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

Q. What time zone is used with a schedule for an Azure Automation?
What timezone is used when using a schedule with Azure Automation.
Q. How can I easily stop and start an Azure VM at certain times?
Control VMs using Azure Automation easily.
Q. How can I launch an application that requires a user session to launch when my OS starts?
One easy way to auto launch an application that requires a user session at system startup.
Q. How do I send traffic from domain controllers on multiple Hyper-V servers to ATA?
Monitor multiple DCs across multiple Hyper-V hosts using Advanced Threat Analytics.
What is Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics?
Understand what the new Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics offers your organization.
Smallest subnet possible in Azure
Learn about the smallest subnet possible in Azure virtual network.
Check actual size of data in Azure storage account or container
Learn how to check the actual size of data in Azure storage account.
Stop a Hyper-V VM from moving from a certain host in a cluster
Learn options for making sure VMs stay on certain nodes in a cluster.
Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics multiple forest support
Learn about multi-forest support with ATA.
Resize Azure data disk error when not between 20 and 1023 GB
Learn the limits for an Azure disk resize.
Deploy Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics
Learn the key steps to deploy Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics.
Can you reset a Surface device UEFI password?
Can you reset a forgotten UEFI password on a Surface device? You're probably not going to like the answer but its for your own good!
Can I set a specific NIC to be used for Hyper-V Replica traffic?
Find out if traffic can be assigned to a certain NIC for Hyper-V Replica.
Can I VPN to Azure using the Point-to-Site from a non-Windows machine?
Find the options for P2S to Azure from non-Windows.
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...

Remove Lync-Specific Attributes for Users
February 28, 2014

The modified code for those 3 included would be:

get-aduser -filter {msRTCSIP-PrimaryUserAddress -like "*"}|set-aduser -clear msRTCSIP-PrimaryUserAddress,msRTCSIP-...

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