Monday, June 15, 2015

How to Setup NIC Teaming in Windows Server 2012 R2


NIC Teaming is a new feature in Windows Server 2012 that allows multiple network adapters to be aggregated for load balancing and failover. Let's take a brief look at NIC Teaming and walk through an example of how to set it up.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

How to Disable the Write Protection on Dell Windows 8 USB Recovery Sticks - ROUND 2


If you've purchased a PC from Dell lately you might have noticed that there is an option to get the recovery media, specifically Windows 8.1, on an 8GB USB flash drive. After collecting a few of these, you may start asking yourself if you can use these for something other than recovery media. This is about when you discover that the the freaking things are read only. Here's how to reformat the newer, "Blue Label", Dell USB Recovery drives.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

How to Install Hyper-V Manager on Windows 8



When remotely managing virtual machines on a Hyper-V server, the client version should match the server version to keep pace with the changes and updates to Hyper-V. Using Windows 8 to manage Hyper-V 2012, for example, results in access to the full feature set but provides only a reduced set of Hyper-V 2012 R2 features. On the other hand, Hyper-V Manager on Windows 7 may not be able to connect to a Hyper-V 2012 R2 server at all. Here's how to set up Hyper-V manager on Windows 8 or 8.1.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

How to Setup Data Deduplication on Windows Server 2012


Data can grow at an alarming rate and there are large amounts of redundant data stored on the world’s file servers. Software manufactures have seen the need for data deduplication and have created systems that reduce the space used on disk arrays while maintaining the integrity of the data. Starting with Windows Server 2012, Microsoft includes data deduplication with its server operating system. Data Deduplication can save a ton of storage space in the right environment. Let’s look at how to set it up and monitor the results.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

How to Setup Hyper-V on Server 2012


Microsoft's virtualization environment, Hyper-V, has been growing up right before our eyes. Hyper-V for Windows Server 2012 has a number of new and improved features that bring it up to date and help it compete with its rivals like VMWare, et al. Let's take a look at setting up Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

How to Disable IPv6 in Windows 10


Disabling IPv6 in Windows has solved many issues for users, but, in all fairness, it's also caused a few. If you're sure you need to disable IPv6 in Windows 10, here's how.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How to Disable the Write Protection on the Dell Windows 8 USB Recovery Stick


If you've purchased a PC from Dell lately you might have noticed that there is an option to get the recovery media, specifically Windows 8.1, on an 8GB USB flash drive. If you work in an IT department, these flash drives might start piling up and you might want to try and use them, at least some of them, for something else. Here's the rub... the freaking things are read only.