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In today’s post in the modernizing your infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, I am going to talk about Hyper-V over SMB, which we introduced in Windows Server 2012.  It is also important to note that you can use storage spaces to house your SMB share that Hyper-V will leveraged.  In Part 7 I talked about storage spaces:  Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 R2 (Part7) With Windows Server 2012 R2, we have improved the SMB protocol and it is a new version SMB 3.02.  I will start this article with a quick review of SMB 3.0 and talk about the improvements that can be found in SMB 3.02 which is included in Windows Server 2012 R2 SMB 3.0 Review In Windows Server 2012 we introduced the next version of SMB 3.0.  The SMB protocol, essentially allows applications or the user of an applications to access files and other... (more)

Windows 8.1 Deployment in Action | Part 3

In this part of the series we will take a look at how to install the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) and the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (WADK).   Resources: Windows Server 2012 R2: http://aka.ms/getwindowsserver2012R2 Microsoft Deployment Tool Kit (MDT) 2013: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40796 Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (WADK) for Windows 8.1: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39982 My peers in Canada did an excellent series on Deployment, Part 2 of their series is very good take a look here:  http://bl... (more)

Working with the Windows 8.1 Interface

Hopefully you never forgot Group Policy! Whenever the topic of working with desktops in business is brought up, IT Pro’s always want to manage and maintain those desktops.  For me the first thing that always come to mind is Group Policy and hopefully does for you as well.  Group Policy is one of the primary tools you can quickly leverage to help control your IT infrastructure.    What better way to manage our desktops than with a free tool that is built into Active Directory, and has been there since the Windows NT days. In today’s post I am going to take a look at some of the ne... (more)

Windows 8.1 Deployment In Action | Part 4

In this part, you will get to take a look at the basic building block in an MDT environment, the deployment share.  This will house all the files to help provision and build your desktop. Resources: Windows Server 2012 R2: http://aka.ms/getwindowsserver2012R2 Microsoft Deployment Tool Kit (MDT) 2013: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40796 Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (WADK) for Windows 8.1: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39982 My peers in Canada did an excellent series on Deployment, Part 4 of their series is very good t... (more)

Windows 8.1 Deployment in Action | Part 1

Good day everyone!  In our recent set of IT camps we talked about Windows 8.1 in the enterprise, one of the topics we discussed was deployment technologies.  So I decided to put together a series of screencasts to talk about deploying Windows 8.1.  More importantly throughout these screencasts all the tools I will show are FREE or built-in to Windows Server 2012 R2. In this part I take a quick tour of deployment technologies and tools.  You will also see a full deployment in action.  Enjoy! Resources: Windows Server 2012 R2: http://aka.ms/getwindowsserver2012R2 Microsoft Deploy... (more)