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  • Blog Post: TechNet Virtual Labs: Assisting in Advancing Your IT Expertise and Career

    Many of you may have recently attended a CANITPRO camp presided by Pierre Roman or I recently at a Canadian city near you. Those who attend have very exuberant as to what they have absorbed in terms of hands on labs and material presented. Many return to the organizations they represent and have implemented...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Tips: Analyzing Possible Storage Savings Via The Deduplication Evaluation Tool

    Introduced in Windows Server 2008 and enhanced in Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2, the Disk Deduplication tool is an exemplarity tool used by IT professionals to save storage space amidst the infrastructure they manage. The storage space saved is reclaimed from duplicate files being removed utilizing...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Deploy Hyper-V on SMB 3.0

    Hello Folks, just wrapped up another Windows Server 2012 R2 camp in Montreal.  it’s very cold (-33 degrees Celsius).  but the discussion were great.  we spent a good portion taking about SMB 3.0 and the added capabilities to support server applications.  An SMB file share can now...
  • Blog Post: Storage Pools… Dive right in!

    Storage Pools are a new feature in Windows Server 2012 that at first glance (at the terminology) may look like  software RAID arrays that have been around for years, but are really a new concept, or at least several generations of advancement on the old concept.  They give us the ability to...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Creating a Tiered Storage Space

    Today, Anthony and I were meeting with customers to discuss some of the new Windows Server 2012 R2 capabilities and how they can be leveraged in the enterprise. By the way, if you want to learn more about Windows Server 2012 R2 and Storage Spaces there is a great MVA module for it. Windows Server 2012...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Scale-out file shares and continuously available file services

    Hello folks, I’m the heels of another camp where we dove into Windows Server 2012 R2. This particular one generated a lot of discussions around highly available file servers and the benefits they can bring your environment. so in this post, we’ll take a look at SMB Scale Out file servers...