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A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of speaking with Tom Shinder and Yuri Diogenes as a first in our five part series on the Private Cloud.  In part one we discuss basic private cloud principles and what it means for business, as well as how organizations can begin to unders...
It’s over!  November (Movember?) is here!  Now it’s time to sit back and soak in all of this great information! Below is a complete list (Thank you, Keith Mayer for compiling it) of links to our full 31 Days.  Enjoy! 31 Days of our Favorite Things The Cloud ...
Here it is! …the last day of the month, and the last day of our series of “31 Days of our Favorite Things”!  And today, my buddy Matt Hester is going to tell you why you should consider Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 over VMware.  In summary: Nothing and n...
There’s nothing remote about the chances that Microsoft would make big improvements in nearly all aspects of the platform that is Windows Server.  And Windows Server 2012 is no exception.  In this instance, we’re going to discuss Remote Desktop Services – otherwise lovingly r...
Yes, you read that subject line correctly.  We’ve actually improved the volume error detection so much in Windows Server 2012 that you’ll rarely if ever have to run a CHKDSK command to fix it.  And if you do, it will run fast and get out of your way. In our 29th i...
We’re in the final stretch of our 31 days, and for today’s article Keith Mayer is going to give you all the details on how you can make DHCP highly available in Windows Server 2012.  “But.. couldn’t you cluster DHCP services before?” Yes, but clustering involves more investment...
Isn’t it fun when a new feature just shows up in front of you before you even knew about it?  I recently installed Microsoft Office 2013 on my production laptop, and was working on an outline of questions for an upcoming TechNet Radio show we’re recording in a couple of days. ...
Yes, today in our “31 Days of our Favorite Things” series, Matt Hester is talking about Gremlins; specifically, the kinds of nasty things that can happen to an Active Directory domain controller that is virtualized, and when you attempt to restore an old snapshot or a backup of that ...
So you have files to secure… “Yeah..” And forever you’ve been using security groups in Active Directory, and file and/or share permissions in Access Control Lists (ACLs), right? “Uh huh.  What’s wrong with that?” Nothing.  But what if I were to  tell you that you hav...
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Active Directory has been around for awhile (Remember Windows 2000 Server?), and with every new release of the server platform Microsoft has an opportunity to make things better.  Windows Server 2012 was no exception.  There are many improvements to Active Directory, and to t...
RSAT stands for Remote Server Administration Tools.  This is the toolset that IT Pros have come to know and love, because it is the toolset that lets them keep sitting at their desks. “You mean, it contributes to the obesity epidemic in America?” Well.. I wouldn’t go that far.&#...
I suppose a more correct title for this article might have been, “I manage IP addressing, therefore IPAM.” “IPAM?  What’s that?” IPAM is a FLA (Four-Letter Acronym) that stands for IP Address Management.  More appropriately, Internet Protocol Address Management.  In Wi...
Today we need to talk about the versions and the licensing options you have for Windows Server 2012.  There are some pretty significant changes to A) what you can purchase, and B) what those versions include. “So it’s not just Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter?  Are you m...
Today in Part 21 of “31 Days of our Favorite Things”, Brian Lewis answers the musical question, “To NIC or not to NIC?” There are so many new and exciting hardware options out there, and sometimes it makes sense to purchase one over another.  One thing that may influence your dec...
It’s the weekend!  Just in time for Part 20 of the “30 Days of our Favorite Things” series:  the Hyper-V Extensible Virtual Switch! What is a Virtual Switch? In Hyper-V, as in other virtualization platforms, a virtual switch is rather like a physical networking switch in th...
In Windows Server 2008 we introduced you to the notion of a “Core” installation.  The idea with Server Core was that you had a minimal installation of a server workhorse that didn’t contain any of the extra fluff.  And when I say fluff, I mean GUI / UI / Windows Explorer / IE...
How much do you depend on a file share to be available at all times? “Not much.  After all, I don’t use them for anything much beyond file storage due to the performance of that kind of resource.” Ah.. but back in Part 17 of our series, we told you that with the new SMB 3.0 prot...
“SMB?  You mean Server Message Block?” Yep.  “Better?  It’s just the protocol for accessing files across a network, isn’t it?” Yes.  But can you use that file share storage for fast, highly available file access and use it for, sa...
DirectAccess is not new, but it is improved in Windows Server 2012.  For those of you who are not familiar with DirectAccess, let me briefly describe a scenario that I live every week (or three)… It’s time to fill out and submit expense reports for my many travels and the asso...
