Category Archive: Windows Server 2008/2008 R2

Mar 03 2013

Creating and configuring a DHCP Superscope

Your network is growing very fast and a common problem about this is assigning IP addresses. Your DHCP server can’t lease IP’s to clients any more because there aren’t any. You might think, damn…I will need to configure the rest of the clients with static IP address or buy a new router. The solution, the …

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Dec 23 2012

Publishing Multiple HTTP Web Sites with TMG 2010

It’s piece-of-cake to publish a single HTTP website with TMG 2010, but what do you do when you have multiple web sites in your organization and you want all of them to be visible to the world. Is not a difficult process, but there are a lot of steps involved. 

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Nov 30 2012

Installing Distributed File System (DFS) on Windows Server 2008 R2

For those of you that are new to DFS, let me just write a few words about it. DFS or Distributed File System is a Microsoft technology that offers replication between sites and highly available access to files that are spread between offices. To give you an idea imagine two offices on different cities.

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Nov 04 2012

Migrating DHCP from Windows 2003 to Windows 2008 R2

I guarantee you will love the DHCP from 2008 R2 server. It has new features and plus it works great. But what can you do with the old one that is running on a 2003 server ? You don’t want to lose all the reservations and scope options. The resolution to this problem is to …

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Oct 14 2012

Creating a DHCP Failover Cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2

I know is frustrating when the DHCP server fails, all your network is down, been there. That’s why is recommended to have a fault tolerant DHCP service, so in case one of the DHCP servers fails, the other one takes the job.

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Sep 16 2012

Setting up a KMS Server in Windows 2008 R2

Starting with 2008 Server, Microsoft created a new way of activating volume license systems. KMS or Key Management Service activates computers using the local network. These means that Windows servers and workstations don’t have to go to Microsoft for activation, instead they use a local server for that, and only that local server is activated …

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Aug 19 2012

How to install and configure a Windows Server 2008 R2 DHCP Server

DHCP or Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol is a service that provides IP, DNS and other information to clients or devices. I guess every network now has a DHCP server, since administrators don’t have to go any more to clients and open the network adapter properties to configure the IP, gateway and DNS settings. With DHCP …

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Aug 16 2012

Configuring Live Migration on Hyper-V 2008 R2

Live Migration is a Hyper-V 2008 R2 feature that allows you to move running virtual machines from one cluster node to another without downtime. In my tests I had only one request time out during migration and sometimes none. This is more than acceptable, because users or application will not even notice this time out. …

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Jun 23 2012

Creating a Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Cluster

I hear you…you want your SQL, DHCP, Hyper-V or other services to be highly available for your clients or your internal users. They can be if you create a Windows Failover Cluster and configure those services in the cluster. By doing that if one of the servers crashes the other(s) one will take over, and …

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Jun 16 2012

Configuring Windows Server 2008 R2 RD Gateway for external access

Many of you know what RD Gateway is, but for those that don’t I’ll try to explain using a short version. RD Gateway is a Windows Server 2008 R2 role that gives administrators the power to allow users to connect using Remote Desktop Protocol to internal servers/workstations without opening to many ports in their firewall(s). …

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