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  • 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: 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: 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...
  • 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: Step-By-Step: Utilizing Windows Intune and SCCM to Manage Android Devices

    People centric IT requires enablement of a plethora of devices. While OS offerings differ, so do individuals needs. IT professionals must be ready for this eventuality as we at CANITPRO have written previously, BYOD is no longer the trend but the norm . Windows Intune and System Center Configuration...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Enabling Mobile Application Distribution Via Windows Intune

    Every year Microsoft Canada graciously sponsors Canadian start-up hubs by providing tools and work space to fledgling companies. Recently, through an investment from the Microsoft Ventures group, additional equipment was purchased to be used by start-ups to build applications utilizing the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: BYOD Basics: Enabling Modern Work Styles Using Windows Server 2012 R2

    Over the past few weeks we have covered enablement of "Bring Your Own Device" or BYOD in business . As you can imagine, this has become a hot topic as of late as more and more smartphones and tablets become available in the marketplace touting new "bells and whistles" in regards to capability. As covered...
  • Blog Post: Office Goodness Wherever You Are

    Mobility has become a game changer in terms of always having access to information most important to you. Organizations are capitalizing on that trend to ensure its employees are always connected to the latest information to stay one step ahead of the competition. As of late, trends like BYOD or the...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Creating a Work Folders Test Lab Deployment in Windows Server 2012 R2

    As mentioned in our BYOD Basics series post, Enabling Modern Work Styles Using Windows Server 2012 R2 , several new capabilities have been introduced into Windows Server 2012 R2 intended to enable organizations to further embrace BYOD. Microsoft's push for People-centric IT (PCIT), a new initiative introduced...
  • Blog Post: BYOD Basics: Proper Planning and Considerations

    BYOD, four little letters almost every IT professional shudders at the sound of. Not too long ago, IT planned the course as to what type of devices employees at respected businesses would utilize in the workplace. This was an ideal scenario for IT at the time as a great deal of planning was put forth...
  • Blog Post: My Return to Microsoft as An IT Pro Evangelist

    Why hello esteemed audience of the Canadian IT Professional blog. My name is Anthony Bartolo and I am the newest Technical Evangelist focusing on IT Professionals to be added to the Developer and Platform Evangelism group here at Microsoft. I can’t tell you how excited I am to return to...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone: Built for Business

    During a recent Edmonton Microsoft User Group meeting covering how Microsoft's System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 addresses the "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) trend, an interesting question was asked in regards to Windows Phone's ability to address business needs. When asked...
  • Blog Post: BYOD Basics: Windows Phone 8 Receives FIPS 140-2 Certification

    One of the challenges that IT Professionals face when planning for an acceptable "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) strategy is understanding or measuring the level of security that can be utilized by said devices provided by an organizations employees. Certain devices provide certain levels of security...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: BYOD Basics: Enabling the use of Consumer Devices using Active Directory in Windows Server 2012 R2

    Microsoft recently released Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview, which includes several improvements to Active Directory. Some of the most noteworthy enhancements to Active Directory in Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview are in response to the proliferation of consumer devices in the workplace. Join personal...
  • Blog Post: BYOD Basics: Microsoft's Mobile Device Management Toolset

    A great deal of questions are currently being asked around best practices surrounding Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategies. One of the items to take into consideration is which mobile devices management offering would best enable people centric IT. With Windows Phone steadily growing in market share...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Connecting System Center Configuration Manager with Windows Intune Service

    In the CANITPRO.NET BYOD Basics series we recently explored the new mobile device management capabilities found in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager when combined with the Windows Intune service . To coincide with this post, this Step-By-Step has been created to help you setup your lab to test...
  • Blog Post: BYOD Basics: What's New For Mobile Device Management in System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

    Over the past couple weeks, we at CANITPRO.NET have been covering aspects of people centric IT (PCIT) enablement through our BYOD Basics series. We feel providing proper tools to enable planning and discussion around BYOD enablement helps organizations properly plan their deployments and ensure their...
  • Blog Post: BYOD Basics: Enabling People Centric IT

    The term "Bring your Own Device" or BYOD, has been coming up more frequently in conversation as of late. This is because the line between business and consumer devices has almost completely eroded. Sleek and jaw dropping smartphones and tablets now include TPM chipsets and FIPS 140-2 adherence further...
  • Blog Post: BYOD Basics: Enabling iOS Devices in the Workplace Via System Center and Windows Server 2012 R2

    As most are well aware, iOS tablets have garnered a great deal of appeal for utilization within businesses. For that matter, utilization of all iOS devices available for daily tasks has become a common ask amongst a multitude of workers. The People-centric IT (PCIT) trend has many industry segments receiving...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 & Windows 8 Devices

    This post was taken from a TechNet Flash Editorial written by Pierre Roman. I picked up my Microsoft Surface last week and it is awesome! My only problem is that now I can’t use it anymore. My daughters have adopted it. Which means I need to order another one. As a Microsoft employee I could have...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 SP1, Windows Intune and the BYOD Revolution

    The term “Bring your own device” or BYOD has become more mainstream as of late. Gone are the days of IT simply handing out a device prescribed in part because the solution was thought of as secure and easily managed. More and more, “Mobile Workers” are enticed by the latest and...
  • Blog Post: BYOD Basics: Managing Smartphones and Tablets with Exchange ActiveSync

    As mentioned in BYOD Basics: Proper Planning and Considerations , "Bring Your Own Device" provides great potential to one's organization when planned for properly. Choosing the right tools that meet the requirements of your organization requires proper research to ensure said organization's mobile worker...
  • Blog Post: BYOD Basics: VPN and Other Enterprise Features Coming to Windows Phone 8

    In an earlier post titled: Windows Phone: Built for Business we showcased how Microsoft's mobile offering was enabling businesses with a host of enterprise-level features that companies have stated slot in seamlessly with most business IT infrastructures. Recently further announcements have been made...