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  • Blog Post: Windows Server Samurai Web Series

    With a changing business landscape, the new Server Samurai Web series is designed to help your business succeed with the latest release of Windows Server 2012 R2. Take a deep dive into both technical content as well as best practices that will help you offer your customers the latest and greatest in...
  • 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: Windows 7 & Server 2008 Has Been Released to Manufacturing

    (Cross-post from the Canadian IT Pro Blog ) Hot off the presses! Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 have hit the RTM Milestone! From the Windows 7 team blog… I am pleased to announce that Windows 7 has RTM’d! As I mentioned previously, RTM officially happens only after sign-off occurs. What happens...
  • 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: Your IT Career: Taking the Next Step

    With summer months quickly approaching, most IT professionals look forward to the down time to be had. While a little “rest and relaxation” should be planned, and is well deserved for all those countless “need ASAP” requests and/or dealing with those pesky user errors, many IT...
  • Blog Post: The Lone Server

    A little levity for your Friday morning... What might it be like to be the lone Windows 2003 server left in the Microsoft web server farm now that all the other servers have been upgraded to Windows 2008? The Windows Server team has put up a humourous posting and video of the life of that lone server...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008: IT Migration, Deployment and Best Practices

    The latest release of Microsoft Windows Server® 2008 has many IT managers discovering new virtualization capabilities, Web resources, and security and management enhancements. This month, Kevin McCully (WebFeat) and Loïc Calvez (Lafarge North America) join our hosts Ruth Morton and Rick Claus to discuss...
  • Blog Post: Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon…with Microsoft Private Cloud

    These days around the Microsoft Canada office and particularly in my little corner of the world, everyone is laser focused on getting IT folks downloading, learning and certified on Microsoft technologies…specifically private cloud technologies. And just to give you a bit of incentive, we’ve come up...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 RC & Windows 8 client release preview now available for download

    Today, both the Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC) and Windows 8 Release Preview were made available for public download. More information about Windows Server 2012 RC: Resources page for the RC More information about the Windows 8 Release Preview: Steven Sinofsky’s post about what’s been updated...
  • Blog Post: Episode # 20: Energize IT - How Green IT Can Help Grow the Bottom Line

    On May 24, 2008, a number of IT professionals came together to explore environmentally conscious and economically sound technology solutions at the Energize IT event in Toronto. Our podcast series host, Ruth Morton, was on hand to discuss subjects ranging from ‘The first steps towards developing a Green...
  • 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: 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: 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: Heros Happen Here in Canada

    Last year we launched Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange 2007. Not to be outdone, this year the big launch is SQL 2008, Windows 2008 and Visual Studio 2008! And this time around, we're doing thing a little differently. Rick put up a great post this morning explaining the approach we're taking. Please read...
  • 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: Managing a Smooth Windows Vista SP1 Deployment

    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 versions and are eager to get the released code. However, there has been a bit of extra noise in the blogosphere particularly about...
  • Blog Post: The IT Manager Podcast Series Goes on the Road

    This episode, we tried something totally new, and as with all new things there are usually lessons learned along the way! The Heros Happen Here event , launching Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 happened last February but instead of bringing our guests into the studio to talk...
  • Blog Post: Driving Business Value from the Client to the Cloud

    Hi I’m Christian Beauclair, Senior Developer Advisor at Microsoft Canada. Talking with managers across Canada, we heard clearly that in today’s ever-changing IT environment and current business climate, you are tasked with finding new ways to increase productivity and reduce costs. We’ve also heard loud...
  • 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: 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: 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: Windows Server 2012 Canadian Launch Tour and IT Camp Events

    Looking for IT Camp registration links? Scroll down! With Windows Server 2012 becoming generally available September 4, we want to make sure you get some hands on experience with this latest server offering. With new advances in virtualization, networking, storage and automation among other things...
  • 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: 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...