Fast Storage Spaces performance makes Server 2012 R2 impressive

No one could ever mistake the “R” in RAID as standing for “really user-friendly” or “really high-end features” or even “really high-performance.” The S in SAN doesn’t stand for “simply affordable.” The Storage Spaces feature introduced in Windows Server 2012 lets you use commodity drives in JBOD enclosures rather than expensive SANs to get high-performance […]

Baby’s first data center | The micro server

Branch offices and small businesses face a lot of IT challenges. Often high on the list: no computer room. If they’re lucky, there’s a comfy alcove where a desktop can be tucked, a desktop that probably isn’t server-grade. HP’s updated ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 is designed for just that sort of environment. It’s a cube (well, […]

Live from TechEd: 4 top features of Windows Server 2012 DirectAccess

It’s the final session of TechEd 2013. Even though you’re probably exhausted and patiently awaiting the closing party at the Superdome, it’s not time to stop learning just yet. TrainSignal instructor Richard Hicks has kicked off his session, “The Future is Now! Next Generation Remote Access Today with Windows Server 2012 DirectAccess,” in New Orleans […]

Give me my space: How to resize Windows Server drives in VMware

The ability to add virtual devices is awesome. Now sometimes, there’s some hard lessons to learn if someone jumps in without slowing down to think about certain things, like the guidelines defined up front. One of the most common things that a system administrator will have to do in a virtualized environment is give out […]

Choose your DHCP failover option: Hot Standby and load balance modes

Believe it or not, part of my day job is to help answer questions posted on a support forum. One of the questions that came up the other day was how to you can use multiple Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) servers to assign addresses for the same scope or subnet using Windows Server 2012. […]

5 reasons to use NIC Teaming with Windows Server 2012

I was asked the other day, “Why should I consider using NIC Teaming with Windows Server 2012?” After pondering it for a bit, I came up with five key benefits of NIC Teaming. But before I get to the reasons for using NIC Teaming, let me give you some background on what it is. NIC […]

SME Server Platform: Is Server 2012 Essentials the Right Choice?

In 2012, Microsoft launched the latest Windows Server operating system. It was lauded to be a sure win for the company. In fact, Gizmodo Australia’s guest blogger, David Klemke, calls it the “most impressive Windows version” he has seen. Klemke also writes that there are a lot of advances as far as functionality is concerned, both for […]

How to Configure PowerShell Web Access (PSWA) in Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 has hundreds of new features and improvements that greatly enhance the day-to-day administrative experience, especially when it comes to Server Manager and PowerShell. Both have undergone a massive makeover in order to handle today’s huge and complex datacenter environments that are highly virtualized, multi-site, heterogeneous or even multi-tenant. Server Manager in Windows […]

5 Improved Windows Server 2012 Features to Get Excited About

Windows Server 2012 is loaded with new features–300 of them, according to Microsoft. But, it isn’t all about new features; improvements and upgrades to existing features have people everywhere talking about Windows Server 2012. Let’s jump right in and look at what makes IT departments ready to roll out Server 2012. Windows Server 2012 has […]

How to Rename Your Active Directory Domain

Choosing a name for your domain is an important decision which will have many technical repercussions on the topology of your network infrastructure. Still, choosing a domain name is largely a business decision that is influenced greatly by the organization structure and needs. The problem is that there is almost nothing more variable than the […]