Tip of the Day

Tiny amounts of knowledge for a fast paced world!

November, 2013

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  • Tip of the Day: Short file names

    Today’s tip… The new volume wizard in Server Manager for Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 includes an option to enable short file name creation. While it is not recommended all the time, if you have an application that still requires short file names, it can...
  • Tip of the Day: Thin Provisioning Limitations

    Today’s tip… The following limitations exist for Windows based Thin Provisioning: Windows Thin Provisioning will not function on dynamic disks. PartMgr/VolMgr will block dynamic partition creation using thin provisioning LUN. Windows thin provisioning...
  • Tip of the Day: Thin Provisioning

    Today’s tip… While the concept of thin provisioning has been around for a little while, Windows Server 2012 is the first version to take full advantage of it.  Thin provisioning is the practice of providing storage blocks on an as needed, just in...
  • Tip of the Day: Mounting ISO Files

    Today’s tip… Windows 8 and Server 2012 have the ability to mount ISO files without needing to install 3rd party software. Simply right click and MOUNT. Alternately, you can also mount an ISO file by using the Windows PowerShell cmdlet, Mount-DiskImage...
  • Tip of the Day: Search

    Today’s tip… I’m often surprised when I look over people’s shoulders and see them doing things the hard way. That’s why some of my tips have been about the Windows interface and the improvements in Windows 8/8.1. One of my favorites features in Windows...
  • Tip of the Day: Office Apps are Hard to Look at

    Today’s tip… This is more of an Office tip but I wanted to include it. Like others my age, my eyes are at a point where looking at a screen that is mostly white causes everything to blend together. This is really a problem when I’m using the new Office...
  • Tip of the Day: Administrative Tools

    Today’s tip… Most Microsoft employees use ‘administrative tools’ as a normal part of their day. Windows 8 was a bit different for us as our favorite tools were now buried. The good news is that we can quickly add them to our Start screen. While on the...
  • Tip of the Day: Scale-Out File services

    Today’s tip… In Windows Server 2012, we have the capability to provide Highly Available, Scale-Out File services by combining the Failover Cluster feature set including CSV (version 2.0) volumes, and SMBv3 functionality all in one solution. These services...
  • Tip of the Day: Prioritized VM Failover

    Today’s tip… Prioritized VM Failover :- You can set VM priorities to control the order in which virtual machines fail over or power up. This enables you to give higher priority VMs the resources they need while lower priority VMs are given resources as...
  • Tip of the Day: Can’t Extend a Storage Space (virtual disk)

    Today’s tip… When extending a existing virtual disk in Storage Spaces and Pools, you might encounter the following error even if you have plenty of unused space… This could be due to the virtual disk’s number of columns. To extend a virtual disk, they...
  • Tip of the Day: Direct Access deployment scenarios

    Today’s tip… Direct Access in Windows Server 2012 supports new deployment scenarios.  Server 2008 R2 Direct Access had a single scenario for deployment which had the following requirements: 2 sequential public IPv4 IPs on the external interface 2...
  • Tip of the Day: Some new Remote Desktop Client Features

    Today’s tip… How do I get the Start screen to come up in a remote session? If you’ve remoted into a Windows Server 2012 host or Windows 8 client using a legacy RDP client and wanted to get to the start menu, you may have already come across this annoying...
  • Tip of the Day: Network Connectivity Assistant

    Today’s tip… Network Connectivity Assistant is included in Windows 8. When using a Windows 7 client to connect to DA, there are no built in utilities to indicate connectivity status or to provide data collection functionality.  To address this need...
  • Tip of the Day: Direct Access supports NAT64 and DNS64

    Today’s tip… Direct Access now includes NAT64 and DNS64 support. This is really a big deal! Windows 2008 R2 Direct Access required that all internal resources be reachable directly using an IPv6 address.  This meant one of two things for the typical...
  • Tip of the Day: Direct Access and IP-HTTPS

    Today’s tip… IP-HTTPS is now the preferred IPv6 transition technology for DirectAccess. Direct Access allows clients to connect with various IPv6 transition technologies including Teredo, 6to4, and IP-HTTPS. In Windows Server 2008 R2, IP-HTTPS was the...
  • Tip of the Day: Printing in a Cluster

    Today’s tip… In Windows Server 2012, we have an option available in Failover Cluster for monitoring a service inside a highly available VM. For example, print cluster is no longer supported in Win2012 cluster, instead we will configure Printing inside...
  • Tip of the Day: Hyper-V on Win8 client

    Today’s tip… We have an option to install Hyper-V on Win8 client, however the minimum requirement is to have hardware with SLAT (Second Level Address Translation) on it.
  • Tip of the Day: DNSSEC

    Today’s tip… DNS is a critical component of modern networking.  DNS is a huge target for attackers because if a DNS record is compromised, clients can be redirected to an attackers computer.  DNSSEC provides validity that a DNS record has not...
  • Tip of the Day: DHCP client and Web Proxy Auto-Discovery

    Today’s tip… Starting with Windows 8, the DHCP client requests the Web Proxy Auto-Discovery (WPAD) configuration from DHCP as part of the default parameter request list during DHCP address acquisition.  If the Web Proxy Auto-Discovery option is configured...
  • Tip of the Day: DHCP Policy Based Assignment (PBA)

    Today’s tip… In Windows Server 2012/2012 R2, DHCP Policy Based Assignment (PBA) allows an administrator to configure policies based on information in the client DHCP request.  If the client matches the policy, then the client can be provided with...
  • Tip of the Day: Replicating Scopes in DHCP Failover

    Today’s tip… In Windows Server 2012/2012 R2, DHCP Failover automatically synchronizes leases.  However, configuration changes on one server in the failover relationship do not automatically get replicated to the partner.  Configuration changes...
  • Tip of the Day: DHCP Failover

    Today’s tip… In Windows Server 2012/2012 R2, DHCP Failover provides standards based lease synchronization between two nodes hosting the same scope. If one server becomes unavailable, clients can get leases from the reachable server. DHCP Failover is an...
  • Tip of the Day: Deleting cluster objects

    In Windows Server 2012, we have added functionality in Active Directory to help prevent accidental deletion of CNO (Cluster Named Object). If a VCO (Virtual Cluster Object) gets deleted accidentally, repair AD object in Failover cluster Manager will bring...
  • Tip of the Day: PowerShell Mounting/Dismounting

    Today’s tip… You can mount and dismount both ISO and VHDs easily in Windows PowerShell by utilizing the following cmdlets Mount-DiskImage Dismount-DiskImage
  • Tip of the Day: iSCSI Target Now Clusterable

    Today’s tip… The new iSCSI software target that comes with Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 is now easily ‘clusterable’.  That is, it can quickly be added to a Failover Cluster and even has its own resource DLL. Here is a screenshot of a target running...