Remove Windows Server Disabled Roles and Features Payload Files

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If you are running a Windows Server environment and you are becoming increasing low on system drive space, then you may want to consider removing the built in payload files for Windows Features. Windows Server comes with the payload files readily available if you want to add any additional Features or Roles to your server. … Read more

Windows Server 2019 Evaluation Product Keys

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Following on from our popular posts for evaluation product keys for Server 2008 R2, Server 2012 R2 and Server 2016, this post brings us fully up to date with the evaluation keys for Server 2019. This forms part of our evaluation and KMS product key series where we have shared with you all the product … Read more

Get OU Distinguished Name

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There are many reasons as to why you would need to identify an Active Directory Organisational Unit’s Distinguished Name. Most techies out there will use an AD distinguished name when writing or using PowerShell scripts. However, quickly finding what the Distinguished name of a particular OU is not immediately clear. You can click on the … Read more

Check for Thick Provisioned Disk Space in VMWare

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If you want to run a check against your VMWare infrastructure for virtual machines that have thick provisioned disks, you can use VMWare PowerCLI to do this quickly and easily. Our step by step guide below will show you what you need to do to bring back the results that you need. Check for Thick … Read more

System Center Operations Manager Invalid Management Group Removal

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We recently carried out some work for a client who had a completely ruined installation of System Center Operations Manager (SCOM). Who had done what to it, we may never know, but it was clear that the only fix was to start again. This was not such a bad thing as they did want to … Read more

Broken Microsoft Update – KB4338818

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You may have installed Microsoft Update KB4338818 during Patch Tuesday and now your Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 is broken right? Maybe even some Windows 7 machines? Well guess what? You are not the only one! Yes, Microsoft have done it yet again, released a dirty update that this time hits your Microsoft Windows Server … Read more

Windows Server – Internet Security Blocking Downloads

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If you are an IT administrator then the chances are that you have come across issues with trying to download files directly from a website to your server. You would have received this security alert when trying to download: Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded. Although this is a … Read more

Windows Server 2016 – Disable Server Manager on Startup

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I don’t know about you, but Server Manager loading up every time I login to a Windows Server 2016 machine drives me nuts! This is especially annoying when using my lab as most of the hardware is just old bits of kit that is not being used in production any longer. In older versions of … Read more