Install all RSAT tools with PowerShell

The Remote Server Administration Tools are available from the base Windows Server installation without the need to install the roles it supports. If you want to set up a management server to administer all of your Windows infrastructure form a single console you can install all of them with a single PowerShell line. Get-WindowsFeature RSAT* … Read more

Scheduled Disk Defragmenter for multiple drives on Server 2008 R2

As you may know, the default Disk Defragmenter utility built into the Server 2008 interface allows you to schedule a task for defragmenting disks.  However, the catch is that you can only create one scheduled task item using this interface.  This would work fine if you have less than a few drives that are not … Read more

How to get the volume GUID of a drive

Windows assigns each drive a Volume GUID for each drive in a computer.  For example, the C: drive might be \\?\Volume{9d573eb6-aa70-11e1-9b4f-0050563b9b3c}\. I wanted to setup a schedule to automatically defrag multiple 13 hard drives on a server.  The default task scheduler built into the Disk Defragmenter interface will only allow you setup one schedule item. … Read more

Reference for Windows commands with examples

Below is the list of commands that can be run from windows command prompt (CMD). Thanks to the folks who organized all of this at http://www.windows-commandline.com/windows-at-command-examples At: Schedule tasks Attrib: Set file attributes Bootcfg: Enable kernel debugging copy: Copy files Compact: Compress or decompress files and directories Convert: Convert FAT filesystem to NTFS Date: Set system date … Read more

Group Policy: Disable Sync Center

I recently found a need to disable Microsoft Sync Center, so I used the Domain level GPO to do so.  I found one version for Windows 2008 R2 and wrote up what I did for Windows Server 2012 R2. Windows 2012 R2 Set the following options under Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Network\Offline Files Allow or Disallow use of … Read more

0x00000006 Error Adding Printer

Warning: This post deals with editing the registry. If you don’t know what that is stop right here & ask someone else to help you. Using the registry incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall Windows. Use the registry at your own risk. When adding a network printer you may receive … Read more

Fortigate Replacement message tags

Replacement message tags Replacement messages can include replacement message tags, or variables. When users receive the message, the message tag is replaced with content relevant to the message. The table lists the replacement message tags that you can use. Table 69: Replacement message tags Tag Description %%AUTH_LOGOUT%% The URL that will immediately delete the current … Read more

5 years from now, where will technology be? One IT guy’s fortune telling without a crystal ball.

Let’s face it, unless we lose power in a very major way, the cloud is simply not at risk of being “unavailable”. At least not on the level that Microsoft, Amazon (AWS), Google, and Rackspace or building and providing resources. If we’re smart and anticipate the possibility of geographic specific failures, then we’ll build on … Read more

Secret to becoming a Computer Ninja

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”] Secret to becoming a Computer Ninja OK… Maybe this is a little overboard, but we think everybody wants to become a master at what they do; especially when it comes to … Read more

PowerShell – Free Trainings from Microsoft Virtual Academy

PowerShell – Free Trainings from Microsoft Virtual Academy Update: Getting Started with PowerShell 3.0 and Advanced Tools & Scripting with PowerShell 3.0 recorded videos are now available on Microsoft Virtual Academy. Links below. I get a lot of questions from my friends and coworkers about PowerShell … “Hey FX, How can i get all the process that start … Read more

SysAdmin Arsenal

I found these from another site:  http://www.lazywinadmin.com/p/links.html SYSADMIN ARSENAL SysAdmin Tools SYDI – Network Documentation made easy (VBS script) SYDI-Server v.2.3 Server is a tool for documenting Windows computers vCheck – is a PowerShell HTML framework script, the script is designed to run as a scheduled task before you get into the office to present you with key information … Read more