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Windows Server Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: Repairing Windows Update Issues with the System Update Readiness Tool (CheckSUR)

clock March 13, 2017 06:09 by author Armend

This article provides information on using the System Update Readiness Tool to repair Windows Update-related issues in Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2.

The System Update Readiness Tool (CheckSUR) is a downloadable utility from Microsoft that can be used to fix a variety of problems related to Windows updates. It does so by scanning files and registry keys associated with updates and replacing corrupt ones with good versions. The complete list of Windows Update error codes addressed by CheckSUR is shown in Microsoft Knowledgebase article KB947821, which also contains download links for all versions of CheckSUR.

To use CheckSUR, simply download the applicable version from KB947821 and run it on the affected system. It will appear to install like any other update:

During this "installation" process, CheckSUR is actually checking files and registry settings for installed updates. This process may take 15 minutes or more to complete, and interrupting it is not recommended. When it completes, the results are not displayed on the screen but can be found in %windir%\Logs\CBS\CheckSUR.log. The Summary section will indicate how many errors were found. If it indicates that all errors were fixed, the issue is likely resolved, and you may attempt to install Windows updates again.
Often, CheckSUR will not be able to automatically fix all of the errors it finds. This is usually due to the necessary repair files not being present. When this occurs, the needed files must be obtained from another source, such as an update package from Microsoft or a working machine running the same version of Windows as the affected machine:

  • The names of missing files will often include the name of the update package that contains them. For example, the file named Package_for_KB958690_sc_0~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.6.mum is included in update KB958690, which can be downloaded from Microsoft.
  • If the filename of a missing file does not indicate which update package contains it, you may still be able to locate it by searching the Web for the filename, since file manifests for hotfixes are often listed in the corresponding Microsoft Knowledgebase articles.
  • If a Web search for the filename is unsuccessful, the file can be copied from a working machine that is running the same edition of Windows as the affected machine. The two machines must have the same system architecture (32- or 64-bit).

Regardless of the source, the files should be copied to a particular directory on the affected machine, depending on the type of file being copied:

  • Files with .msu, .mum, and .cat extensions should be copied to %windir%\Temp\CheckSUR\Packages. It may be necessary to create the Packages directory first.
  • Files with the .manifest extension should be copied to %windir%\Temp\CheckSUR\manifests directory.

After copying the files to the appropriate directory, run CheckSUR again. The presence of the repair files should allow it to fix the errors it encounters.

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Windows Server Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: How To Fix Connection Was Denied RDP Errors

clock March 6, 2017 04:44 by author Armend

When a user tries to RDP into a server or workstation they may get the error “The connection was denied because the user account is not authorized for remote login”. The cause of this error is really common but easy to fix.

The most common cause of the connection was denied error is either the user is not part of the Remote Desktop User Group or the local security policy is not configured to allow remote access.

If the user is already in the Remote Desktop User Group but the error “The connection was denied because the user account is not authorized for remote login” persists then have a look at local security policy of the server or workstation you are trying to RDP into.

Click Start > Run and type: secpol.msc

Expand Local Policies and click on User Right Assignment. This should now bring up more options in the right window of the Local Security Policy, as shown below.

Find Allow log on through Remote Desktop Services, right click on it and select Properties. You will now have the option to Add User or Group.

If this is a new server/workstation deployment you probably won’t have the Remote Desktop User Group listed. If the RDP group is already listed here, try and add the individual user that is getting the error.
Once you add the Remote Desktop Group or User then RDP should work but to be on the safe side, ensure the Remote Desktop service Logon account is the Network System and not as a local service.

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Windows Server Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: How to Back Up a Windows Server 2016 Domain Controller

clock February 27, 2017 06:49 by author Armend

The domain controller role is central to an Active Directory-based network. Learn how to protect your Windows Server 2016 domain controllers by using first-party backup tools.
In the Microsoft technology stack, the domain controller provides core identity services to your business network. As such, the loss of a domain controller can create a denial of service (DoS) and bring your network services to a grinding halt.
I've identified three ways you can back up the System State of a Windows Server 2016 domain controller. The good news here is that the process hasn't changed from Windows Server 2012 R2

What is the System State?

