Launching Windows 8 in Halton!

I expect that by now you will know that next month (October 26th) Microsoft is making Windows 8 available to the general public (GA).  This is very exciting for us in the Microsoft ecosphere. In November, 2009 Cameron McKay and I hosted a Windows 7 Launch Event in Oakville, and it was a resounding success… Continue reading Launching Windows 8 in Halton!

Windows 8 – Coming soon to a screen near you!

It was nice to be in the room for a change. For nearly two years now I have been counting down the #EndOfDaysXP on my Twitter feed (@MGarvis) and encouraging users and corporations to migrate to Windows 7. Since the Developer Preview for Windows 8 was released in November of last year I have been… Continue reading Windows 8 – Coming soon to a screen near you!

Year 6

This was probably the first year that I did not even realize it was time.  When I woke up this morning I checked my Twitter feed, and saw a tweet from someone about today being the award day for the Microsoft MVP program.  Had my 21 month old son not come in looking for Daddy,… Continue reading Year 6

On airline staff and Windows 7…

Yesterday morning as I walked up to the Maple Leaf Lounge at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (YYZ) I was greeted by Tony Falcone, one of the Air Canada agents that I meet from time to time. As he looked up my Aeroplan number I fumbled with my Samsung Focus phone (barely avoiding dropping it), and… Continue reading On airline staff and Windows 7…

I am You, You are Me.

A couple of months ago I was in the cafeteria at Microsoft and I came up with an idea for a blog article, which I then gave to Rick Claus for the IT Pro Connection.  It was originally titled ‘I am You, You are Me.’  He added the rest of the title, but I didn’t… Continue reading I am You, You are Me.

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?

It was Twenty Years Ago Today!

Ok, well it wasn’t, but I had the Beatles running through my head.  It is amazing what can remind you of the oddest things from the past… In June, 1988 I was finishing Grade 10 and my last computer course on the Apple //e was behind me.  I had made the decision to sell my… Continue reading It was Twenty Years Ago Today!

Windows MultiPoint Server 2011: The future of the classroom and so much more!

One of the things I love about coming to events like TechEd is that I am able to see and learn about new products, as well as meet new friends and reconnect with old ones.  On the second day of TechEd 2011 I had the opportunity to do all three simultaneously!  I interviewed Dean Paron… Continue reading Windows MultiPoint Server 2011: The future of the classroom and so much more!

The Wonder that is TechEd

The quiet of the Exhibitor Hall is disturbed by the sounds of preparation.  To my left there is a crew frantically working to fix something with a carpet.  There is some hammering, more yammering, and the sounds of carpet tape being unfurled. To my right there are two security agents talking, but they are too… Continue reading The Wonder that is TechEd

IT Pro Connection & the TechNet Flash

A couple of weeks ago Microsoft released Microsoft iSCSI Software Target for download, and I was thrilled.  I immediately decided to write about it, but before publishing what would end up the first of three articles, I decided to ping my buddy Rick Claus, IT Pro Evangelist for Microsoft Canada, and ask him if he… Continue reading IT Pro Connection & the TechNet Flash

Get on the Bus!

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!

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!

The Student Has Become The Master!

Monday evening I attended the monthly user group meeting of the Wellington Waterloo IT Pro User Group (http://www.wwitpro.com/) in Kitchener, Ontario.  The topic for the evening was called Windows 7 Deployment as presented by Sean Kearney (yes, THE Sean Kearney, a.k.a. The Energized Tech, a.k.a. (the former) Friday Funny Guy!) from SWMI Consulting Group and… Continue reading The Student Has Become The Master!