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

Update a driver on Nano Server
Update a driver in Nano server
Add latest CU when building Nano Server
Add latest CU when building a Nano Server image.
Change the title of AD users from PowerShell
View and change the title of AD users with PowerShell
Number of Update Domains to use in Availability Set
Understand number of update domains to use in availability set
Control services shown on Azure portal menu
Control which services are shown on the main Azure portal menu.
Restrict VM SKUs and other resources in Azure
Limit types of resources created in a subscription or resource group
Create a Nano Server with a larger disk
Expand the disk for Nano Server
Express Update support in Configuration Manager
Understand Express Update support in Windows 10
Enable aliases in restricted PowerShell session
Enable aliases for restricted endpoint.
Enable tab completion using restricted PowerShell endpoint
Understand PowerShell tab completion with restricted endpoints.
Understand Android for Work
Understand what Android for Work is why you care.
Check if Windows 10 is CB or LTSB
Check if you are CB or LTSB
IP ranges with Azure AD Premium Conditional Access
Understand IP ranges with Azure AD conditional access.
Understand data that can be read back from Azure Key Vault
Understand the data that can be restored back from Azure Key Vault.
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...

Hyper-V Master Class

Hyper-V Master Class with John Savill
Live Online Training: Thursdays, April 27th to May 18th
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John Savill provides 12 hours of detailed instruction covering all the key aspects of a Hyper-V based virtualization environment covering both capabilities in Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016. John will walk attendees through resource allocation and architecture, storage, networking (including Network Virtualization), clustering, migration technologies, replication, private cloud, session virtualization, migration from other technologies, integration with Microsoft Azure, and more. At the end of this class, attendees will be able to architect and manage an enterprise-level Hyper-V environment.


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