Windows Server Essentials Role Configuration Fails

    When configuring the Windows Server Essentials role on Windows Server 2012 R2, the configuration may fail right away, or after 87%. If you look in event viewer, you may find events that may lead to the cause: Event ID: 7000 Source: Service Control Manager Description: The Windows Server Essentials Management Service failed to start due […]

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Installing Active Directory Domain Services on Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3

This article will detail how to install Active Directory Domain Services on a Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3 virtual machine for testing. Please note that these steps are identical to Windows Server 2012 R2 and can be used there as well. Prepare Server for Installation Before you begin, there are a few things we […]

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How To: Create a Hyper-V Virtual Machine Using Powershell

If you’re using the free Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Server download from Microsoft, you will have noticed that the GUI interface is missing. You also may have opted to use the Server Core installation of Windows Server to save resources. Either way, you may want to manage your virtual machines using Powershell. This article […]

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How To: Create a Virtual Machine in Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V

  Once you have Hyper-V installed on Windows Server 2012 R2, you will want to create a new virtual machine. This guide will step you through creating a new virtual machine using the Hyper-V Console, Connecting it to a virtual switch and changing some of the options like processing cores and memory allocation. Creating a […]

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How To: Install Hyper-V Role on Windows Server 2012 R2

There is a good chance that if your company has a need for a multiple amount of servers, that virtualization will become part of your organization. There are two major players for virtualization, Microsoft Hyper-V and VM Ware ESXi server. This guide will step you through the installation process for Hyper-V Server on Windows Server […]

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How To: Enable and Configure NIC Teaming in Windows Server 2012 R2

When Microsoft released Windows Server 2012, they decided to include a NIC Teaming feature built right into the operating system. Previously, you needed to rely on third party tools to team your network adapters, but now we can configure everything directly within Windows. This guide will show you how to create a team within Microsoft […]

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Changing Password Complexity Requirements in Windows Server 2012 Domains

When configuring your Active Directory Domain, you may decide you want a different set of complexity requirements than the defaults provided in Windows Server 2012 Domain Services. In this article, I will explain how to change the default complexity requirements for all users. 1. Log into an Active Directory Domain Controller using Domain Administrator Credentials […]

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