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April 2008 - Posts

  • Learn How-to Deploy Windows Server 2008 for only $695 for 3-days of Official Microsoft Training!

    I just ran across this note on CTE Solutions web site. They are offering a 50% discount on the class. Hum, It is very tempting.

    http://www.ctesolutions.com/promos/Course-6418-Deploying-Windows-Server-2008-Training-Ottawa.htm

     

    To see the course outline check out their site.

    http://www.ctesolutions.com/courseoutlines/outline.asp?num=6418promo

  • Other RunAs Radio Podcast

    About RunAs Radio

    RunAs Radio is a weekly Internet Audio Talk Show for IT Professionals working with Microsoft products. The full range of IT topics is covered from a Microsoft-centric viewpoint.

    RunAs Radio was launched on April 11, 2007 with a nod from its sister show, .NET Rocks!, which started as a weekly downloadable mp3 in August, 2002! Coincidentally, the first RunAs Radio show featured Patrick Hynds, who was also the first guest on .NET Rocks!

    Richard Campbell, the third co-host of .NET Rocks!, hosts RunAs Radio along with Greg Hughes.

    Each show promises to be about 30 minutes long and focused on a single topic.

    A full range of audio formats and feed options are offered.

     

    Rory McCaw on MOM 2007

    Rory McCaw talks with Richard and Greg around Microsoft Operations Manager 2007.
    http://www.runasradio.com/default.aspx?showNum=7

     

    Mitch Garvis Gets Us Using Microsoft Business Desktop Deployment!

    Mitch Garvis talks to Richard and Greg about Microsoft Business Desktop Deployment (BDD). BDD is the evolution of earlier versions, along side products like SMS, Vista and Office to do zero touch and light touch deployments of operating systems and applications.
    http://www.runasradio.com/default.aspx?showNum=26

     

    Jeff Sigman Gives Us Network Access Protection!

    The final installment of interviews from Microsoft Tech Ed US 2007 in Orlando, Richard and Greg talk to Jeff Sigman, the Release Manager for Network Access Protection (NAP). Jeff digs into exactly what NAP is all about, how it interact with Windows Server 2008, Vista and Windows XP

    http://www.runasradio.com/default.aspx?showNum=13

     

    Stephen Rose on the State of Server Virtualization

    Richard and Greg chat with Stephen Rose about Server Virtualization, including Microsoft's Virtual Server and VMWare's products. Stephen digs into the advantages (and disadvantages) of server virtualization, talks about migrating existing servers and getting the maximum use out of your hardware

    http://www.runasradio.com/default.aspx?showNum=17

     

    Joel Frauenheim and Martin Booth on the Windows System Center Mobile Device Manager!

    While at Tech Ed Europe IT Forum in Barcelona, Richard and Greg talked to Joel Frauenheim and Martin Booth about Microsoft's new Windows System Center Mobile Device Manager

    http://www.runasradio.com/default.aspx?showNum=39

     

    Bob Roudebush on Disaster Recovery for Virtualization!

    Bob Roudebush talks to us about how disaster recovery works when Microsoft Virtual Server and/or VMWare is involved. We dig into the details around backing up within the guest VM and via the host.
    http://www.runasradio.com/default.aspx?showNum=19

  • RunAs Radio Talks about ConfigMgr

    Richard and Greg talk to Garth Jones about SMS 2003 and its new version, System Center Configuration Manager 2007. Configuration Manager takes over where SMS left off, handling software distribution, updates, asset management, even working with Windows Deployment Services to do bare metal installations!

    http://www.runasradio.com/default.aspx?ShowNum=54

    Posted Apr 25 2008, 08:14 PM by Garth with no comments
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  • Todd's Blog post...

    I have been so busy that I haven't had time to do things like read blog post. However very late today I was cleaning up my Inbox before heading to MMS on Sunday morning.

     

    While up my inbox I found this Blog post from Todd.

    http://todds.typepad.com/posts/2008/04/garth-jones-fea.html

     

    The funny thing is that I forgot that I did this! It was back in March!

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  • Hockey Pucks...

    While at the MVP summit I tracked down all 4 hockey pucks... I know that a few other MVPs did too. Did you get any pucks?

     

    WS08

    SQL08_bL_r

    VS08

     

    and the hardest one to track down was!

    MS_MVP

  • Small Business Specialist Exam Certification Training Take the prep class and help prepare for the exam!

    I received this note from MS Canada, asking me to help promote this, my only questions are:

     

    • Why isn’t there a course in Ottawa?
    • What does “Windows SharePoint Services 3.0” have to do with SBS?