Windows Server computers (physical or virtual) have a data collection called the System State that can be backed up specifically by the systems administrator. Depending on the server's infrastructure role, different data may comprise that machine's System State. The System State consists of the following files:

  •     Active Directory database (domain controllers)
  •     Sysvol shared folder (domain controllers)
  •     Certificate Services database (certification authorities)
  •     Cluster database (failover cluster nodes)
  •     Boot files, system files, and files covered by Windows File Protection
  •     Windows Registry
  •     Performance Monitor counter configuration data
  •     Component Services class registration database

Note: the following methods are presented no particular order.

Method #1: Windows PowerShell

Open up an elevated Windows PowerShell prompt on your server and run the following command to install the Windows Backup cmdlets:

  • Install-WindowsFeature -Name Windows-Server-Backup -IncludeAllSubfeature -IncludeManagementTools

This process won't require a restart. You can enumerate all the backup commands like so:

  • Get-Command -Module WindowsServerBackup

The following script will create a System State backup of the local server and save the backup to my F: data volume. You'll notice that I've commented on every line so you can easily see what's going on.

NOTE: Here I focus only on backing up the System State. You can perform other file system (or even system image) backups on your servers. And, you can make use of such tools as Task Scheduler or AT.EXE to schedule your backups.

  • #create the backup policy
    $policy = New-WBPolicy
  • #back up the System State
    Add-WBSystemState -Policy $policy
  • #declare the backup location as my F: volume
    $target = New-WBBackupTarget -VolumePath "F:"
  • #add the backup location to the policy
    Add-WBBackupTarget -Policy $policy -Target $target
  • #start the backup
    Start-WBBackup -Policy $policy

Method #2: Windows Backup

If you're not a PowerShell fan, then you may want to use the graphical backup utility that has shipped with Windows Server since the very beginning. Follow the procedure in the previous section (no escaping PowerShell completely, I'm afraid) to install the Windows Backup feature.
You can then start the Windows Server Backup Microsoft Management Console, as shown in Figure 1

Select Local Backup from the Console pane, and then in the Actions pane, click Backup Once to start the Backup Once Wizard. You'll complete the following steps:

  • Choose the Custom backup option
  • Select the System State to back up (shown in Figure 2)
  • Decide whether you're backing up to a local or remote volume

Method #3: Microsoft Azure

This procedure will work only if you have an Azure subscription. Then, the first thing you need to do is to log into the Azure Portal (portal.azure.com) and create a Recovery Services vault.

Second, you create a Backup object inside your vault, as shown in Figure 3.

 

After specifying to Azure that you want to back up the System State of an on-premises virtual machine, you'll be prompted to download and install the Microsoft Azure Backup agent.

The bad news is that this "agent" is actually a full-fledged server, based on Microsoft Data Protection Manager (DPM), whose download comprises 3.2 gigabytes and that requires a SQL Server instance for installation.
After you get the Azure Backup Server installed, you'll need to register your Windows Server 2016 domain controller with your Azure vault. Finally, you'll use the Azure Backup Server user interface to send your System State backups to the Azure cloud.

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Windows Server Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: Tricks To Make You A Great Admin in windows server 2012

clock February 20, 2017 05:09 by author Armend

Tricks To Make You A Great Admin in windows server 2012

Windows Server 2012 is much advanced than its predecessors. Understanding its capabilities can make every admin’s job a lot easier and make them look like a true wizard. Here are some tricks to help you learn more about Windows Server 2012.

Take advantage of new & improved server management system

One of the easily noticeable things about the 2012 edition is the Server Manager. Microsoft combined the server roles installer and the features installer to save users the hassles of having to install them twice. New server roles can be assigned simply by clicking on Manage and then Add server. The new server manager is intelligent enough to group the server roles based to the appropriate server and displays the management tools for the server and the tools for editing them, all in the same window.

Team up the network adapters

Teaming network adapters together is an effective way to either increase the availability of server or to increase the speed and performance, and this functionality has been incorporated into the 2012 server core. It allows combining Ethernet connections via compatible network cards together without the hassles of adding any specific tools. To team network adapters together, simply enter the server manager, find the Local server menu, and find the compatible adapters you can team together and link them by right clicking and entering the features menu.

Do a lot more with your iSCSI protocol

The new Windows server 2012 allows users to assign roles to virtual hard drives and set them up as internet small computer system interface (iSCSI) targets over the network. To enable the feature, assign the roles in the server manager under the Files and iSCSI tab and set up the size and configuration of the virtual hard disk and its access properties.

