I must be mellowing as I get older. When I got my Surface Pro (was it really only February of 2013 that they came out?) I was still working with Microsoft, and a colleague at the Microsoft Store in Toronto (back then there was only the one) arranged for me to get in early so … Continue reading Surface Pro 4: First impressions
It honestly doesn’t seem like that long ago… and of course it seems like forever. Of course I have been blogging for well over a decade, but I seem to remember sometime in 2010 when Cory Fowler started telling me I should migrate my blog from Community Server over to WordPress. I was pretty happy … Continue reading Five Years Of WordPress: A Celebration?
I do my best to blog consistently, but as I am sure you all know, sometimes work (and life) get in the way. I assure you it is never my intent to shirk the blog… but the reality is that (despite my having placed a very handy PayPal link on the site) I have never … Continue reading Another Humble THANK YOU!
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!
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?
A few months ago Chris Childerhose, a consultant and MCITP with a local Microsoft Partner, impressed me when the afternoon of Day 5 of my class on Windows Server Virtualization (10215A) he sat the exam 70-659 and scored a perfect 1000. He has since gone on to pass the remaining exams to earn the certification … Continue reading A Brief Comparison of Features Between VMware and Hyper-V (Guest Blogger)
For the third year in a row the Springboard Bus Tour will hit the road leading up to TechEd. If you have never met the bus you are missing out, because it delivers expert advice, great learning, and huge career benefits to IT Pros. It delivers answers to questions you may have been having about … Continue reading Get on the Bus!
Hey folks, I know for months you’ve been on me because the screen shots in my Multi-OS Deployment Share post were lost. Today I am glad to say that I have created a video of it for the DPE team, and am glad to share it with you here! Remember, this video creates the deployment … Continue reading Creating a Multi-OS Deployment Point with MDT!
Ok, let's be honest. We all know that we need to secure our Active Directory infrastructures, but many of us are not entirely sure how. You may even know that Group Policy is a great tool to do it centrally, but with literally thousands of Group Policy settings available in Windows Server 2008 R2, where … Continue reading A Do-it-Yourself SWMI? No sweat!
Many of you have pinged me in the last few days to tell me you are still waiting to read a review of my new laptop… the HP Envy 14 (Beats Edition). and let me tell you, it is one kick-arse machine! The review has been somewhat delayed due to a couple of professional obligations … Continue reading Laptops and laptops!
The title is of course misleading… work is almost always worthwhile – in one way or another. However this incident reminded me that some of us work for much more than a paycheck. I have spent the week overseeing the deployment of a secure IT environment for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Canada. As … Continue reading When Our Work is REALLY Worthwhile
Ok, the title may be overstating things a little. However today does mark a great change for The World According to Mitch. I would like to welcome all of my readers to MGarvis.WordPress.com. Huh? What do you mean? After so many years are you saying that Mitch, always the proponent of running your own servers, … Continue reading Dawn of a New Day