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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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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How to Automate Software Package Installations in Server 2016 via PowerShell

Here are some of the ways you can automate software package and modules installations in Server 2016, using some of the new package management cmdlets that come with PowerShell. With the introduction of services like NuGet, Choclatey, PSGet and Package Manager, Windows finally has a great way of delivering software packages and modules directly from the internet or through an […]

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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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Configuring Network Load Balancing in Windows Server

Services and applications that are affected by high load require technologies to address this issue. Network Load Balancing is a technology that allows system administrators to configure clusters that distribute traffic between several servers. Suppose you have a website that receives a large number of requests and cannot be handled by one server. In this case you would configure a […]

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Installing Exchange Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016 with GUI

You can install Exchange Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016 with either PowerShell or Graphical User Interface (GUI). However, in this article, I’ll focus on installation with the help of GUI. System Requirements Exchange Server 2016 has following important system requirements. For details, please visit the following link: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa996719(v=exchg.160).aspx Installing Prerequisites To get started, join the server machine with domain and then […]

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Introducing Microsoft ‘Project Honolulu’

Microsoft continues to invest and expand its PowerShell Scripting Environment but sometimes it is necessary to use a graphical interface in order to manage systems. This is the reason why Microsoft also develops a new management tool called “Project Honolulu”. Honolulu is the modern evolution of traditional MMC, first introduced in 2000. Now, it’s time to update our management tools! So, Microsoft […]

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