Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012: Pooled Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Welcome back!  It’s Day 10, and part 2 of our posts on RDS.  Today we are going to discuss Virtual Machine-based desktop deployment, focusing on creating a pooled collection.  There are two primary types of RDS deployments in Windows Server 2012: Virtual machine-based desktop deployment (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Session-based desktop deployment (Classic Remote Desktop… Read more

Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012: Remote Desktop Management Server

Welcome to Day 9 of our launch series, and the first of 4 covering RDS.  In todays post, we are going to cover the “Remote Desktop Management Server” (RDMS) interface for creating and managing a Windows Server 2012 Remote Desktop environment. What is RDMS? In Windows Server 2008 R2, admins have had to use at… Read more

Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012: Windows To Go

It’s day 8 of our Launch Series!  Today we are going to talk about creating a Windows To Go device.  Windows To Go workspaces (a new feature in Windows 8 Enterprise client) enables bootable USB thumb drives that essentially act as an additional mobility option within a corporate Windows environment.  Windows To Go provides convenient… Read more

Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012: The New Swap File

Hello AskPerf! Welcome to day 7 of our Launch Series.  Today we are going to talk about the new Swapfile introduced in Windows 8.  You may ask, “Why do we need another virtual page file?”  Well, with the introduction of the Modern App, we needed a way to manage their memory outside of the traditional… Read more

Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012: The New Task Manager

It’s day 6 of our Launch Series.  Today we are going to talk about Task Manager and the new benefits it provides.  For our Developers, there were 3 main goals that they focused on for the new Task Manager.  These included the following: Optimize Task Manager for the most common scenarios.  Focus on the scenarios… Read more

Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012: File Explorer

Welcome to day 5 of our Launch Series.  Today we are going to talk about the new File Explorer.  For our Developers, they set out to accomplish 3 main goals for the new File Explorer.  These included the following: Optimize Explorer for file management tasks.  Return Explorer to its roots as an efficient file manager… Read more

Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012: Faster Boot Process

Welcome to day 4 of our Launch Series.  Today we are going to talk about the speed at which Windows boots up. Windows 8’s fast startup mode is the default option on a Windows 8 client computer.  Windows 8 systems that are built using Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) are more likely to accomplish very… Read more

Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012: Start Screen and User Interface Part 1

Welcome to day 2 of our Launch Series.  This is part one of a two part series regarding the new Start Screen and User Interface in Windows 8.  Today, we will look into tiles and groups. The Start screen replaces the Start menu from previous versions of Windows.  Instead of using static icons to represent… Read more

Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012: Upgrade Paths and Editions

Welcome to day 1 of our Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 Launch Series!  We hope you will enjoy reading this series as much as we enjoyed putting the content together.  With that said, our first post is going to talk about the upgrade paths and editions for Windows 8 and Server 2012. Client editions… Read more