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Keith Mayer

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When I’m speaking with IT Pros about the great multi-server management enhancements in Windows Server 2012, I’m frequently asked about ways in which servers can be programmatically added to the new Server Manager tool.  This can be very useful when building many new servers and you’d like to make sure they are all added into the Server Manager console in an automated fashion.  In this article, we’ll step through the method of doing exactly this with PowerShell 3.0 and Server Manager together. Where does Server Manager store its list of Managed Servers? Before we can programmatically add new servers to the list of managed servers in Server Manager, we first need to understand how Server Manager stores the list of servers it is managing.   When adding servers to Server Manager, the name of each managed server is stored in the following XML configuration file: C:\User... (more)

Reduce VMware Storage Costs with Windows Server 2012 Storage Spaces

Windows Server 2012 can provide key advantages in one of the areas that is near-and-dear to every VMware administrator's budget: Storage! In this article, we'll explore the storage enhancements that Windows Server 2012 offers, and along the way, we'll see how it can help to "right-size" your VMware storage costs so that you have more budget for strategic IT investments ... Do I need to migrate to Hyper-V to benefit from Windows Server 2012? Not necessarily. Sure, lots of IT Pros have migrated to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 - or Hyper-V Server 2012, our FREE bare-metal enterpris... (more)

Microsoft Beta Certification Exams Available for MCSA: Windows Server 2012

The Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) on Windows Server 2012 is intended to certify individuals that have the primary set of Windows Server skills that are relevant across multiple solution areas in a business environment.  This certification also serves as a prerequisite for earning the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) on Server Infrastructure. To achieve the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 credential, individuals must pass the following three exams: Exam 410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 Exam 411: Administering Windows Server 2012 Exam 412: C... (more)

Get Certified on MCSE Private Cloud with this Step-by-Step Study Guide

This month, I spent a fair amount of time preparing for the new Microsoft Private Cloud Certification Exam 70-246, Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 and I saved links to all the study resources that I used to study and pass this exam as a step-by-step Exam Study Guide for anyone else who may be interested in targeting this exam. Exam 70-246 is the final exam needed to complete the MCSE Private Cloud certification track.  The complete requirements for the MCSE Private Cloud track include: Achieve MCSA:Windows Server 2008 If you were previously certif... (more)

Backup and Recovery of Windows 8

Have you recently downloaded Windows 8 RTM?  In this article, we'll introduce you to the new options available for making Backup and Recovery in Windows 8 easier than ever, including Windows 8 File History, launching Windows System Backup and Windows 8 Refresh & Reset PC.  Use these options to define your backup and recovery plan so that you'll be prepared to restore the system and your data when needed. Windows 8 File History File History is a new feature in Windows 8 that allows you to setup a schedule for automatically saving copies of documents located in your Libraries, Con... (more)