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  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Image based RemoteApp Enablement via an Existing Azure VM - Part 2

    Hello folks, Last week I started this topic by looking at how you Create your Image based on an Existing Azure VM . Well I knew I was not done… I had just forgotten to state that I was going to finish the process in my next post. Sorry @joe_elway … What was missing was the import...
  • Blog Post: RemoteApp: Creating your Image based on an Existing Azure VM

    Hello folks, Last May (2014) we announced exciting updates to Microsoft Azure . One of these updates was Azure RemoteApp. It gave companies the ability to provide mobile employees access to Windows applications across a range of devices. Combining Microsoft’s powerful Remote Desktop Services capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Enabling App Passwords in Azure AD with Two-Factor Authentication

    For some, passwords alone are not enough to ensure secure access to specific applications. In the Microsoft Virtual Academy video entitled Getting Started with Microsoft Azure Active Directory , I demonstrated how to turn on two-factor authentication with Azure Active Directory. However, what if you...
  • Blog Post: Planned Maintenance – Azure Style

    Hello Folks, All of us IT pros and DevOps people need to have some time for patching servers, applications, making changes to the infrastructure. It’s part of our lives. it’s something we have wrestled with for years. You ensure that all your users know about it, you plan for it, and you depend on it...
  • Blog Post: Final Word on IOPS in Azure

    Hello Folks, In the past few weeks I’ve been spending some of my spare time in trying to explore the capabilities of Azure where disk performance is concerned. I did that in response to some ITPros, that had expressed doubt that they could reproduce performances they were able to achieve on premises...
  • Blog Post: Azure Disk IOPS and Virtual Machines in IaaS Part II

    Hello Folk, It’s been a while since we talked about IOPS. In fact the last post I wrote on the subject was Azure Disk IOPS and Virtual in IaaS back in November. Since then, I managed to get in the Premium storage preview, so today I thought it would be fun to see how many IOPS I can squeeze out of these...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Cloud Platform Roadmap

    Hello folks, Throughout the year Anthony and I have been travelling across Canada speaking with IT pros about the Microsoft Cloud Platform. We know this is something that is important to you. We hear it from each of our encounters with IT pro groups and customers. We read it when we look at surveys results...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Creating an Azure AD Lab Environment

    Active Directory is one of the most predominant identity management tools found in business today. Azure Active Directory further enables this capability by introducing cloud authentication via either a synchronized for federated model to allow further connection to devices and services not traditionally...
  • Blog Post: Dive Deep in Your Own Environment With Operational Insight

    Hello folks, One of the new Microsoft Azure service that was announced at TechEd Europe is Azure Operational Insight. ( https://preview.opinsights.azure.com ) It is an analysis service that gives IT Pros the tools to gain deep insight into their environments. It give IT Pros ways to interact with real...
  • 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: Azure Disk IOPS and Virtual Machines in IaaS

    Hello Folks, A couple weeks ago, I delivered a talk about Microsoft Azure to a group of IT Pros in Halifax Nova Scotia. (I always enjoy going back there). After the day was over I ended up having some sizing discussion with some of the attendees that stuck around for a bit. “How do we match...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step: Create a VM with multiple NICs in Azure

    Hello folks, The following topic is another one of those features that has been requested so many times by IT pros I’ve talked to in the past. Finally some said, we now support multiple network interface cards (NICs) on VMs in Azure so you can bring your own networking and security appliances such as...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step: Assign a Public IP to a VM in Azure

    Hello Folks, I’m sitting here reviewing my notes from the Azure IT Camps we have been running in the last quarter, and I keep seeing one recurring theme. A lot of attendees wanted to know if there was a way to assign a public IP address directly to the a VM instead of the cloud service. Doing so would...
  • 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: Étape-par-Étape : Désinstaller Microsoft Lync Serveur 2013

    Selon les circonstances, il est parfois nécéssaire de désinstaller Microsoft Lync Serveur 2013 d’un environnement de production. Dans ce guide étape par étape, l’environnement Microsoft Lync Serveur 2013 est composé d’un serveur Front-End...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Setting up the new Azure AD Sync Tool

    Hello Folks, A while back, Anthony Bartolo wrote about Syncing An On Premise AD with Azure Active Directory . But on September 16th 2014 Alex Simons announced on his blog that Azure Active Directory Sync is now GA! . So let’s revisit the topic and see how the new tool can help. as always, I recommend...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Creating a File Share in Azure

    Hello Folks, Last week I wrote about using Microsoft Azure to create an offsite copy of a fileset in Azure . Well it got me thinking that we had not looked at all the storage options in Azure. I suggest looking at following MVA modules as primer for storage in Azure. Microsoft Azure IaaS Deep...
  • Blog Post: Create an Offsite Copy of a Fileset in Azure

    Hello Folks, During our latest round of Azure Camps a question keeps coming back when we get to the Azure Storage management section. “Can I use it to store other type of Data? or just VHDs?” So I decided to give it a try. To do so I will create a Storage Account, then a container...
  • Blog Post: 11 Sample Runbooks to Help You Build Your Own

    Hello Folks, 2 weeks ago, I posted an article regarding Automating Azure with runbooks . I got some really good feedback and some good questions I decided to address. But first, as usual, if you have not had any exposure to Azure. I recommend the following MVA modules as primer. Automating the Cloud...
  • 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: 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...