Backup and Recovery of Windows 8 & Windows 8.1 – Tip-of-the-Day

Update for Windows 8.1: Note that System Image Backup in Windows 8.1 has been moved to the lower left corner of the File History tool in Control Panel as shown below.  In addition, the Windows 7 File Recovery tool in Control Panel has been renamed to the Recovery tool in Windows 8.1. Have you recently…


Step-by-Step: Build a FREE SharePoint 2013 Dev/Test Lab in the Cloud with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services

RECENT UPDATES: This Step-by-Step Guide has been leveraged to define a new Windows Azure Deployment Planning Service ( AZDPS ) for Microsoft Partners and Customers: Implementing Develop and Test Scenarios on Windows Azure Virtual Machines. Customers can now engage authorized partners for planning and delivery of this solution AND customers with Software Assurance ( SA )…


Step-by-Step: Migrating to FREE Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 Servers AND Clusters from 2008 R2 and VMware

UPDATE: I’m updating this article to also include a new Step-by-Step video and migration guide that was recently released by our Cluster team to provide guidance for using the Migrate a Cluster Wizard to migrate CLUSTERS of Hyper-V Server hosts from 2008 R2 to 2012, in addition to the other migration scenarios previously included in this article below….


Virtualizing Microsoft SQL Server on Windows Server 2012 #winserv #mssql #itpro #sqlpass

This always makes for interesting IT Pro discussions … Best practices for virtualizing heavy-duty application workloads, such as large SQL Server installations.  With the launch of Windows Server 2012, we’ve greatly improved the ability to allocate large amounts of compute, network and storage resources to virtual machines.  As a result, more and more environments are looking back at the…


Step-by-Step: Building a FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 Cluster – Part 2 of 2

This article is Part 2 in a two-part series on building a FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 Cluster to support highly available virtual machines as a foundation to a Private Cloud solution. If you missed it, be sure to check out Part 1 of this article series on the initial steps for building Hyper-V Server 2012…


Step-by-Step: Building a FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 Cluster – Part 1 of 2

Leverage the FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 to provide an Enterprise-ready Private Cloud Foundation! Overhead at one of my recent IT Pro events: “The FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 sounds AWESOME! With the same features and scalability as the Hyper-V role in the full Windows Server 2012 OS, I could really use this to virtualize my application…


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…

12 Steps to NTFS Shared Folders in Windows Server 2012

In the past, managing and sharing NTFS folders could be a real ordeal – there were different tools for managing NTFS permissions vs shared folders and most IT Pros generally used these tools on a server-by-server basis from each server’s console.  Server Manager to the rescue! In Windows Server 2012, Server Manager provides a management…


Server Core in Windows Server 2012 – Improved Taste, Less Filling, More Uptime – 31 Days of Favorite Features in #WinServ 2012 ( Part 19 of 31 )

This article is Part 19 in a series of articles on the “Top 31 Favorite Features in Windows Server 2012” with my fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists.  Be sure to follow them on Twitter and check out their blogs this month for the other parts of this series: Kevin Remde – Read Kevin’s Full of I.T….