Tip of the Day

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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Disable-DedupVolume doesn't

    Today’s Tip… Using the Windows PowerShell cmdlet, Disable-DedupVolume doesn’t actually disable deduplicaiton. Well…it sort of does….but it also doesn’t. When you deduplicate a volume, the data attributes for the files are turned into ‘chunks’ and placed...
  • Tip of the Day: Deduplication Perquisites

    Today’s Tip… While the deduplication feature was designed to support minimal configurations such as a single processor system with 4 GB of RAM, some additional requirements must be met… WS2012 or WS2012R2 (No dedupping on Win8 client) Data drives only...
  • Tip of the Day: Dedup Jobs

    Today’s Tip… Deduplicating (aka optimizing) exposes four different types of ‘jobs’ that can be done. GarbageCollection – Checks the ‘Chunk Store’ for chunks that are no longer in use and removes them. Optimization – Optimizes the volume by removing redundant...
  • Tip of the Day: Multimon and the Start Screen

    Today’s Tip… If you are like me and most of my coworkers, you like using multimon to increase your desktop real estate. My favorite configuration is one larger monitor in the center, flanked by two smaller ones. One thing I’ve noticed in doing this is...
  • Tip of the Day: Pass-Through Disks in Cluster

    Today’s Tip… Users have been attaching pass-through disks to virtual machines for quite some time. There are several reasons for this including the limitation on virtual hard disk (VHD) size and\or the decreased performance experienced when using the...
  • Tip of the Day: Failover DHCP

    Today’s tip… In previous versions of Windows, if you wanted to have fault tolerant DHCP, you had to rely on technologies like Failover Clustering or configuring split scopes. In Windows Server 2012 we have a new way to achieve this…Failover DHCP. Failover...
  • Tip of the Day: Good Bye VDS, Hello SMAPI

    Today’s Tip… In Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, we have introduced the Storage Management API (SMAPI), as a means for managing local and array-based storage. SMAPI supersedes the Virtual Disk Service (VDS), which was the previous interface for managing...
  • Tip of the Day: Optimized Files not Available in Down Level OS

    Today’s Tip… Windows Deduplication is a great way to consolidate your data in Windows Server 2012. However, the changes it makes to the file system makes any file that has been ‘deduped’ unavailable if the disk is mounted by a down level version of Windows...
  • Tip of the Day: Tracking Down Location of Modern Apps

    Today’s tip… Using Win 8 Task Manager to reveal the folder location of modern apps On the Task Manager > Details tab Adding the Package Name column (right click one of the existing column) will discover which process host  each Modern UI app....
  • Tip of the Day: Narrator on the Surface

    Today’s tip… I was using my Surface and accidentally stumbled across the Narrator. It’s a handy announcer for the visually impaired. However, since I didn’t know how I turned it on, I had to scramble to turn it off. Clicking on the Exit Narrator didn...
  • Tip of the Day: Row Row Row (and Row)

    Today’s tip… Here is a quick little tip for your Surface that will allow you to get 4 rows instead of 3 on the Start screen: Open Regedit Add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Scaling" "MonitorSize"="12...
  • Tip of the Day: Recoup Space on Surface

    Today’s tip… Here is how you can recoup ~6GB of space on your 32GB Surface.  Here is what you need to do: 1. Delete the recovery partition – (create USB recovery drive) Create a USB recovery drive http://www.microsoft.com/Surface/en-US/support/surface...