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  • 30 Bad Habits of Server Administrators

    ****This post was edited and reposted***** Hello Folk, I’ve been on the road this week presenting in Australia. The Gold Coast to be more precise. I know it’s a rough assignment but what can I say. Someone has to do it. In any case. I attended a session that I believe all system administrators should see. (the video is embedded bellow) It was delivered by Orin Thomas a Microsoft...
  • Step-By-Step: Configuring Azure Active Directory, SSO and SaaS

    Over the last several weeks I have been working with the Canadian Microsoft Partners to help them learn about Azure and grow their Azure practice. One of the features that garners a lot of attention is using Azure Active Directory to provide single sign-on access to over 2500 SaaS applications. By providing a single sign-on experience for our users, we ensure that they can quickly access the applications...
  • How to Find the Windows 10 Product Key After an Upgrade

    At the recent Microsoft Cloud Roadshow here in Toronto, team CANITPRO was provided the opportunity to present best practices surrounding Windows 10 security, manageability and deployment. During the session entitled Taking Advantage of the New Deployment Features in Windows 10 the following question was asked: " How do you find the Windows 10 product key once the upgrade from Windows 7,...
  • Step-By-Step: Skype Connectivity Configuration with On-Premise Skype for Business 2015

    It is possible to configure your Skype Business Server 20105 environment to establish a federation with Skype to enable users to search and to add Skype users directly in their contact lists. The federation enabled Skype business users can add a Skype contact by using several methods of research as the full name (can also specify a location), an email address, a phone number or Skype ID. The...
  • Étape par Étape: Configuration de la fédération Skype avec Skype Entreprise Server 2015 sur site

    Il est possible de configurer votre environnement Skype Entreprise Serveur 20105 pour établir une fédération avec Skype afin de permettre aux utilisateurs de rechercher et d'ajouter des utilisateurs Skype directement dans leurs listes de contacts. La fédération activée, les utilisateurs Skype Entreprise peuvent ajouter un contact Skype en utilisant plusieurs...
  • Instance Level Public IP in Azure

    Hello Folks, Today I was in Calgary Alberta, delivering an Azure for IT professionals as part of a series of events we are delivering across the country. One of the discussion we had was about IP addresses in Azure. More to the point we were discussing “Instance Level Public IP” (ILPIP). An ILPIP formally known as a Public IP (PIP) is an address that you can assign directly to your VM, rather than...
  • PowerShell Tips: Who has Access To This Directory?

    Here's a question many IT Administrators get from time to time: "Can you tell me who has access to this directory?" This question is being asked more often as many more devices are trying to gain access to the data you secure. While it is easy to see all the groups that have access just by right-clicking a directory and going to the Security tab, it is a challenge to view all the...
  • Understanding Microsoft Azure Marketplace

    “If you want to complete a task in the least amount of time possible… get an IT Administrator to do it! IT professionals are always stretched for time. That being said, IT administrators have always been great at finding quick, sound solutions to address or automate complex and lengthy tasks. One said task is the enablement of services required by the organization or by the IT department...
  • Step-By-Step: Deploying Multiple Services via Azure Resource Manager

    A few weeks ago, Pierre Roman explained the changes from cloud services in the classic portal to the new resource manager in the preview portal. He explained that the Azure Resource Manager (ARM) manages a Resource Group which contains all the application resources, from storage and networking to virtual machines. This Step-By-Step will provide details on how to deploy a basic infrastructure in a Resource...
  • Office 365 Tips: Addressing Data Retention Via the RetainDeletedItemsFor Mailbox Value

    Of late, it have been suggested to businesses to become more accountable for the data they create and address the retention of said data when moving to the cloud. Most clients I have interacted with have yet to implement a specific data retention policy and data deletion has become a big issue. An example of this is “What happens when the data is deleted from your mailbox?” Most likely...
  • Step-By-Step: Managing Windows 10 with Administrative templates

    Hello Folks, Last week Anthony, wrote about Windows 10 Tips: How to Delay or Defer Windows Updates . It was very well received. Thousands of views in a very short time. So obviously a subject that is of interest to you all. Let’s take this further. Let’s look at how we as IT control the configuration and settings of the windows 10 machines on our networks. Since, we’re on the...
  • Step-By-Step: Seizing the Operation Master Roles in Windows Server 2012 R2

    A disaster recovery plan is something every organization, no matter how small, should have. It provides piece of mind to not only the business decision makers, but the IT administrators that support said organization as well. Unfortunately, not all organizations feel the same way and sometimes the perceivable cost is harder to swallow for some small businesses. Active Directory (AD) utilizes Flexible...
  • Windows 10 Tips: How to Delay or Defer Windows Updates

