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Using IoT on a Beer Kegerator

Being born and raised in the great state of Wisconsin, beer has been a part of most of my adult life. Couple that with my love of technology, I always wondered how I could leverage some cool tech with a beer theme. Since the proliferation of inexpensive hardware and the Internet of Things (IoT), it has now become easy (and cheap!) to provide solutions that can be used to monitor (among other things) beer-related activities. This article will describe and detail the steps I took to create a solution for monitoring beer consumption on a beer kegerator.
 

John Adali by John Adali

GDPR’s Personal Data Definition & Privacy Notice Guidelines

One of the defining transparency requirements under the General Data Protection Regulation is for organizations to allow individuals the right to be informed about the collection and use of their personal data. When personal data is collected, organizations must immediately provide individuals with a privacy notice including: how the data will be used, how long it will be held, and who it will be shared with.
 

Ted Wentzel by Ted Wentzel

Four Concurrency Experts Weigh in on the Evolution of Microsoft System Center

Editor’s note: This post brings you four perspectives from Concurrency engineers exploring the evolution of Microsoft System Center as more businesses go to the cloud.  

Understanding the future of Microsoft System Center allows IT professionals to spend budgets wisely, establish or refine cloud-migration plans, and enhance career progress as data center models change. In this four-part blog, Concurrency experts address misunderstandings and misconceptions, as well as encourage IT professionals to embrace opportunities to truly transform not only their data centers but also the way they partner with other departments within their organizations.
 

Ted Wentzel by Ted Wentzel

Working with OneDrive Files Restore

Your files are important and the ability to recover them in case of an issue is essential. Recently Microsoft has provided the ability to restore your entire OneDrive to a point in time. There has been the ability to restore single files if they have been deleted via your Recycle Bin but this does not cover things like corruption or changes in the file. Files Restore in OneDrive within Office 365 changes this.

Drew Madelung by Drew Madelung

Policy Analyzer

Policy Analyzer is a tool released a couple of years ago that allows an administrator to easily compare two or more GPOs to find the differences between them.  It's a little clunky to use for quick troubleshooting, but for in-depth GPO work, this is a great tool for helping review and organize GPOs.  Here, we'll walk through how to get started and interpret the results.

Mitchell Grande by Mitchell Grande

Disabling Windows Update in Windows 10 IoT Core

If you’re working with Windows 10 IoT Core on your devices and have wondered how you can disable Windows Update, well wonder no more! This article will detail out the steps needed to disable this service.

John Adali by John Adali

Web Part Updates Coming with Hub Sites

Microsoft has started the release of the awaited feature of 'Hub' sites that was introduced last year. Hub sites will allow you to connect related Site Collections to allow easier discovery and collaboration. Along with these features, there are also changes to modern web parts coming as well.

Drew Madelung by Drew Madelung

Cloud Hybrid Search

Cloud Hybrid Search in SharePoint Server 2013/2016 and Office 365 allows a unified search experience of content from SharePoint online and on-premises sites. This is an important search feature to allow users to easy find their information without having to know if the site is on-premises or in the cloud.

Hozafa Motiwala by Hozafa Motiwala

PowerShell Quick Tips

When diagnosing issues, it's good to be as quick and efficient as possible.  The faster you can diagnose an issue, the faster you can resolve it and restore regular operations.  This is a place where PowerShell shines.  If you have the right command, it can be much quicker to run it than to click through the GUI to collect data.  Here, we'll look at some short PowerShell snippets to use while troubleshooting issues.  All of these are easy commands that you can begin using yourself!

Mitchell Grande by Mitchell Grande

Concurrency awarded as Milwaukee Business Journal Fastest Growing Firm

Concurrency’s rapid growth in the last few years is a direct result of our work to help customers with their digital transformation, the integration of digital technologies such as social, mobile, analytics and cloud, in the service of transforming how their businesses work.

Jake Borzym by Jake Borzym

Tenets of Modern IT Management - 10 Part Video Series

The transformation of IT organizations into competitive advantages of their businesses has driven the adoption of Modern IT Management tenants and we've produced a 10 part video series detailing them.  You'll find below the 10 part series which walks through each tenet.

Nathan Lasnoski by Nathan Lasnoski

VIDEO: Microsoft EMS Walkthrough

You've heard a lot about Intune and Mobile Device Management (MDM), but what about the myriad of other components that are included with the Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS)?

Shannon Fritz by Shannon Fritz

Modern IT Management Defined: DevOps, ITIL, Cloud, Agile, or All of the Above?

What if I told you that you had to take your management platforms and start over, but this time you needed to plan for the next generation of how you'd work with your teams.  What if I told you that you needed to re-address how you dealt with your operational lifecycle, development, and release management.  This is what my team and I did over the last several months.  We decided that we'd look at what the management landscape will look like years from now and apply those concepts to the tools being released by Microsoft for the cloud-centric world. 

Nathan Lasnoski by Nathan Lasnoski

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