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
Windows Azure
Synchronize File Share Content to Windows Azure
Learn about some options to synchronize file servers to Windows Azure.
Windows 8 security
Edit Session Settings in Windows 8.1 Hyper-V
Learn why the Edit Session Settings action isn't working in your Windows 8.1 Hyper-V environment.
Check PowerShell Module Version
Learn how to check the version of installed PowerShell modules.
What Exactly Is REST?
Other than extra sleep, find out what REST really means: Learn about RESTful APIs and services.
Use PowerShell to Send Email
Use the Send-MailMessage cmdlet to easily send email from PowerShell via your SMTP server.
road block
Block Computer from Connecting to Non-Domain Network
Use Group Policy to stop machines from connecting to non-domain networks if they're already connected to a corporate network.
remote computing
Mixing Application and Session Publishing from a Single Remote Desktop Session Host Server
Learn what can be shared in a Remote Desktop Services environment.
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Internet Explorer 11 Enterprise Mode
Learn how to use Group Policy to implement the new Internet Explorer 11 Enterprise Mode.
data storage, data deduplication
Deduplication to Optimize VSS Snapshots
Find out whether data deduplication optimizes VSS snapshot storage.
swirling drain
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.
motorcycle representing speed and performance
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.
computer bug
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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