Windows Server 8 beta now available !!!

Thursday morning Bill Laing, Corporate Vice President of Server and Cloud Announced the beta release of Windows Server “8”. I think it is really important for anyone who is interested in hearing more about what is coming in this beta with Hyper-V and our Virtualization development efforts; please go read what Bill has to say…. Read more

Windows 8 Consumer Preview now available !!!

Today is a big day here at Microsoft.  This morning at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, it was announced that Windows 8 Consumer Preview (beta) is now released. At the conference, several key points were discussed and demonstrated. Broad range of product changes and improvements that were made between the Developer Preview and… Read more

What’s Going On With My Cluster?

Hello everyone. Today’s topic deals with a behavior you’ll notice on Windows 2008 Failover Clusters when there are networking issues between nodes of the cluster. I’ve simulated a loss of network connectivity between two nodes of my cluster. When this happens, the cluster determines if any of the nodes have enough ‘quorum’ votes to keep… Read more

Measuring Disk Latency with Windows Performance Monitor (Perfmon)

My name is Flavio Muratore and I am a Senior Support Escalation Engineer with the Windows Core Team. One subject we haven’t written much about in the Core team blog is “disk performance”. Today I would like to talk a little bit about measuring Physical Disk IO Latency with Windows Performance Monitor (perfmon). Most likely… Read more

Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) in redirected access mode after installing McAfee VSE 8.7 Patch 5 or 8.8 Patch 1

There is an issue with Cluster Shared Volumes and McAfee VirusScan Enterprise that I wanted to pass along.  When installing McAfee VSE 8.7 Patch 5 or 8.8 Patch 1, the CSV drives will go into redirected mode and will not go out of it. The reason for this is that the McAfee filter driver (mfehidk.sys)… Read more

Better alternatives to manually merging snapshots in Windows Server 2008 R2

There might be times on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V host when the snapshots will not merge, the virtual machine disappears from the Hyper-V management console or the virtual machine goes into a Critical-Saved or Paused state for what seems to be no reason at all. This blog will discuss the ways in Windows Server… Read more

Free Microsoft Private Cloud Training

Are you ready for the Microsoft Private Cloud?   On February 21 & 22 Microsoft Learning is running a 2-day virtual training event to help the world learn about the upcoming enhancements with the Creating & Managing a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 Jump Start.    It is 100% free and open to the… Read more

Error “Encountered errors while reading in the specified configuration file” when you use FSRM dirquota command

My name is Himanshu Singh and in this blog I will talk about an issue seen on Windows Server 2003 64-bit servers running File Server Resource Manager (FSRM), where, when you run a dirquota command to modify notifications using a configuration file, you may encounter error “Encountered errors while reading in the specified configuration file”…. Read more