To cloud or not to cloud?

For those that know me, knows that I’m a huge fan of cloud when it makes sense. Be on cloud just to tell people that is on cloud does not make sense and your company is probably losing money. For small companies, be on cloud is always the simplest solution, they don’t need infrastructure, they don’t need to buy anything, so, they don’t need a lot of money to start. With the big push from Microsoft and with its new corporation theme “cloud first mobile first”, many companies are migrating or using some sort of cloud. The benefit exist, how much would cost you to host an exchange server in your company? The license for office proplus? Energy? Server? Backup? etc. And not forgetting, someone to help you with the setup and monthly maintenance. If you get office 365, you get the same for about £15 + vat per person…

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/raphael/to-cloud-or-not-to-cloud/

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Microsoft Intune App-layer – Microsoft Intune App Wrapping Tool

In the first blog about the Microsoft Intune App-layer protection, one of the supported features is that you are able to wrap your own applications with the Microsoft Intune App Wrapping Tool for iOS so that you are able to manage those applications with the Mobile Application Management policies. In this second blog in the series, we will have a...

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What is Microsoft Intune App-layer protection?

One of the many many new features of Microsoft Intune releases the last couple of months is the Intune App-Layer protection. In short, with Intune App-layer protection you are able to protect your corporate data with managed apps, in other words Mobile Application Management support is added to Microsoft Intune. But how do we manage apps with Microsoft Intune and...

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Microsoft Virtual Academy: Then and Now

The last couple years have meant big changes as to how Microsoft engages the community and one of them has been the Microsoft Virtual Academy. This learning service was met with skepticism as to how much value it would offer to the community as other offerings were being decommissioned around the same time. Lately I decided to take a peek...

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MDM via Windows Intune – setting up the environment

This third blog in the series of Microsoft’s Mobile Device Management will be a short blog introducing a short webcast about setting up the Windows Intune environment by getting a 30 day trail version of Windows Intune, setting up your own domain name, configuring the MDM authority and configuring platform support for Apple iOS devices. Have a look and feel...

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MDM via Windows Intune – overview

Windows Intune is the cloud solution from where you are able to manage your PC’s and/or mobile devices. In this series we are focusing on mobile device management so we will skip the PC side of the Windows Intune. Mobile device management via Windows Intune enables you to manage your devices from anywhere, anytime and anyplace without really needing an...

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Building a complete MDM solution with Exchange 2013, ConfigMgr 2012 R2 and Windows Intune

Unfortunately my Windows IT Pro sessions about the Microsoft’s Mobile Device Management solutions were cancelled due the lack of booked “seats” in the virtual classroom. Sad that it won’t go through, I put a lot of effort in it. But the good thing about that it is cancelled is that I am able to share everything with you on my...

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Passcode Reset and Remote Lock via Windows Intune

While preparing my Windows IT Pro Microsoft’s Mobility Options in Exchange, Configuration Manager & Windows Intune sessions I noticed in Windows Intune something that I haven’t seen before. Besides locking your mobile devices down with settings, installing apps and wiping in the device you are now also able to reset the passcode of a mobile device or lock it remotely with...

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Security or lack of in the Google cloud

This is how Google handles cloud security ! 1.2 From Customer to Google. By submitting, posting, generating, or displaying any Application and/or Customer Data on or through the Services, Customer gives Google a worldwide, non-sublicensable, non-transferable, non-exclusive, terminable, limited license to use any Application and/or Customer Data for the sole purpose of enabling Google to provide, maintain, protect, and improve...

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Block Level Storage or File Level Storage: Which will Suit you Better?

For those of us looking at the best storage options for our data center – both physical and virtual – we tend to look at options that are viable and cost-effective for our IT setup. In most cases, it’s recommended to adopt either block level or file level storage, and to determine whether these levels support your virtual environment. This...

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Set User Principal Name via Powershell

A while ago I implemented Windows Intune into my ConfigMgr 2012 R2 lab and during that process I also had to set a User Principal Name (UPN) for my users’ Active Directory Account. In case you need to do that for more than one user at a time, then you might find this little Powershell line helpful: Get-ADUser -Filter * -SearchBase ‘ou=nonAdmins,ou=User,ou=Administration,dc=do,dc=local’ -Properties userPrincipalName | foreach { Set-ADUser $_ -UserPrincipalName “$($_.samaccountname)@david.test”} You will need to change the –SearchBase property to reflect the path to that OU in your Active Directory where the users are for whom you want to change the UPN. You also need to change “@david.test” to the … Continue reading

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