• Step-By-Step: Restoring your PC data from Azure

    Hello Folks, My last 2 posts were about backing up your Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 machines to your Microsoft Azure subscriptions and following up on questions that I received regarding that topic . I’m going to close that loop with a look at how you can restore the data from one workstation running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 machines. You can recover data that was backed...
  • Étape-Par-Étape: Configuration de l’intégration Lync Serveur 2013 avec Office 365 UM

    Un serveur Edge et la configuration d'une fédération avec Office 365 vous permet de bénéficier des fonctionnalités de messagerie vocale dans le nuage en ayant une infrastructure serveur Lync sur site. Microsoft supporte les architectures suivantes Déploiement sur site : Lync Server 2013 et la messagerie unifiée Exchange sont déployés...
  • Step-By-Step: Configuring on-premises Lync Server 2013 integration Office 365 Unified Messaging

    Utilizing an edge server and configuring a federation with Office 365 allows you to benefit from voice mail features in the cloud with Lync Server on-premises infrastructure . Microsoft supports the following architectures Deploying website: Lync Server 2013 and Exchange UM are deployed locally in the company. Hybrid Deployment: Lync Server 2013 is deployed locally and Exchange UM is hosted...
  • Step-By-Step: Creating a Windows Server 2012 R2 Work Folders Test Lab

    Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility Solution (EMS) allows organizations to enable its employees to achieve secure access to company apps and data on any of their devices in any location, Work Folders, introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2, furthers that enablement as it allows an organization's users to their work related files on the devices configured, regardless if the device is joined to a domain...
  • Step-By-Step: Enrolling iOS Devices Via Apple Configurator In Microsoft Intune

    With the introduction of iOS into the workforce, IT professionals faced the dilemma of securing said devices. Devices running iOS have traditionally been introduced in BYOD scenarios, however as of late, some organizations have now introduced corporately purchased iOS devices to perform certain functionality. The question on managing said devices still however remains. Microsoft Intune, in conjunction...
  • Step-By-Step: Building A System Center Virtual Machine Manager Lab Part 1

    *This post was authored by Garth Gorling. Correction of author is forthcoming Virtualization, and more specifically Hyper-V , is awesome. While I am knowledgeable about Hyper-V, I'm always interested in learning more. I'm interested in having separate, isolated networks. I want users to be able to create VMS in one IP space but not another. I want to be able to manage my virtual environment...
  • Step-By-Step: Backup your PC data to Azure – Follow Up!

    Hello Folks, Last week I wrote about backing up your Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 machines to your Microsoft Azure subscriptions . I got a lot of questions through email, LinkedIn and twitter. So I thought I would cover those questions and answers here for everyone’s benefit. Before I go on. If you’re reading this I assume you’re interested in disaster recovery and Business Continuity. If it...
  • Step-By-Step: Backup your PC data to Azure

    Hello Folks, On December 16, 2014 we announced that you can now backup the data from Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 machines, using Azure Backup . This is extremely useful for any of us who may not touch base in a specific office on a regular basis. I am constantly on the road away from the office and away from the pile of USB drives I use to backup all the data I carry with me. Let see how we...
  • Device Management Strategy Planning: More Questions Than Answers

    Within the last few years, while in meeting discussing a Mobile Device Management (MDM) strategies , I have been frequently told the following by clientele when inquiring about business requirements: “I want to be able to do all my tasks on my iPad that I currently do on my desktop.” The request itself spikes after every winter holiday, Consumer Electronics Show or other similar event and...
  • Top 4 Windows 10 Useful Hidden Features and Hotkeys

    With the holidays now over and the 2015 Consumer Electronic Show in full swing, its that magical time of year for all IT Professionals to begin to field questions regarding new and upcoming devices. Whether said devices were recently unwrapped or are still on the CES showroom floor, boundless amounts of questions usually come forth this week from supported users. Some users may even take the leap in...
  • Step-By-Step: Removing Windows 8.1 Modern Apps with PowerShell

