Bye bye Windows – Hello Mac

2015 brought its first big change for me, I’ve sold my Surface Pro 3 and bought a – wait for it – MacBook Air. Why did I sell the Surface Pro 3? Well, I was very, very excited when I got the Surface. I had the first Surface Pro, my wife had the first Surface RT and we were both pretty unimpressed with Microsoft’s first Surface. My wife still occasionally uses the Surface RT for some stuff, but I sold mine with great financial loss. Then, when Microsoft released the Surface Pro 3 I wanted to have it right away (the i5, 128GB version). Even with a 10% off voucher […]

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Whitepaper – Service Management’s Role in the Private Cloud

I am happy to announce that today Savision just published a new whitepaper authored by me. It is titled: Service Management’s Role in the Private Cloud Dispelling the Myopic Perception   This whitepaper sets out to define Private Cloud, the layers of Private Cloud, and those layers within which service management operates. The whitepaper also […]

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Word on the Street: Windows 10 Will Come with another New Browser

Windows 9 10 is rumored to have a new browser, or two, that will tag along with the new Windows 10operating system release. Some say that the new browser, code named ‘Spartan’, will be a cross between Chrome and Safari and provide a simpler user experience. Internet Explorer is not dead and it too will come out with a new version with Windows 10. With all these changes on the horizon, enterprises will need to start planning for the upcoming releases soon if they want to keep up with Microsoft’s increasing frequency of updates.

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Missing Save button while creating a Windows Azure Pack Plan

I was setting up my new lab environment at home and ran into a VERY weird issue, that caused me a bit of a headache. Thanks to Social Media and a very helpful colleague I now found the solution, and because I wasn’t able to find any other article, here it is. Create a Plan in Windows Azure Pack If you ever wanted to create a Plan in your Windows Azure Pack (WAP) environment to give your tenants / users some IaaS / DBaaS functionality, then you might have run into this issue as well, or not. This whole issue just came to be because I got a bit ahead … Continue reading

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Remediate Registry String Array Values Using Compliance Settings and PowerShell

Shortly after our Windows 7 Migration awhile back, we started encountering some erratic behavior regarding printing to network printers from Windows 7 clients. After months and months of troubleshooting, we traced it back to the registry. Each print driver has a registry key. The key(s) for the affected printer(s) would have their Dependent Files value changed to be Null. Deleting...

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Looking forward: Migrating to Windows 10

With Windows 7 now firmly in place in enterprise organizations, and Windows 8.x merely a distraction, Windows 10 is gaining a lot of interest. Windows 7 SP1 mainstream support ends in January 2015 and Microsoft has started prelaunch activities for v10. There is no lack of speculation on what the new release will bring, but the common opinion is that Windows 10 will be the next big OS migration for enterprises.

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Top 10 Application Readiness Blog Posts 2014

It is that time again when the end of the calendar year is fast approaching. In the world of technology, 2014 was another disruptive year with thousands of new software versions and upgrades released by software vendors. In this post, we will look back at the most popular Application Readiness blog posts this year. The topics that generated the most interest in the past 12 months were the impending end of life of Windows Server 2003, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), and ongoing updates from Microsoft. #1 Top 5 Technology Trends for IT in 2014 Rapid innovation and consumer technology continued…

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ConfigMgr 2012 WSUS Synchronization Errors

One particularly hot topic at the Midwest Management Summit 2014 conference last month was a relatively recent but increasingly frequent issue that was called out by Kent Agerlund in his blog post “House of Cards – The ConfigMgr Software Update Point and WSUS” (referred to all week as “the house of cards post”). This issue seemed to be popping up...

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Install Windows features through PowerShell – by clicking

 Rebuilding my home lab with PowerShell I am currently rebuilding my home lab (again! This time properly, I promise.) and my goal is to use as much PowerShell as possible. I am building everything on a Dell XPS 15 laptop with a 1TB Samsung SSD and 16GB RAM. Enough for a mid-size mobile lab. The host runs Windows Server 2012 R2, what else? On top of that I have also installed the Windows Management Framework 5 November Preview in order to use all the latest and greatest features of PowerShell, for example Desired State Configuration in its latest version. Of course, I have also downloaded the DSC Resource Kit in … Continue reading

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Import users to Azure and Office 365 with PowerShell

Mass import of users into a cloud directory with PowerShell By now you should already know that PowerShell should be the default tool for every IT Pro nowadays. Every new product and every new release of an existing product out of Microsoft is shipped with a PowerShell module, that’s a clear sign. It’s not only Microsoft, VMware, Citrix, Amazon, all big vendors make their products and services manageable via PowerShell. So get used to it This article will show you an end-to-end example of a PowerShell script that does a mass import of users into a Microsoft Azure Active Directory or Office 365 directory via PowerShell. Azure Active Directory won’t … Continue reading

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Enterprises Yet to Complete Windows 7 Deployment

Within two years, Microsoft has launched three new operating systems (OS) – Windows 8, 8.1 and most recently version 10. This is when many enterprises are yet to complete their Windows 7 deployment. With agile software development on the upswing, and the frequency of operating system (OS) roll outs, IT organizations – which are already strapped for resources – are crushing under the pressure of trying to keep pace with new technology.

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Recover deleted users in Azure Active Directory

You know of the recycle bin in Active Directory, right? I guess this feature has probably saved a bunch of people already big time. Anyways, even the cloud can’t save you from stupidity, failures or “Are you sure? Of course I’m sure!” situations when, for whatever reason, user accounts get deleted when they should not have been deleted. This scenario will specifically show how you can recover deleted user accounts both from Office 365 and also from Azure Active Directory. Azure Active Directory You can’t view deleted users in your Azure Portal (unless you can show me where!), too bad. Gone is gone. PowerShell to the rescue. Connect your PowerShell … Continue reading

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