Tag Archive: MicrosoftWindows

Sep 27

Powershell Remote Use of Module Commandlets (Remoting Import-Module)

Practically all of my Powershell scripts use an Active Directory commandlet. Ok, so they use several.  I like to query AD to get environmental information so when I run the script, I know what I am working with from an AD perspective. I can’t help it, I’m an AD Guy. In order to run the …

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Sep 22

Powershell Filter Operators

Once you get used to Powershell, you will want to do more and more with it.  One of the keys to leveraging the power of PowerShell is filters. PowerShell commandlets all support filters (well, most of them anyway).  This means you can drill down to resulting data subsets. If you run into commandlets that don’t …

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Sep 19

Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC) Information

The RODC is one of the most interesting new features of Windows Server 2008. RODCs provide the following: Read-only Active Directory Database – Read-only copy of Active Directory provides a more secure option for distant locations such as a branch office. Changes attempted against the RODC are referred to the next upstream DC. Read-only DNS Server …

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Feb 28

KMS Part 2

This is an addendum post to the original KMS info post with a bunch of useful info I gathered recently. Useful KMS and Windows activation commands: Change Windows 2008 R2 license key type from Retail to KMS activated: Slmgr /ipk 489J6-VHDMP-X63PK-3K798-CPX3Y Clear cached KMS host: Slmgr.vbs /ckms Disable KMS host caching: Slmgr.vbs /ckhc Flush local …

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Feb 13

Microsoft Key Management Server (KMS) Details

KMS Introduction The Microsoft Key Management Server (KMS) is part of the Microsoft Volume Activation 2.0 solution managing Windows OS activation keys and performs activation for supported clients automatically. Starting with Windows Server 2008 & Windows Vista, Microsoft switched to an online activation system where every Windows OS requires activation.  KMS shifts the activation requirement …

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Feb 01

Microsoft KMS Server

The KMS Server is the Key Management Server for Microsoft product activation, primarily OS activation. An organization can configure a KMS Server to service all activation requests in the enterprise.  In order for the KMS Server to activate Windows 7, the easiest method is to install KMS on a Windows 2008 R2 server (Windows 2003 …

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