• Nano, Core or Standard? That is the question.

    Hello Folks, Since I came back from Microsoft Ignite in Chicago , I’ve had numerous conversations with ITPros regarding some of the announcements. One of the announcements that I thought was pretty clear turned out to be confusing to some. Nano Server. What is it exactly? Is it a new SKU , is it OEM? I’ve heard all of those questions. Jeffrey Snover explained the Server Journey in a really understandable...
  • Top 6 New Features Offered in Hyper-V Technical Preview

    Since its release back in October 2014, the latest Windows Server Technical Preview made available has created a great deal of buzz around Microsoft’s further attempt to close the gap between on-premise and in-cloud datacenters. Most notably are the announcements made at the recent Ignite conference surrounding the next offering of Hyper-V . The following are a rundown of the top X features announced...
  • Step-By-Step: Allowing or Preventing Domain Users From Joining Workstations to the Domain

    By default, an Active Directory domain environment allows any authenticated domain user the ability to add workstations to said domain 10 times. With that being said, there may come a time and organization may require to increase or decrease this limit. An example of this would be an authenticated user bringing their personal Surface Pro into the office. Unless there is a block in place via NPS (network...
  • Step-By-Step: Azure Diagnostics & Microsoft Operations Management Suite

    Hello Folks, Last week we discussed the way to populate OMS with servers by installing the agent directly to a machine . That allows you do deploy the agent on physical and in VMs on-premises and in any cloud where your workloads are running. The whole OMS thing really makes sense for all ITPros. It makes all the learning's that Microsoft has accumulated running our cloud environment available...
  • Step-By-Step: Populating machines in Microsoft Operations Management Suite

    Hello Folks, Last week I wrote about Microsoft Operations Management Suite . But it was just how to get started with setting up your OMS Workspace. This week we’ll look at connecting Servers to our workspace and start collecting data for analysis. But before we go there. Lets address one thing. “Why should you try or use Microsoft Operations Management Suite?” Monitoring Servers...
  • Step-By-Step: Setup and Enablement of Office 365 Message Encryption

    Office 365 Message Encryption is an online service which is built on Microsoft Azure Rights Management (Azure RMS) offering. With Azure RMS set up for an organization, administrators can enable message encryption by defining transport rules that determine the conditions for encryption. A rule can require the encryption of all messages addressed to a specific recipient, for example. When a user sends...
  • DevOps Basics: Swapping Azure Website Deployment Slots

    After successfully creating a an Azure Website deployment slot , one will notice that it contains no content. This is to allow deployment from a different repository branch, or a different repository all together. The configuration of said slot can also be changed and publish profile or deployment credentials associated with the deployment slot can be used for content updates. The newly created...
  • Step-By-Step: Running A Windows 10 VM on Mac via Oracle VirtualBox

    Not two years ago, Mac users and PC users were at odds when Mac users would attend Microsoft events. How times have changed. At the recent Build and Ignite events, attendees touting Mac notebooks reveled in the numerous announcements brought before them in regards to how Microsoft plans to enable their choice of computing within Microsoft’s ecosystem. One said announcement was the reveal of...
  • Protecting Active Directory Objects From Accidental Deletion

    IT professionals sometimes worry when enabling Domain Administration or other Active Directory privileges to designated local administrators. Accidents can and will happen. One of the more common accidents is the deletion of objects and/or profiles in Active Directory. The Windows Server 2012 R2 implementation of Active Directory provides a solution to protect sensitive items in an organization’s...
  • Getting Started with Microsoft Operations Management Suite

    Hello folks, Last November I wrote about taking a Deep Dive in Your Own Environment With Operational Insight . Last week in Chicago during the keynote, Brad Anderson and Jeff Woolsey talked about and demoed the new version of that family. It’s called Microsoft Operations Management Suite. (see time index 2:46:22 if you want to jump right to that topic) It really means that you can now monitor/manage...
  • DevOps Basics: Adding a Deployment Slot to an Azure Website

    Creating a website on Azure has its perks and is simple to enable . One said advantage is the ability to deploy a “staging” deployment slot instead of simply just deploying a production slot. This capability allows IT Professionals to: Validate website changes before swapping said website to production The previously live site, once swapped, can be backed up as a “last known...
  • Step-By-Step: Installation of Skype For Business Server 2015

    As mentioned during the Microsoft Ignite keynote, the RTM download of Skype for Business Server 2015 (successor to Microsoft Lync Server 2013) is now available for download. This article provides step by step installation of a Skype for Business Enterprise 2015 Front-end server. The diagram of the installation scenario is as follows: The steps deployments are represented by the diagram below: ...
  • Étape-Par-Étape : Installation d’un serveur Front-end Skype for Business 2015

