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  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Windows 10 Start Menu Customization via PowerShell

    Introduced in Windows 8.1, the Start Screen has the ability to be setup as an informational dashboard. This provides the ability for an employee to quickly glean required information, then just as quickly, set off to complete their required task. The upcoming Windows 10 offering will further Start functionality...
  • Blog Post: Group Policy: Creating A Standard Local Admin Account

    Much has been covered thus far in the Group Policy series : How to create a new policy How to link a GP to an OU How to navigate the GP management GUI Additional remediation technics. This post will detail the setup of a group policy that will create a standard local admin account...
  • 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: Addressing Shadow IT Via Enabling Azure Active Directory Services

    The age of Shadow IT was introduced not so long ago via the plethora of devices (smartphones / tablets / notebooks) brought by employees into their respected organizations. With employee hopes of being able to use said device to address both work and personal needs all but dashed by IT’s possible...
  • Blog Post: Group Policy: Creating a New Policy Linked Directly To Its OU

    In a previous post, Group Policy: Introducing Consistency Into Your Infrastructure , we covered some basic orientation in the Group Policy interface. We discussed the layout of Group Policy, some of the terms and locations and we covered a way of creating our first group policy. In this part of the intro...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 R2: Reducing The Attack Footprint Through Features On Demand

    Windows Server 2012 R2, when deployed in core mode , provides the smallest installation footprint thus thwarting attacks via the GUI and other payloads not installed in this instance. Core mode is not for everyone, and while it is possible to add GUI functionality, some still prefer the familiarity of...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Migrating The Active Directory Certificate Service From Windows Server 2003 to 2012 R2

    As you may be aware, support for both Windows Server 2003 and 2003 R2 is coming to end on July 14 th 2015. With this in mind, IT professionals are in midst of planning migration. This guide will provide steps on migrating AD CS from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2. In this demonstration...
  • 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: Group Policy: Introducing Consistency Into Your Infrastructure

    We all want things to run smoothly, yet day-to-day operations sometimes get the better of us. As IT professionals we want to bring consistency to our role which we know is very seldom the case. Proper utilization of Group Policy found in Windows Server 2012 R2 can enables further regularity. Setting...
  • Blog Post: Lessons learned from Windows XP Regarding Upcoming Windows Server 2003 End Of Life

    On July 14th 2015, Windows Server 2003 will reach end of life. While some organizations are still catching their breath from a Windows XP end of life, as of this writing, there are only 265 days left of Microsoft technical support with regards to Windows Server 2003. So what does that really mean? Here...
  • 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...