Windows Server 2016
WSUS Configuration Tweaks For Improving Performance
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Update 2018-04-20: I’ve rolled the information in this post and updated it, into a new post about setting up a WSUS server from scratch on Windows Server 2016 Core. The post is also suitable for a regular Windows Server 2016 server with a GUI. You can read it here. I’ve been dealing with some issues with a WSUS server recently. It services around 1000 devices, mostly Windows 10 with some Windows 7, Windows Server 2016/2012 R2/2012 and 2008 R2.

Hyper-V Backup With Checkpoints/Snapshots
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UPDATE: This post is old and intended as a walk through on how my original script was put together for those wishing to learn PowerShell. For the finished, up-to-date script please check out this post and you can download the script from my TechNet profile. 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.

Automated Minecraft Server Backup for Shared Hosting
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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 has a web admin front end and FTP access. I have no access to the terminal or desktop.

Deploying a Windows 10 1607 Reference Image with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 8443
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Continuing on from my previous post (Building a Windows 10 1607 Reference Image with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 8443) I’ll be continuing my series of deploying Windows 10 1607 with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit build 8443. In this post we’ll be building a task sequence to deploy the reference image created previously and we’ll also be tackling domain joining, drivers, and post-imaging tasks. Update 02/05/2017: Please note that this post is also relevant to Windows 10 1703 (Creators Update) with a few minor changes, which I’ve posted about here.

Building a Windows 10 1607 Reference Image with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 8443
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Following on from my previous post (Getting Started With Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 8443 and Windows 10 1607), I’ll be continuing my series of deploying Windows 10 with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. Update 2017-05-02: Please note that this post is also relevant to Windows 10 1703 (Creators Update) with a few minor changes, which I’ve posted about here. In this post I’ll be building a task sequence to create a reference image that would be suitable for a real world deployment on new devices or performing a ‘wipe and load’ on existing devices.

A Quick and Dirty Hyper-V Backup Script
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I’ve replaced this script with a much more robust script that will backup each VM, including checkpoints/snapshots. You can find that post 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. It’s a small, quick script leveraging Hyper-V’s PowerShell module and some traditional command line utilities, like robocopy.

PXE Booting for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
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UPDATE 2018-04-28: I’ve completely re-written and updated this post with new information for Windows Server 2016 here. 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 network configuration here and will post about the additional configuration needed for a larger network at a later date.

Getting Started With Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 8443 and Windows 10 1607/1703
· ☕ 8 min read
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 2017-05-02: Please note that this post is also relevant to building Windows 10 1703 (Creators Update) images. I’ve posted about the differences here.

Stuck Windows Updates From WSUS On Windows 10 1607/Windows Server 2016
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If you’ve installed a fresh install of Windows 10 1607/Windows Server 2016 recently, you may have experienced a problem when it tries to download and install updates from your local WSUS server - specifically, it doesn’t, it gets stuck. You’ve tired rebooting, stopping the BITS and WU services, deleting %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution but nothing seems to work. Both Windows 10 1607 and Windows Server 2016 require a cumulative update that fixes this specific issue.

Installing WSUS from scratch!
· ☕ 8 min read
Update 2018-04-20 I’ve rolled the information in this post, and updated it, into a new post about setting up a WSUS server from scratch on Windows Server 2016 Core. The post is also suitable for a regular Windows Server 2016 server with a GUI. You can read it here. Update I’ve tested and updated this post for Windows Server 2016. In this post, I’m going to walk through setting up a WSUS server from scratch on Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2016.