Hyper-V Virtual Switches

Virtual switches, in Hyper-V, are used to segment and isolate, as needed, network traffic between Hyper-V guests, the Hyper-V host and the external … [Read more...]

3 Surprising Reasons to Get Certified in Microsoft Server (or any other technology)

So you've heard the banter and the opposing opinions about certification. Some folks are all about certification, and others are practically … [Read more...]

Managing Local Storage

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 includes a convenient, easy to use method of consolidating locally attached storage devices, called Storage Spaces. … [Read more...]

Creating Dashboards in SCOM 2012

One of Directions Training’s Microsoft Technical training experts wanted you to know… One of the neat features of System Center 2012 Operations … [Read more...]

Centralized Server Management in Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012’s Server Manager provides an easy and effective method for managing multiple servers running Windows Server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012 … [Read more...]

Renaming a Client Machine during OS Deployment

One of Directions Training’s Microsoft Technical training experts wanted you to know… During a recent training session, a student asked how he … [Read more...]

File Server Optimization in Windows Server 2012

Managing the increasing demand for storage space on your local file servers can be particularly challenging, made more so by the storage of images, … [Read more...]

Hyper-V Enhancements in Windows Server 2012 R2

The recently released Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system offers some important new enhancements to the Microsoft virtualization … [Read more...]

Why Cloud Computing?

One of Directions Training’s Microsoft Technical training experts wanted you to know… With businesses ever increasing investment in information … [Read more...]

What’s New in Windows 8.1?

A lot of folks know that Microsoft is releasing Windows 8.1, a follow-up release for the wildly cool Windows 8. Some folks didn’t dig the fact that … [Read more...]

What is Cloud Computing?

It has been our experience lately that there is some confusion by many in the general public of just exactly what is Cloud Computing and how do I … [Read more...]

Examining SQL Server’s I/O Statistics: Part 3

Part Three of Four: fn_virtualfilestats Using fn_virtualfilestats to Get I/O Statistics fn_virtualfilestats returns a table of I/O statistics at … [Read more...]

Examining SQL Server’s I/O Statistics: Part 2

Part Two of Four: sp_monitor Using sp_monitor to get I/O Statistics sp_monitor is a system stored procedure that produces four recordsets that … [Read more...]

How to Get into the Cloud

One of Directions Training’s Microsoft Technical training experts wanted you to know… So, all this "cloud" talk got you seeing fuzzy elephants and … [Read more...]

Examining SQL Server’s I/O Statistics: Part 1

Part One of Four (Statistical Functions) Reading and writing to the disk is the heart of what any database management system does, SQL Server … [Read more...]

SQL Server Partition Wizard

The T-SQL code to create partition functions, partition schemes, and then altering the table to use the partition can be overwhelming for some … [Read more...]

Client Setup for System Center Configuration Manager 2012

One of Directions Training’s Microsoft Technical training experts wants you to know… A common question that arises when discussing client setup for … [Read more...]

Deploying Windows Image Files

Windows Image Files (wim) is the file format used to deploy Windows operating system images that was introduced with Windows Vista. You will find two … [Read more...]

Windows 8.1 Preview Available June 26th in the Windows Store

One of Directions Training’s Microsoft Technical training experts wanted you to know… If you're already on Windows 8, you know that there's a … [Read more...]

Accessing SharePoint Data and Libraries

Once data has been added to your SharePoint Libraries and Lists, it would be convenient to access and manage this information using familiar tools … [Read more...]