Monthly Archives: May 2018


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.