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  • Blog Post: Is Offloaded Data Transfers (ODX) working?

    Offloaded Data Transfers (ODX) is a new data transfer strategy that makes advancements in moving files. Only storage devices that comply with the SPC4 and SBC3 specifications will work with this feature. With this feature, copying files from one server to another is much quicker. This feature is only...
  • Blog Post: 2012R2 iSCSI Target Settings for Configuring a Specific Network

    Let's say you have a 2012R2 iSCSI Target Server with multiple networks configured. We all know that iSCSI traffic should be on a separate network. So how do you go by configuring iSCSI to use a specific network on the target server? In previous version of Windows this was much easier to find since...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Script Browser - A world of scripts at your fingertips

    To reuse script samples on the Internet, the following steps seem quite familiar to IT Pros: wandering through different script galleries, forums and blogs, switching back and forth between webpages and scripting environment, and countless download, copy and paste operations. But all of these will drive...
  • Blog Post: How to Configure MSDTC to Use a Specific Port in Windows Server 2012/2012R2

    My name is Steven Graves and I am a Senior Support Escalation Engineer on the Windows Core Team. In this blog, I will discuss how to configure MSDTC to use a specific port on Windows Server 2012/2012R2 as this has slightly changed from the way it is configured in Windows Server 2008 R2 in order to prevent...
  • Blog Post: Removing .NET Framework 4.5/4.5.1 removes Windows 2012/2012R2 UI and other features

    This is Vimal Shekar and Krishnan Ayyer from the Windows Support team. Today in this blog, we will be discussing about an issue that we are seeing increasingly being reported in support. We will look at the effects of removing .Net Framework from a Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 installation. Windows...
  • Blog Post: Configuring Windows Failover Cluster Networks

    In this blog, I will discuss the overall general practices to be considered when configuring networks in Failover Clusters. Avoid single points of failure: Identifying single points of failure and configuring redundancy at every point in the network is very critical to maintain high availability...
  • Blog Post: What's New in Defrag for Windows Server 2012/2012R2

    Hello everyone, I am Palash Acharyya, Support Escalation Engineer with the Microsoft Platforms Core team. In the past decade, we have come a long way from Windows Server 2003 to all the way to Windows Server 2012R2. There has been a sea-change in the overall Operating System as a whole, and we have added...
  • Blog Post: RAP as a Service (RaaS) from Microsoft Services Premier Support

    In this post, I’m excited to discuss a new Premier Support offering called Risk Assessment Program (RAP) as a Service (or RaaS for short) . For those that are not familiar with RAP, it is a Microsoft Services Premier Support offering that helps prevent serious issues from occurring by analyzing...
  • Blog Post: Unable to launch Cluster Failover Manager on any node of a 2012/2012R2 Cluster

    When Failover Cluster Manager is opened to manage a Cluster, it will contact all the nodes and retrieve Cluster configuration information using WMI calls. If any one of the nodes in the Cluster does not have the cluster namespace "root\mscluster" in WMI, Failover Cluster Manager will fail and...
  • Blog Post: FREE: Introduction to Hyper-V Training

    The Microsoft Virtual Academy training portal offers quick and easy access to presentations, webcasts, whitepapers and other technical content about Microsoft’s Cloud technologies. It is public, free and you learn at your own pace while earning awards and recognitions, and connecting with over...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading to Windows Server 2012 - Part 2

    Performing an in place upgrade Hi Everyone, Today, I want to walk you through the screens of performing an upgrade to Windows Server 2012, and talk about the logs you can look at in case an upgrade fails. Before performing the Upgrade, ensure that you check the pre-requisites, you can refer to...
  • Blog Post: Removing a Mount Point Disk from a Cluster Group

    Hello everyone. Today’s post is going to cover the steps needed to follow should you ever have to remove a ‘Physical Disk’ resource from a clustered service or application where that disk is configured as a mount point. Removing a disk from a group may be needed if the application no...
  • Blog Post: Window 8 / Server 2012 computers reboot outside of maintenance window after installing updates

