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  • 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: BYOD Basics: Securely Enabling iOS in the Workplace

    In light of recent announcements, IT professionals are now awaiting the onslaught of requests to add new iOS devices into the organization or business said IT professional supports. Embracing BYOD, through proper planning, thwarts the occurrence of Shadow IT and enables IT professionals to stay in control...
  • 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...