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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.

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


Invoke-MBCAModel -ModelId WSSGBPA


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

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 – Running PSConfig to Update SharePoint Database after installing Service Packs and Hotfixes

If you read my last post you will already know how to check if Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 needs to have PSConfig run to complete the last step of patching SharePoint 2010.

You will need to open an elevated “Command Prompt”, this can be done by “right clicking” on the “Command Prompt” shortcut (Start Menu, Accessories) and then selecting “Run as administrator”.

Once in the command prompt you need to change to the directory containing PSCONFIG, you can do this by copying and pasting the line below in to the command prompt and then pressing “Enter”

cd C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\BIN

You should now find yourself in the correct directory and can copy and paste in the PSCONFIG command below into the “Command Prompt” window and hit “Enter”.

PSConfig.exe -cmd upgrade -inplace b2b -force -cmd applicationcontent -install -cmd installfeatures

This command will require around 5-10 minutes to complete, be patient and do not try to quit the command whilst it is running even if the percentage counter does not appear to be going up for a while.  Once it’s complete I would suggest rebooting the server to ensure the changes take effect.

Please note that this command will stop the SharePoint Site from working whilst the upgrade is running and is also likely to temporarily stop Terminal Services Gateway and some other IIS sites from being served up to users.

I would strongly suggest performing this task out of business hours or scheduling in a 60 minute slot during the day where users can logout of any server based applications, web sites or services.  I’d also not recommend trying to initialise the command whilst connected to the server using Remote Web Access/Workplace, this is only really applicable for SBS 2011 users.  Best to be physically infront of the server, use an IP KVM or establish a VPN connection and then RDP to the servers internal address or hostname using the “Microsoft Remote Desktop Client”.