    Currently, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 RTM computers check for updates from Windows Update or Windows Software Update Services (WSUS) daily at a default time of 3:00 AM (configurable) as part of an automatic maintenance task which runs every day. If any of the updates applied required a reboot...
  • Blog Post: Error in Failover Cluster Manager after install of KB2750149

    On Tuesday, Jaunary 8, the below recommended fix was released and available on Windows Update for Windows .NET Framework 4.5. 2750149 An update is available for the .NET Framework 4.5 in Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Server 2012 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2750149/EN-US When installing...
  • Blog Post: How to Setup a Live Debug Using Physical Machines

    For this example I am using a Windows Server 2012 Physical machine that will be used to debug a problem machine. I will setup a live Debug session with a Windows 7 sp1 physical machine. Win2012Debugger (Host) - This is the physical machine that will be used to do the debug Win7 client (Target) - This...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 and Server 2012 Upgrade Blog Series coming

    Welcome to our Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 Launch Series! We hope you will enjoy reading this series as much as we enjoyed putting the content together. With that said, this 8-part series will talk about things to consider, walkthroughs, dual boots, etc. Below is the series of blogs that we will...
  • Blog Post: Just when you thought…..(Part 1)

    Just when you thought you had things figured out - in the words of the legendary Bob Dylan, "the times they are a-changin." With the release of Windows Server 2012, Microsoft introduces a load of new features, which, in some cases, translates into doing some of the same things in different...
  • Blog Post: Tracing with Storport in Windows 2012 and Windows 8 with KB2819476 hotfix

    Welcome back to the CORE Team Blog. Paul Reynolds here. I would like to let everyone know about changes on how to capture Storport traces in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. NOTE: The information below is based on having hotfix KB2819476 installed (part of the April 2013 cumulative update for Windows...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2013 Presentations and Videos Ask the Core Team favorites

    Today’s blog is a listing of our favorite videos and presentations that recently occurred at TechEd 2013. I have gone through them and picked what we think are the most important to the technologies our team supports. Deployment/Client Windows Server 2012 Windows Server 2012 R2 Azure...
  • Blog Post: Live Customer Q&A with Virtualization Experts! (Microsoft Virtual Academy)

    The IT Pro Evangelism team, Microsoft Learning and the Microsoft Virtual Academy are pleased to announce the next FREE & PUBLIC event Live Q&A: Introduction to Hyper-V on Wednesday April 3 rd , from 8:30 am – 10:00am PST with virtualization experts Jeff Woolsey (Principal Program Manager...
  • Blog Post: Alternate Data Streams in NTFS

    This blog has been a long time coming. There is a bit of confusion about the subject of alternate data streams (ADS) and no small amount of suspicion. So I want to take a few minutes to set the record straight on ADS. A couple years ago I wrote a blog on NTFS attributes. http://blogs.technet.com...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Server Manager in Windows Server 2012

    Hello AskCore! Today I will discuss the Add roles and Features of the new interface of Server Manager in Windows 2012.. To begin a role or feature installation using the Server Manager interface, launch Server Manager first. Once launched, selecting the Add Roles and Features or Remove Roles and Features...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Management Pack Extensions 2012 / 2012R2 Available

    We have published the last release of the Hyper-V Management Pack Extensions with support for Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V. Please update your current HyperVMPE 2012 with this latest release from codeplex. Hyper-V Management Pack Extensions 2012 / 2012 R2 http://hypervmpe2012.codeplex.com/ ...
  • Blog Post: Logon Failures Involving Virtual Machines in Windows Server 2012

    Welcome back to the CORE Team blog. The General Availability date for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 has come and gone, and we here on the CORE Team expect more of you will be diving in and taking part in all of the excitement around these new products. To make sure you have a great experience, we...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012: Automatic Memory Dump

    There is a new memory dump option introduced in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 called “Automatic memory dump.” This is the default option selected when you install Windows. The “Automatic memory dump” type was created to support the “System Managed” page file configuration. The “System Managed” page...