Tip of the Day: MBAM 2.0 – Server Upgrade

Today’s Tip… You can upgrade the MBAM 2.0 server infrastructure from previous versions of MBAM by doing the following: Manual in-place server replacement – You must manually uninstall the existing MBAM server infrastructure, and then install the MBAM 2.0 infrastructure. If you are using MBAM with Configuration Manager, you must also remove the Configuration Manager…


Tip of the Day: Hyper-V's Dynamic Memory…minimum memory

Today’s Tip… Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 saw improvements to Dynamic Memory that included support for configuring minimum memory. Minimum Memory While Windows 2008 R2 SP1 did allow you to configure ‘minimum memory’ (called Startup RAM), Windows VMs use a larger amount of memory just for startup. As such, admins would set the minimum memory…


Tip of the Day: One for the iPad users

Today’s Tip… Like most Microsoft employees, I have a SkyDrive account. However, unlike most Microsoft employees I also have an iPad. That’s why I’m glad that Microsoft released SkyDrive for the iPad. So I have easy access to my LOLCats and pictures of Doctor Who, no matter which device I grabbed on the way out…


Tip of the Day: SMB Direct

Today’s Tip… Windows Server 2012 includes a new feature called SMB Direct, which supports the use of network adapters that have Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) capability. Network adapters that have RDMA can function at full speed with very low latency, while using very little CPU. For workloads such as Hyper-V or Microsoft SQL Server,…


Tip of the Day: Using environment variables with Windows PowerShell

Today’s Tip… Getting environment variables in Windows has always been easy. Just bring up a CMD prompt and type ‘set’. But what if I want to use an environment variable in Windows PowerShell? That’s easy too! Simply use ‘$env:<environment variable name>’. For example, if I wanted a variable that contains my computer name, I could…


Tip of the Day: VHDx is AWESOME!

Today’s Tip… One of my favorite changes in Win8/WS2012 is the new .VHDx file format, sometimes referred to as VHD 2.0 format. Overcoming the VHD limitation of 2TB, VHDx can be as large as 64TB The improved internal alignment lends itself well to being stored on disk with 4KB sector size Can be configured to…


Tip of the Day: Live Migration in Windows Server 2012

Today’s Tip… While live migration has been around since Windows Server 2008 R2, it was greatly improved in WS2012. Previously, a virtual machine could only live migrate (move from one host to another without the interim step of having to shutdown) between nodes of a cluster. In WS2012 virtual machines gained the ability to live…