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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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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Why Windows Server 2012R2: Storage Quality of Service

This article is part of a larger series on “Why Windows Server 2012 R2” where my peers and I detail many of the new features in Server 2012 R2 including step by step guides where appropriate. You can see the whole series here: Windows Server 2012 R2 Launch Blog Series Index http://itproguru.com/expert/2013/10/windows-server-2012-r2-launch-blog-series-why-win2012r2/ Storage Quality of ServiceStorage Quality…

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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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Free eBook on SQL Server 2012

I stumbled across another free eBook. It is free eBook week at MyThoughtsOnIT.com 🙂 Download your free copy of the Microsoft Press eBook Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012. Written by Stacia Misner and Ross Mistry, this book explores enhancements and new capabilities, including improvements in operation, reporting, and management. PART I DATABASE ADMINISTRATION (by Ross…

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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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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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Get $20 MSFT Coupon, maybe win Laptop, for Downloading and Learning????

Microsoft just launced this program – “Explore Microsoft’s Private Cloud”. In this program we are offering $20 to our customers to learn about our “Private Cloud”. The first 5,000 people to follow these steps get a $20 voucher to spend at the Microsoft Online Store and everyone who completes this learning gets entered in a…

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Download Windows Server 2012 Today!

Windows Server® 2012 this past Wednesday!!! Thats right today marks the General Availability of Windows Server 2012!  Windows Server 2012 is a cornerstone of the Cloud OS, providing our customers and partners with a modern platform for their applications.  Microsoft has put its unparalleled cloud experience into Windows Server 2012, making it the world’s first…

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Why do I see two desktop.ini files on my Windows Desktop?

Have you ever wondered why you see two desktop.ini files on your Windows desktop? I had a customer ask me this question yesterday and I thought I would share the answer for those of you who always wondered but never “Binged” why. These files are hidden system files and by default. This means that they…

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