Windows Server 2012 virtual machines stop responding at splash screen

I recently discovered an issue on a restart of a virtual machine running the guest operating system Windows Server 2012 where following a restart the virtual machine would stop responding at the splash screen and required a manual shutdown and power on to restart the virtual machine. From investigation is a known issue caused by … More Windows Server 2012 virtual machines stop responding at splash screen

Group Policy Error 0x8007000d

Recently on applying all computer group policy settings on a client, I was receiving the following error message:   The client-side extension could not remove computer policy settings for ‘Group Policy Object Name{Unique ID}’ because it failed with error code ‘0x8007000d The data is invalid.’ See trace file for more details.   The cause of the error would … More Group Policy Error 0x8007000d

A very important patch for Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2

It would appear that Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 are only thirty days away from not receiving security updates, or more precisely from the beginning of patch Tuesday in May 2014 . Well that is not entirely true, but instances running these operating systems are required to have installed KB2919355 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2919355) before the above … More A very important patch for Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2

Retrieving Disk Number and SCSI ID for volumes using the Windows Powershell storage module

I was recently looking at obtaining volume information to include the volume name, capacity, free space, disk number and SCSI ID and to include information for both volumes that contained a drive letter or a folder path. For instances running Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 I was able to do this using a combination … More Retrieving Disk Number and SCSI ID for volumes using the Windows Powershell storage module

Switch between Server Core and GUI on Windows Server 2012

With the release of Windows Server 2012 it is now possible to switch between the GUI and Server Core installations using the GUI and Powershell cmdlets, with only a restart required to apply the changes. The default installation of Windows Server 2012 is now available as Server Core, if you require to switch to the … More Switch between Server Core and GUI on Windows Server 2012