Windows Server OS unattended installation before DevOps

With Azure and  the Container hype, Microsoft is pushing developers and system administrators to automate everything. The graphical Windows platform has become easy to automate with Powershell and the latest versions of the OS. But, already faced with huge server pools decades ago, some of us already had automation workarounds […]

Filtering group membership

When you’re establishing a relying party trust with a provider filtering group membership you send through your AD FS Farm is often a prerequisite, either for performance issues -so that the token is not too big- or for security reasons as you do not want your provider to know your […]

Updates included in KB 3125574

AS you may be aware, MIcrosoft never published a SP2 for WIndows 2008R2 and WIndows 7. There was the enterprise rollup and now there is a convenience rollup. The enterprise rollup had 90+ hotfixes, whereas the convenience rollup is replacing 120+ updates, so even the marketing guys at Microsoft don’t […]

you must use the appropriate ESCAPE_xxx macro

Under some circumstances, your SQL Server Agent job mail fails with the following error message: “Unable to start execution of step 1 (reason: The job step contains tokens. For SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 1 or later, you must use the appropriate ESCAPE_xxx macro to update job steps containing tokens […]

Python 3.6 and Visual Studio 2017 29

As a new version of Visual Studio comes out, there are often fixes to put in your build chain tools so packages with external  C/C++ compilation requirements still work. For Python 3.6 and Visual Studio 2017 to work together, a good reference start point is the Windows compilers compatibility list […]

Domain Controller firewall ports

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Often sought on the Internet, rarely complete, here is for a domain controller firewall ports to open so your Windows domain-controller is able to contact the other domain controllers it is depending on for proper replication UDP/123 for time synchronization, as in a domain by default the W32Time of a […]

WSUS configuration on Windows Server 2016

After having performed the WSUS Installation on Windows Server 2016, let’s continue with the WSUS Configuration on Windows Server 2016 screenshots. WSUS Wizard : Store updates screen You may notice that this information has already been asked in a similar fashion while performing the WSUS Installation on Windows Server 2016. […]

WSUS installation on Windows Server 2016

This post like the IIS default role services under Windows 2012 R2, is a graphical walkthrough of the WSUS installation under Windows 2016. The screenshoots can be used to quickly illustrate some documentation. Standard Add Roles And Features Wizard (Windows 2016 look) Add Roles and Features Wizard Installation type selection […]

KMS migration with OS, Office hosting

This post will give real-examples of a KMS migration: adding keys for the OS, Office products to a new machine while removing them from older machines. This post doesn’t speak about AD activated products. While in Windows 2008 R2, you were relying mostly on slmgr.vbs, the Volume Activation Services wizard […]

Remote Access to Windows

This post has for goal to list all techniques you can use to get remote access to Windows. Depending on your situation (white hacking, strange corporate DMZ, …) this could help you to test and accomplish your various goals: copying a file, running a process, etc. PSExec PsExec is a […]