What is the future of your server room?


Is your Infrastructure Optimized? Are you ready to take the next steps? Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange 2007 have launched but that isn't all Microsoft has up their sleeve. Microsoft has got big things coming in the virtualization arena. The System Center and Forefront Security tools are being released and there's the next generation of Windows Server codenamed "Longhorn" coming out in Beta 3. What better place to learn about these exciting new technologies and see how they can be utilized to address the challenges IT Professionals are facing everyday than signing up for the Future of the Server Room tour. Rest assured this is a deep technical presentation and promises to be our most interactive tour ever!

I am going to throw everyone reading a challenge! Prior to attending the tour download the latest trial software for Systems Centre Operations Manager and take it for a spin and see what it can do for you.

Once you've tried it out, Rick and I challenge you to come out and stump us with your questions on Systems Centre Operations Manager and Windows Server codenamed "Longhorn", you ask and we will do our best to answer them. While we have been stumped before, we are going to be working extra hard not to be this time. Are you up to the challenge? Oh and I almost forgot all attendees will receive a copy of Windows Server codenamed "longhorn" Beta 3. So register today for a city near you:




Tuesday May 8, 2007



Thursday May 10, 2007



Tuesday May 15, 2007



Thursday May 17, 2007



Thursday May 30, 2007



Comments (8)

  1. Henry says:

    Why the lack of east coast stops?

  2. David F. Skoll says:

    Our server room only runs Linux… so I guess our future is safe.

  3. Rodney Buike says:

    @Henry, I have a post coming soon explaining the how’s and why’s of where we go.

    @David, Whatever your choice of OS is, you should be aware that none are 100% secure and keep up to date on the latest issues affecting your OS.  You may also want to check out http://blogs.csoonline.com/blog/jeff_jones for some analysis on various operating systems.

  4. David F. Skoll says:

    To Rodney: The "security by the numbers" study has been thoroughly debunked.  ".ANI"one knows that. 🙂

    "That’s why I like people like Jeff Jones. Yes, he works for Microsoft and may or may not be biased,"…

    You guys are so funny! 🙂

  5. Rodney Buike says:

    David, I’d like to invite you to Energize IT ’07 on June 16th in Toronto.  Jeff Jones will be speaking about "the numbers", where he gets them from and how he does his vulnerability analysis.  There should also be an oppotunity to ask him questions.

  6. David F. Skoll says:


    Thanks for the invite.  However, my company and I have a corporate policy against using software unless (a) we have the source code, and (b) we’re allowed to modify the source code for our own use.  Frankly, that’s the *only* type of software I trust.

    Therefore, our entire infrastructure from desktop to server to phone system to CRM to trouble-ticketing system is built on Free and Open-Source Software.

    I estimate we save around $25,000 per year in licensing fees and untold thousands by not having to run AV software, not having to pay for updates, etc.  We also have an amazingly-integrated software stack, tying together our phones, invoicing system, CRM system and helpdesk system.

    Why would I want to change that?

  7. Rodney Buike says:


    The invite is open to all, no matter what you use and it will take place on June 16th at the MTCC on Front Street.  I fully believe in using the solution that fits the bill and I am glad you’ve found one that works.  I still hope you can make it even just to socialize with other IT professionals and if you do, make sure you say hello.

    I would also be interested in knowing more about what you’ve done, it’s the geek in me 🙂  Email me if you have the time to chat about it.

    Rodney Buike

    IT Pro Advisor

  8. Anonymous says:

    I got my lovely email reminder that my mailbox was rapidly approaching my max. When I get one of these,

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