Step-By-Step: Building Windows 10 Provisioning Packages

Standard practice for most IT administrators when migrating to a new client offering entails creating a baseline image of a desired client state. Next the IT administrator wipes the computer to be worked on to image it with the newly created client image.  This procedure is not without it’s faults however and hardware inconsistencies have…


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…


Step-By-Step: Further Detail In Setting Up DirectAccess

Now that you have successfully complete installation of DirectAccess Client services, lets go into further detail regarding the configuration process. Both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 DirectAccess are enabled via a solution accelerator called a DCA ( DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant). The DCA is installed on direct access client computers and helps to troubleshoot…


Step-By-Step: Setting Up DirectAccess

DirectAccess, introduced by Microsoft during the release of Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 acts as an always-on connection from remote location to local network. This enables remote clients to automatically connect to the local network and ensure the connection will reestablish itself should the connection drop. This feature is works based on IPsec and…


Step-By-Step: Docker Client Setup for Windows

DevOps, while not entirely new, provides a new opportunity for both IT professionals and developers alike. The ability for the two roles to develop, ship, and run applications in collaboration can increase the agility of the supported organization to become more nimble in addressing it’s customer needs. Enter Docker, which provides the ability to quickly…


Mobility Management: Preparing An Intune Environment

Intune, Microsoft’s full-featured Mobile Device Management offering that supports Android, iOS, and Windows, can integrate with System Center Configuration Manager enabling larger environments. This combination can utilize a centralized management console to manage mobile devices, PCs, servers, and virtual machines, both in cloud and on-premise.  A Microsoft Intune subscription is required before preparing the Intune…


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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