Visiting Montreal for AlignIT, Smoked Meat, and More

I landed in Montreal a few hours ago for what I hope will be a very exciting week.  I love the city, not only because it is the place that hosts the Canadian Grand Prix every June (and since the F1 season kicked off in Australia this past weekend, I am looking forward to the…


Managing Your Virtual World

“Virtualization without management is more dangerous than not using virtualization in the first place.” ~ Tom Bittman, Gartner VP & Analyst There are many good things about using virtualization in your infrastructure: consolidation of physical servers flexibility to respond to business needs time savings when ramping up new services However, this same flexibility and agility…


Microsoft System Management Goes Cross-Platform

Today at the Microsoft Management Summit, the beta release of the System Center Operations Manager cross-platform extensions was announced. These extensions allow the native management of both Windows and non-Windows environments from the same console. As well System Center Virtual Machine Manager will have the capability to manage both Hyper-V and other virtualization platforms, such…


Showcasing System Center

Just when you thought you’d gotten familiar enough with the names of our Operations Management (MOM) and Systems Management (SMS) products, the marketing minds at Microsoft decided to change it all up again. These two products have been renamed under the umbrella of the System Center line of products along with a slew of other…

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Roadmap Wrap-up

The IT Executive Roadmap Tour finished up a couple of weeks ago, and several people have asked me for links to the PowerPoint presentations. They were posted a week or so ago, but I’m only remembering to blog about it now. You can find them here along with webcasts of the sessions (from our Calgary…


Making Messy Deployment Projects Simpler

Desktop deployment is often thought of as the ugly step child of IT projects. It’s much messier than server deployment. There’s less control over what’s really out there, more unknowns. Before coming to Microsoft, I made good use of all the free deployment tools that Microsoft made available to help make things a little less…

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IT Executive Roadmap Tour – Coming to a City Near You

One of the toughest things about being the IT manager in a small or medium sized company is that you tend to wear many hats and need to be up to speed on so many different technologies to be able to do your job effectively. This fall, myself and my colleagues, Rick and Damir, will be…

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