Windows Server Performance Tuning Guidelines

Check out these great tips for tuning your Windows Server Installation :

OSDocuments
Windows 2016https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/administration/performance-tuning/
Windows 2012 R2https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/dn529133
Windows 2012http://download.microsoft.com/download/0/0/B/00BE76AF-D340-4759-8ECD-C80BC53B6231/performance-tuning-guidelines-windows-server-2012.docx
Windows 2008 R2http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/B/2/6B2EBD3A-302E-4553-AC00-9885BBF31E21/Perf-tun-srv-R2.docx
Windows 2008http://download.microsoft.com/download/9/c/5/9c5b2167-8017-4bae-9fde-d599bac8184a/Perf-tun-srv.docx

Performance Tuning Guidelines for previous versions of Windows Server
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/dn529134

 


How to solve multiple monitors problem after installing Hyper-V role

After I installed the Hyper-V role on my Windows 10 Pro laptop I noticed several monitors that didn’t exist :

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I tried to re-create the problem by uninstalling the Hyper-V role, and after that the problem was gone. But ofcourse that isn’t a reasonable solution. After some investiging I found out that this is a common problem with the Intel HD 4600 graphics adapter. The solution is to revert to an older version of the driver.

You can find the driver here

After downloading the driver go to the properties of your display adapter and choose roll back driver.

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After that choose Update driver and then choose the driver file you’ve just downloaded.

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After rebooting you should notice that you’re extra monitors are gone :

Na verwijderen hyper-v meerdere monitoren weg


Azure VM easy patchmanagement

In my Azure test environment I’m running several Windows and Linux servers. In this blog post I describe an easy and effective way to patch them. It only takes you a minute of configuring!

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On a freshly installed Windows Server 2016 without patching there were 4 available updates (Azure template) :

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I’ve created a new Update Deployment (go to the second tab) :

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(Specify which type of updates you wish to deploy. Tip: create multiple deployment for different kind of updates)

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In my case I install all availables updates every day at 05:00 PM. (test environment :-))

Just 2 b sure I’ve checked the status of Windows Updates inside the VM :

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As you can see it’s very easy to update your VM’s (this works for Linux too!) running on Azure (Stack).


Windows 10 Major and Minor build version, how to add those in the KACE System Management Appliance

For reporting purposes I wanted to export the Windows 10 Build versions. Not only the Major build version (1709/1803 etc) but also the minor (which patch level). This is how I did that :

Create a new Software title (Inventory/Software) and fill the custom Inventory Rule with the following code :

Make sure that you select all your Windows 10 devices. Be sure to save the software package. Now create another Software with the following custom Inventory code :

After a force inventory you notice the 2 custom Inventory rules when viewing the device info :

KACE Custom Inventory Rules Build

 

Windows 10 Build versions info here.


Altaro webinar with Ben Armstrong

My sponsor Altaro is organizing a webinar with Ben Armstrong this Tuesday, 24th April whereby people can register and get the rare opportunity to ask Ben their questions (link).
Ben is quite the star in the industry, so I think this could be interesting for you! You’re welcome to upload any questions to Ben through social media in the coming days until Tuesday, just include #AskBenArmstrong. It’s important to use the hashtag so Altaro is able to capture all the questions.

After the webinar, there will be a webpage with the typed out Q&A’s from Ben! So be sure to check out this link.


How to fix PFSense libssl.so.8 not found error(s)

Recently I ran into a problem with PFSense. After rebooting I noticed several errors during the boot proces.

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I was able to boot into the single user environment and after some investigating I found a solution that worked for me.

After rebooting I noticed that there were some (file) lockes and I had to update the kernel (otherwise PFSense keeps on booting in a loop) using the 13 option in the menu (type exit to go to the menu)

After this I had to reboot the PFSense and after spinning up I was able to open the Web interface and found out that everything was working again.


How to set the right timezone in Ubuntu

Did you notice that your timezone was not correct? This is how to configure the right timezone :

You can check your date/time settings :

The timedatectl is installed by default, but when you did a minimal install you can fix this with the following command :

Tip : You can check out this website to verify your timezone : https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/netherlands/amsterdam


Howto fix “dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run sudo dpkg –configure -a to correct the problem” error

When you install a package using dpkg and somehow you kill the proces, you may encouter the above error. There is an easy solution for that :

Remove the lock files using the following command :

 


Howto install (multicore) PAR2 on Ubuntu

Use the following command to install PAR2 support on your Linux host :

If your device has more than 1 core available, you can significantly speed up verification and repair by using all cores in your system. Installing these multicore versions of Par2 is easy for many platforms :

 

 

 


Howto Activate KMS Manually

In this post I describe how to manually activate Windows & Office using KMS.

Windows Activation

Open a command prompt with elevated rights.

Run the following command to point to the specific KMS Server :

Run the following command to activate Windows :

Office Activation

For activation of Office use the following command :

Run the following command to point to the specific KMS Server :

Run the following command to activate: