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) ...

Create SMTP Relay for Office 365 with Windows Server 2012 Essentials 7

The Setup of Windows Server 2012 Essentials has a step “Set up email alert notification”. To my surprise TLS encryption is not an option and since TLS encryption is required by Office 365 we need to create a SMTP Relay before finishing this step. This is not a perfect solution, but a working solution. So if you have any better idea, let me know. Determine Office 365 SMTP Settings First we need to know the Office 365 SMTP settings: Login to the Microsoft Online Services Portal > Choose Outlook > Click Questionmark (upper right corner) > Choose Info >  Look for SMTP settings and write down Server name. Install Windows Server 2012 SMTP ...

Create Anywhere Access Certificate Windows 2012 Essentials 25

One of the nice features of Windows 2012 Essentials is the Anywhere Access functionality. To get this savely working you will need a certificate, but the installation wizzard will offer you to buy one with a trusted authority or move your domain to a trusted partner. Since I don’t want either choices, I created my own certificate. Create Management Console First you need to open up a MMC and add the “Certificates” snap-in. Choose “Computer Account” > “Local” > Finish. Next add the snap-in “Certificate Authority” and once again choose “Computer Account” > “Local” > Finish. Create Certificate Request Follow the next steps in the created MMC: Certificates > Personal > ...

Windows Server 2012 – Create network settings for Hyper-V cluster with Powershell

Windows 2012 has some great new network features that makes network usage much more efficient. Till Windows 2012 it was necessary to use dedicated NICs for certain network traffic (Cluster, Storage). But with Windows 2012 we can virtualize the network by creating NIC Teams and Extensible Switches and Virtual Adapters. So when you are building a Hyper-V cluster, it’s not necessary anymore to load a lot of NICs in a server. Instead we create a NIC Team that bundles all the available Network NICs (whatever hardware mix, doesn’t matter), create a Virtual Switch and then Virtual Adapters. To make it more easy Aiden Finn created a PowerShell script that does ...

Uninstall Intel Wired PROSet for Windows 1

Uninstall Intel Wired PROSet for Windows
Normally I would never upgrade a server to Windows Server 2012, but just do a clean install. But because it’s my own lab and I want to know what can happen I just did the upgrade from Windows 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012 Datacenter. After running setup.exe and choose the obvious choices, my installation halted. The Compatibility report stated I had to uninstall “Intel Wired PROSet for Windows”. After Closing and exiting the setup I go to the “Uninstall a program”. But nothing to be found about this installation. I had to dig around but removing is actually easy. Open regedit and go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PROSetDX. Look for “UninstallString” and copy ...