Category Archive: Windows Server 2012

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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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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May 06 2013

Creating a Hyper-V Server 2012 Cluster

If you want to virtualize your network, and if you want to use Hyper-V for that, I recommend you go with server 2012. Hyper-V version 3 works great and has PowerShell support without you buying SCVMM. Now that your environment is growing, soon you will need highly available VM’s and you can do that by …

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Apr 21 2013

Manage Roles and Features remotely on Windows Server 2012

I’ve been expecting this for quite some time, to install/uninstall roles and features remotely on your domain member servers. All I have to do now is download the Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools, install the package on my Windows 8 workstation, and control the environment. I wrote an article some time ago where I showed you …

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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 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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Feb 17 2013

Adding an additional Windows 2012 Domain Controller in an existing Windows 2003\2008\R2 domain

I talked about how to add an additional domain controller to an existing 2012 domain, but I know that most of you out there are still running on 2008/R2 or even 2003 servers (at the time of this writing). With that in mind I’ve created this guide to show you how to add a 2012 …

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