Windows Server 2012 How-To & Tips


Running PowerShell's Best Practices Analyzer

Use PowerShell's baked-in analyzer to set up best practice scans.

How to Use Data Deduplication in Windows Server 2012 R2

Brien Posey shows you how to take advantage of one of Windows Server's newest tricks.

How To Rebuild a Failed RAID Array

Brien walks you through how to repair a failed drive within a storage pool to quickly get you up and running after an error occurs.

How To Interact With Virtual Disks Through PowerShell

Here's how to differentiate between OS virtual disks and virtual machine virtual disks.

How To Make Use of Hyper-V Replicas

Besides using replicas as protective backups, they can be used for testing purposes.

How To Access Needed Info in PowerShell

Brien walks you through customizing a PowerShell cmdlet's output to get exactly the data you need.

What To Do When Windows Identifies Disks Incorrectly

Brien walks you through how to get Windows to correctly distinguish between a hard drive and a solid-state drive.

Using Windows Server 2012's SSD Write-Back Cache

Brien runs down how you can get the most out of Windows Server 2012 R2's newest tiered storage functionality.

How To Add a Hot Spare to a Storage Pool

Brien breaks down the step-by-step procedure to add more storage to an existing pool.

Windows Server 2012 R2: Exploring Storage Tiering

Brien puts the new tiered storage feature through the ringer to see what hidden hardware requirements are needed to run smoothly.

Reconfiguring Windows Server Startup

Save on resources by evaluating and modifying what's running during startup.

Configuring Hyper-V Resource Metering

Here's how to check the resource allocation for one or a collection of virtual machines.

My Top Tips for Tracking Down CPU-Intensive Processes

Is your server running sluggish? Find out where all the juice is being sucked up with these suggestions.

Working with PowerShell Scripts

Brien walks you through how to craft and excute scripts in PowerShell.

Need Help with PowerShell?

Although PowerShell can be a bit intimidating at times, Microsoft has built in a comprehensive help system that should be able to assist you with most of your PowerShell related questions.

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