How big should my OS drive be?

My name is Michael Champion and I've been working in support for more than 12 years here at Microsoft.  I have been asked by many customers "What is the recommended size for the OS partition for Windows Server?".  There are minimum recommendations in the technical documentation (and release notes), but those recommendations are more on…


Deciphering Storport Traces 101

Welcome back to the CORE Team Blog — Paul Reynolds here. In previous blogs, I wrote about how to capture Storport traces in Windows 8 and Windows 2012. Please see: Tracing with Storport in Windows 2012 and Windows 8 with KB2819476 hotfix And Tracing with Storport in Windows 2012 and Windows 8 without KB2819476 hotfix…

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Troubleshooting a Stop 0x7B in Windows

The purpose of this blog is to provide information about the common Stop 0x7B bugcheck/Reboot Loop issue, and the best methods available to resolve it. We will discuss the main components involved in this type of bugcheck/crash, what can affect them, and not only troubleshooting steps to perform, but also steps to resolve the issue….


Logical Processor count changes after enabling Hyper-V role on Windows Server 2012

Hello Everyone,  Today we are going to talk about Processor changes in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V servers. Hyper-V in Windows Server® 2012 supports significantly larger configurations of virtual and physical components than in previous releases of Hyper-V. This capacity enables virtualizing high performance, scale-up workloads. Well, we will not talk about performance and scalability in…


Alternate Data Streams in NTFS

This blog has been a long time coming. There is a bit of confusion about the subject of alternate data streams (ADS) and no small amount of suspicion. So I want to take a few minutes to set the record straight on ADS. A couple years ago I wrote a blog on NTFS attributes. http://blogs.technet.com/b/askcore/archive/2010/08/25/ntfs-file-attributes.aspx…


Looking for Windows Server 2012 Clustering and Hyper-V Hotfixes?

In a previous blog, it was discussed on where you can get a list of the Failover Clustering and Hyper-V hotfixes for Windows Server 2008 R2. Looking for Windows Server 2008 R2 Cluster and Hyper-V Hotfixes? http://blogs.technet.com/b/askcore/archive/2013/02/15/looking-for-windows-server-2008-r2-cluster-and-hyper-v-hotfixes.aspx In this blog, we give the links to newly released hotfixes for Failover Clustering and Hyper-V so you…


FREE: Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals Training

The Microsoft Virtual Academy training portal offers quick and easy access to presentations, webcasts, whitepapers and other technical content about Microsoft’s Cloud technologies.  It is public, free and you learn at your own pace while earning awards and recognitions, and connecting with over 1 million other IT Pros. Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals Jump Start…


FREE: Introduction to Hyper-V Training

The Microsoft Virtual Academy training portal offers quick and easy access to presentations, webcasts, whitepapers and other technical content about Microsoft’s Cloud technologies.  It is public, free and you learn at your own pace while earning awards and recognitions, and connecting with over 1 million other IT Pros. Introduction to Hyper-V Jump Start This eight-hour…


Removing a Mount Point Disk from a Cluster Group

Hello everyone. Today’s post is going to cover the steps needed to follow should you ever have to remove a ‘Physical Disk’ resource from a clustered service or application where that disk is configured as a mount point. Removing a disk from a group may be needed if the application no longer requires the storage…


Error in Failover Cluster Manager after install of KB2750149

On Tuesday, Jaunary 8, the below recommended fix was released and available on Windows Update for Windows .NET Framework 4.5. 2750149An update is available for the .NET Framework 4.5 in Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Server 2012http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2750149/EN-US When installing this update to a Windows 2012 Cluster Server, you will receive the below error when you…