Category: Windows Server 2012 R2

Introduction to Public Key Infrastructure Concepts

Today we will see Public Key Infrastructure concepts and how the entire system works. We will be dealing with a lot of new words for those who are not aware of PKI is and how it can be used in an organization for security reasons. In the simplest terms, PKI is the framework for encryption […]

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Fixing Windows 2012R2 Hyper-V Role Failing At 99 Percent

installing the Hyper-V Role is straightforward on a new system, I have seen couple of scenarios where the Hyper-V role will fail on installation. Scenario conditions are outlined below: Fresh install of Windows 2012R2 Server. All Windows Updates applied then rebooted. Post reboot, Hyper-V Role was installed. Rebooted machine to finalize installation of role Machine […]

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Volume Activation for Windows: Configuring KMS with AD Roles for Windows 2012 / 2012R2

With Microsoft Windows 2012 now having been out for a number of years, many IT administrators are updating their internal infrastructure and migrating to the newer Windows Server 2012 / 2012R2 operating systems. Although some of the roles can still be installed through the old methods, some of them now have more intuitive methods of […]

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Replication for a Windows Domain Controller (2003, 2008, 2012)

If you would like to avoid using the AD Sites and Services GUI to force replication across your domain controllers, consider the script below. Save this as a .bat file to a machine on the same domain as your domain controllers and run as a domain administrator. The script will prompt you for the desired […]

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Creating A Windows 2012 Or 2012R2 Domain Controller

With Windows 2003 nearing end-of-life, it is becoming more imperative to upgrade to a newer operating system. For many IT admins, this is a great opportunity to start upgrading infrastructures to Windows 2012 or Windows 2012R2. Since DCPromo was depreciated in Windows Server 2012, the following article serves as a step-by-step guide to creating a […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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