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Universal Windows App Data Storage for Admins

Universal Windows Platform (UWP) is the current name for a new type of application platform originally introduced with Windows 8 as “Metro” and later renamed to “Modern”. UWP apps can run on desktop, phone and console versions of Windows. They may only use a subset of the Windows API and run in a sandboxed environment. […]

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The Perfect Workstation: Fujitsu Celsius J550

When it comes to selecting a general-purpose workstation I tend to be looking for the impossible: high performance, superb reliability, quiet operation, moderate price. Amazingly, there exists at least one device with all those qualities: the Fujitsu Celsius J550. The Perfect Workstation The perfect workstation should be: reliable fast silent well-supported energy-efficient user-upgradeable small …and […]

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Faster Trimming & Compacting of Hyper-V Ubuntu VMs

A while ago I described how to compact an Ubuntu VHDX running on Hyper-V using the sfill command. Running sfill, however, can take hours. Luckily, there is a much faster alternative. Ubuntu Trim and Hyper-V Ubuntu running in a Hyper-V virtual machine has been supporting the trim command since version 14.04 (details). The OS issues […]

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Keyboard Shortcuts You’ll Never Want to Miss Again

Keyboard shortcuts are the key to productivity and efficiency. This is true for any machine, any OS and any application. This article lists shortcuts I personally find very helpful and use often. In selecting what to include I focused on shortcuts that might be less well known. Many shortcuts work in other than the described […]

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Comparison: CPU & GPU Usage of 4 Browsers

How do popular browsers differ in compute footprint when running animations? In this article I am comparing the CPU as well as the GPU utilization of Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. To make things more interesting I tested GPU performance on Nvdia and Intel. (more…)

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What’s Wrong with Group Policy

Over the years I have worked with Group Policy in many different ways. My experience ranges from helping an enterprise client establish a brand new set of policies for physical PCs and VDI machines to authoring ADM/ADMX/ADML files. Last year I presented and wrote a very detailed analysis of the impact of Group Policy on […]

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Hyper-V on Hetzner’s EX51 Hosted Dedicated Servers

Your low-cost high-performance cloud data center building block. This guide explains how to install Windows Server 2012 R2 on Hetzner’s EX51-SSD dedicated servers. That line of servers is very attractive for virtualization as it combines a fast CPU with a good amount of RAM and SSD storage – at a price point of less than […]

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Compacting Hyper-V VHDX Files of Ubuntu Linux VMs

Note: if your guest OS supports the trim command you can use the faster method described in this article. If you configured your Hyper-V virtual machines with dynamically expanding virtual disks you will find that the VHDX files backing the virtual disks always grow in size, they never shrink. Eventually this becomes a problem either […]

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Splunk Accelerated Data Models – Part 3

This article is based on my Splunk .conf 2015 session and is the second in a mini-series on Splunk data model acceleration. Make sure to read parts 1 and 2 first. Searching Accelerated Data Models Which Searches are Accelerated? The high-performance analytics store (HPAS) is used only with Pivot (UI and the pivot command) and […]

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Splunk Accelerated Data Models – Part 2

This article is based on my Splunk .conf 2015 session and is the second in a mini-series on Splunk data model acceleration. Make sure to read part 1 first. Under the Hood HPAS Population The high-performance analytics store (HPAS) is populated by scheduled searches that run every 5 minutes. The HPAS spans a user-defined time […]

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Splunk Accelerated Data Models – Part 1

This article is based on my Splunk .conf 2015 session and is the first in a mini-series on Splunk data model acceleration. Why Accelerate? Have you ever seen this? Splunk is great and very fast with needle in a haystack searches, e.g. find a specific keyword in millions of events. It is not so fast […]

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Citrix Synergy 2016 Call for Topics: Get Rid of the Video Requirement (Open Letter)

It smacks of lazy reviewers looking for eye-candy. Simon Crosby, former Citrix CTO Citrix Synergy Team, I am writing to you as a guy who has presented many times at Synergy. This year alone I had three sessions, one in cooperation with my community peers Aaron Parker and Shawn Bass, the other two on my […]

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Converting Mercurial Repositories to Git on Windows

If you work with text, you need version control. That rule applies regardless of whether you write code or poetry (some might argue that those two are the same, anyway). Ignoring the CVS and SVN dinosaurs two distributed version control systems are being regarded as state of the art: Git and Mercurial. Functionality-wise they are […]

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