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  • Blog Post: Windows 10 Tips: Fixing Issues Caused by Universal Drivers

    Windows 10 provides a great number of provisioning options which, when harnessed properly, can save an IT professional a great deal of time and effort. Provisioning, utilization of a base Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise installation coupled with packages containing settings, drivers & policies, can...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Tips: Managing Local Users and Groups

    Windows Server 2016, when launched, will demand IT Professionals to become more proficient at utilizing PowerShell. While some have begun to dabble with the TechNet Script Repository, some are still a little frightened due to the perception that PowerShell is hard to learn let alone remember. PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Enabling Automatic DHCP Server Backup

    Like any database, Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server also at times may require actions such as backup and restore in the event of hardware failure, software failure, migration or in fault configuration change. Microsoft eases this process by providing tools to automatically backup said...
  • 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: How to Clean Install Windows 10

    One question that is frequently asked both in person and online as of late is as follows: “How do I perform a clean install of Windows 10 when upgrading from Windows 7 or Windows 8?” The video above provides a great overview of the options available for installation, however this Step...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Addressing Forest Functional Level Issues Syncing Azure AD to Windows Server 2016 TP2

    Summer is usually a slow time for most IT administrators. I usually take advantage of the downtime to test out new technical preview software that Microsoft shares and put it through its paces. One said issue I encountered recently was while attempting to setup Azure AD Connect only my newly created...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Reducing The Windows 10 Installation File Size Via DISM

    Amidst the recent Windows 10 launch, Microsoft has released numerous versions of its latest client offering. These versions include: Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Pro Windows 10 Enterprise Windows 10 Features On Demand Windows 10 Features on Demand has received much interest as...
  • Blog Post: IT Admin Basics: Understanding Group Policy Design

    Windows 10, and the additional abilities that come with it, provides additional policy capabilities enabled to allow IT administrators further manageability of his client deployment. Designing group policies for said organization can become complex if not planned accordingly. Chaos can rein should improper...
  • 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: Installing Microsoft Azure Pack for Windows Server

    The Microsoft Azure offering has been around for a while and offered features and abilities are continually improved upon. However not everyone is ready to migrate to Cloud . Microsoft’s latest offering, Azure Pack, provides the Azure portal feel, but for your on-premises datacenter. Azure Pack...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Building Windows 10 Provisioning Packages

    Standard practice for most IT administrators when migrating to a new client offering entails creating a baseline image of a desired client state. Next the IT administrator wipes the computer to be worked on to image it with the newly created client image. This procedure is not without it’s faults...
  • Blog Post: Addressing Windows Server 2003 Migration Uncertainty

    In 2003, I was a strapping 14 year old entering the 9th grade. The original XBOX was just catching its stride. Camera phones we’re quickly becoming popular. Windows Server 2003 was introduced by Microsoft. On July 14, 2015, Microsoft ended support for Windows Server 2003. There are some very serious...
  • 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: Enabling The Puppet Virtual Machine Extension Via PowerShell

    Practicing DevOps in one’s organization sometimes requires the inclusion of existing processes currently championing automation. One said solution via Puppet Lab provides a datacenter automation and configuration management solution that is widely used. While utilizing PowerShell to enable desired...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Changing The UPN Suffix For An Entire Domain Via PowerShell

    Some organizations require the use of multiple UPN suffixes for their operations. From time to time, these same organizations will have the requirement to do mass a UPN suffix change. I recently faced said challenge while changing the domain name suffix which ended with .local to a public domain name...
  • Blog Post: DevOps Basics: Quickly Creating Customized Azure Virtual Machines via PowerShell

    In the previous post entitled DevOps Basics: Quickly Creating Azure Virtual Machines via PowerShell , the prescribed steps covered the ability to provision a simple configured single virtual machine. However, seldom does one size fit all. What if more customization is required? There is a secondary...
  • Blog Post: DevOps Basics: Quickly Creating Azure Virtual Machines via PowerShell

    PowerShell, as highlighted numerous times in CANITPRO.NET , can quickly complete tasks normally conducted over numerous steps found in a GUI interface. In light of this, harnessing PowerShell in Azure for purposes of satisfying requirements put forth by DevOps practices, can substantially speed up resource...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step Installation of Skype for Business server 2015 Enterprise cumulative updates

    The first cumulative update for Skype for Business Server 2015 is available. With Microsoft Lync Server 2013, the update installation process may seem complex. Since Skype for Business 2015, benefiting from the API Windows Fabric v2, Microsoft has simplified this maintenance operation. Front...
  • Blog Post: Étape-par-Étape : Installation des mises à jours Skype for Business Server 2015 en version Entreprise

    Le premier cumulative update pour Skype for Business Server 2015 est disponible. Avec Microsoft Lync Serveur 2013, le processus d’installation des mises à jour pouvait sembler complexe. Depuis Skype for Business 2015, bénéficiant des API Windows Fabric v2, Microsoft a simplifié...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Enabling Multi-Factor Authentication on XBOX ONE

    Much of this week’s online news has been centered on the E3 event taking place in LA. Gamers, both passive and hardcore alike, have flocked to see what creativity publishers and console makers will unleash amidst gamer nation in the upcoming months. Microsoft’s XBOX E3 keynote was additionally...
  • Blog Post: Windows 10 Tips: Managing Universal Apps in an Enterprise Setting

    Windows 8.1, Love it or hate it, was intended to be both a desktop and device operating system. Regardless of how you feel about Windows 8.1, if you were tasked with managing it in you enterprise, there are a number of posts written to assist you in that task. Microsoft recently announced that client...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Building a System Center Virtual Machine Manager Lab - Part 1

    Curiosity has gotten the best of me recently and this time around System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) has peaked my interest. The following is a quick overview of what has been created thus far: Prerequisites A physical server with at minimum 8 (prefer 16) GBs of RAM. This is above...
  • Blog Post: Windows 10 Tips: Joining a device to Azure AD

    Azure AD Join, similar to Domain Join, enables devices to be made visible in a directory to be managed and gain access to assigned resources. Windows 10 has the ability to register and authenticate directly with Azure AD without the requirement of a Domain Controller needed unless the respected IT administrator...
  • Blog Post: DevOps Basics: Backing up Azure Apps and Websites

    Regular backups are of great importance. Ensuring applications, data and infrastructure settings pertaining to the supported organization is a responsibility all IT Professionals bare. While traditional infrastructure backup has been dedicated to on-premise for many years, interest surrounding online...