Step-By-Step: deploying Nano Server using WDS

Hello Folks, As i mentioned in the TechNet Flash Newsletter early in December, I am really exited when a new version of Windows Server comes out. It’s the geek in me that can’t wait to see what new capabilities will make my life easier. I’m on vacation for the holidays so i decided to rebuild…

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Step-By-Step: Using AzCopy to Transfer Files to Azure

A few weeks ago, I posted an article on configuring SMB file shares in Azure to leverage shared drives from within Azure or from on-premise. But what if you are unable to access these SMB file shares due to port restrictions? Or if you only need to copy files to and from Azure storage, and do not require SMB file shares?…

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Étape-Par-Étape: Configuration du mode Hybrid avec Skype pour Entreprise 2015

Un déploiement hybride Skype Entreprise vous permet d'héberger des utilisateurs d’un ou de plusieurs domaines SIP dans des pools Skype Entreprise Server locaux et/ou dans Skype Entreprise Online. Vous pouvez configurer votre déploiement local pour une utilisation hybride avec Skype Entreprise Online et utiliser la synchronisation Active Directory afin de préserver la synchronisation des utilisateurs…


Step-By-Step: Skype for Business 2015 Hybrid Configuration

A hybrid deployment Skype Enterprise allows hosting users of one or more SIP domains in Skype pools Enterprise Server local and / or company Skype Online. You can configure your local deployment to a hybrid use with Skype Enterprise Online and use Active Directory synchronization to maintain synchronization for local users and online.   This article…


Step-By-Step: Removing Corrupt Windows 10 Universal Apps via PowerShell

Universal applications, surmised from the evolution of Modern Apps once trapped within the Start Screen in Windows 8, provide a uniform data creation / consumption experience across the Windows 10 platform which includes the likes of desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone and most recently XBOX.  A great overview of Universal Apps from a IT professional perspective…

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Step-by-Step: Windows 10 – Provisioning using Windows ICD

Hello Folks, Anthony and I often receive emails or tweets asking us to look into specific topics or scenarios.  Well, last week we received a request from CJtheRocker to explore Windows 10 Provisioning using Windows ICD. But really, why the big deal with deploying a new OS??  IT Pros have always said “I wish there…

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Managing Azure Virtual Machines with Server Manager

One of the best and improved features in Server 2012 is being able to manage multiple servers from Server Manager either from Server or desktop. From a single pane of glass, I can easily check the status of other servers in my domain, install roles, and host of other functions. Check out the following video for further…

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Step-By-Step: Disabling the Windows 10 First Sign-in Animation via Group Policy

I recently was engaged in an interesting conversation surrounding Windows 10 while speaking at the Microsoft Cloud Roadshow event in Singapore pertaining to the animation that runs when the user first signs in to their Windows 10 notebook / tablet after a major upgrade.  Apparently users where pinging the local help desk after seeing the animation worried…

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What You Should Consider When Upgrading to SQL Server 2014

Support for SQL Server 2005 comes to an end April 12 2016. Organizations should now start planning to upgrade their databases to SQL Server 2014. While it is SQL 2005 that is retiring, the reality is, there are still SQL Server 2000 databases that are still operational even though they have not been supported by Microsoft since 2013. In fact,…


Step-By-Step: Managing Your Nano Servers

Hello folks, On November 19th 2015 we released the latest technical previews of Windows Server 2016 . I’m actually looking forward to wipe my lab clean and start again with TP4. Technical Preview 4 includes significant enhancements, many of which reflect customer feedback on the previews released earlier this year. Application platform features, including new…

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