Top 4 Windows 8.1 Useful Hotkeys and Hidden Features

We at CANITPRO.NET strive do our best to provide helpful resources to better serve the IT Professional community in providing information Microsoft's server and virtualization offerings such as Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and Hyper-V 2012 R2.  In light of it being the holiday season and of which some may have recently been gifted a Windows…

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Step-By-Step: Harnessing PowerShell to Build A New Active Directory Forest

Following a recent post on CANITPRO.NET entitled Benefits of Deploying Windows Server 2012 R2 Core Installation, I thought it would be a great opportunity to provide insight as to harnessing PowerShell to assist in the day to day activities that could be completed on a core enabled server.  This script could prove to be useful when setting…

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Step-By-Step: Windows 8.1 Start Screen Customization via PowerShell

 The Windows 8.1 Start Screen can be utilized as an important tool to all employees of respected organizations to be kept informed.  One of the challenges faced by IT Professionals is the need to properly setup said Start Screen.  This is to ensure employees gain immediate gratification in regards to the company dashboard like functionality a properly…

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Step-By-Step: Deploy Hyper-V on SMB 3.0

Hello Folks, just wrapped up another Windows Server 2012 R2 camp in Montreal.  it’s very cold (-33 degrees Celsius).  but the discussion were great.  we spent a good portion taking about SMB 3.0 and the added capabilities to support server applications.  An SMB file share can now store virtual machine (VM) and SQL Server resources…

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Step-By-Step: Enabling Kiosk Mode in Windows 8.1 via Assigned Access

One of the interesting features made available in Windows 8.1 is Kiosk mode.  While most may see this type of functionality relatable in only a retail setting, there are other functions kiosk mode could serve.  With uses that range from a individual assigned a specific task to a self serve option in automating specific tasks,…

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BYOD Basics: Microsoft’s Mobile Device Management Toolset

A great deal of questions are currently being asked around best practices surrounding Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategies.  One of the items to take into consideration is which mobile devices management offering would best enable people centric IT. With Windows Phone steadily growing in market share and Windows Server 2012 R2 now including functionality to connect devices through its Work…

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Step-By-Step: Scale-out file shares and continuously available file services

Hello folks, I’m the heels of another camp where we dove into Windows Server 2012 R2.  This particular one generated a lot of discussions around highly available file servers and the benefits they can bring your environment. so in this post, we’ll take a look at SMB Scale Out file servers.  don’t take my word…

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Benefits of Deploying Windows Server 2012 R2 Core Installation

 CANITPRO Camps are currently under development for the upcoming 2014 season with a new batch of content revolving around the Microsoft Server 2012 R2 goodness released back in October.  The camp content is currently being tested, however we at CANITPRO thought it would be prudent to share a topic that has sparked some interest when…

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Step-By-Step: Creating a Tiered Storage Space

Today, Anthony and I were meeting with customers to discuss some of the new Windows Server 2012 R2 capabilities and how they can be leveraged in the enterprise. By the way, if you want to learn more about Windows Server 2012 R2 and Storage Spaces there is a great MVA module for it. Windows Server…

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Step-By-Step: Enabling Disk Performance Counters in Windows Server 2012 R2 Task Manager

In Windows Server 2012 R2, disk performance counters were disabled by default because of a noted significant performance impact in collecting Disk metrics on a Server. This is due to the overhead Task Manager can cause when querying each Disk IO for each process/thread on the individual disk. Interestingly enough disk resource values are visible in the Processes view…

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