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  • Blog Post: Xperf for the layman, performance analysis unchained, Windows Assessment Toolkit revealed.

    If you have been following along in performance land the last year or three, you’d hear about xperf and the WPT (Windows Performance Toolkit). Mayhap you’ve had some time to practice and you know what you are doing. Cool. This tool might still interest you. If you, on the other hand, haven’t...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Tip of the Day, SMB protocols

    Today’s Tip…brought to you by Robert Mitchell! SMB 2.0 was first introduced in Windows Vista/Windows Server 2008.  It was considered to be tighter and removed some of the chattiness of the previous version. SMB 2.1 was introduced in Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2 and included an opportunistic...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Tip of the Day

    Today’s tip… To quickly start your Windows8/Server 2012 machine - Bring up Charms (Winkey+I OR mouse around in bottom-right corner to bring up Charms) – Settings which brings up the below screens (at the regular desktop OR at the Modern Desktop)  
  • Blog Post: Building up a learning lab based on Windows 8 and Hyper-V, Part V, the triumphant return

    When we last left our “how to build a Hyper-V based lab” blog post, which is here by the way, we were building our Domain Controller.  So here’s what it looks like as it goes through setup:   Progressing nicely, yay! Woot, 100%!   Almost there! Rock on! And it is done, sort of…  ...
  • Blog Post: Tip of the Day for Windows 8!

    A new blog series from the Great Robert Mitchell by way of the Dude! Who is Robert Mitchell you may ask?!?! He’s this guy: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/profile/robert%20mitchell%20%5Bmsft%5D/ and http://www.linkedin.com/pub/robert-mitchell/3/a0a/551 and http...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Tip of the Day–Startup and MSConfig

    Another gem by Robert Mitchell!   Today’s Tip… I remember back in NT4 the only way to track down your startup items was to look in the registry and the Startup group.  Then MSCONFIG.EXE came along in Windows 2000 and made troubleshooting so much easier.  In Windows 8 we see yet another...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Tip of the Day: How to map a drive in Windows to a Skydrive folder or root.

    1) Open a document in SkyDrive – such as an excel xls or word doc 2) File->Save As (Note folder – it will be something like https://d.docs.live.net/{your-id}/Documents 3) In Windows Explorer, click Map Network Drive and enter path Note: I use https://d.docs.live.net/{your –id} as I have other files...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Tip of the Day, Storage Spaces Explained

    From Robert Mitchell ! Storage Spaces is functionality built into Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 that allows you to pool together physical disks into a logical grouping and then carve out virtual disks (aka storage spaces or just spaces).  These spaces can utilize different RAID levels and even...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Tip of the Day–Understanding Startup Items

    Todays Tip from Robert Mitchell… First for Windows RT, As part of the effort to improve battery life and PC responsiveness, the startup apps support in Windows RT was removed. Change Description: Windows RT does not honor startup app entries in the following locations: · Run key under HKLM\Software\Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Building up a learning lab based on Windows 8 and Hyper-V, Part IV

    Installing your Virtual Machine Windows Server 2012 Virtual Machine This is a multi-part series that starts here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/jeff_stokes/archive/2013/04/15/building-up-a-learning-lab-based-on-windows-8-and-hyper-v.aspx So in the previous post we modified our virtual machine, now...
  • Blog Post: Building up a learning lab based on Windows 8 and Hyper-V, Part I

    Hello folks, the Dude here, helping you make a learning lab based on a single machine. From this all things are (pretty much) possible…lets get our learning on now! Enable Hyper-V in Windows 8: Pretty straight forward step here. In the Windows 8 Start Menu type “features” and...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Tip of the day - How to recover ~6GB of space on your Microsoft Windows Surface

    Here is how you can recoup ~6GB of space on your 32GB Surface. Here is what you need to do: (edited to fix link, add comment about removing the recovery partition.) 1. Note this will prevent the machine reset from being able to happen. If you don't care about resetting your machine, Step 1 is for...
  • Blog Post: Quickly give someone a file in Windows 8

    So Pieter Wigleven (a Dutch PFE that came to make some content with me in Seattle this week) had sent me an email with a PPTx attachment the other day and because his mail server is in Europe it was taking a while since we were in Seattle for the week.  So I had an epiphany of sorts, “Hey” I said...
  • Blog Post: The Dude does AngelBeat!

    Check it out, the Dude will be presenting at Atlanta’s AngelBeat on Monday the 28th.  http://www.angelbeat.com/events/492/   Also presenting at the Birmingham Alabama one on Tuesday the 29th.  http://www.angelbeat.com/events/493   I’ll be talking on the session:   1:45 - 2:15...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Tip of the Day–NTFS changes in Windows 8

    Good Morning Internet, todays tip of the day is on Windows 8 and NTFS changes made: There is a fundamental change to NTFS in how we handle file system inconsistencies.  Previously, there were a number of reasons that Windows would mark the file system dirty and urge the user to run a Chkdsk /f. ...
  • Blog Post: Building up a learning lab based on Windows 8 and Hyper-V, Part III

    Modifying a Virtual Machine This is a multi-part series that starts here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/jeff_stokes/archive/2013/04/15/building-up-a-learning-lab-based-on-windows-8-and-hyper-v.aspx In the previous blog post we created a virtual machine named “Great Lyrics”. We’re...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Tip of the Day–Sysinternals Updates!

    Today’s Tip… From Robert Mitchell ! A number of SysInternals tools were recently updated.  For those of you that use these tools on a regular basis, you might want to grab these updates and add them to your respective collections. AccessChk v5.11 : AccessChk, a command line utility for dumping the...
  • Blog Post: Building up a learning lab based on Windows 8 and Hyper-V, Part II

    Creating a Virtual Machine This is a multi-part series that starts here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/jeff_stokes/archive/2013/04/15/building-up-a-learning-lab-based-on-windows-8-and-hyper-v.aspx So right click your virtual machine host in the Hyper-V Manager console and select “New/Virtual...
  • Blog Post: Building up a learning lab based on Windows 8 and Hyper-V, Part VI

    So in our previous installment, we were at Server Manager, ready to configure our pristine Domain Controller.  So lets get to it! First, click on “Local Server” on the left pane. What do we notice in the image below?  Computer name is goofy so lets fix it. Clik the hyperlink for the machine...