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  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Automating Azure with Runbooks

    Last week while I was traveling a reader (that’s you Jamie) reminded me that I had forgotten to write the promised part 2 of the “ Getting Ready to use Azure Automation ”. I don’t want to disappoint, so I jumped right on it. Before diving into automation. I do recommend the...
  • 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: Step-By-Step: Enable Multi-Factor Authentication in Azure

    Hello Folks, lately I’ve been covering Azure and active directory pretty often. It’s because I believe that it’s crucial for us IT Pros to learn as much as we can about the cloud and the value it can bring our enterprises. In this next post we will do a simple setup of Multi-Factor...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Assigning VMs with Static IP addresses in a Virtual Network

    Hello Folks, in order to follow along you should be familiar with IaaS. The easiest way to do that is to listen to the Windows Azure for IT Pros Jump Start on Microsoft Virtual Academy. Over the last few weeks we published a lot of information regarding Microsoft Azure . I’ve actually concentrated...
  • 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: The Microsoft Azure Portal is now build around ME!

    Hello folks, Lately I’ve been focusing a lot of my time on Azure. There is a good reason for that. I truly believe that cloud services s the way of the future. It will change and expand what we do the same way the personal computer changed the way system administrators managed the computing resources...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step: RemoteApp Hybrid Deployment–Part 2

    Hello Folks, I started this deployment on July 9th in Step-by-Step: RemoteApp Hybrid Deployment–Part 1 . I stopped short of completing it frankly because it was way too late and I needed my beauty sleep. Now. We complete it. First if you’re looking for more information about Azure or...
  • 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: RemoteApp Hybrid Deployment–Part 1

    Hello Folks, Lately we looked at several steps needed to setup your infrastructure in order to have Microsoft Azure as a transparent part of your existing environment. Step-by-Step: Configure VNet to VNet Connectivity in Azure Step-by-Step: Multi-Site Azure VPN Step-by-Step: Deploy RemoteApp on Azure...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step: Multi-Site Azure VPN

    Hello folks, This subject as been one of the more requested scenario from this audience. In the past we’ve looked at 2 different scenarios that dealt with virtual network connectivity. Step-By-Step: Create a Site-to-Site VPN between your network and Azure Step-by-Step: Configure VNet...
  • 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: Step-by-Step: Deploy RemoteApp on Azure

    Hello Folks, These days we’re all going about our business sometimes at our desks, sometimes on the road with some kind of tablet or mobile device. And as IT pros providing services to our customers, we need to ensure that they need access to the applications they need regardless of the device they use...
  • 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: Step-By-Step: Move a VM to a different Vnet on Azure

    Hello Folks, On June 3rd, I wrote about moving Virtual machines from one subnet to another in one virtual network . following that I’ve received a ton of feedback. Some of it about how I missed the point of the original question. “what about moving a current VM from one affinity to another affinity,...
  • 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: Configure VNet to VNet Connectivity in Azure

    Hello Folks, The last two azure camps we delivered lead to a lot of good discussions. One in particular was regarding the Site to Site VPN capabilities found in Azure. we have covered it on this blog before. Step-By-Step: Create a Site-to-Site VPN between your network and Azure At TechEd North...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step: Get Ready to use Microsoft Azure Automation

    Hello Folks, For a long time now IT Operations has needed to be aligned application lifecycle and work closely and collaboratively to eliminate inefficiency, reduce bottlenecks, and maximize productivity.The concept is certainly not new, for a long time now business processes and operations based...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Enabling PowerShell Desired State Configuration in the Cloud

    If there was one thing that resonated loudly at TechEd 2014, it was the fact that IT professionals were the cornerstone in regards to the user / developer trifecta in the enablement of DevOps and the adoption of the cloud. What's more, our current knowledge of on premise deployment and management...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...