Enable Remote Server Administration

In addition to the all-powerful server manager, Windows Server 2012 also offers remote server administration tools or RSAT that can be used to control the connected servers from a Windows 8 operating system. The function can be activated by downloading the .msu tool files from support and adding the local server through your server manager control menu.

Pick right interface environment

The new graphical interface of the Windows Server 2012 lacks many of the features available with previous editions. Even applications such as IE are missing from it. But the server core retains all the command-line management tools ensuring complete functionality. But you can optimize the graphical interface from the server manager and also choose which functionalities to retain and which ones to remove. Essentially you have three options, they are the desktop experience feature, the graphic tools and infrastructure, and the graphic shell feature. You can choose to either keep all of them or a selected few.

Set up the basic configurations

Many of the basic configurations which needed to be settled during installation can now be handled easily, thanks to the server manager. You can change most of the configuration by simply navigating to the Local server link in the server manager menu. Also you can change the security options of Internet explorer for hassle free downloads right from the server manager as well.

Get complete control using virtual domain controller

Need for having a physical domain controller to enable the Hyper-V cluster just to host the connection and USN rollback due cloning of domain controller’s VM used to be a huge headache, but in the 2012 server edition all these little problems have been effectively eliminated and pose no threats to the active directory. However, still there are few restrictions on cloning the DC, such as the requirement for presence of two DCs, with one containing the PDC emulator and so on. Simply add the DCcloneconfig.xml file to the source active directory and make sure the appropriate DC is switched off. Then create the virtual machine import the server using PowerShell to initiate the cloning process.

Activate Replication of Hyper V

Windows server 2012 allows users to replicate virtual hard disks and domain controllers without the requirement of clusters. To configure the replication, ensure the option is enabled in the Hyper V settings panel, and define server from which the replicas need to be attended. Then simply activate the replication method for the virtual server by right clicking and selecting the enable option. You can also choose to schedule the replication for a later time.

Start from Hyper V failover

Though not frequent, failovers can occur when operating with Hyper V replicates. So it’s better to create a scheduled failover and restore point such that the manager starts replication from a known target source VM. To schedule a failover for a replication, navigate to the appropriate replicate in the Hyper V manager and click on failover in the pop-up menu and enable the action by choosing a restore point.

Configure virtual server backup

Backing up is always a good idea, and the Windows Server 2012 edition with Veeam offers the easiest way to do it. Admins can back up both virtual and normal servers, integrate the Hyper-V clusters, and even backup individual items instantly with no downtime using the Veeam backup too.

Familiarize PowerShell to control servers

The PowerShell application gains an all new functionality upgrade allowing admins to list, control, manipulate and prevent replication of servers. Discover all the active servers with the commandlet Get-ADReplicationUpToDatenessVectorTable* | sort Partner,Server | ft Partner,Server,UsnFilter. Check the status of active director replication, view individual sites and domain controllers and lot more using the PowerShell commandlets.

Configure the DHCP failover

Similar to the Hyper V failover setup, the DHCP can also be configured to start off from fail safe and allows connection of two IpV4 servers. To enable the failover, navigate to the DHCP server console, locate the DHCP server you want to configure and enable the failover properties. Enter the details of the available fail-safe server and create the link between the two. Once configured the properties will be displayed on the failover properties tab.

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Windows Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: How to Disabling Secure Boot in windows Server r2

clock February 13, 2017 05:17 by author Armend

How to Disabling Secure Boot in windows Server r2

You may need to disable Secure Boot to run some PC graphics cards, hardware, or operating systems such as Linux or previous version of Windows.
Secure Boot helps to make sure that your PC boots using only firmware that is trusted by the manufacturer.
For most PCs, you can disable Secure Boot through the PC’s firmware (BIOS) menus. For logo-certified Windows RT 8.1 and Windows RT PCs, Secure Boot is required to be configured so that it cannot be disabled.

Warning

After disabling Secure Boot and installing other software and hardware, it may be difficult to re-activate Secure Boot without restoring your PC to the factory state.
Be careful when changing BIOS settings. The BIOS menu is designed for advanced users, and it's possible to change a setting that could prevent your PC from starting correctly. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions exactly.

