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  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Reducing The Windows 10 Installation File Size Via DISM

    Amidst the recent Windows 10 launch, Microsoft has released numerous versions of its latest client offering. These versions include: Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Pro Windows 10 Enterprise Windows 10 Features On Demand Windows 10 Features on Demand has received much interest as many...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Building Windows 10 Provisioning Packages

    Standard practice for most IT administrators when migrating to a new client offering entails creating a baseline image of a desired client state. Next the IT administrator wipes the computer to be worked on to image it with the newly created client image. This procedure is not without it’s faults...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Enabling Multi-Factor Authentication on XBOX ONE

    Much of this week’s online news has been centered on the E3 event taking place in LA. Gamers, both passive and hardcore alike, have flocked to see what creativity publishers and console makers will unleash amidst gamer nation in the upcoming months. Microsoft’s XBOX E3 keynote was additionally...
  • Blog Post: Windows 10 Tips: Managing Universal Apps in an Enterprise Setting

    Windows 8.1, Love it or hate it, was intended to be both a desktop and device operating system. Regardless of how you feel about Windows 8.1, if you were tasked with managing it in you enterprise, there are a number of posts written to assist you in that task. Microsoft recently announced that client...
  • Blog Post: Windows 10 Tips: Joining a device to Azure AD

    Azure AD Join, similar to Domain Join, enables devices to be made visible in a directory to be managed and gain access to assigned resources. Windows 10 has the ability to register and authenticate directly with Azure AD without the requirement of a Domain Controller needed unless the respected IT administrator...
  • Blog Post: DevOps Basics: Backing up Azure Apps and Websites

    Regular backups are of great importance. Ensuring applications, data and infrastructure settings pertaining to the supported organization is a responsibility all IT Professionals bare. While traditional infrastructure backup has been dedicated to on-premise for many years, interest surrounding online...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Windows 10 Tips: Enabling Enterprise Mode in Internet Explorer

    “ Will the new Edge browser / 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...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Installing Windows 10 on Oracle VirtualBox

    If Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware Workstation 11 are not your first choice to test Windows 10 in a virtualized state, then steps on installing Windows 10 Technical Preview on VirtualBox might be of interest. Oracle’s general-purpose virtual management offering on x86 hardware is also free and can...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: App Deployment via Microsoft Intune

    Microsoft Intune, part of Microsoft’s EMS offering , enables cloud based mobile device management, mobile application management, and PC management. Organizations can utilize Intune to provide supported users access to corporate applications, data, and resources from virtually anywhere on almost...
  • Blog Post: Top 3 Key Security Improvements Found in Windows 10 Technical Preview

    Security is in the eyes of the beholder. A quote which holds steadfast amidst the IT Professional community. While securing the core or datacenter is important to most IT administrators, security planning for client end software is equally important. Microsoft addresses this need ushering in its latest...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Testing Windows 10 Via VMware Workstation

    At a recent event at the Nova Scotia Community College, the ask was put forward with regards to testing Windows 10 Technical Preview on VMware Workstation. This is in fact possible and here are the steps to enable the requested setup. Step 1: Download the Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO Visit...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Creating a Windows 10 To Go Key Inside a Hyper-V VM

    Windows 10 will include many cool features to enable system administrators in securing client computing. Testing is key and this blog has detailed many ways IT Professionals can test Windows 10 Technical Preview without the requirement of loading it on a production machine. So I thought I would share...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Creating a Windows 10 to Go Workspace

    Windows workspace on a approved bootable USB drive, first made available on Windows 8, provides a great deal of opportunity to enable those to in essence carry their client environment on a stick. This functionality enabled business travelers to lighten their loads and allowed students to use almost...
  • 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...