What is Microsoft Virtual Academy?

IT professionals are, for the most part, driven to best use technology to enable people from within the organization they support.  To do so, system administrators, Infrastructure Specialists, Solutions Architects, etc, must keep their knowledge of IT best practices, solutions and tools current to ensure best efforts are always put forward to further enable organizations….

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Summer is approaching, don’t just plan to work on your tan.

I love this time of year. The days are getting longer, warmer and the deck is calling my name. (these are my feet….) At my house, summer months are very busy.  The kids are home, my wife is at home (she’s a teacher) so I tend to hide in my office with the door shut…


Windows 8 IT Camps

Many of you are familiar with and have even attended one of the many Windows Server 2012 IT Camps we ran from September through December.  We’ve had a great turnout and amazing feedback!  Needless to say we’ll be continuing with IT Camps in the new year. We still have a few more Windows Server 2012…


4 New Technical Training Sessions – Get a "Jump Start" in the New Year

We love travelling this great country of ours, especially when we get to connect with the IT Professional Community and to deliver in person events.    If IT Camps have taught us anything, it’s that there’s an huge appetite out there for deeply technical, hands on training.  And rest assured, before you start asking about it in the comments…


Listing of learning opportunities

I find the Microsoft properties vast and fertile locations to find good contextual and relevant training material. It’s true… With properties like the ones bellow, there is so much content, that it become hard to keep track of all the sessions you want to review. Microsoft Virtual Academy TechNet Office Edge MSDN   I’m always…

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Faced with choices. I must evaluate!

As an IT professional this is a concept you know very well. This is why most of us got in the business anyway.  Find cool technologies, play with them, learn how to integrate it and take advantage of it.  It’s like playing with toys! Really cool toys.  This is why a lot of us have…

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GRS – We’re Listening

Feedback is central to much of what we do at Microsoft Canada.  We use that feedback to make sure we’re focused on the right way to help YOU by providing resources, answering questions and generally trying to help set you up for success with Microsoft-based solutions. Twice a year, through something we call the Global Relationship…


What’s this new Cert? MCSA: Windows 7!

In April of this year Microsoft Learning announced its new generation of certifications.  Many of us who had previously earned certain MCITP (Microsoft Certified IT Professional) credentials were automatically ported into a new certification category, the MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate).  Depending on the MCITP you had earned, you would get a different MCSA. There…


On-line Learning Resources for Server 2012

In response to Ruth’s recent article on the Windows Server 2012 Canadian Launch Tour and IT Camp Events, Brian asked ‘So for us small town folks is there going to be a self paced Camp?’  This is a very common question, and we decided it deserved more than a quick response. Let me start by…


22 Free Microsoft eBooks to Add to Your Must Read List

During the summer months, I always try to catch up on my must read list.  These are books that are perfect to read at the cottage on long weekends, when I’m off on vacation, or even when I’m travelling for work.  For the work you do, it’s a little different; you’re probably not itching to…

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