To disable Secure Boot:

  • Before disabling Secure Boot, consider whether it is necessary. From time to time, your manufacturer may update the list of trusted hardware, drivers, and operating systems for your PC. To check for updates, go to Windows Update, or check your manufacturer's website.
  • Open the PC BIOS menu. You can often access this menu by pressing a key during the bootup sequence, such as F1, F2, F12, or Esc.
  • Or, from Windows, hold the Shift key while selecting Restart. Go to Troubleshoot > Advanced Options: UEFI Firmware Settings.
  • Find the Secure Boot setting, and if possible, set it to Disabled. This option is usually in either the Security tab, the Boot tab, or the Authentication tab.
  • Save changes and exit. The PC reboots.
  • Install the graphics card, hardware, or operating system that’s not compatible with Secure Boot.
    In some cases, you may need to change other settings in the firmware, such as enabling a Compatibility Support Module (CSM) to support legacy BIOS operating systems.
  • To use a CSM, you may also need to reformat the hard drive using the Master Boot Record (MBR) format, and then reinstall Windows.
  • If you’re using Windows 8.1, you may see a watermark on the desktop alerting you that Secure Boot is not configured correctly.

To re-enable Secure Boot:

  • Uninstall any graphics cards, hardware, or operating systems that aren’t compatible with Secure Boot.
  • Open the PC BIOS menu. You can often access this menu by pressing a key during the bootup sequence, such as F1, F2, F12, or Esc.
  • Or, from Windows: go to Settings charm > Change PC settings > Update and Recovery > Recovery > Advanced Startup: Restart now. When the PC reboots, go to Troubleshoot > Advanced Options: UEFI Firmware Settings.
  • Find the Secure Boot setting, and if possible, set it to Enabled. This option is usually in either the Security tab, the Boot tab, or the Authentication tab.
  • On some PCs, select Custom, and then load the Secure Boot keys that are built into the PC.
  • If the PC does not allow you to enable Secure Boot, try resetting the BIOS back to the factory settings.
  • Save changes and exit. The PC reboots.
  • If the PC is not able to boot after enabling Secure Boot, go back into the BIOS menus, disable Secure Boot, and try to boot the PC again.
  • In some cases, you may need to refresh or reset your PC to its original state before you can turn on Secure Boot. For more info, see How to restore, refresh, or reset your PC.
  • If the above steps don’t work, and you still want to use the Secure Boot feature, contact your manufacturer for help.

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Windows 2008Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: Simple Steps To Gets Microsoft Certified

clock February 6, 2017 19:05 by author Dan

According to windowsnetworking website. Learn the certification options and the best certification resources to get certified on Microsoft's flagship enterprise management product line - MCTS certification options.
Introduction

In a recent article, Overview of Microsoft System Center product line and how it can help you, I covered the critical facts of System Center. As a follow up to that article, let's talk about certification! Microsoft System Center is Microsoft's flagship enterprise management product line, made up of 6+ major products. As this is both a critical product for Microsoft and a critical product for enterprises that adopt pieces of the System Center suite, Microsoft offers MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist) certification options for System Center. While I don't see a way to use these exams toward a MCITP, you will still have a MCTS in a System Center specialty. Specifically, there are 3 different certification tracks available for System Center which covers just 3 of the 6+ System Center products (but 3 of the major SC products).
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MCTS: Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007, Configuration

Formerly known as SMS (Systems Management Server) in previous versions, SCCM is used to manage the PC, laptop, and server hardware and software (including applications and operating systems) of a mid to large size enterprise. Microsoft Exam 70-401 covers a number of important SCCM 2007 skills. Specifically, the exam covers things like:

  •     Deploying SCCM
  •     Configuring SCCM Infrastructure
  •     Managing Resources
  •     Distributing Applications
  •     Deploying Operating Systems
  •     Securing a Network Infrastructure
  •     Managing and Maintaining SCCM Infrastructure

As for training material, here are some recommendations:

  1.     Video Training: Train Signal System Center Configuration Manager
  2.     Classroom Training: 6451B and 6451A- Planning, Deploying, and Managing Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007
  3.     Book: Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Administrator's Companion

MCTS: Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007, Configuration

Formerly known as "MOM" (Microsoft Operations Manager) in previous versions, SCOM is used to monitor performance capacity resources (and alert) across all devices in the enterprise. Microsoft Exam 70-400 covers skills like:

    Configuring SCOM
    Deploying and Configuring Management Packs
    Building and Deploying Custom Management Packs
    Maintaining SCOM
    Configuring Client Monitoring

(For the full list of SCOM Exam 70-400 test topics, click here)

Some of the best resources available to prepare for your SCOM certification test are:

    Train Signal System Center Operations Manager video training
    Microsoft classroom  training: 50028D- Installing and Configuring System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2
    Microsoft E-Learning: 3386AE Implementing Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007

MCTS: Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Configuration

The last of the three MCTS certifications covering System Center products is the MCTS covering Virtual Machine Manager. SCVMM or VMM is a centralized management product for the Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization platform (it can also manage VMware ESX Server). With VMM, the ability to perform many new advanced features of Hyper-V is possible.

To prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-403, I recommend the following resources:

    Installing SCVMM - server components, administrative console, self-service portal, pro tips
    Administering SCVMM - configuring user roles, setup self-service, maintain VMM library, configure hosts, monitor jobs
    Maintaining and Monitoring hosts - configure VM hardware, manage virtual instance checkpoints and patches, monitoring and reporting on VMs
    Deploying and Migrating VMs - convert P2V, move VMs between hosts, deploy VMs, deploy HA in VMs

(For the full list of SCVMM Exam 70-403 test topics, click here)

One of the best certification resources I have read on this lately is the Train Signal Certification Guide for  Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM Exam 70-403). In fact, that certification guide recommends the following resources to prepare for the SCVMM 70-403 exam:

    Classroom training : 6331A- Deploying and Managing MS SCVMM
    E-Learning: 6896AE- Configuring MS SCVMM 2008
    MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-652): Configuring Windows Server Virtualization by Ruest
    Mastering Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 by Michael and Linares

Of course, the best preparation for any certification exam is actually using the product (and especially in the "real-world" on a production network, if possible).

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Windows Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: How to Remote Web Access login page Redirect

clock January 30, 2017 07:06 by author Dan

According to windowsserveressentials website, The issue about Remote Web Access login page Redirect is relatively simple one, in previous versions of Essentials, visiting http://server or http://server.remotewebaccess.com it would automatically redirect you to the RWA Login page at /remote. In 2016 this is not occurring.

In 2012 R2 this behaviour is controlled via default.aspx in particular, this line.

<%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeBehind="Default.aspx.cs" Inherits="Microsoft.WindowsServerSolutions.Web.RootSite._Default" %>


Looking at the Content of the Default Web Site in 2016, we can see the standard IIS InetPub wwwroot folder. This is odd because usually in Essentials that path has been updated to C:\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin\WebApps\Site.


I had previously posted that we should update the PhysicalPath of the Remote Web App web site to match previous versions of Essentials. Doing so corrected the Redirect, however resulted in the below message.

I opened a support case with Microsoft regarding this behaviour and after some time was informed this behaviour was by design. Without any explanation or documentation of changing this feature.

The ‘correct’ way to solve this, is using an HTTP Redirect as shared originally by TechSpeeder, or by educating the user to enter the correct address.

We are still (some months later) yet to hear back from anyone at Microsoft about this or any other issue we have raised with Essentials 2016.

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Windows Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: Tips To Solve Windows Networking Issues

clock January 23, 2017 08:38 by author Dan

Almost every home today has more than one device that connects with the WiFi network in the house. Some desktops and laptops you want to connect to your WiFi network may be running different versions of Windows. Many other devices are running a completely different operating system, typically Android or iOS. Getting disparate devices and operating systems to work together on the same network can be a challenging task.

Let’s troubleshoot some of the most common networking problems in Windows.

Connecting to the network

You will most probably have issues with network connections when you try connecting a new computer or upgrade your OS. There could be multiple reasons for this. Here is a look at a few of the common ones:

Upgrading OS: When you install a new version of an OS, it can wreak havoc on the network connections. You might face various issues based on whether you upgraded or installed from scratch. If you have upgraded, you may have to reinstall the network drivers to get the WiFi working properly. The simplest way of doing this is by downloading the latest drivers from the manufacturer’s website.

IPv6 or IPv4: This is a bizarre problem. IPv4 is the most commonly used IP addressing system around today. But there is a shortage of IPv4 addresses. That is where the new IPv6 system comes into the picture. It is not quite common yet. So while it would be nice to have the option of IPv6 addresses, you should stick to IPv4 if you are still running any OS other than Windows 10.

File sharing


File sharing is something that can end up being a major problem with Windows at some point in time. Even for something as simple as copying files between systems and devices, you may face some issues. Here are a few methodologies you could consider. This is a common network problem when you upgrade your version of Windows in general.

The easiest way around this is to enable Simple File Sharing. The only problem with this is that the network will be less secure.

