How to Grant non-Administrators Rights to Manage Services

Posted on April 20, 2016 · Posted in Windows Server 2012 R2
service security settings

By default, common users with no system administrator privileges cannot manage Windows services. It means that they cannot stop, start or change the settings or permissions for such services. In some cases, it is necessary that a user had the permissions to restart or manage certain services. In this article,.. read more

How to Create, Modify and Delete Registry Keys Using GPO

Posted on April 14, 2016 · Posted in Group Policies
GPO registry update item

The settings the majority of applications and a lot of Windows tweaks are not subject to centralized management using Group Policy (GPO), but often these settings can be configured in the registry. In this article, we’ll consider how to centrally add, modify and delete register keys on the domain computers.. read more

Schedule Task to Start When Another Task Finishes

Posted on April 13, 2016 · Posted in Windows Server 2012 R2
Task completed: eventid 102

In Windows Task Scheduler, you can run tasks both on the schedule and after the specific event is registered in the log. (It has been described in the article “Event Triggers in Windows“.) In this article we’ll consider how to automatically start a Scheduler task after the previous task is.. read more

How To Create Self-Signed Certificate with PowerShell

Posted on April 8, 2016 · Posted in Powershell, Windows 10
New-SelfSignedCertificate cmdlet

Most Windows administrators who are familiar with PKI know about the utility MakeCert.exe , which allows to create a self-signed certificate. This tool is included in Microsoft .NET Framework SDK and Microsoft Windows SDK. In Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, a self-signed certificate can be created using PowerShell 3.0 or.. read more

FAQ: KMS Activation of Microsoft Products

Posted on April 7, 2016 · Posted in Misc
Microsoft KMS Activation Service architecture

On webpages we have already discussed various aspects of configuration and operation of KMS (Key Management Service). Let’s try to collect the basic information and the necessary links about KMS activation technology in a single article.

PSReadLine – useful Powershell module

Posted on April 6, 2016 · Posted in Powershell
powershell auto suggestion

In Windows 10 PowerShell has got a lot of new features, some of which are offered by PSReadLine module. PSReadLine is a third-party PowerShell module that allows to expand PowerShell command line experience. This module makes using the console easier and more comfortable.

Performance Charts service returned an invalid response

Posted on April 3, 2016 · Posted in VMWare
Performance Charts service returned an invalid response

I get the error “Performance Charts service returned an invalid response” when trying to view the performance charts from the vSphere 6 Web Client. Performance overview charts are not displayed on all objects. This happens only with the domain account, when using an administrator account built in SSO, the performance.. read more

How to Clean Up “System Volume Information” Folder

Posted on April 1, 2016 · Posted in Windows Server 2012 R2
Folder System Volume Information

On one of the servers (running Windows Server 2012 R2) I faced a problem with the lack of free space on a system drive. I have cleared all resource-consuming locations (WinSxS, TEMP directories, user profiles, outdated updates, etc.), but it didn’t have any evident effect. At last, I have found.. read more

SCCM and WMI Query to Find All Laptops and Desktops

Posted on March 24, 2016 · Posted in SCCM
sccm report with laptops / desktops count

To install special software on all portable devices of the company it was necessary to build an SCCM collection, which would include all laptops (an other portable mobile systems) in a corporate network. At once I could not find the system property to explicitly identify a computer as a laptop.. read more

FAQ: Windows Server 2016 Licensing

Posted on March 22, 2016 · Posted in Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2016 Licensing FAQ

In December 2015, Microsoft has issued a document describing main changes in the versions, licensing policy and pricing policy for its flagship in the server OS niche — Windows Server 2016, which will be released in the second part this year. [contents h2] Server Core Licensing The main innovation in.. read more