TechNet Virtual Labs: Assisting in Advancing Your IT Expertise and Career

Many of you may have recently attended a CANITPRO camp presided by Pierre Roman or I recently at a Canadian city near you.  Those who attend have very exuberant as to what they have absorbed in terms of hands on labs and material presented.  Many return to the organizations they represent and have implemented strategies or…


Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Prepare for Lite Touch Installation

Hello Folks, In this Windows 8.1 deployment series we have started looking at how we can streamline the deployment of Windows 8.1 in your environment.  I know that every environment is different and that some of you will have very specific requirements,  However this series looks at a generalized environment and you can adapt it…


Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Machine Inventory

  Hello Folks, In this Windows 8.1 deployment series we have started looking at how we can streamline the deployment of Windows 8.1 in your environment.  I know that every environment is different and that some of you will have very specific requirements,  However this series looks at a generalized environment and you can adapt…


Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up

There has been a lot of talk about the end of Windows XP, the end of support for XP that is… As I write this post there is only a few days left for Windows XP support. What is end of support? (the following is taken word for word from here) After 12 years, support…


Step-By-Step: Creating A Windows To Go Workspace

One of the great additions Microsoft included in Windows 8 was the ability to create a supported Windows workspace on a approved bootable USB drive.  Further enablement was added to the Windows To Go offering this past October alongside the upgrade offering of Windows 8.1.  The Windows Store is now enabled by default allowing Windows To Go users to roam to any…


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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BYOD Basics: Microsoft’s Mobile Device Management Toolset

A great deal of questions are currently being asked around best practices surrounding Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategies.  One of the items to take into consideration is which mobile devices management offering would best enable people centric IT. With Windows Phone steadily growing in market share and Windows Server 2012 R2 now including functionality to connect devices through its Work…

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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…


Step-By-Step: Testing System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Backups for Restoration

Most organizations perform some sort of backup of their System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (CM12) sites. Unfortunately most do not actually tested their backup. This is because it can be very difficult to simulate a failure in production and perform a site recovery.  Backups are good.  Backups that you know you can actually restore from…

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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…