Category: Windows Server 2012

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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Add Windows 10 Image To WDS

In this article, I’ll show you how to add a Windows 10 latest Image to Windows Deployment Services 2016 Server. Using WDS, we could easily automate the deployment of Windows 10 and automatically join into the domain and place it in a specific OU. We could also create WDS gold Image with specific applications and […]

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How to install/enable the WebClient (WebDAV) Service on Windows Server 2012 to open/edit SharePoint files

Are you having trouble opening/editing files stored in SharePoint, especially non Office files on Windows Server 2012? By default the WebClient service is not installed on Windows Server 2012. Without this service running, opening/editing of non-Office files stored in SharePoint is very restricted. To enable the WebClient service in Windows 2012 follow these steps: Start […]

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How to set up a Windows Server 2012 VPN

Install the Remote Access Server Role We will be doing this through a GUI. Open Server Manger and click on Manage and select Add Roles and Features. A wizard comes up, select Next and click on Roles based or feature based installation and click on Next. On the next page select the destination server, which […]

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Junction – Free up disk space using Symbolic links

I came across a brilliant solution that will blow your mind away and save all you System Admins out there having similar issue. The solution that I am referring to is an application called Junction. Directory symbolic links are known as NTFS junctions in Windows. Many of you must be aware that Microsoft introduced a […]

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