TechNet Radio: IT Time Halloween Special! Top 10 Reasons NOT to Fear PowerShell 3.0

Does your datacenter go bump in the night? Are you haunted by the thought of managing thousands of processes that could be automated? Well boys and girls Dr. Scripto and his faithful sidekick are here to help combat Scripto-Nite and provide us with their Top 10 Reasons NOT to Fear PowerShell 3.0 for Windows Server…

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31 Days of Our Favorite Things: No Better Time than Now to Choose Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 over VMware (Part 31 of 31)

Working with Hyper-V for the past several years and even with Virtual PC and Virtual Server, Microsoft has come a long way in the virtualization space.  We also have some strong competitors with solid technologies, in VMware, Citrix and others.  However, our strongest competitor is VMware, and with Windows Server 2012 not only have we…

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31 Days of Our Favorite Things: RDS improvements in Windows Server 2012 (Part 30 of 31)

As our need to provide services and applications to our client desktops becomes more and more important, we turn to products like Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2012 to provide these features for our clients.  Wether you use RDS for just pure session virtualization or as a part of an overall Virtual Desktop Infrastructure…

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31 Days of Our Favorite Things: Gone in 8 Seconds chkdsk in Windows Server 2012 (Part 29 of 31)

Yes I mean that chkdsk and I mean not only your small volumes but I also mean your very large volumes, up to 64TB.  Traditionally when you created your volumes on your drives you keep them relatively small, because repair operations like chkdsk where taken into consideration.  I know we wanted to have huge drives…

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31 Days of Our Favorite Things: DHCP and Failover, why yes with Windows Server 2012 (Part 28 of 31)

In today’s post Keith takes a look at a fantastic alternative to provide failover for your DHCP environments.  In prior versions of Windows Server you had the ability to cluster or use split scopes to provide failover.  In Windows Server 2012, there are two new methods to provide this failover capability.  Windows Server 2012 DHCP…

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31 Days of Our Favorite Things: Get the Gremlin Out of Your Active Directory Virtualization Infrastructure with Windows Server 2012 (Part 27 of 31)

We have all at some time or another virtualized a domain controller, either for test or production.  Most likely sometime during that time your reverted the system back from a snapshot and wondered why did the system stop replicating process.  In other words why did your DC stop acting like a DC.  You probably had…

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31 Days of Our Favorite Things: New and Improved ADAC in Windows Server 2012 (Part 25 of 31)

In Windows Server 2008r2 there was a new tool introduced, called the Active Directory Administrative Console (ADAC).  This tool was designed in several scenarios including easy search of Active Directory, resetting passwords, etc.  The ADAC would help your help desk personal and provided just a new way to work with Active Directory.  In today’s post…

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31 Days of Our Favorite Things: Turn Up the ThermoRSAT in Windows Server 2012 (Part 24 of 31)

I know we all want to remotely manage our servers because the datacenters are just too cold!  Unless it is a hot day then of course you will “hardware maintenance” to do.  In a nutshell everyone wants to remotely manage your servers.  I know everyone’s first choice to remotely manage the servers is PowerShell, naturally. …

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