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  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Syncing An On Premise AD with Azure Active Directory

    Enterprise Mobility has become top of mind for organizations big and small as of late. Extending beyond the need of just mobile device management, the focus has evolved to securely enabling people within an organization with information pertinent to their success. With this in mind, Microsoft’s...
  • Blog Post: Creating a SAN using Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3

    When Microsoft released their iSCSI Software Target to general download in April they opened up a world of possibilities for smaller companies (as well as IT Pros and hobbyists) who use servers, but cannot justify spending thousands of dollars on a Storage Area Network (SAN) device . In this article...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Tips: Analyzing Possible Storage Savings Via The Deduplication Evaluation Tool

    Introduced in Windows Server 2008 and enhanced in Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2, the Disk Deduplication tool is an exemplarity tool used by IT professionals to save storage space amidst the infrastructure they manage. The storage space saved is reclaimed from duplicate files being removed utilizing...
  • 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: Managing Your Servers Remotely using the RSAT Tools

    While delivering IT Virtualization Boot Camps across the country, we often get asked about how to administer Windows Server 2008 R2 computers running Hyper-V or other services remotely. This is especially true if you want to administer computers running Hyper-V Server or Windows Server 2008 R2 Server...
  • Blog Post: Connecting to an iSCSI SAN Using Command Line Options on Hyper-V Server & Server Core

    Many of you (thousands, impressively!) have read the three articles written in April about Microsoft’s Software iSCSI Target 3.3. If you didn’t, you can read them all now by clicking below: All for SAN and SAN for All Creating a SAN using Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 Creating...
  • Blog Post: Need help studying for your 70-659 exam? Join one of our study groups!

    Different people learn in different ways and in my last post about the great incentives there are to take exam 70-659 Windows Server Virtualization before May 31st, I also listed a number of resources you could use to study up. Depending on your learning style, different resources will appeal to you...
  • 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: Exam Prep for 70-659 Part 10: Configuring Delegation of Rights

    As I wrote in an earlier post , there is no better time to write your exam for 70-659 Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization, than now and particularly before May 31, 2012. So to aid in that endeavour, Joseph Yedid, an IT specialist with Enhansoft in Ottawa, has put together a series of posts...
  • Blog Post: Get Hands-On with System Center 2012 and Windows Server 2012

    After 20 IT Camp events across Canada , if there is one thing that we have heard loud and clear from many of you out there, it is that you like to get hands-on with our technology . This just means that we need to do more of them, and we are. Over the next 6 weeks we will be coming to a city near you...
  • Blog Post: How To: Security Enhancements with Windows Server 2008 R2

    One of the internal notification emails I get is from a group that writes up TechNet articles on things that Microsoft Internal IT (a.k.a MSIT) do to manage the 90,000 ish employees of the largest software company in the world. They are rather interesting to read and typically hit the 100 – 200 technical...
  • Blog Post: WestCoast Virtualization Swing - Session resources

    I was out West the other week, attending the itech summit (in Calgary and Vancouver) and paying a visit to VANTUG (Vancouver Technology User Group). I had a great time talking to everyone about Virtualization, Private Cloud and a bit of Public Cloud. Out of all the great conversations that I had, I found...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 post SP1 patch relief

    I've been getting this question a lot lately.  is there a rollup for Windows 7 Post SP1?   Well now there is. An enterprise hotfix rollup is available for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2775511 This article describes a hotfix rollup for Windows...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization: CPUs and Cores and Sockets… Oh My!

    I have been getting a lot of questions recently about virtual machine CPU usage, especially around things like Symmetric Multi-Threading (SMT).  Jeff Woosley, the Principal Product Manager (WSSC) at Microsoft, recently sent out this clarification which many of you will find enlightening. –MDG -...
  • Blog Post: How To Clean Up Cluster Nodes from Destroyed Clusters

    While delivering IT Virtualization Boot Camps and taking the participants through the process of creating a failover cluster, we found that a couple of times some of the individuals ran across issues when creating a Windows Failover Cluster from both nodes at the same time – you only need to create...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Installing, Configuring and Managing Windows Server Failover Clusters Via PowerShell

    With Windows PowerShell becoming a standard tool for scripting and automating tasks, IT professionals need to be more familiar with it when performing Windows administrative tasks. PowerShell can be used to provision a Windows Server machine from the ground up in preparation for installing SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: Things NOT To Take Away from the IT Virtualization Boot Camp

    There are some things we need to make clear to those who have participated in Mississauga, Vancouver and Ottawa, or will be participating in IT Virtualization Boot Camps in Montreal , Calgary , Edmonton (registration link coming soon), and Saskatoon . When we developed the IT Virtualization Boot Camps...
  • Blog Post: Exam Prep for 70-659 Part 3: Configuring Virtual Networks and VLAN Security

    As I wrote ain an earlier post , there is no better time to write your exam for 70-659 Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization, than now and particularly before May 31, 2012. So to aid in that endeavour, Joseph Yedid, an IT specialist with Enhansoft in Ottawa, has put together a series of posts...
  • Blog Post: Exam Prep for 70-659 Parts 11 & 12: Configure Authorization Rights and Manage VMware Hosts

    As I wrote in an earlier post , there is no better time to write your exam for 70-659 Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization, than now and particularly before May 31, 2012. So to aid in that endeavour, Joseph Yedid, an IT specialist with Enhansoft in Ottawa, has put together a series of posts...
  • Blog Post: Exam Prep for 70-659 Part 2: Remote Management

    As I wrote ain an earlier post , there is no better time to write your exam for 70-659 Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization, than now and particularly before May 31, 2012. So to aid in that endeavour, Joseph Yedid, an IT specialist with Enhansoft in Ottawa, has put together a series of posts...
  • Blog Post: Exam Prep for 70-659 Part 6: Configuring Child Storage

    As I wrote in an earlier post , there is no better time to write your exam for 70-659 Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization, than now and particularly before May 31, 2012. So to aid in that endeavour, Joseph Yedid, an IT specialist with Enhansoft in Ottawa, has put together a series of posts...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Active Directory Migration from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012 R2

    With the end of support for Windows Server 2003 creeping towards us, many IT professionals has taken an interest in our previous post entitled Step-By-Step on Active Directory migration from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2 . Others who are currently running Windows Server 2008 R2 have notably...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target is now free

    Hello Folks, Over the last few years while demonstrating the Windows 2008 and Windows 2008 R2 Cluster and Virtualization capabilities, I've been asked several times, How can I take advantage of Hyper-V and/or cluster capabilities such as Live Migration (LM) and High Availability (HA) if i don't have...
  • 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: Exam Prep for 70-659 Part 4: Configuring Storage

    As I wrote in an earlier post , there is no better time to write your exam for 70-659 Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization, than now and particularly before May 31, 2012. So to aid in that endeavour, Joseph Yedid, an IT specialist with Enhansoft in Ottawa, has put together a series of posts...