Tag: Windows 10

System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) Console crash after October 2016 Security Updates

If your System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2012R/2016 console has been crashing since updating with the October 2016 Windows Server security updates (MS16-118 and MS16-126), Microsoft has just pushed out the hotfix for this crash.

Please visit the following LINK.


What’s new with Hyper-V 2016? (PowerShell Direct)

In Windows Server 2016, Hyper-V 2016, Microsoft has created PowerShell Direct. PowerShell Direct allows us Hyper-V administrators to communicate with a VM from the Hyper-V host regardless of the network configuration, firewall settings, security policies,  and/or remote management settings. Provided the VM meets the basic criteria (see below), we can communicate with the VM with simple PowerShell! (Sweet)

*Yes, you could always log in to the VM as well…….<lame>*

PowerShell Direct Requirements:

In order to make use of PowerShell Direct, the following conditions need to be met:

  1. Hypervisor must be either Windows 10, or Windows Server 2016
  2. Virtual Machine must be either Windows 10, or Windows Server 2016
  3. Must have valid user credentials for the VM
  4. The VM must reside on the same Hypervisor
  5. The admin logged into the Hypervisor must be a Hyper-V administrator


In my example, my Hypervisor is Windows 10, and my guest VM is also a Windows 10 machine. (Sorry too lazy to get my server up =) )

Here are some cmdlets you will need to know:

  • Get-VM will provide a list of all the VMs on your Hyper-V host
    • Get-VM
  • This will establish the connection between you (the host) and the guest VM:
    • Enter-PSSession -VMName <VMName>
  • If you want to run a block of code, rather than single line:
    • Invoke-Command -VMName <VMName> -ScriptBlock { commands }


I got that error as I shutdown the VM too quickly…

As you can see, there was no Network Adapter on my VM. Also in the screenshot above, no information was provided when I queried an IPCONFIG.

VM vNIC Settings

Also, I was able to shutdown the VM from my host. 🙂

shutdown VM shutdown VM(2)


I hope you’re excited as I am! Cheers!

For more information on Hyper-V 2016 and/or PowerShell Direct, see HERE.

How to disable Windows 10 Lock Screen

After using Windows 10 on my work PCs for the last year and so, I decided it was time to upgrade my home PC. Overall Windows 10 seems great, I am able to use all my applications as I did before, and no issues with the drivers/hardware.

However, I after a few hours I really started to get annoyed with the Lock Screen activating every time I leave my desk for a few minutes. Rather than increasing that threshold, I rather disable the lock screen completely.

Here are the steps I took to disable the Windows 10 Lock Screen.

  • Launch the Registry Editor (you can do this by pressing the Windows icon button on your keyboard, plus the R key on your keyboard (simultaneously).


  • Next, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\
  • Create the following Key, “Personalization


  • Create the DWORD, “NoLockScreen” and assign it the value 1


And that is it! No reboot for me was required. If you are finding the lock screen still kicking in, try a reboot.