Monthly Archive: April 2016

First steps with Nano Server TP5

    In the Technical Preview 5 release of Windows erver 2016 Microsoft offers besides the normal ISO image, a VHD image with a basic installation of Nano Server. This means that if you just want to test this new OS out you can download the VHD, assign it to a VM…
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Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5 released

    Yesterday Microsoft released the Technical Preview 5 of Windows Server 2016. They say that this will be the last TP they will release for 2016 and that no extra featues will be present in the final release but they may be improved still.     The flavours of the OS remain the…
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Get and log off users with CMD tools

    During your IT career you most probably had or will have the need to see what users are logged on a server and the need to log off a certain user or more. This task can be done in more ways than one. This post covers 2 command line tools…
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Tip: Powershell loop freezes

    This is a small tip about an issue that does not happen to a lot of people and not too often but it happens and when it does you don’t even know hot to start troubleshooting it. The issue sounds like this: you are running a script or some commands and…
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Get FSMO role holders and Global Catalogs with Powershell

    Introduction     When dealing with Active Directory it is very important to really know your environment. This means knowing your Domain Controllers, your Global Catalogs, which DCs have the FSMO roles, sites, policies and so on. This info is needed especially when you have a problem and want to start debugging…
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Build a virtual test lab Part 5: Install a router

    When designing a virtual test lab you will most probably think of having more than one network so you can test technologies more accurately. This part is about showing you one of the possible methods to make devices from different networks talk to each other, as by default 2 networks…
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Build a virtual test lab Part 4: Hyper-V virtual switch

    Introducing virtual switches     By now we saw how to create a virtual machine and set it’s settings but having a virtual lab does not mean create just one VM and install everything on it. The next part after you create a VM should be to create another one and so…
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Build a virtual test lab Part 3: Hyper-V VM settings

    With a VM created it is time to explore some of the settings we can configure for it. In this example the virtual machine is Generation 1 but Generation 2 settings are mostly the same. The big difference is that legacy devices are not present anymore and there is an extra…
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