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  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Migrating DHCP From Windows Server 2003 to 2012 R2

    End of support for Windows Server 2003 is nearing quickly. To address this concern, Microsoft provides great tools to assist organizations in their migration efforts. Windows Server Migration Tools, introduced with Windows Server 2008 R2 enables administrators to migrate server roles, features, configuration...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Migrating a 2003 file server with Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit

    On a recent post entitled, Step-By-Step: Migrating a Windows Server 2003 file server, NTFS and Share Rights to Windows Server 2012 R2, a question was asked as to why Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit 1.2 was not utilized. As you know PowerShell is an IT professional’s best friend as it can...
  • 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: 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: Heroes, Apply Here

    Hero Pronunciation: 'hir-(")O Function: noun Inflected Form(s): plural heroes Etymology: Latin heros, from Greek hErOs There are a lot of heroes in day to day life. Fire, police, paramedics, armed forces, system administrators, network engineers, systems analysts, the list goes on. Some may find it...
  • Blog Post: Community Connection Resources

    As part of the Microsoft Windows Server 2008/ SQL Server 2008/Visual Studio 2008 Launch events , we are visiting 14 cities across Canada conducting workshops featuring “learning circles” on the following key industry relevant topics: Impact of Virtualization on the IT Industry Application...
  • 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: Heroes Happen {In Your Lab}

    One thing I mentioned a few times on the HHH tour in Canada was the ability for you to download a build guide to set up your own lab and follow the steps to do all the demos on your own in your virtual lab. Well it is finally done! Before I shared it with everyone I wanted to ensure it was right and...
  • Blog Post: Oh Yeah! Windows Server 2008 R2 is out too!

    With all the news about the release of the first public look at Windows 7 something might have slipped past you and that was the release of Windows Server 2008 R2.  As you might imagine there are quite a few upgrades and improvements and there is a great four page document that covers the Top 10...
  • Blog Post: RTM! Server 2008 and Vista SP1

    So this morning at 5:50AM PST Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008 were released to manufacturing. Over the next few weeks and months you will see them become available through OEM and Volume license channels, retail channels and Windows Update (SP1 only). Our team will be out on the road soon with the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 RC0 is now available for download

    If you, like me, have been anxiously awaiting the release candidate build of Windows Server 2008 , the wait is over !! Windows Server 2008 RC0 can now be downloaded from the TechNet BetaCentral web site. From here, you enter your Windows Live ID and pick the edition of Windows Server 2008 RC0 you want...
  • Blog Post: Installing Hyper-V on Core

    In case you didn't know another RC1 build of Server 2008 was released late last week which includes the Hyper-V beta. You can download the beta here ! Hyper-V is the hypervisor based virtualization technology that can be included in x64 versions of Windows Server 2008. Server Core will be the recommended...
  • Blog Post: My Core box. How to turn a near obsolete PC in a Lab Domain Controller.

    Hello folks, I was reading Mohamud’s post and it made me think of my own lab environment. I had been thinking about writing about it for a while now, but something always came up. So, this morning I gathered the documentation i had kept when i setup my environment (and yes for those who doubt, i do...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations, you are now in charge of IT for the division!! - Paul's Exchange Server 2007 Migration Story

    After one of our events last year I got an email from Paul Gartner in Montreal. During the event I indicated that if you or anyone you knew was looking to deploy some of our newer technologies I may be able to get some additional resources to help through the IT Pro Momentum Program and to send me an...
  • Blog Post: Production Virtualization for SMB - SC-VMM, Server 2008 and Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1

    I was talking with Dana Epp when Rodney and I were out in Vancouver for the MySecurity tour a couple of months back. He was telling me about when he was trying to get a straight answer on how he license System Centre Virtual Machine Manger in his office and the software reseller he was talking to didn...
  • Blog Post: TechDays Infrastructure Track Resources

    Building High Availability Infrastructures with Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering Cluster Team Blog: http ://blogs.msdn.com/clustering Clustering on Microsoft TechNet: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=107273 Clustering Webcasts: http://msevents.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: An interesting year.....

    Today the Energize IT '07 "early-bird" registration page went live. You can go and register yourself for the event and join us for the day as we celebrate the past year and get your geek on! Energize IT '07 will be a big event, much bigger than last year and we have a lot lined up. While we are still...
  • Blog Post: TechDays Virtualization Track Resources

    Planning Successful Physical to Virtual Server Migrations with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit MAP Team Blog: http://blogs.technet.com/mapblog MAP Toolkit Download http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=67240b76-3148-4e49-943d-4d9ea7f77730&DisplayLang...
  • Blog Post: Vista and Server 2008 SP2 – What You Need to Know

    Wow they are busy down in Redmond! Yesterday Service Pack 2 for Office 2007 was released and today Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 were completed! I’ve been doing some digging to find out what is new and noteworthy as well as what resources are available. So what’s new in SP2...
  • Blog Post: [Videocast] Windows Server Virtualization Preview

    OK, now I am getting excited and I have to thank fellow IT Pro Advisor Arlindo Alves for finding this gem. :) More and more of the "Internal - Microsoft Confidential" stuff we got to see at our recent technical training seminar is starting to become public and this is a biggie. We've talked about it...
  • Blog Post: IgniteIT Awards Finalist – B-Line Technical Services

      Project: Welaptega Reborn   The Challenge Describe the situation, challenge or problem you or your team faced.   This client based in Halifax was facing enormous challenges trying to keep their infrastructure system up and running. I found out about their issues when I visit their CEO...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 & Server 2008 Has Been Released to Manufacturing

    Hot off the presses!  Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 have hit the RTM Milestone!  From the Windows 7 team blog… I am pleased to announce that Windows 7 has RTM’d! As I mentioned previously, RTM officially happens only after sign-off occurs. What happens is a build gets designated as a RTM contender...