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

What can be used to keep Active Directory data secure?

With the increase in concern over data privacy and security, one of my customers recently asked about securing Active Directory data while stored on disk and what could be done in relation to network traffic.  My first thoughts were BitLocker and IPSEC.  However, there are a number of different considerations that factor in.   Special thanks… Read more

Becoming an Xperf Xpert Part 4: What Did the WDIService Host Ever Do To You?

  Hey y’all, Mark here again with another real world WDRAP (Windows Desktop Risk Assessment Program) case. I’ll be spending 6 of my next 8 weeks performing WDRAPs, and it seems these blogs are helping my customers look deeper into Windows client performance. Imagine how many skeletons we can pull out of your desktop closet… Read more

Want Remote PowerShell Management from your browser? See how PowerShell Web Access in Windows Server 2012 may help…

  Hello, Rick here to talk about how you can use the new PowerShell Web Access (PSWA) feature in Windows Server 2012 to allow remote administrative access to a set of servers in your IT infrastructure. Furthermore, you can granularly delegate access and only expose specific administrative privileges to different levels of support teams in… Read more

VSS timeouts during backup? What could contribute to that?

Volume Snapshot Services (VSS) was and remains a good addition to the Windows OS. Without going into a lot of detail, this technology coordinates various components to ensure stable point-in-time backups even while applications may be running. Typically, this occurs successfully with only minimal interruption to the application. On occasion there can be problems taking… Read more

How many Windows Server 2012 domain controllers do I need initially and where should I put them?

Following up on Greg Jaworski’s great post from last week where he talked about how to promote a domain controller in Windows Server 2012, today we will cover some thoughts around where to place your first Windows Server 2012 DCs and how many to plan on rolling out at once.  This blog post is meant… Read more