Category Archives: Windows 8

Use cases for Microsoft Intune Client Software vs MDM

Something that often comes up during conversations about managing Windows PCs with Intune is whether they should be managed as a PC or as a mobile device. As with most conversations, there isn’t usually a clear cut answer. In this post I will highlight some of the scenarios where one option might make more sense than the other. In the next post I will have table that compares the two options side by side. Please note that these do not

Office 365 Desktop Applications And Azure RMS

A scenario that is being raised more often now that Microsoft is pushing it’s Enterprise Mobility Suite through the SMB channel is whether or not the version of the Office 365 desktop applications included with the Business and Business Premium plans can interoperate with Azure Rights Management Service. The answer is yes, but with an asterisk. What’s the asterisk? The Business and Business Premium desktop applications do allow you to open rights protected content, but they don’t allow you to

Controlling Windows 10 Upgrades In Managed Environments

Knowing that many of you manage the networks of your SMB customers here are some important updates for controlling the advertisement, and obviously the roll out, of Windows 10 to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices. FIrst up is a post on the Windows for IT Pros blog – Making it Easier for Small Businesses to Upgrade To Windows 10. Customers in the US are initially targetting US customers later in January, with other geos, including Australia, to follow. It’s important to

MCSA: Windows 10 Certification Is Now Live

Last week on the Born To Learn site it was announced that a new MCSA certification for Windows 10 would be going live this week, and I’m pleased to see that it has. Why? Well, for a start, I’ve already met the pre-requisites, so I get it automatically (an early Christmas present!), but it also highlights some of the things I’ve been telling people around the best way to prepare for the Windows 10 exam which I’ll discuss briefly below. As

Say Hi At Infrastructure Saturday In Brisbane Today

Today I’ll be delivering two sessions at Infrastructure Saturday, the pre and post lunch slots. 11:20-12:20 Leveraging the Enterprise Mobility Suite for Windows 10, iOS and Android 13:00-14:00 Managing Windows 10 with Microsoft Online Service Offerings After all the announcements this week there will be no shortage of new things to discuss, so head along and join in the activities.

Windows 8.1 Update online sessions coming in June

This month I will be delivering three Windows 8.1 online events for the readiness team, in which I will be covering various elements of Windows 8.1 capabilities, deployment and management. The demise of XP, and an ever increasing number of touch based Windows devices mean that customers need to be aware of what’s in store and how you can make that transition easier for them. You can register for these now at the Partner Learning Centre. Introducing the Windows 8.1

RemoteApp and Desktop Connections in Windows 8.1 24/81

I’ve previously covered several elements of Microsoft’s BYOD technologies for Windows 8.1, including Work Folders, Workplace Join and Device Management, but an old favourite gets thrust into the spotlight as part of this strategy, and that is Remote Desktop. Whether we are talking about presenting a Windows desktop or an application, RDP has become more important as non-Windows platforms have taken the lion’s share of the mobile device world. While versions of Office and other productivity and LOB applications are

Windows 8.1 And Metered Networks 21/81

One of the things I’ve been curious about for a while, but didn’t spend much time investigating was how Windows 8 and 8.1 could detect that you were connected to a network with an associated cost – usually the case with 3G and 4G networks. Was there a secret database of all the telcos access points? Was it based on the MAC address of the Wi-Fi chip in mobile phones and mobile hotspots? No, it is something much simpler –

Using Shared Storage For Hyper-V In Windows 8.1 (17/81)

One of the big benefits of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 is the inclusion of client Hyper-V in the business oriented SKUs, especially for dev and test purposes. I’ve discussed this a few times previously, but I haven’t shown how to set up how to store your VMs on the network, which makes it easier to move VMs to and from the client and the Hyper-V servers in your environment. As I’ve just set up a pimped out Gen8 HP

Better Together: SMB 3.0 Multichannel (6/81)

With the release of Windows Server 2012, Microsoft introduced a major overhaul of Server Message Block (SMB) networking. The result of this was many new capabilities were introduced: SMB Transparent Failover SMB Scale Out SMB Multichannel SMB Direct SMB Encryption VSS for SMB file shares SMB Directory Leasing SMB PowerShell For the purpose of today’s post though, I will just focus on SMB Multichannel, which provides bandwidth performance improvements without needing to set up NIC teams in Windows Server, and


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