Change the Page in Command Line

Have you ever wondered what happens when you format a server (or any Windows system) with a small bootable drive, and a large secondary drive?  Why would you?  It shouldn’t matter, right? Recently a client of mine discovered different, when he formatted a server and then discovered that the Paging File was placed on the … Continue reading Change the Page in Command Line

Windows Server 2016: A pet peeve

Over the next few weeks, as I do my first production infrastructure implementation based on Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016, I am sure this list will grow longer.  In the meantime, I have uncovered my first pet peeve in the new version. Don’t get me wrong, overall I like Server 2016… but to … Continue reading Windows Server 2016: A pet peeve

Server Core: Every bit the Full Server as the GUI is!

Microsoft introduced Server Core with Windows Server 2008, which means that it was the same kernel as Windows Vista.  Now, nobody is going to stand up and sing the praises of Vista, but Server 2008 was a very solid OS. You may (or may not) remember that there was a campaign around Vista called 'The WOW starts … Continue reading Server Core: Every bit the Full Server as the GUI is!

Insanity Is…

We have all heard this quote before… and it is exactly true.  However in your server environment, when you want things identical, then we would turn this phrase around: Insanity: Doing things manually over and over and expecting identical results. I have not spent a great deal of time learning PowerShell… but whenever I have … Continue reading Insanity Is…

Step by Step: Adding the GUI to Windows Server Core

HELP! Mitch, you told me that I should learn Server Core and I am trying, but you also told me that it wasn’t a problem to add the GUI back into a Server Core machine if I really needed it.  How do I do that? This is a question I have gotten a few times … Continue reading Step by Step: Adding the GUI to Windows Server Core

Server Core: Save money.

I remember an internal joke floating around Microsoft in 2007, about a new way to deploy Windows Server.  There was an ad campaign around Windows Vista at the time that said ‘The Wow Starts Now!’  When they spoke about Server Core they joked ‘The Wow Stops Now!’ Server Core was a new way to deploy … Continue reading Server Core: Save money.

Server Core Address Woes

From the files of “What the F@rk?!” Here’s a little gotcha that I’ve been wrestling with all afternoon.  I hope this post can save some of you the frustration (exacerbated by jetlag) that I have been experiencing. I am configuring a bunch of virtual machines as domain controllers for the company I am consulting for … Continue reading Server Core Address Woes

Creating a New AD Forest in Windows Server Core (Revisited)

Several years ago Steve Syfuhs and I sat down and figured out how to create a new Active Directory forest in Windows Server Core.  It was an interesting experience, and even though I later gave rights to that article to the Canadian IT Pro Team (at the time it was Damir Bersinic) when you search … Continue reading Creating a New AD Forest in Windows Server Core (Revisited)

Windows Server 2012 Haiku

In 2009 there was a contest to write haiku about Windows Server 2008R2.  On Monday I was in a meeting with a colleague who reminded me of this, and I went back to my blog to see if I could find my original entries (A Windows 2008 R2 Haiku!).  It got me thinking… what would … Continue reading Windows Server 2012 Haiku

From Server Core to GUI to… MinShell?

This post was originally written for the Canadian IT Pro Connection blog, and can be seen there at http://blogs.technet.com/b/canitpro. In Windows Server 2008 we were introduced to a revolutionary way to install Windows Server: Server Core. Server Core may look boring – there’s nothing to it except the command prompt – but to an IT … Continue reading From Server Core to GUI to… MinShell?

Server Core, Target, and Initiator: Commanding them to work!

Many of you (thousands, impressively!) read the three articles that I wrote in April for Microsoft Canada about Microsoft’s Software iSCSI Target 3.3.  If you didn’t, you can read them all now by clicking below: All for SAN and SAN for All Creating a SAN using Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 Creating HA VMs for … Continue reading Server Core, Target, and Initiator: Commanding them to work!