Category: Windows Server 2012 /R2

How to Import a Group Policy Object’s Settings into Another Group Policy Object

You may sometimes find it necessary to copy Group Policy Objects (GPOs) from one Active Directory domain to another. This can be useful when you want to apply the same policy settings to groups of users or computers in different domains within a multi-domain forest, or when you are performing a migration from one domain […]

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How to: Setup A SMTP Relay In Windows 2012 R2 – IIS 6

I will go over the steps to create an internal SMTP relay using Windows Server 2012 R2 and IIS 6. 8 Steps total Step 1: Install SMTP Service Open the Server Manager and choose Manage and then Install Roles and Features. Click next till you get to Features and scroll down to SMTP Server and […]

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An Introduction to SQL Server Clusters

What Type of SQL Clustering are we Talking About? There are lots of types of clusters out there. When we cluster SQL Server, we install one or more SQL Server instances into a Windows Failover Cluster. In this post I’m talking specifically about clustering SQL Server 2005 or later using Windows Server 2008 or later. Key Concept: […]

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Why does my Windows Service keep forgetting its password?

The mystery: “The service did not start due to a login failure” One of our customers reported a very strange problem last week. After about a day of running flawlessly, their windows service would suddenly fail to start after a reboot. The error reported by the Event Viewer hinted at a problem with the service user’s account: […]

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Converting from Server 2012 Core install to Full GUI

Windows Server 2012 Core boasts many enticing enhancements which include reducing the installation footprint, attack surface and management overhead.  Features on Demand allows the administrator to remove roles which are not needed to help reduce the disk size required for the installation.  By default all features are stored in the %windir%\winsxs directory, but administrators can […]

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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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