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  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Integration between Exchange 2013 UM and Cisco Unified Communication Manager

    Integrating the latest version of the UM board now directly in Exchange 2013 with Cisco telephony system is a hot topic in our projects. In terms of architecture, the approach with Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 is completely different from the Exchange Server predecessors 2007 and Exchange Server...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Intégrer la messagerie unifiée Exchange 2013 avec un environnement Cisco Call Manager

    L’intégration de la dernière version de la messagerie unifiée embarqué maintenant directement dans Exchange 2013 avec un système de téléphonie Cisco est un sujet d’actualité dans le cadre de nos projets de communications unifiées...
  • Blog Post: Using a DSC Push Configuration for a DMZ Web Server

    So In a previous posts we showed you a pretty basic DSC configuration file and how to find the available types of features but also how to add a Resource to that configuration. But one of the scenarios I was playing out with in the Push configuration initially gave me a stumbling block. Normally...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Migration of Exchange 2003 Server to Office 365

    While most of the focus happening this week was centered around end of support for Windows XP, many IT professionals also had Microsoft Exchange 2003 top of mind as it too had official support end on April 8th. Those currently running Exchange 2003 do have Office 365 as an option and preparation around...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Setting up AD FS and Enabling Single Sign-On to Office 365

    This is a typical highly available setup into Office 365. Ideally this server will be installed as virtual servers on multiple Hyper-V hosts. Think about redundancy, not only in the virtual servers, but in the Hyper-V servers as well. Install one AD FS and one AD FS Proxy on one Hyper-V host and the...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Creating a SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Group

    One of the most talked about (and now frequently requested) feature in SQL Server 2012 is AlwaysOn Availability Groups . It brings SQL Server high availability and disaster recovery to a whole new level by allowing multiple copies of the database be highly available and potentially using them for read...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Forcing a Full Hardware Inventory for SCCM

    Here is a quick Step-By-Step in regards to forcing a full System Center 2012 (or 2007) Configuration Manager inventory cycle on a client PC. Open wbemtest as an elevated administrator. Click Connect . In the Namespace text box enter root\ccm\invagt , then click Connect . ...
  • Blog Post: Using A Single DSC Configuration for Multiple Servers

    Ok so we’ve showed you some cool things. Building a DSC file, applying that configuration to a remote DMZ server. But one thing you’ll probably have noticed. EACH and EVERYTIME I have done this I have typed in the name of the server in the Configuration. Seems a bit silly doesn’t...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Simple DSC Configuration File Via PowerShell

    So the last time we chatted we showed you a new feature in Windows PowerShell called “ Desired State Configuration ”. We’ll stick to calling it “DSC” because to be quite honest I LOVE PowerShell but I really hate typing… and it’s a mouthful to say! So today...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Creating A Simple Login Dashboard in Hyper-V 2012 R2

    After installing Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 or your Windows Server 2012 R2 is on Core version (without GUI enable) you realize that you don’t have much information at login regarding your local virtualization infrastructure. Normally, when you login to a Hyper-V server you will get a command...
  • Blog Post: MVP Profile - Charlie Russel

    A chemist by education, an electrician by trade, a UNIX sysadmin and Oracle DBA because he raised his hand when he should have known better. An IT Director and consultant by default, and a writer by choice, Charlie is the author of more than 2 dozen computer books on operating systems and enterprise...
  • Blog Post: The Hammer of Thor, the Lightening of Zeus, None compares to Windows Powershell! It can CLOSE MY OPEN FILES!

    Hi, I’m Sean. I’m an ITPro and about three years ago ( and you can’t tell my wife this ) I began my affair with Windows Powershell.   As you can tell from my background (and forget all the silly letters) I really just consider myself a true blue, grease under my fingers, crimpers in my pocket...
  • Blog Post: Gérer les drivers dans MDT 2010, Partie 2 – Quelle stratégie à adopter ?

