Installing and Configuring WDS in Windows Server 2012 R2 Part II

Windows Deployment Services in Server 2012 R2

In the previous blog post we looked at how to install Windows Deployment Services on Windows Server 2012 R2, and we also looked at how to configure WDS server properties. In part two of this two part series, we will go through the different image types that are used by WDS. We will also cover drivers, servicing images, prestaging devices, and other tasks related to managing Windows Deployment services in Windows Server 2012 R2.   […]

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Installing and Configuring WDS in Windows Server 2012 R2 Part I

Windows Deployment Services in Server 2012 R2

Windows Deployment Services is a server role, included with all versions of Windows Server since Server 2008, that can be used for network-based installation of Windows operating systems. The deployment of standard or custom images to servers and workstations can also be automated, by using answer files. WDS is utilized by other products such as SCCM and MDT too, during operating system deployment, so it can be beneficial to know how WDS […]

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Implementing DHCP Failover in Windows Server 2012 R2

Implementing DHCP Failover in Server 2012 R2

The DHCP failover feature was introduced in Windows Server 2012. Prior to Server 2012, you had various options to implement fault tolerance for the DHCP server service, but they all had their drawbacks, and could not ensure DHCP server service availability at all times. With DHCP Failover, Microsoft’s goal is to change that, and ensure DHCP server service availability at all times. In this blog post we will quickly review the drawbacks of […]

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Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation Options

Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation Options

In Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, you could not switch between the Server Core and Server With A GUI options, post-installation. If you chose to install Server with a GUI (called Full Installation in 2008/2008R2) or Server Core, you were stuck with your choice, as there were no means to convert between the two different options, post-installation.   With Windows Server 2012 and later, Microsoft added support for post-installation conversion between […]

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Configuring NIC Teaming in Windows Server 2012 R2

Configuring NIC Teaming in Server 2012 R2

By utilizing NIC Teaming, also known as load balancing and failover (LBFO), you can combine multiple network interface adapters to create a single logical NIC to provide fault tolerance or bandwidth aggregation for your network connections. Adapters that are members of a NIC team each maintain their own separate physical existence and each connect to separate network cables.   Prior to Windows Server 2012, NIC Teaming was available only through the use of 3rd party […]

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Fine-Grained Password Policies in Windows Server 2012 R2

Fine-Grained Password Policies in Server 2012 R2

The fine-grained password policies feature was introduced in Windows Server 2008. It allowed organizations to define more than one password and account lockout policy in a single domain, and apply those policies to different sets of users. Prior to Windows Server 2012, you had to use PowerShell, ADSI Edit or the Ldifde command-line utility to create the Password Settings Objects that are used to define fine-grained password policies. But in Server 2012 […]

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SCCM 2012 R2 Client Health

SCCM 2012 R2 Client Health

If you want the SCCM 2012 R2 clients to remain fully managed, you need to ensure that they remain healthy. Fortunately there are mechanisms in SCCM 2012 R2 that will help you to evaluate client health, and if health problems are detected, they will be automatically remediated. In this blog post we will review the client health mechanism in SCCM 2012 R2. The client health tool in SCCM 2012 R2 runs as […]

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Configuring Client Settings in SCCM 2012 R2

Configuring Client Settings in SCCM 2012 R2

The Configuration Manager 2012 client software provides full management capability for users and devices. It is used to interact with the Configuration Manager site servers, and it consists of different agents that you can enable or disable. You use the Client Settings section of the Administration workspace to control the agent settings and configuration of the client software. It is possible to apply the same settings to all clients in the hierarchy, or […]

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Installing Site System Roles in SCCM 2012 R2

SCCM 2012 R2 Site System Roles

Site System Roles are roles that can be installed to support management operations at a Configuration Manager 2012 R2 site. Any computer hosting a site system role is referred to as a site system server. You can assign multiple roles to one site system server. In this blog post we will look at the installation and configuration of Fallback Status Point and Management Point site sytem roles, to get an understanding of […]

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SCCM 2012 R2 Client Installation

SCCM 2012 R2 Client Installation

Before you can start managing a device with Configuration Manager, you must install the client software on it. The Configuration Manager 2012 client software is used to interact with the Configuration Manager site servers, and it consists of different agents that you can enable or disable. It is possible to deploy the client automatically using various methods, and it is possible to install it completely manually. In this blog post we will look […]

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