Tip of the Day

Tiny amounts of knowledge for a fast paced world!

March, 2014

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  • Tip of the Day: No Love for POP3

    Today’s Tip… The mail client the comes with Windows 8 supports connecting to email servers using the IMAP protocol. However, it does NOT support email servers that use the older POP3 protocol. However, if your email provider uses POP3, you have a couple...
  • Tip of the Day: Wait Chain Analyzer

    Today’s Tip… I work primarily on Setup technologies, and so, have had very little chance to use the Resource Manager on Windows Server 2008/2008 R2. However, while playing around with the task manager on Windows 8, I found something that was only available...
  • Tip of the Day: Say good-bye to DCPROMO

    Today’s Tip… I don’t work with Active Directory that much but one of the things that I always remembered how to do was how to create a domain controller…run DCPROMO. This hasn’t changed for as far back as my Windows server experience goes (NT4.0). Imagine...
  • Tip of the Day: Startup Items…again

    Today’s Tip… Earlier we had a tip that talked about the new location of the startup items. I got a number of emails internally that asked about the ‘Startup Impact’ field and how that works. Those values have to do with how much time is added to the startup...
  • Tip of the Day: BranchCache part2

    Today’s Tip… Microsoft introduced BranchCache in Windows Server 2008 R2. The idea was that branch offices would only need to download data from the main office once. Then it would be cached at that branch. Subsequent requests for the same data would then...
  • Tip of the Day: More on Deduplication

    Today’s Tip… NTFS deduplication allows us to consolidate redundant data by file data to the ‘chunk store’ and keeping a single copy of each data chunk. The exception to this is when a data chuck is referenced by 100 files or more. When this occurs, the...
  • Tip of the Day: Windows PowerShell History

    Today’s Tip… During yesterday’s tip, I created my first Windows Server 2012 domain. The next thing I discovered was the Windows PowerShell history. I created a new account using the GUI, and in the history I could see the Windows PowerShell cmdlets needed...
  • Tip of the Day: SMB Versions

    Today’s Tip… 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...
  • Tip of the Day: AD Recycle Bin

    Today’s Tip… While the AD recycle bin was available in Windows 2008 R2, it had no GUI. In Windows Server 2012, we get an option for a recycle bin in the AD Administrative Center. Once the recycle bin is enabled (and refreshed across your domain), ‘Deleted...
  • Tip of the Day: A Dip in the Pool

    Today’s Tip… In Storage Spaces a pool is a logical grouping of physical disks. There are two types of pools. Primordial Pool The Primordial pool represents all of the disks that Storage Spaces is able use but are not already members of a concrete pool...
  • Tip of the Day: Enabling/Disabling SMB Versions

    Today’s Tip… While Windows Server 2012 allows you to enable and disable SMB based on versions, SMB2 and SMB3 share the same protocol stack and as such must be enabled/disabled together. To view the current state of the SMB Server protocol configuration...
  • Tip of the Day: MBAM 2.0

    Today’s Tip… Microsoft Bitlocker Administration and Management (MBAM) 2.0 released nearly a year ago today. It provides a number of improvements including… Protectors Flexible Policy Ability to upgrade MBAM Client Ability to Upgrade MBAM Server from previous...
  • Tip of the Day: Flash support added to IE 10

    Today’s Tip… http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2013/03/11/flash-in-windows-8.aspx “Starting tomorrow, we are updating Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8 and Windows RT to enable Flash content to run by default. On Windows 8, all Flash content continues...
  • Tip of the Day: BranchCache part3

    Today’s Tip… In addition to the BranchCache improvements from the previous two ‘tips’, the following improvements were made to the hosted cache mode and hosted cache servers in Windows Server 2012. Deployment of multiple hosted cache servers. In the previous...
  • Tip of the Day: Understanding ReFS’s COW

    Today’s Tip… When a file’s metadata is modified in NTFS, it is written over the older metadata. However, this is not how ReFS works. ReFS uses a new ‘Copy On Write’ (COW) feature. Instead of overwriting old metadata, new metadata is written to a different...
  • Tip of the Day: Alternate Data Streams

    Today’s Tip… While NTFS has supported Alternate Data Streams for a long time, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 both offer a new way of querying and manipulating them….Windows PowerShell. Get-Item : Can be used to list all streams in a file Get-Content...
  • Tip of the Day: Storage Spaces and Pools (no pools)

    Today’s Tip… “Storage Spaces and Pools” has undergone a rename and is now simply “Storage Spaces”.
  • Tip of the Day: Walk, do not Run (Key)

    Today’s Tip… 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...
  • Tip of the Day: Hotfixes

    Today’s Tip… Want a quick way to get hotfix information? Use the Windows PowerShell is to use the Get-Hotfix cmdlet. Command :  Get-hotfix or the abbreviated ‘hotfix’ To check any specific hotfix if it is installed in the system I use following command...
  • Tip of the Day: BranchCache part1

    Today’s Tip… Microsoft introduced BranchCache in Windows Server 2008 R2. The idea was that branch offices would only need to download data from the main office once. Then it would be cached at that branch. Subsequent requests for the same data would then...
  • Tip of the Day: Charm City

    Today’s Tip… Unlike the Windows 8 client, which displays 5 charms, Windows Server 2012 will only show 3 charms. However, if you add the ‘Desktop Experience’, all 5 charms will display. Just like it does for the Windows 8 client.
  • Tip of the Day: NIC Teaming and iSCSI

    Today’s Tip… Previously, NIC teaming (the practice of creating a logical network card out of multiple physical network cards) has not been supported when used in conjunction with iSCSI. Starting with Windows Server 2012, there are exceptions to this....
  • Tip of the Day: SMB 3.0 and 8.3 File Names

    Today’s Tip… SMB transparent failover in Windows Server 2012 is the capability for a SMB server to provide continuously available (CA) remote file storage in a Windows Server Failover Cluster. However, transparent Failover does not support cluster disks...
  • Tip of the Day: Startup Items

    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...