(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Easy URL for Windows Azure Access Panel

Windows Azure Access Panel lets users access SaaS applications that were configured by an administrator. Previously the only way to get to the Access Panel was by going to https://account.activedirectory.windowsazure.com/applications. Wow, that was a lot of typing, and hard to remember. There was not a easier URL until now. You can now use the following…


Tip of the Day: Host based backups for Linux guests

Today’s Tip… With Windows Server 2012 R2, Linux virtual machines can be backed up in the same manner as virtual machines running Windows.  Supported Linux operating systems with updated integration services components appear in the list of available virtual machines when backing up a server running Hyper-V. Hyper-V provides the ability for backup programs to…


Tip of the Day: Hyper-V Integration Services

Today’s Tip… Windows Server 2012 R2 comes with ‘Integration Services’ for Hyper-V guests.  This enables online management and modification of virtual machines through a new integration component.  This will allows Hyper-V administrators to interact with guest OS processes and files without needing to shut down the virtual machine first.  The Guest Service Integration component allows…


Tip of the Day: Storage Failure Detection

Today’s Tip… Starting in Windows Server 2012 R2, Hyper-V has been enhanced to detect physical storage failures on storage devices that are not managed by Windows Failover Clustering (SMB 3.0 file shares). Storage failure detection can detect the failure of a virtual machine boot disk or any additional data disks associated with the virtual machine….