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  • 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: Enrolling iOS Devices Via Apple Configurator In Microsoft Intune

    With the introduction of iOS into the workforce, IT professionals faced the dilemma of securing said devices. Devices running iOS have traditionally been introduced in BYOD scenarios, however as of late, some organizations have now introduced corporately purchased iOS devices to perform certain functionality...
  • Blog Post: Device Management Strategy Planning: More Questions Than Answers

    Within the last few years, while in meeting discussing a Mobile Device Management (MDM) strategies , I have been frequently told the following by clientele when inquiring about business requirements: “I want to be able to do all my tasks on my iPad that I currently do on my desktop.” The...
  • Blog Post: Device Management Strategy Planning: Defining the Opportunity

    To this day, many organizations still struggle with regards to device management strategy. While email security is still a top priority, businesses are attempting to do more with these devices to further enable their employees. This post series entitled “Device Management Strategy Planning”...
  • Blog Post: BYOD Basics: Managing iOS 8 Devices Via Microsoft Intune

    With the recent release of iOS 8, many IT Professionals have been wondering how said devices with the now upgraded OS offering would be managed via existing Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions. Some also wonder the length of time till an update is pushed down from said MDM vendor to address the...
  • 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: Top 3 Windows Intune Security Facts

    Windows Intune , now part of Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Solutions offering (EMS), enables organizations to allow their people use the devices and applications while meeting the business’ security compliance needs. More than just your standard Mobile Device Management suite, Intune provides secure...
  • Blog Post: What is Azure Rights Management?

    Azure Rights Management Services (RMS), newly added to Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite, enables the ability to help protect sensitive company information by controlling how said information is used and to block unauthorized access. The service uses identity, encryption, and authorization...
  • Blog Post: TechEd North America 2014: Entering a Mobile First, Cloud First World

    “ IT pros are at the center of the transformation ” Words spoken today by Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud & Enterprise Division, define the IT professional as the corner stone crucial to the transformation in truly harnessing the power of the cloud...
  • 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: Step-By-Step: Enabling Mobile Application Distribution Via Windows Intune

    Every year Microsoft Canada graciously sponsors Canadian start-up hubs by providing tools and work space to fledgling companies. Recently, through an investment from the Microsoft Ventures group, additional equipment was purchased to be used by start-ups to build applications utilizing the Microsoft...
  • 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: Utilizing Windows Intune and SCCM to Manage Android Devices

    People centric IT requires enablement of a plethora of devices. While OS offerings differ, so do individuals needs. IT professionals must be ready for this eventuality as we at CANITPRO have written previously, BYOD is no longer the trend but the norm . Windows Intune and System Center Configuration...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing–You’re Probably Already Using It!

    I’m not sure if are aware of this, but twice a year through something we call "The Global Relationship Study" – we here at Microsoft Canada reach out and contact you to see how we're doing and what Microsoft could do better. Every year a number of items come up where you tell us we need to...
  • 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: 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: BYOD Basics: Microsoft's Mobile Device Management Toolset

    A great deal of questions are currently being asked around best practices surrounding Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategies. One of the items to take into consideration is which mobile devices management offering would best enable people centric IT. With Windows Phone steadily growing in market share...
  • 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: My Return to Microsoft as An IT Pro Evangelist

    Why hello esteemed audience of the Canadian IT Professional blog. My name is Anthony Bartolo and I am the newest Technical Evangelist focusing on IT Professionals to be added to the Developer and Platform Evangelism group here at Microsoft. I can’t tell you how excited I am to return to...
  • Blog Post: 4 New Technical Training Sessions - Get a "Jump Start" in the New Year

    We love travelling this great country of ours, especially when we get to connect with the IT Professional Community and to deliver in person events. If IT Camps have taught us anything, it's that there’s an huge appetite out there for deeply technical, hands on training. And rest assured...
  • 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: Windows Intune Beta–V2 now available

    Originally it was US only… …but it’s now available IN CANADA. In case you don’t already know - I’m a fan of Windows Intune. One advantage of Cloud Services and Software As A Service is the speed at which new updates can come around and be available for deployment to YOUR clients – on YOUR schedule. ...
  • Blog Post: Windows Intune Now Available–PC Management in the cloud

    Yet another cool announcement from MMS 2011 – Windows Intune is now RTM and available for a free 30 day trial or purchase. It’s a very interesting service that provides a one stop shop for keeping your PCs running at their best, no matter where they are – WITHOUT a local server infrastructure. I said...