Tag Archives: Windows

Troubleshoot WSUS configuration and deployments

Troubleshoot WSUS configuration and deployments

This post will cover some basic methods to troubleshoot and fix common problems with Microsoft’s Windows Server Update Services (WSUS).

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Manage updates using WSUS in Windows Server 2016

Manage Updates Using WSUS

This post will show you how to manage updates using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) in Windows Server 2016. This will include viewing available updates and approving the updates to predefined computer groups.

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Install and configure Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)

Install and configure Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)

In this post we will cover how to install and configure Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) in Microsoft’s Windows Server 2016.

WSUS can be used to automatically download Windows update files and store them locally. Other Windows servers in your network will then download the updates from the WSUS server rather than the Internet, saving you Internet bandwidth and speeding up the Windows update process.

With WSUS we can configure all of our servers to be automatically updated, ensuring that security updates are installed quickly from a central location. This will provide us with useful information such as reports advising which servers have or have not been patched with a specific update.

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How To Login To Windows With A FreeIPA Account

Windows Login with FreeIPA

In most cases Windows desktops or servers will typically be joined to a Windows domain controller running Microsoft’s Active Directory, however this is not the only option.

It is possible to join Windows to a FreeIPA realm and then log into the Windows computer with an account from FreeIPA as it makes use of Kerberos for single sign on (SSO). FreeIPA is an open-source project sponsored by Red Hat, which attempts to provide similar functionality to Active Directory for Linux and Unix systems.

This may be a good option if you already run a large Linux or Unix environment, but need to have a small amount of Windows servers capable of using the same centrally managed user accounts.

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Configure automatic updates for Windows Server 2016

Configure Automatic Windows Updates

In this post we will show you how to use group policy to configure computers within an Active Directory domain to perform automatic Windows updates from either the Internet or a WSUS server that you manage.

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Create computer groups for WSUS

Create WSUS Computer Groups

This post will cover how to create and manage computer groups in Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) for Windows Server 2016.

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Configure WSUS reporting in Windows Server 2016

Configure WSUS Reporting

WSUS is quite powerful in that it can provide us reports containing useful information regarding which Windows machines have which Windows updates applied, allowing us to get a good overview of our environment.

This type of information will be useful if you’re required to perform any type of compliance check to ensure that your servers are properly patched. In this post we’ll take a look at installing the software required to view the reports as well as how to run the reports.

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Linux VS Windows Web Server Benchmarks

Windows vs Linux web server benchmark test

Following on from my recent Linux web server benchmarks and Windows web server benchmarks, I noticed that in general IIS appeared to perform better than all Linux based web servers that I’d previously tested.

As my Linux results were completed in March last year, I’ve run some of the tests again with the most up to date versions of each web server to ensure that the best performance can be achieved.

So let’s find out how Linux and Windows based web servers compare against each other in a static workload speed test.

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Windows IIS Speed Test Benchmark – 2017 Results

Windows Server IIS Web Server Benchmarks

Following on from my recent Linux web server benchmarks, I’m going to be performing the same tests on all current generations of Microsoft’s IIS web server.

Here I’ll be performing benchmarks against the below versions of the IIS web server and then comparing them against each other to get an idea of which one performs the best under a static workload.

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 – IIS 7.5
  • Windows Server 2012 – IIS 8.0
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 – IIS 8.5
  • Windows Server 2016 – IIS 10.0

First I’ll discuss how the tests were set up and actually done before proceeding into the results.

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How To Backup Windows Server 2016

Here we’ll show you how to install the Windows Server Backup feature in Windows Server 2016 with PowerShell and then configure basic server backups.

We’ll also take a quick look at how the backup files are stored and see if they are at all encrypted or not.

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