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Installing Windows Server 2016 – Server Core

In this post, we will be Installing Windows Server 2016 (Server Core). When you install Windows Server 2016 using setup wizard, you will asked to choose between Server Core and Server with Desktop Experience. Actually Server with Desktop Experience is full Windows setup like previous versions, just have Desktop Experience feature installed. If no option is …

Installing Windows Server 2016

Before you Install Windows Server 2016, please get familiar with different versions of Windows Server 2016 on Technet. The following table briefly summarizes the key differences between Standard and Datacenter editions: Feature Datacenter Standard Core functionality of Windows Server yes yes OSEs / Hyper-V containers unlimited 2 Windows Server containers unlimited unlimited Host Guardian Service …

Secure Password using Powershell

Do you need to use passwords in your script. Yes, most of System Administrators needs to use it in order to fully auotmate script. Specially when you are working with multiple domains with no trust, workgroups and DMZ zones. I have seen lot of people just put their passwords in plan text in the scripts. …

Read Log File and Mount PS Drive based on shares in log file

This Script will Read the provided log file and Mount PS Drive based on the shares provided. Make sure that Log File and Script is in same location, or alternatively change the log file location to desired location This script is basically developed in response to  – https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/site/requests/Need-a-script-to-map-network-drives-listed-in-a-log-by-most-recent-date-7b6c0dd9 Log file looks like: Script as per below …

Get AD Users and Export to CSV

Powershell is not only making doing system administration tasks easy but also very effective and saves lot of time. Instead of connecting to AD, searching for particular user and copying pasting contents. You can just use one line powershell script to do this for you. Get-ADUser -Filter ‘*’ |  select SamAccountName, Department, Location | Export-Csv …

Windows OS and Hardware Information using Powershell

Getting information about Windows OS and it’s hardware is crucial for System Administrator’s today. But main question is how to collect it. Lot of companies have software like SCCM, SCOM and other tools to obtain this information. When it comes to grabbing information from various servers and analyzing it at same time, nothing beats PowerShell. …

Installing System Center 2016 Operations Manager Step by Step – Part 8

Part 8 – Importing Management packs and Conclusion There are numerous management packs available for System Center 2016 – Operations Manager. You have several options for importing management packs: Import directly from the catalog on theMicrosoft Pinpoint Site by using the Operations console. Import from disk (local storage or a network file share) by using the Operations console. Use …

Installing System Center 2016 Operations Manager Step by Step – Part 2

Part 2 – SQL 2016 Installation So far we know what the requirements are and have downloaded all installation media. There are two ways you can install the SQL Server, one using command line with configuration file or manually using GUI. Keep in mind that SQL Server Management Tools are installed separate and are not …

Installing System Center 2016 Operations Manager Step by Step – Part 7

Part 7 – Installing Agents An Operations Manager agent is a service that is installed on a computer. The agent collects data, compares sampled data to predefined values, creates alerts, and runs responses. A management server receives and distributes configurations to agents on monitored computers. There are several methods you can use to install an Operations Manager …

Installing System Center 2016 Operations Manager Step by Step – Part 6

Part 6 – Reporting Services Installation Install Reporting Services via Command line setup.exe /silent /install /components:OMReporting /ManagementServer:%FirstManagementServerName% /SRSInstance:%DWSqlServerInstance% /DataReaderUser:%DataReaderUser% /DataReaderPassword:%DataReaderPassword% /EnableErrorReporting:Never /SendODRReports:0 /SendCEIPReports:0 /UseMicrosoftUpdate:0 /AcceptEndUserLicenseAgreement:1 Install Reporting Services via GUI On the Operations Manager installation media, run Setup.exe, and then click Install On the Getting Started, Select features to install page, select the Reporting server feature. To read more about each feature …