     

     

     

    Want to achieve the Microsoft Small Business Specialist (SBSC) Designation, Take the first step,

    Register Today! http://www.nexientlearning.com/SBS70-631

    Overview:

    Nexient is offering a unique format for the delivery of 5060 – Implementing Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0.  We heard your feedback and Nexient has condensed the course from 2 days in the classroom to being offered as 2 evening sessions.  These sessions will help participants gain the level of competency to write exam 70-631 “Configuring Windows® SharePoint® Services 3.0.”

    This program includes:

    • Microsoft Official Curriculum for course 5060 – Implementing Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
    • MeasureUp test preparation for Microsoft exam 70-631
    • Follow up Exam Preparation Live Meeting session with live instructor
    • **Exam voucher included for the 70-631 exam (valid until June 30, 2008)

    Microsoft has arranged for you to receive the training for only $349.00 CAD. + Applicable taxes (That’s savings for you of over $850.00 CDN.) Act Today! ONLY 12 spots per city

    About the Training:

    In this condensed course, the instructor will review the following subject areas:

    • How the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0-based platform helps address collaboration challenges
    • Planning the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0-based Environment
    • Installing Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
    • Identifying the most appropriate method to upgrade Windows SharePoint Services from 2.0 to 3.0 in a given scenario
    • Managing Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

    This course is meant to help prepare students for exam 70-631 by performing a review of topics that will be covered on the exam.  This course is not intended as complete training to pass the exam, rather it is a review or culmination of experiences that refine the student’s knowledge as final preparation for the exam.

    When & Where:

    Vancouver – May 6 & 8, 2008

    Calgary – May 6 & 8, 2008

    Montreal – May 6 & 8, 2008

    Mississauga – May 6 & 8, 2008

    Toronto – May 6 & 8, 2008

    NOTE:  Evening sessions will be conducted from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the same week.

    Who should attend:

    The audience is expected to have at least two years of experience in implementing, managing, and supporting Microsoft Windows Server 2003, including Internet Information Services (IIS).

    Registration:

    Register today with Nexient for only $349.00 CAD + applicable taxes

    http://www.nexientlearning.com/SBS70-631

  • SQL Server 2008 Certification Roadmap

    SQL Server 2008 Certification
    In this 45 minute live meeting with the certification planners, we will introduce the certifications available to help you show off your skills on SQL Server 2008 Business Intelligence, Database Development, and Database Administration – to help you stand out with employers looking to make the most of their SQL Server 2008 investment. We will walk through the exam roadmaps so you understand your path to certification, and provide pointers to the training and resources that will help you pass your exams and certify on SQL Server 2008. We will also explain the upgrade paths from SQL Server 2005 certification. This meeting will be offered twice to accommodate worldwide calendars, to register for:

  • System Center and Virtualization Certifications Roadmap

    System Center and Virtualization Certifications
    In this 45 minute live meeting with the certification planners, we will introduce the certifications available to help you show off your skills on System Center—and introduce our plans for certification supporting your virtualization skill set. We will walk through the exam roadmaps so you understand your path to certification, and provide pointers to the training and resources that will help you pass your exams and certify on System Center technologies and the latest in virtualization from Microsoft. This meeting will be offered twice to accommodate worldwide calendars, to register for:

  • Where should you put your ConfigMgr Db?

    I tracked this down for someone else and though this would interest may of you.

     

    Performance Considerations

    Typically, performance is better if the Configuration Manager 2007 site server and the site database are installed on the same computer. However, if the intervening network connection is a high-availability, high-bandwidth network connection you might be able to install SQL Server on a remote server from the Configuration Manager 2007 site server. You might also consider installing a second network adapter in both the site server and the computer running SQL Server and then dedicating this second card for communications between the site server and the computer running SQL Server.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/library/bb632649.aspx

  • Canadian IT Podcasts

    I ran across this link today on a Podcast that everyone might fine interesting from the Canadian TechNet IT Pro team.

    Current Podcast

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/support/bb412316.aspx

    Past Podcast

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/support/bb430825.aspx

     

    One of the interesting podcast is:

    IT System Management, I would love to get a copy of the Gartner Group article quoted within this podcast by Derick Wong. I will have to asked Derick or Barnaby for that info.

  • Ottawa IT Groups

    Did you know that?

    • More than a thousand of your colleagues throughout Ottawa and the surrounding area belong to one or more of the Local IT Pro Groups listed below!
    • All Ottawa IT Pro Groups are not-for-profit organizations that focus on all aspects of technology from software to hardware.
    • Each IT Pro group is a group of  peers, who meet on a monthly basis to learn and discuss new and existing technologies with industry leaders.

    Why should YOU join IT Pro group?

