• Stretching Those Azure Dollars

    Hello folks, Last week during another Microsoft Azure Camp someone asked, How do I ensure that i can stretch that “Free Trial”? As you may know, you can get a one month free trial of Azure. That free trial is really $220 OR 30 days witch ever comes first. So I thought I would look at how we can Automate the automatic shutdown and deallocation of the VMs in my environment. If automation...
  • Étape par Étape: Déploiment des Lync Services de Surveillances

    Des modifications importantes ont été apportées à l’infrastructure de surveillance de Microsoft Lync Server 2013 , à commencer par la suppression du rôle Serveur de surveillance qui est intégrer directement sur les Front-ends. Lync Server 2013 vous permet de surveiller deux différents types de données : les données d’enregistrement...
  • Step-By-Step: Deploying Lync Server 2013 Monitoring

    Recently, significant changes have come to the Microsoft Lync Server 2013 surveillance infrastructure. Starting with the removal of the monitoring server role that is directly integrate on the frontends. Lync Server 2013 allows you to monitor two different types of data: the data for registration of the details of the calls (CDR) and quality of experience (QoE) data. In Microsoft Lync Server...
  • Mobility Solutions: Enabling Workplace Join Via PowerShell

    Workplace join is a great secure enabler of devices that traditionally cannot join a organizations domain. Provisioned as a self-service tool, Workplace join securely joins devices running iOS, Android and of course Windows to an organization’s Windows Server 2012 R2 domain to access network specific resources. Those who have attended the #CANITPRO Mobility Camp or have reviewed the corresponding...
  • Step-By-Step: Creating a VM Snapshot in Azure

    Hello folks, As you may know, I’ve been travelling around the country for the Cloud and Mobility Summit. During these events we’ve been running day long “camps” or hands-on training for both “Getting Started with Microsoft Azure for IT Professionals” and “Getting Started with Identity Management & Business Mobility Enablement for IT Professionals”...
  • Group Policy: Creating A Standard Local Admin Account

    Much has been covered thus far in the Group Policy series : How to create a new policy How to link a GP to an OU How to navigate the GP management GUI Additional remediation technics. This post will detail the setup of a group policy that will create a standard local admin account. The inherent value addresses the support need of a user who is unable to login and/or resolving issues...
  • Migrate a Virtual Machine from On-Premise to Microsoft Azure

    Hello Folks, Today I delivered one the largest “Getting Started with Microsoft Azure” camp to date. Approximately 190 people had registered for it. One question came back several times during the day. I figured I’d answer it here “How do I migrate a VM from on premise to Azure?” The easiest way is to sysprep the machine in your environment and upload the VM to Azure where you will use the uploaded...
  • Device Management Strategy Planning: Defining the Opportunity

    To this day, many organizations still struggle with regards to device management strategy. While email security is still a top priority, businesses are attempting to do more with these devices to further enable their employees. This post series entitled “Device Management Strategy Planning” will endeavour to provide a planning framework in regards to device management for different use...
  • Microsoft Intune Policies For Samsung Knox Enabled Devices

    While delivering last week’s CANITPRO Business Mobility Camp in Calgary, a question was brought forth in regards to what specific policies can be enforced on A Samsung KNOX enabled device via Microsoft Intune. For those unaware, Samsung’s KNOX offering is additional software & hardware hardened security enabled above and beyond the traditional Android stack. Microsoft recently furthered...
  • 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...