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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: Mobility Solutions: Enabling Workplace Join Via PowerShell

    Workplace join is a great secure enabler of devices that traditionally cannot join a organizations domain. Provisioned as a self-service tool, Workplace join securely joins devices running iOS, Android and of course Windows to an organization’s Windows Server 2012 R2 domain to access network specific...
  • 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: Step-By-Step: Deploying Active Directory to Azure

    Hello Folks, IT Pros are always expected to support the company applications and to ensure that these applications are always up. One way to increase up-time is to move the application to the cloud, and avoid all the potential hardware failure you may have to deal with. Let Microsoft Azure worry about...
  • 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 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: Understanding Windows Server 2012 R2 Licensing

    Microsoft introduced Windows Server 2012 R2 as the “Gateway to the Cloud.” Allowing organizations to optimize performance for important workloads, Windows Server 2012 R2 also helps to protect against service outages with robust recovery options. It provides reduced complexity and cost with...
  • 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...