Promoting A Windows 2012R2 Server To Domain Controller

Once a Windows 2012 or Windows 2012R2 has had the Active Directory Domain Services role installed, the domain controller must be promoted to a domain controller. This article outlines the steps needed to add a domain controller to an existing environment.   How to Promote a Windows 2012R2 Domain Controller Post installation of the role, the option to promote a […]

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Transferring FSMO Roles To Another Active Directory Controller

With virtualization continuing to grow into the small and medium business marketplace, it is now affordable for many IT administrators to implement many common best practices such as having a minimum of two domain controllers. Virtualization also has many transitioning/upgrading to operating much easier. When considering doing an upgrade for Active Directory for small to medium businesses, in many cases […]

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Migrating DHCP Part 1: Installing a DHCP Server on a Windows 2012/2012R2 Server

Although Microsoft Windows Server 2003R2 went end-of-life on July 14, 2015, many business are still mid-process of upgrading to newer operating systems. Similar to installing 2003/R2 and 2008/R2, a 2012 or 2012R2 installation is fairly straight forward. This article explains how to install the DHCP role on a Windows 2012 / Windows 2012R2 and is the first in a two-part series on migrating […]

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Migrating DHCP Part 2: Migrate DHCP to a New Windows Server

With Windows 2012 / Windows 2012R2 now offering a way to failover DHCP, many organizations have opted to migrate their DHCP functions from an older operating system. There are multiple, creative ways to handling a migration from an old server a new server; this article outlines one method of migrating all DHCP scopes from an existing server to a newly […]

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Configure a multiscope DHCP server to work with VLANs on Windows Server 2012

In order to take advantage of the full capabilities of LAN segmentation (VLAN), you need to properly configure a DHCP server with different scopes (multiscope setup). Windows Server offers a simple solution to the problem and we are going to see how to perform the operation. The first step is to install the DHCP server role: Then open the DHCP […]

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How to add a Backup Domain Controller to an existing Active Directory Domain

An Active Directory Domain with a unique Primary Domain Controller (PDC) is something that you should not rely on. A hardware failure can make your day a really bad one and, for this reason, Microsoft give us the possibility to add a (or more) Backup Domain Controller (BDC) to our domain. The configuration is quite simple on Windows Server 2012 […]

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How to deploy (and/or remove) software packages via GPO

One of the greatest advantages of having an Active Directory Domain is the possibility to deploy software packages via GPO (Group Policy Object). Software deployment is crucial in business environments to save time and money. Microsoft not only gives us a simple way to deploy software, but also provides a quick solution to uninstall it when we don’t need it […]

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Configure a Radius server on Windows Server to authenticate Cisco VPN users

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows to connect to a private network through the Internet, from anywhere in the world. It may be very helpful to business users willing to access from outside the internal resources of their company. In this post we’ll see how you can allow Active Directory users to perform the login to a VPN, configured on […]

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How to configure DHCP failover on Windows Server 2012 R2

Configuring the DHCP failover in your LAN is a simple operation to improve the reliability of the network. There are two main ways to provide DHCP failover: Load balancing Hot standby Load balancing allows to share the load between two or more DHCP servers while the Hot standby mode simply provide DHCP redundancy. In this guide we adopted the Hot […]

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