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Volume 10, Issue 21: October 2008
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As an IT generalist I always had the additional challenges that specialists don’t face. I didn’t have access to a licensing specialist, or a database specialist or a deployment specialist. Within the organization that I was working for I was the “IT guy” and when something wasn’t working or needed to be upgraded or added to the network I was the guy. From Toners to telephone systems to paper jams to OS deployment I was the guy.

In Canada that is the majority of the IT Pro space. So how can we help address these challenges? Community groups are a great place to start and we recently launched a new community portal where you can get in touch with your local groups. You probably even do a little dev work so you can check out the MSDN community page as well. There is also events like TechDays and online resources such as the Springboard portal for Windows Vista.

There are a number of options out there to help the IT generalist. Did you know there was a Licensing help line? Call 1-877-568-2495. We also have a IT Guy/Gal blog posts on our IT Pro blog at Another program that would be of value for you as the IT guy/gal, is the TechNet Evaluation Center. This is where you can download all the available beta and trial software. You can easily register for the free download and then check your email for convenient resources that enhance your evaluation experience If you ever need help finding something be sure to email us via the Canitpro blog!

Rodney Buike
IT Pro Advisor, Microsoft Canada

P.S. Want to keep track of when TechDays is coming to your area? Download the TechDays Sidebar Gadget for Windows Vista and start counting down today!

I am sure you have all heard of the Asus Eee PC series of netbooks. They seem to be the hot gadget lately and not one to miss out on a gadget trend I picked up an Eee PC 901 the other day. It arrived on Tuesday and I’ve been toying around with it all week.
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Join us for Discovering Desktop Deployment briefing series. Find out how deploying Windows Vista® and Microsoft® Office 2007 can help increase productivity, improve organizational agility and enhance the security of your organization’s information.
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Qualified students can get Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 for $64. With familiar, easy to use programs like Microsoft Excel 2007, Word 2007, PowerPoint 2007 and OneNote 2007, Office Ultimate 2007 is the Ultimate Steal for students. Get it today!
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The Microsoft Web Platform Installer lets you create a Web platform on your server. The Microsoft Web Platform is a reliable, high-performance Web stack that is capable of hosting both ASP.NET and PHP applications on a single server, and can scale to run the largest sites on the Web.
Listen as Jeremy Chapman, Senior Product Manager with the Windows Product Management Group, discusses the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT), and offers guidance and strategies for remediating application conflicts.
Join Baldwin Ng, Senior Product Manager with Microsoft’s Solution Accelerators team, as he discusses the new version the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator.
If you are managing a mid-market-sized IT environment, and looking for a solution to using multiple tools and processes, watch this video with David Mills, Technical Product Manager at Microsoft, to find out how System Center Essentials can benefit your IT department

SQL Server 2008 is here, and it’s time to download a free, fully functional 180-day trial version today. Download the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit for SQL Server and it’ll find all the SQL instances and database servers for you in just a few hours.

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Windows Small Business Server 2008 and the new Essential Business Server 2008 are the solutions that work for small and medium-sized business. Both these solutions don’t officially launch until November, and until then only the public preview will be available. But TechNet Plus subscribers can find the RTM version of Small Business Server 2008 on TechNet Plus today through the subscriber-only downloads portal.

November 6, 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time
The goal of Platform Solution Blueprints is to help IT managers plan their technology investments by focusing on reusable capabilities, such as next-generation Web, business intelligence (BI), service-oriented architecture (SOA), virtualization, and security. If you are taking a “best-of-breed” approach to your IT strategy, you do not want to miss the information presented in this introduction.

After completing this lab you will be better able to provide hands-on experience with Identity Lifecycle Manager (ILM) “2,” provision new users within ILM “2” and see the user data flow out to Active Directory. Additionally, you will be able to use the ILM “2” self-service password reset facility, and use the ILM “2” self-service group management features integrated into Microsoft Office 2007.
This lab has a laundry list of new features in Active Directory. It is intended to demonstrate some of the ways that Active Directory management and operations have been improved in Windows Server 2008. It addresses all scenarios that Active Directory is used in, including management, security, and remote infrastructure.

Learn how to effectively use the new group policy objects in Windows Vista to improve manageability and strengthen security with this podcast by Derek Melber, author, IT consultant and Microsoft MVP for Group Policy.
In this webcast, we describe the elements of the Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 solution (Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007, Application Server, and Microsoft SQL Server), and we cover data flow components and key areas for scalability. This webcast is part of a webcast series targeted at IT professionals.

Visit our Ignite Your Career webcast series site and check the “Manage” tab for webcasts specifically for IT Managers.

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November 11th, 2008
12:00pm - 1:00pm EST

IT Service Management – Standards for Aligning with Business Objectives
November 18th, 2008
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Project Management for the IT Manager – when to bring in help
December 9th, 2008
12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
The Canadian IT Manager Blog is continuously updated with posts from our local team, along with experts in the community. Check it out and connect with your peers.
The Microsoft IT Manager Podcast is a monthly in-depth look at issues relevant to IT executives and managers across a range of Canadian industries. Topics are examined in detail by business and technology specialists from Microsoft Canada and leading research firms, as well as IT executives and managers who will bring their real-world experience to bear on the subjects at hand. A few examples for you to tune into are:
Energize IT: How Green IT Can Help Grow the Bottom Line, Windows Server 2008: IT Migration, Deployment and Best Practices, Integrating 'Software-plus-Services' into your IT Environment. Listen now at

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After completing this lab, you will be able to explore the user interface of ISA Server, explore how ISA Server uses multiple networks and a single list of firewall rules, as well as how ISA Server uses monitoring.

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Volume 10 - Issue 21
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