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  • Blog Post: NT4 to AD Upgrade - Post Upgrade Tasks (In-Place Migration - Part 7)

    Here are some more details on some post-upgrade tasks I have implemented in my In-Place Migration strategy for customers migration from NT4 to 2003. As I previously stated (and have to state once again) - this is not meant to be an exhaustive list , but rather a guide on what you should include in your...
  • Blog Post: You Asked for it - Virtual Server 2005 Custom Canadian WebCast

    Bruce and I recently finished presenting the Toronto TechNet Winter Tour 2005 event in (where else) Toronto. We mentioned we wanted to gauge interest in having a Canadian WEBCAST on Virtual Server 2005. This inquiry is a DIRECT response to the number of questions we received on VS 2005 during the tour...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) Live!!!

    Believe it or not - some of us Microsoft employees are not at TechEd... That being said - something was released to the public today during one of the keynotes - WSUS! I was preparing to create/modify some content in order to present a customized Patch management presentation tomorrow. I almost forgot...
  • Blog Post: Toronto Technet Stop on the ‘04 Fall Tour

    WOW! What an event. I had such a GREAT time!!! On Thursday, 18th of November - 1054 IT Pros were packed in the seats at the John Bassett theatre. Unbelievably friendly folks came in from all around. Just to be different - we mixed things up a little bit and I had my team mate Bruce Cowper join me for...
  • Blog Post: Risk Management online WebCast December 3rd

    I wanted to let everyone know from my half of the Fall TechNet Tour that I will be delivering the swapped out content on Risk Management ( Security and Risk Management Discipline ) using a LiveMeeting WebCast on the 4th of December. To shore up the IT Pro Team, I have asked my colleague Bruce Cowper...
  • Blog Post: Un « recap » pour mes visites en Québec la semaine passée

    Mon dieu, que temps se passe très vite. C’était juste une semaine que j’ai complétée mon présentation à Québec (Ste. Foy). J’ai déjà écrit au sujet du group d’usager en Québec et mes expériences avec les participants avec Small Business Server. Je veux partager quelque chose avec les participants qui...
  • Blog Post: Not a bad read... NDS to AD Migration chat

    I wanted to pass on a good article that came up at a co-workers blogsite here on TechNet.com... The IT Pro team out of the UK have set up an "Industry Insiders" blog that they collaboratively work at updating articles of interest as well as have non MS persons post articles. I was perusing one of my...
  • Blog Post: It’s a Wrap! What a time in Montréal!!! – TechNet Winter Tour 2005 (Montréal)

    We tried something different – I think you liked it. Presenting half of the day in French, the other half in English was a little bit of a challenge, but I enjoyed flipping back and forth between the two. I really liked wrapping up my part of the tour in Montréal – the crowd is always friendly and engaging...
  • Blog Post: Fredericton Stop of the Fall TechNet Tour

    WOW! What a blast! I finished off the Fredericton Fall TechNet Tour stop yesterday to a room of 130 IT Professionals from around the province. People drove in from all over to attend the event and get together as a community. It was awesome. We had lots of great feedback asking us to come back again...
  • Blog Post: NT4 to AD Upgrade - Upgrade Tasks (In-Place Migration - Part 6)

    Here are some more details on some upgrade tasks I have implemented in my In-Place Migration strategy for customers migration from NT4 to 2003. As I previously stated - this is not meant to be an exhaustive list , but rather a guide on what you should include in your in-place upgrade plans. As always...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Innovations Tour Wrap Up post (Ottawa and Toronto)

    I am going to cheat and have a double post for both Ottawa and Toronto so I can be completely caught up and wrap up the tour and carry on with some other posts in my drafts folder. First off - Ottawa. I always like presenting in Ottawa - maybe it's because it's where I live and I'm not technically...
  • Blog Post: Keeping track of technology - Exchange and GroupWise

    In case you haven't noticed, I don't normally blog about other vendors technology, but this email came into my inbox last night and I had a great chuckle about it. It’s important to me that I stay on top of various technologies and interoperability across all platforms IT Professionals might use in their...
  • Blog Post: Visiting MotherShip in Redmond

