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Archive | July, 2012

Creating the Start Menu for Windows 8 or Server 2012

In my last post, I talked about finding the Start Menu in Windows Server 2012 (formerly code name Windows Server 8) since it was a very quick visual difference between previous versions of Windows. It takes some time adjusting to the new direction with the Metro UI, but it can be done. I highly recommend that you […]

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Finding The Start Menu In Windows Server 2012

UPDATE: Most people have been upset with the new Start Menu because of the inability to quickly logoff, shutdown or restart the system. This article will show you how to get around that by creating a PowerShell script to create tiles. As I stated in my last post, I am going to do a series […]

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Technet releases new Windows Server 2012 Jump Start video series

As I stated in an earlier post here, Windows 2012 Release candidate one was released on 31 May 2012. This product is focused on being designed with cloud computing in mind and a lot of features were built with that focus. This will not be an easy upgrade where you just slip in a disc and click […]

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HOW TO: Create a New Partition or Volume with SQL Server in mind

This article will show you how to create a new primary partition using Disk Management and Diskpart (preferred) in Windows from an empty unallocated partition or volume. This is in line with Disk Partition Alignment Best Practices for SQL Server article. Partition Alignment in Windows Operating Systems The way partition alignment works depends on the version of […]

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HOW TO: Set The PowerShell Execution Policy

If you are having been using the new ability to manage servers remotely using command line tools, then I am sure you have been using PowerShell. If you are new to command line tools, then this may seem strange to you, but trust me, Microsoft has been doing a great job making it easier to […]

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Hypervisor Backup Tools: New and Improved methods for virtual machines

You know, it is pretty amazing that over 50% of the servers in the world today are running as virtual machines. This means that they run on top of hypervisors like VMware’s vSphere, Microsoft’s Hyper-V, and Citrix’s XenServer. However, the need to protect data on those virtual machines or to recover individual files hasn’t changed […]

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New Free Ebooks (SQL and Windows 2012) from Microsoft Press!

Hey Everyone, I hope you all had a safe and wonderful 4th of July. As you may or may not be aware, Microsoft has released SQL Server 2012 and on 31 May 2012 released Windows Server 2012 (RC1) Release Candidate One (which should mean Release To Manufacturing or RTM should be soon) I highly encourage all […]

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Video: EC2 Autoscaling with ELB and RDS in Amazon Web Services’ VPC

The information provided in this video is meant as a tutorial. It is not the final word on security or setup for your particular case. In Simpler terms: USE at your own risk. That said, I hope it helps. Loading the player … Notes to go along with the video: Add in html and apache […]

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