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  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Populating machines in Microsoft Operations Management Suite

    Hello Folks, Last week I wrote about Microsoft Operations Management Suite . But it was just how to get started with setting up your OMS Workspace. This week we’ll look at connecting Servers to our workspace and start collecting data for analysis. But before we go there. Lets address one...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Setup and Enablement of Office 365 Message Encryption

    Office 365 Message Encryption is an online service which is built on Microsoft Azure Rights Management (Azure RMS) offering. With Azure RMS set up for an organization, administrators can enable message encryption by defining transport rules that determine the conditions for encryption. A rule can require...
  • Blog Post: DevOps Basics: Swapping Azure Website Deployment Slots

    After successfully creating a an Azure Website deployment slot , one will notice that it contains no content. This is to allow deployment from a different repository branch, or a different repository all together. The configuration of said slot can also be changed and publish profile or deployment credentials...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Running A Windows 10 VM on Mac via Oracle VirtualBox

    Not two years ago, Mac users and PC users were at odds when Mac users would attend Microsoft events. How times have changed. At the recent Build and Ignite events, attendees touting Mac notebooks reveled in the numerous announcements brought before them in regards to how Microsoft plans to enable their...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with Microsoft Operations Management Suite

    Hello folks, Last November I wrote about taking a Deep Dive in Your Own Environment With Operational Insight . Last week in Chicago during the keynote, Brad Anderson and Jeff Woolsey talked about and demoed the new version of that family. It’s called Microsoft Operations Management Suite. (see time index...
  • Blog Post: DevOps Basics: Adding a Deployment Slot to an Azure Website

    Creating a website on Azure has its perks and is simple to enable . One said advantage is the ability to deploy a “staging” deployment slot instead of simply just deploying a production slot. This capability allows IT Professionals to: Validate website changes before swapping said website...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Installation of Skype For Business Server 2015

    As mentioned during the Microsoft Ignite keynote, the RTM download of Skype for Business Server 2015 (successor to Microsoft Lync Server 2013) is now available for download. This article provides step by step installation of a Skype for Business Enterprise 2015 Front-end server. The diagram of the installation...
  • Blog Post: Étape-Par-Étape : Installation d’un serveur Front-end Skype for Business 2015

    Le successeur de Microsoft Lync Server 2013, maintenant connu sous le nom de Skype for Business Server 2015, est disponible au téléchargement en version RTM. Cet article présente l’installation étape par étape d’un serveur Skype for Business 2015 Front...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Configure AutoScale for a cloud service

    Hello Folks, I’ve been playing around with Azure capabilities and I was really interested in the scaling out capacity. Mostly because I believe that it allows you to save money while having the capacity to support the demands on your apps. Today we will look at autoscaling a cloud service with...
  • Blog Post: DevOps Basics: Creating an Azure Website

    An IT Professional’s role in the world of DevOps is becoming increasingly important. The fluidity of application creation and implementation solely relies on the collaboration between developers and IT administrators alike for the benefit on behalf of the organization they support. The biggest...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Further Detail In Setting Up DirectAccess

    Now that you have successfully complete installation of DirectAccess Client services , lets go into further detail regarding the configuration process. Both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 DirectAccess are enabled via a solution accelerator called a DCA ( DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant ...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step: RDP to a Linux Server in Azure

    Hello Folks, Last weekend was the 2015 Global Azure Bootcamp . I had the privilege of being in Quebec City for the event and spent the day with enthusiastic IT pros who were looking at how Azure can be of benefit to their enterprise. During a side conversation we discussed Azure and source. and...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Prepare USB Media to Install Windows 10

    Hello Folks, 6 years ago I wrote about easily making USB media to install Windows 7 . the process worked so well it’s been drilled in my head and I’ve been using that process ever since. Last week, I was in Montreal to meet the guys from the MITPRO . While I was there one local IT pro and I were trying...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Setting Up DirectAccess

    DirectAccess, introduced by Microsoft during the release of Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 acts as an always-on connection from remote location to local network. This enables remote clients to automatically connect to the local network and ensure the connection will reestablish itself should the connection...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Installing and Configuring Azure PowerShell

    “IT administrators have nothing but time on their hands…” A comment heard from time to time by those unfamiliar with the daily rigors of an IT Professional. PowerShell, when harnessed correctly, can be a great time saver to ensure all pertinent tasks are not only completed but automated...
  • Blog Post: Mobility Management: Preparing An Intune Environment

    Intune, Microsoft’s full-featured Mobile Device Management offering that supports Android, iOS, and Windows, can integrate with System Center Configuration Manager enabling larger environments. This combination can utilize a centralized management console to manage mobile devices, PCs, servers...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step: Assigning a Static IP address to a VM in the new Azure Management Portal

    Hello Folks, I was discussing Virtual Networking with an attendee at an event last weekend and we started talking about static IP addresses in your own virtual Network. I’ve covered this subject before: Step-By-Step: Assigning VMs with Static IP addresses in a Virtual Network But...
  • Blog Post: Windows 10 Tips: Enabling Enterprise Mode in Internet Explorer

    “ Will Project Spartan replace Internet Explorer? ” This Windows 10 question is one of the more frequently asked as of late and has been top of mind for many IT professionals. The main reason for this concern is the need of a browser offering compatible with legacy intranet sites of dire...
  • Blog Post: Étape Par Étape: Configuration Lync Serveur 2013 VDI avec VMware Horizon View

    Le plugin VDI pour Lync est un nouveau composant apparu avec la version 2013 qui permet d’offrir une expérience audio et vidéo à des utilisateurs utilisant le client Lync dans une session VDI. Pour supporter cela, le plugin VDI utilise des mécanismes de redirection...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Microsoft Lync Server 2013 with VMware Horizon View Integration

    The VDI plug-in for Lync is a new component which appeared with Lync Server 2013 which enables both audio and video experience to users using the Lync client in a VDI session. To support this, the VDI plug-in uses redirection mechanisms, encodes and decodes the media stream using the client's local...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Connect an Azure Web App to an existing Virtual Network

    Hello Folks, During an Azure bootcamp, I was asked if there was a way to “connect” an Azure Website (now referred to as Azure Web Apps) to an existing virtual network. As a matter of fact, you can. While you can’t put your Azure Website in an Azure virtual network, you can grants your website access...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Installing Windows 10 on Oracle VirtualBox

    If Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware Workstation 11 are not your first choice to test Windows 10 in a virtualized state, then steps on installing Windows 10 Technical Preview on VirtualBox might be of interest. Oracle’s general-purpose virtual management offering on x86 hardware is also free and can...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Moving An Active Directory Database to A New Location

    When setting up Active Directory, the IT Administrator is given an option to select the folder path to copy the Active Directory database files to. It is advised to always to use a separate partition to save the database files instead of using the default C:\Windows\NTDS\ folder path. This provides an...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step: Protect Azure VMs with Azure Backup

    Hello Folks, I’ve covered this topic before from many different angles. Step-by-Step: Setup the Online Backup Service for Windows Server 2012 Step-By-Step: Backup your PC data to Azure Step-By-Step: Backup your PC data to Azure – Follow Up! Step-By-Step: Restoring your PC data from Azure Azure Backup...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: App Deployment via Microsoft Intune

    Microsoft Intune, part of Microsoft’s EMS offering , enables cloud based mobile device management, mobile application management, and PC management. Organizations can utilize Intune to provide supported users access to corporate applications, data, and resources from virtually anywhere on almost...