Tag Archive: PowerShell

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 13 2017

Building a three-tire Windows Certification Authority Hierarchy

Security is very important all over the internet but it’s also important in an organization, and it gets easier or harder to implement it depending on the size of the organization. Now I know, and you know, that there are many ways and many types of security implementations,

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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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Sep 02 2014

Enabling the Active Directory Recycle Bin in Server 2012/R2

I don’t wanna be wrong here, but I think that one of the most common Active Directory disasters that administrators face is the accidentally deleted object(s). Even if you put a strong security in place, there comes a time when you need to delegate permissions and with that accidents happen.

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Jun 19 2014

Creating Fine-Grained Password Policies in Windows Server 2012/R2

Until not long ago if you wanted to assign different passwords policies to different users, you were forced to create a new domain in the forest. Starting with Windows Server 2008, Microsoft came with fine-grained password policies (FGPPs) a functionality that will let you have different passwords policies in a single domain.

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Jul 07 2013

Bulk import computers into the MDT Database using PowerShell

The story of every admins life; arrive in the morning and find out that new computers need to be deployed and the existing ones upgraded. So you start preparing the images and import them in MDT; you are using MDT, right ? If not you should start, because is an awesome free tool. On side …

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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 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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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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Feb 24 2013

Restoring Exchange 2010 Mailbox Databases using DPM 2012

I know is bad when something in your infrastructure fails, and email is the worse one. All users start screaming, and calling that they can’t work anymore and can’t see their emails. Now, I like to think that I’m right, and you already have a backup of your Exchange databases, or this is not going to work. …

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