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  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Multi-Site Azure VPN in the Resource Manager Model

    Hello Folks, A while back I wrote about setting up VPN solutions between your own datacenter and Azure and between azure sites. Step-By-Step: Create a Site-to-Site VPN between your network and Azure Step-by-Step: Multi-Site Azure VPN But these were written with the classic Cloud Service...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Azure RemoteApp QuickBooks Domain Configuration

    A few weeks ago we provided a Step-By-Step detailing how to configure Azure Remote App for QuickBooks . In this Step-By-Step we will be taking this one step further and adding in a domain that is hosted in Azure. For those of you unaware of Azure RemoteApp, it is Microsoft RemoteApp backed by Remote...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step: Configuring QuickBooks for Azure Remote App in a Workgroup

    One of my favorite features of Azure is Azure RemoteApp. For those of you unaware of Azure RemoteApp, it is Microsoft RemoteApp backed by Remote Desktop Services in Azure. This service provides remote secure access to applications from different devices; users can access their applications on their devices...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Adding an Azure Subscription as an Endpoint in Visual Studio Team Services

    Understanding the configuration of Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) is not without it's challenges. One of the prerequisites required is the inclusion of an Azure Subscription which has been noted by some attending one of the various Microsoft DevOps Hackathons delivered. This Step-By-Step has...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step: Connect your AWS and Azure environments with a VPN tunnel

    Hello Folks, I’ve been working with a customer that is planning their migration from AWS to Azure. As we all know, migrating complex environment is seldom a one click operation. In their case they want to be able to move each part of their solutions hosted on AWS to azure one at a time. That way they...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Using AzCopy to Transfer Files to Azure

    A few weeks ago, I posted an article on configuring SMB file shares in Azure to leverage shared drives from within Azure or from on-premise. But what if you are unable to access these SMB file shares due to port restrictions? Or if you only need to copy files to and from Azure storage, and do not require...
  • Blog Post: Managing Azure Virtual Machines with Server Manager

    One of the best and improved features in Server 2012 is being able to manage multiple servers from Server Manager either from Server or desktop. From a single pane of glass, I can easily check the status of other servers in my domain, install roles, and host of other functions. Check out the following...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Setting up Azure SMB File Share

    Azure files enables you to have shared folders available to your Azure virtual machines and on-premise systems. In October 2015 Azure Files went from Preview to General Availability, so you can now safely leverage this feature. You can use SMB file shares for: Storing shared application data...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Configuring Azure Active Directory, SSO and SaaS

    Over the last several weeks I have been working with the Canadian Microsoft Partners to help them learn about Azure and grow their Azure practice. One of the features that garners a lot of attention is using Azure Active Directory to provide single sign-on access to over 2500 SaaS applications. By...
  • Blog Post: Instance Level Public IP in Azure

    Hello Folks, Today I was in Calgary Alberta, delivering an Azure for IT professionals as part of a series of events we are delivering across the country. One of the discussion we had was about IP addresses in Azure. More to the point we were discussing “Instance Level Public IP” (ILPIP). An ILPIP formally...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Microsoft Azure Marketplace

    “If you want to complete a task in the least amount of time possible… get an IT Administrator to do it! IT professionals are always stretched for time. That being said, IT administrators have always been great at finding quick, sound solutions to address or automate complex and lengthy...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Deploying Multiple Services via Azure Resource Manager

    A few weeks ago, Pierre Roman explained the changes from cloud services in the classic portal to the new resource manager in the preview portal. He explained that the Azure Resource Manager (ARM) manages a Resource Group which contains all the application resources, from storage and networking to virtual...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Shutting Down Azure VMs without Scripting

    One of the most common questions I have from Microsoft Partners who are starting to explore Azure is how to automatically shut down their virtual machines. As we know, Azure is consumption-based, and for test and dev, or other applications for which the virtual machines are not needed for long periods...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Azure Site Recovery – Controlled Failover

    Hello folks, Lately I wrote a few articles about protecting your physical servers with Azure Site Recovery or ASR for short. Step-By-Step: Protect physical servers with Azure Site Recovery Step-By-Step: Protect physical servers with Azure Site Recovery – Part 2 Step-By-Step: Azure Site Recovery – Failover...
  • Blog Post: Azure Cloud Service VS Azure Resource Manager

    Hello Folks, I’m back! after some unplanned time off, I’m back on CANITPRO.NET. so this morning, I was thinking what will i write about…. Hmmmm… Well just as I was pondering that weekly dilemma, a friend of mine walks by and said: “I was reading your DevOps Basics series of posts and something the Infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Azure Site Recovery – Failover to Azure

    Hello folks, My last couple of posts were about protecting your physical servers with Azure Site Recovery or ASR for short. Step-By-Step: Protect physical servers with Azure Site Recovery Step-By-Step: Protect physical servers with Azure Site Recovery – Part 2 I found this video for those of us who prefer...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Addressing Forest Functional Level Issues Syncing Azure AD to Windows Server 2016 TP2

    Summer is usually a slow time for most IT administrators. I usually take advantage of the downtime to test out new technical preview software that Microsoft shares and put it through its paces. One said issue I encountered recently was while attempting to setup Azure AD Connect only my newly created...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Protect physical servers with Azure Site Recovery – Part 2

    Hello Folks, Today we pickup right where we left off last week when we were walking through the steps to protect an on-prem physical server by setting up a recovery site in Azure . Of course as I mentioned last week. there are some great videos from Ignite and other sources that outline the benefits...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Protect physical servers with Azure Site Recovery

    Hello Folks, Last week I was reading about the devastating fires in western Canada. I happen to come across a post from Dave Kawula a Canadian MVP who has been a collaborator to the CANITPRO team and Microsoft Canada for a long time. It was about how a group of MVP were able to help the Northern Lights...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Installing Microsoft Azure Pack for Windows Server

    The Microsoft Azure offering has been around for a while and offered features and abilities are continually improved upon. However not everyone is ready to migrate to Cloud . Microsoft’s latest offering, Azure Pack, provides the Azure portal feel, but for your on-premises datacenter. Azure Pack...
  • 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: Setting up the new Azure Active Directory Connect

    Hello Folks, A while back we covered using the Active directory Sync Tool. That tool as now been updated and is now called Azure Active Directory Connect. In this post we will cover installing Azure AD Connect that became Generally Available on June 24, 2015, but you can do a straight upgrade of your...
  • Blog Post: DevOps Basics: Enabling The Puppet Virtual Machine Extension Via PowerShell

    Practicing DevOps in one’s organization sometimes requires the inclusion of existing processes currently championing automation. One said solution via Puppet Lab provides a datacenter automation and configuration management solution that is widely used. While utilizing PowerShell to enable desired...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Changing The UPN Suffix For An Entire Domain Via PowerShell

    Some organizations require the use of multiple UPN suffixes for their operations. From time to time, these same organizations will have the requirement to do mass a UPN suffix change. I recently faced said challenge while changing the domain name suffix which ended with .local to a public domain name...
  • Blog Post: DevOps Basics: ARM Templates Part 2

    Hello Folks, Last week we discussed the composition of ARM Templates . A few days later I was contacted by a reader that pointed out that I forgot to explain how we can find the API versions needed for a specific resource types. So I did some research, asked around internally and I found the answers...