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Single Page Applications: Your Browser is the OS!

Single Page Applications: Your Browser is the OS!

Published: Apr 6, 2015   |   Author:    |   Category: Blog   |   2 Comments

Single Page Applications (SPA) have gained tremendous popularity over the past few years and have prompted the creation of several frameworks to support their development. Unlike traditional web applications, most of the heavy lifting for SPA happens on the client side in your web browser. These applications rely on hundreds of lines of JavaScript coupled with asynchronous web service calls to provide a desktop-like experience that is accessible from virtually any device.

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Load Microsoft Authenticator on your PC for MFA

Load Microsoft Authenticator on your PC for MFA

Published: Apr 1, 2015   |   Author:    |   Category: Blog   |   No Comments

I was working with a client recently who wanted to take advantage of Microsoft Azure’s Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) service. This service can do a great number of things, but in particular they wanted to be able to integrate in MFA with their Cisco ASA VPN solution in order to help with PCI compliance. This design involves setting up a MFAS server onsite and then integrating it via RADIUS to be part of the Authentication chain. The service is pretty robust and most clients would choose to use their phone to receive the phone call, text message or even run the Authenticator App from Microsoft (Android, iPhone and Windows Stores) in order to provide that second factor in the authentication process.

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SCCM and Patching Internet Clients

SCCM and Patching Internet Clients

Published: Mar 17, 2015   |   Author:    |   Category: Blog   |   No Comments

We had a customer recently that needed to setup a second Software Update Point (SUP) to support internet clients. We ran into a strange issue after the SUP role was installed. The WSUSCrtl.log was reporting the following error: “system.net.webexcption: the request failed with the HTTP status 404”.

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Mobile Responsive Web Design & Development

Mobile Responsive Web Design & Development

Published: Mar 13, 2015   |   Author:    |   Category: Blog   |   No Comments

Gone are the days of desktop. In today’s mobile world, we need to present our online presence in such a way that what is seen on the devices or screens does not do damage to our brand. We must consider the plethora of choices for mobile usage whether dumbphones (which aren’t as dumb as the old days), smartphones, tablets, and who knows what the future holds…

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Mobile Collaboration: Empowering Collaboration in a Mobile World

Mobile Collaboration: Empowering Collaboration in a Mobile World

Published: Mar 12, 2015   |   Author:    |   Category: Blog   |   No Comments

There is no longer a question of the importance of mobile, mobile applications, or a mobile-first mobile responsive web presence. In a world where mobile internet usage has no surpassed desktop internet usage, how can businesses better facilitate collaboration of our mobile-immersed employees? Is the intranet mobile responsive? Are web applications mobile responsive? Are the existing collaboration tools enabled for mobile devices (native apps) or are they mobile responsive web applications?

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Collaboration – What does it mean?

Collaboration – What does it mean?

Published: Mar 5, 2015   |   Author:    |   Category: Blog   |   No Comments

We used to understand the word collaboration. Now the buzzword is everywhere claiming this tool or that tool will help you ‘collaborate’ better. Many of these tools may help your business, but how do you evaluate the need, the use cases, or the value?

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Functional Levels and PowerShell

Functional Levels and PowerShell

Published: Feb 27, 2015   |   Author:    |   Category: Blog   |   No Comments

We were prepping a global enterprise to raise their forest and domain functional levels to Windows Server 2012 R2. We wanted to know that ALL the DCs were seeing/registering the new level. So in comes my favorite scripting tool – PowerShell.

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Docker, Containers and the year of the Windows Desktop

Docker, Containers and the year of the Windows Desktop

Published: Feb 19, 2015   |   Author:    |   Category: Blog   |   2 Comments

If you’re a Windows Systems Administrator or IT Pro, chances are you’ve seen this happy little fellow pop-up on Twitter, Ars Technica or TechEd and dismissed it. “Docker, eh? Sounds like App-V all over again”, you might have opined into your coffee, even. However, recent news out of Redmond hints that Docker is coming to Windows in a strong way, and perhaps integrated even into the Operating System with Server 2015.

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Be Kind, Please…Encrypt?

Be Kind, Please…Encrypt?

Published: Feb 19, 2015   |   Author:    |   Category: Blog   |   One Comment

Being a “child of the 80s” (and into the 90s), growing up I often enjoyed regular trips to Blockbuster where it was always so exciting to not only rent a video game or two for the weekend, but there was always this feeling of joy when a movie had just gotten released on video.

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Rube Goldberg & Patching the Enterprise with SCCM (Part 2)

Rube Goldberg & Patching the Enterprise with SCCM (Part 2)

Published: Feb 18, 2015   |   Author:    |   Category: Blog   |   2 Comments

When patching (servers in particular) we recommend the use of Maintenance Windows (MWs). In SCCM Maintenance Windows are configuration “timers” that control the deployment of software and software updates. A given SCCM client can have multiple MWs and each are evaluated with a deployment is run on a given client.

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Rube Goldberg & Patching the Enterprise with SCCM (Part 1)

Rube Goldberg & Patching the Enterprise with SCCM (Part 1)

Published: Feb 17, 2015   |   Author:    |   Category: Blog   |   No Comments

Deploying software updates to the enterprise is not unlike one of these crazy cool machines. A server downloads all the updates from Microsoft, the clients scan the server for new updates that are required, then the server will create a new list of updates to push, the updates are sent to Deployment Points and a new Update Deployment is scheduled to run…

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Project Management Tools: Choosing the Right Ones

Project Management Tools: Choosing the Right Ones

Published: Feb 16, 2015   |   Author:    |   Category: Blog   |   No Comments

At iVision we strive to always provide the best service for our clients. We have created a culture centered around healthy and thoughtful client engagement, which includes “White Glove” delivery. As a company we realize that the highest quality of delivery begins from the ground up and incorporates every aspect of that process, including the tools being used.

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