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Volume 10, Issue 17: August 2008
From the Editor
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This is the time of the year when my wife and I talk about school supplies and equipping our kids with everything they need to be ready to enter the world of learning. My son is an old pro at it now, going into grade 2, but I am a little nervous for our twins just starting jr. kindergarten. I am a little freaked out with them growing up so fast and about to start their journey into a world of learning. It’s a process that won’t ever end. I’m a firm believer that we are life learners – we constantly will learn new things by choice or challenge for as long as we are on this earth. Heck – I was on vacation this summer taking to my father – a 40+ year veteran of the IT Profession who still continues to be driven to learn new things - listening to us get excited about gadgets and hardware while reading up on how to best restore his 50 year old Jaguar. It’s no wonder we ended up in the same profession.

Our industry is fast moving and an exciting one in which to build a career, where the only constant is change and the potential of what we can build or develop is unlimited. There are so many solutions, products and experiences to be gained but they come with a catch - there is not much time in which to learn, grow skills and build a career....especially given our day jobs and the desire to have a life. As time goes on, the rate of innovation accelerates and our roles have to evolve, so does the difficulty in keeping up. As an industry, we need to adapt and support each other through these changes. This is where I’m really glad I’m on the team that is focused on supporting your journey. We are here to help. From student to CIO we have - and we will - continue to support you though Microsoft's many online programs, events and activities. We are passionate about supporting your potential. From helping grow your business and technical skills, to connecting you to the right people, technology partners, and resources in your local communities, right across Canada. We are committed to earning your trust so you can honestly say you are very satisfied with your relationship with us.

The first step in earning and keeping your trust is to be open for conversation and listen. Whenever we’ve been out putting on in person events, reaching out with the TechNet flash or connecting to you with our blog – there is a feedback mechanism to tell us what you think and we take the comments to heart. The next step is to take action, and you've been pretty clear with your feedback in that we need to be committed to you and your development. As such, we are going to continue to build on what we do today and start to reach out in new ways that make it easier for you to consume. You identified that Microsoft can do better in the Digital media area and we will put a focus on that this year. We also want to address your desire for skills development and are going to bring a new level of serious real world deep technical skills training to Canada. As, well with communication like this we want to increase our transparency and continue career events and actively participate in the industry and local communities. From Women in IT programs, technical skills events, career building sessions, to sponsoring many user groups and industry communities across this country.... we are committed to building your trust, supporting your development in a manner which earns your satisfaction.

I hope that you chose to get engaged with us this year and continue your learning journey – but please do one thing... Share your experience and your passion with others to bring them along as well. Connect directly with the team using our feedback alias, our blog or if you prefer, connect directly with me at or even my manager at

Rick Claus | Senior IT Pro Advisor | Microsoft Canada
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The Ignite your Career webcast series was a huge success last year. We have broadened the topics and are reaching out to all sorts of audiences - it doesn't matter if you manage infrastructure, development, or architects. This is your opportunity to connect and engage with your peers and Microsoft on your own time. Join us monthly for webcasts for Architects, Implementers (IT pros and Developers) and Managers of IT. Book mark and check back regularly for new webcasts. Register for the upcoming Architect webcast on September 16…

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On Wednesday, September 24th, Mark Russinovich will host a virtual roundtable for IT pros on the topic of the Performance of Windows Vista. Mark will be joined by Microsoft MVPs and real customer IT pros, and together they will discuss “top of mind” performance issues as well as common “misconfigurations” and tips on how to fix them. From boot times and applets to disk performance and battery life, IT pros can learn how to optimize Windows Vista and what they can do to help improve overall system performance. Save the date and join the discussion LIVE on Wednesday, September 24th at 9:00am Pacific Time by visiting
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Windows HPC Server 2008 enables cluster-based supercomputing using x64 versions of Windows Server 2008 (32-bit and ia64 hardware is not supported). Windows HPC Server can be used for massively parallel programs (such as computational fluid dynamics and reservoir simulation) as well as embarrassingly parallel programs (such as BLAST and Monte Carlo simulations).

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