GUI / Core conversion in Windows Server 2012

More than once, I have made the mistake of installing Windows 2008 R2 with a full GUI, when I really just needed the Windows Core flavor. Now the only supported way to fix that was a complete rebuild. Argh Worry not anymore! With Windows Server 2012 there is an option to seamlessly switch back and…


DirectAccess for Windows 7 works! But stops sometimes. Why?

My sometime partner in crime Chad Duffey posted a tip he came across from a couple of DirectAccess deployments where Win7 clients mysteriously stopped working: I’m seeing lots of cases were a Direct Access proof of concept has been set up and it works really well for a while with both Windows 8 and Windows…


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…


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…


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…


Security, Security, Security, Security!

Lots of security-related news to catch up on. (Ed note: I’m one of the developers/maintainers of the Security Health Check 4.5 offering, so I try to keep abreast of developments at home and elsewhere in the industry.) Alexandre Marins introduces the new Attack Surface Analyzer. Attack Surface Analyzer takes a snapshot of your system state…


Faking Internet Connectivity for your Lab (Tricking NCSI)

Sometimes, you’d do anything to keep your connection icons tidy! Chad (from the Canberra PFE team) and I gave a talk on the new simplified DirectAccess at TechEd 2012 Australia, and we really wanted our demos to look good. Part of that was trying to convince the audience that network connectivity was OK, despite us…


Cloning, rolling back, and snapshotting Virtual DCs with Windows Server 2012

Tom at AskPfePlat has put some time in to looking at virtualized Domain Controller support in Windows Server 2012. Until now, cloning, snapshotting, copying, or pretty much doing anything but rebuilding from scratch to a virtual domain controller wasn’t just unsupported; it had the potential to be really bad for your directory. Cloning or restoring…


Monitor Windows Server 2012 from SCOM 2007R2 with a new MP

Monsieur Holman brings word of a Base OS MP Update. Lets talk for a minute about Windows Server 2012.  This new server OS has hit RTM already.  However – initially this OS version was only going to be supported as an agent monitored system for SCOM 2012.  There was to be no support for monitoring…


Enriched Remote Access experience in Windows Server 2012

Article written by Aydin Aslaner, a Premier Field Engineer based in Dubai (UAE). He is a Networking/Security PFE who focuses on Remote Access technologies and IPv6. With this series of blog posts I will try to provide you an overview of some key highlights in Windows Server 2012, from an administrator and end-user perspective. In…