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  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Upgrading System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 to 2012 R2

    System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager (SCCM) provides an effective IT enabler allowing for secure and scalable software deployment, compliance settings management, and comprehensive asset management of servers, desktops, laptops, and mobile devices. Coupled with Intune, SCCM can be the one window...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Creating A Windows To Go Workspace

    One of the great additions Microsoft included in Windows 8 was the ability to create a supported Windows workspace on a approved bootable USB drive. Further enablement was added to the Windows To Go offering this past October alongside the upgrade offering of Windows 8.1. The Windows Store is now enabled...
  • 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: BYOD Basics: Enabling People Centric IT

    The term "Bring your Own Device" or BYOD, has been coming up more frequently in conversation as of late. This is because the line between business and consumer devices has almost completely eroded. Sleek and jaw dropping smartphones and tablets now include TPM chipsets and FIPS 140-2 adherence further...
  • Blog Post: BYOD Basics: Securely Enabling iOS in the Workplace

    In light of recent announcements, IT professionals are now awaiting the onslaught of requests to add new iOS devices into the organization or business said IT professional supports. Embracing BYOD, through proper planning, thwarts the occurrence of Shadow IT and enables IT professionals to stay in control...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Managing Multiple Versions of the Same Application via System Center Configuration Manager

    In System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (SCCM 2007) collections were used to determine any installation prerequisites. If different architecture versions of the same application needed to be distributed, two separate collections would need to be maintained as targets for the advertisements. System...
  • Blog Post: Exciting Software–Thou shalt evaluate!

    As I sit on board the Via train on my way to Montreal I am thinking about what a great way to travel this is. For one thing, I don’t have to drive; I also have relatively decent Internet connectivity, which means I can use my time efficiently, and not have to worry about the flood of e-mails and...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 & Windows 8 Devices

    This post was taken from a TechNet Flash Editorial written by Pierre Roman. I picked up my Microsoft Surface last week and it is awesome! My only problem is that now I can’t use it anymore. My daughters have adopted it. Which means I need to order another one. As a Microsoft employee I could have...
  • Blog Post: Never Stop Learning - Virtualization & Private Cloud

    It's a pretty exciting time at Microsoft. We have a lot of new products that have just been released and others that are coming out soon. Based on what I've seen and gotten my hands on so far, I think those of you that work with Infrastructure (whether you're planning to virtualize or extend your virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Forcing a Full Hardware Inventory for SCCM

    Here is a quick Step-By-Step in regards to forcing a full System Center 2012 (or 2007) Configuration Manager inventory cycle on a client PC. Open wbemtest as an elevated administrator. Click Connect . In the Namespace text box enter root\ccm\invagt , then click Connect . ...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 SP1, Windows Intune and the BYOD Revolution

    The term “Bring your own device” or BYOD has become more mainstream as of late. Gone are the days of IT simply handing out a device prescribed in part because the solution was thought of as secure and easily managed. More and more, “Mobile Workers” are enticed by the latest and...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8: The least spooky thing to come out this October

    Think the release of Windows 8 means there’s toil and trouble brewing for desktop deployment specialists and IT project managers? Not so! It’s really not that spooky and here are 3 reasons why: There’s lots to like about Windows 8 for organizations. From AppLocker to BitLocker...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone: Built for Business

    During a recent Edmonton Microsoft User Group meeting covering how Microsoft's System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 addresses the "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) trend, an interesting question was asked in regards to Windows Phone's ability to address business needs. When asked...
  • Blog Post: BYOD Basics: Windows Phone 8 Receives FIPS 140-2 Certification

    One of the challenges that IT Professionals face when planning for an acceptable "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) strategy is understanding or measuring the level of security that can be utilized by said devices provided by an organizations employees. Certain devices provide certain levels of security...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Deploying Windows 8 Apps with System Center 2012 Service Pack 1

    As of late Pierre Roman , Mitch Garvis , and I have enjoyed traveling the country delivering IT Pro Camps covering Windows 8 for Enterprise and Windows Server 2012 . We have thoroughly enjoyed connecting with those of like minds eager to learn new strategies around deployment, securing and managing infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Reaches RTM Milestone With Availability Slated for October 18th

    Yesterday Microsoft announced that they had achieved a great milestone: Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 had been released to manufacturing (RTM). This provides final software to Microsoft's hardware partners for them to complete their final system validations and in turn is the final step before...
  • Blog Post: True Deployments: Utilizing BranchCache with Configuration Manager

    This post was inspired by Anthony Bartolo’s post on Enabling BranchCache . This is a real world example of how BranchCache can be used to improve service levels while reducing network costs. Canada is a big country. The federal government has offices in over 600 locations with immense geographic...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Compatibility

    On October 18th 2013, Microsoft will embark on one of its largest "General Availability" deployments. With every major launch, IT professionals must ready themselves to understand possible compatibility issues that could arise when new software is released. To help address some of this guesswork, we...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Migrating From VMware to Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012

    This week is going to be a great week for Pierre, Mitch and I as activities are underway to create version 2 of the Windows Server 2102 #CANITPRO camp. Details regarding the new camp dates will be available shortly and will be posted predominantly on this blog. As mentioned on a previous post, most of...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Connecting System Center Configuration Manager with Windows Intune Service

    In the CANITPRO.NET BYOD Basics series we recently explored the new mobile device management capabilities found in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager when combined with the Windows Intune service . To coincide with this post, this Step-By-Step has been created to help you setup your lab to test...
  • Blog Post: BYOD Basics: What's New For Mobile Device Management in System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

    Over the past couple weeks, we at CANITPRO.NET have been covering aspects of people centric IT (PCIT) enablement through our BYOD Basics series. We feel providing proper tools to enable planning and discussion around BYOD enablement helps organizations properly plan their deployments and ensure their...
  • Blog Post: Deployment & Management of Windows 8 Utilizing System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Manager

    MSDN Channel Nine has recently released a short video touching on the deployment and management of Windows 8 utilizing System Center ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 . My fellow Technical Evangelist, Kevin Remde , sat down with the Sr. Technical Product Manager for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, Martin...
  • Blog Post: New ADK for Windows 8.1 Now Available

    Organizations that have deployed System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager or System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 and have downloaded and installed the ADK 8.1 before 10/18/2013, now need to download and install the updated version. The previous version does not need to be uninstalled as all that is...
  • Blog Post: Further Innovations Defined in Windows Server 2012 R2

    In numerous previous posts we at CANITPRO.NET have covered many facets of the upcoming new Windows Server 2012 R2 release. From people centric innovation to enhancement in virtualization capabilities, Windows Server 2012 R2 will be a great addition to Microsoft's vast ecosystem. Recently, Microsoft's...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Testing System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Backups for Restoration

    Most organizations perform some sort of backup of their System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (CM12) sites. Unfortunately most do not actually tested their backup. This is because it can be very difficult to simulate a failure in production and perform a site recovery.  Backups are good. ...