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Windows Server 2022 Azure Edition in Public Preview

Windows Server 2022 Azure Edition in Public Preview

Windows Server Azure Edition is a special version of Windows Server built specifically to run either as an Azure IaaS VM in Azure or as a VM on an Azure Stack HCI cluster. Unlike the traditional Standard or Datacenter editions, ... continue reading
PowerShell basics: Query Windows Server Event Logs

PowerShell basics: Query Windows Server Event Logs

One of the most standard server administration tasks is trawling through event logs looking for information about an issue you want to troubleshoot. If you’re interacting with Windows Server through PowerShell, you can interact with those event logs using the ... continue reading
5 PowerShell Gallery modules for Windows Server Administration

5 PowerShell Gallery modules for Windows Server Administration

PowerShell Gallery contains lots of modules that you can add to a Windows Server deployment to make it easier to manage. In this article, I’ll cover a few of the ones I’ve found most useful over the years when it ... continue reading
Using the Serial Console on Windows IaaS VMs

Using the Serial Console on Windows IaaS VMs

If you make a mistake when configuring operating system firewall rules that block you from accessing the VM, or a service is stopping an IaaS VM from booting, or some other configuration problem such as a newly installed application is ... continue reading
Determining the public IP address of your CloudShell session

Determining the public IP address of your CloudShell session

CloudShell is a great tool for performing command line work against resources in Azure. One of the challenges around using CloudShell to remotely SSH or use PowerShell Remoting into IaaS VM resources, especially when you have a locked down configuration ... continue reading
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How to Manage DHCP using PowerShell

Most organizations are already going to have DHCP deployed on their servers. If you have a new server on which you want to deploy DHCP, just run the PowerShell command: [crayon-616c5a97a44e8234356071/] Once you’ve installed a DHCP server on a computer ... continue reading
How to Manage Local Users and Groups using PowerShell

How to Manage Local Users and Groups using PowerShell

Managing local users and groups can be a bit of a chore, especially on a computer running the Server Core version of Windows Server. The LocalAccounts module of PowerShell, included in Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019 by default, ... continue reading
How To Create a Self Signed Certificate in Azure using Cloud Shell

How To Create a Self Signed Certificate in Azure using Cloud Shell

Often we need self signed certificates when spinning up test apps or other workload in Azure. Rather than mucking about with makecert.exe and uploading the relevant certificate files to Azure or configuring a temporary certificate from a CA that you ... continue reading
Does Your Organization Have Plans to Upgrade from Windows Server 2008 R2?

Does Your Organization Have Plans to Upgrade from Windows Server 2008 R2?

Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 reach end of support on January 14 2020. This means that unless you have a custom support agreement with Microsoft, or unless you’ve migrated VMs running these operating systems to Azure, you ... continue reading
Windows Server 101: Configuring Split-Brain DNS on Windows Server

Windows Server 101: Configuring Split-Brain DNS on Windows Server

Organizations that use a public DNS zone name, such as tailwindtraders.net, for their organization’s internal host names, perhaps even using it with their organization’s Active Directory instance, generally have to configure what is known as split-brain DNS. Split-Brain or Split-Horizon ... continue reading