EXCHANGE 12 will only be 64 bit!

I know I mentioned it on a previous post, yet I really had to call this out indivdually as it is an important landmark and really shows our commitment to 64 bit.  We will be shipping one of the most important applicaiton to microsoft and the industry as email is the core of electroic communications in 64-bit mode…

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Our CTO Ray Ozzie has started Blogging on spaces.

Microsoft’s new Chief Technology Officer Ray Ozzie has started blogging.  In his first post he outlines how he’s going go approach this new blog.  It’s great to hear that the focus is to “reply and converse with you in a manner that scales.”  Check it out @ http://spaces.msn.com/members/rayozzie/PersonalSpace.aspx


Microsoft Launches Windows Desktop Search for the Enterprise

A lot of you have been asking when it was going to happen and now it has!  Windows Desktop Search is now enabled for the enterprise.  The latest version of Windows Desktop Search (WDS) is optimized with features that help the enterprise IT manager easily customize, deploy and manage the installation of desktop search across…


Its time to reduce the Datacenters footprint

If you haven’t been thinking about 64 bit computing and virtualization and how it will fit into your environment then now is the time to do it.  I know from my experiences that there are so many 32 bit servers on the datacenter floors and with industry reports showing server utilization rates as low as…


Looking to recognize someone for the great work they’ve done! Check out this Canadian Recognition program

Recognition is another way to highlight what your teams have done and help managers with IT Pro retention!   Not every organization is doing this and I’ve learned that recognition is a key way to keep people jazzed about their role and show them how they are appriciated.   To help raise awareness we’ve created a National program to…


IT Pro Resource Guide available for download

If you’ve come to one of my team’s events I’m sure that you’ve heard about our resource guide.   This quick reference guide was created to help Canadian IT Pros evaluate, deploy and maintain Microsoft products and technologies.  It may be of some benefit to you from an managerial perspective, yet from our feedback I think…


Clarity on my SQL in the enterprise post

I’ve gotten a question regarding one of my previous posts on SQL in the enterprise.  It seems that I really wasn’t to the point.  To ensure clarity, my comment “this is not your basic database and with great capability comes the need to ensure you properly architect a solution that fits your needs.” was more…


Shared Source Licensing

As indemnification and licensing is a concern to almost every IT manager I thought it worthwhile to share information on the availability of three new template Shared Source licenses. Taking this approach, all of Microsoft source code releases will be under consistent terms, and should be more easy to use and to understand. The licenses are each 1…


Virtualization Licensing Changes

Last week we announced some significant licensing changes with regards to virtualization and Windows Server 2003.  As with how we addressed mulit-core processers it seems we are taking another simular industry step. Starting with Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition – customers can run up to 4 virtual instances of Windows Server 2003 (any edition)…


SQL Deployments grow in size and amount

I was talking to an IT manager for a large financial bank in Canada about the pending SQL 2005 product launch.  He was looking forward to the product as it has been a while since we’ve updated the product version.  Today he uses SQL 2000 in a departmental fashion and while he was excited to…