    • We are committed to bringing you seminars and lessons on topics of interest that our members request;
    • We offer special programs such as study groups and more to come;
    • By helping our efforts you will be making a difference in the community; and
    • It’s absolutely free so WHY NOT!?

     

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    • The Ottawa Windows Server User Group holds monthly meeting on various topics and has an associated study group
    • To find out more visit www.owsug.ca or contact info@owsug.ca.

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    • OttawaSQL.net is a group of Ottawa area IT professionals that share an interest in exploring the data perspective of Microsoft business solutions, products and technologies.
    • The technical focus of the group is on Microsoft SQL Server but also includes: SharePoint Server, Performance Point Server, Windows Workflow Foundations, LINQ and ADO.NET and more!
    • To find out more visit www.OttawaSQL.net .

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    • We are a community of developers in Canada’s Ottawa/Gatineau region with a keen interest in Microsoft's .NET development platform.
    • To find out more visit www.ottawacommunity.net .

     

    Up Coming Events:

    April 22nd, 2008 (Lunchtime)

    ODNC Lunch & Learn: Effective N-Layering in ASP.NET

    This presentation will focus on tools and techniques associated with the rapid development of ASP.NET applications. It will begin by introducing the concept of N-Layering as explained by Martin Fowler in his book “Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture”. It will then demonstrate the creation of an N-Layered ASP.Net application with specific focus on 3 real-world scenarios;

    1)       ASP to ASP.NET migration where the client does not want the back end (Database) to change

    2)       ASP.NET Spaghetti Code refactoring using the existing stored procedures

    3)       ASP.NET's effective use of the ObjectDataSource or LINQ with the Microsoft Entity Framework

    You can register for this event by sending an email to events@OttawaCommunity.Net.

     

    April 24th, 2008             

    OttawaSQL.net and ODNC Present
    Topic 1: “Business Intelligence Foundations with SQL Server
    Integration Services” Presented by Christian Cote
    Topic 2: "Architecting an ETL Framework with SQL Server Integration
    Services" Presented by Christian Cote
    You can register for this event by sending an email to
    events@OttawaCommunity.Net.

     

    May 29th, 2008

    OttawaSQL.net and OWSUG Present
    Topic 1: "SQL Server 2008 & Windows Server 2008 High Availability
    Technologies" Presented by David E. Myers and Todd Lamothe
    Topic 2: "SQL Server 2008 Spatial Data & Microsoft Virtual Earth"
    Presented by Lynda Rab and Steve Syfuhs

    For more information, please contact info@owsug.ca .

    Posted Apr 11 2008, 09:53 AM by Garth with no comments
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  • Env with PC Info v2

    select
      ENV.VariableValue0 AS 'Val'
    , ENV.ResourceID as 'ResourceID'
    into #Var
    from
        v_GS_ENVIRONMENT ENV
    where
    ENV.Name0 = 'QTJava'

    select distinct
    CS.Name0 AS 'Computer Name'
    , CS.UserName0 AS 'Last Logged on User'
    , CS.Domain0 AS 'Domain'
    , OS.Caption0 AS 'Operating System'
    , OS.csdversion0 AS 'Service Pack Level'
    , BIOS.serialnumber0 AS 'Serial Number'
    , CS.manufacturer0 AS 'Manufacturer'
    , CS.model0 AS 'Model'
    , RAM.totalphysicalmemory0 AS 'Memory (KBytes)'
    , CPU.maxclockspeed0 AS 'Processor (GHz)'
    , HD.size0 AS 'Disk Space (MB)'
    , HD.FreeSpace0 AS 'Free Disk Space (MB)'
    , #var.Val AS 'Image Version'
    from
    v_GS_Computer_System CS
    inner join v_GS_Operating_system OS on (OS.resourceid = CS.ResourceID)
    inner join v_gs_PC_bios BIOS on (BIOS.resourceid = CS.ResourceID)
    inner join v_gs_system_enclosure on (v_gs_system_enclosure.resourceid = CS.ResourceID)
    inner join v_GS_x86_PC_memory RAM on (RAM.resourceid = CS.ResourceID)
    inner join v_GS_processor CPU on (CPU.resourceid = CS.ResourceID)
    inner join v_GS_LOGICAL_DISK HD on (HD.resourceid = CS.ResourceID)
    left outer join #var on (#var.resourceid = CS.ResourceID)
    where
    HD.deviceID0 = 'C:'
    Order by  
    CS.Name0

    Drop table #var

    Posted Apr 11 2008, 07:00 AM by Garth with 1 comment(s)
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  • Detailed Windows Server Hardware Report

