• 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...
  • Step-By-Step: Adding a Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller to an Existing Windows Server 2003 network

    Sharing knowledge amidst social media is a passion of mine. I challenge myself to try and spark a conversation via any of the most widely used social media avenues available. So when a request for a Step-By-Step post on Active Directory migration following the previous Step-By-Step post on DHCP Migration , Pierre, Mitch and I were only too happy to oblige. Before detailing Active Directory migration...
  • 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 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...
  • Step-By-Step: Creating a SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Group

    One of the most talked about (and now frequently requested) feature in SQL Server 2012 is AlwaysOn Availability Groups . It brings SQL Server high availability and disaster recovery to a whole new level by allowing multiple copies of the database be highly available and potentially using them for read-only workloads and offloading management tasks such as backups. AlwaysOn Availability Groups allow...
  • Step-By-Step: Enabling DirectAccess in Windows Server 2012 R2

    With the holidays now behind us, attention becomes focused on the new devices entering the workplace previously received as gifts two weeks or so prior. To add, this week marks the unveiling of new devices at the 47th annual Consumer Electronic Show in which many manufactures will be showcasing the latest in notebooks, tablets, smartphones and other electronics such as the recently announce Lenovo...
  • Step-By-Step: Active Directory Migration from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012 R2

    With the end of support for Windows Server 2003 creeping towards us, many IT professionals has taken an interest in our previous post entitled Step-By-Step on Active Directory migration from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2 . Others who are currently running Windows Server 2008 R2 have notably been a little more relaxed but have too taken an interest in what Windows Server 2012 R2 and...
  • 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...
  • Step-By-Step: Migration of DHCP from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012

    Mitch, Pierre and I have been delivering #CANITPRO camps for some time now and we are thoroughly enjoying connecting with the IT community across Canada. Many IT professionals we have encountered have enjoyed both version "A", concentrating on Hyper-V, and version "B", centered around Windows Server 2012 tools and management, and have been enthusiastic to learn how Microsoft's latest server offering...
  • Step-By-Step: Deploying Virtual Desktops with Windows Server 2012

    What is desktop virtualization? Its many things to many people. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Session Virtualization RemoteApp In this post we will only cover what desktop virtualization is and what components, needs and challenges are addressed by desktop virtualization. The Microsoft Virtual Academy has a great jumpstart session on VDI.  here is the overview recording.(see the link at...
  • 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...
  • Step-By-Step: Setting up AD FS and Enabling Single Sign-On to Office 365

    This is a typical highly available setup into Office 365. Ideally this server will be installed as virtual servers on multiple Hyper-V hosts. Think about redundancy, not only in the virtual servers, but in the Hyper-V servers as well. Install one AD FS and one AD FS Proxy on one Hyper-V host and the other AD FS and AD FS Proxy on another Hyper-V host. This prevents loss of service from a hardware failure...
  • Step-by-Step: Enabling Data Deduplication on Windows Server 2012 Volumes

    Hello folks, A new feature of Windows Server 2012 called Storage Spaces is designed to change the storage task for enterprises by providing an in-box storage virtualization that can use low-cost commodity storage devices. We’ve covered Storage Spaces a few time already: Storage Pools… Dive right in! Windows Server 2012 IT Camp – Lab #3 - Thin vs. Fixed provisioning…...
  • Step-By-Step: Migrating From VMware to Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012

    This week is going to be a great week for Pierre, Mitch and I as activities are underway to create version 2 of the Windows Server 2102 #CANITPRO camp. Details regarding the new camp dates will be available shortly and will be posted predominantly on this blog. As mentioned on a previous post, most of the focus in version 1 camp was heavily centered around Hyper-V. While Version 2 of the camp will...
  • 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...
  • Top 4 Windows 8.1 Useful Hotkeys and Hidden Features

    We at CANITPRO.NET strive do our best to provide helpful resources to better serve the IT Professional community in providing information Microsoft's server and virtualization offerings such as Windows Server 2012 R2 , System Center 2012 R2 and Hyper-V 2012 R2 . In light of it being the holiday season and of which some may have recently been gifted a Windows 8.1 device, I felt a post on my favourite...
  • Step-By-Step: Creating a Work Folders Test Lab Deployment in Windows Server 2012 R2

    As mentioned in our BYOD Basics series post, Enabling Modern Work Styles Using Windows Server 2012 R2 , several new capabilities have been introduced into Windows Server 2012 R2 intended to enable organizations to further embrace BYOD. Microsoft's push for People-centric IT (PCIT), a new initiative introduced by Microsoft referring to the added BYOD capabilities, helps people in organizations achieve...
  • Step-By-Step: Virtual Machine Replication Using Hyper-V Replica

    As mentioned in previous posts, now that #CANITPRO Camp V2 is in play, labs from version 1 are being converted into Step-By-Step posts to be provided as a resource to IT Professionals. One of the labs conducted in version 1 of the camps was Virtual Machine replication using Hyper-V Replica. New to Windows Server 2012 , Hyper-V Replica is an asynchronous, virtual machine replication technology...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Step-By-Step: Installing Windows 8.1 From A USB Key

    Many manufactures are now creating ultra light and thin laptops and tablets to appease the masses in terms of desirable computing products. In order to achieve this however, the once valued DVD/CD-ROM and to be left out. There are many alternatives to installing Windows 8.1. Deployment can occur anywhere from network drives to USB enabled DVD/CD-ROMs. So why create a Step-By-Step to deploy an OS from...
  • Step-By-Step: Enabling Active Directory Recycle Bin in Windows Server 2012 R2

    If you attended a recent #CANITPRO IT Professional camp, you would have learn about an interesting ability made available in Windows Server 2012 R2 created to help support IT admins further. IT professionals at one time or another have made the mistake of accidentally deleting an object in Active Directory that used to take countless hours to restore. Active Directory Recycle Bin was created to adhere...
  • Windows Server 2012 Canadian Launch Tour and IT Camp Events

    Looking for IT Camp registration links? We've created an updated post you should visit: IT Camps... come pitch your tent with Windows Server 2012! With Windows Server 2012 becoming generally available September 4, we want to make sure you get some hands on experience with this latest server offering. With new advances in virtualization, networking, storage and automation among other things, there...
  • Step-By-Step: Migrating from Exchange 2007 to Office 365

    A cutover migration is the simplest way to get all your existing email into Office 365. As the name implies, it’s a cutover from one service to another. As showcased in a previous post , cutover migrations are supported for Exchange 2003, 2007 and 2010; for organizations with fewer than 1000 mailboxes. The process is pretty straightforward, however, be sure to properly test the migration plan...
  • Next 4 Windows 8.1 Useful Hotkeys and Hidden Features

    In light of the fact the last CANITPRO.NET post entitled Top 4 Windows 8.1 Useful Hotkeys and Hidden Features was of great interest achieving over 4,000 hits in under 24 hours, I felt it prudent to provide a follow up to further enable those managing or newly receiving a Windows 8.1 device.  This useful hotkey and hidden features are being shared to help further enable those wishing to further personalize their experience using Windows 8.1 and/or create easier ways to manage it.