Virtual Machine Network Monitoring the Easy Way, with Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012

Gregg O’Brien is a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer from Canada, where French people are readily available. The Challenge: Capturing Traffic Across VMs There comes a point in the life of every server administrator where they must take a look at what is happening on the network. Complex multi-tiered systems and fancy network gear can often…


Fixing the Great Rollback of November 2000, 2012 (and other time rollback problems)

Mark M* has even more information to help you address Active Directory time rollback problems, over at AskPFEPlat. I’ll paste his table of contents below: Recovering from a time rollback is a complex situation so read each step carefully and don’t skip ahead or you’ll make the problem worse. Also this post is going to…


Understanding Content Management storage options in Config Manager 2012

First-time blogger Arnold Gagnon describes Content Management Storage Options in System Center Configuration Manager 2012. The content library is the main storage location for Configuration Manager. It stores all content files for software updates, applications, operating system deployment, and so on. The content library is located on the site server and on each distribution point,…


PSA: When good clocks go bad!

Mark Morowczynski posted about a developing situation where the public usno.navy.mil time clock jumped back to 2000, and if your DCs were syncing from it, what to do about it. We are seeing some reports that some Active Directory Domain times are reverting to November 2000. So what just happened? I thought the Mayans said…


Windows Azure IaaS – how to build and upload a custom Virtual Machine template

Did you know that Windows Azure now offers a preview Infrastructure as as Service (IaaS) Virtual Machine hosting role? And that combined with Virtual Networking, you can merge the Azure VM portion of your network seamlessly with your corporate network? One part of that: PFE Ahmed Farag has put together a comprehensive set of tips…


Bruce continues to learn Windows Server 2012 (and wants to drag you along with him)

There’s no better way to learn something than to teach someone else! (With some possible exceptions). Bruce Adamczak has been going hammer and tongs at the Windows Server 2012 feature set, and has been publishing links and summaries at a rapid pace. Here’s a no-particular-order selection! Follow me and learn Windows Server 2012 – NIC…


Set up Incident Management with System Center 2012 Service Manager

PFE Antoni Hanus posted a getting-started-quickly guide on System Center Service Management for Incident Management. System Center 2012 – Service Manager (SCSM) includes Incident Management, Service Request fulfillment, Problem Management, Change Management, Release Management and Activity Management out of the box.  Most Customers like to start with Incident Management. During my engagements out at customers,…


Backing up your PC or Physical to Virtual

Joao Botto, a Premier Field Engineer from the United States, writes about different backup and recovery options available in Windows 8: File History, Physical2Virtual and Refresh/Reset. File History If you have just deployed Windows 8 and want to keep your files backed up, you may already know that it’s time to configure File History. File…


File Share witness vs Disk witness for local clusters

This article was contributed by Ryan Doon, a PFE working at Microsoft Canada. Clustering in Windows 2008 R2 has been greatly simplified, and one of those areas of simplification includes choosing which quorum model to use. Based on the cluster configuration, the best quorum model will be chosen for you. In some cases users will…


Getting started with IPv6

This article has been written by Gregg O’Brien, who works as a Premier Field Engineer in Microsoft Canada. He presents this quick list of resources for getting acquainted with IPv6. It’s no secret to most IT professionals by now that we are quickly exhausting all IPv4 address spaces and will eventually need to move away…