Step-By-Step: Shutting Down Azure VMs without Scripting

One of the most common questions I have from Microsoft Partners who are starting to explore Azure is how to automatically shut down their virtual machines. As we know, Azure is consumption-based, and for test and dev, or other applications for which the virtual machines are not needed for long periods of time, we can save money by…


Step-By-Step: Installing a Nano server in my test domain

Hello Folks, I’m rebuilding my lab, and i decided to explore the benefits of the new Nano Server.  Windows Server 2016 TP3 offers a new installation option: Nano Server (which we discussed in the past. Nano, Core or Standard? That is the question). Nano Server is a remotely administered server operating system optimized for hosting…


Office 365 Tips: Addressing Shadow Tenant Errors

When adding a domain to your Office 365 tenant, you may run into the following error. “Sorry, you can't add domain.com here because it's already in use” This may be due to the fact that someone in your company signed up for a PowerBI trial with their company email address. We see this a lot…


Étape par Étape: Installation d’un serveur de conversation permanente Skype Entreprise Server 2015

Le rôle de Persistent Chat Server permet aux utilisateurs de participer à des conversations thématiques multi-parties persistantes dans le temps. Les équipes peuvent efficacement partager des informations, des idées et décisions les uns avec les autres. Les discussions sont persistantes, permettant à des utilisateurs dans des zones géographiques différentes de participer même quand ils ne…


Step-By-Step: Installation of Skype for Business Server 2015 Enterprise Persistent Chat

The role of Persistent Chat Server allows users to participate in multi-stakeholder thematic conversations persistent over time. Teams can efficiently share information, ideas and decisions with each other. Discussions are persistent, allowing users in different geographical areas to participate even when they are not simultaneously online. This role allows you to search content, to create…


Step-By-Step: Azure Site Recovery – Controlled Failover

Hello folks, Lately I wrote a few articles about protecting your physical servers with Azure Site Recovery or ASR for short. Step-By-Step: Protect physical servers with Azure Site Recovery Step-By-Step: Protect physical servers with Azure Site Recovery – Part 2 Step-By-Step: Azure Site Recovery – Failover to Azure The reason I have been really looking…


Step-By-Step: Creating and Deploying Windows 10 Provisioning Packages

Many IT administrators utilize imaging solutions to deploy desired client OS experiences. Runtime provisioning, introduced in Windows 10, presents a unique solution in addressing issues that can occur when imaging. Issues such as incorrect drivers or settings discovered on images that may not be compatible with the machine it is being deployed on are addressed…


Step-By-Step: Setup and Installation of Windows Server Containers

Various new features have been announced in Microsoft’s upcoming release of Windows Server 2016. This Step-By-Step post will explore the new Windows Server Containers feature made available in the upcoming release.  The following video provides a great overview of the feature:   Setup/Installation Currently there are 3 ways that containers can be utilized. Containers Host…

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Azure Cloud Service VS Azure Resource Manager

Hello Folks, I’m back!  after some unplanned time off, I’m back on CANITPRO.NET.  so this morning, I was thinking what will i write about….  Hmmmm…  Well just as I was pondering that weekly dilemma, a friend of mine walks by and said: “I was reading your DevOps Basics series of posts and something the Infrastructure…


Step-By-Step: Compacting the DHCP database

To ensure top performance and availability, the DHCP server database requires maintenance from time to time. DHCP database can grow fast, especially in larger organizations, and compacting the DHCP database should be a regular occurrence to adhere to that. A recommendation from Microsoft actually states to compact any database larger than 30mb.   During Windows NT…