Windows Server Core
Hyper-V Backup Utility - Update 20.07.13
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Flexible Hyper-V Backup Utility A substantial update in terms of changes made under the hood, but I’ve also added a few new options requested by users. The biggest change is that errors are now handled properly and reported to the user in a reliable manner. All the changes are summarized below. Version 20.07.13 Added -ShortDate option. This will create backups with only the Year, Month, Day as the file name.

Log Manager Utility - Update 20.03.23
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Flexible clean up and backup of log files A user reported an issue where wildcards would not work with the -LogsPath switch. This was due to me adding incorrect validation to that option. To fix this I have removed the validation and should now accept wildcards as before. Please accept my apologies for this error, it should have been caught during testing but I missed it. I’ll take steps in future to prevent this type of problem from occurring in future.

WSUS Maintenance Utility - Update 20.03.20
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Clean up your WSUS I’ve overhauled WSUS Maintenance Utility and have added some new features which were long overdue. It also includes all the same improvements that the other refactored utilities have. 2020-03-20: Version 20.03.20 Added code contribution from ideas@habs.homelinux.net. Individual cleanup jobs now run separately. Improved reporting. Made slight improvements to documentation. WSUS Maintenance Utility can also be downloaded from: The Microsoft PowerShell Gallery GitHub See the full documentation available here.

Logon Audit Utility
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Really simple log on/off auditing utility Logon Audit Utility can also be downloaded from: The Microsoft PowerShell Gallery GitHub Please consider supporting my work: Sign up using Patreon. Support with a one-time payment using PayPal. If you’d like to get in touch with me please leave a comment, send me a tweet or DM, or send me a message via my contact form. -Mike Features and Requirements The utility is meant to be run on the client machine.

Log Manager Utility - Update 20.03.11
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Flexible clean up and backup of log files This is a minor update to my Log Manager Utility - there was a switch alias which was conflicting with a variable and preventing the utility from running correctly. The previous command line switch of -LogPath is now -LogsPath. Version 20.03.11 ‘Cow’ The previous command line switch of -LogPath is now -LogsPath. This fixes an issue with a duplicate variable and switch alias preventing utility from running currently.

Log Manager Utility - Update 20.03.06
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Flexible clean up and backup of log files I’ve completed a lengthy and much needed overhaul of Log Manager Utility. I’ve added a few new features including one suggested from a user. Please be aware that this new version is not backwards compatible with the previous versions and you will need to reconfigure it before use. 2020-03-09: Version 20.03.06 ‘Fish’ Added custom name for zip file based on user feedback.

WSUS Maintenance Utility - Update 20.03.03
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Clean up your WSUS I’ve overhauled WSUS Maintenance Utility and have added some new features which were long overdue. It also includes all the same improvements that the other refactored utilities have. 2020-03-05: Version 20.03.03 ‘Burger’ Added SSL option for connecting to the WSUS server. Made the -Port switch optional. If it is not specified the default port is used. If -WsusSsl is specified, the default port for SSL is used.

Hyper-V Backup Utility - Update 20.02.28
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Flexible Hyper-V Backup Utility Just a minor update to fix a non-critical issue with the previous version and to bring it in line with the recent update of the Image Factory Utility. 2020-02-28: Version 20.02.28 ‘Artifact’ Fixed e-mail report extra line breaks in Outlook 365, Version 2001. Config report matches design of Image Factory Utility. Improved and simplified code. Hyper-V Backup Utility can be downloaded from: The Microsoft PowerShell Gallery GitHub See the full documentation available here.

Image Factory Utility - Update 20.02.24
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Automate Creation of WIM Files I’ve just completed testing the new Image Factory Utility. It’s been completely overhauled and has some small new features added. 2020-02-27: Version 20.02.24 ‘Robot’ New features: Refactored code. Fully backwards compatible. Added ASCII banner art when run in the console. Added option to disable the ASCII banner art. Image Factory Utility can also be downloaded from: The Microsoft PowerShell Gallery GitHub See the full documentation available here.

Hyper-V Backup Utility - Update 20.02.14
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Flexible Hyper-V Backup Utility I’ve spent the past week away from home, and so I’ve been working on refactoring my Hyper-V Backup Utility and adding new features requested by users. Version 20.02.14 ‘Valentine’ Current known issues: The e-mail report has extra line breaks in Outlook 365, Version 2001. New features: Refactored code. Fully backwards compatible. Added option to use a working directory to stage backups before moving them to final backup location.

Automated WSUS Maintenance Utility - Update v1.7
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Download it from the Microsoft TechNet Gallery, PowerShell Gallery and GitHub. I’ve released a major update to my Automated WSUS Maintenance utility. If you are using a previous version, please update to this new one. Fixed in version 1.7: The script will now not run the cleanup process twice. The script will now report if the service isn’t running before starting. My original post with the full documentation is available here.

Installing and Configuring Windows Server Update Services with Windows Server 2016 Core
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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 2016 Core
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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. 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.