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How to Enable Disk Cleanup on Windows 2008 R2 Without Desktop Experience

Introduction In an earlier post I described how to install and use Disk Cleanup on Windows 2008 R2 server. Since that time I have come across another way to install Disk Cleanup on Windows 2008 R2 without having to install Desktop Experience which adds things to servers that are not needed. This will not work on Windows Server 2012 R2 as you must install Desktop Experience. So let’s get to it.... read more

How to Manually change your NIC to Promiscuous Mode on Windows 2008 R2

What Is The Promiscuous Mode? By default when a network card receives a packet, it checks whether the packet belongs to itself. If not, the interface card normally drops the packet. But in promiscuous mode, the card doesn’t drop the packet. Instead, it will accept all the packets which flows through the network card. Some Network Interface Cards (NICs) may not allow network traffic after you create a... read more

Resolving Distributed Transaction Issues with BizTalk, MS DTC and Clustered MSSQL Servers

Introduction After a recent storage migration of a Windows 2008 R2 cluster that involved removing the clustered DTC (Distributed Transaction Coordinator) starting seeing SQL transaction errors from the BizTalk server that was connecting to the SQL database instance running on the clustered servers. These are the steps followed to resolve the issue. Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MSDTC) is... read more

Installing WMF 5 and PowerShell 5 on Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 7

Introduction Exciting news! Microsoft has released a preview for Windows Management Framework 5 (WMF) and PowerShell 5 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. In this post we will cover how to install both on your Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 systems. This is a preview version as of April 2015 so make sure this is not being installed on your production systems. System Requirements Supported... read more

How to Setup iSCSI on Windows 2008 R2

Here is one of those topics you do not see much, sure there are basics on setting up the Microsoft iSCSI Initiator but what about the details in adding the whole thing, well here it it is!. Overview In this post we will be configuring a NIC just for accessing the storage, configuring the iSCSI Initiator, then adding the storage to the server. Configure the iSCSI NICS on Server Before we can configure the... read more

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