Windows 10 Tips: Managing Universal Apps in an Enterprise Setting

Windows 8.1, Love it or hate it, was intended to be both a desktop and device operating system. Regardless of how you feel about Windows 8.1, if you were tasked with managing it in you enterprise, there are a number of posts written to assist you in that task. Microsoft recently announced that client management…


Windows 10 Tips: Joining a device to Azure AD

Azure AD Join, similar to Domain Join, enables devices to be made visible in a directory to be managed and gain access to assigned resources. Windows 10 has the ability to register and authenticate directly with Azure AD without the requirement of a Domain Controller needed unless the respected IT administrator chooses to do so….


Step-By-Step: Running A Windows 10 VM on Mac via Oracle VirtualBox

Not two years ago, Mac users and PC users were at odds when Mac users would attend Microsoft events.  How times have changed. At the recent Build and Ignite events, attendees touting Mac notebooks reveled in the numerous announcements brought before them in regards to how Microsoft plans to enable their choice of computing within…


Protecting Active Directory Objects From Accidental Deletion

IT professionals sometimes worry when enabling Domain Administration or other Active Directory privileges to designated local administrators. Accidents can and will happen. One of the more common accidents is the deletion of objects and/or profiles in Active Directory.  The Windows Server 2012 R2 implementation of Active Directory provides a solution to protect sensitive items in…


Windows 10 Tips: Enabling Enterprise Mode in Internet Explorer

“Will the new Edge browser / Project Spartan replace Internet Explorer?” This Windows 10 question is one of the more frequently asked as of late and has been top of mind for many IT professionals.  The main reason for this concern is the need of a browser offering compatible with legacy intranet sites of dire importance…


Step-By-Step: Installing Windows 10 on Oracle VirtualBox

If Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware Workstation 11 are not your first choice to test Windows 10 in a virtualized state, then steps on installing Windows 10 Technical Preview on VirtualBox might be of interest.  Oracle’s general-purpose virtual management offering on x86 hardware is also free and can also be of use to test Windows 10…

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Step-By-Step: Moving An Active Directory Database to A New Location

When setting up Active Directory, the IT Administrator is given an option to select the folder path to copy the Active Directory database files to. It is advised to always to use a separate partition to save the database files instead of using the default C:\Windows\NTDS\folder path.  This provides an easier opportunity to move the…


Step-By-Step: Active Directory Optimization

End of support for Windows Server 2003 is fast approaching. With this in mind, most IT administrators are currently performing a migration to newer versions of Windows Server which in many cases includes an Active Directory migration. One item most do not take into consideration is the state of the Active Directory database after the migration…


Step-By-Step: Testing Windows 10 Via VMware Workstation

 At a recent event at the Nova Scotia Community College, the ask was put forward with regards to testing Windows 10 Technical Preview on VMware Workstation. This is in fact possible and here are the steps to enable the requested setup. Step 1: Download the Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO Visit the Windows Insiders webpage …


Step-By-Step: Creating a Windows 10 To Go Key Inside a Hyper-V VM

Windows 10 will include many cool features to enable system administrators in securing client computing.  Testing is key and this blog has detailed many ways IT Professionals can test Windows 10 Technical Preview without the requirement of loading it on a production machine. So I thought I would share some of my findings as I…