Moving DHCP from Server 2012 R2 to another 2012 R2 Server

A very simple process... Logon to the server currently running DHCP. It's ok to leave DHCP running during this process. In Powershell, running as administrator: Export-DhcpServer -File C:\DHCPdata.xml -Leases -Force -ComputerName old.network.local –Verbose On the server to be running DHCP, make sure the role is installed and the service is started Import-DhcpServer -File C:\DHCPdata.xml -BackupPath C:\DHCP\ … Continue reading Moving DHCP from Server 2012 R2 to another 2012 R2 Server

Adding stored passwords to Windows via cmd line

I recently encountered a scenario where it was necessary to store credentials in Dell Wyse Windows 8 Embedded thin clients. The thin client user account didn't allow access to the credential manager with a lot of work to remove the device lockdown. It was desired to pre-stage the credential for the user account of a … Continue reading Adding stored passwords to Windows via cmd line

Configuring USB passthrough to a VM in ESXi 6.0

Sometimes it's neccessary to configure USB passthrough to a VM on an ESXi host. On situation where that would be necessary is a USB licensing dongle. Right-click in the intended VM and Edit Settings... On the Hardware tab, click Add... Select USB controller, then click Next I recommend xHCI with modern devices as it supports … Continue reading Configuring USB passthrough to a VM in ESXi 6.0

Simple improvements that have been made to EC2 over time that make managing instances much simpler.

For anyone who is used to managing VMs with a traditional hypervisor like VMWare, the first encounters with the EC2 console seem limiting.  However, new features are making management via the EC2 console a lot more like vSphere client. Changing instance types used to involve taking a snapshot, convert the snapshot to a volume, then … Continue reading Simple improvements that have been made to EC2 over time that make managing instances much simpler.