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IBM DS Storage and Windows MPIO

Posted by bartvdw on 2626/0707/2013

Don’t forget to install DSM !

Windows MPIO with IBM storage

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Best practices for DNS settings on DC and domain members

Posted by bartvdw on 1717/0707/2013

Very good and to the point summary!

Posted in Active Directory, DNS, Microsoft, Windows | Leave a Comment »

Complete Step by Step to Remove an Orphaned Domain Controller

Posted by bartvdw on 1919/0303/2013

Great article describing all different steps and scenario’s, a must read!

Complete Step by Step to Remove an Orphaned Domain Controller

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Windows Server 2012: New cool DHCP feature !

Posted by bartvdw on 1919/1111/2012

With the release of WS2012 there are many new features included and discussed. One I find personally great is DHCP Failover !

If you’re planning WS2012 DHCP servers, you should most certainly look into this feature and use it…

Ensuring High Availability of DHCP using Windows Server 2012 DHCP Failover

Step-by-Step: Scoping out the NEW DHCP Failover in Windows Server 2012 – 31 Days of Favorite Features ( Part 28 of 31 )

Posted in DHCP, Microsoft, Windows, Windows Server 2012 | 1 Comment »

Windows Server 2012: DFSR information

Posted by bartvdw on 1919/1111/2012

Great article describing a lot of DFSR improvements in WS2012.

Beware in the ‘Dynamic Access Control Support’ part, it states: ‘Microsoft strongly discourages mixed Windows Server 2012 and legacy operating systems DFSR.’

In the comments the author Ned Pyle notes regarding migration: ‘Remember the point above that you should not deploy claims-based access/central access policy to these machines until you have all Win2012 though.’

I think that’s quiet important detail to remember! Now start reading these great articles, both by Ned Pyle…! 🙂


DFS Replication Improvements in Windows Server 2012

Series Wrap-up and Downloads – Replacing DFSR Member Hardware or OS

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AD: Migrate FRS to DFSR

Posted by bartvdw on 1919/1111/2012

Short background: FRS is used to replicate SYSVOL between domain controllers since Windows Server 2000. However starting with WS2008 you can migrate to DFSR for this replication, if you meet the requirements ofcourse.

Below some great resources which explain why you want to migrate and how to execute it.

SYSVOL Migration Series: Part 1 – Introduction to the SYSVOL migration process

SYSVOL Migration Series: Part 2 – Dfsrmig.exe: The SYSVOL migration tool

SYSVOL Migration Series: Part 3 – Migrating to the Prepared State

SYSVOL Migration Series: Part 4 – Migrating to the ‘REDIRECTED’ state

SYSVOL Migration Series: Part 5 – Migrating to the ‘ELIMINATED’ state

FRS to DFSR Migration Tool Released

Migrating SYSVOL replication from NTFRS to DFSR using Windows Server 2008 R2

FRS to DFSR migration guide published

Posted in Active Directory, Microsoft, Windows | 1 Comment »

Windows Server 2012: Goodbye dcpromo !

Posted by bartvdw on 1313/0606/2012

With the new release Windows Server 2012 the command dcpromo is no more… If you type in the command you will receive a pop-up informing you it has moved to Server Manager.

The link below describes how to promote a Windows Server 2012 to domain controller step-by-step.

As always this also has a new schema version, for the RC version it’s currently 56. My earlier post with the AD schema numbers has also been updated with this information.

Promote Windows Server 2012 to Domain Controller, step-by-step

Active Directory schema version numbers

Posted in Active Directory, Windows, Windows Server 2012 | 1 Comment »

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Power User How To Series

Posted by bartvdw on 1313/0606/2012

Excellent overview and nice how to’s for Windows 8 Consumer Preview, it’ll get you started with some essential basics and more!

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Power User How To Series

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Virtual NIC settings on a Windows guest are lost after a virtual hardware upgrade

Posted by bartvdw on 0404/0606/2012

For those that are unaware about this, you prevent this if you have VMware Tools installed !

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Migration DHCP Server from 2003 to 2008 or 2008 R2

Posted by bartvdw on 2929/0505/2012

Based on the Microsoft Windows DHCP Team Blog a migration of DHCP Server from 2003 to 2008 (or 2008 R2) is quiet easy actually.

On 2003:

  • netsh dhcp server export c:\dhcpdatabase.dat all
  • if DHCP Server hasn’t been unauthorized automatically, unauthorize DHCP Server

On 2008 (and 2008 R2):

  • copy the dhcpdatabase.dat to the local disk
  • netsh dhcp server import c:\dhcpdatabase.dat all
  • authorize DHCP Server

When all is done with success, you can uninstall DHCP Server from the 2003 server. Make sure that if you have firewall(s) or other devices relaying towards the DHCP Server to adapt their configuration and if applicable firewall access rules.

Location of log files: C:\WINDOWS\system32\dhcp

Migration of DHCP Server from Windows Server 2003 Windows Server 2008

Posted in DHCP, Windows | 1 Comment »