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Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 client/server readiness cumulative update released

Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 client/server readiness cumulative update has been released

This update provides performance and reliability improvements that will improve the Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8

The update includes the following performance and reliability improvements:

  • Addresses PowerShell issue with certain localized languages when a Language Interface Pack is installed
  • Improves SMB service and client reliability under certain stress conditions
  • Improves clustered server performance and reliability in Hyper-V and Scale-Out File Server scenarios

You can obtain the update from Microsoft Article KB 2758246 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2758246

Powershell Script to Determine Active User Count for Microsoft Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2007

A script that I came up with to determine the user load that is being placed on a particular Exchange server so that you can plot the days of the week and times of the day that are busiest. This Powershell Script can be used with GFI Max Remote Management or SpiceWorks to easily identify busy Exchange servers.

$GETMSEXCHISAUC = Get-Counter ‘\MSExchangeIS\Active User Count’
$MSEXCHISAUC = $GETMSEXCHISAUC.CounterSamples |Select-Object CookedValue
Write-Host You have $MSEXCHISAUC.CookedValue Active Exchange User Connection\s to the Exchange Server

Feel free to edit the text part of the output (Last line), this could be simplified if required.

Powershell Script to Determine Number of Connections to your Microsoft Terminal Services Gateway

I’ve put together another script that might be useful for monitoring how busy your Terminal Services Gateway is at various times of the day.  This Powershell Script can be used with GFI Max Remote Management or SpiceWorks to easily identify busy servers.

$GETTSGWCC = Get-Counter ‘\Terminal Service Gateway\Current connections’
$TSGWCC = $GETTSGWCC.CounterSamples |Select-Object CookedValue
Write-Host You have $TSGWCC.CookedValue Current Connection\s to the Terminal Services Gateway

Feel free to edit the text part of the output (Last line), this could be reduced/simplified if required.

Automate the Microsoft Windows SBS 2011 Server Solutions Best Practices Scan

To be able to use the script you will need to have installed the Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer 2.0 (MBCA) http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=16475 and the Windows Server Solutions Best Practices Analyzer 1.0 http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=15556 (Update to version 1.1 via Microsoft Update after manually installing 1.0)

Now that we have all the pre-requisites installed we can focus on the Powershell Script that allows us to automate the scanning process.  The script below will initilise the MBCA and then carry out a Best Practices scan based upon the Server Solutions BPA, this can either be used as a standard powershell script where required or setup to run on a schedule with GFI Max Remotemanagement or SpiceWorks.

 

Import-module BaselineConfigurationAnalyzer

Get-MBCAModel

Invoke-MBCAModel -ModelId WSSGBPA

 

This should return a “Success: True” if everything matches the Best Practices Analyser.