Can’t add the Event Viewer from a Remote Machine to a Management Console (MMC)

If you run the MMC Console as an Domain Admin and you can’t add the event viewer of an remote machine to the mmc console it is probably because of the firewall settings.

Go to the remote machine and run firewall.cpl:
Allow an app or feature through Windows Firewall->Check Remote Event Log Management.

That’s it. Enjoy;-)

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admin on March 31st 2015 in IT, Windows Server

Configure Windows 2012 Server from Command Prompt

Run the following configuration utility:


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admin on January 13th 2014 in IT, Windows Server

Migrate Printers from Windows 2008 to 2012 with Powershell

It is possible to export all printers from Windows 2008 Server and import them again into Windows 2012. I tried this method but got just error messages and I didn’t like the fact, that it imports also the old drivers. So I installed first the necessary printer drivers on the new server and run the script below to create all the printers. It automatically adds the necessary ports and the printers. If you want to add more parameters it is easily possible.

Create CSV file with the printers (printers.csv):
Name, IP, Driver, Location
"PRINTER01", "", "Xerox Global Print Driver PCL6", "Main Building, First Floor"
"PRINTER02", "", "Xerox Global Print Driver PCL6", "Main Building, Second Floor"

Script to import the printers (printers.ps1):
$printers = Import-Csv c:\temp\powershell\printers.csv
foreach ($printer in $printers) {
    Add-PrinterPort -Name $printer.Name -PrinterHostAddress $printer.IP
    Add-Printer -Name $printer.Name -DriverName $printer.Driver -PortName $printer.Name -Comment $printer.Comment -ShareName $printer.Name
    Set-printer -Name $printer.Name -Shared $true -Published $true

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admin on June 6th 2013 in IT, Windows Server

Enable Settings to be able to manage a Windows Server 2012 Core

Enable-PSRemoting –Force

Test-WSMan –ComputerName [Computer]
Enter-PSSession –ComputerName [Computer]

Manage via Server Manager
Configure-SMRemoting.exe –Enable

Enable-NetFirewallRule –DisplayGroup “Windows Remote Management”

Remote Desktop
cscript C:\Windows\System32\Scregedit.wsf /ar 0

or just conifgure it via sconfig

Run from another machine mstsc and connect to the server.

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admin on May 2nd 2013 in Windows Server

Install Active Directory from a media to save initial replication time

If you need to setup Active Directory on another location and you don’t much bandwith you can install it from a media.

On the source AD create the files to copy to the media:
#activate instance ntds

#create rodc c:\temp
For a Read Only Domain Controller

#create full c:\temp
For a Standard Domain Controller

Check the files and copy it to a media. On the new DC you can choose the files for the first replication

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admin on March 6th 2013 in IT, Windows Server

Windows 2012 Adding of Roles and Features can’t find Installation FIles

Error Message:
Do you need to specify an alternate source path? One or more installation selections are missing source files on the destination server.

This is quite annoying and it took my also a while to figure it out the first time. In Windows 2008 you din’t need your Windows DVD anymore to add features and roles. In Windows 2012 they have changed it to save storage. This isn’t actually bad but I don’t understand why they made the installation wizard so complicated, so that you can’t figure it out on your own.

The solution to this error is somewhere at the begining of the installation. You need to choose Specify Alternate Source Path and enter your Windows 2012 dvd or load the image of it:
Specify Alternate Source Path

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admin on January 30th 2013 in IT, Windows Server

Windows Server 2012 Core Configuration

1. Run Powershell
#start powershell

2. Rename Computer
#Rename-Computer –NewName “MyTestServer” – Restart

3. Set an IP Adress
#New-NetIPAddress –IPAddess –DefaultGateway –PrefixLength 24 –InterFaceIndex 12

4. Add DNS Server
#Set-DNSClientServerAddress –interfaceIndex 12 –ServerAddress

5. Add Computer to Domain
#Add-Computer –DomainName MyDomain.local

6. Language Options
#control intl.cpl

7. Datum setzen

8. Add local Admin Group a Domain User
#net localgroup administrators /add <domain>/<username>

9. Delete a Domain User from a local Admin Group
#net localgroup administrators /delete <domain>/<username>

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admin on January 22nd 2013 in Windows Server

Windows 2012 Minimal Server Interface

If you don’t want to install the whole GUI and still have the comfort to install server features and roles easily, this might be the right option for you.

What can you use?
– Server Manager
– MMC Snap-Ins
– Subset of Control Panel

What is missing?
– Desktop
– No Windows Explorer
– No Internet Explorer etc.

To switch from GUI to Minimal Server Interface run following command in powershell:
#Install-Windowsfeature server-gui-shell –remove –restart

To switch from Core to Minimal Server Interface run following command in powershell:
#Install-Windowsfeature server-gui-shell –restart

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admin on January 22nd 2013 in IT, Windows Server

From Windows 2012 Server GUI to Core

Run following command in powershell:
#Uninstall-WindowsFeature Server-GUI-Mgmt-Infra, Server-Gui-Shell –restart

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admin on January 22nd 2013 in IT, Windows Server

From Windows 2012 Server Core to GUI

By default Windows 2012 Server is installed without a GUI (Graphic User Interface). But compared to Windows 2008 R2, it can be added later with following command:
#Install-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra, Server-Gui-Shell

Unfortunately this command did not work for me because it can’t find the source. So you need to put/mount Windows 2012 Server CD first and after that run following commands:
1. Create a folder to mount Server WIM.
#mkdir C:\MountWim\
2.  Get the index number of the GUI Server image.
#dism /get-wiminfo /wimfile:d:\sources\install.wim
3. Mount the WIM for the installed Server with GUI. In my case it was DataCenter GUI which had the index number 4.
#dism /mount-wim /wimfile: d:\sources\install.wim /Index:4 /mountdir:C:\MountWim\ /readonly
4. Run powershell:
5. Start Installation:
#Install-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra, Server-Gui-Shell –restart –source C:\MountWim\Windows\WinSxS

Or you can mount straight away the Wim-File:
1. #Install-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra, Server-Gui-Shell –restart –source wim:d\sources\install.wim:4

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admin on January 22nd 2013 in IT, Windows Server

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