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  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Allowing or Preventing Domain Users From Joining Workstations to the Domain

    By default, an Active Directory domain environment allows any authenticated domain user the ability to add workstations to said domain 10 times. With that being said, there may come a time and organization may require to increase or decrease this limit. An example of this would be an authenticated user...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Moving An Active Directory Database to A New Location

    When setting up Active Directory, the IT Administrator is given an option to select the folder path to copy the Active Directory database files to. It is advised to always to use a separate partition to save the database files instead of using the default C:\Windows\NTDS\ folder path. This provides an...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Active Directory Optimization

    End of support for Windows Server 2003 is fast approaching. With this in mind, most IT administrators are currently performing a migration to newer versions of Windows Server which in many cases includes an Active Directory migration. One item most do not take into consideration is the state of the Active...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Setting Up Active Directory Sites, Subnets & Site-Links

    Two topologies are found in a successful network, Physical Topology and Logical Topology . Physical Topology represents the structure of the network which includes network topologies, hardware placements, IP address allocations. Logical Topology represents the security boundaries of said network, network...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Testing Windows Server 2012 R2 via Boot-to-VHD

    Support for Windows Server 2003 is shortly coming to an end. July 14th 2015 to be exact. Many IT professionals have expressed interest in learning how the organization they support will benefit from Windows Server 2012 R2 and while there are many free resources such as Microsoft Virtual Academy and this...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Managing Windows Server 2012 R2 Via Windows 10

    Details are beginning to emerge as to how Windows 10 will empower IT Professionals . What such detail made know recently is the availability of Server Manager specifically made available for Windows 10. Server Manager for Windows 10 provides the same robust capabilities to manage multiple servers, roles...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Migrating Windows Server 2003 FSMO Roles To Windows Server 2012 R2

    With it being over 10 years since the Windows Server 2003 release, there is now less than 5 months left as of the time of this post was published for official Microsoft support. This guide was created as additional resource addressing the need to transfer DC FSMO roles from windows server 2003 to...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Setting up Printers via Group Policy

    In this installment we look at how to setup printers in group policy. As with all the Group Policies created, the policy will apply to all PCs thus enforcing standardization. This is invaluable to IT professionals as it addresses one less thing to check of the troubleshooting list. Note: screenshots...
  • 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...