May 11, 2012

Part 5.2 Cluster Aware Patching

One of my particular annoyances and pain points with Windows is patching.  Oh how I hate patching.  It happens at least one Tuesday of every month and while WS8 does improve greatly on

Apr 19, 2012

Part 5.1 - Clustering Fun

I was thinking that I’d just go through each of the technical preview documents, call out the stuff that I thought was cool, break it down into easily readable prose, go in

Apr 15, 2012

Part 4 - Direct Access

Remote access is a tough nut to crack.  On the one hand, every employee needs access to their corporate resources at all times of the day and from whatever device they can shake

Apr 11, 2012

Part 3 - Branch Cache

Perhpas my favorite WS8 feature, Branch Cache, has received tremendous updates in this release.  Branch Cache is a technology originally released in the 08 versions of Windows Server that allows companies with large

Mar 27, 2012

Part 1 - Active Directory

One of the most stable and well designed pieces of software to come out of Microsoft – ever – is Active Directory.  While its development was riddled with twists and turns (and the occasional run

Mar 25, 2012

The Coming Storm - Introduction

If ever there was a time when the technology of the world that enables millions of businesses and this new concept of the cloud converged on a single piece of software, it is

Mar 23, 2012

The Coming Storm - Windows 8

I am beginning a series on all that is amazing in Windows Server 8.  There will be 55 posts in all.  It’s a very exciting time!  Look for them to start early

Mar 14, 2012

The State of Storage in 2012

There is a great article in Information Week this week about the 2012 State of Storage [] that I wanted to comment on.  If you don’t have a subscription,

Mar 5, 2012

Captain Thomas

I was en route the other day from Seattle to DFW. Home from a fun and thoroughly educational trip to Microsoft HQ for a super secret top classified semi-decoder ring style event. Had

Jan 13, 2012

Mass Updating Site Owners

In SharePoint, if you’re smart, you have written a custom footer to display the site owner (or primary site collection administrator) so people know who to talk to when something goes wrong.