Vol. 42, #8 - August 12, 2013 - Issue #942

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Data Dedup in R2

  1. Editor's Corner
    • Free ebook available
    • From the Mailbag
    • Data Dedup in R2
    • Tip of the Week
    • Recommended for Learning
    • Quote of the Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Events Calendar
    • Americas
    • Europe
    • Australia
  4. Webcast Calendar
    • Featured Webinar: Managing Exchange in a Post-PC World--Challenges & Best Practices
    • Register for Webcasts
  5. Tech Briefing
    • Some More Background on Windows Update KB2855336
    • Deploy Roles or Features To Lots Of Servers At Once
    • Increased Network Performance using SR-IOV in Windows Server 2012
    • What Is Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Live Migration?
    • House Keeping In The Cluster Aware Updating GUI
    • Save network bandwidth by using Out-of-Band Initial Replication method in Hyper-V Replica
    • How to setup Work Folder using Group Policy
    • Exchange And Hyper-V Replica Support
    • PowerShell Resources For The Exchange Administrator
    • VMware Tools complete install: it’s not always the best choice
  6. Windows Server News
    • Amazon Redshift an appealing alternative to on-premises data warehouse
    • When to send thin client terminals into retirement
    • A better environment management tool: Hyper-V Best Practices Analyzer
    • Using Active Directory activation and other new Office 2013 tools
  7. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Fun Stuff.
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
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Editor's Corner

This week's newsletter is all about data deduplication in Windows Server 2012 with a guest editorial by Todd Lamothe, a Data Centre Administrator for the Upper Canada School Board. Data deduplication is a new capability introduced in Windows Server 2012 that enables Windows Server to store more data in less space by finding and removing duplication within data without compromising its fidelity or integrity. Of course, duplication can also have its dark side as Dogbert illustrates in this classic Dilbert comic strip on how to reorganize for success:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1376050397679

Free ebook available!

Microsoft Press and I are pleased to announce a new ebook written by Yours Truly:

Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Release (Microsoft Press, 2013)

This free ebook is available as a PDF download from the link on this post on the Microsoft Press blog:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1376050402898

The ebook will also soon be available in EPUB and MOBI format as well--stay tuned!

From the Mailbag

Let's begin this issue by catching up on some of our mail.

Back in Issue #937 - Managing PCs, Tablets and Phones, Keith Mayer described how organizations can use System Center 2012 SP1 and Windows Intune to manage different types of end-user devices. A reader named Cliff from Sacramento, California took exception to Keith's article and said:

This does almost NOTHING for android phones… How can you possibly call this Phone and Tablet Management?

Actually that's not quite true. If you look at the table on this TechNet page:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1376050411695

you'll see that System Center 2012 already has some capability for managing Android devices but not as much however as for managing iOS devices. And I wouldn't be surprised if the next release (or the one after that) of System Center adds more capability for managing Android devices.

Next, in response to Issue #938 - R2 Preview - Part 1 a reader named Rick said:

I know that you listed a lot of features for those who use Hyper-V and want to go exclusively with MS for virtualization, but what about those of us who are heavily invested in VMware and don't really have any interest in Hyper-V?  What's in the OS for people who just need a server for running terminal services (or RDS I guess they call it now) as well as general file servers and applications?  Why do I need R2 if I'm already running 2012 RTM? From my point of view, I just need to upgrade older SQL servers, retire old file servers, etc.  I have a few new applications that will require a server, but nothing special, just a place to run an app and get reports from.

I'm sure there are many other readers who are in the same boat as yourself. There's certainly no point in upgrading if doing so won't add any "must-have" functionality for your business. But while that Part 1 article focused mainly on Hyper-V improvements, the next newsletter Issue #939 - R2 Preview - Part 2 also described some other feature areas that have been enhanced in the upcoming R2 release of Windows Server 2012. And since you mentioned terminal services (RDS) you might be very interested in the session shadowing capability described in that Part 2 article--and described in even more detail in my free ebook which you can download from here:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1376050424367

Finally, here are a couple of responses we received to last week's newsletter Issue #940 - Hot and Spicy concerning Spiceworks. First, a reader named Barry from Winnipeg (my home town!) asks for help as follows:

We run outsourced IT services for a large number of small and medium sized businesses and have installed Spiceworks at a few sites. It works great as we use it for network scanning, printer toner levels, etc but time consuming to RDP and login to check up on all our networks.