    SELECT  distinct
    CS.name0 as 'Computer Name',
    CS.domain0 as 'Domain',
    CS.UserName0 as 'User',
    BIOS.SerialNumber0 as 'Bios serial',
    SE.SerialNumber0 as 'System Enclosure serial',
    CS.Manufacturer0 as 'Manufacturer',
    CS.Model0 as 'model',
    OS.Caption0 as 'OS',
    RAA.SMS_Assigned_Sites0 as 'Site',
    RAM.TotalPhysicalMemory0 as 'Total Memory',
    sum(isnull(LDisk.Size0,'0')) as 'Hardrive Size',
    sum(isnull(LDisk.FreeSpace0,'0')) AS 'Free Space',
    CPU.CurrentClockSpeed0 as 'CPU Speed',
    FCM.SiteCode,
    OPSYS.Caption0,
    OPSYS.Version0,
    OPSYS.CSDVersion0,
    OPSYS.InstallDate0,
    OPSYS.LastBootUpTime0,
    OPSYS.WindowsDirectory0,
    OPSYS.Description0
    from 
      v_GS_COMPUTER_SYSTEM CS right join v_GS_PC_BIOS BIOS on BIOS.ResourceID = CS.ResourceID
    right join v_GS_SYSTEM SYS on SYS.ResourceID = CS.ResourceID 
    right join v_GS_OPERATING_SYSTEM OS on OS.ResourceID = CS.ResourceID 
    right join v_RA_System_SMSAssignedSites RAA on RAA.ResourceID = CS.ResourceID
    right join V_GS_X86_PC_MEMORY RAM on RAM.ResourceID = CS.ResourceID
    right join v_GS_Logical_Disk LDisk on LDisk.ResourceID = CS.ResourceID
    right join v_GS_Processor CPU on CPU.ResourceID = CS.ResourceID   
    right join v_GS_SYSTEM_ENCLOSURE SE on SE.ResourceID = CS.ResourceID
    right JOIN v_GS_OPERATING_SYSTEM OPSYS on OPSYS.ResourceID = CS.ResourceID
    right JOIN v_FullCollectionMembership FCM on FCM.ResourceID = CS.ResourceID
    where
    LDisk.DriveType0 =3
    and SYS.SystemRole0 = 'Server'
    group by
    CS.Name0,
    CS.domain0,
    CS.Username0,
    BIOS.SerialNumber0,
    SE.SerialNumber0,
    CS.Manufacturer0,
    CS.Model0,
    OS.Caption0,
    RAA.SMS_Assigned_Sites0,
    RAM.TotalPhysicalMemory0,
    CPU.CurrentClockSpeed0,
    FCM.SiteCode,
    OPSYS.Caption0,
    OPSYS.Version0,
    OPSYS.CSDVersion0,
    OPSYS.InstallDate0,
    OPSYS.LastBootUpTime0,
    OPSYS.WindowsDirectory0,
    OPSYS.Description0

    Posted Apr 10 2008, 05:31 PM by Garth with no comments
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  • Env with PC info.

    select distinct
    CS.Name0 AS 'Computer Name'
    , CS.UserName0 AS 'Last Logged on User'
    , CS.Domain0 AS 'Domain'
    , OS.Caption0 AS 'Operating System'
    , OS.csdversion0 AS 'Service Pack Level'
    , BIOS.serialnumber0 AS 'Serial Number'
    , CS.manufacturer0 AS 'Manufacturer'
    , CS.model0 AS 'Model'
    , RAM.totalphysicalmemory0 AS 'Memory (KBytes)'
    , CPU.maxclockspeed0 AS 'Processor (GHz)'
    , HD.size0 AS 'Disk Space (MB)'
    , HD.FreeSpace0 AS 'Free Disk Space (MB)'
    , ENV.Name0 AS 'Image Version'
    from
    v_GS_Computer_System CS
    inner join v_GS_Operating_system OS on (OS.resourceid = CS.ResourceID)
    inner join v_gs_PC_bios BIOS on (BIOS.resourceid = CS.ResourceID)
    inner join v_gs_system_enclosure on (v_gs_system_enclosure.resourceid = CS.ResourceID)
    inner join v_GS_x86_PC_memory RAM on (RAM.resourceid = CS.ResourceID)
    inner join v_GS_processor CPU on (CPU.resourceid = CS.ResourceID)
    inner join v_GS_LOGICAL_DISK HD on (HD.resourceid = CS.ResourceID)
    inner join v_GS_ENVIRONMENT ENV on (ENV.resourceid = CS.ResourceID)
    where
    HD.deviceID0 = 'C:'
    and  ENV.Name0 = 'Version'
    Order by  
    CS.Name0

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