Sep 27 2016

Creating Active Directory Forest Trusts

Most companies nowadays have, or they prepare having multiple Active Directory forests in their environment, and as you know, forests are a completely different entity compared to an additional domain or tree. One forest does not trust another one, and can’t share information with another forest, unless a trust is created between the two. Usually …

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Sep 07 2016

How to reset forgotten Active Directory Domain Administrator password

It happens. Not so often, but it happens when you just can’t remember your domain/enterprise administrator password anymore. This is a big deal since you are the Active Directory God. Just imagine not being able to log in to your domain controllers for a day and you get my point. And since everything nowadays is …

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Sep 01 2016

Upgrading from VCSA 5.x to VCSA 6.0 with an Embedded Platform Service Controller (PSC)

Since version 6 of the VMware vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) has performance improvements, stability and new features, your management or design team decided it’s time to upgrade your existing vCenter server infrastructure running on version 5.x. I call this upgrade since VMware calls it the same, but it’s actually a migration. You are basically deploying …

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May 13 2016

Deploying VDI using Windows Server 2012/R2

In a previous article I talked about publishing desktops and applications to users by creating RDS Session Collections. In most cases that method works great, but as you know, there are users in the company that need dedicated resources to their virtual desktops, and by using RDS Session Collections we can’t separate those resources since …

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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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