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  • 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: Enabling PowerShell Desired State Configuration in the Cloud

    If there was one thing that resonated loudly at TechEd 2014, it was the fact that IT professionals were the cornerstone in regards to the user / developer trifecta in the enablement of DevOps and the adoption of the cloud. What's more, our current knowledge of on premise deployment and management...
  • 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: Step-By-Step: Recovering a Lost Azure VM Admin Password

    Last week Microsoft Canada, with help from Pierre Roman and the team at CANITPRO.NET, delivered Canada's first Azure camp attended by 120+ Toronto based IT professionals. The event was warmly received and is currently being packaged to be delivered at a Canadian city near you. Attendees at the event...
  • 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: 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: Introducing Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration

    A new technology was released when Microsoft and the PowerShell team launched Windows Management Framework 4.0 and the latest incarnation of PowerShell. ….and boy is its name a MOUTHFUL! I am of course referring to DSC or “Desired State Configuration”. A new feature brought forth...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Utilizing PowerShell History Viewer in Windows Server 2012 R2

    At today's CANITPRO camp entitled Managing your Datacenter with Windows Server 2012 R2 , attendee Jakub M., shared a story as to how PowerShell reduced the amount of time it took him to prepare for disaster recover on behalf of his organization. What originally took 3 days and 6 people to orchestrate...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Tips: Adding the Active Directory Role to Member Servers

    IT professionals are usually pressed for time. Many that I have spoken to run by the mantra of “Doing more with less”. While some might think of this as only a monetary constraint, and in many cases it is a major contributor to the spoken IT mantra, time also plays a great factor in an IT...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Removing Windows 8.1 Modern Apps with PowerShell

    PowerShell, when harnessed properly, can become a great tool for IT professionals to save time in completing day to day activities. Another great use of PowerShell however, is correcting corruptions or errors sometimes caused by GUI based apps. In this Step-By-Step post, the example given is that of...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Harnessing PowerShell to Build A New Active Directory Forest

    Following a recent post on CANITPRO.NET entitled Benefits of Deploying Windows Server 2012 R2 Core Installation , I thought it would be a great opportunity to provide insight as to harnessing PowerShell to assist in the day to day activities that could be completed on a core enabled server. This script...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Windows 8.1 Start Screen Customization via PowerShell

    The Windows 8.1 Start Screen can be utilized as an important tool to all employees of respected organizations to be kept informed. One of the challenges faced by IT Professionals is the need to properly setup said Start Screen. This is to ensure employees gain immediate gratification in regards to the...
  • Blog Post: From Server Core to GUI to… MinShell?

    In Windows Server 2008 we were introduced to a revolutionary way to install Windows Server: Server Core . Server Core may look boring – there’s nothing to it except the command prompt – but to an IT Pro it is really exciting for several reasons: It requires fewer resources, so in a virtualization environment...
  • Blog Post: Powershell on the Way to Work–Part 8

    Ok feeling better today. Today we’re going to quickly touch on “Objects”. Now before all of you IT Pros go running into a corner screaming and casting oil slicks beyond you, we are NOT opening up Visual Studio. But we are going to touch lightly on a topic that is important to be...
  • Blog Post: Managing Older Versions of Windows with Windows Server “8” Beta Tools (and vice versa)

    [UPDATE: The RC release of WMF 3.0 is now avaialble for use with Windows Server 2012 RC. You can download WMF 3.0 RC from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29939] Over the last few weeks while travelling across Canada for the Private Cloud Launch Tour , as well as the Windows...
  • Blog Post: TechDays Infrastructure Track Resources

    Building High Availability Infrastructures with Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering Cluster Team Blog: http ://blogs.msdn.com/clustering Clustering on Microsoft TechNet: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=107273 Clustering Webcasts: http://msevents.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Manage Windows Azure using PowerShell

    Hello folks, Over the last few weeks I’ve been writing about Windows Azure IaaS. Step-By-Step: Setting up Network Access Control Lists (ACLs) in Azure Step-By-Step: Azure Networking Step-By-Step: Creating a Windows 2012 R2 Lab on Windows Azure Step-by-Step: Extending Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Simplifying IT @ Energize IT

    You might know that I run a website with Dan Nerenberg called thelazyadmin.com . Another friend and MVP, Mitch Tulloch wrote an article titled Laziness as a Virtue . In the article Mitch talks about how laziness can actually be a good thing! If you want to kick up your feet you need to check this track...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blogger – Searching with PowerShell

    Sean Kearney has been doing some work with PowerShell as of late and sent in this little write up about searching with PowerShell! Enjoy, and remember if you have any tips you want to share email us! ------------------------------ A post I threw onto "Energized about Technology" and "Energized...
  • Blog Post: Resources for Retention

    You can attend all the conferences, seminars, and training courses that you want, but just watching and listening will only allow you to retain about 10% of the information given to you. A measly 10%. That’s a pretty low return on your investment. Luckily, we’ve designed TechDays to help...
  • Blog Post: Utilizing PowerShell to Build an IT Camp

    I was recently conversing with a colleague complaining that he was always busy and was not enjoying his job because he felt as if he hardly had time to breathe. When asked what sort of tasks he did on a regular basis, his reply was simply: ‘If you have to do a task only once, do it manually. If...
  • Blog Post: Free Up Disk Space on Windows Server 2012

    Hello Folks, We’ve been busy delivering IT Camps across Canada.  These camps are a great way to figure out what you as IT pros need in terms of information and scenarios that are important to you. Well last week a conversation regarding Server Core lead us to discussing how you can free up disk...