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How to check the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) provider/writer status

How to check the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) provider/writer status.

To check the VSS provider/writer status.
1. Open a command window. Click Start > Run and type CMD, and then click OK.
2. At the command prompt, type vssadmin list providers, and then press ENTER.
3. Confirm that the list shows Microsoft VSS providers listed as:

  • Microsoft Software Shadow Copy provider 1.0
4. Type vssadmin list writers at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.
5. Confirm that all the VSS writers are showing:
  • State: [1] Stable
  • No error

KB2990170 – MPIO Identifies Different Disks As The Same Disk

KB2990170 – MPIO Identifies Different Disks As The Same Disk

 

Symptoms

The code in Microsoft Windows that converts a hexadecimal device ID to an ASCII string may drop the most significant nibble in each byte if the byte is less than 0×10. (The most significant nibble is 0.) This causes different disks to be identified as the same disk by Multipath I/O (MPIO). At the very least, this may cause problems in mounting affected disks. And architecturally, this could cause data corruption.

Resolution

When you apply this hotfix, the conversion algorithm is fixed. Disks that were masked by this issue before you installed the hotfix may be raw disks that still have to be partitioned and formatted for use. After you apply this hotfix, check in Disk Management or Diskpart for previously hidden disks.

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft Support.

Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2

Microsoft Free E-Book

WS-2012R2-PR

This eBook consists of 108 pages which includes 6 detailed chapters on the following topics:

  • Chapter 1: Cloud OS
  • Chapter 2: Hyper-V
  • Chapter 3: Storage
  • Chapter 4: Clustering
  • Chapter 5: Networking
  • Chapter 6: Other enhancements

 

Other Free books you can download from here.

Wiki Article by MYousufAli was included in TNWiki Article Spotlight on Tuesday – TNWiki Article Spotlight!

Tuesday – TNWiki Article Spotlight!

Wiki article I published last year was among this week’s highlighted articles in the TNWiki Article Spotlight post series on the WikiNinjas – Official Blog of TechNet Wiki! Thanks for the nominating my article on WikiNinjas blog.

You can read the WikiNinjas post here – TNWiki Article Spotlight – Step-by-Step Guide for Setting Up Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller.

Take a look at other Tuesday – TNWiki Article Spotlight category on WikiNinjas blog posts – there’s a lot of great information reference is available in this post series.

Windows 8.1 includes options to shut down from Start button and disable hot corners

Windows 8.1 includes options to shut down from Start button and disable hot corners

In Windows 8.1, you can easily access the shutdown and restart action in the power user menu (the menu when you right-click on the Start Button / Hot corner of the start screen).

In addition, it will have the option to disable hot corners.

 

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Please note that this information is from an alpha version of Windows, and things may change from now and the public beta coming out at Microsoft BUILD event, and from the public beta to the final release later this years.

 

Also, note that the above is from the Server edition of Windows 8.1, so it might be different.

 

Source:http://www.theverge.com

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8

Obtaining Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools

Microsoft offers different releases of the Server Administration Tools, depending on what Windows version you are running. Please download and install the correct Administration Tools package for your distribution. The links include download and installation instructions.

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8
http://www.microsoft.com/en-sa/download/details.aspx?id=28972

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP1)

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP1)
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=7887

Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Administration Tools Pack

Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Administration Tools Pack
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=86b71a4f-4122-44af-be79-3f101e533d95

Performance Tuning Guide for Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012

This guide follows on from the excellent Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 Performance Tuning Guidelines and describes important tuning parameters and settings that you can adjust to improve the performance and energy efficiency of the Windows Server 2012 operating system. It describes each setting and its potential effect to help you make an informed decision about its relevance to your system, workload, and performance goals.

The guide is for information technology (IT) professionals and system administrators who need to tune the performance of a server that is running Windows Server 2012.

 

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