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  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Prepare USB Media to Install Windows 10

    Hello Folks, 6 years ago I wrote about easily making USB media to install Windows 7 . the process worked so well it’s been drilled in my head and I’ve been using that process ever since. Last week, I was in Montreal to meet the guys from the MITPRO . While I was there one local IT pro and I were trying...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Setting Up DirectAccess

    DirectAccess, introduced by Microsoft during the release of Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 acts as an always-on connection from remote location to local network. This enables remote clients to automatically connect to the local network and ensure the connection will reestablish itself should the connection...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Installing and Configuring Azure PowerShell

    “IT administrators have nothing but time on their hands…” A comment heard from time to time by those unfamiliar with the daily rigors of an IT Professional. PowerShell, when harnessed correctly, can be a great time saver to ensure all pertinent tasks are not only completed but automated...
  • Blog Post: Mobility Management: Preparing An Intune Environment

    Intune, Microsoft’s full-featured Mobile Device Management offering that supports Android, iOS, and Windows, can integrate with System Center Configuration Manager enabling larger environments. This combination can utilize a centralized management console to manage mobile devices, PCs, servers...
  • Blog Post: Windows 10 Tips: Enabling Enterprise Mode in Internet Explorer

    “ Will Project Spartan replace Internet Explorer? ” This Windows 10 question is one of the more frequently asked as of late and has been top of mind for many IT professionals. The main reason for this concern is the need of a browser offering compatible with legacy intranet sites of dire...
  • Blog Post: Étape Par Étape: Configuration Lync Serveur 2013 VDI avec VMware Horizon View

    Le plugin VDI pour Lync est un nouveau composant apparu avec la version 2013 qui permet d’offrir une expérience audio et vidéo à des utilisateurs utilisant le client Lync dans une session VDI. Pour supporter cela, le plugin VDI utilise des mécanismes de redirection...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Microsoft Lync Server 2013 with VMware Horizon View Integration

    The VDI plug-in for Lync is a new component which appeared with Lync Server 2013 which enables both audio and video experience to users using the Lync client in a VDI session. To support this, the VDI plug-in uses redirection mechanisms, encodes and decodes the media stream using the client's local...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Installing Windows 10 on Oracle VirtualBox

    If Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware Workstation 11 are not your first choice to test Windows 10 in a virtualized state, then steps on installing Windows 10 Technical Preview on VirtualBox might be of interest. Oracle’s general-purpose virtual management offering on x86 hardware is also free and can...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Moving An Active Directory Database to A New Location

    When setting up Active Directory, the IT Administrator is given an option to select the folder path to copy the Active Directory database files to. It is advised to always to use a separate partition to save the database files instead of using the default C:\Windows\NTDS\ folder path. This provides an...
  • 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: Step-By-Step: Active Directory Optimization

    End of support for Windows Server 2003 is fast approaching. With this in mind, most IT administrators are currently performing a migration to newer versions of Windows Server which in many cases includes an Active Directory migration. One item most do not take into consideration is the state of the Active...
  • 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: Step-By-Step: Testing Windows 10 Via VMware Workstation

    At a recent event at the Nova Scotia Community College, the ask was put forward with regards to testing Windows 10 Technical Preview on VMware Workstation. This is in fact possible and here are the steps to enable the requested setup. Step 1: Download the Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO Visit...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Creating a Windows 10 To Go Key Inside a Hyper-V VM

    Windows 10 will include many cool features to enable system administrators in securing client computing. Testing is key and this blog has detailed many ways IT Professionals can test Windows 10 Technical Preview without the requirement of loading it on a production machine. So I thought I would share...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Creating a Windows 10 to Go Workspace

    Windows workspace on a approved bootable USB drive, first made available on Windows 8, provides a great deal of opportunity to enable those to in essence carry their client environment on a stick. This functionality enabled business travelers to lighten their loads and allowed students to use almost...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Setting Up Active Directory Sites, Subnets & Site-Links

    Two topologies are found in a successful network, Physical Topology and Logical Topology . Physical Topology represents the structure of the network which includes network topologies, hardware placements, IP address allocations. Logical Topology represents the security boundaries of said network, network...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Testing Windows Server 2012 R2 via Boot-to-VHD

    Support for Windows Server 2003 is shortly coming to an end. July 14th 2015 to be exact. Many IT professionals have expressed interest in learning how the organization they support will benefit from Windows Server 2012 R2 and while there are many free resources such as Microsoft Virtual Academy and this...
  • 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: Migrating AD FS 2.0 to AD FS 3.0 for Office365 Single Sign-On

    AD FS 3.0, included in Windows Server 2012 R2 , provides a great deal of advancement over is predecessor. There are a couple different paths when migrating AD FS from version 2.0 to AD FS 3.0. The one detailed below completes a parallel install, exporting the AD FS 2.0 configuration and importing to...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Managing Windows Server 2012 R2 Via Windows 10

    Details are beginning to emerge as to how Windows 10 will empower IT Professionals . What such detail made know recently is the availability of Server Manager specifically made available for Windows 10. Server Manager for Windows 10 provides the same robust capabilities to manage multiple servers, roles...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Migrating Windows Server 2003 FSMO Roles To Windows Server 2012 R2

    With it being over 10 years since the Windows Server 2003 release, there is now less than 5 months left as of the time of this post was published for official Microsoft support. This guide was created as additional resource addressing the need to transfer DC FSMO roles from windows server 2003 to...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Setting up Printers via Group Policy

    In this installment we look at how to setup printers in group policy. As with all the Group Policies created, the policy will apply to all PCs thus enforcing standardization. This is invaluable to IT professionals as it addresses one less thing to check of the troubleshooting list. Note: screenshots...
  • 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: Step-By-Step: Configuring on-premises Lync Server 2013 integration Office 365 Unified Messaging

    Utilizing an edge server and configuring a federation with Office 365 allows you to benefit from voice mail features in the cloud with Lync Server on-premises infrastructure . Microsoft supports the following architectures Deploying website: Lync Server 2013 and Exchange UM are deployed locally...
  • Blog Post: Étape-Par-Étape: Configuration de l’intégration Lync Serveur 2013 avec Office 365 UM

    Un serveur Edge et la configuration d'une fédération avec Office 365 vous permet de bénéficier des fonctionnalités de messagerie vocale dans le nuage en ayant une infrastructure serveur Lync sur site. Microsoft supporte les architectures suivantes Déploiement...