Migration and Deployment: A look at Windows 8 AppLocker (Part 19 of 19) by Matt Hester

One of the challenges faced by most IT Departments is the concept of control over a user’s desktop / computer.  What I mean by this is how does the IT Department allow users to have flexibility in running applications and configuring their work computer while at the same time “locking” down access to applications that…

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Migration and Deployment: Windows 8 App Policy and Sideloading Apps – Step by Step (Part 17 of 19) by Tommy Patterson

In Part 16 of the Migration and Deployment Blog Series, Keith Mayer went over details on how to deploy Windows 8 applications using System Center 2012 SP1.  In Part 17, Tommy Patterson looks at the same deployment scenario but without System Center 2012 SP1.  He covers the topic of “Side Loading” the apps.  I am…

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Migration and Deployment: Step-by-Step – Deploying Windows 8 Apps with System Center 2012 SP1 (Part 16 of 19) by Keith Mayer

For any organization that has deployed applications to Windows 7 (or Windows XP and Windows Vista), the mechanism(s) that were used will most likely work for deploying those same applications to Windows 8 desktops.  The unknown entity for most organizations is the deployment of the new Windows 8 based GUI applications.  The good news for…

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IT Camp Relevance Survey

During the past year and half, I’ve been holding in-person events called IT Camps.  I have found that the attendance of these events vary considerably.  I would Microsoft to continue to invest in these and thought I would put together a quick 3 question survey to get a better understanding of what we can do…

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How does a one armed computer geek type and get work done on his computer? Using voice recognition software (Dragon Naturally Speaking) – My story of why I had to do this

Before I get into the portion where I cover Dragon Naturally Speaking, let me provide some background so you know why I ended up purchasing this software. When I was younger, I played lots of different sports – gymnastics, basketball, racquetball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, softball, golf, flag football and even tackle football (no pads).  Needless…

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Deployment and Migration: System Center 2012 SP1 Explained – App Controller for VM and Cloud Service Deployment (Part 14 of 19) by Yung Chou

In Part 14 of the Deployment and Migration Blog Series, Yung Chou goes into detail on the configuration of System Center 2012 SP1 App Controller and Security settings in Virtual Machine Manager so that you can connect your On-Premises management toolset to Azure and manage both environments.  I am including a brief snippet directly from…

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Migration and Deployment: System Center 2012 SP1 Explained – App Controller as a Single Pane of Glass for Delegating Cloud Management, A Primer (Part 13 of 19) by Yung Chou

I know there are quite a few IT Pros who do like the command line / PowerShell interface for management.  At the same time, I know there are probably more IT Pros who prefer to use a GUI if one is available.  When managing On Premises and Windows Azure infrastructure, you now have a choice. …

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