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How To Resolve PowerPath 6.1 Required KB Missing During Installation

The Issue During an upgrade to PowerPath 6.1 on Windows 2008 R2 server received an error for missing KB 2921916 and 3033929.   The first one is about Schannel and is 2014 release https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms14-066 The second one is a SHA-2 patch from 2015  https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/3033929 The above KB patches are for SHA-2 related patches dating 2014... read more

How To Install Failover Clustering with PowerShell

Introduction In this post we will cover some more automation with PowerShell and in automating installing Failover Cluster features with PowerShell on Windows 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2. We will cover the commands available to install the features needed that can be run individually and also a simple script to install the features and log the results. So what are the features available to install... read more

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

Updating gnuwin32 tools on Windows with GetGnuWin32

Introduction Gnuwin32 provides ports of tools with a GNU or similar open source license, to modern MS-Windows (Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP / 2003 / Vista / 2008 / 7). We have covered install Gnuwin32 on Windows in a previous post, but how do you update it? That’s where GetGnuWin32 comes into play. Process First we need to download GetGnuWin32 from... read more

Using PowerShell to Failover Cluster Resources for Patching

Introduction So you are having to patch cluster nodes and would like a way to automate the failover of the resources and log what when it was done and who did the work. In this post we will cover a simple PowerShell script that will drain and pull resources in a 2 node active / passive cluster. About the Script The purpose of the PowerShell script is to allow two operations to occur, they are to drain all... read more

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