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Step-By-Step: Setting up Active Directory in Windows Server 2016

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:22:27 +0000

There are interesting new features now made available in Windows Server 2016 such as time based group membership, privileged access management, and others. Most will be covered in future posts. This post will detail how to install active directory on Windows Server 2016. Before the AD install however it is important to understand what is the minimum requirement to...

PowerShell Basics: Listing the number of services each user has per server

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:30:19 +0000

Infrastructure audits can be fun right? While they can be tedious at best, most IT Professionals are prepared via the use of Operations Management Suite or other 3rd party software that can literally produce a report in minutes (depending on infrastructure size of course!) What about if you don’t have access to these tools? Fear not...

Powershell Basics: Prompt To Copy File If It Does Not Exist

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 12:29:24 +0000

The PowerShell command Copy-Item will overwrite a file if it exists by default. This is unless that file is marked Read Only in which case you can use the -Force switch to overwrite the file. What if you want to only copy the file if it doesn’t exist? Here’s a quick PowerShell script that will complete...

Step-by-Step: Azure Storage Encryption at Rest

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 06:14:24 +0000

Hello Folks, Ever since I started covering Azure I always get asked about encryption. How do I keep data from prying eyes? How do I ensure that the data is ALWAYS encrypted? Encryption at rest was not an option before, but now it is…. Azure Storage Service Encryption (SSE) for Data at Rest allows you...

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Step-By-Step: Assigning a Reserved IP Address to an Azure VM

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:04:35 +0000

IP address assignments in Azure are dynamic by default and can possibly change when a VM is restarted. Azure VMs can also be assigned static IPs. So why would you need to assign a static IP addresses to an Azure VM? 1) Application requirements – sometime applications need to connect with fixed IP address. For example, if it’s a...

Step-By-Step: Displaying info regarding previous logons on Windows 10

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:04:44 +0000

The Consumer Electronics Show has always been a blur of innovative device launches from a multitude of manufactures. CES 2017 has been no different other than an increase of devices running Windows 10. This comes as no surprise as many device manufactures plan to highlight their designs by complementing them with the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update...

Cloud4Good: Cloning, Compiling and Deploying the Child Finder Xamarin Mobile App

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 05:21:14 +0000

Back in October RedBit had an opportunity to participate in a weekend hack to try and leverage technology to find missing children. It was a collaboration with Missing Children Society of Canada, City of Calgary, Calgary Police Service, Microsoft and RedBit. This article will focus on how to get the Xamarin project up and running...

Cloud4Good: Extracting Data from the Twitter API through Azure Functions

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 00:04:02 +0000

Azure Functions has quickly become one of my favorite technologies  in Azure. I find myself working a wide range of projects; with many of them being proof of concepts or hack-a-thons. With these formats, I am always looking for the fastest ways to develop the critical pieces of the software. For the Missing Children Society...

Cloud4Good: Setting up Infrastructure as code on behalf of Missing Children Society of Canada

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 00:04:10 +0000

Hello Folks, I don’t normally write posts about specific references to customers. It’s normally something like “I was working with a customer when…” but this time I wanted to highlight some learnings regarding a specific project we took on with the Missing Children Society of Canada. We recently had a Hackfest with them, the City...

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Cloud4Good: How Azure helps speed up the search for Canada’s missing children

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 20:16:44 +0000

With so many stories focused on the business benefits of the cloud, we can easily overlook some of the most important and dramatic new social applications of emerging technology. And what could matter more than finding missing kids? Per the Missing Children Society of Canada in 2016 alone, a staggering 45,000 children went missing in...

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