Tag: WindowsServer2012

Jan 14

Windows Server 2012 & Windows Server 2012 R2 Complete Documentation

Microsoft took all the Windows Server 2012 (& 2012 R2) documentation and posted it as a single PDF! Version: 1.0 File Name:  WS12_R2_and_WS12_TechNet.pdf Date Published: 2/18/2014 File Size: 125.9 MB This download is an Adobe® PDF of the entire contents of the Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 section of the Microsoft TechNet …

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Nov 03

Virtualization Updates to Active Directory 2012

As part of the many updates to Active Directory, one of the most interesting is virtualization safeguarding in Windows Server 2012. Active Directory Domain Controllers running Windows Server 2012 can now identify if they are virtualized and have been improperly restored or cloned (copied). Windows Server 2012 introduces a new feature called the VM Generation …

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Nov 02

Domain Controller Virtual Cloning

One of the best new features of Windows Server 2012 is virtual cloning. The ASKPFE blog has an excellent article covering this new feature: Tom Moser here with a post on one of the new ADDS features in Windows Server 2012; Virtual Domain Controller Cloning. Until now, cloning, snapshotting, copying, or pretty much doing anything …

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Jul 30

New 2012 SIDs cause lookup issues for older clients

The crux of the issue is that Windows Server 2012 (and above) introduce two new SIDs. The problem is that Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 clients do not know about these SIDs because when they (Windows 7 and 2008 R2) were written these particular SIDs didn’t exist. References: http://blogs.technet.com/b/askpfeplat/archive/2014/06/30/troubleshooting-windows-server-2012-r2-domain-controller-new-sids-a-real-world-example.aspx http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2830145

Jul 21

Microsoft DirectAccess

Microsoft DirectAcess has made great strides in Windows Server 2012. Key Points: First available with Windows Server 2008 R2. Built-in client support for Windows 7 and newer. Provides always-connected connection to corporate network (connects before the user logs on). Leverages IPV6 and 6to4 tunneling (additional configuration required when using Windows Server 2008 R2 as the …

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Jun 02

Active Directory 2012 DCPromo

Starting with Windows Server 2012, DCPromo is no longer used to promote a member server to be a Domain Controller. Since DCPromo no longer works (Microsoft calls this featured deprecated), there is a new GUI option and associated Powershell commandlets. There are major changes to the promotion process which integrate the process. This simplified process …

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May 22

Virtualization Updates to Active Directory 2012

As part of the many updates to Active Directory, one of the most interesting is virtualization safeguarding in Windows Server 2012. Active Directory Domain Controllers running Windows Server 2012 can now identify if they are virtualized and have been improperly restored or cloned (copied). Windows Server 2012 introduces a new feature called the VM Generation …

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May 15

Active Directory Changes in Windows Server 2012

Active Directory, aka Directory Services, has been updated quite a bit in Windows Server 2012. Here are some of the major updates: Virtualization: Rapid deployment with cloning & safeguarding Dynamic Access Control DirectAccess Offline Domain Join Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) Active Directory Administrative Center Improvements PowerShell version 3 commandlets including Active Directory Replication …

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Nov 17

Windows 2012 RID Management

While “1 Billon RIDs should be enough for anyone,” there are scenarios where a domain could run out of RIDs. This is a “very bad thing” since every security principal requires a RID for creation (Domain SID + RID = security principal SID).  One can check the number of RIDs remaining in a domain through …

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