Azure Hybrid Connectivity – Site to Site VPN

Azure is best known as Microsoft’s cloud platform, but don’t mistake it for a mere storage center. Microsoft Azure offers several integrated services … [Read more...]

Lync 2013 – Tag for Status Change Alerts

Microsoft Lync 2013 simplifies business correspondence. By hosting features like instant messaging, video conferencing and voice-to-voice calls, and … [Read more...]

Hyper-V Features in a Multi-tenant Scenario

According to Microsoft’s website, Hyper-V is a “hypervisor-based server virtualization product that enables you to consolidate workloads, helping your … [Read more...]

Microsoft Excel Help – Remove Duplicates Tool

Have you even been overwhelmed by an extensive Microsoft Excel spreadsheet? If yes, you’re not alone. Upon receiving thousands of lines of complex … [Read more...]

Microsoft Office Mix, a PowerPoint Add-in

Microsoft Office Mix makes it easy to create interactive videos and share online presentations. Office Mix is a free PowerPoint add-in. It offers a … [Read more...]

Microsoft Excel Training – Using Slicers

When it comes to Microsoft Excel training, no education is complete without fully understanding how to use Slicers. In this Directions Training … [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...]