Bruce Adamczak

I have spent years working in perfmon, so I thought I would share some tips and tricks on the tool!

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  • Blog Post: Follow me and learn Windows Server 2012 – Installation Options

    Night 23, by now some of you may be thinking about installing Windows Server 2012. Well, you are going to have to make a choice. Which user interface do you want? Your choices are: Server core installation – Command Window and PowerShell Minimal Server Interface – All of the above...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2012 Core Survival Guide – Date and Time settings

    Learn about my 2012 Core Survival Guide here. Date and Time settings This blog is going to cover the basic of viewing and changing your time settings. If you are like me I seem to always forget to set the correct time zone and need to correct it after the install. How to view Date and Time settings...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2012 Core Survival Guide – Joining the Domain

    Learn about my 2012 Core Survival Guide here. Joining the Domain Everybody at some point will need to join their computers to the domain. This blog will cover the basics of viewing your settings, joining the domain and removing your computer from the domain. How to view Domain Settings We...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2012 Core Survival Guide – Event Logs

    Learn about my 2012 Core Survival Guide here. This blog looks at how to manage event logs. The key to using PowerShell to manage any event log is to know the exact spelling of the event log you wish to manager. How to view a list of event logs To get a list of the event logs I will use the Get...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2012 Core Survival Guide – Managing Services

    Learn about my 2012 Core Survival Guide here. Managing Services This module is going to look at how to manage services. The key to using PowerShell to manage any service is to know the exact spelling of the service name. How to list services PowerShell Command: Get-service | Format-table...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2012 Core Survival Guide – Default Gateway Settings

    Learn about my 2012 Core Survival Guide here. Default Gateway Settings Often when troubleshooting IPv4 configuration you may find a misconfigured default gateway. Issue that may arise from a misconfigured gateway are: Ping responses not traversing the router IPv4 communication only working...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2012 Core Survival Guide – Netmon capturing

    Learn about my 2012 Core Survival Guide here. Netmon capturing In this blog we are going to look at collecting a network capture using the NetSh.exe command. This tool will produce an .etl trace that can be read in Netmon. While in Netmon you will need to make the active parser "Windows" in order...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2012 Core Survival Guide – MacAddress, LinkSpeed and view single NICs

    Learn about my 2012 Core Survival Guide here. MacAddress, LinkSpeed and view single NICs There are a few more commands I want to add to wrap up this section about IPv4 settings. This will give you all the cmdlet you need to get the same data as IPconfig /all. Viewing MAC Address and NIC Link...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2012 Core Survival Guide – DNS Suffix List

    DNS Suffix List Learn about my 2012 Core Survival Guide here. I often find in large enterprises that the DNS Suffix list is inconsistent, contains out dated domains, or is incomplete for the environment. The DNS Suffix list is what allows us to use computer names instead of fully qualified domain...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2012 Core Survival Guide – Computer Name Setting

    Learn about my 2012 Core Survival Guide here. Computer Name Setting This blog is going to cover the basic of viewing and changing your computer name. Setting the computer name is an option when you are installing the OS, or you can let the installer auto name your server. If for some reason you...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2012 Core Survival Guide – DNS Server Setting

    Learn about my 2012 Core Survival Guide here. DNS Server Setting Name resolution is critical to any server configuration. DNS is required to function correctly to locate Active Directory domain controllers, Exchange Servers, and just about every service located on your network. It is common for...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2012 Core Survival Guide - Managing basic IPv4 configuration information

    Learn about my 2012 Core Survival Guide here. Basic IPv4 Address configuration Windows Server 2012 Core still has IPCONFIG.EXE that can be used to view the IP configuration. Modern servers typically come with several network interface ports. This causes IPCONFIG.EXE to scroll off the screen when...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2012 Core Survival Guide – Changing the GUI type

    Learn about my 2012 Core Survival Guide here. Changing the GUI type Windows Server 2012 has three different GUI installations, Core, Minimal, and Full GUI. I am going to assume in this blog you installed Core and wish to temporarily install one of the other two GUIs. More information about the...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2012 Core Survival Guide – PowerShell Remote Management

    Learn about my 2012 Core Survival Guide here. PowerShell Remote Management Windows Server 2012 has PowerShell remoting enabled by default. In order to manage PowerShell Remote Management correctly you will need to logon with an account that is a member of the local administrators account. How...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2012 Core Survival Guide – Running and viewing Best Practice Analyzer

    Learn about my 2012 Core Survival Guide here. Running and viewing Best Practice Analyzer Listing the Best Practice Analyzer PowerShell Command: Get-BPAModel | format-table ID,name -autosize You will need to know the "ID" and the correct spelling in order to invoke the BPA. Invoking...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2012 Core Survival Guide – Perfmon capturing

    Learn about my 2012 Core Survival Guide here. Perfmon capturing At this time there are no PowerShell commands for the management of perfmon. PowerShell does have three commands for accessing perfmon counters: get-counter, export-counter, import-counter. For this reason we will still need...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2012 Core Survival Guide – WINS Client configuration

    Learn about my 2012 Core Survival Guide here. WINS Client configuration WINS still exist out there in the real world. For that reason I am including it in this blog series. PowerShell 3.0 does not have any new cmdlet for configuring WINS server settings. So I have to drop back to using WMI to accomplish...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2012 Core Survival Guide – User Functions

    Learn about my 2012 Core Survival Guide here. This blog is going to cover some user functions like logging off, shutting down the OS, and launching Task Manager without the GUI. How to log off The Logoff command is not a native PowerShell cmdlet but it works from PowerShell. Command: Logoff...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2012 Core Survival Guide – Remote Desktop

    Learn about my 2012 Core Survival Guide here. Remote Desktop This is one of the more complex settings to get correct. For remote desktop to work you need to have two registry keys and a firewall rule set up correctly. If the registry key does not exist you will receive an error when you try to...
  • Blog Post: 2012 Core Survival Guide

    I like many of you keep notes to remember all the command line tools. In the past I would develop an OneNote document to keep my notes in. This time I am going to share my 2012 Core Survival Guide with you. I am doing this because my customers are planning to deploy Windows 2012 Server with the core...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2012 Core Survival Guide – Firewalls

    Learn about my 2012 Core Survival Guide here. In this blog I am going to covers the very basic of viewing, enabling and disabling existing firewall rules. How to view firewall settings It is important to know the name of the rule you wish to enable or disable. The Get-NetFirewallRule cmdlet...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2012 Core Survival Guide – Determining if an IPv4 address is DHCP or Static

    Learn about my 2012 Core Survival Guide here. Determining if an IPv4 address is DHCP or Static When troubleshooting IPv4 configuration you will need to know if the IPv4 address you are looking at is DHCP or Static. If you notice that the configuration is wrong and it is a DHCP assigned address...