Category Archives: Hardware

My Build 2016 Watchlist

Build 2016 is coming up this week, so I thought I’d review the session list to bring you the list of the sessions I’ll be watching as they become available on MSDNs Channel 9 video site. I’ve picked sessions that are related to things I’m personally interested in, but I’m sure once you look at the full list you will probably find a few more sessions that you will want to take a look at. I’ve included some sessions that

Join me on the Powered by MVP: Windows 10 IT Pro Readiness Webcast

Tomorrow I will be co-presenting with Arnav Sharma, who is also MVP for Windows IT Pro, as we do a whirlwind tour of what’s new and updated with Windows 10, as well as some of the coming udpates. Make sure to register here. The MVP Award and the Windows IT Pro teams are pleased to offer a series of *free* live webcasts worldwide to provide awareness and first hand guidance about Windows 10 Enterprise for IT Pros. The webcasts will be delivered

Adding Online Services To Your Windows Server Essentials Install–Mobile Device Management

Technically I should have included this in the last post, because this is being delivered to Office 365 users, but the reason why I have separated it out is because recently the Microsoft Intune team have assumed responsibility for delivering MDM capabilities to Office 365 users, without an Intune license being required. It’s important to note that Office 365 only offers a subset of what Intune provides, but for those with basic requirements it’s a great place to start before

Microsoft Server Readiness Training – 23 City Roadshow in 2015

In early 2015 we’re taking our Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Readiness training on the road across Australia and you’re invited to attend. Covering all the capital cities (including Darwin) as well as regional centres from Geraldton to Mudgee, this is one of our most extensive training roadshows in recent years. Now is the time to lay the IT foundation of your customers’ businesses for the next decade and beyond. Upgrading their aging servers and operating systems now will not

Upcoming Events – ModernBiz Series – Safeguard Your Business

I’ll be delivering these events in January, so shake off the New Year brainfog and get yourself registered. Learn How to Help Customers Protect Their Business Data The Modern Biz Technical Series provides training, demonstrations, and hands-on instruction on how to use the latest Office 365, Windows, Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure, and SQL Server 2014 capabilities to deliver solutions to small and midsize organizations. This set of training courses is designed to prepare Microsoft value-added reseller (VAR) partners

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

Living with Windows 8.1 on an 8 inch Atom tablet (8/81)

Last week I was away from home for four days, and decided to rely solely on the Acer W3 8” tablet. Not as a secondary device, but as my only device. Apart from my Lumia. As I knew I would need to do some real work I also packed a Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse and Wedge Mobile Keyboard, the benefit of which is that the keyboard cover acts as a tablet stand. I prefer this combination as I can place

Better Together: SMB 3.0 Multichannel (6/81)

With the release of Windows Server 2012, Microsoft introduced a major overhaul of Server Message Block (SMB) networking. The result of this was many new capabilities were introduced: SMB Transparent Failover SMB Scale Out SMB Multichannel SMB Direct SMB Encryption VSS for SMB file shares SMB Directory Leasing SMB PowerShell For the purpose of today’s post though, I will just focus on SMB Multichannel, which provides bandwidth performance improvements without needing to set up NIC teams in Windows Server, and

Surface Pro With Wired Networking

In yesterday’s post I discussed some of the issues and workaround in getting large amounts of content onto the Surface, but with Surface Pro the story is much easier – get a USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet adapter. Now, while Microsoft has a USB Ethernet adapter available, their website gives so few details that I would not be inclined to purchase one as a consumer. What’s the problem? Well, there are two problems. The first is that they don’t mention if


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