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WSUS Error after August.2019 Updates: Clients not reporting in

Environment Windows Server 2016 Core Roles Installed WSUS configured for SSL Problem After the installation of August.2019 Microsoft Security updates. I found my clients would no longer check in. At first i thought this might be because of a SSL problem as i run WSUS over 8531.  I even attempted restoring to a previous backup to no avail so into the logs we go. I pulled up the c:\windows\windowsupdate.log and began to scour the logs for any clues. Logon Login failed for user ‘NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE’. Reason: Server is in script upgrade mode. Only administrator can connect at this time. Resolution I can’t say for sure what the root cause […]

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Demoting a 2008 Domain Controller – Failed to configure the service NETLOGON as requested

Environment Windows Server 2008 R2 Roles installed File and Storage Services Active Directory Domain Controller DNS Problem Today i am trying to demote a Domain Controller and ran into the following error. The operation failed because: Failed to configure the service NETLOGON as requested “The wait operation timed out” Resolution The problem was the servers DNS was pointing to itself using 127.0.0.1 Moving this to another DNS server in the Domain allowed me to complete the demotion.      


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Windows Server 2016 Core – Allow ICMP Through Firewall

This post will show you the steps to allow ICMP through the Firewall The following command will help show the different groups Get-NetFirewallRule | Where { $_.DisplayGroup –Eq “firewall group”} | Format-Table Replace firewall group with with the appropriate management group.  The ones that relate to remote management are: group=”File and Printer Sharing” group=”Remote Service Management” group=”Performance Logs and Alerts” group=”Remote Event Log Management” group=”Remote Scheduled Tasks Management” group=”Remote Volume Management” group=”Remote Desktop” group=”Windows Firewall Remote Management” group=”windows management instrumentation (wmi)” From here i will enter the following Set-NetFirewallRule -Name “FPS-ICMP4-ERQ-In” -Enabled true Set-NetFirewallRule -Name “FPS-ICMP6-ERQ-In” -Enabled true and voila


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Windows Update Error 80070659 – Server 2012 RDS host

Environment Windows Server 2012 R2 Roles installed File and Storage Services IIS Print Services Remote Desktop Services Problem I was trying to install a bunch of pending Security Updates to a Windows Server 2012 RDS Host, Windows patches were successful but when trying to install the Microsoft Office patches i received a failure code 80070659 Solution You will find the following registry keys set to 1 changing them to 0 allowed me to install the patches successfully HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Install\DisableMSI HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Install\DisablePatch


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Windows Server 2016 – Disable Updates Are Available Popup

Environment Server: Windows Server 2016 GUI and Core Microsoft Updates provided by an on premises WSUS Server Problem On Login to a Server 2016 with pending updates you are prompted with a full screen pop up that you can’t get around until you click the View Updates. Various attempts were made to suppress the alerts using Group Policies but nothing seems to work. Solution / Workaround After using some google-fu I came across the following article for the same issue with Windows 10.  This will change the permissions on the following files, which basically stops the full screen pop ups from happening.  Just what i was looking for! musnotification.exe musnotificationux.exe […]


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WSUS Installation on Server 2016 Core

Install Server 2016 Core Deploy Windows Server 2016 Core from Template To add a 2nd Data drive DISKPART> list disk DISKPART> select disk (id) DISKPART> online disk (if the disk is not online) DISKPART> attributes disk clear readonly DISKPART> clean DISKPART> convert gpt DISKPART> create partition primary DISKPART> select part 1 DISKPART> active (if this is the boot partition) DISKPART> format fs=ntfs label=WSUSData quick DISKPART> assign letter D DISKPART> list volume Install WSUS/WID Role From the console of your newly deployed Windows Server 2016 Core System Login with your Administrator Account Open PowerShell Install-WindowsFeature -Name UpdateServices -IncludeManagementTools New–Item –Path D: –Name WSUS –ItemType Directory CD “C:\Program Files\Update Services\Tools” .\wsusutil.exe postinstall content_dir=D:\WSUS Get-WSUSServer […]


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Windows Server 2016 Core Build Notes

Lasted Updated: March.29.2019 This post will document my settings for a fresh Windows Server 2016 Core Build These notes will hopefully serve as the basis for complete automation in the future Building a new Windows Server 2016 Virtual Template Begin the installation process by creating a new virtual machine instance using vCenter Web Client and booting into the Windows Server 2016 installation media. Login to the vCenter Client or Web Client – Select Home\Inventory\VMs and Templates view Expand and select <vCenter>\<datacenter>\<Folder>\1.Templates\ folder Right-click, select New Virtual Machine, select Custom, and click Next Type Virtual Machine Name: TMPL-Windows 2016 STD Core, click Next Select Host\Cluster location: CLUSTER01, click Next Select Root of […]


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Windows 2016 – GISvc service not starting

Problem After deploying some new Virtual Machines based on Microsoft Windows 2016 i noticed the following error in the Server Manager Dashboard Resolution This turned out to the new VMware AppDefense that is found within VMware Tools 10.3.2 Since i am not using AppDefense i simply uninstalled that module


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Install Hyper-V on Windows 10

Requirements Windows 10 Enterprise, Professional, or Education 64-bit Processor with Second Level Address Translation (SLAT). CPU support for VM Monitor Mode Extension (VT-c on Intel CPU’s). Minimum of 4 GB memory. Install using PowerShell Open a PowerShell Console as Administrator Run the following command: Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Hyper-V -All Reboot the computer to complete the installation Install using DISM Open a PowerShell Console as Administrator Run the following command: DISM /Online /Enable-Feature /All /FeatureName:Microsoft-Hyper-V When prompted restart the computer