NTFS is getting a little long in the tooth.  It has been, and continues to be, a rock-solid file system on which most of the world’s data on disk is stored.  And it is still the default disk format for installations of Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8.   Enter Re...
Happy Sunday! As the title of this post suggests, today we’re discussing a couple of the little things that make your experience so much better when using Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8.  For example, the Task manager… “Hold on.. the Task Manager has been the same for.. wow, ...
For those of you not familiar with the acronym, VDI stands for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.  The idea is that I can provide my users their desktops via remote desktop connections… “Like Terminal Services?” Where have you been since 2007?  But, in a sense...
In Windows Server 2012 Microsoft includes many improvements, but also many new capabilities “in the box”.  One of the new things we’re including is built-in support for data deduplication.  “Wait.. you mean like when a process makes more efficient use of the space used on a...
Today my friend and colleague Matt Hester has posted an article about a little-known improvement in the newest version of PowerShell: Script Snippets “PowerShell Script Snippets?  It’s fun to say.  But I’ve never heard of these before.  What are they? That’s what Matt ...
Many of you reading my blog are responsible for not only your local users and network and IT infrastructure, but also for supporting those poor folks who work remote branch offices.  And I say “poor folks” in the context of their access to the documents and applications that they ...
I’m almost at the big THREE DIGITS in the number of people who “LIKE” my “Kevin Remde is Full of I.T.” Facebook page.  Go there, “like” the page, and push it over the top! “Gee Kevin.. that was a bit gratuitous.” Really?  Do ya think so?  Forgive me.  I’m in a...
In today’s “31 Days of our Favorite Things” series, Matt Hester is giving away the store. “Huh?” Unlike our main competition in the area of virtualization and all things private cloud, Microsoft believes that virtualization is just a ubiquitous part of the...
What is virtualization? “It’s when you have a computer that is, um.. virtualized.. and it’s all like ‘Hey.. I’m running on my own hardware’, but really it’s not.” Okay.. what you’ve described there is a kind of virtualization.  I’d call it Machine Virtualization.  And there...
Happy Sunday!  It’s my turn again to provide today’s article in our series of “31 Days of our Favorite Things”.  And today I am pleased to introduce to you the topic of NIC Teaming. “’Introduce’?  But, Kevin… I’ve been doing NIC Teaming for years now.” Sure.  But ...
Happy Saturday!  But that doesn’t mean we get a break.  We promised 31 days of our favorite things in October, and we’re going to give you 31 days of our favorite things in October.  “Seriously?” Yep.  I hope you had a super weekend, and that you’re reading this ...
Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 (and in the free Microsoft Hyper-V Server include an easy start to a good disaster recovery solution: Hyper-V Replica.  With Hyper-V Replica you can easily create and maintain an off-line copy – a replica – of a virtual machine on a separate virtua...
Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 include some really exciting and flexible new capabilities for moving virtual machines and their resources (storage) around from here to there – all without any virtual machine down-time.  In today’s instal...
In today’s installment of our 31 Days of our Favorite Things in Windows Server 2012, Matt Hester summarizes the key benefits, plus a couple of really slick improvements available with PowerShell in its newest form.  He specifically focuses on just a couple of his favorites: PowerS...
The first time you start up Windows Server 2012, and you login, it is the first thing you see.  “Even when I install it as a Server Core installation?” Oh.. okay.. no.   When you install “Server with GUI”, you see this: Server Manager.  Server Manager is the on...
Happy October!  And Happy Monday!  “Grrr…” Ah.. Somebody hasn’t had enough coffee yet.  Well… trust me.  It is a great day.  It’s the first day of a new blog post series that me and my central region IT Pro Technology Evangelist buddies are facilitating. ...
My Central Region IT Pro Evangelist teammates and I are going to be delivering a series of 31 blog posts in October, all about Windows Server 2012.  Check back here on Monday at 8:00am Central Time for the introduction to and part 1 of our series. …and have a super weekend! ...
Richard Fichera of Forrester Research had recently written up and posted his initial impressions of Windows Server 2012, and his related recommendations.  Here’s my super-ultra-brief summary: 1. Here’s why Windows Server 2012 is really great, and 2. You should start consider...
As the title of this posting suggests – or rather says flat out – the beta of System Center 2012 SP1 is available for your downloading and testing/trying pleasure. “Why?  What do I need an SP1 for?  Didn’t System Center 2012 just come out earlier this year?” Absolutely.&...
I just learned (from the Microsoft Press Blog) that the The Free e-Book on Windows Server 2012 is now updated to include any changes found in the final, released version of Windows Server.  Here are the formats, and the links: PDF - Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edi...