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  • Blog Post: 20 Helpful Steps Migrating Windows Server 2003 to 2012 R2

    Windows Server 2003 support ends July 14th 2015. While you’ve probably heard this a multitude of times, the severity of support no longer being offered by Microsoft for this aging server offering could be detrimental security wise to the organization you support. The following are 25 steps that...
  • 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: 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: 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: Protecting Active Directory Objects From Accidental Deletion

    IT professionals sometimes worry when enabling Domain Administration or other Active Directory privileges to designated local administrators. Accidents can and will happen. One of the more common accidents is the deletion of objects and/or profiles in Active Directory. The Windows Server 2012 R2 implementation...
  • Blog Post: Windows 10 Tips: Enabling Enterprise Mode in Internet Explorer

    “ Will the new Edge browser / 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...
  • 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: Active Directory Optimization

    End of support for Windows Server 2003 is fast approaching. With this in mind, most IT administrators are currently performing a migration to newer versions of Windows Server which in many cases includes an Active Directory migration. One item most do not take into consideration is the state of the Active...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Testing Windows 10 Via VMware Workstation

    At a recent event at the Nova Scotia Community College, the ask was put forward with regards to testing Windows 10 Technical Preview on VMware Workstation. This is in fact possible and here are the steps to enable the requested setup. Step 1: Download the Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO Visit...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Creating a Windows 10 To Go Key Inside a Hyper-V VM

    Windows 10 will include many cool features to enable system administrators in securing client computing. Testing is key and this blog has detailed many ways IT Professionals can test Windows 10 Technical Preview without the requirement of loading it on a production machine. So I thought I would share...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Creating a Windows 10 to Go Workspace

    Windows workspace on a approved bootable USB drive, first made available on Windows 8, provides a great deal of opportunity to enable those to in essence carry their client environment on a stick. This functionality enabled business travelers to lighten their loads and allowed students to use almost...
  • Blog Post: BYOD Basics: Enabling Android in the Workplace via the Azure Authenticator App

    Enabling Android in the workplace has always been a challenge for most IT Professionals. Aside from the advancements made by certain OEMs in regards to security , fragmentation of the OS offering is ailment most cannot solve. Coupled with Microsoft Intune or other MDM software, some piece of mind can...
  • Blog Post: Addressing Shadow IT Via Enabling Azure Active Directory Services

    The age of Shadow IT was introduced not so long ago via the plethora of devices (smartphones / tablets / notebooks) brought by employees into their respected organizations. With employee hopes of being able to use said device to address both work and personal needs all but dashed by IT’s possible...
  • 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: Managing an Azure VM via Windows Server Manager

    Interest in cloud adoption has been notably increasing rapidly. Organizations of all sizes are researching its possibilities in enabling further growth and resiliency capabilities. What more, many organizations are looking at their existing infrastructure and are planning for the upcoming retirement...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Integration between Exchange 2013 UM and Cisco Unified Communication Manager

    Integrating the latest version of the UM board now directly in Exchange 2013 with Cisco telephony system is a hot topic in our projects. In terms of architecture, the approach with Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 is completely different from the Exchange Server predecessors 2007 and Exchange Server...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Intégrer la messagerie unifiée Exchange 2013 avec un environnement Cisco Call Manager

    L’intégration de la dernière version de la messagerie unifiée embarqué maintenant directement dans Exchange 2013 avec un système de téléphonie Cisco est un sujet d’actualité dans le cadre de nos projets de communications unifiées...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Tips: How to Enable Enterprise Mode in Internet Explorer 11

    During a recent Halton based Windows 8.1: Ask Us Anything session, a question in regards to what is Microsoft doing to provide compatibility to older web and intranet sites was asked. Many businesses face this current problem as updating websites usually happens far in between and some attendees were...
  • Blog Post: Deploying a Simple Cloud App: Part 1 - Provisioning and Configuring SQL Azure

    If you’ve started reading from this post, you’ll need to go through the previous parts of this series before starting this one: Introduction The architecture of the application calls for a SQL Azure database to store the application’s data. The developers have created the database on their on-premise...
  • Blog Post: Deploying a Simple Cloud App: Part 6 - Taking Down the Application

    If you’ve started reading from this post, you’ll need to go through the previous parts of this series before starting this one: Introduction Part 1: Provisioning and Configuring SQL Azure Part 2: Provisioning a Storage Account Part 3: Configuring the Service Package Part 4: Configuring the...
  • Blog Post: Deploying a Simple Cloud App: Part 2 - Provisioning a Storage Account

    If you’ve started reading from this post, you’ll need to go through the previous parts of this series before starting this one: Introduction Part 1: Provisioning and Configuring SQL Azure The architecture of the application also calls for Windows Azure storage to store some of the application’s...
  • Blog Post: Get the jump on Windows 8

    There has been a lot of excitement over the launch of Windows 8 in the consumer space and the launch of the sleek new Windows Surface has just added to the buzz. However, for those who manage, secure and maintain the IT infrastructure for organizations, corporations and companies across Canada, the information...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Private Cloud Guided Labs Now Available

    The cavalcade of virtual hands-on labs just keeps on going!  Not only can you try out the features and capabilities of Windows Server “8” beta (now Windows Server 2012) as I blogged about this morning, we have also just released a series of 14 guided labs to allow you to get you familiar with Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Deploying a Simple Cloud App: Part 5 - Promoting from Staging to Production

    If you’ve started reading from this post, you’ll need to go through the previous parts of this series before starting this one: Introduction Part 1: Provisioning and Configuring SQL Azure Part 2: Provisioning a Storage Account Part 3: Configuring the Service Package Part 4: Configuring the...