Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Compatibility

On October 18th 2013, Microsoft will embark on one of its largest “General Availability” deployments.  With every major launch, IT professionals must ready themselves to understand possible compatibility issues that could arise when new software is released.  To help address some of this guesswork, we at CANITPRO.NET have been able to source information to address…


Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit Best Practices

With Windows 8.1 less than three weeks from GA, and Windows XP less than 200 days from end of support (#EndOfDaysXP on Twitter), I thought it would be a good time to write about the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit again, but only in the context of Windows 8 Readiness and maintaining a software and…


Utilizing PowerShell to Build an IT Camp

I was recently conversing with a colleague complaining that he was always busy and was not enjoying his job because he felt as if he hardly had time to breathe.  When asked what sort of tasks he did on a regular basis, his reply was simply: ‘If you have to do a task only once,…


Step-By-Step: Azure Networking

Hello Folks, On October 8th I wrote about Create a Site-to-Site VPN between your network and Azure. and someone contacted me through LinkedIn and asked why I created 2 subnets in my Virtual Network? What was the point?  Well, like I said in that post it was to separate front-end or Internet accessible servers and…


New ADK for Windows 8.1 Now Available

Organizations that have deployed System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager or System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 and have downloaded and installed the ADK 8.1 before 10/18/2013, now need to download and install the updated version. The previous version does not need to be uninstalled as all that is required is to simply run the ADK setup which will then update the…


Put your Career into Hyperdrive by Adding Hyper-V to your Skillset

  The world is increasingly becoming a multi-hypervisor world. With nearly two thirds of businesses on more than one virtualization platform, IT professionals are challenged to become experts in more than one virtualization offering.  With time and resources always in limited supply, Microsoft has created a solution path to help assist IT professionals cope with…


What’s New in SMB in Windows Server 2012 R2

Hello folks, Since the release of Windows Server 2012 R2 I’ve gotten a lot of questions about what’s new? Where are the big improvements? There are a lot of improvements in Windows Server 2012 R2.  we’ve been covering o lot of it in previous post on this site.  but for now, I want to cover…


Tips on Utilizing BitLocker-to-Go

 BitLocker To Go is Microsoft’s removable media encryption solution offered for Windows 8.1. It utilizes the same underlying disk encryption technology as BitLocker does for fixed disks but is designed to address the removable media use case. If the USB key in question is ever lost, it is protected with BitLocker To Go thus keeping the data secure. …


BYOD Basics: Enabling People Centric IT

The term “Bring your Own Device” or BYOD, has been coming up more frequently in conversation as of late.  This is because the line between business and consumer devices has almost completely eroded.  Sleek and jaw dropping smartphones and tablets now include TPM chipsets and FIPS 140-2 adherence further blurring said division.  With this evolution now occurring, conversations…