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┬áprovides 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

How To View Listening UDP Ports on Windows

Introduction From time to time we need to view “UDP” ports that are in a listening state on Windows. In this short post we will see how to do this with the netstat command. Process The process to view the UDP ports in listening state is simple. Open a command prompt and type, netstat -an | find “UDP” | more: C:\>netstat -an | find "UDP" | more UDP *:* UDP... read more

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