Sysprep fails to Run with Fatal Error

Hello all! Many of you might have come across this situation atleast once in your lifetime if you are a Windows admin dealing with system imaging often. Sysprep is a wonderful tool that we all love to use when it comes to erase system specific info like SID leaving all the application related stuff intact. This is also very helpful for those who does a lot of template builds. So, in this post we are going to know about how we get around with a Sysprep issue. Continue reading

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Convert Windows 2008 R2 Standard to Enterprise

In this post, we see how DISM can be used to convert a Windows 2008 R2 Standard Edition to  Enterprise Edition. The situation to upgrade OS occurs very often and many a times people end up reinstalling the OS. The reason for upgrade is obvious that there are many features that are locked out on the Standard Edition and one main limitation on the Standard Edition is the Memory limitation of 32GB and to make use of the licensing model for virtual machines using Hyper-V. So let’s see how the version can be upgraded without reimaging the OS. Continue reading

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Windows 2008 R2 as an iSCSI Target

The Windows Server 2012 server has a built in option to make it as a iSCSI target server and in this post we shall see how we can use Windows 2008 R2 as an iSCSI target. Remember, no previous versions of 2008 R2 supports this, including Windows 2008.

Just as a note, i have a nic card added to my virtual windows server dedicated for iSCSI named as Storage and has an IP 10.1.1.100 Continue reading

Convert Server Core to and from Full GUI version

In this post, we will see how a Server Core version can be converted to a full GUI version and back. Unlike earlier versions, Windows Server 2012 R2 provides an option to convert back and forth saving a lot of time and this comes very handy at times.

You would need the Windows Server 2012 R2 image for this process.

Server Core version launches command prompt as the home screen as below. Type Powershell to change to PS mode. Continue reading

Installing Windows Server 2012 R2

This post will help you install a Windows Server 2012 R2 server, for demo purposes i will make use of VMware Workstation. Here the installation is fairly simple and straight forward. Make sure you have a Windows Server 2012R2 DVD or iso to continue with the installation. So let’s get started. Continue reading