May 23

How To Enable Snipping Tool, Windows Media Player and more Desktop Experience Tools on Windows Server 2008-2012 R2

Are you annoyed that you cannot play videos or use some of the cool windows tools like snipping tool with windows server?  Well, you can, they just have to be enabled before you can use them.  Below are instructions for … Continue reading

Jan 31

How To Create Enable Permissions and Run a Multi-Line PowerShell Script

This topic explains how to enable scripting in Windows PowerShell, which script extensions are used in Windows PowerShell, how to enable running PowerShell scripts, how to create a script and how run a script.

Nov 03

Microsoft Virtual Labs Available NOW! System Center, Windows, Virtualization, SharePoint, Exchange, SQL, And Lots More!

Apr 03

Network Trashed on My Lenovo W510 And The NIC Driver Will Not Install–So SIMPLE If You Know The Secret

Thanks to Keith Combs for his post as it provided me the solution. Install the Intel Ethernet driver from 6irf24ww_764. You are running the installer but it does not really install it. However, it does put the driver on disk … Continue reading

Apr 02

How to Solve Connectivity Issues Connecting To SCOM, SCVMM, AD or Any Other Service–Here is the Easy fix

I have been in the technology industry for more than 25 years now and I have dealt with my fair share of connectivity issues. In the last decade or so a good 85% or more of the issues I have … Continue reading

Apr 02

How To Merge a Chained Differential VHD Disk So It Can Be Extended and Expanded

In my post Out of Disk Space on Drive C–How To Increase Space on Drive C of a Virtual Machine Running Windows Server 2003 I showed how to expand a drive but these instructions do not work if you have … Continue reading

Mar 23

Blue Screen Booting to VHD–You May Be Out Of Space On The Underlying Drive

When you are using Boot to VHD you must have enough capacity on the underlying disk to fully expand the VHD. If you do not have enough capacity you will get a blue screen (aka Screen of Death). If you … Continue reading

Mar 06

Out of Disk Space on Drive C–How To Increase Space on Drive C of a Virtual Machine Running Windows Server 2003

Revised 4/2/2011 to add merge change instructions link and link to simple way to do this using diskpart. I documented the process at: How To Expand and Extend To Increase Capacity On A Virtual Hard Disk The Easy and Fast … Continue reading

Aug 30

Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7 System Will NOT Boot After Making Changes To Boot Manager Using BCDEdit

I messed up.  It happens to everyone from time to time.  In my case, I was playing around with my system boot manager because I wanted to setup Boot To VHD.  Well being tired and not thinking to clearly, I … Continue reading

Apr 18

Hyper-V Security 101 – Virtualization Administration Delegation of Hyper-V and SCVMM

When running Hyper-V you do not need to be at the console to manage your virtualization platform.  In fact, it is strongly recommended that you delegate these rights.  If you let someone login to a server with administrative permissions they … Continue reading

Mar 29

Allow Remote Desktop Services and Ping Through Firewall on Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7

This post in in response to questions on how to turn maintain remote connectivity to a server running Hyper-V with the firewall enabled.  The first thing to consider is what inbound traffic you want to enable on the server.  If … Continue reading

Sep 30

iSCSI SAN for VERY Easy Storage Virtualization All About Storage From Virtualization Group Boston

A quick update on Virtualization Group Boston’s, “All About Storage” event. Thanks to our Community Sponsors: PerfectDisk, and StarWind Software. We had a great turnout with strong presentations from two big names in the industry, StarWind Software and PerfectDisk(Raxco Software).  … Continue reading