NIC Teaming in Windows Server 2012 – Do I Need to Configure My Switch?

Windows Server 2012 and our FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 include native teaming of network adapters to provide load balancing, bandwidth aggregation and failover capabilities using standard Ethernet NICs.  IT Pros have been really interested in NIC teaming, because it can provide the extra bandwidth and fault tolerance needed for business critical networks segments supporting virtual machines, clusters, live…

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Improve File Server Data Resiliency with ReFS in Windows Server 2012 – 31 Days of Favorite Features in #WinServ 2012 ( Part 15 of 31 )

This article is Part 15 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….

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Right-size IT Budgets with "Storage Spaces" in Windows Server 2012 – 31 Days of Favorite Features in #WinServ 2012 ( Part 6 of 31 )

This article is Part 6 in a series of articles of 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….

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Automated Disaster Recovery Testing and Failover with Hyper-V Replica and PowerShell 3.0 for FREE!

Hyper-V Replica is a new built-in feature of both Windows Server 2012 and our FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 products.  Hyper-V Replica enables Hyper-V hosts or clusters to enable distance replication of running VMs to remote Hyper-V hosts over a standard IP WAN connection.  It provides a very cost-effective disaster recovery solution in the event of a…

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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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Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 #Windows8 #WinServ #ITPro

Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 include support for over 350 new group policy settings …This brings the total number of manageable system policies via Active Directory group policy to over 3,600 policy settings!  Below, I’ve summarized the new categories of group policy settings that I’m most excited about and I’ve also provided a link to…

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Congratulations to our Windows Server 2012 "Early Expert" Apprentices! #winserv #hyperv

The Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge free online study group has received a ton of interest and positive feedback.  Over the coming weeks, we’ll be targeting study and hands-on resources together for preparing for Microsoft Certification Exam 70-410, Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 – the first exam that applies toward the MCSA on Windows Server 2012…


Using the Windows 8 Start Screen – Tip-of-the-Day #Windows8 #ITPro

Mike Halsey, a Microsoft MVP and author of several books on Windows 7 and Windows 8, has recently released one of the best short videos I’ve seen on the topic of using the new Windows 8 Start Screen.  I’ve included the video below and I highly recommend leveraging it with any users that are getting started…