John Savill

John Savill is a Windows technical specialist, an 11-time MVP, and an MCSE for Private Cloud and Server Infrastructure 2012. He's also ITIL certified and a CISSP. John is the author of the popular FAQ for Windows and a senior contributing editor to Windows IT Pro, as well as the author of Microsoft Virtualization Secrets (Wiley) and Mastering Hyper-V 2012 R2 with System Center and Azure (Wiley). John's blog is available at

Articles by John Savill
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Drain on Shutdown with Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Clusters
Use the drain on shutdown feature to enable zero downtime of virtual machines when cluster hosts shut down.
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Hyper-V Processor Speed
Understand what the processor speed means in Task Manager when using Hyper-V (and why it doesn't matter!).
Hyper-V +1 Operating System Support
Learn about Hyper-V's newer guest operating system support limits.
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Vm2dmp for Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V
Learn how to easily bug check a Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V virtual machine.
Use PowerShell to Recreate DHCP Scopes
Use Windows PowerShell to recreate DHCP scopes.
ADMT for Windows Server 2012
Learn whether you can use the Active Directory Migration Tool (ADMT) with Windows Server 2012.
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Nokia Windows Phone Screen Capture
Learn how to grab screen shots from your Nokia Lumia phone.
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Use PowerShell to Connect to Facebook
Use the new Facebook PowerShell Module to connect to Facebook via PowerShell.
PowerShell 3.0 Replaces $_ 2
Discover why PowerShell 3.0 doesn't use $_ for piped object attributes.
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Use the Windows PowerShell DSC File Provider to Include Updated Folder Content
Capture updated content in a folder with the File provider in Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC).
Configure PowerShell DSC Local Configuration Manager Refresh
Configure the Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) refresh parameters.
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Setting Default Dynamic Memory Values
Determine whether you need to tweak dynamic memory in Hyper-V.
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Linux Distributions Supported in Windows Azure
Determine which Linux distributions are supported in Windows Azure.
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Performance for Parent VHD of Differencing Disks
Learn the ins and outs of parent VHDs used in differencing disk scenarios.
Disable Group Policy Caching in Windows 8.1
Learn how to disable Windows 8.1 Group Policy caching.
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