I would like to have one master install at our office and maybe use VPN tunnels to keep each client as its own network so we have one centrally managed install. Or some other way might be better. The goal is one dashboard instead of 45+.

Any ideas or am I trying to do something that it shouldn't?

Do any of you readers out there have any ideas to suggest that might help Barry out? Email us at wsn@mtit.com

Another reader named Brian from California had good things to say about Spiceworks and tried to rope me into joining the community:

I like your newsletters. You might want to consider joining the Spiceworks community. It’s surprisingly large and active. It’s also the community for an amazingly effective and useful network management tool.

But unfortunately I'm just too busy. Brian then continued by confirming how significant the new R2 release of Windows Server 2012 is in the area of virtualization scalability, but he also feels that R2 renders the idea of "the [public or hosted] cloud" largely irrelevant:

From my perspective, Server 2012 and now Server 2012 R2 represent the best reason yet for small and medium businesses to bypass the nonsense of “THE CLOUD”. I had occasion to look up when Tymnet started, I first heard of it in 1978, turns out it started in 1964. CompuServe was a late comer to the timesharing business, and we all know how that worked out.

The dynamic provisioning and elasticity of virtualized server environments are fully realized in “old” Server 2012. How is that not private cloud?  With 2012 R2 and improved AT EVERY FEATURE POINT of virtualization scalability, I see nothing to convince me that “private” is NOT the only way to go. My company is on SA – I bought two copies of 2008 R2 DCE just to get 2012 DCE absolutely as soon as possible. I had 2012 in production before the end of August. It’s the most significant release of NT since Server 2000 or NT 3.51.

Just by itself, it allows my engineers to spin up a VM on DCE and simply by virtue of the VM being hosted on DCE, it’s automagically activated. Stupid that it’s an issue, but M$ made a pain in the ass go completely away. HUGE. R2 is refined features, yes, but we should also recognize the  significant gains in efficiency, improved levels of service, and economies of scale. PRIVATE CLOUD. Or, gee, AS/400 ca. 1995. Whatever.

My own take on this is that while Windows Server 2012 R2 provides a terrific foundation for private clouds, you also need the management and automation functionality of System Center 2012 R2 to make true private cloud functionality possible. I also can't dismiss the idea of hosted and public clouds because:

  1. Not every company wants to (or has the expertise to) manage their own private cloud hardware/software solution.
  2. Not every company feels an absolute need to control their own IT infrastructure, and instead view the benefits of hosted/public IaaS cloud services as being greater than the risks associated with using them.
  3. Not every company even needs an IT infrastructure, so they might do just as well or even better by simply using SaaS and/or PaaS cloud services for some, most or even all of their business software needs.

I'll revisit this whole matter of the risks vs. rewards of cloud computing in a future issue of this newsletter because I think it's an important issue that many companies are facing nowadays. Stay tuned.

One more letter from our Mailbag. A reader named Dexter wants to alert IT pros around the world about what he feels is an important issue and how you might want to get involved to address it:

I really enjoy the newsletter, but one thing I seemed to have missed is your response to Microsoft's announcement that they are killing off the TechNet subscription.  This is a tragically short-sighted decision by Microsoft and one many people, my self included, are hoping they will reconsider.

I hope you'll consider discussing this important topic in an upcoming issue.

If you'd like to help, please consider this petition:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1376050435414

Data Dedup in R2

And now on to our guest editorial by Todd Lamothe...

When Windows Server 2012 was in Release Candidate, I had the chance to install it into our production environment before the product was shipped as part of a Microsoft Rapid Deployment (RDP) project. Data deduplication is basically what the name implies, a feature of Windows Server 2012 which helps administrators reduce the amount of storage needed to store data. Data deduplication takes the data store, breaks it into chunks and removes redundant chunks replacing them with stubs.

