Monthly Archives: January 2014

Storage Spaces in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Part 3 20/81

In parts 1 and 2 of this series I’ve given an introduction to some of the differences in the interface and features of Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1, but there is one thing they definitely have in common and that’s the ability to use PowerShell cmdlets to create and mange Storage Spaces. On Windows Server, you can get quite a bit of additional information out of Server Manager than the Windows 8.1 interface can give

Storage Spaces in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Part 2 19/81

In the first part of this series I covered some Storage Spaces basics, but focused on the UI in Windows Server 2012 R2 as a way of leading in to this post which instead focuses on the UI in Windows 8.1. There are some big differences between the UIs on the client versus the server, but there are also quite a few feature differences. The ability to use tiered storage, ie SSDs as a high speed front end to traditional

Important Surface 2 Update Available for BitLocker prompt

As a happy Surface 2 owner, one of the things that I had been experiencing was the occasional prompt for my BitLocker key. Why was it occasional? Because it only happened after the device had been restarted, so depending on the monthly updates that it pulled down it didn’t occur often enough for me to do anything about it. This week it happened again, but the reason was acceptable to me – it occurred as part of the process of

Storage Spaces in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 18/81

With Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8, Microsoft introduced Storage Spaces, their way of introducing a more manageable, scalable storage platform into Windows. For those of us who mourned the loss of Drive Extender and then the Windows Home Server products, this caught our attention, but it turned out to be much more. This is the first part of a three part series on Storage Spaces, where I will cover creating Storage Spaces on Windows Server 2012 R2, while introducing


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