Windows Server 2012 Archives

  1. Enabling DHCP Role on Windows Server 2012 with Essentials Experience Enabled

    This post is filed as learnings from the field as a reference for anyone else that runs into this problem. Scenario: You have a Windows Server 2012 R2 installation that you enable the Windows Server Essentials Experience Role on (SMB feature set). Typically we turn this role on for Windows Server Essentials installations as a…

  2. Changing User Principal Names (UPN) with Azure Active Directory Sync Tool (DirSync)

    In this post I want to document the process to make changes to a user’s UPN value when synchronising a federated domain from an on-premises Active Directory to Azure Active Directory used by Office 365. Problem Summary: You want to update the user principal name (UPN) of an on-premises Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) user…

  3. Speculation on Windows 8.1 codenamed “Blue” Update

    We have read for the most part of this year; roughly since around early February, that Microsoft plans to release a new build of Windows. This “refresh” of Windows 8 has been codenamed “Windows Blue”. Microsoft have this month only officially confirmed some facts on this update expected to ship in August 2013; about one year on from the RTM…

  4. How to manage Windows 8 User Profiles when a user moves between Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers

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    This article might help clear up any confusion with challenges the new Windows 8 User Profile format presents with regards to backwards-compatibility issues when supporting users who still have a Windows 7-based system and now have a new Windows 8-based device simultaneously. Obviously due to the new Windows 8 profile format, this will produce headaches for System Administrators who may…

  5. WSUS Update to enable support for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Windows Update management

    This is a quick post, if you’re looking for the update issued to enable Windows Update support on the latest versions of Microsoft operating systems on your existing WSUS 3.0 SP2 servers, then this is it. An update for Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 2 is available (KB2734608) http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2734608 I needed the above update to patch an SBS…

  6. Storage Spaces: Virtualising storage for scale, resiliency, and efficiency

    This post is a follow on from the last where I outlined my top 10 likes for the new Windows Server 2012 operating system; in that post I somehow forgot to mention the Storage Spaces feature – which in my opinion is a real step forward and should be well received by consumers and storage administrators. Storage…

  7. My Top 10 ‘Likes’ for Windows Server 2012

    In this post I thought I would highlight some of the features and functionality that has impressed me the most about Windows Server 2012 so far. This list is by no means complete nor listed in any particular order. I would however like to dive a bit deeper into some of these features in future…

  8. Tips for customising and managing User Profiles for network-based users

    In this article I would like to share a set of steps and tips for managing a standardised profile and how to implement a template that network-based users can use when logging-on to a Windows-based workstation or server. Most of these tips have come from back in Windows NT4.0/2000 era, I think it’s worth sharing these tips as they are still valuable in knowing…

  9. Don’t miss the Windows Server 2012 launch event – Live from 1:00am AEST – http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/new.aspx

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  10. Solution for hidden or obsolute devices after doing a P2V or V2V conversion in VMware or Hyper-V

    When doing a Physical-to-Virtual (P2v) or a Virtual-to-Virtual (V2V) migration of a Windows-based Operating System to either a VMware or Hyper-V based host you may find that some hardware devices are left installed in the virtual machine after the process completes, this is particularly true for Network Adapters. Following documentation and best practices by normally removing integration tools and device…

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