Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit Best Practices

With Windows 8.1 less than three weeks from GA, and Windows XP less than 200 days from end of support (#EndOfDaysXP on Twitter), I thought it would be a good time to write about the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit again, but only in the context of Windows 8 Readiness and maintaining a software and…


Step-By-Step: Create a Site-to-Site VPN between your network and Azure

Hello Folks, On September 29th, I posted an article on going back to basic with the Azure subscription.  let’s kick it up a notch.  Now that you have an Azure trial subscription , or an MSDN subscription that provides monthly Azure credits. you can extend your lab network to the cloud and start learning the…

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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…


Step-By-Step: Deploying Active Directory to Azure

Hello Folks, IT Pros are always expected to support the company applications and to ensure that these applications are always up.  One way to increase up-time is to move the application to the cloud, and avoid all the potential hardware failure you may have to deal with.  Let Microsoft Azure worry about the infrastructure and…


Step-by-Step: Setup the Online Backup Service for Windows Server 2012

Hello Folks, When is the last time you had to restore data and you realized that the tape you need is in the vault at the offsite archive, across town… Anyone for a road trip? These situations are thing of the past. The Microsoft Online Backup Service is a cloud based backup solution for Windows…

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Step-By-Step: Evaluate IP address services health with IPAM

On August 15th, I wrote a post on Step-By-Step: Setup Windows Server 2012 IPAM in your environment. It was meant as the first step in a series of post on managing your IP addresses and building a resilient Network Infrastructure using Windows Server 2012.  On Tuesday this week I posted Step-By-Step: Creating IP address Scopes…


Step-By-Step: Creating IP address Scopes with IPAM

On August 15th, I wrote a post on Step-By-Step: Setup Windows Server 2012 IPAM in your environment. It was meant as the first step in a series of post on managing your IP addresses and building a resilient Network Infrastructure using Windows Server 2012. One of our readers called me on it. I did say…


Microsoft Reaches RTM Milestone With Availability Slated for October 18th

Yesterday Microsoft announced that they had achieved a great milestone: Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 had been released to manufacturing (RTM).  This provides final software to Microsoft’s hardware partners for them to complete their final system validations and in turn is the final step before putting the next generation of Windows Server in your hands. This 2012 R2 release wave is…

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Step-By-Step: Configure IP Failover On Replica Virtual Machines

Hello Folks, Last April, Anthony Bartolo, wrote about setting up Virtual Machine Replication Using Hyper-V Replica. Well, I’m revisiting some older post regarding Windows Server 2012 and I’m drilling a little bit more in these topics.  in this one I’ll be looking at configuring IP failover addresses on Replica virtual machines The Hyper-V Replica is…