• Step-By-Step: Prepare USB Media to Install Windows 10

    Hello Folks, 6 years ago I wrote about easily making USB media to install Windows 7 . the process worked so well it’s been drilled in my head and I’ve been using that process ever since. Last week, I was in Montreal to meet the guys from the MITPRO . While I was there one local IT pro and I were trying to install the Windows 10 Technical Preview on a surface. and as much as I tried, the USB stick we...
  • Step-By-Step: Setting Up DirectAccess

    DirectAccess, introduced by Microsoft during the release of Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 acts as an always-on connection from remote location to local network. This enables remote clients to automatically connect to the local network and ensure the connection will reestablish itself should the connection drop. This feature is works based on IPsec and IPv6. So if your network is not yet move in to...
  • Step-By-Step: Docker Client Setup for Windows

    DevOps, while not entirely new, provides a new opportunity for both IT professionals and developers alike. The ability for the two roles to develop, ship, and run applications in collaboration can increase the agility of the supported organization to become more nimble in addressing it’s customer needs. Enter Docker, which provides the ability to quickly assemble applications and eliminating...
  • Step-By-Step: Installing and Configuring Azure PowerShell

    “IT administrators have nothing but time on their hands…” A comment heard from time to time by those unfamiliar with the daily rigors of an IT Professional. PowerShell, when harnessed correctly, can be a great time saver to ensure all pertinent tasks are not only completed but automated to alleviate IT workloads. PowerShell helps address the “doing less with more”...
  • Mobility Management: Preparing An Intune Environment

    Intune, Microsoft’s full-featured Mobile Device Management offering that supports Android, iOS, and Windows, can integrate with System Center Configuration Manager enabling larger environments. This combination can utilize a centralized management console to manage mobile devices, PCs, servers, and virtual machines, both in cloud and on-premise. A Microsoft Intune subscription is required...
  • Step-by-Step: Assigning a Static IP address to a VM in the new Azure Management Portal

    Hello Folks, I was discussing Virtual Networking with an attendee at an event last weekend and we started talking about static IP addresses in your own virtual Network. I’ve covered this subject before: Step-By-Step: Assigning VMs with Static IP addresses in a Virtual Network But with enhancements in the new Management Portal it’s so much simpler to achieve. Of course I still...
  • Windows 10 Tips: Enabling Enterprise Mode in Internet Explorer

    “ Will Project Spartan replace Internet Explorer? ” This Windows 10 question is one of the more frequently asked as of late and has been top of mind for many IT professionals. The main reason for this concern is the need of a browser offering compatible with legacy intranet sites of dire importance to some organizations. Most of the specifics regarding this question can be found in the...
  • Étape Par Étape: Configuration Lync Serveur 2013 VDI avec VMware Horizon View

    Le plugin VDI pour Lync est un nouveau composant apparu avec la version 2013 qui permet d’offrir une expérience audio et vidéo à des utilisateurs utilisant le client Lync dans une session VDI. Pour supporter cela, le plugin VDI utilise des mécanismes de redirection, encode et décode le flux média en utilisant les ressources locales du client. VMware...
  • Step-By-Step: Microsoft Lync Server 2013 with VMware Horizon View Integration

    The VDI plug-in for Lync is a new component which appeared with Lync Server 2013 which enables both audio and video experience to users using the Lync client in a VDI session. To support this, the VDI plug-in uses redirection mechanisms, encodes and decodes the media stream using the client's local resources. One said VDI resource, namely VMware Horizon View 5.2, is an environment supported by...
  • Step-By-Step: Connect an Azure Web App to an existing Virtual Network

    Hello Folks, During an Azure bootcamp, I was asked if there was a way to “connect” an Azure Website (now referred to as Azure Web Apps) to an existing virtual network. As a matter of fact, you can. While you can’t put your Azure Website in an Azure virtual network, you can grants your website access to resources running your VNET. today we’ll look at how we get this done. First, I recommend the following...
  • Step-By-Step: Installing Windows 10 on Oracle VirtualBox

