Tag Archive: Windows Domains

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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Jul 25 2014

Changing the Directory Services Restore Mode (DSRM) Admin Password

We all know how important passwords are especially those for domain administrators accounts, because those accounts have rights to log in to domain controllers. If the password of one of those accounts is compromised, access to your domain controllers is granted. You know what could happen next.

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Oct 27 2013

Installing and configuring a Microsoft Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP) Responder

Starting with Windows 2008 Microsoft has an Online Certification Status Protocol (OCSP) Responder feature. Many of you wonder what this is, and I’m going to explain this the best I can. Until OCSP came out, those companies that have their own Certification Authority had to publish to a web server or a LDAP path the …

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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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Jul 27 2013

Building an Active Directory (AD) Test Lab using VMware Workstation

Building an Active Directory network in VMware Workstation is a piece-of-cake for those that master the program. If you are a newbie, you might want to read on. In this article I’m going to show you how to build an Active Directory lab, based on my experience with VMware Workstation. The best thing for you …

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May 28 2013

Installing Exchange Server 2013

Looks like Exchange is getting easier and easier on every version, the installation anyway. Even so, I taught I’ll give it a try here for those that are new to this product, or want to play with it to learn more. In this guide I’m going to install Exchange 2013 on a server 2012 box …

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Apr 14 2013

Deploying and Configuring an Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC)

I know most of you have to maintain branch offices, and they are not easy and especially not secure. Domain controllers in those locations can be easily stolen or compromise, leaving your users and your network vulnerable to attacks. Microsoft thought about this, and starting with Windows Server 2008 they implemented a feature in the …

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Mar 17 2013

Installing an Enterprise Certificate Authority in Windows Server 2012

A lot of things changed in server 2012 on the PKI model compared to his predecessors. We have version four certificates now, better security on the CA role service, you can install the AD CS role services on server core and many more features. The installation is straight-forward and you are guided by a wizard, and for those …

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Mar 02 2013

Renaming an Active Directory domain

I know renaming an AD domain sounds bad, and it is in some cases, and that’s why you need to take time and think about what the domain name should be for the company. But mistakes happen, or you just have a bunch of clients that have bad domain names for their environment and need to be changed. …

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Jan 13 2013

Add Windows 2012 Servers to Server Manager

Now in server 2012 you can have multiple servers added to the Server Manager console, and can you install roles and features remotely on those servers. This is great, because you can work only with one management console and control all the environment.

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