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: 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…


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…


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…


Jeff James Finds Keyboard Shortcuts Key for Windows Server 2012 Admins

The new interface in windows Server 2012 gives you lots of options for navigating. Jeff James has found that some keyboard shortcuts help save you time and give you flexibility. You can read Jeff’s article here: What Windows Server features are you interested in learning more about?  


Listen to Customer Reviewer Mike Dragone on TechNet Radio

One of the first IT pros who wrote a review for this blog, Mike Dragone, is now a star on TechNet Radio. You can listen to the interview with Mike here: [View:] Tommy Patterson and Mike discuss their history in IT and how Windows Server has evolved. Their topics range from favorite features and challenges in…


What’s New for Group Policy in Server 2012

Some of you that know me (through my and 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…


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…


A Simple Truth about Cloud Security

I keep hearing that security is a fear factor for some organizations that are considering moving to the cloud. They worry that they’ll have to change their whole security approach in a highly virtualized environment. But I think those IT admins should see it as an opportunity, not a threat to their survival. Virtualization—and by…


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…


Contribute Your Review the EASY Way!

I’ve gotten some feedback saying that some people would like to have their review posted on this blog but don’t want to go through the process of registering to be an official MSDN blogger. Well … I hear and I obey! I give you options: Option 1: If you just want to get your review posted…