Category: Windows Server 2008 R2

How to Disable JAVA Update on Windows Server

Disabling the Java update notifications is actually pretty easy. There’s a registry setting in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE that will allow you to completely disable both update notifications and the update functionality. The full path of the key is HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\JavaSoft\Java Update\Policy. The registry entry is named EnableJavaUpdate and is a DWORD value that defaults to 1 for the update functionality to be enabled. Setting the […]

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Add Windows 10 Image To WDS

In this article, I’ll show you how to add a Windows 10 latest Image to Windows Deployment Services 2016 Server. Using WDS, we could easily automate the deployment of Windows 10 and automatically join into the domain and place it in a specific OU. We could also create WDS gold Image with specific applications and […]

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Automating WSUS with PowerShell

The scripts explained in this post allow you to automate several Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) tasks such as synchronization, approvals, cleanups, and scheduled update installations. Syncing WSUS with PowerShell and Task Scheduler ^ In this article, I assume you are familiar with WSUS administration. Right after installing WSUS, you have to configure periodic synchronization. Unfortunately, […]

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Configuring Password Replication Policy for Read Only Domain Controllers

What is Password Replication Policy? Password Replication Policy (PRP) determines which users’ credentials can be cached on a specific RODC. If PRP allows an RODC to cache a user’s credentials, authentication and service ticket activities of that user can be processed by the RODC. If a user’s credentials cannot be cached on an RODC, authentication […]

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Install Read Only Domain Controller on Windows Server 2008 R2

Let me give you a basic introduction first before we jump right into the installation. From here on I will refer to Read Only Domain COntroller as simply RODC. What is RODC? An RODC is a domain controller, typically placed in the branch office, that maintains a copy of all objects in the domain and […]

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Junction – Free up disk space using Symbolic links

I came across a brilliant solution that will blow your mind away and save all you System Admins out there having similar issue. The solution that I am referring to is an application called Junction. Directory symbolic links are known as NTFS junctions in Windows. Many of you must be aware that Microsoft introduced a […]

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Introduction to Public Key Infrastructure Concepts

Today we will see Public Key Infrastructure concepts and how the entire system works. We will be dealing with a lot of new words for those who are not aware of PKI is and how it can be used in an organization for security reasons. In the simplest terms, PKI is the framework for encryption […]

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Cleaning Up WinSXS Folder on Windows Server 2008 R2

I finally found some good information for cleaning up the WinSXS folder on new instances of Windows. I found the following site extremely helpful: http://blogs.technet.com/b/askpfeplat/archive/2014/05/13/how-to-clean-up-the-winsxs-directory-and-free-up-disk-space-on-windows-server-2008-r2-with-new-update.aspx. Consequently, I was able to get 7GB of data cleaned up from the WinSXS folder on the first Server 2008R2 machine I followed this process on. Here are the basic steps: […]

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Replication for a Windows Domain Controller (2003, 2008, 2012)

If you would like to avoid using the AD Sites and Services GUI to force replication across your domain controllers, consider the script below. Save this as a .bat file to a machine on the same domain as your domain controllers and run as a domain administrator. The script will prompt you for the desired […]

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