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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Windows Server 2012 R2 Core - Adding Roles and Features Error Fix

If you have been trying to load any roles or features onto your Server 2012 R2 Core using Powershell, then you may find that you are the victim of this error message everytime you try to run your command:

No matter was source you enter, it will not work. This frustrated us for days until we found a site with the solution...

Basically the problem is that when your Server 2012 R2 Core is updated through Windows Updates, your source media is then out of date. So, you have to update your source WIM with the Windows Updates that you have installed on your server. Feels like a massive step back and complete stupid to have to do such a thing, but trust us - it does work.

The website with all the information on it is here:

Windows Server 2012 R2 Core - Adding Roles and Features Error Fix

We would like to thank whoever came up with this solution as we were on the verge of doing a format c: !!!

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Monday, 28 July 2014

Java 7 Update 65 Released - MSI and Offline Installer

Java have now released update 65 of version 7 of their Java Client software.

The update is available as an offline installer and using our guide below, you can extract the MSI from it and use it for deployment by using Windows Updates to update current machines or add to your Configuration Manager Application Catalog or even deploy using Group Policy.

You can download the Offline Installer from the Java website using the link below:



By following the guide below, you can extract the MSI installer to use in deployment and Windows Updates to automatically update machines using WSUS.

How to extract Java MSI File from the Offline Installer


If you have any questions about this or wish to leave a comment, please use our Disqus system below and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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Friday, 25 July 2014

Powershell - Install Server Core GUI Features

If you have Windows Server 2012 R2 Core installed but you want to be able to use a Graphical User Interface (GUI) then you can use the following Powershell command to enable it:

 Install-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Shell –Source d:\sources\sxs  

NOTE: you should ensure that your source location is correct and up to date with your Windows Updates.

Once this is complete, you should reboot your server to fully enable the GUI.

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Powershell - Get List of Windows Updates Installed

If you want to find the full list of Windows Updates that you have installed on your machine, you can use a Powershell command to find this information. This is particularly helpful for operating systems like Windows Server 2012 R2 Core.


Run this command in a Powershell environment on the machine you want to find the list of updates for:

 Get-WmiObject -Class "win32_quickfixengineering"  

This should now detail all the Windows Updates like this:


If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to use our Disqus system below.

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Powershell Commands

Powershell is becoming more and more important these days and the possibilities with using it are endless. However, there are also a large amount of very basic easy to use commands that you should add to your knowledge collection.

We all pick up new Powershell commands that help us to do our jobs all the time so from today, we will be adding a Powershell section to our website and adding new commands to it when we come across them. This is more for our own reference than anything else but we thought that we may as well share with you too!

If you wish to also add any commands or Powershell scripts (PS1 files) to our site, please feel free to contact us either by using the Disqus system below or the Contact button on our menu bar. We will review them, check they work and add them and obviously credit you.