• Attaching disks to a VM in Azure

    Hello folks, Last week in Toronto during a delivery of our “Getting Started with Microsoft Azure for IT Professionals” IT Camp there was a great discussion about disks and maximum IOPS available to VMs in Azure. So I decided to write up a summary of that discussion for everyone’s benefit. Before you get going, I recommend these 2 Microsoft Virtual Academy free online training to get up to speed: Microsoft...
  • Need help creating your Runbooks in Azure? Look no further…

    Hello folks, Last August i wrote about using automation to help manage your Azure environment in a post called “ Step-By-Step: Automating Azure with Runbooks ”. It can be a little intimidating and time consuming to create your own runbooks. That is why the Azure team as put together a new feature in Azure called the Azure Automation Runbook Gallery. The Runbook Gallery is a new feature for Azure Automation...
  • Step-By-Step: Enabling A Secondary AD FS 3.0 Server in Azure for Office365 Single Sign-On

    Now that the first AD FS server is setup and federated with Office365, additional servers can be introduced into the AD FS farm. The process itself can be repeated on one or many more servers depending on user base load balanced against the number of servers needed in the AD FS farm to support it. Goals 1. Build the Azure virtual machine 2. Install the AD FS 3.0 role 3. Add the secondary...
  • BYOD Basics: Managing iOS 8 Devices Via Microsoft Intune

    With the recent release of iOS 8, many IT Professionals have been wondering how said devices with the now upgraded OS offering would be managed via existing Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions. Some also wonder the length of time till an update is pushed down from said MDM vendor to address the change. Microsoft has gone through great lengths to ensure their cloud based MDM offering, Intune...
  • Étape-par-Étape : Désinstaller Microsoft Lync Serveur 2013

    Selon les circonstances, il est parfois nécéssaire de désinstaller Microsoft Lync Serveur 2013 d’un environnement de production. Dans ce guide étape par étape, l’environnement Microsoft Lync Serveur 2013 est composé d’un serveur Front-End en version standard et d’un serveur Edge. En version Standard, le CMS est hébergé...
  • Step-By-Step: Uninstalling A Microsoft Lync Server 2013

    Depending on the circumstances , it is sometimes necessary to uninstall Microsoft Lync Server 2013 a production environment . The example provided in this S tep-B y-Step showcases a Microsoft Lync Server 2013 environment that is composed of a front-end server and an Edge server. In the standard version, the CMS is hosted in a Microsoft SQL 2012 Express instance collocated with the Front End server...
  • Step-By-Step: Configuring Windows 8 for Reset and Refresh

    Hello Folks, Last weekend i finally got my new Surface Pro 3. woohoo!! (I love this thing). So i decided to pass on my previous machine to my daughter. i figure I'd just use the “Update and Recovery” options in “PC Settings” to Remove everything and reinstall Windows. When i tried to Reset my machine, i got was a nice screen asking me to install the media...
  • Step-By-Step: Creating and Running A Windows 10 VM on Windows 8.1

    With the Windows 10 Technical Preview now available , many IT Professionals and those who are technically incline are facing a decision to update an existing primary machine or to update a possible secondary machine with the newly released client software. There is however another option one could pursue to conduct testing and provide feedback. This Step-By-Step will detail the ability create and run...
  • Windows 10 for IT Professionals

    On September 30th 2014, Terry Myerson and Joe Belfiore of the Windows team unveiled Microsoft’s latest client offering, Windows 10 . With 1.5 billion users currently working with Windows, todays announcement embarks on the next chapter of client computing on path towards ubiquitous computing. What was also reviled was the importance of the IT Professional amidst this new client offering and...
  • Step-By-Step: Setting up the new Azure AD Sync Tool

    Hello Folks, A while back, Anthony Bartolo wrote about Syncing An On Premise AD with Azure Active Directory . But on September 16th 2014 Alex Simons announced on his blog that Azure Active Directory Sync is now GA! . So let’s revisit the topic and see how the new tool can help. as always, I recommend a few MVA modules to act as a primer if you’re not familiar with Microsoft Azure. Microsoft Azure IaaS...
  • Step-By-Step: Creating a custom UNIX provider for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

    When managing UNIX servers with System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager, the ability to configure collections, maintenance windows, and client settings are enabled to help management of said servers. Although the Configuration Manager client for UNIX does not have a user interface, you can force the client to manually poll for client policy. Niel Orcutt, Senior Software Development Engineer, has...
  • Tips on Migrating A Hyper-V Cluster

