Tag Archive: Windows Domains

Jan 13 2013

Add Windows 2012 Servers to Server Manager

Now in server 2012 you can have multiple servers added to the Server Manager console, and can you install roles and features remotely on those servers. This is great, because you can work only with one management console and control all the environment.

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Jan 02 2013

Cloning Active Directory Domain Controllers with Windows Server 2012

With Windows Server 2012, you now have the option to clone domain controllers. You no longer need to install a fresh copy of an operating system, and run dcpromo. By simply using a PowerShell command you prepare that domain controller for cloning, and when you power on the cloned domain controller it will have a different …

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Dec 22 2012

Remote Group Policy update in Windows Server 2012

Yep, you read it right. With Windows server 2012 we can perform a Group Policy update on remote computers at once, so the 90-120 minutes interval is gone. This can be done using the Group Policy Management console or PowerShell. If you opt to use the Group Policy Management console you have some limitations like: …

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Dec 09 2012

Creating an additional Windows 2012 Domain Controller in an existing domain

You know that is recommended to have at least two domain controllers for your environment, right ? Is not just to balance the load, but for fault tolerance also. If one of them crashes you can force the roles (FSMO Roles) on the other one and you are good-to-go, users are happy.

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Dec 08 2012

Building a 2008 R2 RDS Load Balanced Farm with RD Connection Broker

You just installed additional RD Session Host servers, because of the increase of the remote users. But now you have a problem: what if one of those servers fails, or need maintenance ? you will need to inform the users that there is problem with the server, and until is resolved they can connect to …

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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 24 2012

How to create Active Directory Sites

The company that you work for is opening one or more branch offices, and you as an administrator need to put in place the network. You install one or more Domain Controller, file servers etc, but what about the replication traffic ? Right now your Domain Controllers think they are in the same network/site and …

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Nov 10 2012

Creating a first Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller

Well it’s time for me to create new labs using server 2012. The installation is plain and simple, that’s why I will jump directly to create a new domain in a new forest with Windows server 2012 which will be my first Domain Controller.

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Sep 23 2012

Activating a 2008 R2 Remote Desktop License Server

You installed the RD Session Host role on one or more servers, and make your users happy, especially those working from distance; you manage to reduce hardware, cooling and storage costs by using multiple sessions on a single server. And as you know you have 120 days, after which a license needs to be installed …

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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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