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 Windows 2012R2 domain controller and […]

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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, the option to promote a […]

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Transferring FSMO Roles To Another Active Directory Controller

How to Transfer FSMO Roles To transfer FSMO roles via the Windows GUI, you will need access to the following three Active Directory snap-ins: Active Directory Schema (Schema Master Role) Note: The snap-in is not enabled by default. Instructions provided below. Active Directory Domains and Trusts (Domain Naming Master Role) Active Directory Users and Computers (RID, PDC and Infrastructure Roles) Enabling Active […]

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Active Directory : Create test users using PowerShell

I’ve often had a need for some users for various test purposes, and want a script to quickly create these users. Create Organizatiol Unit (OU) In order to use the cmdlets needed you need Access to a Domain Controller or have RSAT (opens a Google search) installed on your Workstation and use import-module *active* You can skip importing the module if […]

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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 GPOs : (1) Local Admin […]

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How to Export AD user list with email addresses

If you have the need to export a user list from an Active Directory group along with the user’s email address, run the following command in PowerShell as an administrator.   If your AD has the e-mail attribute filed out:   Powershell Get-ADGroupMember -Identity “groupname” -Recursive | Get-ADUser -Properties Mail | Select-Object Name,Mail | Export-CSV -Path C:\file.csv -NoTypeInformation     […]

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