Tip of the Day: NIC Teaming and iSCSI

Today’s Tip… Previously, NIC teaming (the practice of creating a logical network card out of multiple physical network cards) has not been supported when used in conjunction with iSCSI. Starting with Windows Server 2012, there are exceptions to this. http://blogs.technet.com/b/askpfeplat/archive/2013/03/18/is-nic-teaming-in-windows-server-2012-supported-for-iscsi-or-not-supported-for-iscsi-that-is-the-question.aspx


Tip of the Day: More on Deduplication

Today’s Tip… NTFS deduplication allows us to consolidate redundant data by file data to the ‘chunk store’ and keeping a single copy of each data chunk. The exception to this is when a data chuck is referenced by 100 files or more. When this occurs, the chunk in question is called a ‘hotspot’ and redundant…


Tip of the Day: Hotfixes

Today’s Tip… Want a quick way to get hotfix information? Use the Windows PowerShell is to use the Get-Hotfix cmdlet. Command :  Get-hotfix or the abbreviated ‘hotfix’ To check any specific hotfix if it is installed in the system I use following command. Hotfix –id “KB Number”


Tip of the Day: A Dip in the Pool

Today’s Tip… In Storage Spaces a pool is a logical grouping of physical disks. There are two types of pools. Primordial Pool The Primordial pool represents all of the disks that Storage Spaces is able use but are not already members of a concrete pool. Physical Disks in the Primordial pool have a property named…


Tip of the Day: Flash support added to IE 10

Today’s Tip… http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2013/03/11/flash-in-windows-8.aspx “Starting tomorrow, we are updating Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8 and Windows RT to enable Flash content to run by default. On Windows 8, all Flash content continues to be enabled for IE on the desktop.”


Tip of the Day: Understanding ReFS’s COW

Today’s Tip… When a file’s metadata is modified in NTFS, it is written over the older metadata. However, this is not how ReFS works. ReFS uses a new ‘Copy On Write’ (COW) feature. Instead of overwriting old metadata, new metadata is written to a different location on disk. Once ReFS confirms that the new metadata…


Tip of the Day: Startup Items…again

Today’s Tip… Earlier we had a tip that talked about the new location of the startup items. I got a number of emails internally that asked about the ‘Startup Impact’ field and how that works. Those values have to do with how much time is added to the startup sequence by that item. High impact…


Tip of the Day: Walk, do not Run (Key)

Today’s Tip… As part of the effort to improve battery life and PC responsiveness, the startup apps support in Windows RT was removed. Change Description: Windows RT does not honor startup app entries in the following locations: Run key under HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion Run key under HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion Run key under HKLM\Software\wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion Run key under HKCU\Software\wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion Startup folder…


Tip of the Day: Startup Items

Today’s Tip… I remember back in NT4 the only way to track down your startup items was to look in the registry and the Startup group. Then MSCONFIG.EXE came along in Windows 2000 and made troubleshooting so much easier. In Windows 8 we see yet another change. While MSCONFIG.EXE is still there, it no longer…