Apr 07 2016

Deploying the VMware vCenter 6.0 Appliance (VCSA) with an Embedded Platform Service Controller (PSC)

Starting with version 6, VMware has completely changed the way we deploy the vCenter server appliance (vCSA). If in older versions we had to use the import template wizard from the vSphere client, now we have a web interface just for that. I can’t say which one is better because it’s kinda the same thing, …

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Feb 11 2016

Creating RDS Session Collections in Windows Server 2012/R2

After we deployed our Remote Desktop Services infrastructure and licenses it, we can start publishing desktop connections and applications to our internal users. I’ve said internal users, because to make the applications and desktops available for users outside the company, we need to deploy at least one RD Gateway server, which I’m going to discuss …

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Jan 15 2016

How to configure Windows Event Log Forwarding

Even if you have a small environment with a few servers here and there, after a while is becoming more and more difficult and time consuming to read the events on all of them. Purchasing a dedicated software solution just doesn’t cut it because of the budget constraints, but you still have to know what …

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Jan 08 2016

Deploy and configure a Windows Server 2012 R2 RD License Server

Most software out there need licensing, and Remote Desktop Services (RDS) is no exception. It is so important that Microsoft created a service just for this. If you are deploying Remote Session Hosts or a VDI infrastructure, and that’s the ability for users to RDP into a server and use it as their personal desktops or …

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Jan 04 2016

How to enable WinRM (HTTP) via Group Policy

Windows Remote Management or WinRM for short, exist in the Windows world for a long time and until now you probably never had anything to do with it. WinRM is a Microsoft implementation of WS-Management Protocol, that allows hardware and operating systems, from different vendors, to interoperate. If enabled, you can run scripts, install roles and …

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Nov 17 2015

Installing Remote Desktop Services (RDS) in Windows Server 2012/R2

In previous versions of Windows, deploying a RDS infrastructure was a little bit difficult, but starting with server 2012/R2 this was simplified a lot. Not only you have a single central console from where you manage all your RDS infrastructure, but you can also install all the RDS roles remotely from this console.

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Nov 09 2015

Adding a Raw Device Mapping (RDM) to a Virtual Machine

As you might know, in a VMware virtual machine besides of the traditional virtual disk (VMDK) you can also add a so called RAW Device Mapping (RDM). This type of disk is used in special situations where SAN snapshots are required, VMFS virtual disk(s) become to large, applications that need to make direct calls to …

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Jul 13 2015

Migrating a Hyper-V Cluster to Windows Server 2012 R2

I know that migrating a Windows cluster is not an easy job and an in-place upgrade is not possible in the Windows world, not right now anyway. The hard part is where you need to request a maintenance widow from the service owners because production is going to be affected. VMs will need to be …

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Jun 22 2015

Installing and configuring VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP)

You might think that your machines are safe and that you have nothing to worry about once you virtualize your infrastructure, but that’s not true. Virtual machines need backups, the same as physical machines do. This is not necessarily because of a host crash or any other hardware problem,

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May 21 2015

How to transfer or seize Flexible Single Master Operations (FSMO) roles

As you probably know, when you promote the first domain controller in a forest, is granted five Operations Master or Flexible Single Master Operations (FSMO) roles, pronounced “fizz-moe”. Two of the roles are forest wide and the rest of them are domain specific, meaning if you have multiple domains, every domain will get the tree domain specific …

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