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Preparing to configure Windows. Do not turn off your computer…. Time to kill a remote process!

Now and then, when installing Windows Updates, the server hangs and just refuses to shut down. You will see a message on the screen as following “Preparing to configure Windows. Do not turn off your computer…”, and it won’t shutdown. Prashant Deshpande wrote an excellent guide back in 2011 which is still valid here, but it relies on a software called Remote Process Explorer, which does have a free 30…

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WSUS 3.0 – Client machines replace previous clients in WSUS

In a virtual environment (VMware, Citrix, Hyper-V ….) it’s easy to clone VM’s back and forth, and sometimes it has some unexpected results which aren’t noticed right away. One of these issues that I noticed was with WSUS and VM’s (clients) replaced each other as soon as they talked with the WSUS server. The client machine name, ip and applied updates changed according to the client in question, but the…

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