CROSS POST: How Shared VHDX Works on Server 2012 R2

In the not far back point in time, there was a blog done by Matthew Walker that we felt needed to also be on the AskCore site as well due to the nature and the popularity of the article.  So we are going to cross post it here.  Please keep in mind that the latest…


Office Applications only print 1-2 pages

Hello AskPerf!  My name is Susan, and today we are going to discuss an issue where printing through Office applications only produce 1-2 pages out of a multi-page document. For example, you have Windows 2003/2008 Print Server with (e.g. Lexmark Universal v2 PS3 (2.2.5.71)) and Windows 8.1 clients attempt to print from Office applications; only…


Remote Desktop Licensing Service Stopping

Hello AskPerf! My name is Matt Graham and I'll be discussing an issue that you may see on your RDS Licensing Server. SCENARIO You have both a 2008 R2 and an 2012 or 2012 R2 Licensing server in your RDS environment.  When you look under services.msc, you notice that the Remote Desktop Licensing service is…


Manage Developer Mode on Windows 10 using Group Policy

Hi All, We’ve had a few folks want to know how to disable Developer Mode using Group Policy, but still allow side-loaded apps to be installed.  Here is a quick note how to do this. (A more AD-centric post from Linda Taylor is on it way) On the Windows 10 device, click on Windows logo…


Windows 10 Volume Activation Tips

Hi, Today’s blog is going to cover some tips around preparing your organization for activating Windows 10 computers using volume activation Updating Existing KMS Hosts The first thing to do is to update your KMS host to support Windows 10 computers using the following hotfix 3058168: Update that enables Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 KMS…


Unable to add file shares in a Windows 2012 R2 Failover Cluster

My name is Chinmoy Joshi and I am a Support Escalation Engineer with the Windows Core team. I’m writing today to share information regarding an issue which I came across with multiple customers recently. Consider a two node 2012 R2 Failover Cluster using shared disks to host a File Server role. To add shares to…