Windows Server and Processor Cores… (Part 2): Windows Server 2012

My last installment about how Windows Server handles processor cores discussed Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2.  Windows Server 2012 is out and the editions available differ somewhat from prior Windows operating system releases.  With the editions available, key differences are not regarding features as one might think but actually concern virtualization rights. … Read more

Windows Server 2012 iSCSI Target: Is it the same as the downloadable target for Windows Server 2008 R2?

As mentioned in my prior post about Storage Spaces, Windows Server 2012 contains many new capabilities.   The integrated iSCSI Target happens to be one of those.  Many have used the downloadable iSCSI Target for Windows Server 2008 R2 from Microsoft since it was released for internet download.  Prior to release for download the Microsoft iSCSI… Read more

Comparing Hotfixes across Multiple Node Failover Clusters

Rick Bergman here with a post on gathering hotfixes from multiple node failover clusters ranging in OS version from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012. Recently, I reviewed a number of failover clusters for my customer and it was identified that they were struggling with keep the hotfixes the same across all the nodes… Read more

Windows Server 2012 Storage Spaces: Is it for you? Could be…

Windows Server 2012 introduces many, many, many new features.  Just in the realm of storage it would be difficult to cover all storage features in appropriate detail within a single blog post.  This post is just one installment about Windows Server 2012 storage features.  Those of you with MSDN subscriptions may have noticed that the… Read more

Virtual Domain Controller Cloning in Windows Server 2012

Tom Moser here with a post on one of the new ADDS features in Windows Server 2012; Virtual Domain Controller Cloning. Until now, cloning, snapshotting, copying, or pretty much doing anything but rebuilding from scratch to a virtual domain controller wasn’t just unsupported; it had the potential to be really bad for your directory. Cloning… Read more