Tip of the Day

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  • Tip of the Day: Office Open File Location

    Today’s Tip… One of the things I used to do in Office products all the time was use the SaveAs to remind me where my document had been saved.  I’d do a SaveAs and it would pop up the folder where the original document had been saved to.  Unfortunately...
  • Tip of the Day: Server Manager Refresh

    Today’s Tip… If you spend much time in the new Server Manager in Windows Server 2012, you might notice that changes you make aren’t reflected right away in the interface.  A quick ‘refresh’ will update everything, but it does sometimes feel like...
  • Tip of the Day: Quickly Schedule a meeting in Outlook 2013

    Today’s Tip… It is a neat little trick in Outlook 2013. If you are looking at your messages and you see someone that you want to send a meeting request to. You don’t even need to open the message. Just drag it down to the Calendar link in your lower left...
  • Tip of the Day: Win8 Pro. vs. Win8 Ent.

    Today’s Tip… When selecting which edition (SKU) of Windows 8 is best suited to your needs, for technology enthusiasts, it really comes down to two choices….Pro or Enterprise. Enterprise offers more functionality than Pro, but before you sign up for Software...
  • Tip of the Day: IPAM in WS2012

    Today’s Tip… IPAM in Windows Server 2012 is a new built-in framework for discovering, monitoring, auditing, and managing the IP address space used on a corporate network. IPAM provides for administration and monitoring of servers running Dynamic Host...
  • Tip of the Day: Ackk! Where's my scroll bar??

    Today’s Tip… I create some long documents. Some REALLY long documents. As such, I use the vertical scroll bar in Word all the time. However, in Office 2013, it looks like this is missing by default. It's easy to turn back on if you know where the...
  • Tip of the Day: Windows PowerShell Show-Command

    Today’s Tip… Are you are new to PowerShell and don’t find it easy to go through help every time to prepare a cmdlet? Show-command <cmdlet> can be used until we get used to writing cmdlets easily by providing GUI to enter input parameters for the...
  • (Cloud) Tip of the Day: Data-intensive Applications in the Cloud Computing World

    Today’s (Cloud) Tip… The Windows Azure Customer Advisory Team works closely with strategic customers to develop novel solutions on Windows Azure. Sometimes, these novel solutions end up becoming reference implementations for future customers. One reference...
  • (Cloud) Tip of the Day: Announcing Microsoft Azure!!!

    In this, the 1st (Cloud) TotD, it seems fitting to share with you what we think is a really strategic change with respect to our cloud platform. On the 25th, we announced that we are renaming Windows Azure to Microsoft Azure. Fundamentally, this name...
  • Tip of the Day: WAB on Windows IT Pro

    Today’s Tip… Interested in Windows Azure Backup?  Windows IT Pro Magazine recently published an article I submitted to them on the subject (note the author). http://windowsitpro.com/windows-azure/introducing-windows-azure-backup
  • Tip of the Day: Update Announced

    Today’s Tip… Microsoft has announced an update coming to Windows Server 2012 R2 this spring… http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2014/02/23/windows-server-2012-r2-update-coming-this-spring.aspx
  • Tip of the Day: Getting Version Info with Office 2013

    Today’s Tip… After having to go to ‘Help/About’ for years to get application version information, Office 2013 has squirreled this information away in a hard to find location. First off, just like Office 2010, there isn’t a ‘Help’ drop down. So you have...
  • Tip of the Day: Creating a New Group in Windows 8

    Today’s Tip… If you want to create a new group on the Windows 8 Start screen, simply drag on of your program tiles to the right until a vertical bar appears… …then drop it. Now that you have a new group, you can drag and drop any other program tiles you...
  • Tip of the Day: Looking for differences using Server Manager

    Today’s Tip… One of the cool things that the new Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 can do is grouping. I sometimes use it to find out what my servers are doing without having to start an RDP session with each one. First we need to add in a server...
  • Tip of the Day: Multiple languages

    Today’s Tip… Some of us need to write in more than one language. For example Swedish and English if local customers want their replies in Swedish and the wonderful community is in English. There is a very nice way in Windows 8 to handle this. Simply add...
  • Tip of the Day: Windows Defender...all grown up

    Today’s Tip… While Windows Defender has been available for a while (first available with Windows Vista), for a time it was simply an antispyware program. When Windows 8 released, it carried with it a beefier version of Windows Defender that was a full...
  • Tip of the Day: Resizable RDP Connection Bar

    Today’s Tip… The RDP Connection Bar can now be Resized (especially useful when you have to move between Jump Servers to get your job done and merely moving the RDP Connection bar alone isn’t enough). The RDP Connection Bar is now optimized for Win8 –...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...