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  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Configuring AD FS Servers in an Internal Load-Balanced Set in Azure for Office365 Single Sign-On

    After completing the 2 previous posts entitled, Step-By-Step: Enabling A Primary AD FS Server in Azure for Office365 Single Sign-On and Step-By-Step: Enabling A Secondary AD FS 3.0 Server in Azure for Office365 Single Sign-On , you now have our two AD FS 3.0 servers setup in the same cloud service and...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Enabling A Secondary AD FS 3.0 Server in Azure for Office365 Single Sign-On

    Now that the first AD FS server is setup and federated with Office365, additional servers can be introduced into the AD FS farm. The process itself can be repeated on one or many more servers depending on user base load balanced against the number of servers needed in the AD FS farm to support it. ...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Enabling A Primary AD FS Server in Azure for Office365 Single Sign-On

    This Step-By-Step will provide instruction to setup a primary AD FS 3.0 server on a Windows Server 2012 R2 virtual machine in Azure. This post will accomplish the following: Create the Azure Cloud Service Build the Azure virtual machine Install the AD FS 3.0 role Configure...
  • 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: 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: Customizing An Office 2013 Installation

    With the introduction of Office 365, the requirement to run Microsoft’s office productivity suite on premise has lessened. It is however still very necessary in some scenarios as per the requirements of some organizations. Office 2013 was introduced to address this need and has been received well...
  • Blog Post: TechEd North America 2014: Entering a Mobile First, Cloud First World

    “ IT pros are at the center of the transformation ” Words spoken today by Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud & Enterprise Division, define the IT professional as the corner stone crucial to the transformation in truly harnessing the power of the cloud...
  • 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: Cloud Computing–You’re Probably Already Using It!

    I’m not sure if are aware of this, but twice a year through something we call "The Global Relationship Study" – we here at Microsoft Canada reach out and contact you to see how we're doing and what Microsoft could do better. Every year a number of items come up where you tell us we need to...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Setting up AD FS Proxy Servers Via Single Sign-On for Office 365

    The AD FS Proxy role is deployed in the DMZ and is used for external client authentication. People always ask me, do I really need an AD FS Proxy server? The answer is yes for one huge reason. Security –It is possible to forward TCP 443 right from the internet to the AD FS server, but this...
  • 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: Migrating from Exchange 2007 to Office 365

    A cutover migration is the simplest way to get all your existing email into Office 365. As the name implies, it’s a cutover from one service to another. As showcased in a previous post , cutover migrations are supported for Exchange 2003, 2007 and 2010; for organizations with fewer than 1000 mailboxes...
  • 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: 22 Free Microsoft eBooks to Add to Your Must Read List

    During the summer months, I always try to catch up on my must read list. These are books that are perfect to read at the cottage on long weekends, when I’m off on vacation, or even when I’m travelling for work. For the work you do, it’s a little different; you’re probably not...
  • Blog Post: TechDays 2011 Communication & Collaboration Track Resources

    TechDays 2011 in Toronto featured a myriad of sessions on Communications and Collaboration technologies featuring Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint Server, Microsoft Lync, and Office 365 . You learned about how to extend your Exchange infrastructure into the Cloud, the important role SharePoint...
  • 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: Office 365 Public Beta is Available!!

    Over the last few weeks Ruth Morton and I have been out on the AlignIT Tour talking to IT managers about how organizations can embrace the cloud and increase IT staff and end user productivity.  During the tour we got a lot of questions regarding Office 365 and when it will be available for everyone...
  • Blog Post: Licensing software in the cloud

    A girlfriend of mine called me up this weekend looking for a DVD copy of an older piece of software. She was rebuilding a computer for a family member who had the product key but no installation media. I’m sure many of you have similar stories trying to fix or repair computers for your family and...
  • Blog Post: Feedback regarding Office license portability

    Hello Folks, Yesterday, the "TechNet eNews - Revisiting Windows 8 and Your Feedback" mailing went out and in it I did "encourage you to continue to provide great feedback". Well, provide feedback you did…. My mailbox suddenly filled with all kinds of feedback. Some was request for help troubleshooting...