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Remotely accessing admin shares on Windows 10

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I’m sure I have come across this issue before but never cared to document it here on my blog. And when I do that, I am sure to trip up again and forget what I did to fix it. So this time, I’m going to make sure I put it here for my own benefit. I installed Windows 10 recently to replace aging Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials which was serving as DLNA server to my TV, Xbox One and other DLNA clients in my home. Once installed, I wanted…read more

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Replace Command Prompt with PowerShell in Windows 10 Win+X menu

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I’m sure this has been written about many times in many places but whenever I install Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 on my machines/VMs, I seem to keep forgetting so this would be a good way to remember. If you are reading this and benefit from it, even better! When you right click the Windows Icon in WIndows 8.1 or Windows 10, you get a centext menu that shows many useful items. One of them (ok, two, technically) is command prompt: Now, I stopped using command prompt ever since I…read more

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How to enable Hibernate on Windows 10

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When I received my new Surface Pro 4 with Windows 10 preinstalled, I noticed that option to hibernate was missing from Power options in start menu: I have been running Windows 10 on my home systems but did not have a need to enable hibernate on them. On Surface Pro 4 I decided to, because of much discussed battery drain issues. ZDNet has documented it nicely here. While Microsoft is said to be working on the fix, it won’t be coming until early 2016. In the meanwhile, I decided to…read more

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Disk performance information missing on Windows 2012 R2 – Blast from the past!

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Recently, I replaced a disk in my iScsi NAS. Since I wasn’t using any RAID on the disk I was replacing, I decided to copy data from old volume to new using robocopy. As my copy continued in the background, I curiously turned to the performance tab of task manager: As you may notice in the screenshot above, there was no disk information in the performance tab! I had a chuckle when I saw that. I remembered by Windows 2000 days and the trusty diskperf command. You can reference diskperf…read more

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Step-by-Step Configure DHCP Failover with 2012 R2 – Part 2

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In Part 1, I provided with walk through of how to install DHCP and configure scope on your newly installed DHCP server. In this post, we are going to setup failover between two servers. I am assuming that two DHCP servers are installed and a scope is configure already. So let’s go ahead and configure failover for given scope: In the resulting dialog, you can either select all scopes that exist or select scopes you want to provide failover for: On next page, you need to provide partner server. This…read more

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Step-by-Step Configure DHCP Failover with 2012 R2 – Part 1

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Many times in my past years of IT, I wanted to have DHCP load balancing and high availability. It was possible by creating non-overlapping scopes etc. but that was all manual labor of making sure you don’t have overlap and all the headache that comes with careful planning and monitoring. the other option was to create clustered DHCP service. Well, that was convoluted too! Not sure why, but I always disliked the idea of having to maintain two machines with shared storage and other requirements. That’s why I liked how Exchange 2010…read more

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Routing for Hyper-V Lab – Part 2

Posted by in Hyper-V, Windows Server

In Part 1 of this article, we discussed how you can route between VMs on same host using networks connected to “Internal” virtual switch. Now let’s look at how to route between VMs when your lab consists of more than one hosts. Obviously, what I am going to cover isn’t the only way to do this but is one of many. I can certainly go on an on about all other options but I am trying to show the simplest possible one. Lab Setup For this lab, we are going…read more

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