Hardware

Synology SSD Cache Setup and Testing

Enabling Synology SSD Cache Due to budget constraints my Synology DS1815+ is only populated with 6 WD Red drives, and the last two bays have been sitting empty for a while now. After a recent unrelated upgrade I found myself […]

Upgrading Server 2012R2 to Nano Server
System Administrator

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
System Administrator

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
System Administrator

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 […]

Synology DS1512+ with failed hard drive
Hardware
Synology DS416 withy WD Red NAS 3.0TB Drives
Hardware

Synology Disk Station Manager – initial configuration guide

Overview The Synology Disk Station Manager (DSM) is the Operating System (OS) that runs on your Synology unit.  This guide will cover the basic steps to setup your Synology device and complete the initial configuration settings of your DSM. If […]

PowerShell Gallery Login
Development

PowerShell Gallery 101

What is the PowerShell Gallery? Microsoft states: The PowerShell Gallery is the central repository for PowerShell content. You can find new PowerShell commands or Desired State Configuration (DSC) resources in the Gallery. Wait a second, doesn’t that sound a lot […]

Hyper-V Automatic Stop Action Settings
System Administrator

Hyper-V VM BIN file and AutomaticStopAction

What is a Hyper-V VM BIN file? The .bin file is a Hyper-V VM associated file located inside the GUID folder of a VM. If a VM’s AutomaticStopAction is set to: Save the virtual machine state then Hyper-V will reserve […]

System Administrator

Transfer all FSMO roles via PowerShell

PowerShell Automation Script: Transfer all FSMO roles from one DC to another DC If you prefer video over written format the corresponding video for this write-up can be viewed below: I came across an excellent write-up the other day on […]

Hyper-V Manager - VM Settings - New Virtual Hard Disk Wizard - Disk Type
System Administrator

Create New-VHD via PowerShell or GUI

How To: Create New-VHD via PowerShell or GUI and attach to existing VM If you prefer video over written format the corresponding video for this write-up can be viewed below: Here is all the PowerShell code required for the creation […]