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Open Java Control Panel Settings from CMD (Windows)

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There is a strange bug on Windows 10 / Server 2016 where, after installing Java, one can’t find Java in the start menu. As a a workaround, or if you need to launch the Java Control Panel from a script or for other reasons, follow the steps below. Open Command Prompt (Start > Run > cmd) Copy the following into the […]

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How to Install IIS with PowerShell on Windows Server 2016 / VPS

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Installing IIS With PowerShell If you don’t have the GUI installed or just want to use the PowerShell command line interface (CLI) instead, follow these steps. This method is a lot faster than going through all of the GUI options. Open PowerShell with administrative privileges and run the Install-WindowsFeature cmdlet as shown below. Install-WindowsFeature -name […]

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Port Forwarding on Windows Server or VPS

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Windows Firewall is a utility included with all recent versions of Windows. It includes options to open and close ports, allow specific ports and programs through the firewall, which is the equivalent of “port forwarding” on a Windows Server or Windows VPS that is not behind a NAT device. In this guide we will show […]

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Running 32-bit Programs on Windows Server 2016 or 2012 R2 64-bit

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Running 32-bit Programs Ideally, running 32-bit applications on 64-bit versions of Windows Server will “just work.” 64-bit editions of Windows are compatible with 32-bit programs by default, and the C:\Program Files (x86) folder is designated for these applications. The system runs 32-bit applications as part of the default Windows OS. If you are having trouble launching […]

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How to Install IIS from Desktop GUI on Windows Server 2016 / VPS

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Installing IIS on Windows Server 2016 If your server has the graphical user interface component installed you can also install IIS by following these steps. Open Server Manager, this can be found in the start menu. If it’s not there simply type “Server Manager” with the start menu open and it should be found in […]

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SQL Server 2016 Version Differences & Licensing: Web, Standard, and Enterprise

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SQL Server 2016 includes more features than ever before, but it can be difficult to find the differences between versions of SQL Server. The primary difference is the licensing model, which limits how SQL Server may be used on the server it is installed on. A majority of SQL Server features are available in both SQL Server Web […]

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Installing SQL Server Management Tools & SSMS on Window Server/VPS

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SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) is part of SQL Server Management Tools provided by Microsoft for administrators and developers to interface with Microsoft SQL Server. Management Studio is used to connect to a database and directly manage its layout, settings, database objects, and much more. Read on to see how to install SQL Server Management Studio […]

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Update Storage Allocation for a MSSQL Database (Windows Server)

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The Problem On Windows Servers running Microsoft SQL Server, you may encounter an error “Could not allocate space for object” or “Primary filegroup is full” in the course of normal operations: Unhandled Exception: System.Data.SqlClient.SqlException: Could not allocate space for object ‘dbo.SearchedUserItems’ … in database ‘db_database’ because the ‘PRIMARY’ filegroup is full. Create disk space by […]

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Disable Windows Update + Automatic Reboots on Windows Server 2016

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Many administrators prefer to manage Windows updates manually, in the interest of system uptime and security. It is possible to disable Windows Updates in Windows Server 2016, including disabling of automatic reboots. Please note, Windows Update is designed to keep Windows safe, and we recommend keeping Windows Update enabled at all times. How to Disable Windows Update […]

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Enable Auto-growth for a MSSQL Database (Windows Server)

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How to Enable Autogrowth for a MSSQL Database First, do a quick check to ensure your Windows Server or VPS has sufficient free disk space on C:\ or your SQL partition. It’s important that there is enough physical storage to fluidly grow the database on the server. If the server has enough disk space, follow these steps to […]

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