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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 steps involved.   Important! After installing ADFS 2.0, be sure to apply the Update Rollup 2 hotfix as it provides important stability fixes. See: Virtual Lab: Installing and Configuring Active Direc... (more)

Right-Size IT Budgets with Windows Server 2012 "Storage Spaces"

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 Space... (more)

Use PowerShell to Add New Managed Servers in Windows Server 2012

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)

Scale-up Virtualization with Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate

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)

Simplified Printing with Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

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 and prior. S... (more)