Creating and Managing a Private Cloud: free 2 day online training

You may already be well versed on Windows server 2008 and Hyper-V and you may already be running a component or two of the System Center suite, but do you know how to put it all together to to build out, manage and operate a private cloud? Join this free 2 day online Jump Start…


Microsoft Private Cloud part 2: unlimited virtualization rights

A new whitepaper was released in January comparing private cloud solutions from Microsoft and VMware, taking a look at the functionality, benefits and economics of each solution. This series of blog posts breaks down the components of the whitepaper into consumable chunks and I’ve added my own commentary. Read the entire series >> Licensing rights…


On the next Manager Tech Talk: Managing Your Private Cloud with System Center

(Photo credit Eric Willfong) The private cloud scenario sounds like the perfect solution – take many of the highly desired characteristics of a public cloud such as resource pooling, self-service, elasticity and pay-per-use service and bring them in-house under the control of your own IT organization in your own datacentre. However, is it as perfect…


Are you ready for the cloud conversation?

In the midst of hopping around websites looking for something else, I came across this which I just had to share. It’s an online event called Cloud 101 Jump Start and it’s for business leaders and technical decision makers in organizations to prepare them to have the conversations they know are coming (if they haven’t…


AlignIT Manager Tech Talk #9: Your Enterprise on the Go

Earlier this year, there was a post on this blog about the change that’s happening within organizations and how employees are bringing technology from home to make themselves more productive at work. IT departments are scrambling to support these devices and keep workers productive, while figuring out how to manage the devices and keep company…


Psst…wanna know some product vision and roadmap secrets?

It often helps when planning to have a roadmap and when planning your IT infrastructure it helps to know the Microsoft product roadmap. If you want to know what our vision and roadmap is over the next while, then block off the morning of February 22 in your calendar and register using the links below….

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Enterprise On the “Glance and Go”

Guest post by Paul Laberge, Developer Advisor, Microsoft Canada There is a sea change happening in the enterprise today – employees are deciding to bring the technology they are comfortable using at home to work and using it to be productive. Many people call this the Consumerization of IT, and in essence, it means that…


Care for a coffee with your System Center 2012 download?

The upcoming System Center 2012 product line is arguably one of the most anticipated releases of the coming year for many IT professionals and a slow month like December is the perfect time for you and your team to download the free pre-release products and start playing around with the latest features and updates. However,…

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AlignIT IT Manager Podcast #42–Virtualization with Jeff Woolsey

Last week when my colleague Jonathan Rozenblit and I were at TechDays Toronto, we had the opportunity to sit down with Jeff Woolsey, the Principal Program Manager Lead for Windows Server Virtualization at Microsoft. During our chat we talk about virtualization (of course!), but we also discuss managing your systems, taking advantage of the public…


TechDays 2011: Security, Identity and Management…Oh Yeah!

TechDays is THE conference for technical training in Canada and it’ll be hitting these cities on these dates: October 25-26: Toronto November 15-16: Vancouver November 29-30: Montreal This year I’m putting together the speakers and sessions for the security, identity and management track. It’s going to be great – we’ve got a number of really…