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

Firmware used with Hyper-V Generation 2 VM
Which firmware is used in a Generation 2 VM
Key workloads to use in Azure IaaS guest clusters
Learn key technologies to enable certain guest cluster scenarios in Azure.
Set an image for user in AD
Set user images in Active Directory with PowerShell
Remove string from string in PowerShell
Learn how to simply remove a string from another string!
Set photo for users in Azure AD replicated from on-premises AD
Set the photo for Azure AD users from an on-premises AD user
Access CLI 2 from Azure Portal
Access the Azure CLI 2 from the portal
Create missing objects in complex OU structure
Create an object in a complex OU structure if not already present.
Find objects at a base level in AD only
When searching AD, here's how find objects at a certain level only.
What is Redeploy Me Now in Azure?
Understand the redeploy me now Azure feature.
Can China Azure AD users be linked to Global AD resources
Understand how geo-fenced regions can interact with global AD resources
License required for Azure AD Connect Health
Find out the licenses required for Azure AD Connect Health
How does SQL in Azure IaaS have an extra IP address
Learn how SQL cluster IP addresses in Azure IaaS work.
Switching cluster to 2016 upgrade VM configuration automatically?
Understand what happens to Hyper-V VMs if a cluster is switched to 2016 functional level.
Side-load UWP applications on Windows 10 LTSB
Understand UWP applications on LTSB
View key protectors for shielded VM
Check the key protectors on a shielded VM
When does a CBB lose servicing
April 25, 2017

No. Remember the TWO most current branches are supported which means once 1703 is CBB then it and the previous (1607) are supported but the previous to that goes into grace...

When to use ReFS in Windows Server 2016
March 28, 2017

Remember the other article was CSV specific. For CSV stick with NTFS because of the redirected mode ReFS forces. For NON CSV you COULD use ReFS based on the possible benefits...

Why is scaling out preferred over scaling up?
November 23, 2016

Martin - Agree. That is why I said generally. If you look at most modern operating systems they charge by core rather than OS instance and most clouds charge the same way. For...

Understand virtual network peering in Azure
August 29, 2016

good catch, fixed Tim :-)

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...

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