How To Enable Snipping Tool, Windows Media Player and more Desktop Experience Tools on Windows Server 2008-2012 R2

Are you annoyed that you cannot play videos or use some of the cool windows tools like snipping tool with windows server?  Well, you can, they just have to be enabled before you can use them.  Below are instructions for enabling these features in Windows Server 2008 and in Windows Server 2012 (slightly different instructions)…

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How To Create Enable Permissions and Run a Multi-Line PowerShell Script

This topic explains how to enable scripting in Windows PowerShell, which script extensions are used in Windows PowerShell, how to enable running PowerShell scripts, how to create a script and how run a script. Enabling Windows PowerShell Scripts to Run When you start Windows PowerShell on a computer, the default security policy does not allow…

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Check Version of Assembly or DLL on Your System

To look at what is on the machine click Start- and type in the path to the assembly folder which is C:\windows\assembly and press ENTER.  This will bring up a folder that shows a list of installed components.  Simply Right-Click on the one you want to check and select properties.

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Microsoft Virtual Labs Available NOW! System Center, Windows, Virtualization, SharePoint, Exchange, SQL, And Lots More!

TechNet Virtual Labs enable you to quickly evaluate and test Microsoft’s newest products and technologies through a series of guided, hands-on labs that you can complete in 90 minutes or less. There is no complex setup or installation required, and you can use TechNet Virtual Labs online immediately, free. Check here for system requirements. OR…

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Jump Start Microsoft Virtualization Training and Certification on 70-659

Microsoft Virtualization Training and Certification Get the right skills to move ahead Virtualization helps organizations save costs, increase resource availability, and improve agility. Virtualization is a rapidly growing trend in the IT marketplace and a vital step in moving your IT infrastructure to the cloud. But to get the most value, you need the right…

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How To Expand and Extend To Increase Capacity On A Virtual Hard Disk The Easy and Fast Way–Solve the problem of “Out of Disk Space on Drive C” Forever

Before following these instructions… PLEASE backup your machine.  The best way to get a good backup of a machine is to do an export.  So please, export the machine or at the very least test your backup procedures to make sure they are valid.  Also, if you want a way to do this through a…

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How To Merge a Chained Differential VHD Disk So It Can Be Extended and Expanded

In my post Out of Disk Space on Drive C–How To Increase Space on Drive C of a Virtual Machine Running Windows Server 2003 I showed how to expand a drive but these instructions do not work if you have a differencing disk or chain of disks.  If you want to expand a disk, you…

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Blue Screen Booting to VHD–You May Be Out Of Space On The Underlying Drive

When you are using Boot to VHD you must have enough capacity on the underlying disk to fully expand the VHD.  If you do not have enough capacity you will get a blue screen (aka Screen of Death).  If you have this problem, try booting to a windows 7 or windows Server 2008 DVD.  When…

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Running Windows Server 2008 R2 on Your Desktop or Laptop

If you want to use Windows Server 2008 R2 on your Desktop or Laptop, there are a few things you will likely want to do… 1) Enable the “Desktop Experience” Feature  (Start – Administrative Tools – Server Manager – Features – Add Features) 2) Enable Wireless LAN Service {if you have a wireless card} (Start…

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Hyper-V Security 101 - Virtualization Administration Delegation of Hyper-V and SCVMM

When running Hyper-V you do not need to be at the console to manage your virtualization platform.  In fact, it is strongly recommended that you delegate these rights.  If you let someone login to a server with administrative permissions they basically have the “keys to the kingdom”.  We do not usually want to do this. …

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iSCSI SAN for VERY Easy Storage Virtualization – All About Storage From Virtualization Group Boston

A quick update on Virtualization Group Boston’s, “All About Storage” event. Thanks to our Community Sponsors: PerfectDisk, and StarWind Software. We had a great turnout with strong presentations from two big names in the industry, StarWind Software and PerfectDisk (Raxco Software).  One of the topics we discussed and I wanted to explore more is iSCSI…

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DPM eLearning is now online – How to Backup SharePoint, SQL Server, Exchange Server and Virtulized Environments (Hyper-V), Including Disaster Recovery

Announcing DPM eLearning is now online This week, I am very happy to announce the availability of eLearning for DPM 2007. This is a collection of 6 two-hour eLearning modules that include hands-on labs, much of the same courseware as our newly announced classroom-based DPM course, and is built for to prepare you for the…

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How To Configure BitLocker on Windows 7 RC – Everything You Need To Know About BitLocker

I have had many questions about BitLocker so I thought I would answer them in this blog post.   What is BitLocker and Why Should I Care? BitLocker is a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) component that allows you to protect data on hard drives.  BitLocker is the name given to the encryption component that works…

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