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  • 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: 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: Docker Client Setup for Windows

    DevOps, while not entirely new, provides a new opportunity for both IT professionals and developers alike. The ability for the two roles to develop, ship, and run applications in collaboration can increase the agility of the supported organization to become more nimble in addressing it’s customer...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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: 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: Top 5 Key Security Improvements Found in Windows 8.1

    Amidst the recent Windows 8.1: Ask Us Anything tour we at CANITPRO have recently embarked on, one question has been repeated more often than not. Said question is namely: “What has Microsoft done to further enable security in its new Windows offering?” While the push to migrate users...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Enabling DirectAccess in Windows Server 2012 R2

    With the holidays now behind us, attention becomes focused on the new devices entering the workplace previously received as gifts two weeks or so prior. To add, this week marks the unveiling of new devices at the 47th annual Consumer Electronic Show in which many manufactures will be showcasing the latest...
  • Blog Post: The first 22 days with Windows 7….

    I got an email from a friend of mine who is a prof at Algonquin College – Richard Hagemeyer. I met him a while back on one of my visits to the college to talk to students and we became friends both online and in person. He’s one of those guys who’s been around the industry a long time and has a very...
  • Blog Post: Create a “Bootable” Windows 7 VHD

    I had posted this entry on Thelazyadmin.com but after reading a comment asking about a previous post I thought I’d throw it up here as well!   A few weeks back we posted an entry on how to boot from a Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2 VHD .  Booting from VHD is new to Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2...
  • Blog Post: Want an Overview on Windows 7 Management?

    My developer colleague John Bristowe (known affectionately as JohnB in team discussions) passed along this document and download link on our internal discussion list. I thought it strange that “a dev guy” would find this interesting, but after perusing the 25 pages of Management Overview information...
  • Blog Post: The Top 5 Learning Resources to Brush Up on Your Skills This Summer

    Summer is a great time of year. The weather is nice, the sun shines, there’s no snow to shovel or try to drive through. It’s also a time of year when the traffic on the roads gets a little lighter and the office is a less busy. You might even get the chance to leave a few hours early on a...
  • Blog Post: 22 Free Microsoft eBooks to Add to Your Must Read List

    During the summer months, I always try to catch up on my must read list. These are books that are perfect to read at the cottage on long weekends, when I’m off on vacation, or even when I’m travelling for work. For the work you do, it’s a little different; you’re probably not...
  • Blog Post: EnergizeIT – out east – UPDATE: Halifax Venue!

    In my previous post on our EnergizeIT activities out east and why there were not readily apparent on the mass mailing, I mentioned that we were going to a number of cities, including Halifax, Moncton, Fredericton and St. John’s. I neglected to include final Registration links – so I thought I would take...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 on a stick.

    Hello folks, Since Windows 7 Beta 1 became available i have been slowly upgrading all my machines. It started with my test box A Dell Latitude D830, followed by my production machine a Dell Latitude E4300. I thought to myself, WOW this rocks!!! so i went one step further and upgraded my Media Center...
  • Blog Post: Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 in TechNet DL

    It’s There! Both in a single standalone x86/x86 install ISO and integrated ISO. It popped up around noon PST or so – I can almost hear the internet pipes buzzing as people Technical Professionals around the world download this anticipated update. What are they most excited about? It has to be Dynamic...
  • Blog Post: Deployment Deep Dive on Windows 7 Community Tour

    Are you running Windows XP? Are you feeling the pressure of creating a deployment plan? Have no fear! Leveraging learning’s from two Windows 7 early adopters this session will give you the skills you need to proceed with your own deployment. The session will focus on free Windows 7 deployment planning...
  • Blog Post: Impromptu Windows 7 Demos

    I wanted to take a few minutes to tell you a little story about my trip to the Halifax edition of TechDays 2009. The reason why it’s interesting is the fact that all IT pros at some point need to “demo” or talk about certain solutions. So we must always be prepared. So here i am on Sunday morning trying...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 from Beta to RC

    As we are in the midst of a flurry of EnergizeIT events we’ve met a lot of people who are already running the Windows 7 Beta 1, and even more are trying it out after attending the Windows 7 Install Fests.  Probably the most common question we get is when is the RC (and/or RTM) version going to be...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Trial Download

    Windows 7 has RTM’d and if you are a TechNet and/or MSDN subscriber you have not doubt downloaded it and installed it already. If you are coming to TechDays you’ll also get your hands on Windows 7 through your TechNet subscription included as part of your registration. But what if you don’t have any...
  • Blog Post: How I preserve that new PC smell.

    While participating in a discussion on LinkedIn ( http://linkd.in/r3WJPl ) where we were discussing what are the different processes\habits that people have in order to setup a newly acquired machine, i decided to document my own process. I personally use a mix of WinPE and ImageX to image the machine...
  • Blog Post: Simplifying App Compat

    During the recent Deployment Deep Dive on Windows 7 Community Tour there were a few questions on how best to tackle an application compatibility problem.  There are a number of ways you can go about it from new apps, to shims to virtualization.  The other day Microsoft and ChangeBASE announced...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Springboard

    You might have heard that the first Windows 7 beta was released today and you may have even downloaded it!  If not you can find out how to get it here !  While you are downloading it be sure to check out the new, revamped Springboard portal dedicated to Windows 7. Windows 7 Springboard Portal...