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IT professionals are usually pressed for time. Many that I have spoken to run by the mantra of “Doing more with less”. While some might think of this as only a monetary constraint, and in many cases it is a major contributor to the spoken IT mantra, time also plays a great factor in an IT administrator’s day to day activities. A great many of the posts on CANITPRO.NET speak to the lack of time experienced by IT professionals and ways to address it. With that being said, my recent investigations into PowerShell enablement have prompted me to bring more awareness around the potential PowerShell provides. While posts such as these would traditionally be submitted as a Step-By-Step, my intention here is to highlight the capabilities of utilizing PowerShell and the time savings it could provide IT professionals utilizing it.
As always, it is recommended that said Windows Server 2012 R2 labs are not conducted in a production environment. CANITPRO.NET also provides a great Step-By-Step on setting up your own lab environment to assist in your further IT career development.
Adding the Active Directory Role to Member Servers Via GUI
Adding the Active Directory Role to Member Servers Via PowerShell
Type the following command, and then press ENTER:
Install-WindowsFeature –ComputerName SERVER –Name AD-Domain-Services Note: Enter the name of the server you are trying add the Active Directory Role to in place of the word "SERVER"
When harnessed properly, PowerShell can be a great time saver for any IT professional. Be sure to also checkout Microsoft Virtual Academy has it offers a great Jumpstart to PowerShell session which provides further insight in enabling IT professionals.