Category Archives: Deployment

Upcoming Events – ModernBiz Series – Safeguard Your Business

I’ll be delivering these events in January, so shake off the New Year brainfog and get yourself registered. Learn How to Help Customers Protect Their Business Data The Modern Biz Technical Series provides training, demonstrations, and hands-on instruction on how to use the latest Office 365, Windows, Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure, and SQL Server 2014 capabilities to deliver solutions to small and midsize organizations. This set of training courses is designed to prepare Microsoft value-added reseller (VAR) partners

More events announced in ModernBiz Series for SMB

  Quick Links to training in this Newsletter. Modern Business Technical Training for SMB Grow Your Business with Technical Training Below is a list of all the Modern Biz Technical training sessions to help you and your team skill up on the latest technology, solutions and news.   The Modern Biz Technical Series provides training, demonstrations, and hands-on instruction on how to use the latest Office 365, Windows, Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure, and SQL Server 2014 capabilities to

Restoring Your Windows Phone 8.1 After A Reset

In an earlier post I covered how to use the Nokia Software Recovery Tool to either restore your Lumia with the WP8.1 Preview for Developers to the factory image, or better yet have Windows Phone 8.1 Update and Cyan be applied automatically. There was a downside though, which is that it didn’t maintain your data In my last post I covered backing the phone up, today I will cover restoring the phone. Let’s run through this from a phone running

Backing Up Your Windows Phone Before Upgrading To Windows Phone 8.1

In the last post I covered using the Nokia Software Recovery Tool which allows you to restore your phone to a base Nokia image if you had joined the Preview for Developers program and gained early access to Windows Phone 8.1. One of the key points I mentioned was that it was a complete reset of your phone, meaning that you would lose your data and settings. Today I’ll cover what you should be doing, even when there aren’t imminent

Nokia Software Recovery Tool Images Updated With Windows Phone 8.1 And Cyan

This post started off quite differently from what it has ended up as, thanks to some changes that were occurring behind the scenes part way through writing and capturing screenshots. The original goal of the post was to show how you could easily use the Nokia Software Recovery Tool to reset your Lumia back to the Windows Phone 8 base image for those of you running the Developer Preview (DP) to get Cyan on their faster. The available images include

Reducing Bandwidth Requirements For Office 365 Small Business Premium Deployments

One of the documented differences with the included version of the desktop application in Office 365 Small Business Premium versus Office 365 Pro Plus is that you don’t have the same ability to download once and distribute to many clients, and by many, let’s say 25 users, because that’s the maximum on the P Plans. However, just because the documentation says something, doesn’t mean that we can’t do a bit of digging behind the scenes and see what can be

Webcast Resources For Migration and Deployment with Windows 8.1

Today I delivered a Windows 8.1 deployment webinar for the Microsoft Readiness team, here is the presentation. Windows 8.1 Deployment June Webinar

Windows XP migration resources

Some new resources are available from Microsoft for those still looking for help moving away from Windows XP. The end of support for XP is less than a month away, and while there are some who are hoping that Microsoft will announce this was all a big April fool’s hoax, most of us realize that this is something that is going to happen… Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 8.1 Walk through the various challenges of the upgrade and learn

Announcing the release of MAP 9.0

I just received notification that the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 9.0 has been released. Here’s the low down… Announcing the release of MAP 9.0! We are pleased to announce the general availability of version 9.0 of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit. This release of the MAP Toolkit helps increase the agility and cost effectiveness of deploying the latest Microsoft technologies. It also enhances usage tracking to include accounting for Remote Desktop Services as well as Server and

The MAP 9.0 Beta In Action

Well, coincidence would have it that today I got a chance to try MAP 9.0 beta out at on a customer engagement, and so far it’s looking solid. If you are familiar with MAP, refer to my previous post about the MAP 9.0 Beta to get an idea of what it is capable of. The setup isn’t dramatically different to previous MAP installs, and it’s pretty much the same size download at just over 70MB, so you don’t have to


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