Tip of the Day: Customization via Provisioning in Windows 10

Today’s Tip… With all of the chatter about what Windows 10 brings, you may have heard “provisioning” a few hundred times. So how do you use it to customize Windows 10? Good news! It is well documented and easy to find (especially when someone provides you the information). “Windows 10 introduces new and enhanced imaging…

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Tip of the Day: Desktop Shortcut Keys for Windows 10

Today’s Tip… Desktop Shortcut Keys for Windows 10 Shortcut Description (Windows Key) Open and close the Start menu.  + 1, + 2, etc. Switch to the desktop and launch the nth application in the taskbar. For example, +1 launches whichever application is first in the list, numbered from left  to right. + A Open the…

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(SQL) Tip of the Day: Integrated Azure PowerShell into your Default PowerShell prompt

Today’s Tip… With Windows 10 you will notice that your default PowerShell window now has syntax highlighting! This is great except for the fact that your Azure PowerShell window does not inherit this new feature. We can get around this by adding the Azure PowerShell Cmdlets to your default PowerShell profile. To do this, in…

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(SQL) Tip of the Day: Using QDS to understand your database’s performance

Today’s Tip… Want more information about what is going on inside your SQL Azure database? We have now released some easier to use tools including QDS (Query Data Store) so that you can more easily dig in and see what is going on with your performance. Check out the link below for some videos showing…

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Tip of the Day: Configuring VPN Policies with Intune

Today’s Tip… Well, just got that shiny new 30-day Intune trial and wondering what to do with it?   How about putting it through its paces by pushing out a policy or two.  Let’s start with a basic VPN Connection Profile. Check out the following post for a walkthrough on configuring a custom VPN policy using…

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Tip of the Day: Getting Ready for Windows 10 – Your own Intune Lab

Today’s Tip… Yesterday’s tip provided a background on OMA-DM operations, the standard on which Microsoft Intune’s Enterprise Management Protocol is based.  Intune uses this protocol to manage VPN Connection profiles and other policy on Windows 10 devices. As you get ready for the release of Windows 10 you may try-out Intune for yourself. Get a…

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Tip of the Day: Getting Ready for Windows 10 – An MDM Primer

Today’s Tip… Need to understand the finer points of MDM, but have no more than 10 minutes to spare?  Then let’s get started….. Mobile Device Manager (MDM) Primer Open Mobile Alliance Device Management (OMA-DM) Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions offer an effective way to meet the challenges of managing modern Enterprise BYOD scenarios.  ‘MDM’ is…

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(Cloud) Tip of the Day: IdFix

Today’s Tip… There are a number of object synchronization errors that slow down onboarding on-premise identities to AAD. The office 365 customer experience team wrote a tool called IDFix which reduces the time involved in remediating the Active Directory errors reported by the directory synchronization tools. It finds and fixes the majority of the object…

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(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Troubleshooting Office 365 Network Performance

Today’s Tip… Here are some great resources on planning and troubleshooting network performance when using Office 365. Network planning and performance tuning for Office 365 Network and migration planning for Office 365 Understanding network connectivity to optimize your performance with Office 365 NAT support with Office 365 Tune Office 365 performance I am sure you…

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(Cloud) Tip of the Day: GA of Azure AD Connect & Health

Today’s Tip… Azure AD Connect and Azure AD Connect Health went General Availability. Check out the official announcement here… http://blogs.technet.com/b/ad/archive/2015/06/24/azure-ad-connect-amp-connect-health-is-now-ga.aspx To start right away with Azure AD Connect, download the release and check out our new Getting Started guide.  You can also view a short video showing how easy it is to on board to…

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