Trying it Out: How to prepare to test your new operating system

This is a really exciting season for IT Pros across Canada.  Last week Microsoft released Windows Server 2012 to the public, and on October 26th they will release Windows 8.  As an IT Pro you are going to want to test these out, whether that be in your own environment at home or at the…

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Accessing USB devices in a Hyper-V virtual machine

Jeff Woolsey, Principal Program Manager at Microsoft for Windows Server answers the question: Can USB devices (like smart cards and storage devices) be accessed within a Hyper-V virtual machine? The answer is “Yes” and here are two possible scenarios: Scenario #1 (Primary): Centralized Desktop (VDI) Deployment In this scenario, an end user logs into virtual…

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Windows Server 2012 launched today!

While there are many Microsoft product launches happening this year, this one is near and dear to my heart. I first started working with Windows servers back in the days of the Windows New Technology server, or NT, as I’m sure some of you reading did as well. We’ve come a long way, baby! This…


Windows Server simplified

My colleague Damir has written about this topic before on this blog, but I thought it warranted another post so here it is. You see, with past iterations of the Microsoft Windows Server operating system, there were always a number of things to contemplate before selecting which version to purchase – workload, growth potential, features…

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Windows Server 2012 Canadian Launch Tour and IT Camp Events

Looking for IT Camp registration links?  We’ve created an updated post you should visit: IT Camps… come pitch your tent with Windows Server 2012! With Windows Server 2012 becoming generally available September 4, we want to make sure you get some hands on experience with this latest server offering. With new advances in virtualization, networking,…

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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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Never Stop Learning – Virtualization & Private Cloud

It’s a pretty exciting time at Microsoft. We have a lot of new products that have just been released and others that are coming out soon. Based on what I’ve seen and gotten my hands on so far, I think those of you that work with Infrastructure (whether you’re planning to virtualize or extend your…


The Top 5 Learning Resources to Brush Up on Your Skills This Summer

Summer is a great time of year.  The weather is nice, the sun shines, there’s no snow to shovel or try to drive through.  It’s also a time of year when the traffic on the roads gets a little lighter and the office is a less busy.  You might even get the chance to leave…

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