Friday, April 19, 2013

Make Your Own Start Button for Windows Server 2012

I know many of you have experienced the frustration of not having a start menu with Windows 8 and Windows 2012.  

This is especially a pain in an RDP session because you have to find that one pixel to click on to bring up the start menu.  I found this easy to use shortcut that gives you a quick link to the Windows 2012 or Win 8 start menu. 

-          Simply create a shortcut and point it to the following path. 
  explorer.exe shell:::{2559a1f8-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}

-          Set a pretty icon from imageres.dll, and then pin this to the taskbar.  BAM!  Instant Start button.
There are also applications like Start8 by StartDock ($5 program) or Windows 8 Start menu that you can download from that you may want to look at too.  

This only takes a couple of minutes to put together and makes all the difference when working with these operating systems

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

How to Enable Server 2012 Deduplication

Borrowed from HERE:
Deduplication is a new feature in Windows Server 2012, which deduplicates files at a block level on Windows Server 2012 File Servers. 
To enable Deduplication on a Windows Server 2012 File Server, do the following:
  1. Open Windows Server 2012 Server Manager
  2. Install the Data Deduplication role and associated required role services (It’s actually a role: File And Storage Services -> File Services -> File Server)
  3. In Windows Server 2012 Server Manager, click on File and Storage Services
  4. Right click on the server and click Deduplication Schedule
  5. Set-up the required deduplicaton schedule (Background optimization may be sufficient) and click OK
  6. In Windows Server 2012 Server Manager, under Volumes, right click the volume you would like to enable Deduplication on and click Enable Deduplication.
  7. Tick the box to enable data duplication. You may wish to change the number of days that the files have to be older than to be deduplicated and set any specific file or folder exclusions before clicking OK
You now know how to enable data Deduplication in Windows Server 2012 File Server. But to see deduplication happening on your volume, you have to wait for the schedule to run (or wait for the background optimization to finish). Alternatively, you can kick start deduplication using PowerShell commands.
To manage Deduplication from the PowerShell, in Windows Server 2012 Server Manager, click Tools (at the top right hand corner) and Windows PowerShell ISE. Next, import the PowerShell Deduplication module with this command: Import-Module Deduplication
To see how many files have been deduplicated and how much data has been saved, type:
To start the deduplication job, type:
Start-DedupJob -Type Optimization  -Volume X
Where X is theletter of the volume you want to deduplicate, ie. X could equal e:  (Note that you must have enabled deduplication prior to running this). You will then be able to check the status of the deduplication job by running the following PowerShell command:
That's all there is to it.  Leave me comments if you have any questions or concerns.