How To Create SYMLINK’s on Windows 2012 R2 Server Using mklink

Introduction In this post we will expand more on creating symlink’s to directories and files on a Windows 2012 R2 server using mklink command. This post builds on a previous post on mounting NFS exports on Windows server 2012 R2. Process So we have an NFS mount, and now we would like to create a symlink to a sub-directory in the export and also to a sub-directory on a local drive on the Windows... read more

Network performance with VMXNET3 on Windows Server 2012 R2

Introduction In this post we will cover an updated version for addressing VMXNET3 performance issues on Windows Server 2012 R2. As with an earlier post we addressed Windows Server 2008 R2 but, with 2012 R2 more features were added and old settings are not all applicable. What To Change According to VMWare you may experience issues similar to: Poor performance Packet loss Network latency Slow data transfer... read more

Installing WMF 5 and PowerShell 5 on Windows 2012 R2

Introduction PowerShell continues to improve, many features are being added and now we have PowerShell 5 that is available for installation on Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8.1. The installation is simple and only requires a reboot. Windows Management Framework 5.0 (WMF 5) includes updates to Windows PowerShell, Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC), Windows Remote Management (WinRM),... read more

Finding WWN’s on Windows Server 2012 Using PowerShell

With a single command you can retrieve WWN’s on Windows Server 2012 R2 using PowerShell. Open the PowerShell command and type: Get-WmiObject -class MSFC_FCAdapterHBAAttributes -namespace “root\WMI” | ForEach-Object {(($_.NodeWWN) | ForEach-Object {“{0:x}” -f $_}) -join “:”} And that is all there is to it. Simple and fast using PowerShell. Update: I have been been... read more

Windows Server 2012 R2 SNMP Tools install

Recently ran into an issue on Windows Server 2012 R2 systems and came across some systems that had SNMP installed but the Security, Agent, and Traps tabs were missing.  This is due to the facet that Microsoft has deprecated SNMP in Server 2012. ( NOTE: This is in addition to the SNMP Services feature. If you haven’t already installed the SNMP... read more