    Continuing with our theme of how to make use of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 , here we have the second post of a 3-part series for our French-speaking readers on how to manage drivers using MDT 2010 to help ensure your deployment of Windows 7 on your new PCs works well. The series is written...
  • Blog Post: Déployer Windows 7 avec MDT 2010, Partie 2 – Creer une image référence Windows 7

    This post is the second in a  4-part series for our French-speaking readers on how to use MDT 2010 to deploy Windows 7 in your environment. The series is written by Yannick Plavonil , a Microsoft MVP based in Quebec. You can find this and more on his own blog – Revue du Geek . Let me know what other...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Server Remote Connectivity Analyzer

    Hello CanITPro readers! My name is Sasha Krsmanovic. I am the MVP Lead in Canada; you may recall my posts on this blog about the MVP program ( Part 1 , Part 2 ). Rodney has asked me to write a guest blog about a useful tool our team developed for IT Pros – the Exchange Server Remote Connectivity Analyzer...
  • Blog Post: BYOD Basics: Enabling the use of Consumer Devices using Active Directory in Windows Server 2012 R2

    Microsoft recently released Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview, which includes several improvements to Active Directory. Some of the most noteworthy enhancements to Active Directory in Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview are in response to the proliferation of consumer devices in the workplace. Join personal...
  • Blog Post: [Podcast] A talk about the MVP program

    On October 23rd 2006, Microsoft Canada hosted an mini MVP summit in Mississauga which was streamed to satellite sites and MVPs across Canada. It was a great time and I got the chance to sit down with the Canadian MVP Lead Sasha Krsmanovic, SBS MVP Cal McLennan, SQL MVP Tom Moreau and US MVP Lead Ed Hickey...
  • Blog Post: MVP Profile - David Elfassy

    David Elfassy began his career in IT in the early 90's; delivering Microsoft Official Curriculum, specializing in Microsoft Exchange Server since 1997. He worked as project lead on many migrations and implementations of Microsoft infrastructure technologies for governmental and corporate organizations...
  • Blog Post: One Man’s Journey from Google Apps to Office 365

    Kanwal Khipple told me about how he moved from Google Apps and Gmail to Office 365. I thought that this would be a journey that others might be interested in as well and asked him to put t ogether a post to tell you how he did it. The post below is in his own words. Whether we love life, gadgets, productivity...
  • Blog Post: True Deployments: Utilizing BranchCache with Configuration Manager

    This post was inspired by Anthony Bartolo’s post on Enabling BranchCache . This is a real world example of how BranchCache can be used to improve service levels while reducing network costs. Canada is a big country. The federal government has offices in over 600 locations with immense geographic...
  • Blog Post: Gérer les drivers dans MDT 2010, Partie 3 – Bien choisir sa méthode pour les fichiers INF

    Continuing with our theme of how to make use of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 , here we have the third and final post of a 3-part series for our French-speaking readers on how to manage drivers using MDT 2010 to help ensure your deployment of Windows 7 on your new PCs works well. The series is...
  • 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: Building a Knowledge Blogging System in SharePoint

      Recently I sent out a call to MVPs across the country to share some of the interesting things they are doing with the broader IT Pro community across the country.  One of the folks that responded is Sean Wallbridge , a Microsoft SharePoint MVP from Victoria, BC.  In this post Sean shares...
  • Blog Post: MVP Profile – Philip Elder

    Philip has been involved with Small Business Server since the BackOffice SBS 4.x days. He has worked in the SMB market for most of his I.T career. With the advent of SBS 2003, the SMB market became the primary focus due to the SBS 2003 feature set providing the best possible value to SMBs. In 2003, Monique...
  • Blog Post: Are Resource Kits Dead? NOPE!

    UPDATE!!! The Windows 7 Resource Kit is now available from Microsoft Press. This 1700 page book and CD is the book for administrators who will be deploying, maintaining and troubleshooting Windows 7 in their organizations. The book was authored by three MVPs Mitch Tulloch, Tony Northrup and Jerry Honeycutt...