• 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...
  • Group Policy: Creating a New Policy Linked Directly To Its OU

    In a previous post, Group Policy: Introducing Consistency Into Your Infrastructure , we covered some basic orientation in the Group Policy interface. We discussed the layout of Group Policy, some of the terms and locations and we covered a way of creating our first group policy. In this part of the intro we will see another way to create a Group Policy. This second way, and my personally preferred...
  • Azure Disk IOPS and Virtual Machines in IaaS

    Hello Folks, A couple weeks ago, I delivered a talk about Microsoft Azure to a group of IT Pros in Halifax Nova Scotia. (I always enjoy going back there). After the day was over I ended up having some sizing discussion with some of the attendees that stuck around for a bit. “How do we match the performance we have on premise?” one asked. That simple question started the conversation...
  • Windows Server 2012 R2: Reducing The Attack Footprint Through Features On Demand

    Windows Server 2012 R2, when deployed in core mode , provides the smallest installation footprint thus thwarting attacks via the GUI and other payloads not installed in this instance. Core mode is not for everyone, and while it is possible to add GUI functionality, some still prefer the familiarity of GUI utilization. With that being said, there are ways to reduce the footprint while allowing the GUI...
  • Step-By-Step: Migrating The Active Directory Certificate Service From Windows Server 2003 to 2012 R2

    As you may be aware, support for both Windows Server 2003 and 2003 R2 is coming to end on July 14 th 2015. With this in mind, IT professionals are in midst of planning migration. This guide will provide steps on migrating AD CS from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2. In this demonstration I am using following setup. Server Name Operating System Server...
  • Step-By-Step: Migrating a 2003 file server with Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit

    On a recent post entitled, Step-By-Step: Migrating a Windows Server 2003 file server, NTFS and Share Rights to Windows Server 2012 R2, a question was asked as to why Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit 1.2 was not utilized. As you know PowerShell is an IT professional’s best friend as it can substantially reduce the time it takes to complete certain tasks. However, there is nothing wrong...
  • Group Policy: Introducing Consistency Into Your Infrastructure

    We all want things to run smoothly, yet day-to-day operations sometimes get the better of us. As IT professionals we want to bring consistency to our role which we know is very seldom the case. Proper utilization of Group Policy found in Windows Server 2012 R2 can enables further regularity. Setting up a system by which all computers are created equally is such a time saver during the build and long...
  • Step-by-Step: Create a VM with multiple NICs in Azure

    Hello folks, The following topic is another one of those features that has been requested so many times by IT pros I’ve talked to in the past. Finally some said, we now support multiple network interface cards (NICs) on VMs in Azure so you can bring your own networking and security appliances such as load balancers and firewalls in your virtual cloud environment. Multi-NIC capabilities can also provide...
  • Step-By-Step: Migrating a Windows Server 2003 file server, NTFS and Share Rights to Windows Server 2012 R2

    With time ticking in regards to end of support on Windows Server 2003 , most IT professionals are in the midst of planning their migration. While most are focusing on migrating Active Directory and DHCP , some have expressed interest in migrating file services as well. Windows Server 2012 R2 provides a robust solution in terms of file services for organizations to take advantage of. Hence the creation...
  • Step-By-Step: Configuring AD FS Servers in an Internal Load-Balanced Set in Azure for Office365 Single Sign-On

    After completing the 2 previous posts entitled, Step-By-Step: Enabling A Primary AD FS Server in Azure for Office365 Single Sign-On and Step-By-Step: Enabling A Secondary AD FS 3.0 Server in Azure for Office365 Single Sign-On , you now have our two AD FS 3.0 servers setup in the same cloud service and installed into an AD FS farm configuration. Next step would be to load balance them. Azure has a load...
  • Step-by-Step: Assign a Public IP to a VM in Azure

    Hello Folks, I’m sitting here reviewing my notes from the Azure IT Camps we have been running in the last quarter, and I keep seeing one recurring theme. A lot of attendees wanted to know if there was a way to assign a public IP address directly to the a VM instead of the cloud service. Doing so would make these VM directly addressable without having to map an endpoint for access. This is called Instance...
  • Step-By-Step: Creating a Windows 2012 R2 Lab in Azure

    With the end of support date looming regarding Windows Server 2003, most readers of this blog remember a previous post entitled Step-By-Step: Building Your Own Lab on Windows Server 2012 enabling those to test in lab the new capabilities offered by Windows Server 2012 R2. During today's CANITPRO camp, the question was put forward regarding what would one do should they not have access to hardware...
  • Lessons learned from Windows XP Regarding Upcoming Windows Server 2003 End Of Life

    On July 14th 2015, Windows Server 2003 will reach end of life. While some organizations are still catching their breath from a Windows XP end of life, as of this writing, there are only 265 days left of Microsoft technical support with regards to Windows Server 2003. So what does that really mean? Here are some considerations in planning next steps on behalf of your organization. What does End of...
  • 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...