I Think… therefore, I am uncertain.

I spend a lot of time speaking with clients about their environments.  From time to time, my job is to ‘interview’ them, so that I can properly document their environments. Recently I was speaking with a couple of admins at a private sector company who were very proud of their environments.  They had hired a … Continue reading I Think… therefore, I am uncertain.

The Perils of a Manual Environment

I am not going to lie to you and say that every environment that I manage or have managed is an optimized Secure, Well-Managed IT Environment.  It’s just not true. In a secure, well-managed IT environment we monitor to make sure that things are working the way they are supposed to.  When we spin up … Continue reading The Perils of a Manual Environment

Where’s My… <Fill in the blank Admin tool>?

If you are me you like that every few years we get a new version of Windows.  Great new features, new tools, new this, new that… and new frustrations trying to figure out where the hell all of my tools are! Yeah yeah I know… this is the last version of Windows we are getting … Continue reading Where’s My… <Fill in the blank Admin tool>?

Distinguished Names: How do I…

Yeah yeah, I know… A little while ago I talked about how to determine the Distinguished Name (DN) of an Active Directory Object, and I got a flurry of requests for doing it with PowerShell. Now, normally I do like to show you how to do things via the GUI, and then what the PowerShell … Continue reading Distinguished Names: How do I…

An Experienced Eye

There’s an old adage about a guy who takes his car to a mechanic.  The car is coughing and banging and sounds like it is dying.  The mechanic listens for a minute, then takes a hammer and takes a big whack at the engine, which then starts purring perfectly.  That will be $200 please.  ‘WHAT? … Continue reading An Experienced Eye

What not to Learn… Revisited for 2013!

In October, 2011 I posted an article called vPTA: What NOT to take away from my 1-day virtualization training!  It was only partly tongue-in-cheek on the environment that I have been using for several years to demonstrate server virtualization from a pair of laptops.  A few months later Damir Bersinic took that list and made … Continue reading What not to Learn… Revisited for 2013!

Microsoft Canada Partner Summit: CATCH IT!

Hey folks!  If you are a Microsoft Partner in Montreal, Toronto, or Vancouver then I’m happy to tell you that I am coming back to town!  Of course, I won’t be alone… I am coming with the while Windows and Office Partner Summit!  Windows 8, the new Office and Windows Server 2012 are coming soon … Continue reading Microsoft Canada Partner Summit: CATCH IT!

Windows 8: Why you should be excited!

This post was originally published on the Canadian IT Pros Connection.  It is finally here. Microsoft’s most anticipated operating system in years is ready for prime time, and all around the world the enthusiasts are downloading bits, stores are putting out their new offerings with the new OS, and IT Pros around the world are … Continue reading Windows 8: Why you should be excited!

Windows Server IT Camps: Server 2012!

Although our events are usually quite well attended, few have ever been as well received as the IT Camps that we’ve been holding across the country since last January. To date we’ve held Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Virtualization Camps , Windows Server 2012 Install Camps , Private Cloud Camps with Windows Server 2008 R2 … Continue reading Windows Server IT Camps: Server 2012!

The Shoemaker is No Longer Barefoot!

This post was originally written for the Canadian IT Pro Connection blog, and can be seen there at http://blogs.technet.com/b/canitpro/archive/2012/09/13/the-shoemaker-is-no-longer-barefoot.aspx. For years I have been espousing the need to and value of locking down client workstations in a corporate environment.  Part of the SWMI Story – the secure, well-managed IT infrastructure for which I named my … Continue reading The Shoemaker is No Longer Barefoot!