How To Turn Off Windows Update Notifications For Users (Non-Administrators) via Group Policy

If you manage a Remote Desktop Server (RDS) where multiple users and non-admins login, you probably don't want them to see the Windows Update notifications that popup after logging in. After all, only administrators should be installing the Windows Updates. Depending on your setup, you'll want to create a Group Policy that will disable the [...]

Extend Volume Error “The Parameter Is Incorrect” In Windows Server

On occasion while extending a volume in Windows Server (2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016), you may come across this obscure error that just says "The parameter is incorrect". When this happens, the Windows Disk Management utility shows the correct disk size, but the volume size in the utility and Windows Explorer are still [...]

How To Update Site Certificate For ADFS Windows Server 2012

If you run a Microsoft ADFS Server on Windows Server 2012, there will probably be a time when you'll need to update your site certificate on the server. In my case, I use a wildcard certificate for my domain, for example *.tecklyfe.com so that all subdomains can use the same certificate. When you update the [...]

How To Fix Failed to open the runspace pool. The Server manager WinRM plug-in might be corrupted or missing

I recently ran into the error message "Failed to open the runspace pool. The Server manager WinRM plug-in might be corrupted or missing." shortly after deploying a new Windows 2012 server. I was trying to add new features through the Server Manager wizard, and on the deployment scree, I would get this error. Luckily, the [...]

Simplifying Windows Updates For Patch Tuesday In October 2016

Last month Microsoft posted a Technet article announcing some changes coming to the way they service (push Windows Update) to Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2. In the past, Patch Tuesday would include a number of individual patches that were released [...]