Robert Borges

About Robert... I have been in the IT industry since 1993 focusing mainly in networking. Though I got an early start as an amateur computer enthusiast, and wrote my first database app at age 12, I started my professional career working in the MIS department of one of the largest liquor distributors in the northeast. I started out there as a systems operator on the company’s two mainframe systems. From there I moved into PC support, and help design and implement the company’s first client-server network… This was back in the days of Win NT 3.51. I also worked on my first migration to NT 4.0 back then. From there I went on to work with Novell 3.x and 4.x along with Windows domains and active directory environments. Working my way up from technician, to specialist, to administrator, and eventually all the way up to Sr. Engineer. I spent many years working for consulting firms, 9 of which I owned and operated my own firm. Over the years, I have worked with (at an expert level) various versions of: Windows client and server operating systems (including Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016); various virtualization technologies (Hyper-V, VMware, etc.); MS-SQL server 6.5- 2014 R2; Exchange 4-2016, and much more. I am now vCIO at Spade Technology, Inc. focusing on Information Technology strategy including: cloud computing, IT Infrastructure & Architecture, IT Security, and Cloud Computing platforms & technologies (SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS). Outside of my day job, I serve as president of the board of Boston User Groups, Inc., as well as IT-Pro User Group. In 2017/2018 Microsoft awarded me the Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) Award, with a focus of Microsoft Azure cloud, for my efforts in the IT community. I am in a constant state of learning about new products, and new versions of products. Many of which we end up implementing in lab environments and sometimes for our clients. I have a very broad range of expertise and experience. It is my goal to share some of this experience on this blog to help enrich the IT community.

Most commented posts

  1. Importing & Exporting Hyper-V VMs in Windows Server 2012 R2 — 11 comments
  2. Windows Server 2012 Feature: Share Nothing Live Migration in Hyper-V — 6 comments
  3. A Real IP Phone System "On The Cheap" — 5 comments
  4. Using SYSPREP Before Creating a System Image — 4 comments
  5. What printers work best with a Windows Remote Desktop Server? — 4 comments

Author's posts

How to Shrink Large SQL Transaction Log Files

sqlserverSQL transaction log files should be maintained automatically by SQL Server, but sometimes grow too large when automatic maintenance is not being performed correctly. When this happens, transaction log files can grow unexpectedly large. It is important to take manual steps to shrink these files before they consume all available disk space. Continue reading

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Rethinking Backup with Veeam

I am a worry wart when it comes to backing up data. For my critical systems, I never trust a single backup method, but rather I implement several different strategies for backup and disaster recovery. For the past two years, one of those methods has been using Veeam Backup and Recovery.

Traditionally, Veeam has been a product to backup virtual machines (VMs) hosted on either Hyper-V or VMware hosts. They specialized in backing up the entire VM to disk quickly and easily using encryption and/or deduplication. Daily backups are incremental, as they only backup the bits of virtual disks that actually changed since the last backup. This makes incremental backups very quick, and requires very little disk space compared to comparable solutions. The product also made it very easy to restore an entire VM to any host running the same hypervisor platform.
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Top 10 Reasons User Groups are Good for Both You and Your Employer

Attending user group meetings can have many benefits to both you and your employer. Not all necessary skills and knowledge are gained simply from job experience and education alone. In addition to on-the-job training, an employee will garner much needed information from experts in the field and in turn add value to their employer when they apply the new skills. As an employer, the investment in your employee’s skills and training will give you an invaluable return on investment. Continue reading

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Why Do Servers Need More Memory As Time Goes On?

Have you ever noticed how a server tends to slow down over time? No, this isn’t simply your server getting old and tired. This is often caused by the same server needing more and more memory (RAM) as time passes. There are good reasons why this happens, and ways to minimize the effects. Here are a few common reasons why a server requires more memory as time goes on. Continue reading

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How to Set Your PC’s Default Printer

Your Windows PC or laptop may be configured to print to several printers. Some printers may be connected directly to your computer, while others are attached to the network. On each computer, one printer is defined as the default printer. The default printer is typically the printer to which all programs (Word, Excel, QuickBooks, etc.) print by default. Continue reading

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Export a Running Virtual Machine Using PowerShell

Exporting a Hyper-V VM (virtual machine) creates a full copy of that VM. This can be used as an easy way to create an ad-hoc backup or an archive. An export can also contain all of the existing checkpoints that exist, so it is a really helpful tool during deployments, migrations, and upgrades. Continue reading

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How to Delete a User Profile from the Registry

When deleting user profiles, it is advisable to use the built-in GUI (graphical user interface) interface in Windows (Start >> System >> Advanced System Settings >> User Profile – Settings). This should delete all references in the registry, and the user’s profile folder (normally located in C:\Users).  But what if this doesn’t work as it should? Continue reading

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TechEd NorthAmerica: Delivering Exceptional IOPS/$ with Windows Server 2012 R2

Ever wonder how you can get over a million IOPS using inexpensive spinning disks? In this video Tobias Klima, of Microsoft, demonstrates Storage Spaces with tiered storage (SSD + spinning HDD) as well as Scale out File Server (SoFS). Continue reading

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TechEd North America: Enabling Enterprise Mobility with Windows and Microsoft Office 365

How do we deal with mobility as IT Pros? This video with Brad McCabe and Alan Meeus will show how you can manage mobile devices using Windows and Office 365. Using these tools gain peace of mind while lowering your total cost of ownership.

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P2V (Physical to Virtual) Migration

In previous posts, I have shown you how to export and import machines from one Hyper-V host to another (see post titled “Importing & Exporting Hyper-V VMs in Windows Server 2012 R2“). I have also talked about building new virtual machines from scratch. There are many scenarios where it makes a lot of sense to virtualize an existing system as is. In essence, you would convert a physical server to a VM (virtual machine). We call this a Physical-to-Virtual (P2V) migration. Continue reading

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How Do I Change Hibernation Settings in Windows 8?

For a long time Windows has had power saving functionality of various types. In Windows XP and Windows Vista we had a standby mode which used minimal power and a hibernation mode which would use no power. In Windows 7 and Windows 8 the hibernation and standby modes become one single mode called Sleep mode. You can configure how long the computer will be idle before it goes to “sleep”. Continue reading

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Sign Up for BizSpark and Get a Free MSDN Account

If you are interested in doing any programming, or are a recent startup then you will want to pay close attention to this one. The Microsoft BizSpark program is designed for individuals and startups that want to develop applications for the web, Windows Phone, or Windows. This program is absolutely FREE, and they give you a free MSDN account for three years. The software in this account can be used to create development environments, testing labs, and even production use. Microsoft started this program a few years back to try to help reduce (or eliminate) the software costs of being a startup in this terrible economy. Continue reading

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What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Lessons Learned Week 1

It has been an incredible start to the Windows Server 2012 R2 Launch Series.  Here is brief summary of the 9 posts we covered so far… Continue reading

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Importing & Exporting Hyper-V VMs in Windows Server 2012 R2

HyperV_LogoThough often a less frequently used feature of Hyper-V, the import and export functions offer some very useful benefits.  In Windows Server 2012 R2 these benefits get even better.  I will explain how this functionality works, and why it is useful.  I’ll also discuss how these functions are very different from the commonly used checkpoints in Hyper-V. Continue reading

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Free eBook: Introducing Windows Azure for IT Professionals

Continuing a spree of free eBooks, Microsoft has done it again. This time they have released Mitch Tulloch’s “Introducing Windows Azure for IT Professionals”. This book covers not only web sites and databases, but also the new IaaS Virtual Machine offerings. Below are the download links for PDF, ePub, and MOBI formats. Continue reading

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