    One presentation I immensely enjoy delivering across North America is the Windows 10: Ask Us Anything live presentation. Reason being, it allows us at CANITPRO.NET to listen to the IT professional audience in attendance speak their minds about Windows 10 deployment, management, security and end user enablement. Many attendees have gone as far as watching the video series below in preparation for the...
  • Step-By-Step: Shutting Down Azure VMs without Scripting

    One of the most common questions I have from Microsoft Partners who are starting to explore Azure is how to automatically shut down their virtual machines. As we know, Azure is consumption-based, and for test and dev, or other applications for which the virtual machines are not needed for long periods of time, we can save money by shutting them down. Microsoft has made this process very easy without...
  • Step-By-Step: Installing a Nano server in my test domain

    Hello Folks, I’m rebuilding my lab, and i decided to explore the benefits of the new Nano Server. Windows Server 2016 TP3 offers a new installation option: Nano Server (which we discussed in the past. Nano, Core or Standard? That is the question ). Nano Server is a remotely administered server operating system optimized for hosting in private clouds and datacenters. and we say remotely administered...
  • Office 365 Tips: Addressing Shadow Tenant Errors

    When adding a domain to your Office 365 tenant, you may run into the following error. “ Sorry, you can't add domain.com here because it's already in use ” This may be due to the fact that someone in your company signed up for a PowerBI trial with their company email address. We see this a lot then a subset of users has a different email address then the rest of the company...
  • Étape par Étape: Installation d’un serveur de conversation permanente Skype Entreprise Server 2015

    Le rôle de Persistent Chat Server permet aux utilisateurs de participer à des conversations thématiques multi-parties persistantes dans le temps. Les équipes peuvent efficacement partager des informations, des idées et décisions les uns avec les autres. Les discussions sont persistantes, permettant à des utilisateurs dans des zones géographiques...
  • Step-By-Step: Installation of Skype for Business Server 2015 Enterprise Persistent Chat

    The role of Persistent Chat Server allows users to participate in multi-stakeholder thematic conversations persistent over time. Teams can efficiently share information, ideas and decisions with each other. Discussions are persistent, allowing users in different geographical areas to participate even when they are not simultaneously online. This role allows you to search content, to create notifications...
  • Step-By-Step: Azure Site Recovery – Controlled Failover

    Hello folks, Lately I wrote a few articles about protecting your physical servers with Azure Site Recovery or ASR for short. Step-By-Step: Protect physical servers with Azure Site Recovery Step-By-Step: Protect physical servers with Azure Site Recovery – Part 2 Step-By-Step: Azure Site Recovery – Failover to Azure The reason I have been really looking into this as I mentioned in the first post is because...
  • Step-By-Step: Creating and Deploying Windows 10 Provisioning Packages

    Many IT administrators utilize imaging solutions to deploy desired client OS experiences. Runtime provisioning, introduced in Windows 10, presents a unique solution in addressing issues that can occur when imaging. Issues such as incorrect drivers or settings discovered on images that may not be compatible with the machine it is being deployed on are addressed immediately through provisioning. Runtime...
  • Step-By-Step: Setup and Installation of Windows Server Containers

    Various new features have been announced in Microsoft’s upcoming release of Windows Server 2016. This Step-By-Step post will explore the new Windows Server Containers feature made available in the upcoming release. The following video provides a great overview of the feature: Setup/Installation Currently there are 3 ways that containers and be utilized. Containers Host –...
  • Azure Cloud Service VS Azure Resource Manager

    Hello Folks, I’m back! after some unplanned time off, I’m back on CANITPRO.NET. so this morning, I was thinking what will i write about…. Hmmmm… Well just as I was pondering that weekly dilemma, a friend of mine walks by and said: “I was reading your DevOps Basics series of posts and something the Infrastructure as Code article puzzled me. We used to define VMs and Virtual networks inside a ‘Cloud...
  • Step-By-Step: Compacting the DHCP database

    To ensure top performance and availability, the DHCP server database requires maintenance from time to time. DHCP database can grow fast, especially in larger organizations, and compacting the DHCP database should be a regular occurrence to adhere to that. A recommendation from Microsoft actually states to compact any database larger than 30mb. During Windows NT server’s availability, Microsoft...
  • 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 Hyper-V for use on Windows 10

    Virtualization provides a plethora of solutions from making the most of an organization’s hardware investment to running specific applications in other OS offerings. Windows 8 was the first Windows client operating system to include hardware virtualization support natively. Using the same technology found in Windows Server 2012 R2, the embedded Hyper-V client allowed IT professionals to move...