    Le successeur de Microsoft Lync Server 2013, maintenant connu sous le nom de Skype for Business Server 2015, est disponible au téléchargement en version RTM. Cet article présente l’installation étape par étape d’un serveur Skype for Business 2015 Front-end Enterprise. Le diagramme du scenario d’installation est le suivant: Les étapes...
  • Step-By-Step: Configure AutoScale for a cloud service

    Hello Folks, I’ve been playing around with Azure capabilities and I was really interested in the scaling out capacity. Mostly because I believe that it allows you to save money while having the capacity to support the demands on your apps. Today we will look at autoscaling a cloud service with virtual machines hosting a web app on IIS connected to a SQL backend. When you scale an application...
  • DevOps Basics: Creating an Azure Website

    An IT Professional’s role in the world of DevOps is becoming increasingly important. The fluidity of application creation and implementation solely relies on the collaboration between developers and IT administrators alike for the benefit on behalf of the organization they support. The biggest challenge IT professionals face in adopting DevOps methodology is relinquishing demands for control...
  • Step-By-Step: Further Detail In Setting Up DirectAccess

    Now that you have successfully complete installation of DirectAccess Client services , lets go into further detail regarding the configuration process. Both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 DirectAccess are enabled via a solution accelerator called a DCA ( DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant ). The DCA is installed on direct access client computers and helps to troubleshoot the connectivity...
  • Step-by-Step: RDP to a Linux Server in Azure

    Hello Folks, Last weekend was the 2015 Global Azure Bootcamp . I had the privilege of being in Quebec City for the event and spent the day with enthusiastic IT pros who were looking at how Azure can be of benefit to their enterprise. During a side conversation we discussed Azure and source. and then someone asked, what about RDP to a Linux machine? Well, it’s Linux I replied. pick an RDP...
  • Step-By-Step: Prepare USB Media to Install Windows 10

    Hello Folks, 6 years ago I wrote about easily making USB media to install Windows 7 . the process worked so well it’s been drilled in my head and I’ve been using that process ever since. Last week, I was in Montreal to meet the guys from the MITPRO . While I was there one local IT pro and I were trying to install the Windows 10 Technical Preview on a surface. and as much as I tried, the USB stick we...
  • Step-By-Step: Setting Up DirectAccess

    DirectAccess, introduced by Microsoft during the release of Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 acts as an always-on connection from remote location to local network. This enables remote clients to automatically connect to the local network and ensure the connection will reestablish itself should the connection drop. This feature is works based on IPsec and IPv6. So if your network is not yet move in to...
  • Step-By-Step: Docker Client Setup for Windows

    DevOps, while not entirely new, provides a new opportunity for both IT professionals and developers alike. The ability for the two roles to develop, ship, and run applications in collaboration can increase the agility of the supported organization to become more nimble in addressing it’s customer needs. Enter Docker, which provides the ability to quickly assemble applications and eliminating...
  • Step-By-Step: Installing and Configuring Azure PowerShell

    “IT administrators have nothing but time on their hands…” A comment heard from time to time by those unfamiliar with the daily rigors of an IT Professional. PowerShell, when harnessed correctly, can be a great time saver to ensure all pertinent tasks are not only completed but automated to alleviate IT workloads. PowerShell helps address the “doing less with more”...
  • Mobility Management: Preparing An Intune Environment

    Intune, Microsoft’s full-featured Mobile Device Management offering that supports Android, iOS, and Windows, can integrate with System Center Configuration Manager enabling larger environments. This combination can utilize a centralized management console to manage mobile devices, PCs, servers, and virtual machines, both in cloud and on-premise. A Microsoft Intune subscription is required...
  • Step-by-Step: Assigning a Static IP address to a VM in the new Azure Management Portal

    Hello Folks, I was discussing Virtual Networking with an attendee at an event last weekend and we started talking about static IP addresses in your own virtual Network. I’ve covered this subject before: Step-By-Step: Assigning VMs with Static IP addresses in a Virtual Network But with enhancements in the new Management Portal it’s so much simpler to achieve. Of course I still...
  • Windows 10 Tips: Enabling Enterprise Mode in Internet Explorer

    “ Will Project Spartan replace Internet Explorer? ” This Windows 10 question is one of the more frequently asked as of late and has been top of mind for many IT professionals. The main reason for this concern is the need of a browser offering compatible with legacy intranet sites of dire importance to some organizations. Most of the specifics regarding this question can be found in the...
  • Étape Par Étape: Configuration Lync Serveur 2013 VDI avec VMware Horizon View

    Le plugin VDI pour Lync est un nouveau composant apparu avec la version 2013 qui permet d’offrir une expérience audio et vidéo à des utilisateurs utilisant le client Lync dans une session VDI. Pour supporter cela, le plugin VDI utilise des mécanismes de redirection, encode et décode le flux média en utilisant les ressources locales du client. VMware...