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One of the most often questions/feedback we get regarding Windows 8.1 is where is my start menu.  These conversations can get very passionate, and usually turn into a commentary around on how much we miss our start menu.  I am sure some folks want to punch the screen. I totally understand your frustration and I went through this as well.  While Windows 8 does provide a big change to how we do things in the interface, it did make me re-think why I used my start menu.  What I learned from my own usage and talking to all you wonderful folks,  is that the start menu is used for small common set of minimum tasks.  Here is a list of the most common things folks like yourselves have told me, and I personally had problems finding in Windows 8.1: Shutdown and Sign Out Search Launch and Find Recently Installed Applications Like all of you once I learned how to get around Window... (more)

Setting Static IP Address in Windows Azure Virtual Machines

One of the questions I have been asked for a while is how do you set static IP address in Windows Azure Virtual Machines.  Well you can, check out my friend John Savill’s great article to see how: Set Azure VM Static IP Address While it is like a DHCP reservation for the VM itself (the VM is still DHCP configured), it is treated as a static IP to Windows Azure.  Now this does involve new Windows Azure PowerShell cmdlets.  You will need to download and install the Windows Azure PowerShell cmdlets (possibly again) to get the new functionality. You can get them here:  http://www.wi... (more)

Windows 8.1 Deployment in Action | Part 2

In this part I talk about some of the under the hood requirements you need to have in place before you begin building your deployment environment.  Enjoy!   Resources: Windows Server 2012 R2: http://aka.ms/getwindowsserver2012R2 Microsoft Deployment Tool Kit (MDT) 2013: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40796 Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (WADK) for Windows 8.1: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39982 My peers in Canada did an excellent series on Deployment, Part 1 of their series is very good take a look here:  http://blogs... (more)

Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid #Cloud | Part 8

In today’s post in the modernizing your infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, I am going to talk about Hyper-V over SMB, which we introduced in Windows Server 2012.  It is also important to note that you can use storage spaces to house your SMB share that Hyper-V will leveraged.  In Part 7 I talked about storage spaces:  Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 R2 (Part7) With Windows Server 2012 R2, we have improved the SMB protocol and it is a new version SMB 3.02.  I will start this article with a quick review of SMB 3.0 an... (more)

Get-PowerShell_Script_Explorer - Now

I just learned about a new tool currently in development now call the Microsoft® Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell®.  Currently the tool is in Release Candidate, and it will help you find Windows PowerShell scripts, snippets, modules, and how-to guidance in online repositories such as the TechNet Script Center Repository, PoshCode, local or network file systems and Bing Search Repository. The tool can be found here: Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell (Release Candidate) This tool is a fantastic edition to your PowerShell tool belt.  After you have installed t... (more)