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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: 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: Step-By-Step: Creating A Windows Development Environment in Hyper-V

    Last week was a busy one for the CANITPRO.NET team as we ventured to Seattle to learn about the new upcoming advancements Microsoft has to offer. What is great about the event is the ability to collaborate with other countries as well as other expertise to create new ideas amidst all the new content...
  • 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: Hyper-V: 2013 Recap and Up-coming Content

    Hello Folks, This is my first day back to work in 2014 and I want to start by wishing each and every one of you a happy new year. Now, I spent some time during the holidays to reflect on what Anthony and I have been doing over the past year and where we want to go in the new year. and we decided to stay...
  • 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: 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: NetMon 3.0 Beta is open to the public!

    Ever use NetMon? If you haven't it is worth a look as it is a good tool for performing network monitoring. You can install it from Add/Remove Programs, Add Windows Components, Management and Monitoring Tools. If you have used it you know that, even though it is a great tool, it is a little out of date...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Licensing 101

    Licensing. It can be a headache, it is often misunderstood and things are different in the virtual environment. There are some great virtualization specific licensing resources I wanted to share to help you navigate these waters. First of all there are two calculators available online. Calculator 1 lets...
  • Blog Post: IE7 for Windows XP and 2003 is Available

    I have been using IE7 on XP for a long time now. In fact the beta and RC releases where one of the first things I installed on my own PCs when I needed to rebuild them. Over time I got used to the new layout, and now I am hooked on the tabs, the integrated RSS (which syncs with my Outlook 2007 RSS folder...
  • 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: 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: 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: TNX: TechNet Exchange - Toronto (YYZ)

    So here we are, the next day after the event in Toronto and I’m already in the next hotel in the next city writing a blog post. I’m working in my mobile state with Outlook 2003 working in Cached Mode using RPC over HTTPS to connect back to my Exchange server in Redmond at mail.microsoft.com...
  • Blog Post: [Podcast] A Chat with Microsoft Canada IT

    One of Microsoft's biggest customers is Microsoft. Internally we try to use as many of our own products as possible and start using them well before they hit RTM stage. This process is known as dogfooding and as you can imagine, there are a number of challenges that go with this. Recently I sat down...
  • Blog Post: Deploying a Small Business (Part 1)

    With all the announcements, release of new products and technologies and changing business needs it is hard to keep up.  VMWare releases a free version of ESX, Hyper-V is released, Hyper-V Server is announced and will be available shortly, Small Business Server 2008 hits the RTM stage etc... ...
  • Blog Post: IO Tour '06 - DPM 2006 Version 2 Beta 1 Available!

    Well I am home after week one of the IO Tour '06. While Rick was out east, Bruce and I were in Edmonton and Calgary. In a nutshell, we had a blast!! This was my first tour as a member of the TechNet team. If the rest of them are half as fun, I am in for a great ride! Big thank you to Edmonton and Calgary...
  • 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: DFS and Access Based Enumeration (how to hide folders from prying eyes)

    I was chatting online the other week with Brian - an IT Pro friend of mine here in Ottawa. Brian is the president of TechDelta - a consulting company that has been delivering Microsoft solutions (technical architectures, implementations, migrations, etc.) for the past 15 years. He was working for a large...
  • Blog Post: Windows Home Server is Released!!!

    As anyone who has talked to me, or attended a TechNet event over the last few months can tell you, I am a big fan of Windows Home Server . I even blogged about how during my vacation I got my geek on and got it up and running at our house to ensure the photos and other valuable information that translate...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Desktop Player

    Webcast, video cast, white papers, resource links, there are plenty of all of these scattered throughout the web.  Finding them and having them available when and where you need them can be a challenge.  Searching, missing plugins, and a requirement to be online all pose challenges to access...