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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Machine Inventory

    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...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Setup your environment

    Hello Folks, Earlier in March I wrote that I was working on this series that covers the migration of XP to Windows 8.1 from the ground up. In this post we setup our environment. This environment will be crucial to take care of all the phases of our project. Plan Deliver Operate Let get going. First download...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up

    There has been a lot of talk about the end of Windows XP, the end of support for XP that is… As I write this post there is only a few days left for Windows XP support. What is end of support? (the following is taken word for word from here) After 12 years, support for Windows XP will...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 R2 Core Server: I love it!

    Hello folks, These days Anthony and I have been delivering IT Camps across this Great country of ours… and we love the conversations we have with IT pros. But I always talk about my preference for core servers over servers with full GUI and even over MinShell . I even did a whole Hyper-v series where...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 tips: Managing Wireless Network Profiles

    Hello folks, A couple of weeks ago I was delivering a User Group event with The MITPRO and we were discussing Windows 8.1 in the enterprise. (Check out our event listing to see if where we’re running the next User Group events) During the discussion one of the attendees asked “How do...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: Clustering & Resiliency. Step 7: Virtual Machine Configuration

    Hello Folks, In our “ From The Ground Up ” series, we have setup a SCVMM managed Hyper-V Failover Cluster. From the storage all the way to the clustering. Today we we’ll look at creating a virtual machine on our cluster via the GUI and later, using PowerShell. If you feel like doing it and getting your...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: Clustering & Resiliency. Step 6: Clustered Shared Volume & Optimize.

    Hello Folks, Finally… Step 6 of our “ From The Ground Up ” series. Today we we’ll finish the storage equation by assign Shared Storage using iSCSI for our Cluster Shared Volume and we will optimize our cluster. If you feel like doing it and getting your hands on Hyper-V...