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With storage needs in your organizations growing exponentially over the last few years and into the future there are plenty of things you may done in the past to help keep the cost down.  Chances are you bought some kind of fancy SAN, that had all the bells and whistles to help storage work efficiently.  I am willing to bet one of the features your SAN has is data de-duplication. Windows Server 2012 With Windows Server 2012 we introduced built-in data de-duplication on a per-volume basis.  You can save a tremendous amount in storage costs with this powerful addition.   Thisde-duplication feature uses data broken into chunks and eliminates duplicates while adding pointers and using advanced mechanisms to provide for and prevent potential data loss. The de-duplication feature also uses a data aging system to ensure that only data that is resident on the volume for grea... (more)

Why Windows Server 2012 R2: Step-by-Step Workplace Join

In Kevin Remde's post this week he talked about many new features for Windows Server 2012 R2 Active directory.  You can find his great post here: What’s New for Active Directory in Server 2012 R2.  One of the new functionalities he mentioned was Workplace Join.  Workplace join allows you to deal with the explosion of devices (Windows and Non-Windows (like iOS) connecting to your organization.  This has you constantly trying to maintain your organizations compliance and security.  Especially with users located all around the world across multiple platforms and devices this is a ch... (more)

Working with the Windows 8.1 Interface

One of the most often questions/feedback we get regarding Windows 8.1 is where is my start menu.  These conversations can get very passionate, and usually turn into a commentary around on how much we miss our start menu.  I am sure some folks want to punch the screen. I totally understand your frustration and I went through this as well.  While Windows 8 does provide a big change to how we do things in the interface, it did make me re-think why I used my start menu.  What I learned from my own usage and talking to all you wonderful folks,  is that the start menu is used for smal... (more)

Get-PowerShell_Script_Explorer - Now

I just learned about a new tool currently in development now call the Microsoft® Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell®.  Currently the tool is in Release Candidate, and it will help you find Windows PowerShell scripts, snippets, modules, and how-to guidance in online repositories such as the TechNet Script Center Repository, PoshCode, local or network file systems and Bing Search Repository. The tool can be found here: Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell (Release Candidate) This tool is a fantastic edition to your PowerShell tool belt.  After you have installed t... (more)

Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Foundation

Keith Mayer and myself kick off our new multi-part series today on how you can build your hybrid cloud environment with Windows Server 2012,  System Center 2012 and Windows Azure by laying down a quick overview of what we can expect for the series as well as diving into the new features found in Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Foundation. Check out the full interview here: Building Your Hybrid Cloud Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Foundation Experience Microsoft's latest products with these free downloads! Build Your Lab! Download  Windows Server 2012,  System Center 2012 and  Hype... (more)