Windows Server

Windows Search EDB File Huge
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The Windows search EDB file can become large and fragmented after years of indexing.  The easiest way to reset this back to the beginning and free up space is to delete the file and let Windows start indexing again.  To do this: Open a command prompt as and Administrator Type the following commands: net stop […]

Teamviewer Refresh Rate Slow on Windows Server
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Teamviewer works slowly showing updates even though you are using Teamviewer Business or Higher and the is bandwidth is good.  This may also affect other remote control tools such as Screenconnect.  Using RDP however, the screen refresh rate is good. Solution: Disable Hardware Acceleration for the Graphics Card Instructions for Server 2008R2 Right click on […]

File Not Found 404 Error Accessing Remote Web Access on SBS 2011
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When accessing Remote Web Access (RWW) on Small Business Server 2011 you are presented with the following message after logging in: 404 – file or directory not found. The resource you are looking for might have been removed, had its name changed, or it temporarily unavailable.  You find that this happens when using Internet Explorer but […]

Configure Windows Server for the External Time Service
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How to configure a Windows server with Internet Time. Here are the commands to configure your Primary Domain Controller to synchronize with time servers in Australia.  These commands were tested on Server 2008 R2 through to Windows Server 2019. Open a Command Prompt and type in the following commands: Stop the Time Service net […]

How to Whitelist a Domain in Exchange 2010
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To Whitelist a domain in Exchange 2010 please follow these steps: Step 1. Open the Exchange Management Shell Step 2. Type in the following commands $list = (Get-ContentFilterConfig).BypassedSenderDomains $list.add(“”) Where is the domain you wish to whitelist. Step 3. Verify Set-ContentFilterConfig -BypassedSenderDomains $list  

Quick Help Command – Tracing Agent Failed Exchange 2007 Emails
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To trace failed messages in the Exchange 2007 shell type in the following command: Get-Messagetrackinglog -Sender “” -Start “13/07/2015 7:42:00PM” -End “18/07/2015 7:52:00PM” |fl replacing with the email address of the sender which you are tracing.

How to Uninstall Windows Updates using the Command Prompt
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Using the WUSA command we can uninstall Windows Updates from the command prompt either using a remote command prompt in either your RMM software or using PSEXEC.  This article applies to Windows 7, Windows Update, Windows 2008 Server and Windows 2012 server. Step 1. Find out the KB for the Windows Update you wish to uninstall […]

How to List Running Services in Windows Using the Command Line
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In this article we will look at how you can display the currently running servers on a Windows computer or Server.  Further on we will show you how you can use the net start command to output the results to a text file. From the Windows command prompt, you can use the following command to […]

How to Install Telnet using the Command Line on Windows Server
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Here’s how to install Telnet on Windows Server using the Command Line on Windows Server.  Applicable to Windows Server 2008 and Server 2008R2.  Most likely applicable to later version of Windows Server but has not been tested or confirmed. Step 1 Open a command prompt as an administrator Step 2 Type in the following: pkgmgr […]

How to Change the Page File Size in Windows Server Core
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To change the page file size in Windows Server Core this will need to be done using the command line. To Show the Current Pagefile Usage Run the following command: wmic.exe pagefile list /format:list To configure the initial and maximum size of the Pagefile wmic pagefileset where name=”c:\\pagefile.sys” set InitialSize=1000,MaximumSize=5000 Where the initial size and […]

How to Automatically Logon and Lock a Windows Server
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Sometimes there is software which runs on a Windows Server which can’t be started at a service.  The easiest way around this is to Automatically Logon to the Server, Automatically Start the Software and then Automatically Lock the Windows Server. There are three steps that you will need to complete to accomplish this. 1. Set […]

Microsoft Exchange Message Tracking Wildcard Domain
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If you need to search using the Microsoft Exchange Troubleshooting Assistant for anything sent to a particular domain rather than just an email address you will need to do this using the Exchange Management Shell as the Message Tracking Parameters don’t allow you to enter a wildcard domain in the sender address.  This can be […]

Whitelist a Domain or Email Address in Exchange 2010
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Use the following commands in the Exchange Shell to Whitelist either a whole domain or a single email address To check whats currently whitelisted: Get-ContentFilterConfig To whitelist one email address: $list = (Get-ContentFilterConfig).BypassedSenders $list.add(“”) Set-ContentFilterConfig -BypassedSenders $list To whitelist an entire domain: $list = (Get-ContentFilterConfig).BypassedSenderDomains $list.add(“”) Set-ContentFilterConfig -BypassedSenderDomains $list

How to Disable Server Manager from Starting Up Automatically in Windows 2012 R2
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To disable the Windows 2012 R2 Server Manager interface starting up automatically whenever you log in to the server you will need to perform the following steps. Step 1. Go to the Server Manager Property Page Up the top right hand side click on “Manage”, then “Server Manager Properties” Step 2. Check the check box […]

Location of Startup Folder in Windows Server 2012 & Windows 8
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Issue You can’t find the Startup Folder for an Individual user using the traditional methods available in previous version of Windows Solution Step 1 Turn on Hidden Files and Folders Step 2 Browse to the folder manually   C:\users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

How to Enable Sound in VMWare ESXi Server 2012 R2
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If you’re having problems getting sound to work via RDP for Windows Server in Vmware ESXi and the sound is working ok for Virtual Machines running Windows 7 or Windows 8 then most likely it is due to the audio service not running within the Server Operating System. Step 1 Click on Start > Administrative […]

Exclude Events from SBS 2011 Reports
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Here’s how to exclude events showing up in the daily SBS reports for Windows Server SBS 2011 Step 1. Download the SBS Alerts Cleanup Package located here Step 2 Extract the files Step 3 Right click on the properties of the individual files inside the folder and choose the unblock option down the bottom Step […]