Step-By-Step: Securing a Xamarin app with Azure AD’s Multi-factor Authentication

In a recent collaboration between PCL and Microsoft, the team came together to digitally transform a manual onboarding process for contractors at local jobsites. The current paper-based process, with its triplicate impact forms, meant high costs for PCL in both form printing and the manual input hours clocked by the PCL Human Resources team.  Plans…

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Step-By-Step: Getting Started with Azure Machine Learning

Artificial Intelligence (AI) study and use is on the rise.  Tools to enable AI are becoming more readily available, simpler to use and easier to implement.  What’s more is that the definition of AI itself has been broken down into ingredients that, when later applied into a recipe (or process), can provide multiple desired outcomes.  One of the…

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PowerShell Basics: Listing the number of services each user has per server

Infrastructure audits can be fun right? While they can be tedious at best, most IT Professionals are prepared via the use of Operations Management Suite or other 3rd party software that can literally produce a report in minutes (depending on infrastructure size of course!) What about if you don’t have access to these tools? Fear not…

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Step-By-Step: Displaying info regarding previous logons on Windows 10

The Consumer Electronics Show has always been a blur of innovative device launches from a multitude of manufactures. CES 2017 has been no different other than an increase of devices running Windows 10. This comes as no surprise as many device manufactures plan to highlight their designs by complementing them with the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update…

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Cloud4Good: How Azure helps speed up the search for Canada’s missing children

With so many stories focused on the business benefits of the cloud, we can easily overlook some of the most important and dramatic new social applications of emerging technology. And what could matter more than finding missing kids? Per the Missing Children Society of Canada in 2016 alone, a staggering 45,000 children went missing in…

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Step-By-Step: Enabling Custom Domain Names in Azure via PowerShell

Simplicity of domain name assignment are sometimes just as important as the content the site showcases. When creating a site on Azure however, the site is assigned as a subdomain of cloudapp.net. The result is said site having a URL such as yoursite.cloudapp.net instead of yoursite.com.  This post will help address this by detailing steps on…

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Step-By-Step: Installing MySQL on Nano Server via PowerShell

Recently, Pierre Roman was in town presenting 10 Things I like About Windows Server 2016 to the Toronto ITPRO Usergroup. While presenting, he white-boarded a couple of questions for Pierre and I to address on CANITPRO.NET later via a blog post. One such question was as follows: “Can you install SQL on a Nano Server?”…

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IT’s Latest Challenge: Innovation and Transformation

I have been oddly quite here on CANITPRO.NET as of late and with good reason.  Over the summer I was asked to contemplate Microsoft’s three core ambitions: Create more personal computing Reinvent productivity and business processes Build the intelligent cloud   Timely as the following was mentioned during the September 26th 2016 Microsoft Ignite keynote:  …

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Step-By-Step: Changing a Public VPN to Private in Windows 10

Have a need to hide your VPN connections from public view? Here is a quick and easy way to change the visibility of your VPN connection in Windows 10 from public to private. It will require a registry edit and as such best practice would dictate that making a backup of said registry before proceeding…

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Step-By-Step: Enabling browser extensions in Edge

Introduced in Windows 10, Microsoft Edge is the new internet browser enabling it’s users to surf the web.  The browser features the ability to enable note taking on web pages and Cortana utilization. Microsoft Edge has even shown to be better at sipping battery consumption as tested by the Microsoft Edge Team.   What the browser…

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