How To: Install and Configure DHCP Role in Windows Server 2016

If you are running a Windows Server environment, especially with Active Directory, it is recommended that you utilize Window Server’s ability to serve DHCP requests. In this guide, I will show you how to install the DHCP Server role on Windows Server 2016 (for this example, Windows Server 2016 Essentials, however the process is identical […]

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Configuring Windows Server 2016 Standard with the Essentials Role

When planning out your network, you may decide that the features of Windows Server Essentials are a great fit for your business, but you exceed the 25 user limit in the normal software. With the use of a Windows Server Standard license, we can install the Essentials role to give you the same features, but […]

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How To: Remove Non-Existent Network Adapters Windows Server

When migrating a virtual machine from one physical node to another and adding a network adapter, you may receive the following error: The IP address XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX you have entered for this network adapter is already assigned to another adapter Name of adapter. Name of adapter is hidden from the network and Dial-up Connections folder because it […]

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Users Connect to Local Exchange Server Instead of Office 365

Issue: During a migration to Office 365, a user’s computer connects to the local Exchange Server when configuring an Outlook profile instead of connecting to the Office 365 server. Cause: The AutoDiscover Service is running in the local Exchange environment, causing the clients to connect locally. Fix: To repair this issue, perform the following: Log […]

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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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How To: Install Hyper-V Management Console on Windows 7

If you’re looking to manage your Hyper-V Server directly from your workstation, for example if the Hyper-V server does not have the Desktop Experience installed, you will need to use the Hyper-V Manager in Windows. While the role can be completely installed in Windows 8 and above (including the management tools), Windows 7 does not […]

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How To: Install and Configure RRAS (Routing and Remote Access) VPN in Windows Server 2012 and 2016

If you’re looking for an easy remote access solution for your network and you’re using Windows Server, you may want to consider installing the Routing and Remote Access Role included in Windows Server. There are different types of VPNs that you can use, such as PPTP, L2TP and SSTP. This article will assume that you […]

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Getting Started with Windows Server Essentials 2016 Preview 3

Microsoft has released Preview 3 of the Windows Server Essentials 2016 Operating System, and while it hasn’t differed from Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials much so far, we thought we’d run through a quick setup and configuration to get a feel for the latest update. Downloading the ISO Image If you want to download the […]

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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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