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  • 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

    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: 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: Windows 10 for IT Professionals

    On September 30th 2014, Terry Myerson and Joe Belfiore of the Windows team unveiled Microsoft’s latest client offering, Windows 10 . With 1.5 billion users currently working with Windows, todays announcement embarks on the next chapter of client computing on path towards ubiquitous computing. ...
  • 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: Step-By-Step: Completing a Clean Windows 8.1 Install With a Windows 8 Key

    One question the CANITPRO team receives quite frequently, besides how to download the Windows 8.1 ISO , is how to perform a clean install of Windows 8.1 with a Windows 8 key. Many IT professionals are looking for ways to save time migrating there organizations computers to Windows 8.1 now that the end...
  • 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: Windows 8.1 Tips: How To Download the Windows 8.1 Pro ISO

    While touring Canada and delivering many CANITPRO Camps, we have been fortunate enough to be invited by various IT Professional user groups to engage in conversation around the aspects of Windows 8.1. Simply named the "Windows 8.1: Ask Us Anything Tour", the session provides a great opportunity...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 tips: Managing Wireless Network Profiles

    Hello folks, A couple of weeks ago I was delivering a User Group event with The MITPRO and we were discussing Windows 8.1 in the enterprise. (Check out our event listing to see if where we’re running the next User Group events) During the discussion one of the attendees asked “How do...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Tips: Disabling Automatic Windows Store App Updates

    During a recent vacation in the Caribbean, I was happy to see the use of Windows 8.1 notebooks and tablets throughout most of the resort. Mid week I was invited to speak to the IT manager of the resort who had mentioned she recently used the post entitled Step-By-Step: Active Directory Migration from...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Tips: Creating a Live ID Using An Existing Email Address

    As of late, we the team at CANITPRO.NET have started to travel across Canada to deliver a new session entitled "The Windows 8.1: Ask Us Anything Tour." This session provides the audience to ask us anything they wish in regards to Windows 8.1 and provides us further insight as to the pain points...
  • 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: Managing Windows Server 2012 R2 Via Windows 8.1

    As you are aware, managing Windows Server 2012 R2 has been made easier through the introduction of Server Manager. The robust capability of the tool allow you to not only manage multiple servers, but roles and features as well. However, did you know Server Manager is also available for use through Windows...
  • Blog Post: Next 4 Windows 8.1 Useful Hotkeys and Hidden Features

    Seeing that the last CANITPRO.NET post entitled Top 4 Windows 8.1 Useful Hotkeys and Hidden Features was of great interest achieving over 4,000 hits in under 24 hours, I felt it prudent to provide a follow up to further enable those managing or newly receiving a Windows 8.1 device. This useful hotkey...
  • Blog Post: Top 4 Windows 8.1 Useful Hotkeys and Hidden Features

    We at CANITPRO.NET strive do our best to provide helpful resources to better serve the IT Professional community in providing information Microsoft's server and virtualization offerings such as Windows Server 2012 R2 , System Center 2012 R2 and Hyper-V 2012 R2 . In light of it being the holiday season...
  • 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: Step-By-Step: Enabling Kiosk Mode in Windows 8.1 via Assigned Access

    One of the interesting features made available in Windows 8.1 is Kiosk mode. While most may see this type of functionality relatable in only a retail setting, there are other functions kiosk mode could serve. With uses that range from a individual assigned a specific task to a self serve option in automating...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8: Why you should be excited.

    It is finally here. Microsoft’s most anticipated operating system in years is ready for prime time, and all around the world the enthusiasts are downloading bits, stores are putting out their new offerings with the new OS, and IT Pros around the world are asking the same question they have asked for...
  • Blog Post: RSAT Management Goes RTM

    Last week I wrote in this space about the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows 8.  Today I am pleased to announce that the RSAT package for the final release (RTM) of Windows 8 is now available.  Make sure you download them here . Although it may not be strictly necessary,...
  • 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: Shortcuts for Windows 8

    With the GA of Windows 8 just around the corner, I started to put together an article of tips and tricks. However, then I found this great post over on the Go Dev Mental student blog written by my colleague Susan Ibach on all the keyboard shortcuts she could find. I’m not too proud to beg, borrow and...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 End User Training Brochure

    Hello folks, Windows has been reimagined to be all about you and your style of working.  That means that you can “personalize” your experience.  Here is my start screen. I have all the apps I use everyday at the right side to give me really quick access to them.  that is just one of the...
  • Blog Post: Get Ready for Windows 8 & Windows Server 2012 with MAP 7.0 Beta

    Last week we released a beta version of Microsoft Assessment & Planning (MAP) Toolkit 7.0.  The MAP Toolkit,  a free download , is an agentless, automated, multi-product planning and assessment tool for quicker and easier desktop, server and cloud migrations. MAP provides detailed readiness...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 IT Camps

    Many of you are familiar with and have even attended one of the many Windows Server 2012 IT Camps we ran from September through December. We've had a great turnout and amazing feedback! Needless to say we'll be continuing with IT Camps in the new year. We still have a few more Windows Server 2012...