Microsoft has guidelines for the amount of savings one can expect from using data deduplication. Here is the chart that is shown at TechNet for data deduplication:

Scenario

Content

Typical Space Savings

User documents

Documents, photos, music, videos

30-50%

Deployment shares

Software binaries, cab files, symbols files

70-80%

Virtualization libraries

Virtual hard disk files

80-95%

General file share

All of the above

50-60%

When we were doing our tests, we had what would be classified as User Documents and we had a savings of about 33% which was a savings of about 300GB.

Installing Data Deduplication

Installing the data deduplication role is pretty straight forward. I’ll walk you through installing it both with the GUI and PowerShell

Installing with the GUI

First off in the GUI, open Server Manager and from the dashboard the choose Add roles and features. Next walk through the GUI and in the Select server roles screen, expand File and Storage Services / File and iSCSI services and select the File Server and Data Deduplication as shown in Figure 1:

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Then proceed through the rest of the wizard without adding anything else until you get to the Confirm installation selections. Check the Restart the destination server automatically if required button and then click install and the role will install on the server, completing the installation of data deduplication.

Install using PowerShell

If you are not using PowerShell to manage your servers, you are missing out on some time saving tools. I was involved in deploying 1400 DHCP scopes using Windows Server 2012 this past year. I helped develop PowerShell scripts to automate this work as doing it manually would have been enough to drive someone mad.

The first step is to launch PowerShell as an administrator.

Next you will run three commands:

PS C:\> Import-Module ServerManager
PS C:\> Add-WindowsFeature -name FS-Data-Deduplication
PS C:\> Import-Module Deduplication

Once you complete these steps and perform a reboot you have completed the install of data deduplication. It is very quick and very simple. You won’t get much feedback other than a success message from the second PowerShell line:

PS C:\> Add-WindowsFeature -name FS-Data-Deduplication

Which will look something like Figure 2:

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Evaluate the savings

This step is optional, but sometimes people like to see what they can expect to save prior to turning on the feature. You can evaluate what your savings will be using the command ddpeval.exe. For example I ran ddpeval.exe against my e:\ drive which contained SQL Server ISO files and received these stats as shown in Figure 3:

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Configuring Data Deduplication

Once you have installed the role, you will need to configure it. The volume cannot be an operating system volume.

Configuring with the GUI

If you are using the GUI in server manager go to the File and Storage Services line. Once in there, select the disk then select right click on the volume you want to deduplicate as shown in Figure 4:

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 Next configure the settings for Data Deduplication as shown in Figure 5:

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Check the box to enable data deduplication. Next you can select how long you want the files to be on the disk before you deduplicate it. For demos I choose 0 days so that it happens quickly, but in real life, I typically set this to a couple of days.

Next you have the option to Set Deduplication Schedule as shown in Figure 6:

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The first option is for setting background optimization. When the machine is idle, the system will deduplicate files. You also have the option to set two schedules for throughput optimizations. Basically this will set jobs to run at a certain time to deduplicate data. You can set it for any day, any time you want. When we were testing the feature we had it set for 7:00pm, before backups happened at 9:00 pm. The number of volumes that can be deduplicated at once is equal to number of cores in the box + 1. So a quad core CPU that has hyper threading (like an i7) could deduplicate 5 volumes. (4 cores + 1, hyper threading is bit of a ruse, it is useless for the deduplication jobs. It would make a good exam question on a server exam)

Click ok when complete and okay on the previous screen. You are complete, deduplication is setup and configured.

Configuring with PowerShell

You also have the option of setting these settings via PowerShell.

PS C:\> Enable-DedupVolume E:
PS C:\> Set-Dedupvolume E: -MinimumFileAgeDays 0

If I am impatient and want deduplication to start immediately I can manually kick start the optimization

PS C:\> Start-DedupJob –Volume e: -Type Optmization

Figure 7 is my screenshot turning on the features and starting the optimization job via PowerShell

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From here on in, you can still use the GUI to see how what the savings is via the GUI, but I always use PowerShell for this task. Quicker and in some cases the only way to get the information I want. For example I want to see how the optimization deduplication job is running.

