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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May 09 2015

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 R2 Cookbook

This time I’m not going to write a technical article, instead I’m going to present a new book that just came out from Packt publishing called Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 R2 Cookbook. You might ask yourself why; and is because I was given the great opportunity to be a reviewer for this …

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Apr 29 2015

Installing updates on Windows Server 2008/2012/R2 Core

You like server core, I know, I like it to sometimes, especially when there is a domain environment present and you can centralize everything. In a domain environment you can build up a WSUS server in a couple of minutes then use Group Policy to configure the clients to get all the patches from the …

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Apr 23 2015

Migrating WSUS from one Server to another

WSUS is running in your infrastructure for many years, and is doing a pretty good job at patching your clients and your servers, but now has come to a point where you need to migrate it to a new box. This usually happens when the OS is at the end of life support (EOL) or …

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Apr 16 2015

We couldn’t create a new partition or locate an existing one. For more information, see the Setup log files.

I got this message when I was trying to install Windows Server 2012 R2 on a brand new DELL T430 server, so I taught, why not share how I fixed this! I have to mention that ESXi 5.x was running on this box before I tried installing Windows on it. I encountered this before, so …

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Apr 14 2015

Installing and Configuring VMware vSphere 5.x Syslog Collector

Starting with vCenter 5.0 VMware introduced the vSphere Syslog Collector tool. This was made in order for admins to centralize their ESXi systems logs in one place, since these logs by default sit locally on the hypervisor system partition or on a datastore. You could use

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