Jul 28 2020

Working with Storage Spaces in Microsoft Windows Server

Starting with Windows Server 2012, Microsoft added Storage Spaces into their Windows Server product, which is a technology similar to RAID just implemented in software. By using Storage Spaces we can create the so called Storage Pools to group two or more drives together in order to protect our data from drive failures.

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May 21 2020

Clustering Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS)

I have been talking about building an Enterprise PKI and a three tier PKI for companies and small businesses out there that want to secure their internal communications almost free of charge -I said almost free, because you still have to pay for the operating system- but in large environments these implementations might not be …

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Mar 11 2020

Migrating the WSUS database from WID to SQL Server

Running WSUS with the Windows Internal Database (WID) has been working great for us, for years, but if we want to have the database on a separate volume, if we want better performance, better management tools and especially being able to back it up using our internal or cloud backup tool, then we need to …

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Feb 11 2020

Converting UEFI + GPT Windows Server to Hyper-V VM

There are times when you need to take your Windows Server UEFI physical machine and convert it into a virtual one to play around with it in your lab. So you take the Disk2VHD utility, convert the machine, then attach the resulted VHDX file to your new Hyper-V VM in the lab. Very soon you …

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Aug 19 2019

Promoting Domain Controllers using Install From Media (IFM)

I have never taught that I will ever use the IFM (Install From Media) option when promoting a Domain Controller until I actually need to, and funny enough, not to long ago I need to. I had a site where a domain controller was needed, so I went with the normal process of adding an …

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Aug 09 2019

Installing and Configuring MDT with Windows 10 ADK

I was browsing my blog, and during this time I noticed I have a series of articles on how to install and configure MDT so you can successfully deploy your chosen OS in your company, but they are outdated. Don’t get me wrong, they will still work, but a few things have changed since I …

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Apr 12 2019

Blocking Remote Access for Local Accounts by Group Policy

It is all about security now, and no matter how restrictive we configure our firewall rules and filters, we still got the internal users. They are the ones that click in the wrong places and install the wrong software, and when the wrong stuff get’s into our network, it can do a lot of damage.

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Apr 01 2019

Replace VMware VCSA 6.x Certificates with ADCS Certificates via the GUI

Until version 6, every time we wanted to change the default self-signed certificate of our vCenter server we had to SSH into the appliance and use VMware Certificate Manager to do the job. We can still do that even now, but starting with vCenter 6.5 the process has been simplified a lot for us

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Mar 06 2019

Configuring DHCP and Firewalls for PXE booting with WDS

A few days ago I was searching trough my blog and noticed I have articles about how to install and configure MDT and WDS, but none of those articles are showing how to configure DHCP and the ports necessary for these services to work. Yes, in a simple network where the WDS server, DHCP server, …

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Jan 23 2019

Build and run Windows Failover Clusters on VMware ESXi

Yes, you read the title right. We ca run Microsoft Windows Failover Clusters on VMware ESXi hosts, and believe it or not, a lot of companies are doing it nowadays. It’s cheap, and it does the job very well. All we need is at least one ESXi host and two Windows Server VMs that will run …

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