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For over 20 years, Steve Andrews has been passionately working on the Microsoft infrastructure side in Information Technology. Working with versatile, agile companies to strategically deploy cutting edge technologies, streamlining, and consolidating to drive their business focus, profitability, and always stay ahead of their competitors. Experience includes deep Microsoft collaboration/communications and back end solutions for medium/large sized corporations within Financial, Entertainment, Manufacturing, Biotech, Government, and Administration. More recently assisting organizations to focus on private cloud creating/management/monitoring systems and specializing in System Center 2012 products. Steve is on product development panels for many Microsoft Server products (and Microsoft VTSP) and enables a true vision of simplicity through clean clear infrastructure. Before Perficient, Steve worked for a large European Cable/Communications company, an international retailer with the biggest POS network, and a high demand 24/7 manufacturing company.

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Office 365 Pro Plus Admin – ‘Branch’ Update Types

As an Office Pro Plus, “Click-to-Run” administrator or enthusiast we’re familiar how this new wave of application delivery when it comes to Office 2013 or 2016, has turned both the application delivery and updating arena on its head. No more traditional hefty “MSI” install and long waiting time and also no long updating through the […]

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Managing Office 365 Pro Plus client updates with SCCM 1511

  As an Office 365 Pro Plus, “Click-to-Run” administrator or enthusiast we’re familiar how this new wave of application delivery when it comes to Office 2013 or 2016, has turned the application delivery and updating arena on its head. No more traditional hefty “MSI” install and long waiting time and also no updating through the […]

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How to address Windows Server 2003 EOL & Legacy Applications

So you have a bunch of old Windows Server 2003’s still plodding along with out-of support legacy enterprise applications running, that are still critical to your business? Windows Server 2003 support ends mid next year! You certainly don’t want to deal with increased security risks and the chance of loss of compliance by ignoring this […]

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CIO’s – BYOD nightmares solved with Windows Intune

Walking around new and existing client offices and buildings, I take note of what sort and type of devices staff are using these days.  It really is such a plethora of mobile types, laptops, tablets and of course desktops.  Then I think about the huge growth in the remote-office worker and know there is even […]

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Windows 8 – Hibernate

Windows 8 – Hibernation Option Missing?   Enable Hibernation in Windows 8 If you’re a frequent traveler like me, who uses ‘Hibernate’ to save on battery life when not using your device – this article is for you!   For some reason Hibernate is not a choice when you go to shut-down your Windows 8 […]

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Lync 2010 / 2013 disabled from AD Deny Groups

Here is the scenario – you have AD security groups specifically to DENY services to users that are added to this AD group. For example – a naughty user could be placed on probation in your organization,  and then added to this group –  in turn this membership would be automatically disabled in Lync.

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What is Microsoft System Center 2012?

Microsoft System Center 2012 is an all-embracing platform that enables you to manage your IT environments with drastic improvements in simplicity and gain tremendous efficiencies – both server infrastructure and client devices.   System Center 2012 pushes a shift in paradigm, allowing the customer to focus on value of IT services to the business.  System […]

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Service Manager 2012 – Self Service Portal Step by Step Part 2

Part – 2 Following Part 1, after you’ve installed and configured your new SharePoint 2010 farm, this article details how to install and setup the Self Service Portal. Service Manager 2012 – Self Service Portal Install Run the Service Manager installer – select the “Install the Service Manager web portal” Make sure both check boxes […]

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Service Manager 2012 – Self Service Portal Step by Step Part 1

This is part 1 of 2,  a step by step document on how to install the Service Manager 2012 Self Service Portal on SharePoint 2010.  These best practices are a result of many production installs in the field and the lessons learnt (so you don’t have to!) Best practice is to have a separate VM just […]

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Common Shortcut Keys For Windows Server 2012 For Admins

Here’s a quick shortlist of the most common new “Windows Key” shortcuts that we admins find the most useful! Myself and colleague Suzanne George are always doing: * Win+E – Explorer * Win+R – Run * Win+Break – System Info * Win+D – Desktop (we use this one a lot!) * Win+Plus or Win+Minus – […]

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