I remember when I first discovered the mail merge feature… it amazed the twelve-year-old me that I could write a letter once, and then AppleWorks would address that letter to the several hundred people in my database. I was thrilled with it. Last week, I was working with a client who moved a server. No … Continue reading Change the Way You Change Text
If you would have asked me in the late 1990s when CDs (remember CD-RW?) were starting to replace floppy drives as the primary storage method for desktop PCs and servers if we were ever going to see a day when they were obsolete, the short-sighted young adult that I was would likely have said no. … Continue reading PowerISO: Doing it right
By now, it is likely that I do not need to explain to you that a hardware driver is a piece of software that allows your computer (through the operating system) to communicate with a hardware component. You know that, right? Good. You are ready to install a new operating system on your computer. You do … Continue reading Drivers? Drive Me!
One of the topics I inject into every one of my classes (and frankly, most of my customer conversations) is how to do whatever we are doing in PowerShell. Scripting is one of the ways I make my life easier, and I recommend my students and customers use the knowledge I share to make their … Continue reading PowerShell: A Colourful Experience
When Microsoft released Windows 7 in October, 2009 the vast majority of users (both corporate and home) were still running Windows XP. While they had released Windows Vista three years earlier, it was never widely accepted. The improvements over the then six-year-old operating system were revolutionary, especially for the vast majority of users who eschewed … Continue reading Windows 7 End of Life and Extended Support
Let me start this piece by stating that I am not advocating that we all ignore IPv6. There are many reasons to use it, and there is nothing wrong with it. Sure, it is more complicated than we may like... but then again, so was IPv4 when we were first introduced to it. But alas, … Continue reading IPv6: Be gone!
I know, I am a couple of months late on this... on February 1st, 2018 Microsoft announced that it would be extending support on Windows 10 Editions 1709, 1703, and 1607. That means that instead of having 18 months of support, you will have 24. The bad news? This applies only to the Enterprise and … Continue reading Windows 10 Support Extended
I am in Montreal this week, working on a friend's computer. After twelve incredible years of service, the laptop is being replaced. But before that happens I must transfer the data to his new computer... a task made infinitely more difficult by the utter and complete infestation of his computer with malware. Aside from being … Continue reading Free Will…
Those of us who have been in the IT industry for a while remember the heady days of never having to reboot a server... otherwise known as 'The days before Windows Server.' Those days are long gone, and even non-Windows servers need to be patched and restarted. But how do you know when it last happened? … Continue reading Since When…?
One of the benefits of virtualization is that you can segregate your SQL Servers from your other workloads. Why? If not then Microsoft SQL Server will hoard every last bit of resources on your machine, leaving scant crumbs for other workloads. Seriously… when you start the Microsoft SQL Server you will immediately see your memory … Continue reading SQL Server: How to tame the beast!
I've said it before and I'll say it again... I do like my Surface Pro 3. With that being said, I know everyone has different tastes, and some people are not going to like it. A couple of months ago my sister, a long time Mac user (and Apple Fanboi) told me that her new … Continue reading Surface Pro 3 and Windows 8: Not everybody’s cup of tea
For most of the months of October through December, while I was on tour talking about Windows 8, the new Office 2013 & Office 365, and Windows Server 2012 the most common question I heard was not about any of these products… it was something like ‘So where’s your Surface? Why don’t you have a … Continue reading Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro: It’s Here!
As I sit in my office getting ready to close up, it is a little after 10pm, September 3rd, 2012. That makes tomorrow a very important day in the world of IT. Microsoft has announced that on September 4th, 2012 they will make Windows Server 2012, the newest generation of one of the most successful … Continue reading The Dawn of a New Day
If you are with a Microsoft Partner in Canada, then this training is for you! I will be delivering a one-day hands-on class on Windows Intune: Implementing and Supporting Technical Training across Canada. Because it is sponsored by the Microsoft Partner Network the cost for this one-day session is just $99… and that includes breakfast … Continue reading Are You Intune? You can be for only $99!
Quite a number of people have asked me why I continue to tweet the number of days until Microsoft ends support for one of it's most successful operating systems ever, Windows XP. Especially knowing that we seem to be a long way off - today is Friday August 12, 2011 and we are 969 days … Continue reading End of Days for Windows XP.