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Awesome Start to 2016

We all start the New Year with resolutions and hopes that the year will be even better than the last. For me, 2016 started off on the right foot. But before I talk about 2016: here’s a quick recap of 2015.

2015 was supposed to be the year of stability, after a marital separation. It was supposed to be the year to get comfortable, spend time with my kids, and enjoy the new me. Instead, it was the year of change! The man I started dating in 2014 is a bigger part of my life than I ever anticipated, and I moved into a new and wonderful home. My career goals changed and I was able to take on roles that I would not have been able to without the support of my boyfriend and kids. I achieved the MCSD: Azure Solutions Architect certification (finally) in December. My role at the office broadened and I was able to spread Azure excitement and training to Microsoft partners. 2015 was a great year!

But 2016 is going to be awesome! After several years of waiting in the wings it is now time for me to push the boundaries even more, take on new challenges, and finally focus on my career now that my personal life is in a good place. As of yet, I have not set any personal goals,  but I have set several expectations for my career goals. I am not going to share those here, but I am on the right path. On January 1st, I received notification that I was awarded the Microsoft Valuable Partner (MVP) for the 3rd year in a row. I also decided to renew my Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and was reinstated, and that was all in the first week of the New Year. (I really hope that means I did not peak for 2016.) And this is only the beginning of what I expect to be the best year ever!

Cannot wait to see what happens next.


The start of 2016.








QuickBooks on Azure RemoteApp

Over the last several months, MS Partners have asked me how to configure QuickBooks on Azure RemoteApp. Over the Christmas break, I put together a step-by-step for a workgroup configuration for the CanITPro blog. Stay tuned for the domain configuration in the following weeks.

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Come hang out with me for a day!

For those of you who have been patiently waiting for technical training on Azure, Win10, PowerBi plus other Microsoft goodies, you will be happy to know we have finalized the ModernBiz winter sessions.

Please register early. Full outlines for each day are listed on the registration page. You do not need to attend every day. Pick and choose the sessions that you are interested in. If you have any questions please feel to contact me.

Looking forward to working with you to help you build your business.


Location & Registration:

18-22 January 2016
Toronto – Microsoft Office, MPR Room 1950 Meadowvale Blvd, Mississauga ON


2-5 February 2016

Montreal – Microsoft Office, MPR Room 2000 McGill College Avenue, Montreal, QC


1-4 March 2016

Vancouver – Microsoft Office, MPR Room 1111 W Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC



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Shutting Down all Azure VM’s with a Simple Script

One of the most common questions I come across while working with MS partners is how to automatically shutdown Azure vm’s. I knew it could be done but had not gotten around to do it myself until a few weeks ago, after a large Azure invoice. I had created a kick-butt vm but forgot to shut it down.  Now that I have automated and scheduled this procedure, I never worry about leaving vm’s running and more importantly having a mild heart attack when viewing my Azure payment statement.

For the step by step you can find the article on the CanITPro site Step by Step Stopping All Azure VM’s website. This is where you will find most blog posts moving forward.

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Last ModernBiz Azure Class in FY15

It’s been an amazing year at the office when it comes to Azure.

Microsoft AzureWe are seeing more and more interest in Azure. Our monthly partner sessions have been, for the most part, full. It’s hard to believe the last session until the fall is almost upon us.  If you are interested in Azure and learning how you can use Azure for your clients then come hang out for the day on June 16th at the Mississauga office. I promise we will keep you well hydrated and fed. Plus you will get a 30 day Azure pass.

Registration link…if you have any issues registering please let me know.  It’s also nice to have a second screen to reference for the labs.

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5 Azure Options for SMB

Microsoft AzureAs I speak to MS partners from across the country, a single theme always emerges from the discussions: “how do I make Azure work for my SMB clients?”

Azure is big and it is not like our traditional on-premise implementations. Back in the day, a typical implementation would consist of a few servers, desktops, switches, etc. We would set up the environment systematically, working through the checklist: install server, promote to DC, configure roles, setup member server with LOB applications, the checklist goes on. For the most part, it was the same basic procedure for each client. Once the client was setup, we would then explain to them how to work within the confines of the software and the implementation. It was a one-box-fits-all type of solution.

Azure has changed that. Now, instead of squeezing the client into the pre-defined box, we can apply different boxes to the client to give them the best possible solution. Azure provides boxes in several shapes and sizes that can be tailored to each client’s business needs.

Here are the five most popular Azure services that work well for the SMB client:

Azure Backup

Azure backup provides an easy and automatic backup for servers (2008 R2 and higher), client machines (Windows 7 and higher), and Azure virtual machines. These backups are encrypted, compressed, and most importantly, off-site.

Disaster Recovery

Azure Site Recovery, without the requirement for System Center, enables us to make a replica of our on-premise VMs in Azure. It is the perfect DR solution for SMBs, as it is easy to setup, and well within the budgets of SMB clients.

Enterprise Mobility Suite

EMS combines three standalone products: Azure Active Directory Premium, Intune, and Azure Rights Management. Combining these 3 services facilitates you to control and manage devices, users, and data.

  1. Azure Active Directory Premium – from multi-factor authentication, to reporting and single sign on to 2500 SAS apps, and on-premise synchronization, AAD is your identity management and control center in and for the cloud.
  2. Intune – manage the explosion of the BYOD movement in your clients’ environments. Register and manage these devices, including the option for selective wipe of devices, and password resets. Publish apps for your users and manage it all from a single pane of glass.
  3. Azure Rights Management – keep data safe as we move away from the traditional brick and mortar environment. ARM allows you to control where your data goes and who has access to it.

Azure Virtual Machines

Azure virtual machines enable the SMB clients to expand the datacenter to Azure. VMs can be used in a variety of ways, from production to test/dev. There are several advantages to using Azure VMs over on-premise virtual machines.

  1. Fast – a fully configured SQL server VM can be up and running in about 10 minutes.
  2. Scalable – scale up, or just as important, scale down as your environment changes.
  3. Consumption-based – you only pay for the resources you use.
  4. When finished with the VM, you can delete it.
  5. Licensing, for the most part, is included when you use a VM template. Please check the specific licensing details for non-MS VM templates.

Azure RemoteApp

Hosting Line of Business applications has never been easier. Using Remote App in Azure, you can offer the LOB applications to clients using the secure and familiar Remote App interface and keep the data secure in Azure or on-premise.

These are just a few of the services to help you help your clients. Keep in mind that they can be used separately or in combination with each other, depending on what is best for your client. Azure is a great option for SMBs as it provides a flexibility that SMB clients have never had previously. It enables these clients to grow as big as they want to; both they and you are no longer limited by resources, or on the other hand, the lack of. From app development to websites, SQL databases, and content streaming, Azure can be customized for each client. Now that your clients can focus on growing their businesses and not what they run on, their SMBs will be given the opportunity to grow.

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Calgary IT Pro Community User Group April 21st.

Looking to learn about real life Azure experience and your in the Calgary area?  I’ll be at the Calgary IT Pro User group on Tuesday April 21st. Come join Kevin Kaminski, App-V MVP, Microsoft vTSP, Consultant and Trainer and myself as we discuss real world Azure implementation and some of the “gotchas”. I would also love to hear how you are using Azure.

Registration link and details are here.

There are some spots left in both the Vancouver and Calgary session of ModernBiz Business Anywhere.  Register here.





Come by and say hi!

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