I've been talking with IT Pros in my community about integrating ADFS 2.0
with Office 365 to establish single sign-on capabilities. Because the
process involves a number of tasks and steps, I wanted to share three
resources that I've personally found helpful in planning, installing and
configuring ADFS for use with Office 365 ...
Learn: Plan and deploy ADFS 2.0 with Office 365
This guidance provides a detailed step-by-step planning and deployment
checklist that walks through the considerations and implementation of ADFS.
I recommend reading this guide end-to-end before trying any of the steps so
that you have a complete understanding of the entire process and the overall
Important! After installing ADFS 2.0, be sure to apply the Update Rollup 2
hotfix as it provides important stability fixes.
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What is the Largest Single Cost Category in Your IT Hardware Budget?
If you're like most of the enterprise customer organizations that were
surveyed when we were designing Windows Server 2012, your answer is probably
the same as theirs: STORAGE! For the organizations we surveyed, we found that
as much as 60% of their annual hardware budgets were allocated to expensive
hardware SAN solutions due to ever-increasing storage requirements.
Wouldn't it be nice to have some of that budget back for other IT
projects? YES! We agree too ... that's why the server team included "Storage
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 programmatica... (more)
Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 supported configuring virtual machines with
a maximum of four virtual processors and up to 64 GB of memory. However, many
IT organizations increasingly want to use virtualization when they deploy
mission-critical, tier-1 business applications into their private cloud
datacenter fabric. Large, demanding workloads such as online transaction
processing (OLTP) databases and online transaction analysis (OLTA) solutions
typically run on systems with 16 or more processors and can demand large
amounts of memory. For this class of workloads, more virtual ... (more)
Over the past few days, I've spoken to a number of IT Pros that were
interested in how printing is improved or different in Windows 8. Even in
today's age of online information and social media, I know that IT Pros spend
a great deal of time managing shared printing and print drivers to make it
all work as seamlessly as possible for end users.
In Windows 8, the product team has taken an opportunity to design a new print
class driver architecture (version 4) while still maintaining backward
compatibility with older version 3 drivers that were designed for Windows 7