Category Archive: Windows Server

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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Jan 12 2015

Customizing the Default Local User Profile before imaging

Creating a default user profile was easy and fast in Windows 2000 and Windows XP. All you had to do is create a user account, customize it, then click a button and you were done. Starting with Windows Vista everything changed about this. You still have the old and powerful “Copy to” button,

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Dec 15 2014

Add Domain Users to Local Groups using Group Policy Preferences

Until server 2008 came out, every time you wanted to add domain users or groups to computers local groups you had to rely on scripts or use Group Policy Restricted Groups to make the changes. The last one worked great but it failed working when you wanted to modify those local groups on your client …

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Nov 19 2014

Installing and Configuring NFS on Windows Server 2012/R2

There are times when you need to access some Windows shares from Linux machines, or systems that have some Linux variations. A few methods exists on how you can do this, and NFS (Network File System) is one of them. NFS exists for a long time in Windows, starting with server 2003, and it’s still …

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Aug 06 2014

Set Up Automatic Certificate Enrollment (Autoenroll)

Managing certificates usually does not need to much intervention. Issuing and enrolling for certificates, again is a piece-of-cake… in a small environment. But if you are running more than let’s say 50 workstations and servers enrolling for certificates is a week job, if not more.

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Mar 09 2014

Configuring Hyper-V Replica in Windows Server 2012/R2

I’ve been thinking for a while to write this article, and eventually I did it. For those that don’t know what Hyper-V Replica is, I will try to summarize it. Is a host-based replication in the hypervisor, and we are talking about Hyper-V here, at no extra costs; its free. By implementing this feature, you …

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Aug 18 2013

Backing up Domain Controllers using Windows Server Backup and DPM

This is happening people ! Domain controllers need backups, like any other server in your infrastructure, even if they replicate with one another. Backing them up is an easy job, but you need to know what kind of backups you need to perform. I know you just want to create an image server backup of …

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Aug 15 2013

Creating an Active/Pasive SQL Server Failover Cluster

In a production environment you can’t afford downtime, well…not for hours anyway. If one of the servers stops or crashes, most of the applications in that production environment will stop working. Off course, you have a recovery plan. But what if those applications are using a database, and the database server crashes ? Your recovery …

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Jul 28 2013

Delegate Access Control and Management in Hyper-V

In a virtual environment security is vital, because you can’t give full permissions to everyone. Imagine just for a moment if a user connects to one of your Hyper-V servers, and by mistake power’s off some of the VM’s, or even worse, deletes them. But the user still needs access to his VM, right ? …

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May 30 2013

Configuring Cluster-Aware Updating in Server 2012

This is a cool feature in Windows server 2012 and I’ve been dying to write about it. OK, let me tell you what actually happens. Until now, when you wanted to update your cluster nodes, first you needed to migrate cluster roles from the active node to a passive one. Then download the updates, install …

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