Tip of the Day

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  • Tip of the Day: Playing Well with Others

    Today’s Tip… One of the things I noticed about Windows Server 2012 was that while we came up with some great new ideas, many of them didn’t work together.  A big part of the changes in Windows Server 2012 R2 were to improve this and make these nifty new...
  • Tip of the Day: CSV Placement Policies

    Today’s Tip… Imagine an eight node cluster coming up from a complete shutdown.  Then imagine that this is a Hyper-V cluster with hundreds of VMs, all trying to start up on that first node that came online. But wait!  In Windows Server 2012 R2, we introduced...
  • Tip of the Day: Saying Goodbye is Hard to Do

    Today’s Tip… With the introduction of Windows Server 2012, the cluster community said goodbye to the cluster.exe command line utility. …..or did we? Do you miss cluster.exe? Get it back by going into the ‘Add Roles and Features Wizard’
  • Tip of the Day: Hibernate options when running on Windows 8/8.1

    Today’s Tip… If you are running on Windows 8/8.1, you may need to enable the option if not listed under the Power menu. To enable the hibernation option for the Power button, go to your Power Settings and select the options for the Power button: ​ Once...
  • Tip of the Day: RDP in 8.1 and Smart Sizing

    Today’s Tip… Right-click on the top left to see the Smart Sizing option. It essentially “fits-to-window” the remote screen, helping you avoid the crazy vertical and horizontal scrolling you might have to do. The Fit-to-window follows as you go about changing...
  • Tip of the Day: Free Windows Azure Book for IT Professionals

    Today’s (Cloud) Tip…FREE Windows Azure book for IT Professionals Below is a link to a free book, covering a wide range of topics. Scanning through the free book, there looks like a lot of good content that will help you understand a lot more about Azure...
  • Tip of the Day: Online Resizing of VHDx Files

    Today’s Tip… In Windows Server 2012 R2, we can now resize VHDx files without taking them offline. Not applicable to VHD files Works with Fixed, Dynamic, and Differencing VHDx files Operation can be cancelled without loss of data Shrinking depends on unallocated...
  • Tip of the Day: Virtualizing ‘Secure Boot’

    Today’s Tip… This week’s tips have been about Generation 2 VMs.  Today’s tip is no exception.  We mentioned the virtualized UEFI earlier.  One of the added benefits of it is that it paths the way for another new addition and that is virtualized Secure...
  • Tip of the Day: Synthetic CDROM

    Today’s Tip… A couple days ago, we talked about the Generation 2 VMs in Windows 2012 R2.  One of the other new features in Generation 2 is the Synthetic CDROM.  This device can be hot added/removed and unlike the old emulated CDROM, which was attached...
  • Tip of the Day: Virtualized UEFI

    Today’s Tip… In yesterday’s tip, I talked about Generation 2 VMs and how many emulated devices were being removed.  At the top of the list was ‘BIOS’.  In Generation 2 VMs, the BIOS has been replaced with virtualized firmware. Required to virtualize ...
  • Tip of the Day: Surface Pro Doesn't Look Right

    Today’s Tip… What can I do if a desktop application on Surface Windows 8 Pro doesn’t look right or doesn’t seem to be responding correctly to touch? If a desktop application on Surface Windows 8 Pro doesn’t look right (text is too big or small) or is...
  • Tip of the Day: Configuring Disk Mirroring for Windows Server 2012

    Today’s Tip… With the release of Storage Spaces in Server 2012, a common question is how customers can use Windows to provide resiliency for the OS volume. In Server 2012, Spaces does not support the OS volume, but customers don’t necessarily want to...
  • Tip of the Day: Copy Path

    Today’s Tip… Something in Win8.1/Server 2012 R2 that I noticed that is pretty cool for certain situations.  When you’re in Explorer and you want to copy the path to a file, you can select the file and up on the toolbar is a button to copy the path.  Small...
  • Tip of the Day: Updating Help in Windows PowerShell

    Today’s Tip… The help documentation for Windows PowerShell is periodically updated. To update your local copy you simply need to run the update-help cmdlet.
  • Tip of the Day: MPIO Uguide

    Today’s Tip… While MPIO is not new to Windows Server 2012, the user’s guide for MPIO was updated to reflect the new operating system. Reference: “Microsoft Multipath I/O (MPIO) Users Gude for Windows Server 2012” - http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download...
  • Tip of the Day: WAOB and DPM

    Today’s Tip… Windows Azure Online Backup (WAOB) originally only allowed customers to backup files that didn’t require the use of a VSS writer. As such, this left out SQL, Exchange, and system state data (and others). Since then, WAOB has been extended...
  • Tip of the Day: Printing for Windows 8 Apps

    Today’s Tip… Did you know you can print from the PDF Reader and other Windows 8 apps? Access the Device Charm from the PDF Reader. There are a couple of ways to do this: Open the Charms menu by swiping from the right edge of your screen and then tapping...
  • Tip of the Day: EZ Shutdown/Reboot

    Today’s Tip… To quickly shutdown or restart your Windows8.1/Server 2012 R2 machine, use Charms –> Settings –> Power and either select “Sleep” (where hardware supports this function), “Shut down” or “Restart”. You can access Charms by WinKey+I or...
  • Tip of the Day: Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)

    Today’s Tip… In Windows 8 Explorer, there is now a configurable section of the title bar. By default, there is a properties icon and a new folder icon . This allows you to perform these actions with a single click. The drop down menu allows you to configure...
  • Tip of the Day: Generation 2 VMs

    Today’s Tip… Windows Server 2012 R2 provides administrators/hosters with the next step in virtual machines, Generation 2 VMs. Generation 2 VMs replace a large number of emulated devices with resource efficient synthetic devices. Here is a list of Generation...
  • (Cloud) Tip of the Day: Static internal IPs

    Today’s (Cloud) Tip… Previously, VNET VMs were assigned dynamic internal IP addresses, and the StayProvisioned option was the only reliable way to keep the same internal IP address, but there was a billing cost in compute hours. With the new VNET internal...
  • (Cloud) Tip of the Day: Now in Japan

    Today’s (Cloud) Tip… Windows Azure is a global offering and we continue to add new datacenters to ensure that we can provide locally accessible Azure services to our worldwide customers. In that vein, we announced two Japanese datacenters at the end of...
  • (Cloud) Titanfall – Not without Azure!

    Today’s (Cloud) Tip… Not only is Azure enabling new business scenarios on the enterprise side of things, but it is also having a direct impact on Xbox gamers. Check out http://www.engadget.com/2014/03/10/titanfall-cloud-explained/ to see exactly how....
  • (Cloud) Tip of the Day: How to enable AlternateLoginID with Azure Active Directory

    Some organizations can't use their on-premises user principal name (UPN) to authenticate their users by using Azure Active Directory or one of its associated services (such as Office 365, Azure, and Windows Intune). Common causes of this problem include...
  • (Cloud) Tip of the Day: Azure AD Statistics

    Today’s (Cloud) Tip… Here are some numbers I found about Azure Active Directory. It’s pretty cool how many customers are using our Microsoft cloud services. Check out these numbers… Over 2.9 Million Organizations are using Azure Active Directory More...