Manual update of Windows Server Core

Although without the GUI, Windows Server Core (from 2008 R2 onward) is the same platform as the GUI version. Therefore, we need to periodically update it.

Windows 7SP1 x64 and Server 2008 R2 SP1 share the same update base. All those hints and instructions already described in the posts about unofficial SP2, the update agent or any other update can be used here as well. Continue reading


Installing the VirtualBox integration in Windows Server Core

Periodically, I need to use the Windows Core version. Additionally, we need the integration package for our VM to unlock its full potential in the virtual environment. Luckily, this limited GUI will support such installation.

When you install Windows Server Core in Oracle VirtualBox, the default desktop resolution will be 1024 x 768 pixels and you can’t change it. In most cases, we need the largest possible display. However, the Core version is about the command line and even 800 x 600 will be fine. Continue reading

Activating the AHCI mode after installing Windows 7

A few months ago, I assembled one computer and installed Windows 7 on it. I also installed all necessary drivers and tools. Eventually, I discovered that I left the BIOS configuration of the disk controller in the IDE mode.

In such situation, my machine will be blocked at boot if I just try to change this option in the BIOS settings – Windows 7 will not recognize the boot device. In that situation usually I can either to revert this change back to the IDE mode or reinstall machine with enabled AHCI mode.

I opted for the third way – to enable the AHCI mode in running Windows 7. It’s a time for the magic and mighty tricks. Continue reading

Windows update error 80248015

A few days ago, I routinely checked my VM for updates. The Windows update dialog opened and it looked like I had never before updated this machine. That is weird. Anyway, I will now check for updates and Windows will be happy. At least, I taught so.

When I clicked on the button [ Check for updates ], Windows update popped up an error message that it cannot search for new updates. The reason was very strange – the service is expired.

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Read the Windows platform from the batch file

I need to execute the same batch file on Windows 32 and 64-bit systems. My batch file should somehow automatically read on which platform it’s running and to execute the appropriate part of the file. In addition, it must be usable on any Windows version, starting from Windows 7/2008.

The answer to this problem is to execute the wmic command and filter its output. Now comes the magic. Continue reading

Your DHCP server must be in only one VLAN

Recently, we have made a major upgrade of the network infrastructure for one customer. We replaced the old switches and introduced the complete VLAN infrastructure. At the end of the day, everything seemed to be good.

Then, after two days, DUDE started to raise alarms related to DHCP service. We received a bunch of e-mails related to an empty DHCP pool. It was a mystery how this DHCP pool emptied when there are only 10 workstations and this happened during a public holiday when the offices were empty. Continue reading