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Install Group Policy and AD Tools on Windows 8

Posted in Windows 8 by Steve Sinchak

Group policy and Active Directory are very important in any organization with more than a few computers.  When I loaded Windows 8 on my work PC one of the first tasks I had to do was install the Group Policy Management client (GPMC) and the AD tools such as Active Directory Users and Computers MMC.  The two tools that I need to manage our domain based group policies and AD accounts.  Installing the Remote Server Administration tools are now just a simple download so let's get started. 

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Increase Network Performance of Hyper-V Virtual Machines

Posted in Windows 10, Windows 8 by Steve Sinchak

Hyper-v is a great free hypervisor that allows you to run virtual machines on Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012.  I use Hyper-v to power virtual machines that I use for development and testing and recently ran into an issue with very slow network performance on my new system.  The host system performed without any issues, but the virtual machines running on top experienced very slow network performance with sporadic moments of high latency.

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Enable Classic Taskbar Look on Windows 8

Posted in Windows 8 by Steve Sinchak

The Windows 8 taskbar has a clean appearance, displaying only the icons of pinned and opened applications group together neatly. From a design perspective, it is light-years ahead of the Windows XP taskbar.  But when viewed from a usability perspective, some may find the missing labels a step backwards. Hidden in taskbar options, is a setting that can give you the best of both worlds by retaining the new look and display labels. 

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