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  • 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: 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: 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: Device Management Strategy Planning: More Questions Than Answers

    Within the last few years, while in meeting discussing a Mobile Device Management (MDM) strategies , I have been frequently told the following by clientele when inquiring about business requirements: “I want to be able to do all my tasks on my iPad that I currently do on my desktop.” The...
  • Blog Post: Top 4 Windows 10 Useful Hidden Features and Hotkeys

    With the holidays now over and the 2015 Consumer Electronic Show in full swing, its that magical time of year for all IT Professionals to begin to field questions regarding new and upcoming devices. Whether said devices were recently unwrapped or are still on the CES showroom floor, boundless amounts...
  • 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: Device Management Strategy Planning: Defining the Opportunity

    To this day, many organizations still struggle with regards to device management strategy. While email security is still a top priority, businesses are attempting to do more with these devices to further enable their employees. This post series entitled “Device Management Strategy Planning”...
  • 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: 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: Configuring Windows 8 for Reset and Refresh

    Hello Folks, Last weekend i finally got my new Surface Pro 3. woohoo!! (I love this thing). So i decided to pass on my previous machine to my daughter. i figure I'd just use the “Update and Recovery” options in “PC Settings” to Remove everything and reinstall Windows...
  • 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: 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: 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: Creating a Windows Server 2012 R2 Work Folders Test Lab

    Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility Solution (EMS) allows organizations to enable its employees to achieve secure access to company apps and data on any of their devices in any location, Work Folders, introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2, furthers that enablement as it allows an organization's users...
  • 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: 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...