ITKAN and Directions to Deliver IT Training to Chicagoland Professionals with Disabilities

ITKAN, whose mission is to develop passionate IT professionals with disabilities, is partnering with Directions Training to train and secure … [Read more...]

CPS Students Job Shadow Directions’ Employees

Employees from Directions Training, an Chicago-based IT and professional development training company, spent the morning of March 18th demonstrating … [Read more...]

Sending Instant Message Attachments Directly from an Office 2013 Application

A tip from Directions' Senior Applications Instructor... Did you know you can instant message an office file directly from the application?  Simply … [Read more...]

MORE POWER! MORE POWER! New G-Series VM’s available in Azure!

According to Directions' Microsoft Certified Trainer... Students who are new to Microsoft's Azure cloud platform are often concerned that the VM's … [Read more...]

Using Timeline Slicers in Excel 2013 Pivot Tables

More notes from “The Office Guy”… Excel has always had a lot of robust tools that allow users to analyze their data. Among the most popular tools … [Read more...]

PowerShell Syntax Shorthand

If you've been introduced to PowerShell, you already know that the standard commandlets are rather lengthy. What you may not know is that many … [Read more...]

Contact Photos – Lync 2013

Historically, contact photos have been stored in one of two places; within the Active Directory ‘thumbnailphoto’ attribute for a given user object, or … [Read more...]

Creating Command Notification Channels and Subscriptions

On occasion, it may be necessary for a SCOM administrator to perform a specific action when an alert is detected. This can be accomplished by … [Read more...]

Installing a Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller

Many of our current customers are still running Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Domain Controllers and they are looking to replace … [Read more...]

5 Minute Look at a Windows 10 Preview Edition! Enter the NEW Start Menu!

Yep, that's right, the future of the desktop, laptop, and tablet is here in a Preview edition. Click Here to check out a Windows 10 Preview! You … [Read more...]

5 Minute Look at a Windows 10 Preview Edition! Enter the NEW Start Menu!

Yep, that's right, the future of the desktop, laptop, and tablet is here in a Preview edition. Click Here to check out a Windows 10 … [Read more...]

A Tale of Three Pages in SharePoint 2013

An important decision that SharePoint 2013 administrators need to make when planning and implementing a Web Content Management (WCM) system is which … [Read more...]

Top 20 Microsoft Classes – Are You Up to Speed?

As the year if halfway gone, and you are evaluating the remainder of your plans for training, I wanted to share with you the most recent list of Top … [Read more...]

Cryptic Code Commanders Rejoice with Windows PowerShell

Graphical User Interfaces a.k.a. GUIs (gooeys) are familiar to most business computer users. Modern day operating systems present users with a … [Read more...]

Top 3 Reasons to Get Certified in Azure

Unless you've been living on a beach in Tahiti living off of cabana appetizers and drinks with little umbrellas, you know that Microsoft has a whole … [Read more...]

Efficiently Manage Small Projects with SharePoint 2013

The new Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Project Site template allows users to easily create a dedicated site to manage a new project. This kind of site … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Make More Money & Advance Your Career in IT

Let’s say you've been in IT for a while. You dig working with technology and you don't despise the users who call in with their crazy questions. But … [Read more...]

In-Memory OLTP in SQL Server 2014

The development name for this new technology is Hekaton. It’s Greek and means 100 (hundred) which was the aim of performance improvement with this … [Read more...]

I want to go into IT – Where do I start?

Ah yes, an age-old question asked by young go-getters right out of junior college, massively in-debt graduates from universities, and folks who have … [Read more...]

Backing Up Multiple Databases in an Instance of SQL Server

Sometimes things that seem complicated are much easier than you think and this is the power of using T-SQL to take care of repetitive tasks. One of … [Read more...]