Surface Pro 4: First impressions

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

Five Years Of WordPress: A Celebration?

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?

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?

A Brief Comparison of Features Between VMware and Hyper-V (Guest Blogger)

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)

Creating a Multi-OS Deployment Point with MDT!

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!

A Do-it-Yourself SWMI? No sweat!

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!

When Our Work is REALLY Worthwhile

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