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  • Blog Post: Freeing memory for Hyper-V VMs on Windows 8/8.1

    Alexander Miloev takes us through an interesting exercise in tuning the memory for Windows client Hyper-V. Sometimes when I try to start a VM on my Windows 8.1 laptop, I get an error message saying that there is not enough free memory to match the start-up RAM of my VM: On a “normal” Hyper-V server,...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 UX Fundamentals–free virtual training

    I’ve been working on the Windows 8 Application Excellence Lab circuit recently, helping push Metro-style apps from good to great! Metro apps look visually simple, but conveying your app’s information in a simple and visually appealing manner isn’t just a matter of “removing...
  • Blog Post: The Windows 8 Start Screen

    One of the most common FAQ items we get from folks upgrading to Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8, is the new look and feel of the Start screen. Our PFE colleague from the US and Windows Guru - Don Baker has written a good post on the usage of this new UI. First things first – UI can be a raging philosophical...
  • Blog Post: Backing up your PC or Physical to Virtual

    Joao Botto, a Premier Field Engineer from the United States, writes about different backup and recovery options available in Windows 8: File History, Physical2Virtual and Refresh/Reset. File History If you have just deployed Windows 8 and want to keep your files backed up, you may already know...
  • Blog Post: Uncovering a hidden gem: PSR.exe

    Hmm… let’s see… I can remember the old Program Status Register from the Intel x86 days. Or maybe PSR stands for Physicians for Social Responsibility? No? Then what is it? Our colleague, Mike O'Neill from the PFE – US West team explains what PSR is all about in his recent blog post . PSR is Problem Steps...
  • Blog Post: Faking Internet Connectivity for your Lab (Tricking NCSI)

    Sometimes, you’d do anything to keep your connection icons tidy! Chad (from the Canberra PFE team ) and I gave a talk on the new simplified DirectAccess at TechEd 2012 Australia , and we really wanted our demos to look good. Part of that was trying to convince the audience that network connectivity was...
  • Blog Post: The Windows XP journey ends soon. Are you ready for April 8, 2014?

    It’s only 4 months until Windows XP becomes an ex parrot . PFE superstar Milad Aslaner walks us through some of the implications. April 8 th 2014 will be a very important day for most enterprises. After that day Microsoft is ending the support for Windows XP Service Pack 3, the last supported version...
  • Blog Post: How To Activate the .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows 8 Without Internet Access

    Summary: Milad Aslaner , a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer (PFE) based in Germany, walks us through how you can activate the .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows 8 when you don’t have access to the Internet. Enjoy! I had to install SQL Server 2012 on my lab computer today. For those of you who...
  • Blog Post: Continuous Availability File Server in Windows Server 2012

    Dave Guenthner , a Premier Field Engineer working in the United States, discusses an exciting new feature in Windows Server 2012, Continuous Availability File Server . He shows how the combination of the transparent failover in Windows 2012 for these file share resources, combined with new client features...
  • Blog Post: Beauty Contest: What’s a good-looking boot?

    Well, I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like. And I like it when the boots are short and punchy! Jeff continues to tell you everything we know: This time, it’s what the goal state of any boot optimization process should look like: a beautiful, fast boot. It’s what you...
  • Blog Post: Build an isolated Hyper-V test lab on a Windows 8 machine!

    Windows 8 replaces the older Virtual PC technology with Hyper-V , for a full-featured virtual machine manager, and this allows for some really interesting new networking scenarios. Over at AskPFEPlat , Mike Leary posted a quick guide to setting up a Hyper-V isolated network for testing, on a Windows...
  • Blog Post: Some Windows Store / Modern App Deployment FAQs

    Summary:  Milad Aslaner , a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer (still) based in Germany, shares some customer questions around Windows Store app deployment. Recently I was onsite at one of our customers, to discuss Windows Modern Apps. The customer asked for guidance about situations like: how do...