Windows Server 2012 R2 Virtualization webinar this week

I will be doing another webinar for Netcom Learning later this week on Windows Server 2012 R2 Virtualization and what this new version of Windows Server and Hyper-V bring to the IT Pro. You can register by clicking here. I will be going over some really great new capabilities and features that this new operation system brings to the data center making it a truly enterprise grade virtualization platform. I hope to see you there.

InnoTech Conference Presentation

My thanks to everyone who attended my session on Windows Server 2012 R2 this morning at InnoTech. I received some excellent feedback and I really enjoyed getting the opportunity to meet many of you and further discuss your infrastructures and upcoming needs and plans.

If you are interested in getting a copy of my slide deck, or if you would just like to discuss further ideas for planning your Data Center of Tomorrow, please shoot me an email and I will get you the deck and any other assistance I can provide.

Lastly, please keep checking back as I have been asked to do further presentations for Netcom Learning dealing with Hyper-V and Storage in Server 2012 R2 as well as delving into the entire System Center line of products beginning with Configuration Manager and Intune. As we get deeper into how all these products work together it really causes the pieces of the puzzle to begin falling into place.

More info and links Coming Soon!!!

InnoTech Tomorrow Morning!!!

Just a reminder that if you will be in the Oklahoma City area tomorrow (11/07/2013), I will be giving a presentation on Windows Server 2012 R2 at #innotechok on the Main Stage in the Exhibit Hall of the Cox Convention Center at 9AM. Please stop by and say Hi, as it is always a pleasure getting to chat with fellow IT Pros at events like this.

Registration for the conference is here:

Virtualization and System Center Webinars I will be Presenting in December!

I am happy to announce that after doing the Windows Server 2012 R2 presentation for Netcom Learning on October 10th (link to the recording Here), they informed me that the session evaluations were “Through the roof!” and have asked me to do more!! A huge Thank You to those of you who attended the session and filled out the evaluations, it really means a lot to me.

That said, I will be doing a webinar for them on December 6th where we will be talking about Hyper-V and Windows Server 2012 R2 Virtualization and another webinar on December 13th covering System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager (SCCM). I am looking forward to the opportunity to delve deeper into Server 2012 R2’s Virtual capabilities as well as starting a new conversation around Microsoft’s System Center products. If there are things about SCCM that you have interest in please be sure to comment and let me know. I hope to see you then!

Speaking Nov.7 at InnoTech OK

I am really excited to be giving my Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 presentation next week at InnoTech in Oklahoma City at the Cox Convention Center!! If you will be in the OKC area next week please be sure to register,,  then take in the conference and stop by to say “Hi’”. I am speaking at 9AM in the InnoTech Main Stage Theater inside Hall 1 and will be covering many of the great new features that this latest release of Windows Server brings to the Data Center.

My Week of Speaking!

I am really excited that this has turned out to be a very busy week for me with back-to-back speaking engagements this Thursday and Friday (October 10th & 11th). Both days I will be presenting on What is New in Windows Server 2012 and Server 2012 R2.

Thursday I am doing a webcast for NetCom Learning which you can register for here: with additional webcasts on System Center VMM and System Center Configuration Manager to follow.

Friday I am speaking at Tulsa Techfest If you are in the Tulsa area I highly recommend stopping by and learning for the day. I have attended and spoken at Techfest for years now and it is always a great experience.


Tulsa IT Pros August Meeting – Why Your End Users and Project Managers Will Rave Over SharePoint 2013!


The next Tulsa IT Pros meeting, on August 13th, will feature Acuvate Software’s, Gina Montgomery. She will be leading a discussion on SharePoint and the move to SharePoint 2013!!!  Additional information about Tulsa IT Pros meetings can be found on Meetings are now in Room 110 at OSU-Tulsa. Food and drinks will be provided by our wonderful sponsors at Robert Half!



Why do SharePoint intranets fail? What is all the buzz about SharePoint 2013? SharePoint was first launched in 2001 as a document and content management system for teams to work together. We have definitely come a long way from there! SharePoint 2013 provides a gamut of features for improved productivity amongst your end users as well as OOTB functionality for managing projects. This session illustrates adoption tactics through demonstrations of SharePoint 2013’s new productivity enhancements including gamification, social collaboration, and project management; and finally, presents how SharePoint 2013’s goal is to transform the way people work; providing the relevant information to the right people at the right time.


Speaker Bio

Gina Montgomery, MCTS, is the Vice President of Business Development for Acuvate Software North America where she drives business and consults in the SharePoint, Business Intelligence, Application Development, Office 365, and Big Data space. A frequent speaker at I.T. events, SharePoint conferences, Microsoft focused events, and user group meetings, she has a passion for helping organizations maximize their I.T. investments. Her focus has been on strategy, project planning, analysis, and best practices in software licensing, and implementing business solutions. Gina has years of I.T. experience as a SharePoint Architect, Applications Specialist, Microsoft Licensing Specialist, and Business Intelligence Consultant.

Work around solution to USB Bug

In a previous entry I posted a bug in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 that I discovered which resulted in a Share on an external USB drive to be inaccessible from other computers on the network regardless of user account or rights.

Microsoft has found the cause of the problem and has a workaround until an update can be released. The cause of the issue is the “Local Audit Policy” setting for “Audit object access” being set. The workaround for the problem differs depending on if you are on a domain joined machine or a stand alone machine.

On a stand alone machine, this setting can be changed on the machine which will be sharing the external drive under Administrative Tools > Local Security Policy > Security Settings > Local Policies > Audit Policy (Fig. 1A). On the right-hand side of the window double-click “Audit object access” and uncheck either box that might be checked (Fig. 1B).

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If you are in a Domain environment, you will need access to Group Policy settings or assistance from whomever controls GPOs for your domain. In your Group Policy Management tool right-click the Group Policy Object (GPO) that sets Audit Policies for your domain and select Edit… In the resulting Group Policy Management Editor window drop down Computer Configuration > Policies > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policy > Audit Policy (Fig. 2A). Double-click on “Audit object access” and uncheck “Define these policy settings” (Fig. 2B).

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Once you have changed the Group Policy settings, you will need to go back to machine you are sharing the USB drive from and follow the above steps for a stand alone machine and then run GPUpdate /Force from an elevated command prompt.

My findings were that once GPUpdate had been run, Windows 8 machines were able to share USB drives immediately, while Windows Server 2012 machines still required a reboot before the policy changes took effect.

After reading this you may be thinking (hopefully you are thinking), “But wait! This will potentially disable parts of my auditing policy which I want in place.” I will cover how to minimize the impact of this change on your overall environment in my next post, so stay tuned.

Bug in Windows 8 and Server 2012!

If you attended my Windows 8 and/or Windows Server 2012 sessions at Tulsa TechFest 2 weeks ago you already know about this issue, but the rest of you may not.

The bug is:

When you attach an external USB drive to a Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 computer and then set up a share on the USB drive, the share cannot be accessed from other machines. When you attempt to connect to the share in question you receive the following  error: image

This error occurs with both Share and NTFS permissions set to allow everyone full control.

This error does not occur when accessing shares on internal SAS, SATA or SSD drives, so all administrative shares work correctly. Microsoft is aware of the bug, but is being maddeningly quiet on what is being done to resolve it. If you have run into this bug, or if this bug is something that will have an effect on your decision to deploy Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 please join in the conversation on this Microsoft Forum dealing with this issue:

External [USB HDD] Shares Not Accessible from Clients

The more voices we can get behind the problem the better chance we have of getting Microsoft to respond quickly.

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