IT Doomsday?

29. September 2016 Opinion 0
Doomers have existed since the beginning of time. And almost every generation of people has believed, at one time or another, that their generation might be the last–those who witness (or usher in) the end of the world. Post-apocalyptic dystopia even enjoys their own sub-genre within the fictional realm–find these themes in every form of popular media (books, movies, TV, ...

Mobility as a Lifestyle

26. September 2016 Opinion, Productivity 0
Last year I took a few months off from my job. As an engineer, I believe that planning is everything. So I figured I’d schedule my mid-life crises in advance and try to have it out of the way early, before I even hit middle-age. During this time I did quite a bit of traveling with ...

Redirection no more?

22. September 2016 Opinion, Technical 0
I had recently published an article about setting up NTFS security for roaming profiles and redirected folders, when a co-worker and I got into an interesting discussion.  So I had to share some of these thoughts while they were still bouncing around in my brain. The question is this: does it still pay to use ...

The Measure of Success

19. September 2016 Opinion, Philosophy 0
How do you measure success? In the world of consulting, we live and die by the billable hour. Utilization. But I haven’t watched that metric for myself–ever. I’ve been told to, of course. But as with many conventions, I generally ignore it. These days, I’m lucky enough to work for a company that doesn’t ask me ...

How-to get started with Microsoft Intune

15. September 2016 Technical 0
In previous posts, I have described MDM for Office 365, as well as some key differences between that product and Microsoft’s full-blown MDM solution, Intune. Today we’re going to begin the Intune set up and configuration process.  If you haven’t yet, go obtain a free trial of Intune (or EMS).  It should be relatively easy ...

2016 Essentials Integration: Azure Virtual Network, part 2

08. September 2016 Technical 0
In the previous post, we enabled the Windows Server Essentials integration with Azure Virtual Network, and configured a virtual network in the cloud with a Site-to-site VPN right from our Dashboard. While we wait for the connection to become active, we can deploy a virtual machine into that network. Step 5: Deploy a Virtual Machine ...

2016 Essentials Integration: Azure Virtual Network, part 1

06. September 2016 Technical 0
This is one of the new features I am most excited about in Windows Server 2016 Essentials Experience.  Today we are going to setup a connection to an Azure Virtual Network. With this technology, we have the ability to extend our on-premises server and domain infrastructure into the Microsoft Azure cloud, and run additional virtual machines there, without ...

2016 Essentials Integration: Azure Backup

01. September 2016 Technical 3
Customers of the late SBS line of products will be familiar with the Essentials Experience backup options for client PC’s, and Windows Server Backup to external hard drive, but these days we have a new option with Microsoft Cloud Services integration: reliable offsite backups to the Azure cloud. From the Home screen of the Dashboard, start by navigating to the ...