PS C:\> Get-DedupJob

Figure 8 shows the results of running the above command:

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When that job completes, I can then check the stats by running this PowerShell command:

PS C:\> Get-DedupStatus

Figure 9 shows the results of running the above command:

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Here we can see 5 files have been optimized at a savings of 9.73GB and almost 40% savings.

Scrubbing and Garbage Collection

There are two other jobs that will run as part of the deduplication besides the optimization jobs. The first one is a data scrubbing job. You can run this manually by:

PS C:\> Start-DedupJob E: –Type Scrubbing

This job tries to repair corruptions that were logged to the corruption log. Adding the –full to the command will check the integrity of the entire volume.

The second job is a garbage collection job. Just as the name implies, it frees up space from bits of data that is no longer referenced. If you are deleting a lot of data, you will want to run this job afterwards to free up that space.

To kick off garbage collection on demand

PS C:\> Start-DedupJob E: –Type GarbageCollection

Again with this command you can add –full. The –full parameter will be very aggressive in freeing up space compared to running the job without the parameter. 

Figure 10 is a screenshot with the job schedules by default:

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You can change the schedule if needed.

Backups and Restores

This is a question I get a lot, “How does the backup software backup and restore the data?” It’s a good question and the answer is it depends. (You can tell I am a consultant right?). If the backup is setup to be deduplication aware, it will back up the data as the drive has set it up with deduplication.  If it is not aware, it will reassemble the files as it puts it into backup. This would mean needing potentially more storage than you are using now as files will not be deduplicated as a backup.

Restoring data has similar challenges. If you are restoring an optimized backup to a deduplicated volume, you won’t have any problems. If you are restoring from a non-optimized backup to a data store that was optimized, you could potentially run out of space on the restore. If the space is okay, then the files will be restored as full files and then be deduplicated the next time optimization jobs run.

Bringing it together

Here I have showed you how to install Data deduplication, configure and monitor its status. There isn’t a lot to this feature, it is either on or off. There are some rules as to what drives can and cannot be deduplicated. For example, an OS drive cannot be deduplicated. The volume must be formatted NTFS, must be a non-removable drive to the operating system (ie, no USB drives). But other than those things, it really simple and easy to get going and help you save space and the associated costs with storage.

To get deeper in the product, a TechNet reference article can be found here:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1376050453508

This article provides a lot of in depth detail and more information on the syntax and additional parameters to the various PowerShell commands.

About Todd Lamothe

Todd is a Data Centre Administrator for the Upper Canada School Board. Supporting the Information Technology needs of the board and its schools. He is responsible for delivering IT projects in the Microsoft stack of products. Todd is also the principal consultant for Nattrac Consulting Ltd. where he does IT consulting focusing on Windows deployments and Windows Server technology. Todd has been working in the IT field for 20 years when he first started doing tech support for an internet service provider.

To find out more about Todd, go here:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1376050459414

Send us feedback

Have you tried the new data deduplication feature of Windows Server 2012? What are your thoughts about it? Got anything else you want to share about this topic? Let us know at wsn@mtit.com

Tip of the Week

GOT TIPS you'd like to share with other readers? Email us at wsn@mtit.com

Here's tip on how you can use Windows PowerShell to create a DHCP server scope. This tip is excerpted from my recent book Training Guide: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 (Microsoft Press, 2012) which available from Amazon here:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1376050465289

You can manage Windows Server 2012 DHCP servers using Windows PowerShell. Common DHCP server-management tasks include creating scopes, creating exclusion ranges, creating reservations, configuring scope and server options, and so on.

