Windows Server
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.

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 2016 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. 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 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.

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.

Log Manager Utility
· ☕ 5 min read
Flexible Clean Up and Backup of Log Files Log Manager Utility can also be downloaded from: The Microsoft PowerShell Gallery GitHub 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 The utility will delete files and folders older than X days.

Fully Automated Image Factory for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
· ☕ 11 min read
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 Microsoft TechNet profile. 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.

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.