• Business Enhancements For Surface Pro 3 & Windows 8.1

    On a day where most were expecting a small announcement, Microsoft had something big to tell the world. Weighing in at under 800 grams, the Surface Pro 3 has been designed specifically for professionals and students who are looking for the power of a laptop, with the look and feel of a tablet. IT professionals will especially take interest in the fourth generation i5 and new i7 models when running...
  • Step-By-Step: Move a Microsoft Azure VM to a Different Subnet Within a vNet

    Hello Folks, On May 2nd we help a Microsoft Azure Camp in the MPR (Multi-Purpose Rooms) of our head office in Mississauga Ontario. We had 112 enthusiastic attendees and we covered the following topics: Introduction to Windows Azure Cloud Storage and Virtual Networks Virtual Machines Dealing with DEV/TEST scenarios Monitoring Public and Hybrid Clouds Windows Azure Active Directory the session was recorded...
  • Step-By-Step: Customizing An Office 2013 Installation

    With the introduction of Office 365, the requirement to run Microsoft’s office productivity suite on premise has lessened. It is however still very necessary in some scenarios as per the requirements of some organizations. Office 2013 was introduced to address this need and has been received well by system administrators alike. To further enable IT professionals and to shield them from entering...
  • Step-By-Step: Syncing An On Premise AD with Azure Active Directory

    Enterprise Mobility has become top of mind for organizations big and small as of late. Extending beyond the need of just mobile device management, the focus has evolved to securely enabling people within an organization with information pertinent to their success. With this in mind, Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite addresses Mobile Device Management (MDM), Mobile Application Management ...
  • TechEd North America 2014: Entering a Mobile First, Cloud First World

    “ IT pros are at the center of the transformation ” Words spoken today by Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud & Enterprise Division, define the IT professional as the corner stone crucial to the transformation in truly harnessing the power of the cloud. Part of the Developer and Users trio, IT Professionals have been tasked to take point in enabling...
  • TechEd North America 2014: Won’t you join us online?

    Howdy Folks, (insert southern accent here) I am in Houston Texas getting ready for TechEd North America 2014. As you can see in the picture things are progressing and we will be ready to host over 10000 IT pros and Developers. it will be GREAT!!! For those of you who cannot join us onsite. I will be your eyes and hears on the ground. Please follow these hashtags. I will be tagging all my tweets...
  • Step-By-Step: Upload your Own VHD to Add to the Gallery in Azure

    Hello Folks, Yesterday I wrote about customizing a Gallery image and re-inserting it in the Gallery as your own. But what if you’re looking to migrate a workload from your datacenter to Microsoft Azure and you want to be able to create new VMs from that workload? You can sysprep, generalize and shutdown that workload and put it in the gallery. In this article we will run through the process of creating...
  • Step-By-Step: Insert your own image in the Microsoft Azure Gallery

    Hello folks, I am just getting back to writing after spending last week preparing and delivering with Anthony Bartolo an Azure Camp at our head office in Mississauga. It was the biggest Camp we ever delivered in this format. Over 120 people attended. It was great. When we were looking at the Azure Gallery for creating new virtual machines, a lot of questions were asked about how do we populate this...
  • Step-By-Step: Recovering a Lost Azure VM Admin Password

    Last week Microsoft Canada, with help from Pierre Roman and the team at CANITPRO.NET, delivered Canada's first Azure camp attended by 120+ Toronto based IT professionals. The event was warmly received and is currently being packaged to be delivered at a Canadian city near you. Attendees at the event were instructed to bring their own laptops and setup their own Azure trials at the camp to partake...
  • Step-By-Step: Enabling Active Directory Recycle Bin in Windows Server 2012 R2

    If you attended a recent #CANITPRO IT Professional camp, you would have learn about an interesting ability made available in Windows Server 2012 R2 created to help support IT admins further. IT professionals at one time or another have made the mistake of accidentally deleting an object in Active Directory that used to take countless hours to restore. Active Directory Recycle Bin was created to adhere...
  • Step-By-Step: Intégrer la messagerie unifiée Exchange 2013 avec un environnement Cisco Call Manager

    L’intégration de la dernière version de la messagerie unifiée embarqué maintenant directement dans Exchange 2013 avec un système de téléphonie Cisco est un sujet d’actualité dans le cadre de nos projets de communications unifiées. En terme d’architecture, l’approche avec Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 est totalement...
  • Step-By-Step: Integration between Exchange 2013 UM and Cisco Unified Communication Manager

    Integrating the latest version of the UM board now directly in Exchange 2013 with Cisco telephony system is a hot topic in our projects. In terms of architecture, the approach with Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 is completely different from the Exchange Server predecessors 2007 and Exchange Server 2010. In previous versions , UM was a role that could be deployed if the need was there. In Exchange...
  • Using a DSC Push Configuration for a DMZ Web Server