Be sure to enable file and printer sharing. Go to the Network & Sharing Center. Go to change advanced settings and make sure network discovery, file, and printer sharing are turned on. No, you do not turn on the microwave to cook some popcorn. That you do later when your network is working.

Now, if you are using Windows Home Server, it is not as easy for you to take advantage of file sharing. You will need to have an account and the login info, of course. There will also be the added annoyance of needing to log in each time you connect. This is especially irritating if you have to log in frequently. It may not be as annoying as your loud neighbor who listens to unnerving music all the time, but it is bothersome.

To get around this problem, what you can do is go to your user account, and uncheck the option that says users need to enter a username and password for using this computer. This is not a wise thing to do, though. It is better for you to maintain separate accounts with separate passwords while using a regular Windows 10 computer to create the HomeGroup. Also, if you choose to do this, remember that you will not be able to create more than 10 connections.

Networking

Sharing files on Windows 10 with computers running an older Windows OS can be confusing. Windows 10 comes with a couple of features that may frustrate those who are attempting to connect to Windows 10 systems from older libraries and HomeGroups.

On Windows 10, you get the opportunity of creating a HomeGroup. A password will be generated, which you will also enter on any other Windows 10 computer that you put on the same HomeGroup. This makes it very easy to connect Windows 10 computers with each other.

But old operating systems Vista or XP don’t have a HomeGroup. There are two options for connecting with older computers:

  • First, you could consider creating a special account for sharing. After doing this, give the sharing account info to anyone who you would want to join your HomeGroup. Remember to make it a standard account and not an admin account so that you don’t give full control of your computer to someone else.
  • Another option is available from the control panel, under the advanced networking setting. Here, select “use user accounts & passwords to connect to other computers.”

Other tips and tricks

  • If you are having problems with sharing, consider changing your network from “Home” to “Public.” This may help.

  • When you start Windows 10, you will have to choose between Home, Work, or Public networks. If you are using a laptop, you might want to go with Public because you will be using it in coffee shops or other areas and would want to keep it safe. You should not do this when connected to your home network since it will make it hard for you to share files.

  • Mapping network drives will help prevent any networking problems when using applications that need drive letters. You should always use mapped drives instead of network locations. Creating network locations is rather simple, but you will not be able to use it with applications that ask for drive letters instead of network locations.

  • It may be tempting to skip the whole HomeGroup creation step, but you should not. This is critical, especially if you are running multiple Windows 10 PCs. Once a HomeGroup is created, it becomes easy to connect with other machines. Also, there is no limit to the number of systems that can be a part of your HomeGroup.

  • The networking troubleshooter can prove to be useful if you are having trouble. Yes, you could search online but the networking troubleshooter will also give you some answers and suggestions. It is nothing like the earlier versions of Windows. It will find a solution in most cases.

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Windows Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: How to create new local user account in Windows Server 2016

clock December 19, 2016 08:55 by author Dan

According to ittutorials website, When you install Windows Server 2016, the administrator account gets created by default, and it’s the account that is supposed to have the highest privilege on the server, but on Windows server 2016 you cannot even open the calculator with the administrator account ( I assume it is for security reasons, calculators are too dangerous you know Smile ) so  you need to create a new local account in order to open all the applications.

I think the reason behind this is that you shouldn’t use the administrator account to open non-administrative applications or download apps from the market, etc.

Anyway, creating a new user account in Windows Server 2016 is not much different than in previous windows serve and its very quick and simple, here is how, just right-click the start menu and then click on Computer Management

Then expand the Local Users & Groups tree and right-click on Users and choose New User:

Fill out the New User form that comes up. remember to check Password never expires at the bottom:

Then click on Create.

If you want to add this account to the Administrators group, then click on on the Groups folder under local Users and Groups and double-click on the Administrators group:

Then click on Add on the screen that popup, type the name of the account you just created,  then hit Apply then OK

sign out from your administrator account:

And login back with the account you just created.. the calculator opens fine now!!

Finish!!!

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Windows Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: Easy Steps to Add Docker containers on Windows Server 2016

clock December 5, 2016 08:47 by author Dan

According to Techgenix website. Docker containers, which were already taking the market by storm, received a big boost in September when the company announced a commercial partnership with Microsoft. The deal, which extends the Docker engine to Windows Server, is expected to double the size of the already fast-growing container market.

Understanding containers

If you’re reading this, chances are you already understand what Docker containers are. If so, feel free to skip ahead to see what this means for you and how to run the containers in Windows. But for Docker newbies, here’s some background information.

