galen Schreck...
  • 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: Windows Virtualization Licensing

    Thinking about virtualizing some of your servers but confused about licensing? You're not alone. My colleague, Rodney, has put up an excellent post with links to a video from the Microsoft Licensing team explaining licensing on the Windows virtualization platform as well as to calculators to help you...
  • 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: 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: Can VMware Survive?

    In light of all the focus on this blog on virtualization with Don's recent posts on the subject as well as my own , I thought the recent eWEEK article "Is VMware a Dead Duck?" sparked some interesting debate in the comments below it. The gist of the piece is that with everyone jumping on the virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization: Rationale for IT Managers

    Don Spencer (Waterloo, ON, IT Professional) You've heard about it. You've seen a keynote address at EnergizeIT . Your colleagues and staff- and perhaps even your tech-savvy CEO - are talking about it. And they're turning to you for leadership and direction. What now? Your job is "to ensure the streamlined...
  • Blog Post: News Update … 24 Hours in the Cloud on June 1st, 2011

    Here's an update from GITCA on the "24 Hours in the Cloud" event.... ------ Due to the overwhelming response to the GITCA request for submissions for the 24 Hours in the Cloud event it has become necessary to re-schedule for June 1 st , 2011 . We wish to give all submissions an equal and fair evaluation...
  • 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: 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...