How to install Hyper-V role on Nano Server

Installing the Hyper-V role using remote PowerShell is not as easy as remotely connecting to a full fat Windows Server 2016 Server, in that you cannot just issue the PowerShell command of Install-WindowsFeature.  A bit of research pointed me in the right direction, and this is the method I used to install the Hyper-V role…



Enable Nested Virtualisation on Windows 10

I have been playing with Nano Server again today, and I wanted to enable the Hyper-V role to do some testing with it and I knew that Windows 10 supported nested virtualisation (at last…!).  A quick Google, and it is a quick one-liner in PowerShell (just make sure that the VM is turned off, as…



Nano Server Remote Administration

I have finally managed to get around to setting up a Nano Server VM, which to be honest is a lot easier than I initially anticipated thankfully!  So after getting the Nano Server networking all sorted, and routing through my Laptop NAT network in Hyper-V I was attempting to connect to the Nano Server via…



How to update Ubuntu via CLI

I run a small Ubuntu Server VM on Azure which I mainly use for test & dev, but I always seem to forget how to update Ubuntu from the CLI.  This might be really easy stuff for the hardcore Linux users, but for Linux newbies like me whom are used to the Microsoft world I…



PowerShell: Get all AD users last logon time

If you like me sometimes get asked to clean up some stale AD accounts, then on of the easiest ways to do this is by finding out when people last logged and authenticated against a Domain Controller.  Usually I take a stance of if the last logon date is more than a year ago, then…



Cisco UCS Mini Networking Best Practices – Hyper-V

I would just like to say, that this is my own best practice – make sure you do some research elsewhere before you take this as gospel 🙂 . After recently setting up my only second new Cisco UCS, I thought I would share some of my experiences with the networking side of the Cisco UCS….



PowerShell: List All Hyper-V Virtual Machines Along With The Connected Switch

Here is a useful PowerShell script, that I have used and is fairly easy to figure, but as ever I like to make a note of it somewhere so this is a good a place as any.  So my issue was initially that I wanted to find out which of my VM’s were connected to…



Replicating File Data with DFS

Over the past few years, I have on more than one occasion had nothing but trouble when trying to replicate File Data from one location to another.  This is usually especially true if there is a considerable amount of File Data.  I have in some instances seen that the DFS process can take several weeks…



Cisco UCS Mini – Connecting An External Server

Today I had a rather interesting task of attempting to connect an existing Hyper-V Server to a new Cisco UCS that I have been working on, so that I could basically get the standalone host to communicate with the Cisco UCS blades using Live Migration.  The basic requirement for doing this is so that I…



Output drops on Cisco 2960 iSCSI Switch

Once again, I am resurrecting an old post from my old blog…! Yesterday, I helped fix an issue with an iSCSI where we were seeing output drops on all iSCSI interfaces. I spent a few hours yesterday trying to figure out why we were seeing these drops – initally I thought it might have been…