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…


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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Step-By-Step: Enabling Customer Lockbox in Office 365

Security is always top of mind for IT Professionals.  With more people demanding access to data (via smartphones, tablets, etc), IT Professionals have been challenged in providing secure seamless access. Some have been looking to cloud services to address this need but require assistance as to where to begin. The first question usually asked is: “Who really…

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Step-By-Step: Removing A Domain Controller Server Manually

The proper way to remove a DC server in an Active Directory infrastructure is to run DCPROMO and remove it. The following video provides an example of these steps: There are certain situations however, such as server crash or failure of DCPROMO option, that would require a manual removal of the DC from the system by cleaning up the servers metadata as…