Using Powershell to install roles

So, you’ve got your server 2k8 R2 installed as a base installation and you want to install a few roles onto it. You can use powershell to do this. I know your asking “why when I can go through a few menus and its done”, humour me and it may save you some time. To work with roles and powershell you will need to open powershell (duh). Before you can actually start tapping out the commands for installing services you will need to enable the modules within powershell. So to begin with you will need to type: import-module Servermanager After you have completed that you can then type: Get-windowsfeature Which will output a rather verbose list of roles and features that can be installed onto a server 2008 R2 box (already installed roles will be documented with an [X]). For a more sensible Read More…

Resolving Xenapp 6 fundamental’s installation failures

Xenapp 6 seems to be a tricky little customer to install, when following the instructions from the administrators guide I was receiving random failures but all pointing me to helpfully look into a certain %userprofile% directory in order to view the details. The log file always contained nothing but the most generic of information that really is not of any help.
Then I discovered something. the administrators guide “lies” it says that xenapp will look for missing components and install them as needed (except .net 3.5 which was a pre-req) but it does not. If your xenapp is on a VM, make liberal use of snapshotting ( i did this before installing any roles just to make sure). So in order to install “xenapp 6 fun” you will need to do the following:
1/ Build a clean server 2008 R2 servRead More…