PowerShell: Automate WSUS Maintenance

In a previous post I wrote about some configuration tweaks to keep your WSUS healthy, in this post I included a short PowerShell script so that the WSUS maintenance cycle could be automated. I've improved the script somewhat since then, adding more accessible configuration options, this post will serve as a change log and documentation … Continue reading PowerShell: Automate WSUS Maintenance

Virtual Machine Backup for Hyper-V

In a previous post I wrote about my Hyper-V backup script, powered by PowerShell. This post will serve as a change log and documentation page, as my previous post was more about how the script is written as a reference. My Hyper-V backup script is also available to download from the TechNet Gallery. When run … Continue reading Virtual Machine Backup for Hyper-V

Image Factory for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Hyper-V

In a previous post I wrote about my Image Factory for MDT, powered by Hyper-V and PowerShell. This post will serve as a change log and documentation page, as my previous post was more about how the script is written as a reference.   My Image Factory script is also available to download from the … Continue reading Image Factory for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Hyper-V

PXE Booting with WDS for UEFI and BIOS Devices

In a previous post (PXE Booting for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit) I mentioned that I would talk about how to set up PXE to deal with VLANs. To be honest I forgot all about it until someone on twitter reminded me - many thanks for the reminder! A lot of what I'm going to go through in … Continue reading PXE Booting with WDS for UEFI and BIOS Devices

PowerShell: Hyper-V Backup With Checkpoints/Snapshots

I previously posted a quick and dirty Hyper-V backup script that was very basic but did the job required at the time. I always wanted to revisit it and improve it. I'm moving the change log and updates to this page, as this post is more about the script itself. I started to look at … Continue reading PowerShell: Hyper-V Backup With Checkpoints/Snapshots

PowerShell: Fully Automated Image Factory for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Recently I've been looking into automating my image build process further using PowerShell to create an Image Factory of sorts. There are other similar scripts that I've found online, but I like the relatively simple and straightforward method I've developed below. If like me you're looking to automate your image build process so that you … Continue reading PowerShell: Fully Automated Image Factory for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Automated Minecraft Server Backup for Shared Hosting

In my There's PowerShell In My Marzicraft! post I shared my script that creates a backup of the server and then uses OneDrive to upload it offsite. In this post, I'll share my script to backup a Minecraft server that's on shared hosting and therefore I only have limited access to. The server in question … Continue reading Automated Minecraft Server Backup for Shared Hosting

A Quick and Dirty Hyper-V Backup Script

I've replaced this script with a much more robust script that will backup each VM, including checkpoints/snapshots. I wrote about it here. Let's celebrate the holiday season with a quick PowerShell script to backup a Hyper-V server...or maybe you just need a quick and dirty, belt and braces backup script for your Hyper-V based VMs. … Continue reading A Quick and Dirty Hyper-V Backup Script

PXE Booting for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

When installing PXE (pronounced "pixie") booting  for use with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit there are a few things to consider. There's not much to installing WDS and configure PXE booting for MDT on a flat network, but if you have a larger network with VLANs there is some additional configuration needed. I'll be covering the flat … Continue reading PXE Booting for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Getting Started With Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 8443 and Windows 10 1607/1703

For this post the demo network consists of an Active Directory Domain Controller (DC01), a WSUS server (WSUS01) - here's a previous post on installing WSUS, a server that will have Microsoft Deployment Toolkit installed (WDS01) and a blank Hyper-V Virtual Machine for creating the reference image. Update 02/05/2017: Please note that this post is … Continue reading Getting Started With Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 8443 and Windows 10 1607/1703