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Windows Server

Setup

  • Install Windows Server 2019 FIXME
  • In ESXi:
    • 2 Cores, 5GB Memory, 50GB+ Hard disk on an NVME controller
    • Add a sound card
  • Update & Security > For Developers > Developer mode
  • Apply desired settings changes further down page
  • Desktop:
    • View > Small icons
    • Move Recycle Bin to corner
    • Click on the audio icon on the taskbar and then enable the audio service
    • Pin to taskbar:
      • Resource monitor
      • Command Prompt
      • PowerShell
      • Registry Editor
      • Event Viewer
      • Server Manager
  • Explorer Folder options:
    • Deselect Show recently used files/folders in Quick access
    • Expand to open folder

Network Drives

  • Note: Replace the Arguments line in the following with:
/c "net use W: "\\FileServer\Music" & net use X: "\\FileServer\Software" & net use Y: "\\FileServer\Downloads" & net use Z: "\\FileServer\Dereks Backups""
  • Open the network tab in Explorer and connect to the network share to authenticate for the first time, make sure to select Remember my credentials
  • Open Task Scheduler
  • Action > Create Task
  • General:
    • Name > Reconnect Network Drives
    • Run only when user is logged on
    • Configure for > Windows 10
  • Triggers > New:
    • Begin the task > At startup
  • Conditions > Network > Start only if the following network connections are available
  • Actions > New:
    • Action > Start a program
    • Program/Script > cmd.exe
    • Add arguments:
/c "net use R: "\\FileServer\Public" & net use S: "\\FileServer\Documents" & net use T: "\\FileServer\Photos" & net use U: "\\FileServer\Music" & net use V: "\\FileServer\Video" & net use W: "\\FileServer\Software" & net use X: "\\FileServer\Dereks Documents" & net use Y: "\\FileServer\Downloads" & net use Z: "\\FileServer\Dereks Backups""
  • Download and run the following file to make the change to the registry:
ShareNetworkShares.reg
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
 
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
"EnableLinkedConnections"=dword:00000001
2018/07/17 12:34 · derek
  • Install WinRAR:
    • Download and open the 48x36 Classic Theme
    • Copy the licence key file into its install folder
    • Settings > Integration > Context menu items:
      • Deselect both email options
      • Deselect both Open with WinRAR options
  • Install iTunes Desktop:
    • Deselect Use iTunes as the default player for audio files
    • Deselect Automatically update iTunes and other Apple software
    • Default iTunes language: > English (United Kingdom)
    • Install
    • Agree to restart Windows
  • Run iTunes, agree to the licence agreement, agree to sharing details, and then close iTunes
  • Take a snapshot of the Music share in XPEnology
  • Delete the %USERPROFILE%\Music\iTunes, and %APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync folders
  • Run the following in cmd.exe (Change target locations as needed)
    • MKLINK /D “%USERPROFILE%\Music\iTunes” “W:\iTunes”
    • MKLINK /D “%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync” “Z:\MobileSync”
  • Run iTunes and verify it is using the wanted library
  • Account > Sign in
  • Open Task Scheduler and add an entry to start iTunes at log on, delayed by 30 seconds
  • Install and set up Veeam

TODO:

Update

  • FIXME
  • Install Windows Updates
  • Update iTunes
  • Veeam:
    • Describe update Process
    2020/05/12 07:06 · derek

Ports

433/TCP Windows Admin Center
esxi/windows_server.txt · Last modified: 2020/07/02 13:49 by derek