    If Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware Workstation 11 are not your first choice to test Windows 10 in a virtualized state, then steps on installing Windows 10 Technical Preview on VirtualBox might be of interest. Oracle’s general-purpose virtual management offering on x86 hardware is also free and can also be of use to test Windows 10 without disturbing your existing environment. The steps in this post...
  • Step-By-Step: Moving An Active Directory Database to A New Location

    When setting up Active Directory, the IT Administrator is given an option to select the folder path to copy the Active Directory database files to. It is advised to always to use a separate partition to save the database files instead of using the default C:\Windows\NTDS\ folder path. This provides an easier opportunity to move the Active Directory database to different location should disk space on...
  • Step-by-Step: Protect Azure VMs with Azure Backup

    Hello Folks, I’ve covered this topic before from many different angles. 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 Azure Backup – New Functionality Today we’ll look at protecting your data on your Azure virtual machines from loss...
  • Step-By-Step: App Deployment via Microsoft Intune

    Microsoft Intune, part of Microsoft’s EMS offering , enables cloud based mobile device management, mobile application management, and PC management. Organizations can utilize Intune to provide supported users access to corporate applications, data, and resources from virtually anywhere on almost any device securely. Intune also provides the ability to push required applications to devices...
  • Step-By-Step: Active Directory Optimization

    End of support for Windows Server 2003 is fast approaching. With this in mind, most IT administrators are currently performing a migration to newer versions of Windows Server which in many cases includes an Active Directory migration. One item most do not take into consideration is the state of the Active Directory database after the migration is completed. Like any other database Active Directory...
  • Step-By-Step: Image based RemoteApp Enablement via an Existing Azure VM - Part 2

    Hello folks, Last week I started this topic by looking at how you Create your Image based on an Existing Azure VM . Well I knew I was not done… I had just forgotten to state that I was going to finish the process in my next post. Sorry @joe_elway … What was missing was the import process. So today we’ll cover that together. So. when I left off we had just created a VM...
  • RemoteApp: Creating your Image based on an Existing Azure VM

    Hello folks, Last May (2014) we announced exciting updates to Microsoft Azure . One of these updates was Azure RemoteApp. It gave companies the ability to provide mobile employees access to Windows applications across a range of devices. Combining Microsoft’s powerful Remote Desktop Services capabilities with the scale and cost-efficiencies of Microsoft Azure. I wrote about it in the following articles...
  • Step-By-Step: Enabling App Passwords in Azure AD with Two-Factor Authentication

    For some, passwords alone are not enough to ensure secure access to specific applications. In the Microsoft Virtual Academy video entitled Getting Started with Microsoft Azure Active Directory , I demonstrated how to turn on two-factor authentication with Azure Active Directory. However, what if you have applications that don’t work with two-factor authentication? The following steps will provide...
  • Top 3 Key Security Improvements Found in Windows 10 Technical Preview

    Security is in the eyes of the beholder. A quote which holds steadfast amidst the IT Professional community. While securing the core or datacenter is important to most IT administrators, security planning for client end software is equally important. Microsoft addresses this need ushering in its latest client offering, Windows 10 , along with further evolution of the client software’s security...
  • Step-By-Step: Testing Windows 10 Via VMware Workstation

    At a recent event at the Nova Scotia Community College, the ask was put forward with regards to testing Windows 10 Technical Preview on VMware Workstation. This is in fact possible and here are the steps to enable the requested setup. Step 1: Download the Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO Visit the Windows Insiders webpage Register to be a Windows Insider Download the 32 or 64 bit version...
  • Step-By-Step: Creating a Windows 10 To Go Key Inside a Hyper-V VM

    Windows 10 will include many cool features to enable system administrators in securing client computing. Testing is key and this blog has detailed many ways IT Professionals can test Windows 10 Technical Preview without the requirement of loading it on a production machine. So I thought I would share some of my findings as I have been testing Windows 10 TP for a few weeks. Like many IT Professionals...
  • Planned Maintenance – Azure Style

    Hello Folks, All of us IT pros and DevOps people need to have some time for patching servers, applications, making changes to the infrastructure. It’s part of our lives. it’s something we have wrestled with for years. You ensure that all your users know about it, you plan for it, and you depend on it for the well being of your environments. The same is true for Microsoft Azure. We need to maintain...
  • 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...