Category: Windows 2008

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How to Permanently Add Exchange 2013 PowerShell Cmdlets to PowerShell ISE

You can permanently register the Exchange PowerShell commands into PowerShell ISE so you don’t always have to manually add the command Add-PSsnapin *Exchange* -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue every time you start PowerShell ISE. Here’s the step-by-step procedure....

How to Seize an Active Directory FSMO Role 0

How to Seize an Active Directory FSMO Role

There are 5 roles in Active Directory, called Flexible Single Master Operations (FSMO) roles, that are handled by certain Domain Controllers in Active Directory. If you only have one Domain Controller (DC) then all...

Use Disk Cleanup Utility to Clean WinSxS Folder in Windows Clients and Servers 0

Use Disk Cleanup Utility to Clean WinSxS Folder in Windows Clients and Servers

The WinSxS folder eats up a lot of disk space on Windows computers (both clients and servers). If you go to your WinSxS folder located in C:\Windows and look at the properties of the...

Use DISM Commands to Get Useful Information on Running Operating Systems 0

Use DISM Commands to Get Useful Information on Running Operating Systems

Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) is a command-line tool that was introduced with Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 and is used to service Windows images offline before deployment. DISM can be used...

So Many Deployment Tools, So Little Time! 0

So Many Deployment Tools, So Little Time!

Whenever I blog about Windows deployment, I wonder why Microsoft doesn’t provide a single application for deploying Windows……or something close to a single solution. There are dozens of tools that Microsoft throws into a...

How to Turn Off Hibernation on Windows Desktop Computers 0

How to Turn Off Hibernation on Windows Desktop Computers

The hibernation feature is normally used on Windows laptop computers but can also be used on Windows desktop computers, such as Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 clients or Windows Server 2008/2012, etc. The system creates a file...

How to Configure Your Windows Server to Use an External Time Source 0

How to Configure Your Windows Server to Use an External Time Source

Having the same time on all your Windows servers is extremely important. Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, and Active Directory all rely on the Time Service (W32Time). The Kerberos authentication protocol in Windows also relies...

How Client and Server Computers Update their DNS Names in Windows Server 2008 & Later Computers 0

How Client and Server Computers Update their DNS Names in Windows Server 2008 & Later Computers

In a windows networking environment, Domain Name System (DNS) client computers can use dynamic update to register with a DNS server. They can then dynamically update their resource records with a DNS server whenever...

The Strange Way in Which Active Directory Implements the Full Name Attribute 0

The Strange Way in Which Active Directory Implements the Full Name Attribute

Did you know that the full name, first name, last name, display name, logon name, and Pre-Windows 2000 account name can all be different for a single user account in Active Directory? There are...

Microsoft’s Billion Dollar Products 0

Microsoft’s Billion Dollar Products

Microsoft has several products that are generating good revenue for their business. Mary Jo Foley recently published this article that has more details. Most of the heavy hitters are big names but SharePoint definitely...

Error: An attempt to initialize VM saved state failed 0

Error: An attempt to initialize VM saved state failed

Problem: You get the following error when you create a new virtual image in Hyper-V on a Windows 8 Professional computer, configure it to boot from an ISO image, and then try and start...

What’s the Difference Between Unified Access Gateway (UAG) and Threat Management Gateway (TMG)? 0

What’s the Difference Between Unified Access Gateway (UAG) and Threat Management Gateway (TMG)?

There are some major differences between Microsoft Threat Management Gateway (TMG) and Microsoft Unified Access Gateway (UAG). The two products are completely distinct and do not share any code. However, if you install UAG,...

How to Find the Largest Files on Your Windows Computer 0

How to Find the Largest Files on Your Windows Computer

When working with Windows computers, especially Windows servers, I often run into situations where the hard drive is running out of disk space. In fact, I have often seen drives literally have no available...

How to Delete Inactive Profiles on Windows 7 2

How to Delete Inactive Profiles on Windows 7

A few years ago I wrote this article Deleting Old User Profiles in Windows 2000/XP/2003 about a User Profile Deletion utility called DelProf.exe. This tool is part of the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit....

Microsoft Licensing Portal 0

Microsoft Licensing Portal

When I am teaching classes, my students sometimes ask me questions about licensing for various Microsoft products. Back in the NT days, it was relatively easy to tell students how the licensing worked because...

How to Enable Audio Support in Hyper-V Guest VMs on WS08R2 0

How to Enable Audio Support in Hyper-V Guest VMs on WS08R2

I work with Hyper-V a lot. Recently I have been doing some work that required audio support inside the virtual machines (VMs) on my Windows Server 2008 R2 computers. Here’s the procedure you can...

Can’t Start a VM on Windows Server 2008 R2? Could Be Due to Lack of AVX Support. 0

Can’t Start a VM on Windows Server 2008 R2? Could Be Due to Lack of AVX Support.

I recently ran into a situation where I wasn’t able to start virtual machines on a newly installed Windows Server 2008 R2 computer. After a little research I ran into the following Microsoft Knowledge...

A Bug Fix to Fix the Previous Bug Fixes: Windows System Update Readiness Tool 0

A Bug Fix to Fix the Previous Bug Fixes: Windows System Update Readiness Tool

If you are having problems installing Service Pack or software updates on Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7 or Windows Vista you are not alone. There are lots of people facing the same issue,...

Difference Between Hyper-V Saved State and a Snapshot 0

Difference Between Hyper-V Saved State and a Snapshot

When working with Microsoft Hyper-V, it is helpful to understand the difference between the Saved State and a Snapshot. Here is a brief explanation of both. Snapshot A snapshot can be taken whether the virtual...

Free Windows Server 2008 R2 Evaluation Virtual Images for Hyper-V 0

Free Windows Server 2008 R2 Evaluation Virtual Images for Hyper-V

A lot of my students ask me if they can get a copy of the Hyper-V virtual image that they use in class to do labs. The answer to that question is no. Microsoft...