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  • Blog Post: Tip of the Day: Windows to Go

    Today’s tip… Windows to Go allows for the creation of a bootable Windows 8 Enterprise installation on select certified media. The Windows to Go workspace can be booted on any hardware with a USB 2 or USB 3 port, regardless of the operating system installed on that hardware, and enables...
  • Blog Post: Tip of the Day: Windows.old

    Today’s tip… After an upgrade Windows.Old is left on the disk. To manually remove Windows.old you need to use Disk Cleanup. After 4 weeks, a scheduled task will run and delete the Windows.Old directory if you have not removed it via Disk Cleanup. To use Disk Cleanup on Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Tip of the Day: Hyper-V supports VHDX

    Starting with Windows Server 2012, the new VHDX format is supported by Hyper-V 3.0. This allows us to create a virtual disk of up to 64TB in size.
  • Blog Post: Tip of the Day: NTFS and Chkdsk

    Today’s tip… Starting with Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, there has been a fundamental change to NTFS in how we handle file system inconsistencies. Previously, there were a number of reasons that Windows would mark the file system dirty and urge the user to run a Chkdsk /f. Depending...
  • Blog Post: 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 since the default theme is ‘White’. So my white...
  • Blog Post: 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 it back.
  • Blog Post: Tip of the Day: Start/Run

    Today’s tip… Despite all the advancements made to the desktop, I still find myself wanting to run things by clicking on Start/Run and typing in the name of the .exe or UNC path that I’m after. The good news is that Windows 8 and Server 2012 still allows for this. There are two options...
  • Blog Post: 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 Highly Available VM and enable VM monitoring. As...
  • Blog Post: Tip of the Day: RemoteFX and DirectX 11

    Today’s tip… Windows Server 2012 RemoteFX supports DirectX 11. Applications requiring 3rd party graphics API’s, such as OpenGL 2.0+, should not be run with an expectation of rich graphics under RemoteFX. Support for these applications may be available through 3rd parties...
  • Blog Post: 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 IP addresses from a specific range or specific network...
  • Blog Post: 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. NOTE: Both methods can also be used to mount .VHD...
  • Blog Post: Tip of the Day: BitLocker Pre-provisioning

    Today’s tip… Unlike Windows Vista and Windows 7, Windows 8 has the ability to pre-provision the system volume during installation. To use BitLocker Pre-Provisioning, we have three options open to us, MDT 2012, SCCM 2012 SP1, or WinPE 4.0. In MDT 2012, we use the Enable Offline Task Sequence which uses...
  • Blog Post: Tip of the Day: Disabling Server Manager at logon

    Today’s tip… In Windows Server 2012, the option to disable Server Manager from automatically popping up after a logon is a bit hidden. The other option of note here is the refresh rate for Server Manager, which by default is set to 10 seconds.
  • Blog Post: Tip Of the Day: 3-way Mirrors

    Today’s tip… In Windows Server 2012 Storage Spaces and Windows 8 Storage Spaces, a 2-way mirror requires at least 2 physical disks. However, a 3-way mirror requires at least 5 physical disks . The reason is that a 3-way mirror uses a quorum. In order to keep running, the mirror...
  • Blog Post: Tip of the Day: Windows Server 2012 Virtual Labs

    Today’s tip… Once Windows Server 2012 released, people were antsy about getting their hands on the product and learning about it. Unfortunately this usually means taking time out of your already busy day, setting up a virtual environment, and waiting through the install. But...
  • Blog Post: 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 time basis. This gives our customers a great savings...
  • Blog Post: Tip of the Day: Deduplication Cheat Sheet

    Today’s tip… Here is a quick reference sheet for Windows Server 2012 deduplication. The Dedup feature is not installed by default Dedup is a Server only feature Dedup is not supported on: FAT volumes Boot or System Volumes Remote Drives ...
  • Blog Post: Tip of the Day: Sysprep's new /mode:vm switch

    Today’s tip… Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Sysprep.exe supports a new command line switch called /mode:vm. This switch is useful if you are installing Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 in virtual environment like Hyper-V and you are going to deploy the image back to the same...
  • Blog Post: Tip of the Day: SSP Terms

    Today’s tip… Storage Spaces and Pools (SSP) refer to the units of storage that are carved out of a pool by two different names. Storage Space - Term used by the client versions of Windows Virtual Disk - Term used by the server versions of Windows They are the same thing...
  • Blog Post: 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 is the search. On my work computer, I have lots...
  • Blog Post: 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 easy to deploy, and easy to manage, solution for...
  • Blog Post: 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 issue with the start menu. If I hit the Windows...
  • Blog Post: 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 inside Failover Cluster.
  • Blog Post: 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 been compromised.  DNSSEC has been difficult...
  • Blog Post: 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.