    In case you are wondering why the blog page has been a little more quiet then usual – I just returned to Ottawa this week. I was on a "new employee MS101” course in Redmond. WOW! The Mother Ship! Here’s an interesting tidbit – over 60% of the participants were NOT from the US (myself included). The new...
  • Blog Post: How much of an AD design required before a migration? (In-Place Migration - Part 2)

    OK. So I have struck a nerve with my In-Place Migration series post. You've asked me to clarify my thoughts on what makes up an AD design. I thought I wasn't going to get into AD design, but I feel I must - at least a bit - in order to make this series of posts flow. I left the consulting side of things...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Build '06 - Secure Well Managed Infrastructure (SWMI) Victoria

    I am un-expectantly in Vancouver today en route to Victoria. I’ve been called up to help out with the first tour stop of the TechNet Build’06 tour. If you haven’t had a chance to check out more details about this tour – check out the Canadian IT Pro Blog for more information...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2003 SP1 Recommendations

    I missed this one being posted due to my heads down with the TechNet tour. I saw it internally, but it is now public. It is completely relevant to the Service Pack 1 discussions I get into over the course of this TechNet tour. I constantly get questions after the SP1 session about recommendations as...
  • Blog Post: Need to update your Certification?

    Are you in the position where you are currently certified with “Windows 2000” or older credentials? I was a “charter member” of MCSE Windows 2000 certification (one of the first 2000 in North America) and it’s in the process of lapsing, due to outdated exams. I am a firm believer of certification and...
  • Blog Post: “Stay where y’re at, I’ll come where y’re to.” TechNet Tour 2005 (St. John’s - NL)

    I love coming down East – it’s coming home for me. The air is a little cleaner, the people seem friendlier – everybody talks to ya – from the stranger on the street, Taxi cabbie to the person next to ya in the bar. Maybe I am a little biased - I’m originally from Saint John NB, not St. John’s NL (the...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Innovations Tour 2005 - Windows Vista, Mobile 5 and more!

    Wow. The team has been working hard to cross the "T"s and dot the "I"s on the logistics and content for the upcoming TechNet Innovations Tour . I wrote about the tour in the last edition of the Canadian TechNet Flash and I wanted to share some insight into what you will see when you come to the show...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Tour 2005 Reference Links

    My co-worker Bruce Cowper and I have been creating an ongoing list of links that are directly related to the TechNet Winter Tour. On this list you will find Eval software, full downloads, utilities and virtually anything that we talked about during the show. I am not normally a lilnk blogger - but these...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2003 Push email to Windows Mobile (MSFP and Exchange SP2)

    I admit it – prior to joining Microsoft, I was a Blackberry RIM user back at the old employer. In fact, I had personally purchased my own device way back when after they introduced the larger 957 version here in Canada. Why was I using RIM? I needed access to my email remotely while on the road when...
  • Blog Post: Canadian IT Pro Community Summit - WOW!

    What a day – what an event – what blast of a time I had . When John Oxley (my boss) suggested that we should have an MC for a Community event we were participating in – I was eager to participate. My team mate Bruce Cowper was working on the logistics and content for the event and I wanted to help out...
  • Blog Post: Tournée deTechNet Hiver 2005

    Nous vous avons demandez comment améliorer la tournée de TechNet ici au Canada. Votre réponse – « plus d’information profonde et applicable a mon travail. » Qu’a ton fait pour adresser vos commentaires? Les séance sont a propos des technologies de Virtual Server 2005, Windows Server 2003 Service...
  • Blog Post: SOCIABLE! – TechNet Winter tour 2005 (Halifax)

    One of the larger crowds for Halifax – 204 attendees or so – not bad - thanks for coming out! What can I say – you were certainly talkative! There was a great mix of both IT Professionals and up and coming IT Professionals in the audience. NSCC Institute of Technology, Dal and St. Marry’s, CompuCollege...
  • Blog Post: You've Already heard about Windows Vista, but where do I get a copy?

    You have heard about the new launch name for the "in development" product that used to be called Longhorn. It's now called Windows Vista . I was among 10000 of my closest friends at the Microsoft Global Briefing when Brian Valentine announced the new name at the end of his presentation/demo session....