Installing Windows features (most commonly .NET 3.5 or .NET 2.0) on a Windows 8, 8.1, 10 or Windows Server 2012 (R2) machine, generally requires you to be connected to the internet so that Windows can download the source files from Windows Update. But what happens when you don’t have internet access or if you are sitting behind a proxy and Windows Update is configured to point to WSUS or SCCM?
This post explains various ways to manually specify the source files in order to install the new Windows Feature. You will also learn how to configure the default source file path, so that all future Windows Features will install without any additional user involvement.
The PowerShell execution policy is a good feature from a security perspective, but in most cases it is just plain annoying, especially when running scripts from Group Policy, Task Scheduler, or some other sort of remote mechanism. This article shows you how to bypass the PowerShell execution policy on a machine so that you can run your script on a system irrespective of what execution policy is set.
If you have Windows Firewall enabled then chances are that eventually you are going to find that it will be blocking one or more ports required by your applications. Checking Windows Firewall for blocked ports will help you troubleshoot your issues.
To check if Windows Firewall is blocking a port(s) that your machine is trying to communicate, follow the steps below…
So Windows 10 is a pretty awesome operating system and generally (so far at least) well received by the majority of users. There is one thing that might not be so awesome… by default Windows 10 is stealing your internet bandwidth.
Why? Because Windows Update are now peer-to-peer shared. In other words, the updates you download are automatically “seeded” so that others can download them directly from you, instead of the Microsoft web servers. It works in the same as torrents do; you download and at the same time seed the file for others to download.
You maybe thinking, who cares? But the problem is that it is using your internet bandwidth without you knowing, and therefore slowing your internet speeds. Also, if your uploads are counted towards your download limit (like in Australia) then they are eating away at your download limit as well!!
So how do you stop Windows 10 from stealing your internet? Easy… follow the steps in the article below.
I recently ran into a problem were virtual machines running Windows 8 and Server 2012 don’t ever come back from a reboot, but rather get stuck on the Windows boot splash screen. The only work around to get the machine to boot is to manually power it off and then power it on again.
Good news is, there is a solution to this crazy weirdness; and it is documented below…
You have a VM that is part of a port group on a distributed switch, however the network adapter is disconnected. When attempting to enable the network adapter for the VM by ticking Connected in Edit Settings, it fails and you get the error message of:
Invalid Configuration for device '0'.
I had the same problem and here is how I fixed it…