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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Installing Active Directory on Windows Server 2012 R2

Installing Active Directory on Windows Server 2012R2

This is a step-by-step guide on how to create the first domain controller in a new Windows Server 2012 R2 forest. If you are going to perform a test lab of any kind, involving Windows servers, you will most certainly need an Active Directory Domain. Dcrpomo.exe is deprecated beginning in Windows Server 2012, so the process is slightly different from how it used to be in the 2008 iterations of Windows Server. […]

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Enabling LDAPS with certificate from a 3rd party CA

LDAP over SSL

Occasionally you will have to install appliances and applications, which will not utilize Kerberos, SASL or NTLM to communicate with Active Directory Domain Services. They will rather use simple BIND, which exposes the users’ credentials in clear text. So anyone with malicious intent, can use network monitoring or packet sniffing tools to capture packets of the communication between the Domain Controller and the client, to view the username and password information in […]

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Enabling Printer Location Tracking

Enabling Printer Location Tracking

Adding printers can be cumbersome for non-tech savvy users. Fortunately, you can use the Printer Location Tracking feature to make this process easier for them. When you enable PLT, only printers in the users’ own location will be listed in the Add Printer Wizard by default, when they try to add a network printer. For Printer Location Tracking to work, you need to enable the Group Policy setting related to PLT. You […]

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Installing Remote Desktop License Server on Server 2008 R2

Installing RD License Server on 2008 R2

In this blog post we will look at how to install and activate a RDS License Server. We will also review the two different types of CALs, and how to install CALs on the RDS License Server. And finally we will look at how to designate specific License Servers to RDS Session Host Servers, through Group Policy. If you don’t have Remote Desktop Services Client Access Licenses (RDS CALs), your users will not […]

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