VIDEO: How To Install and Configure Windows Server Update Services on Server 2016

This video demonstrates how to install Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) on Windows Server 2016.  We also quickly show the Group Policies required to have your office PC’s use the WSUS server as their source for updates. How To Install & Configure Windows Server Update Services: Minimum Server Hardware Specification For WSUS: Hardware Low-end 500 or fewer clients Typical 500–3,000 clients High-end 3,000–20,000 clients, or rollup of 30,000 clients Super high-end 10,000 clients, or rollup…

Solved: Complete List of Supported Guest Windows VM’s On Server 2016, 2012 R2, 2012 and 2008 R2

Yes, you can run Server 2016 VM’s on Server 2012 R2 Host.  In general Mircrosoft supports the release immediately after the host operating system (i.e. 2012 on 2008 R2, 2012 R2 on 2012 R1,…) Server 2016 Supported Guest Operating Systems: Windows Server 2016 is expected to be able to host Windows Server 2019 VM’s but as of today’s date the official line up for Server 2016 hosting VM’s is: Guest Operating System Maximum Virtual Cores…

SOLVED: VIDEO: How To Enable Shadow Copies / Previous Versions in Server 2016

Recently we have received a number of complaints from people that Microsoft Windows Server 2016 does not have Shadow Copies so Previous Versions no longer functions.  While this is more or less true in Windows 10 (you need a second hard disk to make it work), it is not true for Server 2016. How To Enable Shadow Copies / Previous Versions in Windows Server 2016: Right click on the START button and select DISK MANAGMENT…

SOLVED: Where Are The License Keys For Server 2016 Virtual Machines AVMA?

If you have Server 2016 Data Center your server likely came with a single COA (Certificate of Authenticity) sticker containing a single DataCenter CD Key.  If you then try to use that Key to activate new Server 2016 or Server 2012 Standard VM’s it will fail.  This is because Server 2012 R2 and Server 2016 VM’s use a different activate process than previous versions of Windows Server. Server 2012 R2 and Server 2016 now use…

SOLVED: What Is Server 2016 HyperV Integration Services DVD

If you have a Hyper V Server 2016 host, you are likely trying to ACTION > INSERT INTEGRATION SERVICES SETUP DISK like you used to.  HyperV Integration Services from Server 2016 hosts are now included in Windows Update. Here are some quick points about Server 2016 Hyper V Integration Services you might be interested in: I have found that the upgrade often does not appear in Windows Update so I download the latest Server 2016 Integration…

SOLVED: Veeam Fails on Server 2016 Cluster

If you Veeam backups are failing when connected to a new or upgraded Server 2016 cluster, you likely need to set a disk parameter to fix it.  Veeam has a KBase article on this but it skips some simple steps and does not tell you where to perform the changes… so we do, right here: Note that this will only work if you have upgraded the functional level of your cluster to Server 2016 which…

SOLVED: How To Migrate A Server 2012 R2 Cluster To New Server 2016 Servers In 11 Easy Steps

If you want to simply upgrade your existing cluster from Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016, you just need to buy Server 2016 licenses and perform a “Server 2016 Rolling Upgrade”.  What this does is to take one of your cluster nodes offline, then upgrade it to 2016, then bring that node online, move the VM’s to it and then it takes down the next node, updates it and now your cluster is happy. However,…

SOLVED: Upgrade OEM Windows Server 2016 1609 Data Center To 1709

If you have purchased an OEM (from the hardware vendor, like Dell, HP, Lenovo…) copy of Windows Server 2016 it will be version 1609 build 10.0.14393.  You likely know that the most recent version of Windows Server 2016 is version 1709 (i.e. September 2017) and want to upgrade prior to putting your servers into production.  The short version of this story is, you can’t.  Here is the longer version: Windows Server 2016 does have security/bug…

SOLVED: Where Should The Windows Page File Go?

The page file (aka. swap file) is the place Windows stores active data that it cannot fit into RAM.  In days of yore, the simple rule was to put the page file on a disk separate from the operating system and to make that file 1.5 times the size of the memory you have in the computer. In the world of 2018, servers have vast amounts of memory that are running clustered Virtual Machines from shared…

SOLVED: What is Thunderbolt Networking in Server 2016?

Server 2016 supports Thunderbolt Networking which, put simply, is networking devices using simple and common USB Thunderbolt hardware. This is of particular use in Clustering because it is desirable to keep your disk storage used in the cluster on a separate network.  In the past that meant you needed to add a second NIC (usually expensive 10GB or faster) to each of your Host servers.  You also likely needed an expensive 10GB switch to manage the connections…

SOLVED: What is ACTIVE MEMORY DUMP in Server 2016 & Win10

Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 have a new debugging feature named ACTIVE MEMORY DUMP which tracks only important memory information and ignores the rest. Most notably, if your computer is a HyperV host, it’s memory will contain the memory of your Virtual Machines, which is of little to no use in diagnosing the host server’s problems.  Using ACTIVE MEMORY DUMP makes diagnosing blue screen crash dumps much easier. To enable ACTIVE MEMORY DUMP, go to SYSTEM > ADVANCED…

SOLVED: How to Get Windows Server 2012 and 2016 Into Safe Mode F8

UPDATED: March 2018 If you have worked on Windows 8 or newer, you will know that Microsoft has removed the F8 boot functionality.  They did this to decrease boot times.  What is odd is that they applied this logic to servers; I would not have.  Regardless the F8 Safe Mode functionality is not truly removed, it is just turned off. To turn F8 boot on in Server 2012 you need to get to an elevated…

SOLVED: How To Activate Windows 10 / Server 2016 Through Command Line

If you are having problems activating Windows 10, Server 2016, Windows 8, or Server 2012 one of these three solutions below should get you through: Command Line to Launch Activation GUI: This is handy if the GUI won’t start and you want to skip some steps to get it to work. click START (gets you to the tiles) type RUN type slui 3 and press ENTER yes, SLUI: which stands for SOFTWARE LICENSING USER INTERFACE SLUI 1…