New RDS / Terminal Server Client for Windows 7

RDP 8 the new protocol for Remote Desktops in Server 2012 has been released for Windows 7. This is not your typical just install a new client – so make sure you would benefit from updating to the new RDP8. To understand if this would help you  ask yourself are you Remoting  into a Windows…

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Windows Server 2012 RDS / Terminal Services – What’s New?

Consumerization of IT and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) are two trends that are moving forward in some organizations at full speed. How does IT handle getting critical workloads done in this type of environment? One way is to use Windows Remote Desktops (RDS). RDS is the workload within Windows Server that enables users to…

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Password Insecurity…

Security is one of my focus areas and is one area that often falls short but more often than not it is not due to poor policy and not poor programing. That’s right I said it. Yes, I do work for a software company… Yes I often blame hardware manufactures drivers for the blue screen…

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What NICs should I use in Server 2012?

To NIC or not to NIC – that really isn’t the question. The real question is what NICs do I use? The answer is classic – it depends… In Windows Server 2012 there are new features to increase network bandwidth, lower CPU utilization, and give fault tolerance to networks. The biggest difficulty is that there…

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Virtual Desktop configuration and managment in Windows Server 2012

It is very exciting to see that in Windows Server 2012 Microsoft has greatly improved the ease of management of Remote Desktop Services (RDS) including Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). Have you read about our new tool, Server Manager? Server Manager is our new tool which makes it substantially easier to manage Windows Servers. Server Manager…

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BranchCache in Microsoft Windowws Server 2012

What is BranchCache?BranchCache is a WAN optimization technology that is built into Server 2012. It enables remote offices to access centralized file-shares over the wide area network at faster speeds and using less bandwidth. This type of solution to remote office WAN optimization are collectivity known as “wide area files services” or WAFS solutions. They…

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How to info on Windows 8

There are lots of new things to explore in Microsoft Windows 8. Here are a few of my favorite things: Start screen: Your favorite things Pin apps, websites, and people to Start to easily get to what you use most. Tiles and notifications show what’s new so you can get important info and updates at…

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Dynamic Access Control in Server 2012

Data continues to grow at an exponential pace in our businesses and our analysis show that over 80% of this data still resides on file servers. Often it is challenging to take your business needs and match them up to Windows security and authorization to set the access to this data. Windows Server 2012 tries…

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PowerShell 3.0 Download

It is hard to find the PowerShell 3.0 download. That is because the only way to get it is to download the Windows Management Framework 3.0. PowerShell 3.0 is part of that. Windows Management Framework 3.0http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=34595 Ok, now that you know where to get it what value does it bring? You can install the download…

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31 Days of our Favorite Things: Windows Server 2012 Blog Series

***Day1 of 31*** Hello October!!! 31 Days of our Favorite Things in Windows Server 2012 Blog Series starts today. This means that the four Microsoft Central Region IT Pro Evangelists will be taking turns blogging about 31 of the coolest things in Windows Server 2012. That’s right a new post every day! Specifically that is…

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