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Network Device Status Monitor v2.0
· ☕ 5 min read
With this utility I set out to generate a status report of network attached devices from a CSV file. This utility is very similar to my Windows Server Status Monitor PowerShell Utility, except the functionality is limited to ping responses and so is ideal for both Windows based and non-Windows devices. This utility is available to download from GitHub, the Microsoft TechNet Gallery and PowerShell Gallery. If you’d like to contact me, please leave a comment, send me a tweet or DM, or you can join my Discord server.

Windows Server Status Monitor - Update v1.5
· ☕ 1 min read
Download it from the PowerShell Gallery and GitHub. 23/02/2019 Update: Version 1.6 has now been released, you can check out the new features on the announcement post here. I’ve released an update to my Windows Server Status Monitor utility. In version 1.5 there are two new features: A light theme for the report page. An option to export the monitoring data to a CSV file. Whether you only have a few servers or a hundred, this utility can be used to monitor them and alert you about problems.

Windows Server Status Monitor - Update v1.4
· ☕ 1 min read
Download it from the Microsoft TechNet Gallery the PowerShell Gallery and GitHub. 2019-02-23 Update: Version 1.6 has now been released, you can check out the new features on the announcement post here. Today I’ve released an update to my Windows Server Status Monitor PowerShell script. Version 1.4 brings a few updates: Offline servers will always be at the top of the page. Servers are sorted alphabetically, regardless of what order they are specified in the TXT file.

Deploying A Windows 10 1803 (April 2018 Update) Reference Image with MDT
· ☕ 13 min read
Continuing from a previous post: Building A Windows 10 1803 (April 2018 Update) Reference Image with MDT, this post will walk through creating a Deployment Share to deploy the Windows 10 reference image. It is assumed that you have a Server or PC with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and it’s dependencies installed and have been through the post previously mentioned. Creating the Deployment Share Open the Deployment Workbench from the Start Menu.

Building A Windows 10 1803 (April 2018 Update) Reference Image with MDT
· ☕ 10 min read
This post will walk through installing and configuring Microsoft Deployment Toolkit to build a reference image of Windows 10 1803 (April 2018 Update) using a Hyper-V Virtual Machine. It is assumed that you have a Server or PC ready to install MDT onto and create an file share for MDT to build the image with. Here are the links to the software we’ll be using: Windows 10 1803 Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (8450) Windows 10 1803 x64 Volume Licensing Service Center Additional software which may be useful to you:

Installing and Configuring Windows Deployment Services for PXE Booting with Windows Server
· ☕ 9 min read
Windows Deployment Services can not be installed on Windows Server Core unfortunately - it still requires a Windows Server install with a GUI (Desktop Experience). Luckily we can still install it using PowerShell and the command line. In this post I’ll go through the initial steps on how to deploy and configure a WDS server using command line and PowerShell. Installing Windows Server Boot the server from the Windows Server media and on the “Select the Operating System you want to install” screen, select the option “Windows Server Standard” or “Datacenter” edition with “Desktop Experience” in brackets.

Installing and Configuring Windows Server Update Services with Windows Server 2016 Core
· ☕ 9 min read
Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) can use a lot of resources, so why not use Windows Server Core and make the most of the resources you have. In this post I’ll go through the initial steps on how to deploy and configure a WSUS server using command line and PowerShell. Important note: If you need the to boot Windows Server 2016 ISO from a USB flash drive, use the Windows USB/DVD Tool available to download direct from Microsoft.

Installing and Configuring Domain Controllers with Windows Server Core
· ☕ 6 min read
Windows Server Core is an ideal choice for Active Directory Domain Controllers due to it’s low resource usage and greatly reduced attack surface. In this post I’ll go through the initial steps on how to deploy a new Active Directory forest and add an additional Domain Controller to the domain, and finally I’ll run some basic checks on the health of the domain after installation. Installing Windows Server Core Boot the server from the Windows Server media and on the “Select the Operating System you want to install” screen, select the option “Windows Server Standard” or “Datacenter” edition.

Hyper-V Virtual Machine Backup Utility - Update v4.1
· ☕ 1 min read
Download it from the Microsoft TechNet Gallery the PowerShell Gallery and GitHub. Today I’ve released an update to my Hyper-V Backup Utility PowerShell script. Version 4.1 adds zip file creation and the ability to keep a history of Virtual Machine backups. These new features are included along with the ability to backup Virtual Machines using the built-in Hyper-V export function, meaning that the VMs do not need to be shutdown. However if the Hyper-V host lacks the permissions necessary to perform the export, it can be configured to shutdown the Virtual Machines and backup through a file-based copy operation.

Control and Automate the Licensing of Office 365 Users
· ☕ 5 min read
Update 2018-11-04: I’ve evolved the script in this post into a more friendly utility which I’ve posted about here. If you are familiar with my other PowerShell scripts/utilities this isn’t as complete or polished as them, but it get’s the job done, and that’s all we can really ask for right? Let’s say it’s in early beta. The purpose of this script is to automate the process of setting the location and Office 365 license for users, using a local Active Directory to specify the users.

Image and Task Sequence Testing for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Hyper-V
· ☕ 9 min read
In a previous post I wrote about my Image Factory PowerShell script for MDT. This post is about a script derived from that which I setup to test my images and my deployment task sequences. Since this script is only an edit of the previous one I don’t intend to release it “officially” on the TechNet Gallery or the PowerShell Gallery. To explain succinctly what this script does, it turns Task Sequences into Virtual Machines.

Hyper-V Backup Utility
· ☕ 11 min read
Flexible Hyper-V Backup Utility For full change log and more information, visit my site. Hyper-V Backup Utility is available from: GitHub The Microsoft PowerShell Gallery Please consider supporting my work: Sign up using Patreon. Support with a one-time donation using PayPal. If you’d like to contact me, please leave a comment, send me a tweet or DM, or you can join my Discord server. -Mike Features and Requirements The utility is designed to be run on a Hyper-V host.

On-Prem AD User Creator Utility
· ☕ 5 min read
Configurable Script For Creating On-Prem Active Directory User Accounts For full change log and more information, visit my site. On-Prem AD User Creator Utility is available from: GitHub Please consider supporting my work: Sign up using Patreon. Support with a one-time donation using PayPal. If you’d like to contact me, please leave a comment, send me a tweet or DM, or you can join my Discord server.