RSAT for Windows 8.1 now available for download

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8.1 includes Server Manager, Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins, consoles, Windows PowerShell cmdlets and providers, and command-line tools for managing roles and features that run on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. In limited cases, the tools can be used to manage roles and features that are…

Take the Tour – Windows 8.1 Features

Check out the 411 on Windows 8.1 at

A First Look at Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 will advance the bold vision set forward with Windows 8 to deliver the next generation of PCs, tablets, and a range of industry devices, and the experiences customers — both consumers and businesses alike — need and will just expect moving forward. It’s Windows 8 even better. Not only will Windows 8.1 respond…


Admin Templates (.admx) for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

Group Policy tools use Administrative template files to populate policy settings in the user interface. This allows administrators to manage registry-based policy settings.  Looking for the admin templates for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012?  Here they are. Go get em @ Supported operating systems: Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate,…

Resource Guide for Windows 8

This is an excellent resource tool.  Go get it @

Windows disk space explained – “Where Did My Space Go?” by Robert Mitchell

“I have a 250GB hard drive. When I look at the properties of the drive, it tells me that I have 75GB free and that 175GB are in use. However, when I add all my files together, I only see 150GB in use. That is a difference of 25GB. Where did my space go?” Ever…

DirectAccess Single Server Setup with Mixed IPv4 and IPv6 in Windows Server 2012 – Test Lab Guide available

DirectAccess provides users with the experience of being seamlessly connected to their intranet any time they have Internet access. When DirectAccess is enabled, requests for intranet resources (such as email servers, shared folders, or intranet websites) are securely directed to the intranet, without the need for users to connect to a VPN. DirectAccess enables increased…


Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals Jump Start – Wednesday 1/30 from 8-5

The Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) team is excited to announce the second Jump Start in a three-course virtualization series. This course is designed for VMware professionals looking to get up-to-speed with how Microsoft virtualization and Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V works and compares with VMware vSphere 5.1. This one-day event will feature Microsoft Technical Evangelist Symon…

Surface Pro Announced

Today we announced the Microsoft Surface Pro. See the Surface Pro website for more information. See the specifications for the details on the hardware. See the press release at  Save your pennies.  It is for sale on February 9, 2013.


Windows 7 and Windows 8 Dual Boot from VHD

During the football games today, I decided to run some dual booting experiments using a ThinkPad T430s, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, and Windows 8 Pro x64.  In the ThinkPad is a 320GB HDD.  Partitions On the initial test, I decided to split the hard drive right up the middle and create two partitions.  One for…