Entries by Joakim Westin

Quick way to name your NICs in Windows Servers

If you, like me, manage many servers, it’s essential to name network adapters in a way that makes it easy to troubleshoot issues when they arise. In complex networks with thousands of servers and all servers connected using multiple paths a consistent naming standard is very important! PowerShell and the cmdlets available in Windows Server […]

Getting the right features

Working as a technician at a solution and hosting provider means that I often need to ask customers what parts of Windows they use. As soon as we meet a new customer we need to understand what parts of Windows they are using and what parts we need to setup in the customers environment in […]

Default = PowerShell

In a earlier blog post I wrote about how to generate passwords using PowerShell. Here comes another PowerShell advice for you. Now that Windows Server 2012 will be officially available many servers will be installed as ‘core’ servers. That is in itself a very good thing. The bad thing about it is that Microsoft have […]

Windows Server 2012 is coming!

A week from today Microsoft releases Windows Server 2012. For ordinary computer users this release may not mean a lot, but for us working with running large server systems it will be a game changer. Fundamental parts of the Windows Server operating system have been changed. Some changes are visible such as the lack of […]

Generate passwords using PowerShell

The other day I needed to generate some 1400+ new user passwords. Being a lazy person I figured that PowerShell could rescue me. This is what I did to check that my idea worked: PS C:\> Add-Type -AssemblyName “System.Web” PS C:\> [System.Web.Security.Membership]::GeneratePassword(10,2) 35&OjFtM^k As you can see this generates a password that is 10 characters […]

Configuring Windows Server 2008 R2 Features

At Basefarm we frequently need to ensure that many Windows servers are identical in terms of the roles and features they have installed. Adding features can be done in a number of ways. Mostly the graphical userinterface (Server Manager) is used. Or for large operations System Center or similar. I will show you how this […]