Docker launched just three years ago in 2013, but it has already become immensely popular. One of the reasons containers got such widespread support so immediately was because a company is able to put many more applications into a physical server with containers rather than with virtual machines (VMs).

Essentially, this is because VMs use much more system resources, such as RAM and CPU cycles. While a container essentially only needs a compatible operating system and supporting programs, libraries, and resources, a VM needs much more.

Virtual machines must virtually replicate the system hardware to run. But because containers use shared operating systems instead of virtualizing hardware, you can put many more applications on one server using containers.

Not only this, but containers also create an operating system that is consistent among machines and can be used for development, testing, and deployment.

Of course, this isn’t to say that they are better than virtual machines. They are simply for different purposes. When using Docker, every container has to use the same operating system and kernel. Simplified, containers are for you if you need multiple copies of the same application.

There are a few reasons why Docker skyrocketed quickly and has steadily remained one of the top container companies. Docker changed the way containers were deployed, making it safer and easier.

With Docker, it’s possible to create different environments like that of a live server for development purposes and allow those on different computers to work on the same project, without needing to change the settings or spend hours setting up the environment yourself.

Docker notes that “On average, Docker users ship 7X more software after deploying Docker in their environment.” Also, with Docker, it’s easy to “identify issues, isolate the problem container, quickly roll back to make the necessary changes, and then push the updated container into production. Isolation between containers makes these changes less disruptive than in traditional software models.”

Docker containers in Windows Server 2016

Now that you’ve got a good grasp of what Docker containers are (or you already knew), let’s see what that means for Windows users.

Before this, Docker containers were exclusive only to Linux. With this new partnership, though, they will be functional on the upcoming Windows servers. And what could be better than being able to run Docker containers on your Windows computer? Running it for free!

After two years of joint engineering, this commercial partnership entails a few specific things. First, the Commercially Supported Docker Engine, or “CS Docker Engine,” will be available to Windows Server 2016 customers for no additional cost.

Resolving some users’ issues with Docker support, Microsoft will provide Windows Server 2016 customers enterprise support for CS Docker Engine, backed by Docker Inc.

Additionally, Docker and Microsoft will jointly assist in providing more security by promoting Docker Datacenter. This will help “IT Pros to secure the Windows Server software supply chain and manage containerized Windows Server workloads, whether on-prem, in the cloud, or hybrid,” Docker says.

The partnership also includes the integration of Visual Studio Tools for Docker and Docker for Windows. This gives developers complete desktop development environments for building Dockerized Windows apps.

Microsoft has also contributed Windows Server container-base images and apps to Docker Hub to jumpstart app development, according to Docker’s site. And, for IT pros, Docker Datacenter has made it possible to manage Windows Server environments in addition to the Linux environments it already manages.

The Docker platform “represents a single set of tools, APIs and image formats for managing both Linux and Windows apps.” As Docker’s Michael Friis puts it, “As Linux and Windows apps and servers are dockerized, developers and IT-pros can bridge the operating system divide with shared Docker terminology and interfaces for managing and evolving complex microservices deployments both on-prem and in the cloud.”
How to use the new Docker containers on Windows

There are a few things to understand about how to run the containers on Windows. The command “docker run” is available natively on Docker for Windows, and the terminology hasn’t changed much between the operating systems. Also, like different security profiles can be run on Linux, this is also true of Windows.

There are two isolation modes available, according to Docker’s website:

  • “Windows Server Containers use the same shared-kernel process-isolation paradigm known from Linux. Since containers run as normal (but isolated) processes, startup is fast and resource overhead is minimal.”
  • “With Hyper-V isolation, container processes run inside a very minimal hypervisor created during container start. This yields potentially better isolation at the cost of slower startup and some resource overhead.”

So, a Windows container image can be run using either of these isolation modes, as long as the underlying host supports the requested isolation mode. Additionally, both of these hosts are able to be run at the same time, and the Docker control API is the same for both modes.

Generally, developers won’t have to worry about this and can simply use the typical “docker run” command, not needing the extra “docker run –isolation=hyperv microsoft/nanoserver”. Isolation mode is useful for IT pros, though, to decide how to deploy containerized apps in production.

Docker clarifies that “while Hyper-V is the runtime technology powering hyper-v isolation, hyper-v isolated containers are not Hyper-V VMs and cannot be managed with classic Hyper-V tools.”

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