Category Archives: WIndows 8.1

Resolving Hyper-v Error: “‘Unnamed VM’ could not initialize… The security ID structure is invalid.”

While moving my Lab to a new environment using the Hyper-v Export and Import VM options, I ran into an “‘Unnamed VM’ could not initialize… The security ID structure is invalid” error when trying to start the Domain Controller Virtual … Continue reading

Posted in Hyper-v, Hyper-v 2012 R2, Hyper-v Manager, Microsoft Hyper-v, PowerShell, Powershell 4.0, Uncategorized, VHDX, Virtual Machines, WIndows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2 | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Interactive PowerShell 4.0 Script Automates Active Directory User and Mailbox Creation.

In line with the objective of streamlining and automating new employee/user creation process for help desk/level 1 support, I wrote the following PowerShell script to help precisely define the steps in the process, further reduce the chance for human error … Continue reading

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Configuring Network Adapter TCP/IP Settings using Powershell 4.0 Cmdlets .

PowerShell 4.0 is a requirement for these cmdlets to work.The GUI( Graphic User Interface) is commonly used to configure network adapter settings or the good old netsh command. But if I had to work with Hyper-v core or Windows Server … Continue reading

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Deploying Windows Server 2012 R2 in Dual-Boot Configuration using Windows 8.1 Native Boot-to-VHD capability

In this post, I’ll be sharing my experience deploying Windows Server 2012 R2 in a dual-boot configuration leveraging Windows 8.1 Enterprise native boot-to-vhd feature. This enabled me setup a sort of Lab-to-go for WS2012 R2 Active Directory research on a … Continue reading

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Converting a User Mailbox to Resource Room Mailbox using PowerShell.

In past versions of Exchange Server, specifically Exchange 2003, managing Resource Room mailboxes was not exactly a straight forward process. In my organization at the time, to manage room Calendars and bookings for Conference rooms (they were not referred to … Continue reading

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Checking Available Disk Space and Memory with Powershell.

I frequently need to display the disk size, available disk space properties and Processor details of my remote Hyper-v 2012 Hosts servers. I could use the Computer Management snapin to do this, but it involves too many steps just to … Continue reading

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Renaming AD User Object Surname Property.

The following script renames the Surname property of an Active Directory User Object. The script requires PowerShell 3.0. The only edit required is the organizational Exchange Server name specified in the New-PSSession cmdlet. The script accepts the Given Name, Surname … Continue reading

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