Category Archive: Microsoft

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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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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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 three domain specific …

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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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Feb 18 2015

Restoring failed Active Directory Domain Controllers

Just when you think everything is going well, disaster happens, and one or more of your domain controllers gets offline. This can happen due to a hard disk crash, a bad network card, file system corruption or corruption of the Active Directory database. Even if you have good backups somewhere on the shelf that’s only …

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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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