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  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step: Connect your AWS and Azure environments with a VPN tunnel

    Hello Folks, I’ve been working with a customer that is planning their migration from AWS to Azure. As we all know, migrating complex environment is seldom a one click operation. In their case they want to be able to move each part of their solutions hosted on AWS to azure one at a time. That way they...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: deploying Nano Server using WDS

    Hello Folks, As i mentioned in the TechNet Flash Newsletter early in December, I am really exited when a new version of Windows Server comes out. It’s the geek in me that can’t wait to see what new capabilities will make my life easier. I’m on vacation for the holidays so i decided...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step: Windows 10 - Provisioning using Windows ICD

    Hello Folks, Anthony and I often receive emails or tweets asking us to look into specific topics or scenarios. Well, last week we received a request from CJtheRocker to explore Windows 10 Provisioning using Windows ICD. But really, why the big deal with deploying a new OS?? IT Pros have always...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Managing Your Nano Servers

    Hello folks, On November 19th 2015 we released the latest technical previews of Windows Server 2016 . I’m actually looking forward to wipe my lab clean and start again with TP4. Technical Preview 4 includes significant enhancements, many of which reflect customer feedback on the previews...
  • Blog Post: 30 Bad Habits of Server Administrators

    ****This post was edited and reposted***** Hello Folk, I’ve been on the road this week presenting in Australia. The Gold Coast to be more precise. I know it’s a rough assignment but what can I say. Someone has to do it. In any case. I attended a session that I believe all system...
  • Blog Post: Instance Level Public IP in Azure

    Hello Folks, Today I was in Calgary Alberta, delivering an Azure for IT professionals as part of a series of events we are delivering across the country. One of the discussion we had was about IP addresses in Azure. More to the point we were discussing “Instance Level Public IP” (ILPIP). An ILPIP formally...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Managing Windows 10 with Administrative templates

    Hello Folks, Last week Anthony, wrote about Windows 10 Tips: How to Delay or Defer Windows Updates . It was very well received. Thousands of views in a very short time. So obviously a subject that is of interest to you all. Let’s take this further. Let’s look at how we as IT control the...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Installing a Nano server in my test domain

    Hello Folks, I’m rebuilding my lab, and i decided to explore the benefits of the new Nano Server. Windows Server 2016 TP3 offers a new installation option: Nano Server (which we discussed in the past. Nano, Core or Standard? That is the question ). Nano Server is a remotely administered server operating...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Azure Site Recovery – Controlled Failover

    Hello folks, Lately I wrote a few articles about protecting your physical servers with Azure Site Recovery or ASR for short. Step-By-Step: Protect physical servers with Azure Site Recovery Step-By-Step: Protect physical servers with Azure Site Recovery – Part 2 Step-By-Step: Azure Site Recovery – Failover...
  • Blog Post: Azure Cloud Service VS Azure Resource Manager

    Hello Folks, I’m back! after some unplanned time off, I’m back on CANITPRO.NET. so this morning, I was thinking what will i write about…. Hmmmm… Well just as I was pondering that weekly dilemma, a friend of mine walks by and said: “I was reading your DevOps Basics series of posts and something the Infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: RSAT tools for Windows 10

    Hello Folks, It’s now expected that soon after the release of a new client OS, we release a new set of server management tools. Well, wait no more the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10 have been released. These tools includes Server Manager, Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Azure Site Recovery – Failover to Azure

    Hello folks, My last couple of posts were about protecting your physical servers with Azure Site Recovery or ASR for short. Step-By-Step: Protect physical servers with Azure Site Recovery Step-By-Step: Protect physical servers with Azure Site Recovery – Part 2 I found this video for those of us who prefer...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Protect physical servers with Azure Site Recovery – Part 2

    Hello Folks, Today we pickup right where we left off last week when we were walking through the steps to protect an on-prem physical server by setting up a recovery site in Azure . Of course as I mentioned last week. there are some great videos from Ignite and other sources that outline the benefits...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Protect physical servers with Azure Site Recovery

    Hello Folks, Last week I was reading about the devastating fires in western Canada. I happen to come across a post from Dave Kawula a Canadian MVP who has been a collaborator to the CANITPRO team and Microsoft Canada for a long time. It was about how a group of MVP were able to help the Northern Lights...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Setting up the new Azure Active Directory Connect

    Hello Folks, A while back we covered using the Active directory Sync Tool. That tool as now been updated and is now called Azure Active Directory Connect. In this post we will cover installing Azure AD Connect that became Generally Available on June 24, 2015, but you can do a straight upgrade of your...
  • Blog Post: DevOps Basics: ARM Templates Part 2

    Hello Folks, Last week we discussed the composition of ARM Templates . A few days later I was contacted by a reader that pointed out that I forgot to explain how we can find the API versions needed for a specific resource types. So I did some research, asked around internally and I found the answers...
  • Blog Post: DevOps Basics: Infrastructure as Code – ARM Templates

    Hello Folks, Any solution you deploy in the cloud requires some kind of supporting infrastructure. (Such as a virtual network, database server, database, website…) The traditional way of managing\deploying these was to build each part one by one. Step 1 – Create the storage account...
  • Blog Post: DevOps Basics: Infrastructure as Code – The Visual Studio Method

    Hello folks, Last week and the week before we talked about Infrastructure as Code (IaC) and the benefits that you can gain from using a template to deploy your solutions in a orderly fashion. DevOps Basics: Infrastructure as Code DevOps Basics: Infrastructure as Code – The PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: DevOps Basics: Infrastructure as Code – The PowerShell Method

    Hello Folks, Last Thursday I wrote about deploying an Infrastructure using a template through the Azure management Portal . But Infrastructure as Code does not require you to deploy it using the portal; and a GUI. You can use PowerShell to deploy your infrastructure making that much easier to automate...
  • Blog Post: DevOps Basics: Infrastructure as Code

    Hello Folks, Last week in Toronto, we ran our first DevOps hackathon. It brought together developers and IT Pros in an effort to promote collaboration that will enhance their enterprise’s ability to be agile and achieve the following benefits: Ship code faster Improve IT performance Suffer less outages...
  • Blog Post: Nano, Core or Standard? That is the question.

    Hello Folks, Since I came back from Microsoft Ignite in Chicago , I’ve had numerous conversations with ITPros regarding some of the announcements. One of the announcements that I thought was pretty clear turned out to be confusing to some. Nano Server. What is it exactly? Is it a new SKU , is it OEM...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Azure Diagnostics & Microsoft Operations Management Suite

    Hello Folks, Last week we discussed the way to populate OMS with servers by installing the agent directly to a machine . That allows you do deploy the agent on physical and in VMs on-premises and in any cloud where your workloads are running. The whole OMS thing really makes sense for all ITPros. It...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Populating machines in Microsoft Operations Management Suite

    Hello Folks, Last week I wrote about Microsoft Operations Management Suite . But it was just how to get started with setting up your OMS Workspace. This week we’ll look at connecting Servers to our workspace and start collecting data for analysis. But before we go there. Lets address one...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with Microsoft Operations Management Suite

    Hello folks, Last November I wrote about taking a Deep Dive in Your Own Environment With Operational Insight . Last week in Chicago during the keynote, Brad Anderson and Jeff Woolsey talked about and demoed the new version of that family. It’s called Microsoft Operations Management Suite. (see time index...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Configure AutoScale for a cloud service

    Hello Folks, I’ve been playing around with Azure capabilities and I was really interested in the scaling out capacity. Mostly because I believe that it allows you to save money while having the capacity to support the demands on your apps. Today we will look at autoscaling a cloud service with...