Thursday, October 24, 2019

How to Cleanup the WinSXS (Windows Update Folder)

1. Open Command prompt as an administrator

2. run the following commands in command prompt or powershell.

3. Run the analyzer: dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /AnalyzeComponentStore

4. Enter the command: Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup

5.  Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup

If you need to manually clean that sucker up. Then go to the following folder and delete all files older than 1 year.


Caution: Be careful not to delete the "Backup" Folder: C:\windows\WinSXS\Backup

Absolute Kill Option. Seriously. Be careful if it's running a critical application. This is a RGE (Resume Generating Event)

6. Stop all running services

7. Remove-Item -path c:\Windows\WinSXS\* -Force

If you didn't kill the server. Rejoice. If you did (and your on VMware), roll back the snapshot

Monday, July 29, 2019

How to Configure System Logging on VMware ESXi 6.7

Go to Configure - > Advanced System Settings

Click on "Edit.."


Enter your LUN: [LUN NAME]/ folder name

Click Ok.

Quick and Easy folks...

Reference Articles:

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Thursday, March 21, 2019

How to Add a USB to Hyper-V (Pre-VMware Data Migration)

You need to copy the data off of the Hyper-V Server and it's driving you nuts over the LAN.

1. Connect your USB to the physical server.

2. RDP into Hyper-V.

3. Open Hyper-V Manager. Click on the host and then select "Hyper-V Settings".

4. Enable/Check Use Enhanced Session Mode (2 Places)

5. Now click the VM itself and click settings and click "Integration Services" and select "Guest services". (NOTE: If the VM is online. Reboot it to pick up the change).

6. When you first connect to the VM. It will pop up and ask you to select an option. Integration Service is the last icon on the top left of the VM Toolbar.

7. Click on Local Resources ==> More

8. Click on Drives and select the USB you connected E:\ etc. Select Drive's that I Plug in Later if you will add more USB's later.

9. Now it will show the mounted USB. Copy your data!

Credits: YouTube University! =) (Easy w/ No English) (Detailed w/ English)


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

I'm Unable to Uninstall any Programs or Install Software on Windows Server 2012 R2

1. You try to uninstall a program on Windows Server and your unable to proceed after getting an error that the their is a pending operation.

2. Troubleshooting Tip #1: Open up Task Manager and then find any msiexec services and right click and then "End Task" to all of them.

3. Try again. If everything works fine. Your done.

4. Troubleshooting Tip #2: Scan for Malware (MalwareBytes) or download and run CCleaner (I do not recommend this on production servers...that's your own risk.

5. Clean up the registry errors and then uninstall any unnecessary, unused and "makes no sense that it's installed" software.

6. Try again. If everything then works ok. Your done.

FYI. Doing things manually without a backup in the registry can wreak havoc. Be careful. If it's a VM. Take a snapshot. 5 minutes of patience and preparation can save you hours of anger, stress and fear of getting your head chomped off by _____________________!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

How to Convert an OVA Image to an AWS EC2 Instance

1. Create an S3 Bucket to import the OVA Image.

2. Upload the OVA Image via the browser. (Pro Tip: If the OVA has a long and complicated name, rename it. Your going to be using the command line.)

3. Install the AWS CLI and Python onto your Laptop

4. Verify via CMS that python --version and pip --version is working and you get a response.

C:\Users\ubuntu.power>pip --version
pip 19.0.1 from c:\users\ubuntu.power\appdata\local\programs\python\python37-32\lib\site-packages\pip (python 3.7)

C:\Users\ubuntu.power>python --version
Python 3.7.2

FYI. You can also use PowerShell

5. You will need your AWS Secret ID and Key from IAM. Generate a new one if you forgot it or haven't use it or just plain don't know it.

Note: Make sure you can run an aws command like the following with output:

aws s3 ls

6. AWS Import/Export Guide:

7. Convert from an OVA File:

8. In order to import the OVA file, you have to save it to a location on your local machine where you can point to the path from PowerShell (If you're on Linux, the location from your shell). Note: If your on Windows, use the C:\ Drive Path. 

Professional Note: Use Notepad++ on Windows to create the file

9. trust-policy.json file



10. role-policy.json file


11. You import the policies from your machine using a local path. Drive Shares (e.g. Google Drive, etc seem to complain).

PS C:\Users\username> aws iam create-role --role-name vmimport --assume-role-policy-document file://C:\Users\username\Documents\AWS\s3\trust-policy.json

PS C:\Users\usernamet> aws iam put-role-policy --role-name vmimport --policy-name vmimport --policy-document file://C:\Users\username\Documents\AWS\s3\role-policy.json

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12. Create "containers.json" file.

    "Description": "Bubba Lovey",
    "Format": "ova",
    "UserBucket": {
        "S3Bucket": "bubba-lab-lovey",
        "S3Key": "anykindofvm.ova"

13. aws ec2 import-image --description "FireEye CMS" --license-type BYOL --disk-containers file://C:\Users\username\Documents\AWS\s3\containers.json

NOTE: This is a Linux Image

You can check the status of the running job by using the "ImportTaskID" that was provided when you kicked off the job:

This blog saved the day. Credit has to go to Daniel Lopez Azana! (Helpful)


How to Quickly Setup the AWS CLI on Windows

Download the AWS CLI App.

1. Open Powershell after you install the software.

2. type aws configure

3. Note: If you don't know or have your Access Key Id and Secret Key, create a new one and delete the other one.

4. Check your region here: