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 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...]

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...]

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 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...]

Automate Common Tasks with Quick Steps

Quick Steps apply multiple actions at the same time to email messages. This helps you quickly manage your mailbox. For example, if you frequently move … [Read more...]

Comments in Microsoft Excel

Many users of Excel have been able to see comments on cells for a while, but there hasn't been a way to add new comments to a cell. With Excel Online, … [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...]

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...]

Editing Messages in Outlook

Outlook 2010/2013 - Need to edit a message you received or add notes to it? Have you ever received a message and just wanted to simply add notes to … [Read more...]

Office 365 Users – Blog Like the Pros

Create a Personal Blog with Office 365/SharePoint Online A blog is a great way to share information and get feedback from others. Office … [Read more...]