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…


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…


True Deployments: Utilizing BranchCache with Configuration Manager

This post was inspired by Anthony Bartolo’s post on Enabling BranchCache.  This is a real world example of how BranchCache can be used to improve service levels while reducing network costs. Canada is a big country.  The federal government has offices in over 600 locations with immense geographic dispersion.  While there is good connectivity between…

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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…


BYOD Basics: Windows Phone 8 Receives FIPS 140-2 Certification

One of the challenges that IT Professionals face when planning for an acceptable “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) strategy is understanding or measuring the level of security that can be utilized by said devices provided by an organizations employees.  Certain devices provide certain levels of security which should be adhered to when planning which device…

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Step-By-Step: Forcing a Full Hardware Inventory for SCCM

Here is a quick Step-By-Step in regards to forcing a full System Center 2012 (or 2007) Configuration Manager inventory cycle on a client PC. Open wbemtest as an elevated administrator.   Click Connect.   In the Namespace text box enter root\ccm\invagt, then click Connect.   Click Enum Classes.    Select Recursive then click OK.    Locate InventoryActionStatus and double click it.     Click Instances.   …

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