Windows 7 – October 13th 2009, User Group Launch!



When is it?

October 13, 2009 6:30 PM – October 13, 2009 8:30 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Welcome Time: 6:00 PM


Where is it?

Microsoft Canada Headquarters

MPR Room A,B,C
1950 Meadowvale Boulevard
Mississauga Ontario L5N 8L9

Event Overview

Are you ready for Windows 7?  It is a common question now that Windows 7 is released to manufacturing.  This 2 hour 4 part session will cover all the key aspects, guidance, tools and resources to help prepare you and company for Windows 7. For anyone looking how to Discover, Explore, Pilot, Deploy or Manage Windows 7, this is the seminar for you.

This session will answer questions like "Why and how to move to Windows 7 from Windows XP?", "What are the differences between the versions of Windows 7?" and focus on the three key pillars of Windows 7 – deployment, security, and networking.  From new deployment techniques, application compatibility, to improved security and remote access options this session will get you ready to answer questions about Windows 7.

Click here to Register – There is no Cost other than your interest and your time 🙂

ITPRO Toronto


Here in Toronto there is a group for you.  Entering our third year ITPro Toronto is a computer technology user group dedicated to helping the IT Professional, as well as those with aspirations of becoming IT Professionals.

We meet once a month, on the first Tuesday of each month to learn a little something, meet new people, find solutions to answers and even for no other reason, to get away for three hours once a month.  Just to hang about with others of the same mindset.

It won’t cost you a thing and who knows what you’ll walk away with. 

Meeting time is at 6:00pm.  This month our speaker will be talking about using Sharepoint for Public Facing Websites as well possibly learning a little about Powershell the tip of the month is presented to you each meeting. 

So a chance to get away for a bit and walk away with something you can implement in the field.

Sounds like a win/win scenario to me 🙂

So come join us and who knows, you might learn something.

More details at

Powershell – The Only way to script? Not always


I suspect there are going to be die hard users out ready to leap on me when I utter this statement.

“Powershell should not your only scripting tool…”

I have peers, people I look up to me that will say “WHAT?! Are you out of your mind?!”

But honestly, depending on what your day to day tasks are, I think you should be comfortable in scripting in all languages.   And use the language that best suits the scenario in question.

For example.   Although I dearly love Powershell, there are situations where it is just OVERKILL to setup a Powershell script to do the job.

Yes, you could (if you prepared your environment OR had a pure Server 2008R2 / Windows 7 setup) use Powershell to run a login script.  That’s pretty cool actually but it’s a bit overkill if the only purpose you need is to map a few Drive shares in a small office and set the time on workstations.  And to be honest, Group Policy with Client side preferences might make more sense. 

There are many tasks that have VBscript’s already handily pre-written.  Like in NTBACKUP (which is still widely used) there are simple VBscripts to send out and compose an email.   In fact if you’re working in Forefront Identity Manager 2010 (or Identity Lifecycle Manager) you’ll find the software generates a lot of your code to be scheduled in VBscript.   Why rewrite that JUST to have Powershell?  I think it’s fun to do, but the whole point is to be MORE PRODUCTIVE!

But there are situations where Powershell is absolutely needed.   Manipulation of objects in Active Directory, more complex techniques that VBscript just can’t touch and direct automation from current products.  Powershell absolutely floors everything in that category.

I guess my statement is simple.  If you love Powershell and it makes you more productive, USE IT!  But don’t shun existing solutions because the “latest and greatest” is here.   Just as you wouldn’t invest in a $50,000 coffee machine for a single cup (UNLESS YOU REALLY LIKE COFFEE or you’re running a coffee shop it makes sense for the volume of use), you shouldn’t ignore “Good old CMD.EXE” or “Faithful vbScript” for some of the simpler things in life.   Powershell is a tool in your kit enabling you to do more.  It is not the only tool. 

Synergy of technology can produce the greatest results.  Use what you are most comfortable with, but learn more to strengthen your skills.

The Energized Tech