How To: Collect ETL/WPT tracing diagnostics when you can never logon to the host.

First, guess who's back?! Me! I left Microsoft of my own accord last year. I came back. I wrote this about my experience, I hope you enjoy it. There and back again, an IT tale… Anyways, I was asked a few times recently, Dude, how do you collect an ETW trace for boot/logon if the…

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Building up a learning lab based on Windows 8 and Hyper-V, Part VI

So in our previous installment, we were at Server Manager, ready to configure our pristine Domain Controller.  So lets get to it! First, click on “Local Server” on the left pane. What do we notice in the image below?  Computer name is goofy so lets fix it. Clik the hyperlink for the machine name, which…

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Building up a learning lab based on Windows 8 and Hyper-V, Part V, the triumphant return

When we last left our “how to build a Hyper-V based lab” blog post, which is here by the way, we were building our Domain Controller.  So here’s what it looks like as it goes through setup:   Progressing nicely, yay! Woot, 100%!   Almost there! Rock on! And it is done, sort of…  …

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Windows 8 Tip of the Day: How to map a drive in Windows to a Skydrive folder or root.

1) Open a document in SkyDrive – such as an excel xls or word doc 2) File->Save As (Note folder – it will be something like https://d.docs.live.net/{your-id}/Documents 3) In Windows Explorer, click Map Network Drive and enter path Note: I use https://d.docs.live.net/{your –id} as I have other files at one level higher than Documents.  …

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Windows 8 Tip of the Day, Storage Spaces Explained

From Robert Mitchell! Storage Spaces is functionality built into Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 that allows you to pool together physical disks into a logical grouping and then carve out virtual disks (aka storage spaces or just spaces).  These spaces can utilize different RAID levels and even thin provisioning. Today’s tip explains what happens…

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Windows 8 Tip of the Day–Sysinternals Updates!

Today’s Tip… From Robert Mitchell! A number of SysInternals tools were recently updated.  For those of you that use these tools on a regular basis, you might want to grab these updates and add them to your respective collections. AccessChk v5.11: AccessChk, a command line utility for dumping the effective permissions and security descriptors for…

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Building up a learning lab based on Windows 8 and Hyper-V, Part IV

Installing your Virtual Machine Windows Server 2012 Virtual Machine This is a multi-part series that starts here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/jeff_stokes/archive/2013/04/15/building-up-a-learning-lab-based-on-windows-8-and-hyper-v.aspx So in the previous post we modified our virtual machine, now we’re going to start it up and run through the installation process.  So double-click that bad boy in the hyper-v manager and lets roll! As you can…

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Building up a learning lab based on Windows 8 and Hyper-V, Part III

Modifying a Virtual Machine This is a multi-part series that starts here:  http://blogs.technet.com/b/jeff_stokes/archive/2013/04/15/building-up-a-learning-lab-based-on-windows-8-and-hyper-v.aspx In the previous blog post we created a virtual machine named “Great Lyrics”.  We’re going to modify that virtual machine as the default settings are fairly low power and the Dude is all about performance.  So in your virtual machine management console,…

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Building up a learning lab based on Windows 8 and Hyper-V, Part II

Creating a Virtual Machine This is a multi-part series that starts here:  http://blogs.technet.com/b/jeff_stokes/archive/2013/04/15/building-up-a-learning-lab-based-on-windows-8-and-hyper-v.aspx   So right click your virtual machine host in the Hyper-V Manager console and select “New/Virtual Machine”.  You should be rewarded with a screen like this:   So lets make a domain controller!  The dude is a fan of old school rap…

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Building up a learning lab based on Windows 8 and Hyper-V, Part I

Hello folks, the Dude here, helping you make a learning lab based on a single machine.  From this all things are (pretty much) possible…lets get our learning on now! Enable Hyper-V in Windows 8: Pretty straight forward step here.  In the Windows 8 Start Menu type “features” and select settings on the right hand side. …

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