Freeing memory for Hyper-V VMs on Windows 8/8.1

Alexander Miloev takes us through an interesting exercise in tuning the memory for Windows client Hyper-V. Sometimes when I try to start a VM on my Windows 8.1 laptop, I get an error message saying that there is not enough free memory to match the start-up RAM of my VM: On a “normal” Hyper-V server,…


The Windows XP journey ends soon. Are you ready for April 8, 2014?

It’s only 4 months until Windows XP becomes an ex parrot. PFE superstar Milad Aslaner walks us through some of the implications. April 8th 2014 will be a very important day for most enterprises. After that day Microsoft is ending the support for Windows XP Service Pack 3, the last supported version of Windows XP….


The Windows 8 Start Screen

One of the most common FAQ items we get from folks upgrading to Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8, is the new look and feel of the Start screen. Our PFE colleague from the US and Windows Guru – Don Baker has written a good post on the usage of this new UI. First things…


Uncovering a hidden gem: PSR.exe

Hmm… let’s see… I can remember the old Program Status Register from the Intel x86 days. Or maybe PSR stands for Physicians for Social Responsibility? No? Then what is it? Our colleague, Mike O’Neill from the PFE – US West team explains what PSR is all about in his recent blog post. PSR is Problem…


Some Windows Store / Modern App Deployment FAQs

Summary:  Milad Aslaner, a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer (still) based in Germany, shares some customer questions around Windows Store app deployment. Recently I was onsite at one of our customers, to discuss Windows Modern Apps. The customer asked for guidance about situations like: how do we deploy LOB Windows Modern Apps; and how can we…


Build an isolated Hyper-V test lab on a Windows 8 machine!

Windows 8 replaces the older Virtual PC technology with Hyper-V, for a full-featured virtual machine manager, and this allows for some really interesting new networking scenarios. Over at AskPFEPlat, Mike Leary posted a quick guide to setting up a Hyper-V isolated network for testing, on a Windows 8 box. Why focus on a Windows 8…


Continuous Availability File Server in Windows Server 2012

Dave Guenthner, a Premier Field Engineer working in the United States, discusses an exciting new feature in Windows Server 2012, Continuous Availability File Server. He shows how the combination of the transparent failover in Windows 2012 for these file share resources, combined with new client features in Windows 8, allows large file transfers to continue…


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…


Beauty Contest: What’s a good-looking boot?

Well, I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like. And I like it when the boots are short and punchy! Jeff continues to tell you everything we know: This time, it’s what the goal state of any boot optimization process should look like: a beautiful, fast boot. It’s what you should…