Category: Windows Server 2012

Configuring Network Load Balancing in Windows Server

Services and applications that are affected by high load require technologies to address this issue. Network Load Balancing is a technology that allows system administrators to configure clusters that distribute traffic between several servers. Suppose you have a website that receives a large number of requests and cannot be handled by one server. In this […]

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Introducing Microsoft ‘Project Honolulu’

Microsoft continues to invest and expand its PowerShell Scripting Environment but sometimes it is necessary to use a graphical interface in order to manage systems. This is the reason why Microsoft also develops a new management tool called “Project Honolulu”. Honolulu is the modern evolution of traditional MMC, first introduced in 2000. Now, it’s time to update […]

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How to change Windows Update settings using SCONFIG

Validate your current WU settings using SCONFIG To determine what updates your machine has already installed, follow these steps: Open a command prompt with Admin permissions. Type sconfig and press Enter. NOTE: There may be a short pause as the tool inspects your system.   Option #5 shows the current configuration of your Windows Update settings.   Change […]

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Migration of DHCP from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012

Beginning the export process on Windows Server 2003 On the Windows 2003 DHCP server, navigate to a command prompt Type the following Command: netsh Type the following Command: DHCP Type the following Command: server \\Name or IP Address Type the following Command: export c:\w2k3DHCPdb allNote You must have local administrator permissions to export the data. Importing the DHCP database on Windows Server […]

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Adding a Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller to an Existing Windows Server 2003 network

Prerequisites Download Windows Server 2012 R2. If you plan on completing this Step-By-Step in a virtual lab, it is recommended to download the FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 first. Check to ensure the Domain Functional Level is currently setup to at least Windows 2003 mode. This is the lowest required Domain Functional Level that would allow a Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller installation. […]

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Active Directory Migration from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2

Transferring the Flexible Single Master Operations (FSMO) Role Open the Active Directory Users and Computers console on your new Windows Server 2012 R2 computer. Right click your domain and select Operations Masters in the sub menu. In the Operations Masters window, ensure the RID tab is selected. Select the Change button. Select Yes when asked about transferring the operations master role. Once the operations master role has successfully […]

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Auto login Windows Server 2012

If an app requires an AD acct to be logged into the server in order for it to work, setup autologon   You will need to have an account with a password for this to work. Run regedit.exe Navigate to HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\winlogon Set or create the following keys (DWORD)  AutoAdminLogon = 1 (String) DefaultUserName = Your user name (String) DefaultPassword = Your password […]

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Deploying the Local Administrator Password Solution Part 1

In this series of three posts, I demonstrate the installation and configuration of Microsoft’s Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS). This is the first post that covers installation of the software on management computers and clients. For links to parts 2 and 3, see the bottom of this post. What is LAPS? LAPS is a solution to change […]

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Deploying the Local Administrator Password Solution Part 2

In this series of three posts, I demonstrate the installation and configuration of Microsoft’s Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS). This is the second post that covers configuration of Active Directory to support LAPS. Configuring Active Directory for LAPS Extend the AD Schema In the last post, we configured the client installation. While there is no server-side […]

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Deploying the Local Administrator Password Solution Part 3

In this series of three posts, I demonstrate the installation and configuration of Microsoft’s Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS). This is the third and final post that covers the group policy configuration of LAPS, as well as a brief demonstration. Configuring Group Policy We’ve got the software installed, and AD configured, all that’s left is to turn […]

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