• Step-By-Step: Utilizing PowerShell History Viewer in Windows Server 2012 R2

    PowerShell utilization has always been daunting for IT professionals. While there are a great many resources to assist IT Professionals in learning PowerShell , some simply are more comfortable with enabling functionality via the Windows Server 2012 R2 GUI. Time is never on an IT administrator’s side, however, PowerShell can address this conundrum through the automation capabilities it provides...
  • Step-By-Step: Setting Up Active Directory Sites, Subnets & Site-Links

    Two topologies are found in a successful network, Physical Topology and Logical Topology . Physical Topology represents the structure of the network which includes network topologies, hardware placements, IP address allocations. Logical Topology represents the security boundaries of said network, network services etc. In an Active Directory infrastructure setup, the Domain represents the logical topology...
  • Final Word on IOPS in Azure

    Hello Folks, In the past few weeks I’ve been spending some of my spare time in trying to explore the capabilities of Azure where disk performance is concerned. I did that in response to some ITPros, that had expressed doubt that they could reproduce performances they were able to achieve on premises. Well, let me tell you that I was amazed of the results. In the first posts: Azure Disk IOPS and Virtual...
  • Azure Disk IOPS and Virtual Machines in IaaS Part II

    Hello Folk, It’s been a while since we talked about IOPS. In fact the last post I wrote on the subject was Azure Disk IOPS and Virtual in IaaS back in November. Since then, I managed to get in the Premium storage preview, so today I thought it would be fun to see how many IOPS I can squeeze out of these machines. Before diving into this. I do recommend the following MVA modules as a primer. Windows...
  • Utilizing Office 365 Staged Migration to Mitigating Risk

    Currently there are three scenarios for an Office 365 Migration. They are as follows: Cutover Staged Hybrid The Cutover scenario requires the export of all email and content of an on-premise Exchange implementation. Once completed, all the exported data is then imported to Office 365, followed by changing the MX records. Risk to this scenario is dependent upon the Window of DNS cutover...
  • Step-By-Step: Testing Windows Server 2012 R2 via Boot-to-VHD

    Support for Windows Server 2003 is shortly coming to an end. July 14th 2015 to be exact. Many IT professionals have expressed interest in learning how the organization they support will benefit from Windows Server 2012 R2 and while there are many free resources such as Microsoft Virtual Academy and this blog are available, some desire hands on experience to test specific scenarios. Boot-to-VHD is a...
  • BYOD Basics: Enabling Android in the Workplace via the Azure Authenticator App

    Enabling Android in the workplace has always been a challenge for most IT Professionals. Aside from the advancements made by certain OEMs in regards to security , fragmentation of the OS offering is ailment most cannot solve. Coupled with Microsoft Intune or other MDM software, some piece of mind can be achieved. Do remember however that security is in the eye of the beholder. While there is no 100...
  • Step-By-Step: Migrating AD FS 2.0 to AD FS 3.0 for Office365 Single Sign-On

    AD FS 3.0, included in Windows Server 2012 R2 , provides a great deal of advancement over is predecessor. There are a couple different paths when migrating AD FS from version 2.0 to AD FS 3.0. The one detailed below completes a parallel install, exporting the AD FS 2.0 configuration and importing to AD FS 3.0. There are other methods of completing this task, but this method is preferred as you can...
  • Azure Backup – New Functionality

    Hello Folks, We’ve covered the “Backup” topic many times lately. Step-by-Step: Setup the Online Backup Service for Windows Server 2012 Step-By-Step: Backup your PC data to Azure Step-By-Step: Backup your PC data to Azure – Follow Up! Step-By-Step: Restoring your PC data from Azure However, On February 16 we announced some improvements in the Azure Backup capabilities. These improvements include Long...
  • Step-By-Step: Managing Windows Server 2012 R2 Via Windows 10

    Details are beginning to emerge as to how Windows 10 will empower IT Professionals . What such detail made know recently is the availability of Server Manager specifically made available for Windows 10. Server Manager for Windows 10 provides the same robust capabilities to manage multiple servers, roles and features. An excellent addition to any IT professional's toolkit, Server Manager for Windows...
  • Step-By-Step: Migrating Windows Server 2003 FSMO Roles To Windows Server 2012 R2

    With it being over 10 years since the Windows Server 2003 release, there is now less than 5 months left as of the time of this post was published for official Microsoft support. This guide was created as additional resource addressing the need to transfer DC FSMO roles from windows server 2003 to windows server 2012 R2. In Windows DC environment, FSMO roles hold all the required information regarding...
  • Step-by-Step: Managing Traffic for Workloads in Azure

    Hello Folks, Last week I wrote about load balancing workloads in Azure . That generated some other questions, such as “How do I ensure that my stakeholders connect to the closest instance in my web farm?”, “How do I ensure the best possible performance for my Web applications?”. Microsoft Azure Traffic Manager allows you to control the distribution of traffic to your specified...
  • Step-by-Step: Load balancing workloads in Azure

    Hello folks, The last few weeks I have been meeting with customers in Toronto, Winnipeg, and Calgary. There was one common theme. When we discussed moving workloads to IaaS (Web front ends with SQL back ends) the conversation always came back to scaling. In PaaS scaling websites is pretty straight forwards, but what happens when you want to scale a website running in a VM in IaaS. So today we’ll look...
  • Step-By-Step: Setting up Printers via Group Policy

    In this installment we look at how to setup printers in group policy. As with all the Group Policies created, the policy will apply to all PCs thus enforcing standardization. This is invaluable to IT professionals as it addresses one less thing to check of the troubleshooting list. Note: screenshots in this section come from Server 2012 so they may look a little different but the functionality of...
  • Microsoft Cloud Platform Roadmap

    Hello folks, Throughout the year Anthony and I have been travelling across Canada speaking with IT pros about the Microsoft Cloud Platform. We know this is something that is important to you. We hear it from each of our encounters with IT pro groups and customers. We read it when we look at surveys results. We understand that you want to know we cares about your needs, that we can provide integration...
  • Step-By-Step: Creating an Azure AD Lab Environment

    Active Directory is one of the most predominant identity management tools found in business today. Azure Active Directory further enables this capability by introducing cloud authentication via either a synchronized for federated model to allow further connection to devices and services not traditionally enabled within an organization. This post will walk you through the steps to test Azure AD in lab...
  • Step-By-Step: Creating a Windows 10 to Go Workspace

    Windows workspace on a approved bootable USB drive, first made available on Windows 8, provides a great deal of opportunity to enable those to in essence carry their client environment on a stick. This functionality enabled business travelers to lighten their loads and allowed students to use almost any school / library computer at their disposal to continue their studies. Enter Windows 10 Technical...
  • 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...