Active Directory Domain Controllers hold the keys to your kingdom. So how do you virtualize these castles of identity, without compromising on the requirements of your organization? In this session, Raymond Comvalius (Windows Expert – IT Pro MVP) and Sander Berkouwer (Directory Services MVP) give best practices for hardening, backing up, restoring and managing virtualized … Continue reading "Video: Running highly-sensitive Domain Controllers on Hyper-V and Azure"
Earlier today, Microsoft released a new preview for Windows 10, codenamed Technical Preview 2 and wearing build number 9926 (in proud lime green on navy blue, oh wait…) Windows 10 Technical Preview 2 You can download the Windows 10 Technical Preview 2 ISO files or install the Windows 10 Technical Preview update from the … Continue reading "Windows 10 Technical Preview 2 (Build 9926) is now available"
While going through the Release Notes for the Windows Server Technical Preview and the Release Notes for Windows 10, I noticed something quite interesting: If you join a computer with Trusted Platform Management (TPM) enabled to a domain in which there are no domain controllers running at least Windows Server 2012, computer authentication and those … Continue reading "Knowledgebase: Known Issue with Windows and Windows Server Technical Preview in a pre-Windows Server 2012 Active Directory environment"
Windows 7 has a mass appeal to Windows XP users and their system administrators. While major advances were made in Windows Vista and Windows 7, you will always find people opposing change. And, boy! A lot has changed in the user interface since Windows XP! In the past opposition has been dealt with with deception … Continue reading "Changing Windows 7 back to the ‘old’ Windows"
The Windows Server 2008 R2 timeframe will also bring the next version of the Hyper-V technology. This new version can either be seen as Hyper-V R2 or Hyper-V v2.0 (depending on your opinion on Hyper-V) and comes with a load of new features and hardware support.
At Tech∙Ed last week some information emerged on Windows Server 2008 R2. Specifically some information was handed out on the Server Core installation option in the successor to Windows Server 2008. Let’s take an early look at the differences between Server Core installations of Windows Server 2008 and Server Core installations of Windows Server 2008 … Continue reading "An early look at new features in Server Core"
All you need to know is… … What you already know. In our society information is the greatest good. Microsoft has decided not to release a lot of information on Windows 7 for a reason. It was one of the mistakes admitted with Windows Vista. Some features (like WinFS) got dropped totally, while other features … Continue reading "5 things you should know about Windows 7"
After my recent post on Server Core being the ideal Hyper-V root partition I received some questions regarding my wasted CPU cycles claim. I claimed a Virtual Host running Hyper-V in a Server Core installation would offer more performance than a Virtual Host running Hyper-V in a Full Installation.
Today I saw three Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Server Core articles published to the Microsoft KnowledgeBase in the Help and Support pages. They are basic "How to" articles on stuff I wanted to shed some light on here. Since Yuval Sinay and the Windows Server Core Team already did, I think these topics are well covered
I recently visited a customer, where the IT manager had second thoughts about an offer he received from his current IT partner and Microsoft.