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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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: http://www.petri.co.il/keyboard-shortcuts-for-windows-server-2012.htm What Windows...
  • Blog Post: 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: TechNet Radio STB News Bytes Real Customer Reviews Taking a Look at Windows Server 2012 Tommy Patterson and Mike discuss their history in IT and...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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 without...
  • Blog Post: Write a Customer Review Now! Here's How

    Who knows more about Microsoft's Server and Tools products than you? Please share your knowledge, your workarounds, your tips, your favorite features, whatever you think will help your fellow technology professionals. Please don't feel limited to writing about the latest 2012 versions of Windows Azure...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
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