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Create your own custom events in the event log.

Did you ever wonder how to add some custom events to your computer system or application log? I always have but never really had the time to look it up. I was browsing the Windows Server 2008 command reference guide at Microsoft TechNet Windows Server TechCenter and I found the EventCreate.exe command. So, let’s give it a try. C:>EventCreate.exe /L Application /T Success /SO Script /ID 1 /D “The script completed successfully” This command will […]


Troubleshooting the Security-Licensing-SLC Event ID 12293.

I discovered this error message on several servers in a new Windows 2008 domain. This issue occurs because you have more than one KMS hosts in your organization, which is the usual case. Just like written in this thread on the Microsoft TechNet Windows Server Forum, there are several ways to solve this issue. In this case I used the simplest one; create the SRV record manually in the DNS. 1. Log on to your DNS […]


Send an e-mail message from PowerShell.

This small PowerShell script will send you an e-mail message to notify you about something. I used it as a monitor for a custom, non-Microsoft service running on Windows Server 2008. Whenever the service will stop for an unexpected reason, the support guys will quickly be notified about the failure. The PowerShell script looks like this: $EmailFrom = “<e-mail address>@<yourdomain.com>” $EmailTo = “<e-mail address>@<otherdomain.com>” $Subject = “<Enter your subject here>” $Body = “<Enter the body […]

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List all performance counters on a Windows computer and export it to a file.

Have you ever wondered how to list all performance counters that are present on your computer? Well, I have and after some research I discovered the TypePerf.exe command. Believe it or not, TypePerf.exe is installed by default on all Windows versions after Windows 2000. The syntax looks like this (tested on a Vista machine). C:>TypePerf.exe –q > counters.txt This command will list all performance counters on your computer and save it to a text file […]


Passed the 70-652 exam!

Yes! Today I passed the Microsoft 70-652 TS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuring exam. I took this exam because my firm is currently participating in the Microsoft Partner Readiness Program for Server Virtualization. I must say, it was quite easy exam! I got 47 questions and 90 minutes to complete the test. I expected more in depth configuration and technical questions about Hyper-V and Virtual Machines but the questions were more like: installing the Hyper-V server […]

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Unhide the Recovery Partition on a Basic Disk with DiskPart.

This quick step guide describes how to unhide the OEM/Recovery partition on your hard drive. It was tested on a Windows Vista machine with a Basic disk. DiskPart command line systax and parameters can be found here. Unhide Recovery Partition Start Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) on your computer and take a closer look at your hard disk. Note the disk number and the partitions. Start DiskPart and select your disk: DISKPART> select disk 0 List all […]


Migrating from Windows 2003 to Windows 2008 domain.

All right, another white paper finished! This one describes a simple migration scenario from a single forest/single domain Windows 2003 environment to Windows 2008 environment. This migration was performed at a customer site. I cannot guarantee that this will work for your environment but it should give you a good idea how it was accomplished. You can view/download the white paper from our white papers page or simply click here (Sorry, this one is also […]

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Migrating Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2007 organization.

I’ve just finished writing a white paper on migrating Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2007 organization. This white paper was written during a migration at a customer site and is based on experience from their environment so use at your own risk. You can view/download the white paper here (Sorry, Dutch only) or check out our white papers page. Cheers! – Marek.Z