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  • Blog Post: Fine Grained Control When Registering Multiple IP Addresses–Part Trois

    You may have seen the previous articles, part one and two , where I’d blogged about controlling DNS registration for network interfaces with multiple IP addresses. For Exchange administrators this is a a concern because sometimes we have to create multiple web sites on a Client Access Server (CAS...
  • Blog Post: Free E-Book–Introducing Windows Server 2012

      Introducing Windows Server 2012 , by Mitch Tulloch, is now ready for your free download!  This is one of the first books on Windows Server 2012 and provides a high level overview of the next generation of Windows!             You can download it here: PDF ...
  • Blog Post: Windows Service Log On As Inventory

    At a recent engagement a customer wanted to quickly scan through multiple servers to easily determine which services were set to log on as non-standard accounts, i.e. ones like network service, and local service were OK, but which ones were using an Active Directory logon for example? They also wanted...
  • Blog Post: Lenovo Windows 8 Drivers

      I’d previously mentioned the availability of Lenovo’s Windows 8 beta drivers.    There  is now an updated ThinkVantage System Update tool which supports Windows 8 which is neat.       Updated my W510, so let’s see what new features this brings .     ...
  • Blog Post: “Slow” File Copy Issues

      A recent performance issue case revolved around slow disk access times, and the impact that this had on Hyper-V and Windows in general. The customer had identified that one of their SAN units was dramatically out performing another one, even though the slower unit should have been orders of magnitude...
  • Blog Post: Windows Hyper-V 2012 & 8.1 Hyper-V Did Not Find Virtual Machine to Import

    Back in May 2013, we discussed an issue which caused the Hyper-V Did Not Find Virtual Machines To Import error. Well, as mentioned in that blog post there are a few reasons for this error message being displayed and it does depend on the versions of Hyper-V in use. There were some comments posted...
  • Blog Post: How To Import Windows 2008 R2 VM To Windows 2012 or 8.1 Using Boot To VHD

    One of the popular topics lately has revolved around the Hyper-V Did Not Find Virtual Machines To Import error. This issue can arise when we try and import a VM into Windows Server 2012 R2 or 8.1 which was originally exported from Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2. Such exported VMs from 2008 or 2008 R2...
  • Blog Post: Updated PAL Tool 2.3.1 Released

    Note: The follow-up can be found here : http://blogs.technet.com/b/rmilne/archive/2012/07/19/using-pal-template-to-easily-capture-performance-data.aspx Clint Huffman Tweeted that he released an updated build of the PAL (Performance Analysis of Logs) tool . This build contains both fixes and...
  • Blog Post: 9 Free Microsoft Virtual Academy Courses

    Looking to ramp up on Windows 2012?    Look no further then!  Prepare for Windows Server 2012 with 9 free courses from @MSVirtualAcademy .  You can also follow the #MVA tag to be part of conversation around this offering.     Cheers, Rhoderick   Technorati Tags: Windows...
  • Blog Post: Free Microsoft Virtual Academy Courses For Server 2012 R2

    As announced on the Windows Server blog last month, the team has released Windows Server 2012 R2 for General Availability. Download the Windows Server 2012 R2 evaluation or use our free Windows Server 2012 R2 Virtual Labs to test the product online without installation. Then, learn directly from Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Fine Grained Control When Registering Multiple IP Addresses On a Network Card

    Edit: 24-1-2013 :  A second article using PowerShell 3.0 is here Edit: 30-1-2013: – A third article is using advanced PowerShell 3.0 is here . Edit 28-8-2013: – A similar issue with the setting being removed is present in Windows Server 2012.  Article with workaround is here .   ...
  • Blog Post: SkipAsSource Flag Cleared In Windows 2012

    For a while now I’ve been using the Netsh SkipAsSource Flag to allow multiple IPs on a server and only the primary IP registers in DNS. The previous series of articles in this series are here: Fine Grained Control When Registering Multiple IP Addresses On a Network Card Fine Grained Control...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Services Not Starting Due to Network Location

    On some recent Exchange 2010 builds I noticed that sometimes the Exchange services would fail due to a lack of connectivity with Active Directory. I noticed that the network location had changed from Domain and was listed as Public even though the server had a single connection which was on the internal...