Things NOT To Take Away from the IT Virtualization Boot Camp

There are some things we need to make clear to those who have participated in Mississauga, Vancouver and Ottawa, or will be participating in IT Virtualization Boot Camps in Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton (registration link coming soon), and Saskatoon.  When we developed the IT Virtualization Boot Camps we had several discussions around what hardware we should…


Because There’s Always More To Learn…

The title of this post is “Because there’s always more to learn.” Where’s that from? You know it… That’s right – TechDays. But wait… time to talk about TechDays 2012 already? Not quite. But it is time to talk about TechDays Online! Whether you were able to attend Tech·Days 2011 (or even 2010!) or not…


“The SQL Guy” Post #16: Using the Special Admin Connection to SQL Server

There are times when SQL Server may be so busy processing requests that it can no longer allocate memory or processor resources to even allow an SA to connect. This has been an issue with older versions of SQL Server.   SQL Server solves this problem by introducing a feature called "Dedicated Administrator Connection” (DAC)….


How To Clean Up Cluster Nodes from Destroyed Clusters

While delivering IT Virtualization Boot Camps and taking the participants through the process of creating a failover cluster, we found that a couple of times some of the individuals ran across issues when creating a Windows Failover Cluster from both nodes at the same time – you only need to create the cluster from one node…


Why We Love Our MVPs!

My colleague, Paul Laberge, posted this article on the Canadian Developer Connection Blog and I had to share it.  We here on the IT Professional side love our MVPs as well.  Many of them allow us to provide you with the great content on this blog as well as through our various online and in-person…


“The SQL Guy” Post #15: Best Practices For Using SQL Server Service Accounts

Securing SQL Server is one of the top priorities of any SQL Server DBA. It is extremely important for DBA’s and system admins to make sure that SQL Server is TIGHTLY SECURED and is not exposed to users that don’t need access to SQL Server. Only valid and required users MUST be granted “required” permissions….

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“The SQL Guy” Post #14: The Myth Behind Stored Procedure Behaviour

You are a trusted database developer for your company. You developed a Stored Procedure that will perform some important functions on the database. You tested the Stored Procedure and everything looks great. The Stored Procedure runs the way you expected and within the anticipated timeframe. Everything looks great and now you are ready to deploy…

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You Only Need One Tool to Get System Center 2012 RC Installed!!

Talking to individuals who downloaded the System Center 2012 RC from the TechNet Eval Center in December or early January, one of the pieces of feedback I received is that in order to get everything running you needed to install each component individually and that just took too long and also meant that you were…

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Free Learning Resources for Microsoft Virtualization & Private Cloud

In the last little while as we have started to deliver the IT Virtualization Boot Camps as well as go out to various user groups and talk about the Microsoft Virtualization and Private Cloud offerings, I have often been asked where IT Pros can find resources to learn about how our products work, especially by…