I have today experienced first hand the issue being hotly discussed in this Microsoft forum.

Basically Windows Update seems to have stopped working for those Windows Server 2003 machines some of us still have out there. Checking for Windows Updates returns this error:

WU-Error-80248015 ...continue reading "Error 0x80248015 checking Windows Update on Windows Server 2003"

We have all had to move lots of data from one location to another at some time or another, some like me forget all the useful switches and have to keep looking them up on TechNet. I have included an example of a Robocopy I use most times when moving lots of data and explain the switches too ...continue reading "Useful Robocopy switches for copying large amounts of file data"

I have been using Windows Server 2012 since it became generally available in September 2012 and after taking some time to find my way around the new menus and GUI I am very impressed with what Microsoft have produced. Hyper-V is just one of those great products which makes you sit up and take notice.

With the free version of Hyper-V Server 2012 this is just a great platform for building labs for testing and learning about new products. I have found this guide from Microsoft guru Keith Mayer an excellent resource in getting my Hyper-V 2012 lab up and running and wanted to share it with you so hopefully you can too.


When going through the WSUS feature installation on a Windows Server 2012 box you get the following error if the server is also a domain controller:


The request to add or remote features on the specified server failed.
The operation cannot be completed, because the server that you specified requires a restart. ...continue reading "Problems installing WSUS on Server 2012 Domain Controller"

So after installing more than a few times I thought about writing my own powershell script to automate some of the process, there was no need though when I stumbled across this great script..check it out here

You wont be disapppointed, I know I wasnt.

With the release of Windows Server 2012 many people like me will be wanting to deploy Windows Server 2012, as there are many new features relating to the Hyper-V element of Windows Server 2012 it is only natural to want to get our 2008 R2 Hyper-V host servers running on a 2012 Hyper-V platform. Here is how I did it ...continue reading "Moving Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V virtual guests to a Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Host"

After working with Windows Server 2012 since its release late last year I have built up enough experience to attempt the MCSA exam. Because I was already certified to a high enough level on Windows Server 2008 I was eligible to take the upgrade exam 70-417 and I'm delighted that I passed it first time. This is the first of many Windows Server 2012 related exams I will no doubt take over the new few years and I look forward to working with Microsoft's new server operating system.

Now onto learning the latest edition of one of my favourites Exchange Server 2013, not sure what to make of it yet but I'm sure as I get more experience with it I shall find out and will report back in a series of blog posts about it.


Ok so if you have followed my previous post and upgraded your DPM 2010 server to DPM 2012 SP1 you may be wanting to upgrade your operating system from Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 to Windows Server 2012 and wondering how best to go about this, well here is how I've done it. ...continue reading "Upgrading DPM 2012 SP1 to Windows Server 2012"

I have recently been setting up a 3 node Windows Server 2012 Hyper-v environment which I have configured in a Failover Cluster for high availability. Doing this was considerably easier that I had expected thanks to the improvements in Server 2012. Here is how I did it: ...continue reading "Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Failover Clustering"