Server Core: Save money.

I remember an internal joke floating around Microsoft in 2007, about a new way to deploy Windows Server.  There was an ad campaign around Windows Vista at the time that said ‘The Wow Starts Now!’  When they spoke about Server Core they joked ‘The Wow Stops Now!’ Server Core was a new way to deploy … Continue reading Server Core: Save money.

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Windows To Go: Disk Behaviour

Recently I was explaining Windows To Go at a client site.  We had a few interesting discussions about the power as well as the limitations of the security features. One attendee asked a couple of good questions: 1) Is there any way to block the ‘on-lining’ of your Windows To Go key in other installations … Continue reading Windows To Go: Disk Behaviour

What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Lessons Learned Week 1

Dan Stoltz asked me to republish this article, and it is well worth it!  Check out all of the links – a lot of great material! -MDG It has been an incredible start to the Windows Server 2012 R2 Launch Series.  Here is brief summary of what we covered so far… Windows Server 2012 R2 … Continue reading What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Lessons Learned Week 1

A Quick Tip for Hyper-V Users: Product Keys

I keep telling people that the best way to activate your servers and desktops is to have a Key Management Server (KMS) in your environment.  However not everyone has volume license keys, and when an IT Pro (or Dev) builds a lot of lab environments using their TechNet, MSDN, or MAPS licenses that is not … Continue reading A Quick Tip for Hyper-V Users: Product Keys

Refresh Your PC – Save your bacon!

Thursday morning I did something to my main laptop that I really should not have done, and the results were disastrous.  I succeeded in completely wrecking my installation of Windows 8.  I was able to boot into the OS, but as soon as I tried to launch any application my system went into an endless flash-loop, and … Continue reading Refresh Your PC – Save your bacon!

Backbone Magazine

When the editor of Backbone Magazine asked me earlier this year ‘Why should I my readers be getting excited about Windows 8?’ I told him… until the time had passed and we were both late for our next appointments.  He asked me to write it into an article (or opinion piece) for him, and it … Continue reading Backbone Magazine

Windows Server 2012 Videos from TechEd Australia

I wasn’t able to get to TechEd in Australia this year (or ever… sigh!).  However the folks from Channel 9 were, and they have a lot of the sessions available on their site.  I hope to find the time to sit through most of them over the next couple of weeks, but there are two … Continue reading Windows Server 2012 Videos from TechEd Australia

Trying it Out: How to prepare to test your new operating system

This post was originally written for the Canadian IT Pro Connection blog, and can be seen there at Trying it Out- How to prepare to test your new operating system. This is a really exciting season for IT Pros across Canada.  Last week Microsoft released Windows Server 2012 to the public, and on October 26th … Continue reading Trying it Out: How to prepare to test your new operating system

Can I use Windows To Go?

I have been getting a lot of questions from people about my recent Windows To Go (WTG) articles.  I need to clarify, that this is a tool meant for business; as such it is only availably in the Windows 8 Enterprise version.  It cannot be created from any other SKU.  If you are not able … Continue reading Can I use Windows To Go?

Memory Limits in Windows 8 & Windows Server 2012

Hey folks!  While I have not seen this documented anywhere official (yet) I was just sent a list of memory caps on different SKUs of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.  If you have a need for speed, you are going to like the new changes! Windows 8 Client OS Windows 8: 128GB RAM Windows … Continue reading Memory Limits in Windows 8 & Windows Server 2012

Join us for the Windows Server 2012 online launch!

Celebrate the arrival of Windows Server 2012 with Microsoft experts and a community of users from around the world! Watch the keynote address at 8:00 am PDT on Tuesday, September 4. Then, dive in deeper. Learn more about amazing new capabilities in the areas of Virtualization, Storage, Networking, Management, Application Development, VDI, and more! Get … Continue reading Join us for the Windows Server 2012 online launch!

Windows 8 Support is Here!

We have been talking about Windows 8 for some time, but in the pre-release forms.  Earlier this month Microsoft closed the lid on the final bits, releasing them to manufacturers and OEM partners on August 1st, and subsequently to various community members (MSDN, TechNet, Partners) mid-month. Today they have launched their Partner support forum for … Continue reading Windows 8 Support is Here!

Still on XP? There should be a reason…

For the past year or so I have been counting down (on Twitter) the days left until the #EndOfDaysXP… as of the date of this article it stands at 591 days.  Some of my followers think it is silly, others thank me for it.  Some want to know why it matters, and there are a … Continue reading Still on XP? There should be a reason…

Wrong Product Key? Oh No!

Here’s a tip if you need to change your product key in Windows 8.  It also works in earlier versions of Windows, but those versions have easier ways of doing it.  In Windows 8 you need to use the Windows Software Licensing Management Tool (slmgr.vbs) Open a Command Prompt with elevated privileges (from the Windows … Continue reading Wrong Product Key? Oh No!

Mitch is Back on TechNet Radio’s Community Corner!

On July 6th I sat down with John Weston and talked about Virtualization once again.  This is the third show that I recorded with John, and I love going back because we go back and forth so well. TechNet Radio is a great resource for learning about new and existing technologies.  If you spend any … Continue reading Mitch is Back on TechNet Radio’s Community Corner!