Run Windows 2012 Data Deduplication on Windows 8 2

My ASUS Zenbook is a powerful beast, but because I run some virtual lab environments in Windows 8 Hyper-V, I ran short on SSD disk space. Normally there’s only one possibility, by a larger SSD, but this time I found some post about “borrowing” the Windows 2012 data deduplication functionality. Actually it’s possible to move this feature of Windows 2012 to Windows 8. I followed the instructions and it worked wonderful for me. I regained 75% of disk space on my Hyper-V Lab partition. If you follow the next steps remember that this only works on 64-bit Windows 8 and future updates can be a problem. Here are the easy steps: ...

Move or Delete a WSUS 4 Windows Internal Database (WID) on Windows Server 2012 14

If you google  how to delete or move a WSUS database based on WID, you most likely will run into blog posts based on WSUS 3.0 and Windows 2008. But with Windows 2012, their advise is not valid anymore, because basically all these post are making use of SQL Server Management Studio 2005 or 2008 Express and the Server Name “\\.\pipe\Microsoft##SSEE\sql\query“. For Windows 2012 you will need the following updated information: WSUS for Windows 2012 is up to version 4. If you read a blog post about 3 something you know (now?) the info is wrong. The WSUS 4 WID database is in the following location: C:\Windows\WID\Data\SUSDB.mdf. Delete or move this database at the file level is ...

Create Bootable USB for MDT Media

Follow the next steps to create a bootable USB Media to do a bare metal deployment with MDT Media. This process requires an installation of the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK). Connect USB to local USB port Launch a “Command Prompt” with administrative rights Type “DISKPART” Type “list disk” and find the disk number of your USB Media Type “select disk x”, where “x” is the disk number Type “clean” Type “create primary partition” Type “assign letter=z” or another letter if z is occupied. If asked to format choose cancel. Type “active” Type “exit” Type “format z: /fs:ntfs /q” Type “exit” Launch “Deployment and Imaging Tools Environment” with administrative rights Type “bootsect ...

Add Customized Files “/Includes” Folder to WordPress Child Theme

I recently updated my SystemSpecialist.NET Blog theme and of course lost some modifications I made to the theme, because they where overwritten. Since I had my notes about the modifications I didn’t worry too much, but also wanted to fix this for the future. I’m not a WordPress hero, so I went Googling for some answers. The answer was simple. I had to create a WordPress Child Theme (http://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes). The concept is simple because every file found in the Child Theme overrules the file in the Parent Theme. But for some reason I wrestled with the /includes/ folder. I have a customized function in one of the theme’s php files, ...

WDS [Windows Deployment Services] – Move RemoteInstall To New Location

In my last post I had to fix the backup by moving the WDS RemoteInstall Directory from the originating disk to a new location of my liking. The solution is actually rather simple. Run a Command Prompt or PowerShell as administrator and follow the next steps: Command: WDSUTIL /uninitialize-server Move the RemoteInstall directory to the new location Command: WDSUTIL /Initialize-Server /RemInst:NewDriveLocation:\RemoteInstall (example: WDSUTIL /Initialize-Server /RemInst:D:\RemoteInstall) That’s all. WDS RemoteInstall has moved. Tweet

Set Up Server Backup Forces Full Disk Backup of Non-System Disk

I have a Windows Server 2012 Essentials setup with 4 x 1TB disks. I needed to reconfigure my backup settings because one of the disks had grown and so did the backup disk up to maximum capacity (In other words, it was full). I decided that I wanted to leave out the whole disk all together but Set Up Server Backup forced the backup of the disk with the following message: Server Backup requires that you back up this item to ensure that you can restore the operating system in the event of a catastrophic failure. I didn’t understand the reason till I remembered I installed MDT (Microsoft Deployment Toolkit) ...