    So In a previous posts we showed you a pretty basic DSC configuration file and how to find the available types of features but also how to add a Resource to that configuration. But one of the scenarios I was playing out with in the Push configuration initially gave me a stumbling block. Normally there is a trust between computers on a Domain and Desired State Configuration, or more correctly...
  • Step-By-Step: Completing Storage Live Migration in Hyper-V 2012 R2

    With both Managing the Datacenter and Virtualizing the Datacenter #CANITPRO Camps coming to a close. Further details regarding the next upcoming will be made available soon. As you may be aware, Microsoft provides evaluation copies of Windows Server 2012R2 and Hyper-v Server 2012R2 to allow for testing from within your own private lab environments. Coupled with these Step-By-Step blog posts, we hope...
  • Step-By-Step: Virtual Machine billing in Azure

    Hello folks, Last week, Anthony and I attended the Toronto Azure Group inaugural meeting. It was a great evening with a good attendance. The presenters covered an introduction to Azure IaaS Services and a session on transforming the Datacenter. and it lead to a lot of conversations. One of these conversations was around virtual machine billing. As it is stated on the Azure documentation : ...
  • TechNet Virtual Labs: Assisting in Advancing Your IT Expertise and Career

    Many of you may have recently attended a CANITPRO camp presided by Pierre Roman or I recently at a Canadian city near you. Those who attend have very exuberant as to what they have absorbed in terms of hands on labs and material presented. Many return to the organizations they represent and have implemented strategies or best practices learned and many others hunger to learn more. We at CANITPRO have...
  • Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Deploy The Image

    Hello Folks, This is the last post in this series . In previous posts we covered Generate an inventory of our environment Setup our workbench to build our image Started building our image by importing the OS and Drivers Finalized the Image with Packages and Application Today we’ll use the image we already created and we will deploy it to our XP test machine and we’ll prepare the Windows Deployment...
  • Windows 8.1 Tips: How to Enable Enterprise Mode in Internet Explorer 11

    During a recent Halton based Windows 8.1: Ask Us Anything session, a question in regards to what is Microsoft doing to provide compatibility to older web and intranet sites was asked. Many businesses face this current problem as updating websites usually happens far in between and some attendees were worried that with the introduction of Windows 8.1 Update 1. Enter Internet Explorer 11 Enterprise mode...
  • Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Packages, Applications and Finalizing the Image

    Hello Folks, Windows XP reached the end of it’s supported life last week . So, let’s resume our Windows 8.1 deployment series in order to help us deploy supported OS versions. In previous posts we covered: Generate an inventory of our environment Setup our workbench to build our image Started building our image by importing the OS and Drivers Today we will cover the final part of building the image...
  • Step-By-Step: Migration of Exchange 2003 Server to Office 365

    While most of the focus happening this week was centered around end of support for Windows XP, many IT professionals also had Microsoft Exchange 2003 top of mind as it too had official support end on April 8th. Those currently running Exchange 2003 do have Office 365 as an option and preparation around a cut over migration might be in order. Cutover migrations are great as they take advantage of your...
  • XP EOS – Guidance for Small/Medium Businesses and Individual Consumers

    I just checked the time, and as I write this post we still have 10 hours of support. By the time you read this, the timer will have reached 0. That means that updates, including security updates, will no longer be provided for Windows XP from Microsoft. Microsoft’s current lifecycle policies for support include: 10 years of support (5 years Mainstream Support and 5 years Extended...
  • Step-By-Step: Completing a Clean Windows 8.1 Install With a Windows 8 Key

    One question the CANITPRO team receives quite frequently, besides how to download the Windows 8.1 ISO , is how to perform a clean install of Windows 8.1 with a Windows 8 key. Many IT professionals are looking for ways to save time migrating there organizations computers to Windows 8.1 now that the end of support for Windows XP is upon us. We have detailed many ways of completing mass deployments of...
  • Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Prepare for Lite Touch Installation

    Hello Folks, In this Windows 8.1 deployment series we have started looking at how we can streamline the deployment of Windows 8.1 in your environment. I know that every environment is different and that some of you will have very specific requirements, However this series looks at a generalized environment and you can adapt it to fit your environment. If we look at or high level project. We have the...
  • Step-By-Step: Active Directory Migration from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2

    With the end of support for Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003 now upon us, April 8th 2014 to be exact, attention now turns to Windows Server or specifically Windows Server 2003. End of support for Windows Server 2003 is currently slated for July 14th 2015 and a great many organizations still utilize said offering as the cornerstone to their infrastructure to this day. One question to keep in...
  • Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Machine Inventory

    Hello Folks, In this Windows 8.1 deployment series we have started looking at how we can streamline the deployment of Windows 8.1 in your environment. I know that every environment is different and that some of you will have very specific requirements, However this series looks at a generalized environment and you can adapt it to fit your environment. In our test environment we have 1 server DC01 that...