    PowerShell a great tool for IT professionals allowing them to save time in completing day to day activities. However, automation is not it's sole functionality. PowerShell can also be utilized to correct errors sometimes caused by GUI based apps. This Step-By-Step post will resolve, in its example, an issue where a pesky Windows 8.1 modern application that should have been uninstalled remains on...
  • 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 providing choice of either the traditional Start Screen or the newly offered Start Menu...
  • Stretching Those Azure Dollars

    Hello folks, Last week during another Microsoft Azure Camp someone asked, How do I ensure that i can stretch that “Free Trial”? As you may know, you can get a one month free trial of Azure. That free trial is really $220 OR 30 days witch ever comes first. So I thought I would look at how we can Automate the automatic shutdown and deallocation of the VMs in my environment. If automation...
  • Étape par Étape: Déploiment des Lync Services de Surveillances

    Des modifications importantes ont été apportées à l’infrastructure de surveillance de Microsoft Lync Server 2013 , à commencer par la suppression du rôle Serveur de surveillance qui est intégrer directement sur les Front-ends. Lync Server 2013 vous permet de surveiller deux différents types de données : les données d’enregistrement...
  • Step-By-Step: Deploying Lync Server 2013 Monitoring

    Recently, significant changes have come to the Microsoft Lync Server 2013 surveillance infrastructure. Starting with the removal of the monitoring server role that is directly integrate on the frontends. Lync Server 2013 allows you to monitor two different types of data: the data for registration of the details of the calls (CDR) and quality of experience (QoE) data. In Microsoft Lync Server...
  • 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 resources. Those who have attended the #CANITPRO Mobility Camp or have reviewed the corresponding...
  • Step-By-Step: Creating a VM Snapshot in Azure

    Hello folks, As you may know, I’ve been travelling around the country for the Cloud and Mobility Summit. During these events we’ve been running day long “camps” or hands-on training for both “Getting Started with Microsoft Azure for IT Professionals” and “Getting Started with Identity Management & Business Mobility Enablement for IT Professionals”...
  • 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. The inherent value addresses the support need of a user who is unable to login and/or resolving issues...
  • Migrate a Virtual Machine from On-Premise to Microsoft Azure

    Hello Folks, Today I delivered one the largest “Getting Started with Microsoft Azure” camp to date. Approximately 190 people had registered for it. One question came back several times during the day. I figured I’d answer it here “How do I migrate a VM from on premise to Azure?” The easiest way is to sysprep the machine in your environment and upload the VM to Azure where you will use the uploaded...
  • Device Management Strategy Planning: Defining the Opportunity

    To this day, many organizations still struggle with regards to device management strategy. While email security is still a top priority, businesses are attempting to do more with these devices to further enable their employees. This post series entitled “Device Management Strategy Planning” will endeavour to provide a planning framework in regards to device management for different use...
  • Microsoft Intune Policies For Samsung Knox Enabled Devices

    While delivering last week’s CANITPRO Business Mobility Camp in Calgary, a question was brought forth in regards to what specific policies can be enforced on A Samsung KNOX enabled device via Microsoft Intune. For those unaware, Samsung’s KNOX offering is additional software & hardware hardened security enabled above and beyond the traditional Android stack. Microsoft recently furthered...
  • Top 7 New Improvements Now Found in Microsoft Intune

    Microsoft Intune has see quite a few updates over recent months aside from its recent renaming. The changes address concerns brought forth by IT professionals looking to get a better handle on their client end deployment and management. System administrators are now empowered through Intune to not only enable email security , but also take the necessary 1st steps in attempting to unify multiple personas...
  • 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 settings seamlessly from one system to another. Windows server 2012 R2 also includes this...
  • Dive Deep in Your Own Environment With Operational Insight

    Hello folks, One of the new Microsoft Azure service that was announced at TechEd Europe is Azure Operational Insight. ( https://preview.opinsights.azure.com ) It is an analysis service that gives IT Pros the tools to gain deep insight into their environments. It give IT Pros ways to interact with real-time and historical computer data to rapidly develop custom insights, and provides Microsoft and community...
  • 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 lack of knowledge or then inability to secure said device, some end users took it upon themselves...