Managing RDS/VDI with Windows Server 2012

Introduction I have been test-driving Windows Server 2012 (back then still called Windows Server 8) and the Windows 8 client since their first beta and customer preview were released around this time last year. My primary focus point being everything related to Remote Desktop Services (RDS) / Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). I have been writing…

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What’s New for Group Policy in Server 2012

Some of you that know me (through my www.gpoguy.com and www.sdmsoftware.com sites) know that I spend an inordinate amount of time exploring, developing against and helping customers with Group Policy. So I was anxious to see what changes Microsoft made in Server 2012 with respect to Group Policy. Of course, as a Group Policy MVP, I had…

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Database Recovery Advisor feature of SQL Server 2012, by Basit Farooq

SQL Server 2012 is a vast release that includes many new features. Members of the SQL Server community have great insights into these new features and can help you decide if SQL Server 2012 is for you. One such feature is the Database Recovery Advisor, and Basit Farooq gives his evaluation of this feature, as…

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Share Your Experience and Review Server & Tools Products

Nothing beats a personal recommendation. For example, last week I needed a reliable HVAC contractor to do some work on my house. Not knowing where to begin my search, I sent out a request to my colleagues asking if they could recommend anyone. To my relief, several people responded–not just with names, but with information…

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Microsoft Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM) Myths and Facts

As a Group Policy MVP, I am often asked about Microsoft’s Advanced Group Policy Management software, or AGPM for short. AGPM is a “change management” system around Group Policy Objects (GPOs) themselves. It enables teams of administrators to avoid stepping on people’s toes, enables quick rollback of undesired changed GPOs,  provides a history of changes,…

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Hyper-V and Me, by Andrew France

I work as a Technical Specialist for an Independent school  in the UK, and I have been kindly asked to provide a post to share my experience of using Windows Server Hyper-V. Coincidentally it’s almost 4 years to the day that I visited Microsoft to talk about virtualizing our systems, so this has given me…

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My Top 12 SQL Server 2012 Enhancements and a Few Rants

NOTE: To download an evaluation copy of SQL Server 2012, click here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/evalcenter/hh225126   To start off, I must confess I am a big fan of the SQL Server as a product in general, even SQL Server 6.0 (not kidding). Why? In short, the product has the lowest learning curve of all database engines I know…

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Review of FTP Integration Pack for System Center 2012 SP1 Beta Orchestrator, by David Allen

System Center 2012 SP1 includes a lot of functionality beyond the traditional service pack updates. SP1 is what really lights up a lot of the private cloud functionality in Windows Server 2012. Reviewing all the features and capabilities in System Center 2012 would be a huge project, so you can find reviews of individual features…

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Jeff James’ Top 10 Windows Server 2012 Features

When John Savill posted his top ten list for Windows Server 2012 (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/customer_reviews_of_stb_products/archive/2012/09/17/my-top-ten-features-of-windows-server-2012.aspx), I asked you to put together your own top ten. Well, Jeff James took the challenge and published his selections here: http://www.petri.co.il/top-10-windows-server-2012-features.htm. Jeff says, ” I’ve taken the liberty of selecting 10 of what I feel are the most noteworthy new (or improved)…

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