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Configuring PowerShell for Windows Azure

So, you’ve got your Windows Azure subscription all set up (and if you don’t you can set up a FREE TRIAL HERE), and now you want to use PowerShell to work with your Windows Azure-based resources.  In case you weren’t aware, Microsoft provides a Windows Azure PowerShell module for scripted management of Windows Azure services…. Read more

(Episode 11) Windows 8: Windows Intune – Cloud based Management for Windows PCs & Tablets

In this episode I welcome Technical Specialist Susan Smith from the Windows Intune team as we discuss Intune’s cloud-based solution to manage PCs and mobile devices.  Tune in as we describe Intune’s capabilities and how it can help support your mobile workforce while still ensuring a better managed and secured IT environment. BONUS: Try Windows… Read more

Windows Server 2012 Essentials Release Candidate is available for download

Overview Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Essentials (formerly Windows Small Business Server Essentials) is a flexible, affordable, and easy-to-use server solution designed and priced for small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices that helps them reduce costs and be more productive.  Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Essentials is an ideal first server,… Read more

Where can I use Managed Service Accounts? (So many questions. So little time. Part 32)

Great question! For those of you who are not familiar with these things called Managed Service Accounts, let’s first talk about the problem that the solve.  But let’s first set the stage with a couple of assumptions: You have some domain accounts being used as the identity for some services. For the sake of good… Read more

Why use DJOIN? (So many questions. So little time. Part 31)

I have another question related to the DJOIN command: For those of you who don’t know what an “Offline Domain Join” is or what the DJOIN.EXE command does, please refer to my blog post from the other week on the subject.  In a nutshell, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 contain a tool (djoin.exe)… Read more

Should I just wait for Windows 8? (So many questions. So little time. Part 28)

Josh is asking what I’m sure a lot of people are also wondering, given the recent excitement around our next version of Windows.. Wow!  A two-parter!      Short answer to your first part: No.  Don’t wait to start the migration.  Longer explanations and reasons: The many and varied ways that Windows 7 surpasses Windows XP… Read more

Can DJOIN fix this? (So many questions. So little time. Part 25)

Amy asks: This question was in the context of our discussion on “Offline Domain Join” (djoin.exe).  For those of you not familiar with it, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 support the ability to join a machine to a domain, even while there is no network connectivity between the joining machine and a domain… Read more

Breaking News: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 is RTW

RTW = Released to the Webitubes Wow.. what a big week. The System Center 2012 release, the official naming of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, and now the newest version of the MDT – Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 – is released and available for download. For those not familiar with it, the MDT is… Read more

Breaking News: System Center 2012 RTM eval is avalable to all

Wonderful news!  Today at the Microsoft Management Summit going on in Las Vegas, Microsoft announced the availability of System Center 2012.  You can start your evaluation downloads now: https://aka.ms/PvtCld Pass it on!… Read more

Just Released: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 RC

I received an e-mail late last night informing me of the release of a new RC (Release Candidate) for the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012.  “MDT 2012?  Does that mean…” Yes.  This version is being built to support the latest-and-greatest solutions and technologies that are on the near-horizon and coming soon, such as Windows 8 and… Read more