Thursday, August 27, 2015

Windows 10 Shortcut Keys

This guide published 8/24/2015
Download link: Shortcut keys for Windows 10

How to switch from one desktop to another using keyboard shortcuts

How to create desktop shortcuts for settings in Windows 10  intowindows

Windows key clip_image001Open and close the Start menu.
clip_image001[1]+1, clip_image001[2]+2, etc.Switch to the desktop and launch the nth application in the taskbar. For example, clip_image001[3]+1 launches whichever application is first in the list, numbered from left to right.
clip_image001[4]+AOpen the action center.
clip_image001[5]+BHighlight the notification area.
clip_image001[6]+CLaunch Cortana into listening mode.[1] Users can begin to speak to Cortana immediately.
clip_image001[7]+DSwitch between Show Desktop (hides/shows any applications and other windows) and the previous state.
clip_image001[8]+ESwitch to the desktop and launch File Explorer with the Quick Access tab displayed.
clip_image001[9]+HOpen the Share clip_image003 charm.
clip_image001[10]+IOpen the Settings clip_image005 app.
clip_image001[11]+KOpen the Connect pane to connect to wireless displays and audio devices.
clip_image001[12]+LLock the device and go to the Lock screen.
clip_image001[13]+MSwitch to the desktop and minimize all open windows.
clip_image001[14]+OLock device orientation.
clip_image001[15]+POpen the Project pane to search and connect to external displays and projectors.
clip_image001[16]+RDisplay the Run dialog box.
clip_image001[17]+SLaunch Cortana.[2] Users can begin to type a query immediately.
clip_image001[18]+TCycle through the apps on the taskbar.
clip_image001[19]+ULaunch the Ease of Access Center.
clip_image001[20]+VCycle through notifications.
clip_image001[21]+XOpen the advanced menu in the lower-left corner of the screen.
clip_image001[22]+ZOpen the app-specific command bar.
clip_image001[23]+ENTERLaunch Narrator.
clip_image001[24]+SPACEBARSwitch input language and keyboard layout.
clip_image001[25]+TABOpen Task view.
clip_image001[26]+,Peek at the desktop.
clip_image001[27]+Plus SignZoom in.
clip_image001[28]+Minus SignZoom out.
clip_image001[29]+ESCAPEClose Magnifier.
clip_image001[30]+LEFT ARROWDock the active window to the left half of the monitor.
clip_image001[31]+RIGHT ARROWDock the active window to the right half of the monitor.
clip_image001[32]+UP ARROWMaximize the active window vertically and horizontally.
clip_image001[33]+DOWN ARROWRestore or minimize the active window.
clip_image001[34]+SHIFT+UP ARROWMaximize the active window vertically, maintaining the current width.
Restore or minimize the active window vertically, maintaining the current width.
clip_image001[36]+SHIFT+LEFT ARROWWith multiple monitors, move the active window to the monitor on the left.
clip_image001[37]+SHIFT+RIGHT ARROWWith multiple monitors, move the active window to the monitor on the right.
clip_image001[38]+HOMEMinimize all nonactive windows; restore on second keystroke.
clip_image001[39]+PRNT SCRNTake a picture of the screen and place it in theComputer>Pictures>Screenshots folder.
clip_image001[40]+CTRL+LEFT/RIGHT arrowSwitch to the next or previous virtual desktop.
clip_image001[41]+CTRL+DCreate a new virtual desktop.
clip_image001[42]+CTRL+F4Close the current virtual desktop.
clip_image001[43]+?Launch the Windows Feedback App.

[1] If Cortana is unavailable or disabled, this shortcut has no function.
[2] Cortana is only available in certain countries/regions, and some Cortana features might not be available everywhere. If Cortana is unavailable or disabled, this command opens Search.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3, RSAT for Windows 10

Microsoft released Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3 on August 19 2015 as well as System Center 2016 and RSAT for Windows Server 2016 TP3.

Windows Server 2016 TP3 is the first public version to support Windows Server Containers
It also includes improvements and new features listed on technet:


  • Windows Server Containers: Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview now includes containers, which are an isolated, resource-controlled, and portable operating environment. They are an isolated place where an application can run without affecting the rest of the system or the system affecting the application. For some additional information on containers, see Containers: Docker, Windows and Trends.
  • What's new in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in Windows Server Technical Preview. Active Directory Domain Services includes improvements to help organizations secure Active Directory environments and provide better identity management experiences for both corporate and personal devices.
  • What’s New in Active Directory Federation Services. Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview includes new features that enable you to configure AD FS to authenticate users stored in Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) directories. For more information, see Active Directory Federation Services Overview [Role/Tech Overview].
  • What's New in Failover Clustering in Windows Server Technical Preview. This topic explains the new and changed functionality of Failover Clustering. A Hyper-V or Scale-out File Server failover cluster can now easily be upgraded without any downtime or need to build a new cluster with nodes that are running Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview.
  • What's new in Hyper-V in Technical Preview. This topic explains the new and changed functionality of the Hyper-V role in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview, Client Hyper-V running on Windows 10, and Microsoft Hyper-V Server Technical Preview.
  • Windows Server Antimalware Overview for Windows Server Technical Preview. Windows Server Antimalware is installed and enabled by default in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview, but the user interface for Windows Server Antimalware is not installed. However, Windows Server Antimalware will update antimalware definitions and protect the computer without the user interface. If you need the user interface for Windows Server Antimalware, you can install it after the operating system installation by using the Add Roles and Features Wizard.
  • What's New in Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2016. For the Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview, the Remote Desktop Services team focused on improvements based on customer requests. We added support for OpenGL and OpenCL applications, and added MultiPoint Services as a new role in Windows Server.
  • What's New in File and Storage Services in Windows Server Technical Preview. This topic explains the new and changed functionality of Storage Services. An update in storage quality of service now enables you to create storage QoS policies on a Scale-Out File Server and assign them to one or more virtual disks on Hyper-V virtual machines. Storage Replica is a new feature that enables synchronous replication between servers for disaster recovery, as well as stretching of a failover cluster for high availability..
    • What's New in Web Application Proxy in Windows Server Technical Preview. The latest version of Web Application Proxy focuses on new features that enable publishing and preauthentication for more applications and improved user experience. Check out the full list of new features that includes preauthentication for rich client apps such as Exchange ActiveSync and wildcard domains for easier publishing of SharePoint apps.
    • What's new in the Windows console. The underlying console host (Conhost.exe) has been updated in several ways, adding new and different functionality to the Windows command prompt, the Windows PowerShell prompt, and any other character-mode applications. For details, see What's New in the Windows Console in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview and Console Improvements in the Windows 10 Technical Preview , but you should take note of these important changes:
      • The new console functionality is enabled by default. If an existing application doesn't work properly with the new console, you can select Use legacy console on the Options tab and then restart your application. You can also control individual aspects of the new functionality with registry keys; see details at the linked topics.
      • Console windows can be resized dynamically with the mouse. This could cause issues with some console applications.
      • Quick Edit mode is enabled by default. If this conflicts with your application, you can disable it on the Options tab.
      • There are new keyboard shortcuts for copy, paste, and history navigation. If these conflict with your application, you can disable them on the Options tab (look for Enable CTRL key shortcuts and Extended test selection keys).
      • The default font type for new console windows is TrueType. You can still use raster fonts, but they won't scale properly on some displays.
      • Text wraps and reflows by default when you resize a window. If necessary, you can disable this on the Layouts tab.
      • In some cases, after upgrade installation, fonts in the console window might be very small. To adjust this, use the Fonts tab.
The Software architecture changes between Windows Server 2012 R2 & Windows Server 2016 TP3

 image via Microsoft

MSFT Evaluation Center:

Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3 

Hyper-V Server 2016 Technical Preview 3

System Center Technical Preview 3

RSAT for Windows 10

Additional Information:

What’s new in Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 Technical Preview 3  technet

Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3  msdn

Customer Experience Guides for Windows Server 2016 TP3  technet

Site-aware Failover Clusters in Windows Server 2016  msdn

Announcing Windows Containers Preview  ScottGu's Blog

What is Windows Server Containers and Hyper-V Containers msdn

New Windows Server Preview Fuels Application Innovation with Containers, Software-Defined Datacenter Updates  Server & Tools Blog

Linux Integration Services 4.0 Update Server & Tools Blog

Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) and Switch Embedded Teaming (SET)

Data Deduplication in Windows Server Technical Preview 3  Server & Tools Blogs

Getting Started with Docker Containers on Windows Server 2016 TP3  Sandbu

What you need to know about Windows Server 2016 and containers going forward!  basvankaam

Microsoft Launches Third Technical Preview Of Windows Server 2016, Adds Built-In Container  TC

New Shared VHDX features in Windows Server 2016  WinITPro

Windows Server 2016 Will Run Docker Engine  InformationWeek

Introducing the Technical Preview of Docker Engine for Windows Server 2016  docker

Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3 now available, here’s what’s new  WinBeta

Microsoft Releases Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10

RSAT now available for Windows 10 clients  MN

RSAT for Windows 10 is available, but you might have trouble installing it. Here’s a workaround.  Stephen Donaghy

Microsoft to deliver third Windows Server 2016 preview with Windows Container support  ZDnet

Containers come to Windows with new Windows Server 2016 beta  ArsTechnica

10 Hot Hyper-V Topics of the Moment  Altaro

Microsoft Offers Windows 10 Edge Testing on Downloadable VMs  Data Center Knowledge

Microsoft Releases Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10 -- Redmondmag

Install RSAT for Windows 10  4sysops

What Does Windows Server 2016 Mean for Small Businesses?  Petri

Monday, August 17, 2015

Manage all versions of Microsoft Hyper-V from Windows 10 with VT Technology Management Utilities (vtUtilities)

VT Technology's popular Hyper-V management tool vtUtilities is now compatible not only with Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 but with Windows 10 as well.

Microsoft released Windows 10 at the end of July, planning to release next Technical Preview of Windows Server 2016 along with RSAT for Windows 10 later this month, making remote management of WinServ2016 TP 3 from Windows 10 machine possible.  Commercial release of Windows Server 2016 is expected next year.

It's a good news for Windows administrators. However, local management or management of previous versions of Hyper-V from new OS still would not be possible without VT technology Management Utilities for Hyper-V.

You can get your free trial of vtUtilities here