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Upgrade Windows Server 2008 R2 to 2012 R2

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Hello fellow sys admins! In the following article, we will walk through an in-place upgrade from Windows Server 2008 R2 to 2012 R2. So let us dive right in. The first step in any upgrade is to get the Installation Media. If you are using a Virtual Machine, then it’s as simple as adding the […]

Configure Static IP Address on a Network Adapter using PowerShell

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In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to configure a static IP address on a system that has one network card through PowerShell. This can come in handy when we have many servers that we are deploying and we would like to automate the IP addressing based on an Excel spreadsheet, for […]

Simple Citrix XenApp Install and Deployment – Step-by-Step

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Hello fellow sysadmins and techies! I recently had a request from a client of mine to deploy a Citrix XenApp environment on a budget. What does on a budget mean? We all know, one small server, that should host all of the components, with no need for high-availability or load balancing. So as a part-time […]

How to Setup and Configure iDRAC on Dell PowerEdge Servers

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With my newly purchased refurbished Dell PowerEdge R710 server, I’ve been playing around with a lot of technical stuff lately. One feature I really wanted to learn how to use was iDRAC, which stands for Integrated Dell Remote Access. It’s software that is embedded directly onto the server and therefore allows you to control it […]

Determine IP Address From a MAC Address

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Ever had to reverse lookup an IP address? Kind of like looking up a home address using a phone number? If you’re in IT, you might come across the occasional situation where you have a MAC address, but need to figure out what the IP address is. There are a couple of ways you can […]

Determining When a Local Windows Account Password was Last Changed

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Our corporate policy requires us to change Windows server local Administrator passwords on a regular basis.  We have a script that accomplishes this, and after the change we do a QA check to validate the passwords were actually changed. To determine when a local account password was last set (administrator, in this example) , run […]

How to Automatically Change the CD-ROM Drive Letter After Running Sysprep

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I’m finalizing a Windows 2003 R2 build that will become our gold image, which will be the source of all new server deployments within our organization.  One challenge I had to overcome was getting the CD-ROM/DVD drive to be set to drive Z: after the syspreped image is cloned and booted. Many people are familiar with changing […]

Howto: Do not display the name of the user who has locked a Windows computer or server

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Normally when a Windows workstation or server is locked, you’ll see something similar to the following Windows Security message: This computer is in use and has been locked. Only DOMAIN\USER (user name) or an administrator can unlock this computer. To not show the name of the user who has locked a computer, the following can […]

Howto: Disable the clicking sound in Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer

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The clicking sound that Windows plays when you click on a link in Internet Explorer or open a folder in Windows Explorer can get annoying. Here’s how to disable the sound in Windows XP: Click Start > Control Panel > Sounds and Audio Devices Click the Sounds tab Scroll down the list under Program Events. Under […]

Howto: Use msizap to Remove Orphaned Cached Windows Installer Data Files to Increase Free Disk Space

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Msizap is a command-line tool that can delete the configuration data that Windows Installer maintains for products that it installs, including the directories, files, registry subkeys, and registry entries in which Windows Installer stores configuration data. Running msizap.exe with the G parameter removes orphaned cached Windows Installer data files for all users. Running this command […]