For example, let’s begin by viewing all the scopes currently configured on the DHCP server:

PS C:\> Get-DhcpServerv4Scope

ScopeId      SubnetMask      Name  State   StartRange   EndRange      LeaseDuration
-------      ----------      ----  -----   ----------   --------      -------------
172.16.11.0  255.255.255.0   test  Active  172.16.11.35 172.16.11.39  8.00:00:00

Note that there is currently only one active scope on the DHCP server. Now add a second scope for the IP address range 172.16.12.50 through 172.16.11.100. Leave the scope inactive until you finish configuring exclusions and reservations for it:

PS C:\> Add-DhcpServerv4Scope -EndRange 172.16.12.100 -Name test2 `
-StartRange 172.16.12.50 -SubnetMask 255.255.255.0 -State InActive

Note that in this cmdlet it doesn’t matter what order you specify the parameters in because you specified the end of the address range before specifying its beginning.

Running Get-DdhpServerv4Scope again indicates that adding the new scope was successful:

PS C:\> Get-DhcpServerv4Scope

ScopeId      SubnetMask      Name   State    StartRange    EndRange      LeaseDuration
-------      ----------      ----   -----    ----------    --------      -------------
172.16.11.0  255.255.255.0   test   Active   172.16.11.35  172.16.11.39  8.00:00:00
172.16.12.0  255.255.255.0   test2  Inactive 172.16.12.50  172.16.12.100 8.00:00:00

Recommended for Learning

Joel Scambray, one of the co-authors of the popular Hacking Exposed books from McGraw-Hill Osborne, and who also just happens to be a subscriber of WServerNews, has asked us to announce the availability a new title in this series and we're happy to oblige as follows:

Hacking Exposed Mobile (McGraw-Hill Osborne)

This book shows you how to meet the mobile security challenge with the two-pronged approach adapted from the original best-selling Hacking Exposed. First, we catalog the greatest threats your mobile deployment will face and explain how they work in excruciating detail. Once we have your attention by showing you the damage that can be done, we tell you how to prevent each and every attack.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1376050472117

We also have the following announcement from the Microsoft Virtual Academy:

On-demand Jump Start:  What's New in System Center 2012 R2

Watch this Jump Start on-demand to learn what’s new with System Center 2012 R2, and how the next version delivers an end-to-end cloud management stack through advanced integration with Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Azure. Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Symon Perriman leads this engaging training session.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1376050477414

Quote of the Week

"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." -- Walt Disney

Our thanks to Peter Legge for tweeting that:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1376050481727

Note to subscribers: If for some reason you don’t receive your weekly issue of this newsletter, please notify us at wsn@mtit.com and we’ll try to troubleshoot things from our end.

 

Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

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Free Tool: Idera Server Backup Free – fast, disk-based continuous data protection for Windows and Linux servers – back up and restore files in seconds.
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Events Calendar

Americas

Project Conference, 2014 on February 2-5 in Anaheim, California
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1376050493321

Lync Conference 2014 on February 18-20, 2014 at The Aria in Las Vegas, Nevada
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1376050495774

SharePoint Conference 2014 on March 3-6, 2014 at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1376050497868

Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC 2014) coming in July, 2014 in Washington, D.C.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1376050500930

Europe

European SharePoint Conference on May 5-8, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1376050503805

Australia

Microsoft TechEd Australia on September 3-6, 2013 in Gold Coast, Australia
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1376050506336

Microsoft TechEd New Zealand on September 10-13, 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1376050509290

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Webcast Calendar

Managing Exchange in a Post-PC World--Challenges & Best Practices

Join Exchange MVP Paul Robichaux on Wednesday, August 21st at 11am EDT / 8am PDT for a live webinar on how to use best practices to ensure visibility, reliability and supportability of critical EAS deployments.

Register today.

