System Administrator

Windows Version Numbers

Windows Version Numbers Information This post serves as a quick reference guide for all Windows Version numbers for both client and server Microsoft Operating Systems.  Windows 10 and Server 2016 are broken down in the first sections in greater detail […]

Microsoft Windows Release Channel breakdown
System Administrator

Windows Release Channels Explained

Windows Release Channels Overview At 2017’s Ignite conference Microsoft announced they would be shifting to a two Windows Release Channels model and introduced the Semi-annual Channel (SAC).  This new channel permits rapid adoption of new feature sets and capabilities in […]

HP iLO RESTful API manged with PowerShell
PowerShell

Mange HP Servers with iLO RESTful API via PowerShell

Using PowerShell to manage HP servers via the iLO RESTful API If your environment contains HPE Gen9 Servers running iLO 4 2.00 you can leverage PowerShell to interact with the iLO RESTful API of these devices. Why should I care […]

Upgrading Server 2012R2 to Nano Server
Hyper-V

Upgrade Hyper-V to Nano Server with zero VM downtime

Hyper-V to Nano Server with no downtime Upgrading Hyper-V to Nano Server is relatively straight forward.  A Nano Server image should be created for each Hypervisor in your Hyper-V cluster.  Each of those Nano Server images should be customized to […]

Nano Server Console with PowerShell Logo
Nano Server

Customizing Nano deployment using SetupComplete.cmd

Nano Server SetupComplete.cmd While possible to set many options in the actual Nano Server image you will likely find yourself needing to perform a few post deployment customization tasks.  These can be accomplished through use of SetupComplete.cmd which can be […]

Nano Server Login Console
Nano Server

How to create a Nano Server Image

Creating a Nano Server Image Unlike other versions of Windows Nano Server does not have install media to load onto a VM or Physical Host.  Instead, a base level Nano WIM, Nano Packages, and Nano scripts are used in conjunction […]

Hyper-V Ignite Videos
Hyper-V

Learning Hyper-V 2016 changes – Ignite Playlist

Server 2016 was announced at this year’s Microsoft Ignite ushering in a lot of new features for Server 2016 and especially for Hyper-V. Upgrades to the Hyper-V platform read almost like a wish list with Microsoft offering an array of […]

DPM Install Error - Report Configuration Failed ID: 812
DPM

DPM Install Error Report Configuration ID: 812

Resolving DPM Install Error – Report Configuration Failed During a recent attempt to do some testing in the lab with DPM I encountered the following error during the DPM install: Report Configuration Failed. Verify that SQL Server Reporting Services is […]

Sysprep error log - sysprepOrder error
MDT/WDS/AIK

2012 Server sysprep fails

2012 Server sysprep fails during MDT capture sequence I recently experienced an issue while updating my 2012 server image on my MDT deployment share.  The newly updated 2012 Server sysprep fails during the sysprep capture process.  The MDT task sequence […]

Recommended Hyper-V Hotfixes
Hyper-V

2012R2 Hyper-V Hotfixes List

2012R2 Hyper-V Hotfixes Info The bulk of my work these days involves engineering and architecture around the 2012R2 Hyper-V platform.  We support hundreds of Hypervisors so I have seen my fair share of Hyper-V issues.  I’ve worked with Microsoft through […]