Performance tuning guidelines for Windows Server 2012 R2

If you are deploying Windows Server 2012 R2 and want to get the most out of your existing hardware, this white paper is for you: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/dn529133.aspx Under one single repository you will find all the registry keys, tools and tips to make your Windows Server 2012 R2 perform at its best! It does not necessarily…

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Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM

It’s the big news of this week : Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 are RTM (meaning complete) and available on Technet and MSDN. It was announced on Gug’s blog on monday : http://blogs.msdn.com/b/stevengu/archive/2013/09/09/download-windows-8-1-rtm-visual-studio-2013-rc-and-windows-server-2012-r2-rtm-today.aspx  It means that if you are a subscriber you can start downloading the binaries and work on your migration procedures…

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Microsoft Datacenter TCO Analysis Tool

You may have missed during the summer the release of this very useful tool: the Microsoft Datacenter TCO Analysis Tool available for free at this location : http://www.datacentertcotool.com/ This tool will help you calculate the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) of deploying a Microsoft Private Cloud vs. a VMware Private Cloud. The tool is very …

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Deploying your lab with System Center 2012 R2

With the recent availability of the R2 preview of Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012, I’ve decided to rebuild my little demo / lab environment. Here are the most useful links that I had to use. Getting the evaluation versions : System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 preview can be downloaded…

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2013 Gartner Magic Quadrant !

As we all know in this industry, the Gartner is regularly publishing an update of it’s Magic Quadrant. Recently they published the quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure. and, with no big surprise positioned Microsoft and VMware as Leaders & Visionaries and this year, the position of Microsoft have significantly improved ! The full study…

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Fixing the Security-Kerberos / 4 error

While I was building my lab environment with the preview of System Center 2012 R2, I’ve encountered an interesting issue regarding the data warehouse behavior. Basically, the issue I had was that my Data Warehouse jobs would fail to complete. At the same time, in the event viewer of my systems I had the following…

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Windows Server 2012 R2–First look

Last week during TechEd North America 2013 several announcement were made around Windows Server, Windows Azure and System Center. After the event, the sessions are available for free online viewing. In order to help you navigate through all the sessions that were presented at the event, I’ve compiled the ones I believe are the most…

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Hyper-V Replica Capacity Planner

One of the capability that I prefer most with Windows Server 2012 is Hyper-V Replica. Hyper-V Replica enables the replication of a Virtual Machine continuously from one Hyper-V host to another Hyper-V host. The replication can happen across different datacenters, across different domains (they don’t even have to be trusted) as Windows Server 2012 leverage…

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I see a big cloud !

Today is definitely a BIG day you probably have seen it in the press, we launched today the IaaS for Windows Azure. It means that from now on, you can run your own Virtual Machine in Windows Azure. This unlock many scenarios and facilitate your move to the public cloud or should I say the…

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System Center 2012 SP1

  +   The long awaited System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 is now available ! You can freely download it from here : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/evalcenter/hh505660.aspx  Don’t forget to also download the evaluation of Windows Server 2012 to get the best combination : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/hh670538.aspx  This Service Pack has of course a series of patches that improves the…

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