Tip of the Day: Disabling Server Manager at logon

Today’s tip… In Windows Server 2012, the option to disable Server Manager from automatically popping up after a logon is a bit hidden. The other option of note here is the refresh rate for Server Manager, which by default is set to 10 seconds.


Tip of the Day: Quick CMD Prompt

Today’s tip… With all the command line tools that I have, I’m always needing to spawn a CMD prompt to do this or that, and it always seems that I’m in Windows Explorer at the time. So in Windows 8, my new favorite way to open a CMD prompt is built into Explorer. Click on…


Tip of the Day: Task Manager

Today’s tip… One of the changes in Windows 8 that I’m enjoying the more that I use it is the face lift we gave to Task Manager. Here are the two improvements I want to call out. The Performance tab has this nice visual along the left side that gives you a quick idea of…


Tip of the Day: Q&A about .HLP files

Today’s tip… Q: Does Windows 8 or 8.1 have support for .HLP files? A: Yes, Mr. Flintstone. Windows 8 and 8.1 will have support for .HLP files. Q: I cannot open Help that was created in the Windows Help format (WinHlp32.exe) http://support.microsoft.com/kb/917607/en-us A: The WinHelp bits have been updated for Windows 8 and 8.1 with…


Tip of the Day: Mounting ISO Files

Today’s tip… Windows 8 and Server 2012 have the ability to mount ISO files without needing to install 3rd party software. Simply right click and MOUNT. Alternately, you can also mount an ISO file by using the Windows PowerShell cmdlet, Mount-DiskImage. NOTE: Both methods can also be used to mount .VHD/.VHDx files.


Tip of the Day: Search

Today’s tip… I’m often surprised when I look over people’s shoulders and see them doing things the hard way. That’s why some of my tips have been about the Windows interface and the improvements in Windows 8/8.1. One of my favorites features in Windows is the search. On my work computer, I have lots of…


Tip of the Day: Administrative Tools

Today’s tip… Most Microsoft employees use ‘administrative tools’ as a normal part of their day. Windows 8 was a bit different for us as our favorite tools were now buried. The good news is that we can quickly add them to our Start screen. While on the Start screen, hover on the lower right border…


Tip of the Day: Some new Remote Desktop Client Features

Today’s tip… How do I get the Start screen to come up in a remote session? If you’ve remoted into a Windows Server 2012 host or Windows 8 client using a legacy RDP client and wanted to get to the start menu, you may have already come across this annoying issue with the start menu….