By André on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 11:16 AM

What possibilities do you have to check if WMI works correctly and the Repository is not broken?

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The easiest and fastest way is to run gpupdate / force and to see if you get the “completed successfully” message! Another option is WBEMTEST to query specific values!

By André on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 8:30 AM

When I had to update our Windows Server 2008 R2 RDS Farm (consisting of 1 RDS – Connection Broker and 3 RDS – Session Host Server) I couldn’t shut down one of the 3 Session Host Servers correctly.

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I waited for minutes but the  Server didn’t turn off. The only possibility I had, was to press the “physical button”.  After turning on the server again it took a longer  time than usual  till the Login Screen appeared!   I wanted to change the RDS Login – Settings for this RDS Server and opened “Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration” MMC.  The warning message “The settings for this Remote Desktop Session Host server cannot be retrieved” was displayed.  Pressing the Power Button seemed to destroy the WMI – Repository! 

Here you can find  the solution to repair the WMI Repository!

By André on Sunday, December 1, 2013 9:57 PM

How to set up a Patch Tuesday update solution?

imageFor many administrators, handling software updates with System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2012 is a complex process, but it doesn't have to be. By keeping it simple, as shown here,  you'll likely get the job done quicker and gain a better understanding of the software update process.

By André on Sunday, November 10, 2013 4:02 PM

nslookup.exe can be run in two different modes:

The interactive and the noninteractive mode.

By André on Saturday, January 26, 2013 3:32 PM

 

imageWith the new Server Manager included in  Windows Server 2012 or in the RSAT tools for Windows 8 you have the possibility to easily manage the current (where Server Manager is running) or other Windows 2012 Servers. But it’s also possible to manager other “older” Windows Server Operating Systems like Windows Server 2008 or Server 2008 R2. But there, some extra steps are necessary on the “older target Server”.

By André on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 6:32 AM

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AD Replication Status Tool

is a new tool from Microsoft to check the replications status of your Domain Controllers in your Active Directory environment in a domain.

You have to run this tool on a PC / Server which is member of the domain to scan.

 

By André on Thursday, July 12, 2012 3:24 PM

Before you installed the first Domain Controller of a new Windows Server Operating System (eg. Windows Server 2003 / Windows Server 2008 R2) you had to extend the AD Schema.

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In Windows Server 2012, Microsoft has integrated the ADPREP forest and domain upgrades and DCPROMO domain controller promotion processes into one Active Directory Domain Service Configuration Wizard that takes care of everything.


If you add the “Active Directory Domain Services” role with the 2012 Server Manager, this wizard is started.

By André on Thursday, June 28, 2012 3:17 PM

When you install Windows Server 2012 you can choose between

Server Core Installation and Server with a GUI.

imageThe good news is, that now, you have the possibility to choose between the two modes after the initial installation!

So you can install your server with a GUI, install the drivers for all the network adapters, configure them with the desired IP’s, enable remote Management, Remote Desktop, enable Windows Update and then at the end you can switch back to Server Core (by removing the features).