Tip of the Day: Configuring Disk Mirroring for Windows Server 2012

Today’s Tip… With the release of Storage Spaces in Server 2012, a common question is how customers can use Windows to provide resiliency for the OS volume. In Server 2012, Spaces does not support the OS volume, but customers don’t necessarily want to use a hardware RAID card or a 3rd party produce only for…

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Tip of the Day: Bitlocker without TPM or USB

Today’s tip… Windows 8 now allows the OS drive to be encrypted without TPM and USB. You can use a password as a protector for OS drive. You will have to enable the below GPO under BitLocker Drive Encryption/Operating System Drive/Require Additional Authentication at Startup. Make sure you check “Allow BitLocker without a Compatible TPM…


Tip of the Day: The Beginning

For nearly a year I have been the primary author and chief editor of an information sharing alias at Microsoft called ‘Tip of the Day’.  While I have allowed some public facing blogs to consume my tips, I haven’t taken the extra step to create a dedicated blog…until now.   The idea behind TotD harkens back to something…


Tip of the Day: BitLocker ‘Encrypt Used Disk Space Only’

Today’s tip… Previously, BitLocker encryption has been an ‘all or nothing’.  Either a volume was completely encrypted or it was not.  Windows 8 brings us a new option, ‘Encrypt Used Disk Space Only’.  Just like it sounds, this option allows us to encrypt only the parts of the volume that are currently in use.  As…


Tip of the Day: Registry Enhancements

Today’s tip… HISTORY The Windows Registry was originally designed to handle small amounts of system configuration data; however over time its usage has evolved to become more of a generic system database used by all applications to store data. CHALLENGE With this increase in Registry usage (both in number of lookups and amount of content…


Tip of the Day: An easy way to measure computer reboot and logon times

Today’s Tip… Process Monitor has evolved over the years from several different tools, into a single, “must have” tool for a wide variety of troubleshooting scenarios.  One of the great capabilities of Process Monitor is its ability to capture a computer trace from very early in the computer startup process.  The information collected from this…

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Tip of the Day: Sysprep’s new /mode:vm switch

Today’s tip…   Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Sysprep.exe supports a new command line switch called /mode:vm.    This switch is useful if you are installing Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 in virtual environment like Hyper-V and you are going to deploy the image back to the same virtualization environment.  For example let’s…


Tip of the Day: Managed Service Accounts

When a domain account is configured for a server in a domain, the client computer can authenticate and connect to that service. Previously, only two account types have provided identity without requiring password management. But these account types have limitations: Computer account is limited to one domain server and the passwords are managed by the…