Microsoft Step-By-Step

No technobabble. No academia. No fluff. Helping you get the job done, step by step.

What would you like to see?

What would you like to see?

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The Step-by-Step blog is intended to provide you with highly specific, clear instructions on how to implement some of Microsoft's more complex technologies or services. The examples we give are intended to work for most environments that are using Microsoft's products in a relatively uncustomized way. Every administrator needs a working example to start from... the "Hello World" for the IT administrator. The idea is to provide an example that can serve as a working foundation for you to learn how to then bend the solution to more directly meet your organization's needs.

The solutions presented are designed to be highly specific. They may be simple or complex, but when you're finished following the steps you should have a working starting point to begin learning and testing to meet your own more specific needs.

This blog post is dedicated to letting you tell us what examples would be helpful. What do you need to know? What examples would you like to see?

Comment below and we'll do our best to meet your requests.

  • -Share Drives on 'DFS' to Folders on Azure
    -Azure Global Traffic Manager for a hybrid ADFS Proxy and Server implementation
    -DirSync to AADSync transition or migration pathway
    -System Center manages the Internet of things
    -RHEL server to Azure
    -Mixed Authentication to Domain based in Azure
    -Transition SQL on-perm to Azure SQL PaaS
    -Setting up Azure as the backup destination using Oauth (3rd party backup soln to Azure)


  • I have been doing the virtual courses on the Microsoft Virtual Academy (Current MVA ranking 4189).
    I have been doing the Test Lab Guides to learn how to setup complex environments on virtual machines.
    I have created Powershell scripts to create the virtual machines from scratch (New-VM). The VMs are created based on a CSV file with the MAC address being the key identifier. I have sysprep and captured an image but have not figured out to how to deploy it, I can use WDS manually to install or even easier and quicker is to copy the syspreppred VHDX file. Either way, it is at sysprep stage and need to do things manually to a point where I can to start using scripts again to finish the installation. I would like a step by step guide to get pass the manual process stage. Ultimately, I want to create 50 VMs on 2 hosts to develop an application and not worry about trashing the VMs but rather re-building the VMs without any intervention on my part other than clicking a mouse (once).

  • Step by Step guides for the following:

    - Implementing centralized event logging for domain controllers
    - Powershell guide to stage deployment of security patches to pre-production servers
    - Implementing high available DirSync servers in Azure
    - Implementing high performance RDS farms on Azure
    - Powershell reporting for BPA across all domain servers

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