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

Bulk change attributes on AD with PowerShell
Change attributes with PowerShell
PowerShell cmdlets for NTFS management
Manage NTFS with PowerShell the easy way
Why are Server Manager options for Nano grayed out?
Understand why some options are grayed out in Server Manager for a Nano Server target.
Can I use vHBA with Nano Server
Can use you vHBA on Windows Server 2016 Nano Server?
Deploying Nano Server with Configuration Manager
Can Nano be deployed with Configuration Manager. Lower your expectations :-)
Create resources as a cluster resource
Create resources as cluster resources instead of node resources.
Set preferred site for 2016 cluster
Set preferred site for 2016 cluster
Update Defender definitions automatically
manually update definitions.
Configure preferred site for a cluster group
Set the preferred site for a cluster group.
The Need for Many Strings on Your Bow

When I started out in IT many, many, many years ago, people had one string on their bow and that was all that was needed. The different areas of IT were islands with very little dependence nor interaction with other systems. You could be a Notes administrator, you could be the Netware person, you managed the database. People would resist learning other things as they were fiercely loyal to THEIR technology and everything else was un-interesting or pointless. That does not work today. There are no islands.

Solve errors related to Windows Update
Solve Windows Update errors.
Automatic approval in WSUS not working for existing updates. Why?
Fix automatic approval rules not approving existing updates.
What are defaults for 2016 latency settings?
Understand the latency settings for a 2016 cluster.
Configure RD Licensing Server via group policy
Configure the RD Licensing Server via group policy
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...

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.

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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