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Tech Briefing

Some More Background on Windows Update KB2855336 (Hans Vredevoort)

"Not very often do I remember a Windows Update KB article off the top of my head, but this time I have talked and written about KB2855336 so often that it was probably written into my short term read-cache..."
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1376050529415

Deploy Roles Or Features To Lots Of Servers At Once (Aidan Finn)

"I’m deploying a large cluster at the moment and I wanted to install the Failover Clustering feature to all the machines without logging, doing stuff, logging out, and repeating..."
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1376050535102

Increased Network Performance using SR-IOV in Windows Server 2012 (Building Clouds blog on TechNet)

In this blog entry, Bob Combs from the Windows Networking team discusses a technology called Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) that is helpful when virtualizing demanding workloads that require high network performance.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1376050539430

What Is Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Live Migration? (Aidan Finn)

"In this article we are going to explain what the capabilities are of Windows Server 2012 Live Migration and how this flexibility solution works..."
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1376050544290

House Keeping In The Cluster Aware Updating GUI (Didier van Hoye)

"When you work in an environment with multiple clusters and some of them are replaced, destroyed etc, you’ll end up with stale clusters..."
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1376050548180

Save network bandwidth by using Out-of-Band Initial Replication method in Hyper-V Replica (Virtualization Blog on Technet)

"Is there a way to perform the Initial Replication (IR) for VMs without stressing our organizations internet bandwidth?"
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1376050552149

How to setup Work Folder using Group Policy (Group Policy Central)

"Work Folders is a great new server role feature with Windows Server 2012 R2 that allows your end user to sync their files over multiple device at work and at home..."
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1376050556727

Exchange And Hyper-V Replica Support (250 Hello blog on TechNet)

"Does Exchange Support Hyper-V Replica? Does Hyper-V Support Exchange? How Do I use Exchange and Hyper-V Replica?"
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1376050560946

PowerShell Resources For The Exchange Administrator (250 Hello blog on TechNet)

A great collection of resources from Rhoderick Milne.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1376050565696

VMware Tools complete install: it’s not always the best choice (VirtualToTheCore)

Learn why a complete installation is not a good solution for all the virtual machine in your infrastructure.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1376050569649

 

Windows Server News

Amazon Redshift an appealing alternative to on-premises data warehouse

The new data warehouse service by Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon Redshift, can save database administrators (DBAs) a significant amount of time and frustration when it comes to database clusters, as well as help you cut back on storage costs. Learn more about the benefits this advanced tool delivers.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1376050574149

When to send thin client terminals into retirement

While thin clients can last for a very long time, all good things must come to an end – so it’s important to recognize when it’s time to replace them.  Inside, explore the top triggers for thin client retirement, including support, features, and performance, and review key replacement factors you should consider.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1376050578118

A better environment management tool: Hyper-V Best Practices Analyzer

While Hyper-V Manager and System Center Virtual Machine Manager are considered the go-to tools for managing VMs, both have their limitations. Inside, learn about Hyper-V Best Practices Analyzer, the only management tool that helps you ensure your host servers adhere to Microsoft’s recommended best practices.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1376050582478

Using Active Directory activation and other new Office 2013 tools

Office 2013 offers many new features that are sure to make IT pros happy, including Active Directory-based activation (ADBA), which makes it easy for admins to activate Office 2013 clients through their connections to the domain.  Learn more about the benefits this tool offers and how to implement it.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1376050586181

 

WServerNews FAVE Links

This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff

GOT FUN VIDEOS or other fun links to suggest you'd like to recommend? Email us at wsn@mtit.com

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A lip dub celebration across the historic heart of Lincoln, England, all filmed in one take, with no editing.
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212 The Extra Degree captures the essence of excellence in an unforgettable way...
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A beautiful video of Myanmar (Burma) filmed and edited at a resolution, four times greater than regular 1080p HD:
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WServerNews - Editors

Mitch Tulloch is Senior Editor of WServerNews and is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. Mitch was lead author of the bestselling Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press and has published hundreds of articles for IT pros. Mitch is also a seven-time recipient of Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for his outstanding contributions in support of the global IT pro community. Mitch owns and runs an information technology content development business based in Winnipeg, Canada. For more information see www.mtit.com

Ingrid Tullochis Associate Editor of WServerNews and was co-author of the Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking from Microsoft Press. Ingrid is also Head of Research for our content development business and has co-developed university-level courses in Information Security Management for a Masters of Business Administration program.