Running Windows Core: How-to find volume size & free space

Running Windows Core Series, what happens when you have no GUI? When running these commands or using them in scripts keep in mind that some may become deprecated in future versions of Windows. Best practice is to use the PowerShell commands when possible to future proof any script that use these commands. These commands were…


Current Windows Server 2012 / R2 & Windows 8 / 8.1 Update Rollups

This list is current up to January 2015. *Edit* Never say never, there is a May 2016 update for Windows Server 2012 R2, check below for details. Fixed notes for post Windows 2012 R2 April 2014 updates. There are some wikis also being maintained by MVPs:, I wanted to get them all on…


KB929852 Disabling IPv6 Update

An issue was found in the way that KB929852 was directing users to disable IPv6 in Windows. If using the Fix-it from the article to disable IPv6 globally or if the manual steps were followed; the change could cause up to a 5 second delay in boot up time for Windows. The registry value HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip6\Parameters\DisabledComponents…


How to keep up with the latest support KB articles and hotfixes

There are a few ways to keep up to date with the latest support KB articles and hotfixes for Microsoft products. One way is to find someone who takes the time to track down the latest hotfixes and post the links to the KB articles. One such place is Yong Rhee’s blog, he takes the…


Buy 0, get 2 free. Printer migration scripts

There has been a lot of action lately around migrating print servers to Windows 2012/R2. Good news, as many customers are coming from either Windows 2003 or Windows 2008 and 32 bit print spooler services. There are tools to help with migrating printers to Windows 2012; Printbrm.exe and Printer Migration Wizard. A great article can…


Second contribution to the Script Repository

I was cruising around the internet when I came across many users having issues with the visibility of the IE 10 and 11 scrollbar. I have noticed on some monitors and color combinations that the bar is sometimes difficult to see. So I fixed it up with some PowerShell. The script will change the IE scrollbar to…


ITPro Camp Tampa – Root Cause Slow Boot/Slow Login With WPT

Spoke about how to troubleshoot slow boot and slow logon situations at ITPro Camp Tampa on Saturday. Thank you to everyone that came out. Attached is the slide deck from the presentation. *Edit Updated the PowerPoint Root Cause Slow Boot.pptx


Upgrading SCVMM When TFS Lab Management is Connected

Fought with a good problem yesterday. After upgrading my System Center Virtual Machine Manager to 2012 R2; I could not change the SCVMM Settings in Team Foundation Server 2012 Lab Management to point to the new SCVMM server. I could add the library share, but not the host group. The error was very cryptic, but I could guess…


First Contribution to the Script Repository

For anyone that hasn’t seen it, the Microsoft Script Repository,, is a great place to find all types of scripts, VBScript, JavaScript, PowerShell, etc. Today I uploaded a script that will work like a drive duplicator for Windows Image files(.wim). You can throw a bunch of USB drives in a computer and copy the same…


Tip 55: My Disk is a Cluster ****

My disk is a cluster size, of 4Kb. This is the default cluster size of an NTFS volume up to 16TB ( But is this the best size to use? There are many performance whitepapers that recommend that other cluster sizes should be used for best performance of the disk subsystem. For instance here is…