The Most Popular Posts of 2013 and Belated Birthday



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Hey y’all, Mark back again for another year end recap. It has been an eventful year. We’ve added more bloggers to our team which is great, really increased our readership(it seems like you guys like us!) and have made it a full 2 years in existence on the interwebs (beating the odds every day). Not bad if I say so myself. I was going to change this to the 2013 playlist to be more “with the times” but something about “mixtape” makes it sound more romantic. That’s right I just used romantic and tech blogging in the same sentence, deal with it. These posts were all written in 2013, for last year’s mix you can find it here.

2013 Mixtape

10.) IPv6 for the Windows Administrator: Why you need to care about IPv6

9.) Troubleshooting Windows Performance Issues Using the Windows Performance Recorder

8.) Upgrade Active Directory to Windows Server 2012-Phase 1: Assessment

7.) Active Directory-Based Activation vs Key Management Services

6.) Windows Server 2012: Does ReFS replace NTFS? When should I use it?

5.) Slow Boot Slow Login (SBSL) Hotfix Rollup for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 Available Today!

4.) Breaking News! Reduce the size of the WinSxS Directory and Free up Disk Space with a New Update for Windows 7 SP1 Clients

3.) How to Reduce the Size of the Winsxs Directory and Free Up Disk Space on Windows Server 2012 Using Features on Demand

2.) Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Best Practices (In Easy Checklist Form)

1.) Exploring Windows 8.1 Start Screen and Start Button Options and Configurations

That’s quite the list. It also means Charity needs to write more since 30% of this list are her posts. If there was a post you loved that didn’t make the list let us know in the comments. If there are topics you’d like to learn more about please put it in the comments and we will do our best. Comments make this blog go round. Thanks again everyone. You keep reading we’ll keep writing. Also for those readers in the USA except Florida, try to stay warm. I know people on the other side of the world really care about the local weather here but this is seriously nuts. Check the link for some pictures of this madness. We’ll be back Wednesday with an all new post to kick off 2014. Until then….

Mark “the Romeo of tech blogs” Morowczynski