Determine the Windows PowerShell version

To reliably display the version of the Windows PowerShell engine Open a PowerShell command window, Execute the command, $PSVersionTable.PSVersion PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> $PSVersionTable.PSVersion Major Minor Build   Revision —–   —–   ——-  ——- 5       1        16299  64 If no value is displayed, the version is 1.0, as it does not have the referenced […]

Enable PowerShell execution in Windows

The default settings of Windows disable the PowerShell script execution. This protects your computer in case a malicious PowerShell script would try to make changes on your machine. The same settings prevent you from executing your own automation scripts too. When we try to execute a PowerShell script we get the error message File ….ps1 […]

The security database on the server does not have a computer account for this workstation trust relationship

Time to time Windows servers may lose the trust of the domain. When you try to log in with your domain credentials you get the dreaded message: The security database on the server does not have a computer account for this workstation trust relationship This can have many causes, and the most effective way to fix […]

Restore Windows Server 2012 R2 from backup

Windows Server contains the Windows Backup functionality. It can create full backups of your server that contain all volumes. With the bare metal recovery, you are able to fully restore the server even if the hard disks fail, after a virus attack, or security breach. Depending on the size of the server drives and the backup media, […]

Failed to complete #create action: [undefined method `version’ for nil:NilClass] on default…

When you execute kitchen converge to launch an EC2 instance in AWS with Chef Test Kitchen, you get the error message: >>>>> ——Exception——- >>>>>> Class: Kitchen::ActionFailed >>>>>> Message: 1 actions failed. >>>>>> Failed to complete #create action: [undefined method `version’ for nil:NilClass] on default-windows-2012r2 >>>>>> ———————- >>>>>> Please see .kitchen/logs/kitchen.log for more details >>>>>> Also […]

Vagrant installation

 Vagrant Installation Warning! The new versions of Vagrant delete the contents of the /opt/vagrant directory. If you want to keep old versions of Vagrant, first move them out of the /opt directory. Download Vagrant from https://www.vagrantup.com/ and follow the instructions to install it. Select DOWNLOAD… Select the operating system of your workstation. For Ubuntu: Debian RedHat: Centos […]

Configure the Windows virtual machine in VirtualBox

Enable shared folders on the virtual machine To be able to use shared folders between the host ( your workstation ) and the Windows virtual machine. Start the Windows virtual machine in VirtualBox, Select the virtual machine window on your workstation, In the Devices menu of VirtualBox select Insert Guest Additions CD image… In the virtual machine start Windows Explorer, […]

VirtualBox installation and configuration on Windows

Download Virtual Box from https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads and follow the instructions to install it. At the time of writing this was the section where the installer files were referenced Run the downloaded installer file and accept all default values. The installer starts the Virtual Box application.You can close it, we will use other tools to start it in the future. […]

VirtualBox installation and configuration on Macintosh

Download VirtualBox from https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads and follow the instructions to install it. At the time of writing, this was the section where the installer files were referenced Run the downloaded installer file and accept all default values. The installer starts the application.   Create a virtual machine To create a new virtual machine Download the OS image from the […]

How to create a bootable USB drive to install Windows

If the computer you want to install Microsoft WIndows on, does not have a DVD drive, you can install Windows from a USB drive. To start the computer from the USB drive, you need to prepare the drive to make it bootable. Microsoft has a free tool that can download the edition of the WIndows operating […]