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HOW TO Create Windows PE Bootable USB in 2016

In an earlier article, I discussed how to create a Windows PE disk using the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows® 8 and Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows® 8.1 Update. Like all things in life, the information changes and that is why I try to do my best to update […]

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HOW TO: Use ROBOCOPY to Move SQL Files

As you know I recently blogged an article about attending SQL Saturday #493 in Mountain View, CA (Silicon Valley) and this is where I met Tim Ford (Blog | Twitter) for the first time. During his presentation, he asked for fellow bloggers to write about entry level topics. He stated that from time to time […]

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Configuring SQL Server 2012 Always On Lab- Part 4

In my last article I talked about setting a domain for my lab environment for a SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Group. This is the last article of a 4 part series that covers the entire process. Initial Setup Domain Setup Cluster (Shared nothing) Setup SQL Install The first thing I do when creating a […]

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Configuring SQL Server 2012 Always On Lab- Part 3

In my last article I talked about setting a domain for my lab environment for a SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Group. This is the third of a 4 part series that covers the entire process. Initial Setup Domain Setup Cluster (Shared nothing) Setup SQL Install One of the really cool new features is the […]

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Configuring SQL Server 2012 Always On Lab- Part 2

In my last article I talked about setting a lab environment for a SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Group. This is the second of a 4 part series that covers the entire process. Initial Setup Domain Setup Cluster (Shared nothing) Setup SQL Install I begin this process by installing the following VM’s (all with the […]

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Configuring SQL Server 2012 Always On Lab- Part 1

This is a long overdue topic that I have wanted to cover for a couple of years and have finally got a chance to setup for a lab environment. I wanted to expand upon Brent Ozar’s article: How to Set Up SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Groups. I also used Brent’s SQL Server 2012 Availability […]

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Adding Shortcuts to the Windows 8 Start Menu

One of the main concerns with the Windows 8 Start Menu is that it changed the end user experience and software behavior that people had gotten used to with Windows. Last week, my article discussed how you can navigate easier with Windows key shortcuts, like using the Windows+X. (As seen below) In addition to using […]

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Using Variables in PowerShell

In my last article, I talked about using variables in PowerShell. Today, I want to talk about a problem that I encountered and solved using a variable to help me present the data for analysis. Over the years, I have a lot of friends call on me for assistance when their computers stopped working as […]

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PowerShell Basics: Using Variables

Variables are a fundamental part of Windows PowerShell. They’re quite different from the variables in Cmd.exe. In Cmd.exe, all variables are environment variables, which you primarily access with the Set command. The environment variables can store only strings of text. (You can store a number in an environment variable, but it’s up to the program […]

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PowerShell Script to create a Shutdown/Restart/Logoff Windows 8 Tile for the Start menu

One of my more popular articles on this site, is the Finding the Start Menu in Windows Server 2012. It walks you through the basic changes of the new start menu. Most of the complaints that I have heard is that it hard to quickly reboot, shutdown or logoff a system or it is hard […]

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HOW TO: Find the Physical host of a VM in Hyper-V

With the rising popularity of virtual machines, you may find yourself one day logging into a server troubleshooting an issue. Then all of a sudden it occurs to you that you are not sure if this machine is Physical or Virtual. Better yet you know this is a VM, but you are not sure which […]

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Huge collection of Free Microsoft eBooks (2013 Update)

Eric Ligman is a Microsoft Sales Excellence Program Manager and he just posted (today) a very helpful article on his blog. Last year, he listed a series of free Microsoft eBooks and he decided to update it again for this year. What I really like about both of his list of free books is that […]

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HOW TO: Go from Minimal Interface to CORE in Server 2012

In my last article, I spoke about a new cool feature of Windows Server 2012. The ability to go from a server GUI to Server CORE (or vice versa) without having to re-install the Operating System! You may ask yourself, “Why would I care about that?” To be blunt, Server CORE is very similar to the way most Linux […]

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HOW TO: Go from GUI to CORE and back to GUI in Server 2012

I have been preparing to upgrade my Windows and SQL certifications for 2012. I was checking out an article on switching from Server GUI to Server core. This article was written for Windows Server 8 Beta and was called How to Turn the GUI Off and On in Windows Server 2012. It gave me the […]

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Set the Command line properties (i.e. Quick Edit) with PowerShell

If you are like me, you get annoyed at having to do the same thing over and over… especially, if it is tedious and goes on for hours, I am sorry, but I get bored very easily in that situation. One thing I get to do a lot on a daily basis is log into many different […]

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Windows Server 2012 Release Dates

I got some great news for you and it is straight from a Microsoft’s blog Windows Server 2012 final release timing and that news is that they have provided release dates to Windows Server 2012. Release To Manufacturing (RTM): First week of August 2012 Release to General Public: 4 September 2012 These dates were also confirmed by another Microsoft […]

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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: 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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PowerShell Tip: BgPing – A High Performance Bulk Ping Utility

Last week, I was building out a 5 Node Windows 2008R2 cluster for use as a Hyper-V server.One of my nodes was giving me trouble. I was able to successfully install, configure and add it to the cluster, but when I started placing Virtual Machines it would lose access to the Cluster Shared Volumes. (CSV) After that loss to […]

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New Microsoft SQL Servers tools released

Within the past 2 months, there has been a couple of key tools introduced for SQL Server. Recently on 20 April 2012, Microsoft released the Reporting Services Migration Tool and on 18 May 2012, they released Max. Server Memory calculator. The Reporting Services Migration Tool (Beta) was mentioned here. I do want to point out that the source […]

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