• Step-By-Step: Completing Storage Live Migration in Hyper-V 2012 R2

    With both Managing the Datacenter and Virtualizing the Datacenter #CANITPRO Camps coming to a close. Further details regarding the next upcoming will be made available soon. As you may be aware, Microsoft provides evaluation copies of Windows Server 2012R2 and Hyper-v Server 2012R2 to allow for testing from within your own private lab environments. Coupled with these Step-By-Step blog posts, we hope...
  • Step-By-Step: Virtual Machine billing in Azure

    Hello folks, Last week, Anthony and I attended the Toronto Azure Group inaugural meeting. It was a great evening with a good attendance. The presenters covered an introduction to Azure IaaS Services and a session on transforming the Datacenter. and it lead to a lot of conversations. One of these conversations was around virtual machine billing. As it is stated on the Azure documentation : ...
  • TechNet Virtual Labs: Assisting in Advancing Your IT Expertise and Career

    Many of you may have recently attended a CANITPRO camp presided by Pierre Roman or I recently at a Canadian city near you. Those who attend have very exuberant as to what they have absorbed in terms of hands on labs and material presented. Many return to the organizations they represent and have implemented strategies or best practices learned and many others hunger to learn more. We at CANITPRO have...
  • Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Deploy The Image

    Hello Folks, This is the last post in this series . In previous posts we covered Generate an inventory of our environment Setup our workbench to build our image Started building our image by importing the OS and Drivers Finalized the Image with Packages and Application Today we’ll use the image we already created and we will deploy it to our XP test machine and we’ll prepare the Windows Deployment...
  • Windows 8.1 Tips: How to Enable Enterprise Mode in Internet Explorer 11

    During a recent Halton based Windows 8.1: Ask Us Anything session, a question in regards to what is Microsoft doing to provide compatibility to older web and intranet sites was asked. Many businesses face this current problem as updating websites usually happens far in between and some attendees were worried that with the introduction of Windows 8.1 Update 1. Enter Internet Explorer 11 Enterprise mode...
  • Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Packages, Applications and Finalizing the Image

    Hello Folks, Windows XP reached the end of it’s supported life last week . So, let’s resume our Windows 8.1 deployment series in order to help us deploy supported OS versions. In previous posts we covered: Generate an inventory of our environment Setup our workbench to build our image Started building our image by importing the OS and Drivers Today we will cover the final part of building the image...
  • Step-By-Step: Migration of Exchange 2003 Server to Office 365

    While most of the focus happening this week was centered around end of support for Windows XP, many IT professionals also had Microsoft Exchange 2003 top of mind as it too had official support end on April 8th. Those currently running Exchange 2003 do have Office 365 as an option and preparation around a cut over migration might be in order. Cutover migrations are great as they take advantage of your...
  • XP EOS – Guidance for Small/Medium Businesses and Individual Consumers

    I just checked the time, and as I write this post we still have 10 hours of support. By the time you read this, the timer will have reached 0. That means that updates, including security updates, will no longer be provided for Windows XP from Microsoft. Microsoft’s current lifecycle policies for support include: 10 years of support (5 years Mainstream Support and 5 years Extended...
  • Step-By-Step: Completing a Clean Windows 8.1 Install With a Windows 8 Key

    One question the CANITPRO team receives quite frequently, besides how to download the Windows 8.1 ISO , is how to perform a clean install of Windows 8.1 with a Windows 8 key. Many IT professionals are looking for ways to save time migrating there organizations computers to Windows 8.1 now that the end of support for Windows XP is upon us. We have detailed many ways of completing mass deployments of...
  • Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Prepare for Lite Touch Installation

    Hello Folks, In this Windows 8.1 deployment series we have started looking at how we can streamline the deployment of Windows 8.1 in your environment. I know that every environment is different and that some of you will have very specific requirements, However this series looks at a generalized environment and you can adapt it to fit your environment. If we look at or high level project. We have the...
  • Step-By-Step: Active Directory Migration from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2

    With the end of support for Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003 now upon us, April 8th 2014 to be exact, attention now turns to Windows Server or specifically Windows Server 2003. End of support for Windows Server 2003 is currently slated for July 14th 2015 and a great many organizations still utilize said offering as the cornerstone to their infrastructure to this day. One question to keep in...
  • Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Machine Inventory

