Is Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) slow or is WSUSPool application pool constantly crashing or restarting? Are client computers checking for Windows Update erroring out with code 0x80244021? This indicates the client is unable to reach WSUS. Here is how to improve Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) availability.
Disable SMBv1 in Windows Server & Windows 10 to prevent prevent Petya/NotPetya, WannaCry/WanaCrypt0r ransomware spreading through networks. The virus exploits a vulnerability in Windows Server Message Block (SMB) version 1 (SMBv1), and it spreads like wildfire.
Detect the ethernet network speed using PowerShell or WMI is perfect for Windows Server Core. If you ever need to lookup the speed of your ethernet network card in Windows, on the command-line, use one of the following WMIC commands on your PowerShell prompt
How to tunnel Remote Desktop (RDP) over ssh with PuTTY? Tunneling RDP over ssh comes in handy when the destination RDP port is blocked on a firewall and you need to perform remote administration on Windows Server. So here is how to set up a RDP SSH tunnel in Linux and Windows (with PuTTY).
In my environment, I had to set up a new Windows Deployment Services (WDS) configuration for Windows 8.1 Enterprise. To roll out in our office (some 20+ workstations). I wanted to install some additional software at the same time, without using Microsoft Deployment Workbench (using FirstLogonCommands), because I find the interface too slow. The solution? Read on…
Set up a Monit monitoring service for your websites and services. Monit is a free and open source service monitoring application which can perform various event-based actions. Monit can send email notifications, restart a service or application, or take other responsive actions. We set Monit up on a Ubuntu 14.04 VM, built on Hyper-V. And we use Monit to monitor several websites, and send out notifications on downtime.
PC retrogaming how-to for 64-bit Windows – and Linux! We all love old games. It’s a nostalgia thing from when we played those really old games on our 286 (or older, like an MSX) computer, either using floppy disks or cassettes/cartridges. There is nothing much sysadmin about this, it’s all about FUN! You all remember Airborne Ranger, Operation Wolf, Blues Brothers, Gunboat and The Lost Vikings, right?
Investigate SMTP authentication issues like a boss! Particular over TLS encrypted SMTP connections, it’s always handy if you are able to test the SMTP authentication and StartTLS connection. Preferably from your command line. This post shows you how to test SMTP servers, create base64 encoded logon information, verify SMTP authentication over an opportunistic TLS connection, all from the Linux and Windows command line using OpenSSL.
Delete files recursively with Forfiles on Windows Server. The Forfiles command on Windows selects and executes a command on a file or set of files. Forfiles is ideal for batch processing through scripts: you can run a command on or pass arguments to multiple files. For example, you delete files recursive if files are older than ‘n’ days.
After not using Windows Live Mail for quite some time, it gave me an error code 0x80041161. This Windows Live Mail error can have several different reasons, like corrupt files or services that aren’t started, not easing the task of identifying the cause. Read on to learn how to fix this Windows Live Mail error 0x80041161…
Silent installation command-line arguments to install and deploy applicatoins using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT). Install programs like 7-Zip, Windows Update Agent, IIS Manager and Microsoft Office silently and unattended.
Failed Request Tracing error LOG FILE MAX SIZE TRUNCATE. The maximum size of an FREB log file, in IIS 7+, is 512 KB per default. Once that size is reached, the log file is cut off (truncated) and a message LOG_FILE_MAX_SIZE_TRUNCATE is logged. Use AppCmd.exe to increase the maximum size for failed request logs.