Step-by-Step: Extending Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 with custom PowerShell tools

Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 has been completely retooled into a powerful multi-server management GUI tool that provides remote management of Windows servers and a health-check dashboard snapshot view to quickly verify that “all-is-well” across Windows servers within your datacenter.  Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 But, the…


VMware or Microsoft? Shopping for Private Clouds

At a recent community event, I met “Scott”, a savvy IT Pro who was in the process of planning the architecture for a new datacenter location at his company.  Scott is an experienced datacenter engineer who manages several other virtualized datacenters.  Although he is currently running VMware for the hypervisor platform in his existing datacenters,…


Step-by-Step: Using PowerShell to Add Servers to Server Manager in Windows Server 2012

After being out-of-office for most of July due to vacations, conferences, internal meetings, presentations and off-site events, I’m now back and ready-to-go!  So … Let’s go! When I’m speaking with IT Pros about the great multi-server management enhancements in Windows Server 2012, I’m frequently asked about ways in which servers can be programmatically added to…

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Practical Approaches to Deploying SharePoint on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Azure

I’ve recently presented talks at a number of SharePoint-related conferences and events on practical approaches to deploying SharePoint on Windows Server 2012 and our FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 enterprise-grade bare-metal hypervisors ( on–premise ) as well as using Windows Azure VMs ( in the cloud ).  In this article, I’m including a copy of each…


UPDATE: FREE Hands-on "Virtual Study Halls" with Live Expert Q&A

NEW HOURS! Based on popular demand, we’ve updated the hours for “Early Experts” Virtual Study Hall assistance – Fridays each week from 11AM to 1PM Eastern Time. – – – – – – – – – – There’s so many cool features to explore in the latest Windows infrastructure offerings that it’s hard to find…

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Managing Windows Server 2012 Workgroup Servers Remotely

Everyone loves the new Server Manager dashboard in Windows Server 2012 for managing multiple servers remotely.  However, I frequently get questions at my IT Camp events on managing not only domain-joined servers, but also servers that may be in a workgroup or isolated domain. One of my friends and colleagues, Tommy Patterson, recently posted a…

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Windows Server 2012 "Early Experts" Challenge - Exam 70-410 - Managing Server Roles and Features

This study guide is provided as part of the Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge and steps through the resources that I personally used when preparing for the following exam objectives on Exam 70-410, Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012: Configure Server Roles and Features Configure servers for remote management Configure file and share access…


Managing Windows Server 2008 SP2 and R2 from Windows Server 2012 Server Manager

Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 has been redesigned as a new cool multi-server management console, making it as easy to manage multiple servers remotely as you can from a local server’s console – whether those servers are physical, virtual or hosted in the cloud!  Not familiar with the new Server Manager yet?  Check out…

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