Step-by-Step: Manage all your servers from anywhere, on any browser, for free

Hello folks, I keep having a conversation with IT professionals about managing Windows Servers and my preference for Core and now Nano servers where it makes sense.  I’ve always preferred remote management to having to login to every servers by RDP or directly to the box.  And now, there is a way to start managing…

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PowerShell Basics: Retrieve All The Security Patches Installed On A Server Since A Specific Date

I recently needed to acquire a list of all the security patches installed on a group of servers within the last year. I discovered that there is a WMI class for this which makes it super easy to retrieve this info. get-wmiobject win32_quickfixengineering -ComputerName $CompName | ? { $_.InstalledOn -gt (get-date).addyears(-1) } Within the win32_quickfixengineering class, you’ll find all the…


Step-By-Step: Enabling Custom Domain Names in Azure via PowerShell

Simplicity of domain name assignment are sometimes just as important as the content the site showcases. When creating a site on Azure however, the site is assigned as a subdomain of cloudapp.net. The result is said site having a URL such as yoursite.cloudapp.net instead of yoursite.com.  This post will help address this by detailing steps on…

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Nano Server Image Builder

Hello folks, I was looking at some questions i got in my last user group sessions where we were discussing Microsoft Windows Server 2016.  i was going to answer one of them in this post. “how do you hardcode an IP address in Nano server?”. BUT,  i decided at the last minutes to switch my…

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Step-By-Step: Enabling the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol on an Azure AD Managed Domain

In Active Directory environment, the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) is responsible for reading and writing data from AD. By default, the LDAP traffic is transmitted in and unsecure format. You can secured this by transmitting based on SSL. When you have a hybrid or cloud only setup this is important. The idea behind this post is to demonstrate how to…


Step-by-Step: Setup Docker on your Windows 2016 Server

  Hello Folks a couple weeks ago i was delivering a session on Windows Server 2016.  During that session i covered the Container support in Windows Server 2016. I see huge possibilities with containers.  I’m far from a Docker expert but I’m diving head first in that pool.   Anyway,  like i was saying i…

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Understanding the Partnership Between OMS and System Center Configuration Manager

Microsoft announced new licensing options on October 1st 2106 making it very attractive for OMS managed servers to have a ConfigMgr license bundled with it. Could this be the renaissance of server management with ConfigMgr? Microsoft is currently evolving the two-decade old System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) offering into a “As a Service” model with multiple updates per…

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Step-By-Step: Installing MySQL on Nano Server via PowerShell

Recently, Pierre Roman was in town presenting 10 Things I like About Windows Server 2016 to the Toronto ITPRO Usergroup. While presenting, he white-boarded a couple of questions for Pierre and I to address on CANITPRO.NET later via a blog post. One such question was as follows: “Can you install SQL on a Nano Server?”…

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Step-By-Step: Excluding Users or Usergroups from Group Policy

Sometimes excluding a user or user group from a group policy is needed to appease an application setting or system setting. I’ve seen administrators create separate OU and move users there to exclude said user from the particular group policy. This is not necessary. This post will demonstrate how you can exclude a user or group from a GPO…


Step-By-Step: Creating a DNS zone in Azure

Hello Folks, We all know that DNS is responsible for resolving a website or service name to its IP address.  Now, you can use Azure DNS.  It’s a hosting service for DNS domains using Microsoft Azure infrastructure. By hosting your domains in Azure, you can manage your cloud environments AND your DNS zones using the…

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