The Inefficiencies of Legacy Thinking

Until recently, I was working at a company that was in the process of migrating their datacenters into the cloud.  Their policies, written many years ago, stated that information had to go through their corporate firewalls.  During the Covid-19 outbreak that saw 95% of the workforce working from home, this was nevertheless interpreted to include … Continue reading The Inefficiencies of Legacy Thinking

Cloud Storage: What’s your favourite?

A few weeks ago Bauke Roesink, a fellow blogger, reached out to me to ask for a blub for a piece he was doing on Cloud Storage.  He asked me to write up what platform I use to share large files, and why.  The results would be featured in a piece he was doing, that … Continue reading Cloud Storage: What’s your favourite?

Managing Your SMB-IT Without Server

You have a small business.  You have been running Windows Small Business Server 2003 for six years, and you know that it is time to retire it.  The question is, what should replace it? Before you make any definitive decisions, why not review what you need your server to do: File Server Mail Server Internet … Continue reading Managing Your SMB-IT Without Server

Are you a SkyDriver?

Well if you aren’t, you should be!  Right now loyal SkyDrive users have the opportunity to upgrade their default 7GB free on-line storage to 25GB on-line storage… but that’s not the best part.  Here are some huge changes that will rock your world with cloud-based storage: 1) SkyDrive is a free service… that is not … Continue reading Are you a SkyDriver?

Tweet Chat – Cloud-proofing your IT career

I am excited about this.  Tomorrow (Tuesday, April 3rd) I will be the guest on Microsoft Learning’s Tweet Chat.  The topic will be what IT professionals should be doing to ensure they stay relevant in this day and age where so much of what we see in the IT industry is heading into the clouds. … Continue reading Tweet Chat – Cloud-proofing your IT career

Getting Started with Cloud Computing

I have been asked by Microsoft Canada to post this to the site.  Please feel free to comment, and let me know when you do get stared with Office 365, InTune, or Azure! -Mitch You’ve likely heard about how Office 365 and Windows Intune are great applications to get you started with Cloud Computing. Many … Continue reading Getting Started with Cloud Computing

Office365 Outage: It happens… know about it.

I have been using Microsoft Office365 to manage my e-mail since the beta program, and last month purchased the full program for SWMI Consulting Group.  Office365 includes, among so much more, the mail service in a cloud (Exchange 2010).  I have had few complaints – someone else manages it for me, and I can focus … Continue reading Office365 Outage: It happens… know about it.

Gartner agrees with me… Hyper-V is for real!

In September Microsoft Canada contracted me as a Virtual Partner Technology Advisor, tasking me with evangelizing Microsoft virtualization solutions.  One of the reasons I was such a good fit for the role is that I am very familiar with both Microsoft’s and VMware’s server virtualization solutions – I teach and consult on both platforms.  I … Continue reading Gartner agrees with me… Hyper-V is for real!

Office 365–Complex or Options?

Last week Microsoft officially launched its cloud-based infrastructure offering, Office 365.  As a virtual insider I have been using this solution for the past six months for my IT consulting firm, and frankly had forgotten that it was a beta offering.  That is because while the packaging may be new, all of the applications – … Continue reading Office 365–Complex or Options?