Windows Server

Enable Data deduplication in Windows 8.1

Note : The procedure below is not officially supported on Windows 8.1, it can break your Windows installation! On of the new features that came out with Windows Server 2012 last year was data deduplication, a feature which can save GB’s of space on your servers. After a couple of weeks there was also a way to ‘enable’ the data deduplication feature on your Windows 8 client. This Friday (Oct. 18th) Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.

Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 available via TechNet and MSDN!

Update: The Enterprise version of Windows 8.1 is also available on TechNet and MSDN. Today Brandon LeBlanc announced the RTM availability of Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows Server 2012 R2 on TechNet and MSDN. Windows 8.1 Enterprise version will follow somewhere in the upcoming weeks. I’ve already started the upgrade process of my home lab with the upgrade of both my domain controllers to Windows Server 2012 R2. What about you?

Windows 8 : Disable access to the Windows Store with GPO

When you use Windows 8 in the Enterprise I can imagine that you (the IT Administrator) wants to disable some features. One of the first features (just like Windows Media Center in the Windows 7) I expect customers want to disable will probably be access to the Store. **Windows 8 Group Policies ** I downloaded the proper Group Policy Settings Reference Sheet from and the correct policy to disable access to the store could be a User Policy or a Computer Policy.

UPDATE : The first Windows Server 2012 (and Windows 8) results appear on Prometric!

It has been some time since you could attend the Configuring Windows 8 (70-687), Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 (70-410), Administering Windows Server 2012 (70-411) and the Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services (70-412), but the results are finally there. Although not all the results are yet visible at Prometric. I’ve seen Erik Bakker and Martijn Brant tweeting they passed the 70-410! The strange thing is, I already know I passed the 410 (and the 687), but the results are still not visible for me at the Prometric website.

Windows 8 & first three Windows Server 2012 Available at Prometric

Earlier today Guido tweeted about the availability of the Windows 8 and the (first three) Windows Server 2012. I checked…and indeed they are available, so start preparing for the exams so you’re able to pass the exams! 2 This also means that we can start F5-ing on the Prometric website next monday, since the beta results should be available just after the general availability of exams. My contact at Microsoft Learning told me earlier that we should expect the results on September 17th.

MCSA Windows 7….getting ready for MCSA Windows 8 / Server 2012?

Earlier today I received an e-mail from Microsoft telling me that I earned a new certification. Just like the MCSA Windows Server 2008 Certification it’s an another name for an ‘old’ certification, one of the two ‘MCITP Enterprise Desktop’ Windows 7 exams. With the MCSA Windows 7 Certification, I just can’t wait to add the two other MCSA certifications to my list : MCSA Windows 8 and MCSA Windows Server 2012, from which the results are expected next week!

Deploying Windows Server 2008 R2 (non-VL) with MDT 2012 & Windows ADK

Just a few weeks ago Microsoft has released MDT 2012 Update 1_,_ with full support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. Microsoft did also release __the _Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 8,_ the replacement for the good old _WAIK._ With the RTM of Window Server 2012 I decided to upgrade my _Deployment_ environment to the latest version. When I did some initial deployments of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 everything worked _just fine_, but when I tried to deploy Windows Server 2008 R2 (non-VL version) or Windows 7, I ran into a small problem.

It has been 8 weeks…since the first Windows Server 2012 Beta Exam!

This week it has been 8 weeks since you were able to attend the first (out of seven) Windows Server 2012 beta exams. I� attended the 70-410 allong with the Configuring Windows 8 beta (70-687) on June 25th, this week about 8 weeks ago. During a normal beta period, the time between attending the exam and the day you receive the results is about eight weeks. Earlier this year, during the two Private Cloud beta’s (70-246 & 70-247) we all had to wait about 12 weeks before we received the results!

Windows Server 2012 Study Material

Just a few more weeks before the

Release Preview of Windows Server 2012 will become available. Personally I think that the beta exams for Windows Server 2012 will arrive somewhere around June/July, so now it’s time to start studying. Today I ran into a blogpost on the Windows Server blog which put some nice virtual labs in a list which you can use to expand your Window Server 2012 knowledge….

**Getting Started

** It’s simple: no complex setup or installation is required to try out Windows Server “8” running in a full-featured virtual lab. You get a downloadable manual and a 90-minute block of time for each module. Before you start, read the minimum system requirements. Select a virtual lab from the list below. Then, you will see an application launch the lab.

Windows 8 Release Preview first week of June 2012

At the Japan’s Windows 8 Dev Days Stephen has announced the upcoming Release Preview of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 which will become available in the first week of June (2012). If take a closer look at the screen behind Stephen you can see the ‘old’ Windows logo. I’m wondering when Microsoft will announce that they went back to the ‘old’ logo again..?