Step-By-Step: Enabling Apps to Auto-Trigger VPNs in Windows 10

Have you ever experienced that one app that always requires a VPN connection to operate? It becomes a bigger problem when that app is not frequently used and so the people using said application are not overly familiar as to how to initiate a VPN connection.  Thankfully Windows 10 has a solution to address this…

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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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IT Admin Basics: Understanding Group Policy Design

Windows 10, and the additional abilities that come with it, provides additional policy capabilities enabled to allow IT administrators further manageability of his client deployment. Designing group policies for said organization can become complex if not planned accordingly. Chaos can rein should improper setup of Group Policies be pushed from group policies to workstations. Proper…


Mobility Management: Preparing An Intune Environment

Intune, Microsoft’s full-featured Mobile Device Management offering that supports Android, iOS, and Windows, can integrate with System Center Configuration Manager enabling larger environments. This combination can utilize a centralized management console to manage mobile devices, PCs, servers, and virtual machines, both in cloud and on-premise.  A Microsoft Intune subscription is required before preparing the Intune…


Step-By-Step: App Deployment via Microsoft Intune

Microsoft Intune, part of Microsoft’s EMS offering, enables cloud based mobile device management, mobile application management, and PC management. Organizations can utilize Intune to provide supported users access to corporate applications, data, and resources from virtually anywhere on almost any device securely.  Intune also provides the ability to push required applications to devices managed by…

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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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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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Microsoft Reaches RTM Milestone With Availability Slated for October 18th

Yesterday Microsoft announced that they had achieved a great milestone: Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 had been released to manufacturing (RTM).  This provides final software to Microsoft’s hardware partners for them to complete their final system validations and in turn is the final step before putting the next generation of Windows Server in your hands. This 2012 R2 release wave is…

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Tips and Tricks for Navigating the New Windows 8 User Interface

Hello Folks, This is a re-post of a great article that our friend Mitch Tulloch wrote for the BizTech Information Technology site.  We are reproducing it with his blessing. Mitch is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional and lead author of several books including “The Windows 7 Resource Kit” and “Introducing Windows Server 2012” (this one…

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