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  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Creating an Azure AD Lab Environment

    Active Directory is one of the most predominant identity management tools found in business today. Azure Active Directory further enables this capability by introducing cloud authentication via either a synchronized for federated model to allow further connection to devices and services not traditionally...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Configuring on-premises Lync Server 2013 integration Office 365 Unified Messaging

    Utilizing an edge server and configuring a federation with Office 365 allows you to benefit from voice mail features in the cloud with Lync Server on-premises infrastructure . Microsoft supports the following architectures Deploying website: Lync Server 2013 and Exchange UM are deployed locally...
  • Blog Post: Étape-Par-Étape: Configuration de l’intégration Lync Serveur 2013 avec Office 365 UM

    Un serveur Edge et la configuration d'une fédération avec Office 365 vous permet de bénéficier des fonctionnalités de messagerie vocale dans le nuage en ayant une infrastructure serveur Lync sur site. Microsoft supporte les architectures suivantes Déploiement...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Enrolling iOS Devices Via Apple Configurator In Microsoft Intune

    With the introduction of iOS into the workforce, IT professionals faced the dilemma of securing said devices. Devices running iOS have traditionally been introduced in BYOD scenarios, however as of late, some organizations have now introduced corporately purchased iOS devices to perform certain functionality...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Restoring your PC data from Azure

    Hello Folks, My last 2 posts were about backing up your Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 machines to your Microsoft Azure subscriptions and following up on questions that I received regarding that topic . I’m going to close that loop with a look at how you can restore the data from one workstation...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Building A System Center Virtual Machine Manager Lab Part 1

    *This post was authored by Garth Gorling. Correction of author is forthcoming Virtualization, and more specifically Hyper-V , is awesome. While I am knowledgeable about Hyper-V, I'm always interested in learning more. I'm interested in having separate, isolated networks. I want users to be...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Backup your PC data to Azure – Follow Up!

    Hello Folks, Last week I wrote about backing up your Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 machines to your Microsoft Azure subscriptions . I got a lot of questions through email, LinkedIn and twitter. So I thought I would cover those questions and answers here for everyone’s benefit. Before I go on. If...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Backup your PC data to Azure

    Hello Folks, On December 16, 2014 we announced that you can now backup the data from Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 machines, using Azure Backup . This is extremely useful for any of us who may not touch base in a specific office on a regular basis. I am constantly on the road away from the office...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Windows 10 Start Menu Customization via PowerShell

    Introduced in Windows 8.1, the Start Screen has the ability to be setup as an informational dashboard. This provides the ability for an employee to quickly glean required information, then just as quickly, set off to complete their required task. The upcoming Windows 10 offering will further Start functionality...
  • Blog Post: Stretching Those Azure Dollars

    Hello folks, Last week during another Microsoft Azure Camp someone asked, How do I ensure that i can stretch that “Free Trial”? As you may know, you can get a one month free trial of Azure. That free trial is really $220 OR 30 days witch ever comes first. So I thought I would look at...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Deploying Lync Server 2013 Monitoring

    Recently, significant changes have come to the Microsoft Lync Server 2013 surveillance infrastructure. Starting with the removal of the monitoring server role that is directly integrate on the frontends. Lync Server 2013 allows you to monitor two different types of data: the data for registration...
  • Blog Post: Étape par Étape: Déploiment des Lync Services de Surveillances

    Des modifications importantes ont été apportées à l’infrastructure de surveillance de Microsoft Lync Server 2013 , à commencer par la suppression du rôle Serveur de surveillance qui est intégrer directement sur les Front-ends. Lync Server 2013...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Migrating DHCP From Windows Server 2003 to 2012 R2

    End of support for Windows Server 2003 is nearing quickly. To address this concern, Microsoft provides great tools to assist organizations in their migration efforts. Windows Server Migration Tools, introduced with Windows Server 2008 R2 enables administrators to migrate server roles, features, configuration...
  • Blog Post: Dive Deep in Your Own Environment With Operational Insight

    Hello folks, One of the new Microsoft Azure service that was announced at TechEd Europe is Azure Operational Insight. ( https://preview.opinsights.azure.com ) It is an analysis service that gives IT Pros the tools to gain deep insight into their environments. It give IT Pros ways to interact with real...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Migrating The Active Directory Certificate Service From Windows Server 2003 to 2012 R2

    As you may be aware, support for both Windows Server 2003 and 2003 R2 is coming to end on July 14 th 2015. With this in mind, IT professionals are in midst of planning migration. This guide will provide steps on migrating AD CS from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2. In this demonstration...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Migrating a 2003 file server with Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit

    On a recent post entitled, Step-By-Step: Migrating a Windows Server 2003 file server, NTFS and Share Rights to Windows Server 2012 R2, a question was asked as to why Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit 1.2 was not utilized. As you know PowerShell is an IT professional’s best friend as it can...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step: Create a VM with multiple NICs in Azure

    Hello folks, The following topic is another one of those features that has been requested so many times by IT pros I’ve talked to in the past. Finally some said, we now support multiple network interface cards (NICs) on VMs in Azure so you can bring your own networking and security appliances such as...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Configuring AD FS Servers in an Internal Load-Balanced Set in Azure for Office365 Single Sign-On

    After completing the 2 previous posts entitled, Step-By-Step: Enabling A Primary AD FS Server in Azure for Office365 Single Sign-On and Step-By-Step: Enabling A Secondary AD FS 3.0 Server in Azure for Office365 Single Sign-On , you now have our two AD FS 3.0 servers setup in the same cloud service and...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step: Assign a Public IP to a VM in Azure

    Hello Folks, I’m sitting here reviewing my notes from the Azure IT Camps we have been running in the last quarter, and I keep seeing one recurring theme. A lot of attendees wanted to know if there was a way to assign a public IP address directly to the a VM instead of the cloud service. Doing so would...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Enabling A Secondary AD FS 3.0 Server in Azure for Office365 Single Sign-On

    Now that the first AD FS server is setup and federated with Office365, additional servers can be introduced into the AD FS farm. The process itself can be repeated on one or many more servers depending on user base load balanced against the number of servers needed in the AD FS farm to support it. ...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Uninstalling A Microsoft Lync Server 2013

    Depending on the circumstances , it is sometimes necessary to uninstall Microsoft Lync Server 2013 a production environment . The example provided in this S tep-B y-Step showcases a Microsoft Lync Server 2013 environment that is composed of a front-end server and an Edge server. In the standard version...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Creating and Running A Windows 10 VM on Windows 8.1

    With the Windows 10 Technical Preview now available , many IT Professionals and those who are technically incline are facing a decision to update an existing primary machine or to update a possible secondary machine with the newly released client software. There is however another option one could pursue...
  • 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...