Category: Windows Server 2012 R2

How to share printers via Group Policy (GPO)

One great advantage of using Active Directory Domain Services is the possibility to share a printer in just a few clicks with a group of computers or users. Since Windows Server 2012 isn’t even necessary to create a Group Policy Object (GPO), Windows will do the job for us speeding up the process. We are […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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How to deploy a Registry Key via Group Policy

System administrators often need to deploy one or more Registry Keys in business environment. Customized software or hardware need particolar configurations and companies usually have solutions tailored to their needs. Whatever the reason is, a Group Policy is the best way to deploy a Registry Key in an Active Domain Directory Services. The configuration is […]

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Configure Windows Server Containers on a Local System

Setup/Installation Currently there are 3 ways that containers and be utilized. Containers Host – Manual To install the Containers feature manually is straight forward. Setup a Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3 installationNOTE: This does not necessarily mean that your physical host needs to be running Windows Server 2016 TP3. This post highlights TP3 running […]

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Configuring Volume Shadow Copies (VSS) on Windows Server 2012 R2

Volume Shadows Copies (also known as Volume Snapshot Service or VSS) is a technology developed by Microsoft to take restorable snapshots of a volume. On Windows Server 2012 // 2012 R2 it’s quite easy to set up and restore operations are pretty straightforward. Note: Volume Shadow Copies allow to restore previous states of the entire […]

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Server 2012 : GPO to setup local admin and RDP access.

We are going to give access to a Group of people to RDP to Workstations and have local administrators rights. In order for RDP to work we also need to open firewall. While reading you might want to consider to split up this (monolithic) GPO and single Security Group into 2 Security Groups and 3 smaller […]

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How to enable Roaming Profiles on Windows Server 2012 R2

Roaming Profiles allow users of an Active Directory Domain to access their desktop and documents from any PC of the domain. It’s a powerful feature that can improve the productivity of the employees and make their lives easier. The best thing about Roaming Profiles is how they are easy to set up. Before configuring a […]

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