Mailbag: Hi Mom! (Issue #12)

Greetings all – Mike Hildebrand, Mike Kline and a few others here with some musings for an out of sorts “Monday Mailbag.”    It’s the end of an era… Last week, Windows Server 2003 reached its “End of Extended Support” date (July 14, 2015). Hopefully, you have mostly fond memories of it; I know I… Read more

Storage Spaces: How to configure Storage Tiers with Windows Server 2012 R2

Storage Tiers allow for use of SSD and hard drive storage within the same storage pool as a new feature in Windows Server 2012 R2.  If you’ve not read Jose Barreto’s Step-by-step post on this subject already, it is a great source for links about Storage Tiers as well as a fantastic place to find… Read more

Sweet Sixteen: A Milestone for Windows Clustering!

As of September 2013, sixteen years prior, Microsoft released the Enterprise Edition of Windows NT Server 4.0 which included Microsoft Cluster Server (also known as MSCS).  My how server clustering has changed over the years!  In one of my last posts to Ask PFE Platforms as I plan to retire from Microsoft in October, this seemed like… Read more

Storage Spaces: Understanding Storage Pool Expansion

If you’ve read my prior post about Storage Spaces, or about how to import a storage pool, then the discussion here will be a good addition.  One of the clear advantages of using a storage pool is the ability to expand the pool by adding additional storage.  That is great if you’re doing any thin… Read more

Using PowerShell To Gather Performance Data

Those that have read some of my prior posts on Windows Server 2012 would note that I like to write about new features and capabilities.  Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 both provide PowerShell cmdlets allowing you the ability to gather and output performance data.  The geek in me is all over this with ideas,… Read more

MAILBAG: How does one find the last event log entry from command-line?

Our readers are simply the best! One of the benefits of having great folks that read what we post on the Ask PFE Platforms Blog are the questions we sometimes receive.  One such recent question you will find below that came to us this week. If you have a question for us, don’t forget that… Read more

Mailbag: How do you set network adapter settings with PowerShell in Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012?

Here’s an interesting question that came to us from one of our readers. If you have a question for us, don’t forget that you can contact us using the Contact tile just to the right of this article when viewed from our TechNet blog. Question: I am setting up multiple Windows Server 2012 and Windows… Read more

MAILBAG: Should I use the same network adapters for all interfaces on my cluster?

Not sure where February went but it sure is flying by in a hurry.  During the month I had another interesting question given to me to answer.   Don’t forget that you can contact us using the Contact tile just to the right of this article when viewed from our TechNet blog. Question When building a cluster,… Read more

MailBag: Should Servers Be Restarted As Soon As Possible After Updates Or Okay To Wait?

Happy last Friday of January to all that read our Ask PFE Platforms blog!  This afternoon’s post is based on a submission to the Ask PFE Platforms Mail Bag.  The chosen question was submitted using the Contact tile just to the right of this article when viewed from our TechNet blog. Question Is it necessary to… Read more

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

When I first heard of ReFS my immediate first question was whether ReFS as a file system was a direct replacement for NTFS. It didn’t take long before my customers began to ask me the same question. In learning about this new file system in Windows Server 2012, it became apparent fairly quickly that ReFS,… Read more