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  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Moving An Active Directory Database to A New Location

    When setting up Active Directory, the IT Administrator is given an option to select the folder path to copy the Active Directory database files to. It is advised to always to use a separate partition to save the database files instead of using the default C:\Windows\NTDS\ folder path. This provides an...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Active Directory Optimization

    End of support for Windows Server 2003 is fast approaching. With this in mind, most IT administrators are currently performing a migration to newer versions of Windows Server which in many cases includes an Active Directory migration. One item most do not take into consideration is the state of the Active...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Setting Up Active Directory Sites, Subnets & Site-Links

    Two topologies are found in a successful network, Physical Topology and Logical Topology . Physical Topology represents the structure of the network which includes network topologies, hardware placements, IP address allocations. Logical Topology represents the security boundaries of said network, network...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Testing Windows Server 2012 R2 via Boot-to-VHD

    Support for Windows Server 2003 is shortly coming to an end. July 14th 2015 to be exact. Many IT professionals have expressed interest in learning how the organization they support will benefit from Windows Server 2012 R2 and while there are many free resources such as Microsoft Virtual Academy and this...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Managing Windows Server 2012 R2 Via Windows 10

    Details are beginning to emerge as to how Windows 10 will empower IT Professionals . What such detail made know recently is the availability of Server Manager specifically made available for Windows 10. Server Manager for Windows 10 provides the same robust capabilities to manage multiple servers, roles...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Migrating Windows Server 2003 FSMO Roles To Windows Server 2012 R2

    With it being over 10 years since the Windows Server 2003 release, there is now less than 5 months left as of the time of this post was published for official Microsoft support. This guide was created as additional resource addressing the need to transfer DC FSMO roles from windows server 2003 to...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Setting up Printers via Group Policy

    In this installment we look at how to setup printers in group policy. As with all the Group Policies created, the policy will apply to all PCs thus enforcing standardization. This is invaluable to IT professionals as it addresses one less thing to check of the troubleshooting list. Note: screenshots...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Migrating DHCP From Windows Server 2003 to 2012 R2

    End of support for Windows Server 2003 is nearing quickly. To address this concern, Microsoft provides great tools to assist organizations in their migration efforts. Windows Server Migration Tools, introduced with Windows Server 2008 R2 enables administrators to migrate server roles, features, configuration...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Migrating a 2003 file server with Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit

    On a recent post entitled, Step-By-Step: Migrating a Windows Server 2003 file server, NTFS and Share Rights to Windows Server 2012 R2, a question was asked as to why Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit 1.2 was not utilized. As you know PowerShell is an IT professional’s best friend as it can...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Syncing An On Premise AD with Azure Active Directory

    Enterprise Mobility has become top of mind for organizations big and small as of late. Extending beyond the need of just mobile device management, the focus has evolved to securely enabling people within an organization with information pertinent to their success. With this in mind, Microsoft’s...
  • Blog Post: Creating a SAN using Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3

    When Microsoft released their iSCSI Software Target to general download in April they opened up a world of possibilities for smaller companies (as well as IT Pros and hobbyists) who use servers, but cannot justify spending thousands of dollars on a Storage Area Network (SAN) device . In this article...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Tips: Analyzing Possible Storage Savings Via The Deduplication Evaluation Tool

    Introduced in Windows Server 2008 and enhanced in Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2, the Disk Deduplication tool is an exemplarity tool used by IT professionals to save storage space amidst the infrastructure they manage. The storage space saved is reclaimed from duplicate files being removed utilizing...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Managing Windows Server 2012 R2 Via Windows 8.1

    As you are aware, managing Windows Server 2012 R2 has been made easier through the introduction of Server Manager. The robust capability of the tool allow you to not only manage multiple servers, but roles and features as well. However, did you know Server Manager is also available for use through Windows...
  • Blog Post: Managing Your Servers Remotely using the RSAT Tools

    While delivering IT Virtualization Boot Camps across the country, we often get asked about how to administer Windows Server 2008 R2 computers running Hyper-V or other services remotely. This is especially true if you want to administer computers running Hyper-V Server or Windows Server 2008 R2 Server...
  • Blog Post: Connecting to an iSCSI SAN Using Command Line Options on Hyper-V Server & Server Core

    Many of you (thousands, impressively!) have read the three articles written in April about Microsoft’s Software iSCSI Target 3.3. If you didn’t, you can read them all now by clicking below: All for SAN and SAN for All Creating a SAN using Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 Creating...
  • Blog Post: Need help studying for your 70-659 exam? Join one of our study groups!

    Different people learn in different ways and in my last post about the great incentives there are to take exam 70-659 Windows Server Virtualization before May 31st, I also listed a number of resources you could use to study up. Depending on your learning style, different resources will appeal to you...
  • Blog Post: Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 in TechNet DL

    It’s There! Both in a single standalone x86/x86 install ISO and integrated ISO. It popped up around noon PST or so – I can almost hear the internet pipes buzzing as people Technical Professionals around the world download this anticipated update. What are they most excited about? It has to be Dynamic...
  • Blog Post: Exam Prep for 70-659 Part 10: Configuring Delegation of Rights

    As I wrote in an earlier post , there is no better time to write your exam for 70-659 Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization, than now and particularly before May 31, 2012. So to aid in that endeavour, Joseph Yedid, an IT specialist with Enhansoft in Ottawa, has put together a series of posts...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target is now free

    Hello Folks, Over the last few years while demonstrating the Windows 2008 and Windows 2008 R2 Cluster and Virtualization capabilities, I've been asked several times, How can I take advantage of Hyper-V and/or cluster capabilities such as Live Migration (LM) and High Availability (HA) if i don't have...
  • Blog Post: 22 Free Microsoft eBooks to Add to Your Must Read List

    During the summer months, I always try to catch up on my must read list. These are books that are perfect to read at the cottage on long weekends, when I’m off on vacation, or even when I’m travelling for work. For the work you do, it’s a little different; you’re probably not...
  • Blog Post: Exam Prep for 70-659 Part 4: Configuring Storage

    As I wrote in an earlier post , there is no better time to write your exam for 70-659 Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization, than now and particularly before May 31, 2012. So to aid in that endeavour, Joseph Yedid, an IT specialist with Enhansoft in Ottawa, has put together a series of posts...
  • Blog Post: Exam Prep for 70-659 Part 3: Configuring Virtual Networks and VLAN Security

    As I wrote ain an earlier post , there is no better time to write your exam for 70-659 Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization, than now and particularly before May 31, 2012. So to aid in that endeavour, Joseph Yedid, an IT specialist with Enhansoft in Ottawa, has put together a series of posts...
  • Blog Post: Exam Prep for 70-659 Parts 11 & 12: Configure Authorization Rights and Manage VMware Hosts

    As I wrote in an earlier post , there is no better time to write your exam for 70-659 Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization, than now and particularly before May 31, 2012. So to aid in that endeavour, Joseph Yedid, an IT specialist with Enhansoft in Ottawa, has put together a series of posts...
  • Blog Post: Exam Prep for 70-659 Part 2: Remote Management

    As I wrote ain an earlier post , there is no better time to write your exam for 70-659 Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization, than now and particularly before May 31, 2012. So to aid in that endeavour, Joseph Yedid, an IT specialist with Enhansoft in Ottawa, has put together a series of posts...
  • Blog Post: Exam Prep for 70-659 Part 6: Configuring Child Storage

    As I wrote in an earlier post , there is no better time to write your exam for 70-659 Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization, than now and particularly before May 31, 2012. So to aid in that endeavour, Joseph Yedid, an IT specialist with Enhansoft in Ottawa, has put together a series of posts...