Windows Server

Windows Server 2016 Core Configuration, with SCONFIG

Windows Server 2016 Core has a built-in configuration tool named Sconfig.  This tool is used to configure and manage several aspects of Server Core installations. This simplifies tasks such as changing settings such as network, remote desktop, hostname and domain memberships, etc.

To use the Server Configuration Tool

  1. Log into the console of your Windows Server 2016 Core System
    You need to log in as an administrator and should arrive at a command prompt
  2. Enter the command Sconfig and press enter
    The Server Configuration tool interface should be displayed

 

Note: You can use Server Configuration Tool in 2016 Server Core and 2016 Server with Desktop Experience installations.

Install VMware Tools Windows Server 2016 Core

I just completed my install of Windows Server 2016 Core as a guest in my VMware Lab. Now that this has been completed the next step is for me to install the VMware tools so that I can take advantage of various features; specifically, template deployment with customization options

About:VMware:Tools: VMware software tools enhance the performance of the guest operating system and improve the management of the virtual machine guests operating systems.

How to install:

  1. Select your VM from vCenter and select ‘Guest OS > Install VMware Tools
    This mounts the VMware CD Image containing the installation files
  2. Inside the guest machine type ‘powershell’
    This will drop you from the command shell to powershell prompt
  3. Next type the command Get-PSDrive
    This will return the drives attached to the system
  4. Change to the drive that the VMware tools are currently mounted
    In my case, this was drive letter “D”
  5. Issue the command .\setup64.exe to start the install process

    Note: issuing just setup.exe or setup64.exe will end in an error as Windows poweshell does not load commands such as this by default 
  6. Follow the steps of the VMware tools installer and restart when completed.

 

Ref: http://jermsmit.com/howto-install-vmware-tools-on-windows-server-2102-r2-server-core/

Tech Short: Configure WDS Server

You have installed your WDS Server Role and now its time to configure.  I hope my steps below help you.

Requirements

  • Installed WDS Role
  • Administrative Rights
  • Installation Media

 

WDS Server Configuration:

  1. On the Server Manager tool, click Tools and then click Windows Deployment Services.
  2. On the Windows Deployment Services console, expand Servers.
  3. Right-click your WDS server name and select Configure Server.
  4. Navigate to the Install Options page, choosing Integrated with Active Directory or Standalone server button is selected and then click Next.
  5. On the Remote Installation Folder Location page, select a folder or click Next to accept the default value. This folder will hold the WDS images.
  6. On the PXE Server Initial Settings page exists there options: Select the Respond to all client computers (known and unknown) then click Next.
  7. On the Operation Complete page, you have the option to Add images to the server now by selecting the check box and click Finish.  This will guide you through the initial image setup.

 

Video:

Done!

 

Tech Short: How-To WDS Server Role – Server 2016

 

Background:

Windows Deployment Services (WDS) is a service role that allows you to deploy operating systems to the PXE supported clients without the need of physical media.

Requirements:

  • Windows Server 2016 Server Install
  • Administrative rights on Server

Install of Windows Deployment Service

  1. On the Server Manager tool, click Manage, and then click Add Roles and Features.
  2. Accept the default selections and click Next until you get the Select server roles page.
  3. On the Select server roles page, as shown in the following figure, select the Windows Deployment Services check box.
  4. On the Add Roles and Features Wizard window, click Add Features.
  5. Accept the default selections and click Next, until you get the Confirm installation selections page.
  6. Click Install to complete the installation.

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Done – Next up is to configure WDS

 

 

 

Tech Short: How To Change The MTU – Server 2016

 

Troubleshooting an application issues which could possibly be network related.  I found myself needing to make some adjustment to the maximum transmission unit (MTU) setting of my server.  As such what better time to post a quick technical short on how to go about doing this.

 

How To Change The MTU – Windows Server 2016

Requirements:

  • Logon and Administrator permission on Server
  • Network Connectivity
  • Time to reboot

 

Procedure:

From the desktop of your Windows Server 2016 server open an Administrative command prompt by Right-Clicking on the start button and select  – Command Prompt (Admin).

Once in the command prompt you we be using netsh to determine the IDX of the installed interface devices. this is performed by using the following command:  netsh interface ipv4 show interfaces

Take note of the IDX interface that you would like to change the MTU on as this is what we need to specify when changing the MTU settings.

Using netsh again you issue the following command: netsh interface ipv4 set subinterface “number-goes-here” mtu=1400 store=persistent

Please note that the subinerface will be the IDX number from the first netsh command and that the MTU setting is a value less than the original 1500.

Now you can reboot to have the changes take effect.  I have also noticed the disabling the interface and  re-enabling also works.