Tip of the Day: Creators Update (v1703) - Establishing a VPN Connection from the Network Flyout

When launched from the VAN, VPN connections on Windows 8.1 could be completed in as few as two clicks. In Windows 10 however, the number of steps regressed to as many as five to seven clicks. Windows 10 v1703 (Creators Update) improves the user experience by including UI enhancements reducing the number of steps required…

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Tip of the Day: Some hidden DFSR improvements

There are some well-hidden DFSR supportability improvements in Win2012: Dirty shutdown worker progress – Background – DFSR used a per-volume ESE database to track all file changes in replicated folders on those volumes. DFSR contains code to attempt graceful and dirty recovery of the database after a dirty shutdown Legacy behavior – DFSR logged DB…


Tip of the Day: DHCP PBA

Today’s tip… Windows Server 2012 introduces Policy Based Assignment for DHCP. This new functionality allows administrators to better control IP assignment in their environment. Example: Here is a small DHCP scope I created from 192.168.5.1 to 192.168.5.25. Next I created policy for that scope with a condition for MAC addresses starting with 00-15-5D-0A-16 and set…


Tip of the Day: DNSSEC

Today’s tip… DNS is a critical component of modern networking.  DNS is a huge target for attackers because if a DNS record is compromised, clients can be redirected to an attackers computer.  DNSSEC provides validity that a DNS record has not been compromised.  DNSSEC has been difficult to manage and maintain in previous versions of…


Tip of the Day: DHCP client and Web Proxy Auto-Discovery

Today’s tip… Starting with Windows 8, the DHCP client requests the Web Proxy Auto-Discovery (WPAD) configuration from DHCP as part of the default parameter request list during DHCP address acquisition.  If the Web Proxy Auto-Discovery option is configured in DHCP, the client will get the WPAD server information during the initial DHCP address acquisition process. …


Tip of the Day: DHCP Policy Based Assignment (PBA)

Today’s tip… In Windows Server 2012/2012 R2, DHCP Policy Based Assignment (PBA) allows an administrator to configure policies based on information in the client DHCP request.  If the client matches the policy, then the client can be provided with IP addresses from a specific range or specific network configurations, such as a specific DNS server. …


Tip of the Day: Replicating Scopes in DHCP Failover

Today’s tip… In Windows Server 2012/2012 R2, DHCP Failover automatically synchronizes leases.  However, configuration changes on one server in the failover relationship do not automatically get replicated to the partner.  Configuration changes can be manually replicated by choosing the “Replicate Scope…” or “Replicate Relationship…” option in DHCP Server Manager.  The configuration from the server where…


Tip of the Day: DHCP Failover

Today’s tip… In Windows Server 2012/2012 R2, DHCP Failover provides standards based lease synchronization between two nodes hosting the same scope. If one server becomes unavailable, clients can get leases from the reachable server. DHCP Failover is an easy to deploy, and easy to manage, solution for high availability and redundancy.


Tip of the Day: NIC teaming Doc

Today’s tip…   Question of the Day:   Q: My customer is THRILLED to know that Microsoft now includes NIC Teaming as a  feature of Windows Server 2012. Is documentation for NIC Teaming publicly available?   A: Yes, right here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30160