Create Bootable Windows Server 2016 USB Thumb Drive for Installing OS

If you do not have the media, you will need to download.  See https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-server-technical-preview for the Technical Preview.  You could also download from MSDN.MICROSOFT.COM or other subscription service. 1) Double-click the ISO file to mount it  (or mount the ISO) and make note of the drive letter.  In my case it is drive I: 2) Put in the USB Thumb Drive Key in the computer and […]

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Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 2012: Installation

Windows Server Update Services Prerequisites Before you begin installing the WSUS role on Windows Server 2012, the server should meet the following prerequisites: Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 must be installed on the WSUS server. The Network Service account must have full access to the %windir%\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\Temporary ASP.NET Files and %windir%\Temp file paths. The account you use to install WSUS must be a member of the Local […]

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PowerShell: Alert me when Disk Space is running low on my Windows Servers (E-Mail Notification)

With this PowerShell script you can get an email notification when your disk space is running low on your Windows Servers. PowerShell Script: function getDiskFreeSpace { Get-WmiObject Win32_Volume -computername $args -filter “drivetype = 3” | Select-Object _SERVER, Name, @{Name=”Size(GB)”;Expression={“{0:N1}” -f($.Capacity/1gb)}},@{Name=”FreeSpace(GB)”;Expression={“{0:N1}” -f($_.freespace/1gb)}},@{Name=”FreeSpacePerCent”;Expression={“{0:P0}” -f($_.freespace/$_.capacity)}} | Where-Object -FilterScript {$_.FreeSpacePerCent -lt 95} | Sort-Object -property “FreeSpacePerCent” | Format-Table } ForEach($s in Get-Content c:\Temp\serverlist.txt) { […]

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Volume Activation for Windows: Configuring KMS with AD Roles for Windows 2012 / 2012R2

Configuring KMS with Windows 2012 Server Roles Step-By-Step Installing the Volume Services Role for KMS To begin the installation of the KMS host in the Windows Server 2012 / 2012R2 machine, begin by adding a role: On the next screen, select Role-based or feature-based installation: Select the server where the roles will be installed: On the Add Roles and Features Wizard, select Volume Activation Services. […]

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How to Import a Group Policy Object’s Settings into Another Group Policy Object

You may sometimes find it necessary to copy Group Policy Objects (GPOs) from one Active Directory domain to another. This can be useful when you want to apply the same policy settings to groups of users or computers in different domains within a multi-domain forest, or when you are performing a migration from one domain to another. GPOs can be backed […]

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Why does my Windows Service keep forgetting its password?

The mystery: “The service did not start due to a login failure” One of our customers reported a very strange problem last week. After about a day of running flawlessly, their windows service would suddenly fail to start after a reboot. The error reported by the Event Viewer hinted at a problem with the service user’s account: Trying to start the service […]

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Converting from Server 2012 Core install to Full GUI

Windows Server 2012 Core boasts many enticing enhancements which include reducing the installation footprint, attack surface and management overhead.  Features on Demand allows the administrator to remove roles which are not needed to help reduce the disk size required for the installation.  By default all features are stored in the %windir%\winsxs directory, but administrators can use the uninstall-windowsfeature <featurename> –remove […]

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