    Microsoft did a brilliant job in creating a procedure to upgrade Hyper-V Clusters from 2012 to 2012 R2. During this simple migration, not a single virtual machine experienced downtime nor did any user notice any performance degradation. The following steps were observed when completing said migration: 1. Verify that you are able to move the designated VMs Networks (you need to have the...
  • Step-By-Step: Creating a File Share in Azure

    Hello Folks, Last week I wrote about using Microsoft Azure to create an offsite copy of a fileset in Azure . Well it got me thinking that we had not looked at all the storage options in Azure. I suggest looking at following MVA modules as primer for storage in Azure. Microsoft Azure IaaS Deep Dive Jump Start Windows Azure Storage - Design and Implementation Jump Start Today I wanted...
  • 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 comprehensive automation plus storage and networking virtualization solutions based on industry-standard...
  • 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 Directory 2012 R2 – Done! 2. Create a new Detailed Design for Active Directory 2012 R2 –...
  • Create an Offsite Copy of a Fileset in Azure

    Hello Folks, During our latest round of Azure Camps a question keeps coming back when we get to the Azure Storage management section. “Can I use it to store other type of Data? or just VHDs?” So I decided to give it a try. To do so I will create a Storage Account, then a container, and I will upload my family picture library. Just so I can tell my wife that our precious memories...
  • BYOD Basics: Securely Enabling iOS in the Workplace

    In light of recent announcements, IT professionals are now awaiting the onslaught of requests to add new iOS devices into the organization or business said IT professional supports. Embracing BYOD, through proper planning, thwarts the occurrence of Shadow IT and enables IT professionals to stay in control. Microsoft Virtual Academy provides a great starting point in regards to BYOD enablement in a...
  • Step-By-Step: Enabling A Primary AD FS Server in Azure for Office365 Single Sign-On

    This Step-By-Step will provide instruction to setup a primary AD FS 3.0 server on a Windows Server 2012 R2 virtual machine in Azure. This post will accomplish the following: Create the Azure Cloud Service Build the Azure virtual machine Install the AD FS 3.0 role Configure AD FS 3.0 Federate with Office365 Microsoft Virtual Academy provides a great precursor...
  • 11 Sample Runbooks to Help You Build Your Own

    Hello Folks, 2 weeks ago, I posted an article regarding Automating Azure with runbooks . I got some really good feedback and some good questions I decided to address. But first, as usual, if you have not had any exposure to Azure. I recommend the following MVA modules as primer. Automating the Cloud with Azure Automation Microsoft Azure IaaS Deep Dive Jump Start Get Started with Windows Azure Today...
  • 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 and re-place post migration, utilizing hard-links that can be used to keep the data while moving...
  • What is Microsoft Virtual Academy?

    IT professionals are, for the most part, driven to best use technology to enable people from within the organization they support. To do so, system administrators, Infrastructure Specialists, Solutions Architects, etc, must keep their knowledge of IT best practices, solutions and tools current to ensure best efforts are always put forward to further enable organizations. IT professionals are a key...
  • Step-By-Step: Automating Azure with Runbooks

    Last week while I was traveling a reader (that’s you Jamie) reminded me that I had forgotten to write the promised part 2 of the “ Getting Ready to use Azure Automation ”. I don’t want to disappoint, so I jumped right on it. Before diving into automation. I do recommend the following MVA modules as primer. Automating the Cloud with Azure Automation Microsoft Azure...
  • Utilizing Windows Deployment Services in Windows Server 2012 R2

    Windows Deployment Services (WDS), a service found in Microsoft's Windows Server 2012 R2 offering , enables IT professionals with the ability to deploy Windows operating systems via a network-based installation. This negates the need to install each operating system directly from installation media, such as a USB drive or DVD. Windows Deployment Services provides the following benefits to IT professionals...
  • 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 of support for Windows Server 2003 . So should today’s business be all in with the cloud? The...
  • Step-By-Step: Enable Multi-Factor Authentication in Azure

    Hello Folks, lately I’ve been covering Azure and active directory pretty often. It’s because I believe that it’s crucial for us IT Pros to learn as much as we can about the cloud and the value it can bring our enterprises. In this next post we will do a simple setup of Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) using a call back scheme to validate the user’s identity. but I do...