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 Azure certified, 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 Mastering Hyper-V 2012 R2 with System Center and Azure (Wiley) and Mastering Azure Infrastructure Services (Wiley). John's blog is available at

How is the configuration level changed in Windows Server 2016?
Learn how configuration levels have changed in Windows Server 2016 from what you are used to in Windows Server 2012 R2
NAT Forwarding switch in Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016
Use the new NAT Forwarding virtual switch in Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016
Hyper-V volumes greater than 64 TB dangers
Learn why 64 TB should be considered the biggest volume you should ever use.
Can General Storage Accounts be converted to Blob Storage Accounts?
Understand what is possible to switch between types of storage accounts.
What is the Xbox turn off storage
What is the impact of the storage power option on Xbox One?
What is a Cool Azure Storage Account?
Learn what Azure Cool Storage Accounts are and when to use.
What is the CAMP template in Configuration Manager?
Understand what the CAMP template is
Learn why striped volumes are not a good fit for GRS storage accounts
Understand why striped volumes are not a good fit for GRS storage accounts.
NTFS or ReFS with Cluster Shared Volumes in Windows Server 2016
Learn why NTFS is still king for Cluster Shared Volumes.
Check number of used VHDs in ARM storage account?
A simple script to check the number of VHDs in use in a single ARM storage account.
Delete an ARM VHD that is no longer needed?
Learn how to delete VHDs from ARM that are no longer needed.
Learn if hot add and remove is possible for Azure VMs
Learn about hot add and remove for Azure IaaS VMs
What is a Shared Access Signature?
Learn what a Shared Access Signature is in Azure Storage.
Retrieve a storage context with ARM
Learn how to get a storage context for an ARM storage account.
Delete all snapshots for a Blob
Learn how to delete all snapshots for a blob which could be IaaS VHDs
Q. Can I use the same storage account for all the VMs in an availability set?
May 18, 2016

I agree its not guaranteed to be different stamps but it may be which may give some additional resiliency. I wasn't saying it as an iron guarantee :-) ZRS/GRS gives additional...

PowerShell Storage Space Creation Tips
October 7, 2014

This is expected. You are using an environment based on Windows Server 2012 R2 to create (Windows PE 5) then trying to read on a prior version, Windows Server 2012.

Azure Auto-Scale for IaaS
August 23, 2014

Yep, when I wrote it I didn't think the queues would be that useful however when revisiting I see the use cases so updated :-) Thanks

Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V
March 13, 2014

I can't speak for internal Microsoft policy however with the new scalability I see many virtualized SQL environments. There are still environments that keep it physical but...

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