Cloud4Good: Cloning, Compiling and Deploying the Child Finder Xamarin Mobile App

Back in October RedBit had an opportunity to participate in a weekend hack to try and leverage technology to find missing children. It was a collaboration with Missing Children Society of Canada, City of Calgary, Calgary Police Service, Microsoft and RedBit. This article will focus on how to get the Xamarin project up and running…


Cloud4Good: Extracting Data from the Twitter API through Azure Functions

Azure Functions has quickly become one of my favorite technologies  in Azure. I find myself working a wide range of projects; with many of them being proof of concepts or hack-a-thons. With these formats, I am always looking for the fastest ways to develop the critical pieces of the software. For the Missing Children Society…


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: Creating an Organizational Unit in an Azure AD Domain Service Managed Domain

Organizational units (OU) in Active Directory are containers where users, computers, groups and other organization units are placed. These containers help create Active Directory’s logical structure and can be used to assign group policies & manage the resources.  This is common procedure in in-house domain environment. The same strategy can also be enabled in Azure Managed Domains with however, some limitations….


Step-by-Step: Manage all your servers from anywhere, on any browser, for free

Hello folks, I keep having a conversation with IT professionals about managing Windows Servers and my preference for Core and now Nano servers where it makes sense.  I’ve always preferred remote management to having to login to every servers by RDP or directly to the box.  And now, there is a way to start managing…

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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…


Step-By-Step: Enabling the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol on an Azure AD Managed Domain

In Active Directory environment, the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) is responsible for reading and writing data from AD. By default, the LDAP traffic is transmitted in and unsecure format. You can secured this by transmitting based on SSL. When you have a hybrid or cloud only setup this is important. The idea behind this post is to demonstrate how to…


Step-By-Step: Creating a DNS zone in Azure

Hello Folks, We all know that DNS is responsible for resolving a website or service name to its IP address.  Now, you can use Azure DNS.  It’s a hosting service for DNS domains using Microsoft Azure infrastructure. By hosting your domains in Azure, you can manage your cloud environments AND your DNS zones using the…


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: Deploy a new Linux VM from a captured image

Hello folks, in my last post we discussed who to capture an existing Linux machine in Azure in order to be able to deploy new instances of that machine.  In effect turning that machine into a template. Now, we’ll use that image, Azure CLI and the and the JSON template the last process generated to…

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