Step-By-Step: Installing MySQL on Nano Server via PowerShell

Recently, Pierre Roman was in town presenting 10 Things I like About Windows Server 2016 to the Toronto ITPRO Usergroup. While presenting, he white-boarded a couple of questions for Pierre and I to address on CANITPRO.NET later via a blog post. One such question was as follows: “Can you install SQL on a Nano Server?”…

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Step-By-Step: Excluding Users or Usergroups from Group Policy

Sometimes excluding a user or user group from a group policy is needed to appease an application setting or system setting. I’ve seen administrators create separate OU and move users there to exclude said user from the particular group policy. This is not necessary. This post will demonstrate how you can exclude a user or group from a GPO…


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: Enabling Restricted Admin Mode for Remote Desktop Connections

Introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2, Restricted Admin mode addresses the ability for a hacker to access plain-text or any other re-usable form of credentials to the remote PC or Server.  The solution will also not allow access to any other network resources from that pc or server through restricted admin mode connection with out…


Step-By-Step: Enabling Azure Backup To Protect Your Data

It has bee said that data is the new currency.  In light of this it is important to ensure organizations have seamless access to its data. Proper backup planning will ensure seamless access to in the case of a disaster. While many solutions are available (tape, off premise, etc), Azure Backup provides a solution enabling backups to securely…


Step-By-Step: Configuring a Hybrid Office 365 Deployment via Hybrid Deployment Wizard

Enabling secure access to data is top of mind for many organizations.  How to achieve this is the troublesome part as there is no one size fits all solution especially surrounding the security of said data and where it should reside.  Some organizations are investigating cloud enablement on behalf of their organization but sometimes data…


Step-By-Step: Enabling an Azure Active Directory Self-Service Password Reset

Password reset requests are a common nuisance for system administrators and the people they support.  Company operations can be negatively affected if users are not provided access to systems and applications promptly.  IT Professionals roll their eyes at password reset requests as they often come in while performing an important task. What if end users could securely reset their passwords…


Step-By-Step: Deploying Blackberry Enterprise Service on Azure via Azure Marketplace

BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) has come a long way from is initial closed offering of strictly managing devices built by BlackBerry themselves.  Now supporting iOS, Android and Windows, BlackBerry’s server offering extends said offering across existing deployments of BlackBerry devices. Enter Azure Marketplace, a tool created for IT Professionals to quickly deploy templates of services on Azure…

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Step-By-Step: Enabling Multi-Factor Authentication for Azure Active Directory Users

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) provides an additional layer of security to confirm the identity of a user. Methodologies utilized can include PIN, phone call, smart cards, biometrics etc.There are many MFA service providers currently in market that offer both on-premises service or via cloud based service. Integrating MFA to secure an on-premises active directory implementation, especially with it…


Step-By-Step: Enabling Domain Based Filtering in an Azure AD Connect sync

Microsoft’s Azure AD Connect tool can integrate an on-premises Windows Server Active Directory deployment with Azure Active Directory enabling users to connect to a multitude of SaaS applications, Azure Services and of course Office 365. The following video provides an overview of how the Azure AD Connect tool can enable said services: Several features are included with Azure AD Connect to…

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