Set IP address on a Windows Server core installation

1. At a command prompt, type:

netsh interface ipv4 show interfaces

2. Verify that there is an interface list. At a command prompt, type

C:\netsh interface ipv4 set address name=<ID from interface list> source=static
address=<preferred IP address>
gateway=<gateway address> mask=<mask address>

3. Verify by typing ipconfig /all at a command prompt and checking that DHCP enabled is set to No.
Example command,

netsh interface ipv4 set address name=12 source=static address=
gateway= mask=

This also works on a Windows 8 install.

How to add workgroup servers to Server 2012 Server Manager

Adding domain servers to the Windows Server 2012 Server manager is easy, however if your servers are all part of a workgroup, you need to do extra work.

  1. On the management host, run the powershell command.
    Set-Item wsman:\localhost\Client\TrustedHosts Server01 -Concatenate -Force
  2. Then run,
    New-ItemProperty -Name LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy -path HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System -propertyType DWord -value 1
  3. Then add the hosts to the local trusted hosts list with the follow command. Change Server01 to the name of your servers.
    Set-Item wsman:\localhost\Client\TrustedHosts Server01 -Concatenate -Force

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How to pin to the start menu, and not its redirect

If you’ve tried to pin to the start menu of you Windows 8 Surface or desktop you will have probably only been able to pin the redirect, http://<random>
Here’s how to pin

  1. Turn of the Internet connection.
    Turn on flight mode is probably the easiest way to do that.
  2. Open Internet Explorer in full screen mode (a.k.a. Metro mode)
  3. You’ll get a “can’t get to web site” message
  4. But the URL in the address bar will still be
  5. And the pin button will be active !
  6. Pin it.
  7. Rename the icon
  8. Turn flight mode off again.