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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: What Is Azure Machine Learning?

    As an IT professional, we rely on experience, knowledge and reference to solve day-to-day infrastructure issues and tasks. Over time, a build up of experience or history enables IT professionals to become more predictive as to when problems will arise. In this profession, being proactive saves administrators...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step: RemoteApp Hybrid Deployment–Part 1

    Hello Folks, Lately we looked at several steps needed to setup your infrastructure in order to have Microsoft Azure as a transparent part of your existing environment. Step-by-Step: Configure VNet to VNet Connectivity in Azure Step-by-Step: Multi-Site Azure VPN Step-by-Step: Deploy RemoteApp on Azure...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step: Multi-Site Azure VPN

    Hello folks, This subject as been one of the more requested scenario from this audience. In the past we’ve looked at 2 different scenarios that dealt with virtual network connectivity. Step-By-Step: Create a Site-to-Site VPN between your network and Azure Step-by-Step: Configure VNet...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step: Deploy RemoteApp on Azure

    Hello Folks, These days we’re all going about our business sometimes at our desks, sometimes on the road with some kind of tablet or mobile device. And as IT pros providing services to our customers, we need to ensure that they need access to the applications they need regardless of the device they use...
  • 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: Move a VM to a different Vnet on Azure

    Hello Folks, On June 3rd, I wrote about moving Virtual machines from one subnet to another in one virtual network . following that I’ve received a ton of feedback. Some of it about how I missed the point of the original question. “what about moving a current VM from one affinity to another affinity,...
  • Blog Post: What is Azure Active Directory Premium?

    Microsoft’s push to the cloud has created a great opportunity for IT professionals. Providing the ability to further enable people with secure access to information from a plethora of devices is one of the newer abilities provided through cloud and is enabled through Azure Active Directory Sync...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step: Configure VNet to VNet Connectivity in Azure

    Hello Folks, The last two azure camps we delivered lead to a lot of good discussions. One in particular was regarding the Site to Site VPN capabilities found in Azure. we have covered it on this blog before. Step-By-Step: Create a Site-to-Site VPN between your network and Azure At TechEd North...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step: Get Ready to use Microsoft Azure Automation

    Hello Folks, For a long time now IT Operations has needed to be aligned application lifecycle and work closely and collaboratively to eliminate inefficiency, reduce bottlenecks, and maximize productivity.The concept is certainly not new, for a long time now business processes and operations based...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Move a Microsoft Azure VM to a Different Subnet Within a vNet

    Hello Folks, On May 2nd we help a Microsoft Azure Camp in the MPR (Multi-Purpose Rooms) of our head office in Mississauga Ontario. We had 112 enthusiastic attendees and we covered the following topics: Introduction to Windows Azure Cloud Storage and Virtual Networks Virtual Machines Dealing with DEV...
  • 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: Over $4300 Raised for User Groups through the Azure Community Promotion!!

    In conversations with UG leads across the country, we heard clearly for Canada the cloud represents so many opportunities for organizations, developers and IT Pros.   After listening to the feedback, through these conversations and others from TechDays, we decided we needed to do something...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 SP1– Overview

    System Center 2012 SP1 has been on most of our radars since Windows Server 2012 was released.  as you know, when release in Q2 of 2012, System Center 2012 didn’t support the unreleased Windows Server 2012 operation system. The original System Center 2012 release was designed for Windows Server 2008...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Private Cloud Part 1: What is a Private Cloud?

    A new whitepaper was released in January comparing private cloud solutions from Microsoft and VMware, taking a look at the functionality, benefits and economics of each solution. This series of blog posts breaks down the components of the whitepaper into consumable chunks and I’ve added my own...
  • Blog Post: Mark Russinovich talkin' Windows Intune Technology Tune-Up

    Here's a word of advice. If you ever get a chance to see Microsoft Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich talk - in person or online - go see him. I haven't missed one of his talks over the last 6 years whenever he was speaking at an internal technical audience or even when I spoke last year at TechEd (he...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Create a Site-to-Site VPN between your network and Azure

    Hello Folks, On September 29th, I posted an article on going back to basic with the Azure subscription.  let’s kick it up a notch.  Now that you have an Azure trial subscription , or an MSDN subscription that provides monthly Azure credits. you can extend your lab network to the cloud and start...
  • Blog Post: Concerns about Security when considering Cloud technologies

    I’ve been attending CloudCamps that have been hosted in the various TechDays cities ( disclaimer: we sponsor the room and AV – events are completely run by CloudCamp organizers) and a very comment topic / thread comes up on issues of Security wen considering adopting Cloud technologies. Outside of the...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Backing Up SQL Databases to Azure

    While delivering an CANITPRO Camp not to long ago, an IT administrator shared his story as to why he had decided to move his organization's SQL backup to the cloud. It seemed that his predecessor was very diligent in switching the backup tapes every morning. He insured backups were created daily...
  • Blog Post: De retour après la pause….

      Salut, La journée a commencé de bonne heure ce matin… 5 :30am.  voici la vue de ma chambre…  oui oui c’est le matin… Nous étions sur place tôt pour donner la touche final à notre présentation principale. Cematin à TechDays 2011 Montréal, nous avons eu la chance de faire une expérience...
  • Blog Post: Canadian IT Folks–Colin Smith - The Private Cloud in the Closet

    Something I’d like to start off with this Guest Blog post is the ability to get to know some of the fantastic speakers and partners in the technology space here in Canada. I created / participate in the LinkedIn group called Canadian IT Folks – thought the name was a good fit for this series...