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  • Blog Post: Review Hotfixes When Adding Your First Windows 2012 R2 Domain Controller

    One of our customers recently approved the upgrade of their infrastructure to Windows 2012 R2 Active Directory. The project was planned accordingly and the following phased approach was utilized when following high level steps to complete our Migration: 1. Create a new Conceptual Design for Active...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Adding Domain User Access to a Local User’s Profile

    Sometimes the best laid migration plans go awry. Why? Time after time the answer is the same: “Joe User” has a 50 gig (or larger) profile, which of course they claim it is work related. There are a plethora of methods to deal with large user profiles such as moving the data to another location...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Managing an Azure VM via Windows Server Manager

    Interest in cloud adoption has been notably increasing rapidly. Organizations of all sizes are researching its possibilities in enabling further growth and resiliency capabilities. What more, many organizations are looking at their existing infrastructure and are planning for the upcoming retirement...
  • 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: Step-By-Step: Recovering a Lost Azure VM Admin Password

    Last week Microsoft Canada, with help from Pierre Roman and the team at CANITPRO.NET, delivered Canada's first Azure camp attended by 120+ Toronto based IT professionals. The event was warmly received and is currently being packaged to be delivered at a Canadian city near you. Attendees at the event...
  • 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: Using A Single DSC Configuration for Multiple Servers

    Ok so we’ve showed you some cool things. Building a DSC file, applying that configuration to a remote DMZ server. But one thing you’ll probably have noticed. EACH and EVERYTIME I have done this I have typed in the name of the server in the Configuration. Seems a bit silly doesn’t...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Simple DSC Configuration File Via PowerShell

    So the last time we chatted we showed you a new feature in Windows PowerShell called “ Desired State Configuration ”. We’ll stick to calling it “DSC” because to be quite honest I LOVE PowerShell but I really hate typing… and it’s a mouthful to say! So today...
  • 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: PowerShell Tips: Adding the Active Directory Role to Member Servers

    IT professionals are usually pressed for time. Many that I have spoken to run by the mantra of “Doing more with less”. While some might think of this as only a monetary constraint, and in many cases it is a major contributor to the spoken IT mantra, time also plays a great factor in an IT...
  • 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: Step-By-Step: Harnessing PowerShell to Build A New Active Directory Forest

    Following a recent post on CANITPRO.NET entitled Benefits of Deploying Windows Server 2012 R2 Core Installation , I thought it would be a great opportunity to provide insight as to harnessing PowerShell to assist in the day to day activities that could be completed on a core enabled server. This script...
  • 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: From Server Core to GUI to… MinShell?

    In Windows Server 2008 we were introduced to a revolutionary way to install Windows Server: Server Core . Server Core may look boring – there’s nothing to it except the command prompt – but to an IT Pro it is really exciting for several reasons: It requires fewer resources, so in a virtualization environment...
  • Blog Post: BYOD Basics: Enabling People Centric IT

    The term "Bring your Own Device" or BYOD, has been coming up more frequently in conversation as of late. This is because the line between business and consumer devices has almost completely eroded. Sleek and jaw dropping smartphones and tablets now include TPM chipsets and FIPS 140-2 adherence further...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Active Directory – What’s New?

    Hello Folks, Today we will look at some of the new features and enhancements in Active directory with Windows Server 2012. As usual, I suggest you download the evaluation of Windows Servers 2012 and use the info in this post to setup your own lab and start exploring what’s new in Active directory. Let...
  • Blog Post: Top 8 Improvements Found in Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Replica

    With the RTM launch of Windows Server 2012 R2 comes an amazing set of features via such a short release cycle. This post details the top 8 improvements now found in Hyper-V Replica in Windows Server 2012 R2 " href="http://aka.ms/hv2012r2can" target="_blank">Hyper-V Replica in Windows Server 2012 R2 ...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step: Protecting your information with Dynamic Access Control

    There is a lot of new stuff in Windows Server 2012 Active Directory. Active Directory management enhancements Active Directory Administrative Center Active Directory Recycle Bin management Fine-Grained Password Policy management Windows PowerShell History...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 IT Camp – Lab #2

    In November I posted the first of several post that covered building a lab at home .  Then I followed up with Windows Server 2012 IT Camp – Lab #1 . This is third one in this series and it will cover the following: Details of the import virtual machines process in Hyper-v Virtual Machines Dynamic...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Enabling Remote Application Access

    Hello Folks, I’m In South Carolina right now enjoying the sun and the golf courses. However, like any IT professionals, I sometimes have to access my systems and tools to address certain issues remotely. You may need remote access to address other scenarios such as: Provide access to...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Configuring the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target as a Storage Device for System Center VMM

    Over the past few months we have made a big deal about the storage features of Windows Server 2012, including how the built-in iSCSI Software Target allows you to build a low-cost software-SAN (storage area network) for small environments, and how that lets you create a Hyper-V Failover Cluster without...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Creating a Windows Server 2012 R2 Active Directory Forest Via Azure

    Anyone who has attended one of our #CANITPRO Camps provided across Canada has been appreciative of the fact that actual hardware is provided to run all labs. Attendees are also appreciative of the amount of hours that Pierre, Mitch, and I put forth in setting up said hardware in every city. This practice...
  • Blog Post: Server Manager: Manage multiple servers just got easier.

    One of the things I love about Windows Server 2012 is the ability to manage multiple servers from the same Server Manager console.  In this video I will perform the following steps: Add a second server to be managed to the Server Manager console Add roles and features to the remote server Configure...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 IT Camp – Lab #3 - Thin vs. Fixed provisioning… That is the storage management question.

    Since the last few Windows Server 2012 IT camps a few discussions have sprouted regarding “Thin provisioning” in Storage Spaces. a new feature of Windows Server 20912.  Those discussions mainly revolved around 3 things: What is Thin provisioning? How will that bring me value? And, Why should I care...
  • Blog Post: Storage Pools… Dive right in!

    Storage Pools are a new feature in Windows Server 2012 that at first glance (at the terminology) may look like  software RAID arrays that have been around for years, but are really a new concept, or at least several generations of advancement on the old concept.  They give us the ability to...