Windows Server 2016 Evaluation Edition Available for Download

Happy Monday folks and what a great Monday it is. Microsoft Ignite is taking place this week. I’m super excited for all the announcements that will take place this week and the great things ahead. For those of you that are unable to attend in person, check out the live streaming online at I’m… Read more

After Migrating Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Cluster to Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Cluster, Virtual Machines Fail to Come Online in Failover Cluster Manager

Lots of my customers are upgrading their Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Cluster nodes to Windows Server 2012 R2. The increased stability and reliability that Windows Server 2012 R2 combined with the news that Windows Server 2016 will support rolling upgrades from Windows Server 2012 R2 Cluster nodes makes this a no brainer. The migration… Read more

KMS Migration from 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012 R2 and KMS Activation Known Issues

I’m receiving a lot of requests for assistance here lately around KMS. In short, the request goes something like this: I use KMS for volume activation of Microsoft products. How do I migrate my KMS host from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012 R2? Let’s get a few things straight. THERE IS NO… Read more

From Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012 R2: A Tale of a Successful Failover Cluster Hyper-V Migration

  I seemed to be running into more and more Hyper-V Failover Cluster migrations with my customers as of late. Some of these are migrating from VMWare to Hyper-V, but some of these are simply migrating from Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Cluster to Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Cluster. It’s actually a fairly simple… Read more

Getting Started with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1: Part II, starting with Selection Profiles (and some random Windows Server 2003 End of Service ramblings)

A while back (and longer than I’d like to admit), I wrote a post on getting started with Windows Deployment for Windows Server or Windows client using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. I’ve helped many customers since then setup and use MDT in their environment. Many of these engagements are a result of Windows Server 2003… Read more

How to Reduce the Size of the WinSxS directory and Free Up Disk Space on Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 or do we even need to?

When discussing a specific .NET framework issue a few months back, several people commented that they were unable to uninstall an update as the new /resetbase command was run against the image after the update was already installed. So what is this command? Why were they unable to uninstall this update? What other new servicing… Read more

When Creating a New Resource or Role in Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Cluster, the Network Name Fails to Come Online or Failed to Create Associated Computer Object in Domain

There is an issue I have seen repeatedly in the field since Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 released. It typically surfaces when attempting to add roles to Windows Failover Cluster. Since my customers are large SQL shops, this issue typically surfaces when the server team hands off the Windows Server 2012 R2… Read more

Attempting to Install .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 Fails with Error Code 0x800F0906 or “the source files could not be downloaded”, even when supplying source

In one of my prior posts, I mentioned a step required when installing .Net Framework 3.5 on Windows Server 2012 or later operating systems. Specifically, I mentioned the need to supply the source for the .Net files because this is one of the few components we do not stage to the component store on Windows… Read more

MDT 2013 – Part II: Create a Deployment Task Sequence and Deploy a Custom Windows Server 2012 R2 Base OS Image

Hey there Mike Hildebrand here with Part Two of this MDT series. To catch up, go here and read Part One and then come back … Picking up where we left off, we had MDT setup and running and we'd captured an image of a reference server system. In Part Two, we'll create a… Read more

MDT 2013 – Part I: MDT Configuration; Capture a Windows Server 2012 R2 Base OS Image

Greetings and salutations! As many of you know, the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, or "MDT," is a mature, powerful and flexible toolset for client and server OS deployments. My PFE sister-in-arms, Charity Shelbourne has a great starter post about installing MDT and setting things up: Work through that first, then come back here…. Now, just… Read more