Windows Azure Pack: Infrastructure as a Service Jump Start

Free online event with live Q&A with the WAP team: https://aka.ms/WAPIaaS Two half-days – Wednesday July 16th & Thursday July 17th– 9am-1pm PST IT Pros, you know that enterprises desire the flexibility and affordability of the cloud, and service providers want the ability to support more enterprise customers. Join us for an exploration of Windows…

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Software-Defined Networking with Windows Server and System Center Jump Start

Free online event with live Q&A with the WAP team: https://aka.ms/WAPIaaS Two half-days – Wednesday July 16th & Thursday July 17th– 9am-1pm PST IT Pros, you know that enterprises desire the flexibility and affordability of the cloud, and service providers want the ability to support more enterprise customers. Join us for an exploration of Windows…

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Is Offloaded Data Transfers (ODX) working?

Offloaded Data Transfers (ODX) was a new data transfer strategy that makes advancements in moving files.  Only storage devices that comply with the SPC4 and SBC3 specifications will work with this feature.  With this feature, copying files from one server to another is much quicker.  This feature is only available in Windows 8/2012 and above…

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2012R2 iSCSI Target Settings for Configuring a Specific Network

Let's say you have a 2012R2 iSCSI Target Server with multiple networks configured. We all know that iSCSI traffic should be on a separate network. So how do you go by configuring iSCSI to use a specific network on the target server? In previous version of Windows this was much easier to find since it…

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Introducing Script Browser – A world of scripts at your fingertips

To reuse script samples on the Internet, the following steps seem quite familiar to IT Pros: wandering through different script galleries, forums and blogs, switching back and forth between webpages and scripting environment, and countless download, copy and paste operations. But all of these will drive one as dizzy as a goose. Need a simpler…

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How to Configure MSDTC to Use a Specific Port in Windows Server 2012/2012R2

My name is Steven Graves and I am a Senior Support Escalation Engineer on the Windows Core Team.  In this blog, I will discuss how to configure MSDTC to use a specific port on Windows Server 2012/2012R2 as this has slightly changed from the way it is configured in Windows Server 2008 R2 in order…

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Removing .NET Framework 4.5/4.5.1 removes Windows 2012/2012R2 UI and other features

This is Vimal Shekar and Krishnan Ayyer from the Windows Support team. Today in this blog, we will be discussing about an issue that we are seeing increasingly being reported in support. We will look at the effects of removing .Net Framework from a Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 installation. Windows Server 2012 includes .NET Framework…

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What’s New in Windows Servicing: Service Stack Improvements: Part 3

Servicing Stack improvements in KB2821895 for Windows 8, and How its assists the upgrade to 8.1? My name is Aditya and I am a Sr. Support Escalation Engineer for Microsoft on the Windows Core Team. This blog is a continuation of the previous Servicing Part 1. So to understand this blog better, it is recommended…

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What’s New in Windows Servicing: Reduction of Windows Footprint : Part 2

My name is Aditya and I am a Sr. Support Escalation Engineer for Microsoft on the Windows Core Team. This blog is a continuation of the previous Servicing Part 1. So to understand this blog better, it is recommended that one reads the previous blog post.  As mentioned in the previous, this is a 4…

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Failover Clustering and Active Directory Integration

My name is Ram Malkani and I am a Support Escalation Engineer on Microsoft’s Windows Core team. I am writing to discuss how Failover Clustering is integrated with Active Directory on Windows Servers. Windows Server Failover Clustering, has always had a very strong and cohesive attachment with the Active Directory. We made considerable changes to…

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