    Hello Folks, In this Windows 8.1 deployment series we have started looking at how we can streamline the deployment of Windows 8.1 in your environment. I know that every environment is different and that some of you will have very specific requirements, However this series looks at a generalized environment and you can adapt it to fit your environment. In our test environment we have 1 server DC01 that...
  • Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Setup your environment

    Hello Folks, Earlier in March I wrote that I was working on this series that covers the migration of XP to Windows 8.1 from the ground up. In this post we setup our environment. This environment will be crucial to take care of all the phases of our project. Plan Deliver Operate Let get going. First download the free Evaluation copy of Windows Server 2012 R2 , Windows 8.1 Enterprise , Microsoft Deployment...
  • 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 off Windows XP is on as support ends on April 8 th and it is obvious that Windows 8.1 provide a vastly...
  • 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 it? So unless I want to have a Configuration for each one of my servers. That doesn’t make...
  • 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 we’re going to break a DSC file down and show you where to get the information. I mean honestly...
  • Windows 8.1 Tips: How To Download the Windows 8.1 Pro ISO

    While touring Canada and delivering many CANITPRO Camps, we have been fortunate enough to be invited by various IT Professional user groups to engage in conversation around the aspects of Windows 8.1. Simply named the "Windows 8.1: Ask Us Anything Tour", the session provides a great opportunity for IT professionals to be vocal about their deployment and management challenges. While in Calgary...
  • Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up

    There has been a lot of talk about the end of Windows XP, the end of support for XP that is… As I write this post there is only a few days left for Windows XP support. What is end of support? (the following is taken word for word from here) After 12 years, support for Windows XP will end on April 8, 2014. There will be no more security updates or technical support for the Windows...
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Core Server: I love it!

    Hello folks, These days Anthony and I have been delivering IT Camps across this Great country of ours… and we love the conversations we have with IT pros. But I always talk about my preference for core servers over servers with full GUI and even over MinShell . I even did a whole Hyper-v series where all the servers with the Hyper-V role were Hyper-V Servers 2012 R2 . which are essentially core servers...
  • Step-By-Step: Creating A Simple Login Dashboard in Hyper-V 2012 R2

    After installing Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 or your Windows Server 2012 R2 is on Core version (without GUI enable) you realize that you don’t have much information at login regarding your local virtualization infrastructure. Normally, when you login to a Hyper-V server you will get a command prompt and a running instance of the Server Configuration tool. For the first time, it’s...
  • Step-By-Step: Enabling Hyper-V for use on Windows 8.1

    CANITPRO Camps are always a great way for IT professionals to learn about the new Microsoft ecosystem offerings such as Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and others. These camps provide IT professionals both information regarding said ecosystem as well as hands on labs to complete. These labs enable IT administrators and managers alike to think of ways these labs could better support their...
  • 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 said tool. Enabling data deduplication is an easy process and has been detailed here on CANITPRO.NET...
  • Windows 8.1 tips: Managing Wireless Network Profiles

    Hello folks, A couple of weeks ago I was delivering a User Group event with The MITPRO and we were discussing Windows 8.1 in the enterprise. (Check out our event listing to see if where we’re running the next User Group events) During the discussion one of the attendees asked “How do you manage wireless network profiles in Windows 8.1?” That got me thinking… you’re...
  • Introducing Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration

    A new technology was released when Microsoft and the PowerShell team launched Windows Management Framework 4.0 and the latest incarnation of PowerShell. ….and boy is its name a MOUTHFUL! I am of course referring to DSC or “Desired State Configuration”. A new feature brought forth that allows you to define the configuration of a server in a very simple fashion. Let me step...
  • Step-By-Step: Utilizing PowerShell History Viewer in Windows Server 2012 R2

    At today's CANITPRO camp entitled Managing your Datacenter with Windows Server 2012 R2 , attendee Jakub M., shared a story as to how PowerShell reduced the amount of time it took him to prepare for disaster recover on behalf of his organization. What originally took 3 days and 6 people to orchestrate was now reduced to PowerShell, coffee, his tablet and only two hours of his time. Needless to say...