Windows Server 2012 Continuous Availability File Server feature

General availability of Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 is almost here!  As a result, I have been slowly absorbing all of the new features so I can better support my customers.   Continuous Availability File Server is my favorite feature, so I wanted to take a few minutes to make the case to highligh its importance and…


The Case of the ADAM/AD LDS error A referral was returned from the server

My customer uses ADAM/AD LDS for directory aware applications instead up extending schema for Active Directory Domain Services.  In short, they prefer to isolate line of business or 3rd party applications in their own sandbox and leave Active Directory schema alone when possible.  The definition for ADAM\AD LDS from technet is “Active Directory Application Mode…


The Case of the Strange Hyper-V Networking Issue

I received a call from a customer who said they were experiencing networking problems with virtual machines running on Hyper-V.  The customer had implemented a two node Windows 2008 R2 SP1 Failover Cluster using Live Migration for Cluster Shared Volumes. Specifically, it was reported, virtual machines running on cluster could not access CIFS-based share on…