Windows Server 2012 R2
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.

Installing and Configuring Windows Deployment Services for PXE Booting with Windows Server 2016
· ☕ 8 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. 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.

Windows Client and Server in 2018
· ☕ 2 min read
In a couple of weeks the next update to Windows 10 - Redstone 4, 1803, the Spring Creators Update will be released and later this year Redstone 5, 1809 will be come out, all being well. This continues the pace set last year and the semi-annual release cycle that Microsoft have put into place. For those of you who, like me, might be wondering what would happen to Windows Server’s release cycle.

Hyper-V Virtual Machine Backup Utility - Update v4.1
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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.

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
· ☕ 10 min read
Flexible Hyper-V Backup Utility Hyper-V Backup Utility can be downloaded from: GitHub The Microsoft PowerShell Gallery A demonstration video is available on YouTube. If you would like to support me, please check out the links below. Thank you! Patreon Ko-fi PayPal If you’d like to contact me, please leave a comment, send me a tweet, or you can join the community on Discord. -Mike Features and Requirements It’s designed to be run on a Hyper-V host.

On-Prem AD User Creator Utility
· ☕ 4 min read
Configurable Script For Creating On-Prem Active Directory User Accounts On-Prem AD User Creator Utility can be downloaded from: GitHub Please consider supporting my work: Sign up using Patreon. Support with a one-time payment using PayPal. If you’d like to contact me, please leave a comment, send me a tweet, or you can join my Discord server. -Mike Features and Requirements Requires the Active Directory PowerShell module be installed.

WSUS Maintenance Utility
· ☕ 4 min read
Clean up your WSUS This version includes code contribution from ideas@habs.homelinux.net. Please consider supporting my work: Sign up using Patreon. Support with a one-time payment using PayPal. WSUS Maintenance Utility can also be downloaded from: The Microsoft PowerShell Gallery Join the Discord or Tweet me if you have questions: @mikegalvin_ -Mike Features and Requirements It’s designed to run either on a WSUS server itself or can be run from a remote machine.

Image Factory Utility
· ☕ 7 min read
Automate Creation of WIM Files Image Factory Utility can also be downloaded from: GitHub The Microsoft PowerShell Gallery A demonstration video is available on my YouTube channel. If you would like to support me, please check out the links below. Thank you! Patreon Ko-fi PayPal If you’d like to contact me, please leave a comment, send me a tweet, or you can join the community on Discord.

Windows Server Status Monitor v1.7
· ☕ 5 min read
I wanted to create a lightweight and easy to setup server status monitor. It needed to highlight any metrics that were outside of a customisable threshold visually and be able to e-mail the report or run continuously. Based on a script from Bhavik Solanki (on TechNet) and with some help from my good friend, and software developer Dan Price, we created WinServ-Status, now known as Windows Server Status Monitor. This utility is available to download from the Microsoft TechNet Gallery, PowerShell Gallery and GitHub.

Upgrading to Windows 10 1703 (Creators Update) with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
· ☕ 8 min read
If you’re looking to deploy the latest version of Windows 10 1703 (better known as the Creators Update) as a fresh install, please check out this post. This post is designed to walk through installing and configuring Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and to create a Task Sequence to upgrade to Windows 10 1703 from a previous version of Windows. The Windows upgrade process has come along way in recent years, so in certain circumstances it may be worth while running an upgrade, rather than a wipe-and-load.

Upgrading PowerShell and Windows Remote Management
· ☕ 1 min read
At the time of writing (2017-07-18) the latest PowerShell available is PowerShell 5.1 which is a part of Windows 10 1607 and Windows Server 2016. To find which version of PowerShell you have, type this command into PowerShell: 1 $PSVersionTable.PSVersion To upgrade PowerShell, you’ll need the latest Windows Remote Management for your version of Windows. You might also need to upgrade WinRM to remotely manage servers using the Server Manager tool, which comes with Windows Server and is a part of RSAT for Windows 10 version 1607 and later.