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)
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)
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)
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
This tool is a fantastic edition to your PowerShell tool belt. After you
have installed t... (more)
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
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