Deltas Between Windows Server 2016 “Desktop Experience” and “Core”

Context In working with customers building migration plans for Windows Server ‘X’ to Windows Server 2016, one of the new things to be aware of is that you can no longer “move” between a “Core” install and a “Full”/”Desktop Experience” install.  Even further is that Core now only supports a subset of features of “Desktop…

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Handy SCCM (Updates) Queries

Context Recently , while still basically focusing on platforms related technologies, I’ve been doing more and more work focusing on datacenter/cloud automation.  This obviously involves a lot more focus on integrating to accommodate business processes.  In short this is a collection of SCCM queries which I’m going to be maintaining as much for my own…

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Whoa WUAU! What the heck is with the circular references (0x8024000F)?

Context Using SCCM for patch deployment, all of sudden no status updates were getting posted by the clients. Discovery Reviewing WUAHandler.log showed the following error: OnSearchComplete – Failed to end search job. Error = 0x8024000f.    WUAHandler    08/23/2014 1:53:10 PM    1104 (0x0450)Scan failed with error = 0x8024000f.    WUAHandler    08/23/2014 1:53:10 PM    1104 (0x0450) Now the question…

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One-liner PowerShell to set IP Address, DNS Servers, and Default Gateway

A fun part about configuring servers is that many servers still have static IP addresses.  The challenge is losing connectivity to the server when the configuration change is made.  Even with remote console access, this is an irksome task as it requires clicking through so many screens it’s just grrr…  (never mind that many of…

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Managing Windows Server Role Settings via System Center Configuration Manager

Context Even though I exclusively work on the infrastructure side, I operate under the theory that if I do something more than once, I need to automate it.  As can be seen from the blog, I am spending more and more time exploring how to use System Center to minimize the amount of repetitive work…

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WSUS Installation Script

For a number of reasons I have to stand up WSUS servers relatively frequently, including that I keep breaking my Web Server.  Since I couldn’t find anything handy that did a good job of automating the install and configuration of WSUS, I created a script and posted it over on the Script Gallery for anyone…

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Simple way to temporarily bypass PowerShell execution policy

One of the PowerShell challenges challenges I am constantly confronted with is dealing with running scripts on systems is blocked due to the security policy.  This is particularly cumbersome while writing or debugging new scripts.  Normally it is prudent to avoid lowering the overall security of the system by using the Set-ExecutionPolicy cmdlet and I…

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MOMCertImport – Is it all it’s cracked up to be?

Context Core Reference:  Authentication and Data Encryption for Windows Computers in Operations Manager 2007Link to the script:  http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/MOMCertImport-c3e7093b Note:  While the below does work, it isn’t the Windows Server and System Center Product Groups official solution so if you can’t get it to work or have problems, please use the steps in the above reference. …

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Troubleshooting SCCM Software Update Deployment Package distribution due to missing directories

I have SCCM running in my lab and ran into an issue on several occasions where the Deployment Package I created for the Software Updates started to error out on when updating the Distribution Points.  In reviewing the package distribution manager log I would see the following message: Severity Type Site code Date / Time System Component Message ID DescriptionError Milestone 002 01/09/2013 7:40:04 PM CM01.contoso.com SMS_DISTRIBUTION_MANAGER 2306 The…

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My Latencies Are Too High!

Yes it has been a VERY long while since I posted.  The list of what I want to post keeps getting longer and longer, as does the queue of pending requests waiting for access to me.  As a result of the long queue wait times the average access times for anything I want to do…

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