Category Archives: Microsoft

MCSA 2012 Upgrade Exam 70-417

If you have an MCITP or similar certification from Microsoft on Server 2008 and want to keep your certifications up to date, chances are you will need to take the 70-417 exam.  I recently sat this test and wanted to share some of my experiences with you. My certification background in Information Systems started with… Continue Reading

Microsoft IPAM (IP Address Management)

Microsoft IPAM (IP Address Management) is a feature that was released in Windows Server 2012 to help administrators manage decentralized DHCP and DNS Servers.  Previously administrators may have needed to use spreadsheets to keep track of DHCP Scopes, IP Addresses DNS Names etc but with IPAM installed, a single server can refresh all of this… Continue Reading

Is Microsoft Direct Access the new VPN?

Mobility is no longer a challenge to traditional IT environments, it’s the standard.  Users work from home to save office space, need to be connected during sales trips and are consistently not in the corporate office connected to the local area network (LAN).  Combine this demand for a mobile workforce with the ever increasing security… Continue Reading

Microsoft Offline Domain Join

These days, companies are dealing more with mobility, than ever before.  IT infrastructure is now spread out in the cloud, and users may be working from the road, remote offices or from home.  This is making it more difficult to manage a secure IT Infrastructure. Microsoft is taking steps to allow IT Administrators to start… Continue Reading

Microsoft's Resilient File System (ReFS)

Microsoft has a new file system designed to increase data integrity, scalability and availability called the Resilient File System (ReFS).  This file system has leveraged many of the NTFS file system goodies and expanded them to make it more scalable and prevent corruptions.  ReFS was released with Server 2012 and at the moment is designed… Continue Reading

Microsoft Storage Spaces

Microsoft Storage Spaces feature used to handle data redundancy, scalability and performance.  Storage Spaces takes a set of Just a Bunch of Disks (JBOD) and pairs them together to allow for; either failures of a disk, gaining the performance of multiple spindles, or gaining the space of multiple disks.  Traditionally this has all been handled… Continue Reading

Active Directory Snapshot

Active Directory (AD) is the base of most enterprise level infrastructures and has been for some time.  We have become accustomed to seeing this structure and depending on it.  But AD has been a thorn in our side since virtualization has become popular due to the inability to take snapshots.  This is no longer the… Continue Reading

Windows Server 2012 Server Groups

One of the new features in the latest version of Windows Server is the ability to create server groups.  When you open the server manager you’ll see some server group options on the dashboard.  You can add other servers to manage, or create a new group.  Also, pay attention to the “Roles and Server Groups”… Continue Reading

Microsoft Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2013 Transition (part 1)

   Microsoft has made the Exchange 2013 transition from Exchange 2010 a bit easier than it was in the past.  This article should help to explain the process. Prerequisites Before you begin with this endeavor: Make sure that your Exchange 2010 infrastructure has been patched to Exchange Service Pack 3, this includes Edge transport servers, Client… Continue Reading