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Azure VM Agent breaks your server

If you new up a VM in Azure, the integration components and VM Agent  are already installed, and they work fine. If, however, you prepare a machine in Hyper-V and upload the VHD, you need to install the Integration Components … Continue reading

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New Laptop: Windows 8 Hyper-V Platform breaks OEM Pre-activation

I have been looking forward to getting a new laptop for some time. I dithered over whether to get a Microsoft Surface, but decided that ACS Solutions is basically a development shop, and I need more power. The surface RT … Continue reading

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which

unix has a which command to tell you the path of the executable file which is first found on the path and which will get executed when you type the command without an explicit path. The simplest use can be … Continue reading

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Windows 2003 is old hat

In Windows 2008+, setting a different SSL certificates for each IP:Port binding is point and click, so for an exchange server where the internal and external names (and therefore required certificates) differ: It is easy to select the correct certificate … Continue reading

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A little Active Directory DNS Server Magic

By default, Windows DNS servers register a static A record for every IP address that the DNS server service is bound to. If you have a multi-homed AD Server which is also a DNS server (as they often are), you’re … Continue reading

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DOS Bootable USB Drive

Oh, what a horrible afternoon. I just needed to update the firmware on a couple of Adaptec 5805 SAS/SATA controllers as part of re-purposing a server with Windows Storage Server 2008 R2. I splashed about for ages, but the solution … Continue reading

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Hyper-V Tools

It seems I can never remember the command lines any more. Must be getting old. Notes here apply to 2008 R2. Basic Setup – Server Config sconfig.cmd http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee441254(v=WS.10).aspx   More advanced setup – Core Configurator 2.0 Start_CoreConfig.wsf http://coreconfig.codeplex.com/ I usually … Continue reading

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