Activating Windows Server 2016 with KMS Server

Posted on February 28, 2017 · Posted in Windows Server 2016
VOLUME_KMS_WS16 channel

In this article we’ll consider the procedure of deployment and configuration of a corporate KMS server able to activate new Microsoft server platform Windows Server 2016. All major peculiarities of KMS activation described in the article FAQ on KMS Activation are fully applicable to Windows Server 2016 as well. Windows.. read more

Disk Cleanup on Windows Server 2012 / 2008 Without Installing Desktop Experience

Posted on February 23, 2017 · Posted in Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2
copy cleanmgr.exe on windows server 2008 r2

By default, in Windows Server 2008 / R2 and 2012 / R2 there is no Disk Cleanup (cleanmgr.exe) utility that allows to delete unused files and clean up the WinSxS folder and component store from the files of updates that are no longer required. To run it, first you have.. read more

Calculating the Number of Client Access Licenses (CAL) for Exchange Server

Posted on February 22, 2017 · Posted in Exchange
Exchange 2010 Management Console - CAL in use

In the previous article we discussed the peculiarities of Exchange Server licensing and mentioned that to access a mailbox on Exchange Server a user or a device needs a Client Access License (Exchange Server CAL). You can purchase a license for a device or a user (this is more expensive)… read more

Fix: Windows 7 Stuck on “Checking For Updates”

Posted on February 1, 2017 · Posted in Windows 7
Windows 7 stuck on checking for updates

I have encountered a problem of very long (better to say, endless) update search in a newly installed Windows 7 SP1 on one of the client computers. The problem looks like this: after the OS has been installed and the Internet connection has been configured, you go to Windows Update.. read more

How to Sign PowerShell Script with a Code Signing Certificate

Posted on January 25, 2017 · Posted in Powershell
SIG Begin signature block

A script or an executable with a digital signature allows a user to make sure that a file is original and its code has not been changed by third parties. PowerShell also has an integrated feature to sign a *.ps1 script files.

Exchange Server 2016 Licensing

Posted on January 20, 2017 · Posted in Exchange

This article describes the licensing peculiarities, differences in editions and client licenses (CAL) in the latest version of Microsoft corporate e-mail system — Exchange Server 2016.

Hyper-V PowerShell Direct in Windows Server 2016

Posted on January 19, 2017 · Posted in Hyper-V, Powershell, Windows Server 2016
Managing Hyper-V 2016 VMs using PowerShell Direct

PowerShell Direct is a new PowerShell feature in Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 that allows to create a direct local PowerShell session with any virtual machine run on a Hyper-V host, meanwhile the connection is established not via the network, but  through the internal VM bus. Thus, a Hyper-V.. read more

How to Block Viruses and Ransomware Using Software Restriction Policies

Posted on January 12, 2017 · Posted in Group Policies
list of srp rules

We go on with the series of articles on counterstrategies to the viruses and encryption malware (Ransomware, CryptoLocker , etc.) in the corporate environment. Earlier we considered how to configure Windows file server protection using FSRM and restoring encrypted files from VSS snapshots after infection. Today we’ll talk about how.. read more

GPO Logging Using Gpsvc.log in Windows 7

Posted on January 10, 2017 · Posted in Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

The debug log Userenv.log  (%Systemroot%\Debug\UserMode\Userenv.log) could be used to thoroughly analyze the application of GPO in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Using this Group Policy logging, you could track the order and time of applying group policies, find the policies that slow down the booting and solve other GPO.. read more

Tuning Windows Performance for Use in Virtual Environment

Posted on December 30, 2016 · Posted in VMWare
windows optimization report

When using Windows as a Remote Desktop server or in VDI solutions, multiple users share the resources of a single server. The less resources each user session consumes, the higher is the density of terminal or VDI sessions supported by a single host. The same is also true when running.. read more