Step-By-Step: Removing Windows 8.1 Modern Apps with PowerShell

 PowerShell a great tool for IT professionals allowing them to save time in completing day to day activities. However, automation is not it's sole functionality.  PowerShell can also be utilized to correct errors sometimes caused by GUI based apps.  This Step-By-Step post will resolve, in its example, an issue where a pesky Windows 8.1 modern application that should have been uninstalled remains…

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Step-By-Step: Windows 10 Start Menu Customization via PowerShell

Introduced in Windows 8.1, the Start Screen has the ability to be setup as an informational dashboard. This provides the ability for an employee to quickly glean required information, then just as quickly, set off to complete their required task.  The upcoming Windows 10 offering will further Start functionality providing choice of either the traditional…

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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…

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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 des détails des appels (CDR) et les…


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…


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…

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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” During these…

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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…


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…

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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…

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