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  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Testing Windows Server 2012 R2 via Boot-to-VHD

    Support for Windows Server 2003 is shortly coming to an end. July 14th 2015 to be exact. Many IT professionals have expressed interest in learning how the organization they support will benefit from Windows Server 2012 R2 and while there are many free resources such as Microsoft Virtual Academy and this...
  • Blog Post: BYOD Basics: Enabling Android in the Workplace via the Azure Authenticator App

    Enabling Android in the workplace has always been a challenge for most IT Professionals. Aside from the advancements made by certain OEMs in regards to security , fragmentation of the OS offering is ailment most cannot solve. Coupled with Microsoft Intune or other MDM software, some piece of mind can...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Managing Windows Server 2012 R2 Via Windows 10

    Details are beginning to emerge as to how Windows 10 will empower IT Professionals . What such detail made know recently is the availability of Server Manager specifically made available for Windows 10. Server Manager for Windows 10 provides the same robust capabilities to manage multiple servers, roles...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Enrolling iOS Devices Via Apple Configurator In Microsoft Intune

    With the introduction of iOS into the workforce, IT professionals faced the dilemma of securing said devices. Devices running iOS have traditionally been introduced in BYOD scenarios, however as of late, some organizations have now introduced corporately purchased iOS devices to perform certain functionality...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Windows 10 Start Menu Customization via PowerShell

    Introduced in Windows 8.1, the Start Screen has the ability to be setup as an informational dashboard. This provides the ability for an employee to quickly glean required information, then just as quickly, set off to complete their required task. The upcoming Windows 10 offering will further Start functionality...
  • Blog Post: Mobility Solutions: Enabling Workplace Join Via PowerShell

    Workplace join is a great secure enabler of devices that traditionally cannot join a organizations domain. Provisioned as a self-service tool, Workplace join securely joins devices running iOS, Android and of course Windows to an organization’s Windows Server 2012 R2 domain to access network specific...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Intune Policies For Samsung Knox Enabled Devices

    While delivering last week’s CANITPRO Business Mobility Camp in Calgary, a question was brought forth in regards to what specific policies can be enforced on A Samsung KNOX enabled device via Microsoft Intune. For those unaware, Samsung’s KNOX offering is additional software & hardware...
  • Blog Post: Top 7 New Improvements Now Found in Microsoft Intune

    Microsoft Intune has see quite a few updates over recent months aside from its recent renaming. The changes address concerns brought forth by IT professionals looking to get a better handle on their client end deployment and management. System administrators are now empowered through Intune to not only...
  • Blog Post: Addressing Shadow IT Via Enabling Azure Active Directory Services

    The age of Shadow IT was introduced not so long ago via the plethora of devices (smartphones / tablets / notebooks) brought by employees into their respected organizations. With employee hopes of being able to use said device to address both work and personal needs all but dashed by IT’s possible...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 R2: Reducing The Attack Footprint Through Features On Demand

    Windows Server 2012 R2, when deployed in core mode , provides the smallest installation footprint thus thwarting attacks via the GUI and other payloads not installed in this instance. Core mode is not for everyone, and while it is possible to add GUI functionality, some still prefer the familiarity of...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Migrating a 2003 file server with Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit

    On a recent post entitled, Step-By-Step: Migrating a Windows Server 2003 file server, NTFS and Share Rights to Windows Server 2012 R2, a question was asked as to why Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit 1.2 was not utilized. As you know PowerShell is an IT professional’s best friend as it can...
  • Blog Post: BYOD Basics: Managing iOS 8 Devices Via Microsoft Intune

    With the recent release of iOS 8, many IT Professionals have been wondering how said devices with the now upgraded OS offering would be managed via existing Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions. Some also wonder the length of time till an update is pushed down from said MDM vendor to address the...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Creating and Running A Windows 10 VM on Windows 8.1

    With the Windows 10 Technical Preview now available , many IT Professionals and those who are technically incline are facing a decision to update an existing primary machine or to update a possible secondary machine with the newly released client software. There is however another option one could pursue...
  • Blog Post: Windows 10 for IT Professionals

    On September 30th 2014, Terry Myerson and Joe Belfiore of the Windows team unveiled Microsoft’s latest client offering, Windows 10 . With 1.5 billion users currently working with Windows, todays announcement embarks on the next chapter of client computing on path towards ubiquitous computing. ...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Windows Server 2012 R2 Licensing

    Microsoft introduced Windows Server 2012 R2 as the “Gateway to the Cloud.” Allowing organizations to optimize performance for important workloads, Windows Server 2012 R2 also helps to protect against service outages with robust recovery options. It provides reduced complexity and cost with...
  • Blog Post: What is Microsoft Virtual Academy?

    IT professionals are, for the most part, driven to best use technology to enable people from within the organization they support. To do so, system administrators, Infrastructure Specialists, Solutions Architects, etc, must keep their knowledge of IT best practices, solutions and tools current to ensure...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Managing an Azure VM via Windows Server Manager

    Interest in cloud adoption has been notably increasing rapidly. Organizations of all sizes are researching its possibilities in enabling further growth and resiliency capabilities. What more, many organizations are looking at their existing infrastructure and are planning for the upcoming retirement...
  • Blog Post: Top 3 Windows Intune Security Facts

    Windows Intune , now part of Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Solutions offering (EMS), enables organizations to allow their people use the devices and applications while meeting the business’ security compliance needs. More than just your standard Mobile Device Management suite, Intune provides secure...
  • Blog Post: What is Microsoft Azure StorSimple?

    In the enablement of people centric IT or BYOD, people are empowered at their organization to use devices such as smartphones and tablets to consume and create content on behalf of their organization. While focus on security has been top of mind as of late, some IT departments are now focusing on a new...
  • Blog Post: BYOD Basics: Mobile Device Enablement Via Office 365

    In Canada, and in many other countries around the world, small businesses equate to more than half of the organizations contributing to said country's bottom line. What has been interesting observation as of late is the ability of many small businesses to compete alongside larger sized incumbents...
  • Blog Post: What Is Azure Machine Learning?

    As an IT professional, we rely on experience, knowledge and reference to solve day-to-day infrastructure issues and tasks. Over time, a build up of experience or history enables IT professionals to become more predictive as to when problems will arise. In this profession, being proactive saves administrators...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Enabling Azure Active Directory Authentication on iOS

    As mentioned in a previous post , Azure Active Directory provides the ability to further enable people with secure access to information from a plethora of devices. This capability is also extended to devices outside of the Microsoft umbrella allowing for a seamless, single sign-on experience. This Step...
  • Blog Post: What is Azure Rights Management?

    Azure Rights Management Services (RMS), newly added to Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite, enables the ability to help protect sensitive company information by controlling how said information is used and to block unauthorized access. The service uses identity, encryption, and authorization...
  • Blog Post: What is Azure Active Directory Premium?

    Microsoft’s push to the cloud has created a great opportunity for IT professionals. Providing the ability to further enable people with secure access to information from a plethora of devices is one of the newer abilities provided through cloud and is enabled through Azure Active Directory Sync...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Upgrading System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 to 2012 R2

    System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager (SCCM) provides an effective IT enabler allowing for secure and scalable software deployment, compliance settings management, and comprehensive asset management of servers, desktops, laptops, and mobile devices. Coupled with Intune, SCCM can be the one window...