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  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Setting up the new Azure AD Sync Tool

    Hello Folks, A while back, Anthony Bartolo wrote about Syncing An On Premise AD with Azure Active Directory . But on September 16th 2014 Alex Simons announced on his blog that Azure Active Directory Sync is now GA! . So let’s revisit the topic and see how the new tool can help. as always, I recommend...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Creating a File Share in Azure

    Hello Folks, Last week I wrote about using Microsoft Azure to create an offsite copy of a fileset in Azure . Well it got me thinking that we had not looked at all the storage options in Azure. I suggest looking at following MVA modules as primer for storage in Azure. Microsoft Azure IaaS Deep...
  • Blog Post: Create an Offsite Copy of a Fileset in Azure

    Hello Folks, During our latest round of Azure Camps a question keeps coming back when we get to the Azure Storage management section. “Can I use it to store other type of Data? or just VHDs?” So I decided to give it a try. To do so I will create a Storage Account, then a container...
  • Blog Post: 11 Sample Runbooks to Help You Build Your Own

    Hello Folks, 2 weeks ago, I posted an article regarding Automating Azure with runbooks . I got some really good feedback and some good questions I decided to address. But first, as usual, if you have not had any exposure to Azure. I recommend the following MVA modules as primer. Automating the Cloud...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Automating Azure with Runbooks

    Last week while I was traveling a reader (that’s you Jamie) reminded me that I had forgotten to write the promised part 2 of the “ Getting Ready to use Azure Automation ”. I don’t want to disappoint, so I jumped right on it. Before diving into automation. I do recommend the...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Migrating from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2

    Hello Folks, Are you still supporting infrastructure from 2003? Are you one of those IT Pros that think “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”? If so, I’m sorry to say that End of Life (EOL) is approaching fast (July-2015). So you have less than 399 days remaining of support...
  • 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: TechEd North America 2014: Won’t you join us online?

    Howdy Folks, (insert southern accent here) I am in Houston Texas getting ready for TechEd North America 2014. As you can see in the picture things are progressing and we will be ready to host over 10000 IT pros and Developers. it will be GREAT!!! For those of you who cannot join us onsite. I will...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Upload your Own VHD to Add to the Gallery in Azure

    Hello Folks, Yesterday I wrote about customizing a Gallery image and re-inserting it in the Gallery as your own. But what if you’re looking to migrate a workload from your datacenter to Microsoft Azure and you want to be able to create new VMs from that workload? You can sysprep, generalize and shutdown...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Insert your own image in the Microsoft Azure Gallery

    Hello folks, I am just getting back to writing after spending last week preparing and delivering with Anthony Bartolo an Azure Camp at our head office in Mississauga. It was the biggest Camp we ever delivered in this format. Over 120 people attended. It was great. When we were looking at the Azure Gallery...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Virtual Machine billing in Azure

    Hello folks, Last week, Anthony and I attended the Toronto Azure Group inaugural meeting. It was a great evening with a good attendance. The presenters covered an introduction to Azure IaaS Services and a session on transforming the Datacenter. and it lead to a lot of conversations. One of these...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Deploy The Image

    Hello Folks, This is the last post in this series . In previous posts we covered Generate an inventory of our environment Setup our workbench to build our image Started building our image by importing the OS and Drivers Finalized the Image with Packages and Application Today we’ll use the image we already...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Packages, Applications and Finalizing the Image

    Hello Folks, Windows XP reached the end of it’s supported life last week . So, let’s resume our Windows 8.1 deployment series in order to help us deploy supported OS versions. In previous posts we covered: Generate an inventory of our environment Setup our workbench to build our image Started building...
  • Blog Post: XP EOS – Guidance for Small/Medium Businesses and Individual Consumers

    I just checked the time, and as I write this post we still have 10 hours of support. By the time you read this, the timer will have reached 0. That means that updates, including security updates, will no longer be provided for Windows XP from Microsoft. Microsoft’s current lifecycle policies...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Prepare for Lite Touch Installation

    Hello Folks, In this Windows 8.1 deployment series we have started looking at how we can streamline the deployment of Windows 8.1 in your environment. I know that every environment is different and that some of you will have very specific requirements, However this series looks at a generalized environment...