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Powershell: Prepare for an Exchange installation

I’m not taking full credit for this one. This script was originally made by someone else (and as soon as I find the link to that post I’ll put it up!) to prepare for Exchange 2010 on windows 2008 and 2008 R2.

I’ve updated it for server 2012 and Exchange 2013, converted it to a function and make you choose th

Posted On Wednesday, December 18, 2013 12:13 PM

Installing Windows Deployment Services
While we will use the Microsoft Deployment Toolset (MDT) 2012 for our actually server deployments we are going to leverage the power WDS provides us to PXE boot (boot from the network) with a winPE image. You could argue this is not necessary if you are running all virtual machines but I want a solution as flexible as can be. Install WDS Add Server roles Select the windows deployment Services Read through the introduction if you feel like it… Make sure the transport & deployment components Confirm ......

Posted On Monday, December 17, 2012 10:20 AM

Creating an automated OS deployment
To create a deployment environment we are going to use ADDS, DHCP, WDS, WSUS, MDT2012 and good old fashioned hard work! Note that a number of prerequisites need to be met to install certain services. I used 2 servers, but it is possible to do it with only one server, do note that you will need to research on how to set the WDS entries in DHCP as this will not be done automatically… There are a number of binaries you will need to download: MDT 2012: ......

Posted On Friday, December 14, 2012 8:39 AM

Installing and configuring Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)
Deploying images is one thing but actually having to run the update gauntlet on every deploy is terrifying to me. It often results in no updates being installed (cause I just could not be bothered) and this can cause discrepancies between test systems or even you missing out on cool new features! So let's install the WSUS component to handle that. Later on we'll see how to configure WSUS and set an automatic "Approve All" rule. What we will be doing as, albeit not in this part, is leveraging the ......

Posted On Friday, December 14, 2012 8:36 AM

Virtualized data centre–Part four: The design
Welcome back to the fourth post in this series! Today we will have a look at what Microsoft recommends as a “private cloud design” and what I will make of it. Whilst my own solution is based of the reference architecture, it is quite different indeed! An important thing to know is that, whilst I am using the private cloud as a reference, I am skipping most of the steps in designing a private cloud. If that is why you are here, please read the links at the end of the article and skim through my own ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 16, 2012 7:06 PM

Build guides: Windows 2008 R2 Server
The first of the build guides just got published! And you can find it in the "Build Guide" section or by following link: Click here... Exerp: In this first part of the build guide series we look at building a Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 server. Whilst installing the basic operating system on a server is fairly straightforward it is as good a place as any to start as we lay the foundations for the rest of our infrastructure. In future parts of this series we will look at automating this install as much ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 8, 2011 2:43 PM

Local Area Connection bind order in Windows

Small tool but saved my butt on numourous occassions... It actually allows you to adapt the bind order on the MS_TCPIP stack! Very handy if you're getting strange pingback address (APIPA?) like 160.254.x.x... You could get this solved using the host file but this tool adds a whole new dimension to this:

Posted On Thursday, November 3, 2011 6:10 PM

Disabling IPv6
I often see that people want to disable IP v6 on their windows machine but instead of disabling it completly they uncheck the box on the network adaptor. Unfortunately that is not enough.... In general I would say "leave it enabled" but there are always specific cases where you want to disable it. The only products I would strongly advise against disabling it are the SBS products. For some reason disabling IP v6 on these boxes can cause massive issues in communications between the different applications ......

Posted On Thursday, November 3, 2011 11:14 AM

Building a home virtualization lab/test/learning/what's not environment - Part one.
Oh No! Not another geek who is going to tell us how to build a virtualized lab environment! We already know all there is to know about this crap! Hah! Yes this is another geek doing this build, but rest assured, it’s not you, it’s me! This is my view and take on this subject, where this blog will function as a “diary” to log my time, remarks and build guide on how I built it. Besides, I’ve built similar environments hundreds of times so I want to add a bit of a twist J. Seeing as my move abroad is ......

Posted On Friday, August 19, 2011 1:38 PM

Virtualized data centre–Part three: Architecture
Having the basics (like discussed in the previous articles) is all good and well, but how do we get started on this?! It can be quite daunting after all! From my own point of view I can absolutely confirm your worries and concerns, but also tell you that it is not as hard as it seems! Deciding on what kind of motherboard to buy, processor and how much memory is an activity you will spend quite some time doing research on. And that is not even mentioning storage! All in all it comes down to setting ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 25, 2012 12:25 PM

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