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Inject Drivers for better management in MDT 2013

In previous articles i wrote for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) and how can add drivers or Capture an Image. These methods can help to reduce time and automate your tasks for better productivity. But few months ago i came an across with a problem that to be honest i didn't have realize it.

As IT Pro most of the times you have different hardware models of Workstations,Laptop , Servers from the same Vendor or different. 

How to use differencing Disks in HYPER-V

Differencing Disk is good solution to save hard disk space in your HYPER-V Host when you must deploy multiple Virtual Machines in your environment for test purposes. Of course you can use it in your production environment but you must sure that the Parent Hard disk located in Disk with high performance like SSD because the I/O will be high. 

Differencing Disks can reduce the time and storage requirements but if you use lot of child disks can be a performance hit.  So think very carefully where and why must use Difference disks in your environment.

Remote Desktop is one of the favourite tool for every IT Pro and lot of times can give solutions for the simple users. But what about Security? Last years hacking , data breaches and infections with virus has increase dangerous. 

Security is challenge for every IT Pro today. This is a reason why today i decide to write this article which hasn't do with any of the topics that ususally write.

So Let's Start.

HYPER-V - How to Access Virtual Disk Properties

As IT Pro very often  create new Virtual Machines for Production Enviroment or for Testing. Create new Virtual Hard Disks for Virtual Machines. In Physical Servers Hard Disks are hardware equipment. But in HYPER-V Host the Virtual Hard disks are files with an extension vhd or vhdx.

Sometimes we need to know specific details for Virtual Hard Disk of a Server. How can find these details ? For Physical Hard Disks already we know all the details when we buy the Disk or we know where can find it after add in the Server.

Another one version of our Tool. The new Version include and Reports for Users. 

It's very easy and you don't need to be expert to use the Tool.

Below i will explain how can use the new feature.

When you will open the Tool you will see a new Tab Users. Click on it and select one of the 3 options to Export Reports. If you don't select any OU then the Report will be include all the Forest.

Windows Backup it's a feature of Windows Server that can use it for basic requirements. Windows Backup take a System Image of your Server and you can't Restore individual files but the full Server. 

I decide to write this Article because i would like to share with you how can use Windows Backup and Restore it in different Server when you don't have any other option.

DFS Replication it's a great future to use it in your File Servers and Replicate them in LAN or WAN. Why not  include this technology in your Disaster Recovery Plan ?

Today I will describe how can monitoring Health Status of DFS Replication , files that are replicated or not and what are supported limits of DFS Replication.

 

DFS Replication is a Role of Windows Server that can use it to replicate File Servers across LAN or Internet.

DFS (Distributed File System) Replication use a compression algorithm as remote differential compression (RDC) to replicate only the changes in file block instead of the entire file. If you need more details you can find in Technet https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj127250(v=ws.11).aspx.

Today i would like to publish some useful powershell commands that can use it at daily tasks and get quick your info that need.

Some of these commands already have publish in previous articles but it's better to have it central in one place instead to search articles to find what you want.

The specific Article i will keep it up to date and add commands as often it's possible. 

I want to create a central base that everyone can find quick and easy commands that need the specific time. 

After feedbacks from users for the specific tool i decide to update with new version that include new featires.So I would like to announce the new version of Powershell Tool - Export Reports from Active Directory. This version include the option to select from specific Organization Unit to export Reports. 

It's very easy and you don't need to be expert to use the Tool.

Below i will explain how can use the new feature.

When you will open the Tool you can see the option which say Select Organization Unit.

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