Tip of the Day: .NET Framework 3.5

Today’s tip… Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 does not include .NET Framework 3.5 by default.  When you run an application that requires .NET Framework 3.5(for example MSSolve) Windows will automatically trigger to install the feature from Windows Update.  The application must do one of the following for the trigger to occur: Attempting to install…


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: Short file names

Today’s tip… The new volume wizard in Server Manager for Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 includes an option to enable short file name creation. While it is not recommended all the time, if you have an application that still requires short file names, it can be easily enabled when the volume is created.


Tip of the Day: Thin Provisioning

Today’s tip… While the concept of thin provisioning has been around for a little while, Windows Server 2012 is the first version to take full advantage of it.  Thin provisioning is the practice of providing storage blocks on an as needed, just in time basis. This gives our customers a great savings as they are…


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: Can’t Extend a Storage Space (virtual disk)

Today’s tip… When extending a existing virtual disk in Storage Spaces and Pools, you might encounter the following error even if you have plenty of unused space… This could be due to the virtual disk’s number of columns. To extend a virtual disk, they pool must have a number of unused disks equal to or…


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….


Tip of the Day: Printing in a Cluster

Today’s tip… In Windows Server 2012, we have an option available in Failover Cluster for monitoring a service inside a highly available VM. For example, print cluster is no longer supported in Win2012 cluster, instead we will configure Printing inside Highly Available VM and enable VM monitoring. As such, we are no longer supporting the…