Taking a Look at Windows Server 2012

Microsoft has once again delivered a solid server offering with Windows Server 2012. Requested features such as a GUI for the Active Directory Recycle Bin are now included, alongside an IP Address Management (IPAM) tool that’s built-in to the product, reducing or eliminating the need to purchase a third-party product. On the surface, this might…

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System Center 2012 or Microsoft Deployment Toolkit for OS Deployment, Part 2, by Dujon Walsham

NOTE: I’d like to thank Dujon Walsham for writing this series of blogs. Please let me know if they are useful, and submit your own! Thank you! Karen Forster   This is part 2 of my blog, “OS Deployment: System Center Configuration Manager 2012, or Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, or Both,” http://blogs.msdn.com/b/customer_reviews_of_stb_products/archive/2013/03/11/os-deployment-system-center-configuration-manager-2012-or-microsoft-deployment-toolkit-or-both-by-dujon-walsham.aspx? Inthis part, I will…

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Windows Server 2012 Storage Spaces, Domain Controller, and 5 Tips to Get Started

The community is already sharing experiences with Windows Server 2012 and giving tips to help fellow IT pros get started. Let me give you a couple of examples of users who have reviewed Windows Server 2012. I hope these reviews will inspire you to write your own review of a Microsoft server product (Windows Server…

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Until I know PowerShell, Server Manager Is Where I’m At

Windows Server 2012 is certainly an interesting OS.  Yes many of the Windows Server 2008 R2 items are still in there, Administrative Tools and the Control Panel items, but they are certainly not the stars of the show.  Windows Server has focused on a tool to aid in management for some time. The Server Manager…

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System Center 2012 SP1: Missing Performance Monitor Counters

After the upgrade to SP1 and installation of the SCOM agent on your Service Manager Data Warehouse and Management servers, you will note several Warning events in the Operations Manager event log.  These event IDs are logged as 10102.  The cause of these are missing performance monitor counters.  The description of these will begin with…


Two-Factor Authentication with PhoneFactor in a Law Firm, A Review by Robert Morrison

To maintain a high level of security in our law firm, we needed a two-factor authentication solution for users. We looked around at different options, and finally settled on PhoneFactor. The three persuading points were ease of use to set up and manage, flexibility of the agent to create a fully redundant system, and the ability to…

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New File Server Features in Windows Server 2012

Want to learn more about the new file server features in Windows Server 2012? Check out this blog post by James van den Berg: https://mountainss.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/high-performance-highly-available-file-share-storage-for-server-applications-smb-ws2012-hyperv/. It provides a good overview of the new file features that help you store server application data on file shares and obtaining a similar level of reliability, availability, manageability, and high…

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My Top Ten features of Windows Server 2012

NOTE from Karen: This blog is meant to provide a place where you, Microsoft’s customers, can discuss your experiences with Server and Tools products. John Savill is a Microsoft employee, and I’ve asked him to conribute here for several reasons. First, I’ve known John for probably 10 years, when he was an IT guy and…

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Windows Server 2012 Storage Spaces

 I am extremely excited that Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 have launched because I can talk about and tinker with my absolute favorite feature of both operating systems, Storage Spaces.  Some people I know in the storage community have said that the storage spaces feature is interesting but in an early stage.  I am…

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