Step-By-Step: Setting up Active Directory in Windows Server 2016

There are interesting new features now made available in Windows Server 2016 such as time based group membership, privileged access management, and others. Most will be covered in future posts. This post will detail how to install active directory on Windows Server 2016. Before the AD install however it is important to understand what is the minimum requirement to…


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: Deploying Nano Server Found in Windows Server 2016 TP5

Microsoft recently made available Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5. This newly released update includes a new offering of Nano Server which greatly improves the creation process. PowerShell in TP5 also covers way more scenarios than previously covered. Much is detailed in the following video: However, specific to PowerShell, updates to Nano Server TP5 include: New…


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 a Domain Joined Nano Server via PowerShell

There are many ways to deploy and manage Nano Server as detailed in the following video: Recently I’ve put together a PowerShell module called DeployImage with the intent to simplify the deployment of a WindowsIMage file.  In this case, my goal was to make NanoServer an easily deployable option for the average system administrator.  So began my experimentation with Windows…


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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