Canadian IT Pro Data Base

The personal ramblings of a data-oriented IT Pro Advisor at Microsoft Canada.

Canadian IT Pro Data Base

  • Exporting Database Diagrams from SQL Server Management Studio

    A question that arose at one of the stops on the SQL Server 2005 Launch Tour was How do I export database diagrams I create in SQL Server Management Studio to another application? The answer to this question depends on what you want to do with the diagram...
  • Enabling Database Mirroring in SQL Server 2005 for Testing

    If you want to start testing database mirroring in SQL Server 2005, you will need to enable a trace flag on your SQL Server 2005 instance. To do so, you will need to modify the start-up flags for the SQL Server executable and add the following option...
  • Malaysian Grand Prix Proves Exciting but Bad Luck and a Red Bull Strike Kimi Raikkonen

    Sorry for being so late to post about this, but it has been quite a week. After all, the Malaysin Grand Prix was on at 2am Sunday morning here in Toronto. After going to bed a 5am posting to the blog was replaced by family obligations, which took up the...
  • F1 Season Starts with Some Excitement in Bahrain

    I personnally think that Kimi Raikkonen should start from the back of the grid at every race!! It was really exciting to watch him come through the field from 22nd on the grid to finish third. A podium finish from last place is an accomplishment, so much...
  • We have a definition for AKU!!

    Thanks to Dwayne Lamb of VisualByte in Toronto for digging up the definition of the term we have been using a fair bit on the TNX:TechNet Exchange Tour. The acronym AKU stands for Adaptation Kit Update , which is a set of code sent to OEMs to update Mobile...
  • Upcoming Tour Info and News About This Blog

    First, I just posted on the Canadian IT Pro blog about the upcoming Future of the Desktop Tour whose content I am responsible for. Check out the post at http://blogs.technet.com/canitpro/archive/2006/03/09/421680.aspx . This leads me to my second point...
  • The F1 Circus Lands in Melbourne with a Qualifying Hodge-Podge

    The land down under hosts the third Grand Prix of the season in the lovely city of Melbourne. I can say that from experience having had the pleasure of visiting the city some years ago. The Albert Park Circuit is also a fun one to watch, thought I've...
  • Malaysian Grand Prix Grid Confusion

    Qualifying with the new double elimination format is very exciting this year. Combine that with the impressive showing of the Williams Cosworth and Nico Rosberg's third place grid position, this is starting out to be a pretty good year in F1. Now Rosberg...
  • Bahrain F1 Grand Prix Qualifying

    If Kimi Raikkonen did not have bad luck, he would have no luck at all. Last year he won more races than Fernando Alonso but still managed to lose the championship due to not finishing as many of them. This year looks like it might be starting the same...
  • Canadian IT Professionals Blog is Live and I'm Posting to it

    We have just launched the Canadian IT Professionals Blog at http://blogs.technet.com/canitpro as an aggragated source of information from the Canadian IT Pro team here at Microsoft. You will find that much of my activity will be cross-posted between this...
  • 8 Days, 4 Events, 4 Different Topics

    The last 8 days have been a whirlwind of activity. I have had the priviliege of being involved in four different events, both for Microsoft and our partners, and presented on four different topics in the process. This presented a bit of a challenge time...
  • Future of the Desktop Tour Starts Soon!!

    I know I said earlier that I would not have too many technical posts or tour info on this blog, but since I am on the tour I thought it worth posting. On May 25, Bruce Cowper and I will kick off the Future of the Desktop Tour in Montreal. The tour will...
  • Imola Qualifying - Tifosi Cheer as Michael Schumacher Captures Pole and Breaks Another Record

    It was the only record that I can think of that Michael Schumacher did not hold - the most poles in an F1 career. Ayrton Senna held it for the longest time with a total of 65 poles in his career and today Michael Schumacher broke it securing his 66th...
  • Season 6 of The Sopranos Starts with a Bang - Literally!!

    I told you that this weekend had a couple of important milestones for me. The F1 season is underway and I've blogged about the events of this weekend already (see below). The other big event was the start of the sixth (and final?) season of The Sopranos...
  • Build '06 Tour is Coming to a City Near You

    "How can I find more time to focus on larger IT issues, not on day-to-day tasks?" This is just one of the many questions that TechNet Canada has heard recently from IT professionals across the country. Our answer: TechNet BUILD’06 —the must-attend...
  • San Marino Grand Prix Win Signals a Return for Ferrarii?

    I bet Pat Symonds is kicking himself right now. Fernando Alonso was being held up by Michael Schumacher, who was struggling in his Ferrari, so Renault tries to get some faster laps for Alonso by calling him in early. The problem was that Ross Brawn simply...
  • Fists Waving and Lots of Fun at European Grand Prix Quaifying

    Giancarlo Fisichella was quite the sight berating Jacques Villeneuve. Fisichela stormed into the BMW Sauber pit lane between the last two sessions of qualifying and looked like he wanted Jacques to step out of his car and go at it mano-a-mano. He was...
  • Excitement Down Under at the Australian Grand Prix

    Wasn't that an exciting finish to the Australian Grand Prix?? I'm not talking about Fernando Alonso winning the race - that was a forgone conclusion as soon as he took the lead. No, I mean the way Jenson Button's Honda engine exlpoded on the main straight...
  • I'm taking a break but come see Rick and Bruce at the Build '06 tour

    Having just completed the TNX: TechNet Exchange Tour, I get a bit of a break from touring until the Future of the Desktop tour in May. I should now have more time for blogging both here and on the Can IT Pro blog so stay tuned. I have posted the info...
  • Get Antigen for SharePoint Free until June 30!!

    For customers looking to protect Windows SharePoint Services against viruses and inappropriate content, Microsoft is offering Antigen for SharePoint free for six months. All Windows SharePoint Services customers are entitled to an extended free trial...
  • TechNet Monthly BizTalk 2006 Slide Deck

    Those of you that attended last Thursday's TechNet Monthly on What's New in BizTalk Server 2006 can find the PowerPoint slides of my presentation by clicking here . I really enjoyed meeting you all and I hope you were able to pick up some info on BizTalk...
  • Getting closer to the SQL Server 2005 Launch Event

    Today I spent the morning with a few key individuals reviewing the content we will be presenting at the SQL Server 2005 Launch Event starting in Toronto on November 8. It is always great to get input on how what we will be presenting will resonate with...
  • You Just Never Know What a Microsoft TechNet Event Can Lead To....

    I got the following email through this blog from Matt Dean, who attended a couple of Microsoft events at our Missisauga office last week. His second event provided more excitement on the way home then he expected. Here's what he wrote me: Hi Damir...
  • Connect to the Windows Media Stream for the Build '06 Tour Toronto Stop NOW!!!

    One of the things I love about working with the IT Pro team at Microosft is that we get to try new things and see how they work. Right now (1:55pm EST on March 9, 2006) we are streaming the Toronto stop of the Build '06 Tour LIVE on the web. If you can...
  • Australian GP Results Update

    Scott Speed of Scuderia Torro Rosso lost his 8th, and final points-paying position, to David Coulthard after the stewards decided he passed Coulthard when yellow flags were waving. As a result, 25 seconds were added to his time losing him the lone point...