Install Server-GUI-Shell feature on Domain controllers running Windows 2012 R2 server core

  Scenario – When you try to enable the Server-GUI-Shell feature on Windows 2012 R2 server core, you get some error. This TechNet article talks about the scenario we have mentioned here – https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2913316 Ideally you can install any Windows 2012 R2 server features from the local WinSxS directory (if it’s not removed as a…

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Configure KMS in an untrusted forest or workgroup

  Sometimes you may come across a scenario where you want to use Windows KMS service to activate clients in a workgroup or in an untrusted forest. This could be a test / Dev environment where you have setup a new test forest and want to use the production KMS setup for activating clients in…

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Configure feature on demand and side by side feature store on Windows 2012 R2

  Features on Demand is a feature, introduced in Windows® 8 and Windows Server 2012, that allows you to remove role and feature files (sometimes called feature payload) from the operating system to conserve disk space, and install roles and features from remote locations or installation media instead of from local computers. You can remove…

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Configure Windows 2012 R2 as iSCSI target

  iSCSI target allows your Windows Server to share block storage remotely. iSCSI leverages the Ethernet network and does not require any specialized hardware. iSCSI target is a service available in Windows 2012 R2 and can enabled from Add Roles and Features Wizard. Target: Targets are created in order to manage the connections between the…

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Configure Web Application Proxy server and publish Device Registration service in Windows 2012 R2

  In the previous article – http://blogs.technet.com/b/amitd/archive/2014/05/07/configure-adfs-and-device-registration-service-in-windows-2012-r2.aspx we looked at the installation of ADFS service in Windows 2012 R2 and enabling the Device registration service. This article talks about the installation and configuration of Web Application Proxy service in Windows 2012 R2. The know the features supported by Web Application Proxy service you can refer…

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Configure ADFS and Device Registration service in Windows 2012 R2

  Installing ADFS federation server:   In the previous blogs we looked at the different new features in ADFS in Windows 2012 R2 and the installation requirements.   http://blogs.technet.com/b/amitd/archive/2014/04/18/adfs-new-features-and-prerequisites-in-windows-2012-r2.aspx          In this article we will look at the installation of ADFS service and enabling Device Registration service in Windows 2012 R2. Installing ADFS federation server:…

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Active Directory Based Activation in Windows 2012 / Windows 2012 R2

Volume activation – Volume Activation allows volume license customers to automate the activation process so that it is transparent to users. Volume Activation applies to computers that are covered under a Volume Licensing program. It is used strictly as a tool for activation, and it is not tied to license invoicing or billing. Starting with…

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Web Application Proxy in Windows 2012 R2

Web Application Proxy is a new role service in Windows 2012 R2, that can be configured as an ADFS Proxy or Reverse Proxy solution (an alternative to TMG / UAG) to publish applications to the internet. Web Application Proxy serves as a barrier between the Internet and your corporate applications. In many organizations, when you deploy…

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ADFS new features and prerequisites in Windows 2012 R2

AD FS service in Windows 2012 R2 provides simplified, secured claims based identity federation and Web single sign-on (SSO) capabilities for end users who want to access applications within an AD FS-secured enterprise, in federation partner organizations, or in the cloud. ADFS has undergone many changes in Windows 2012 R2, new improvements in ADFS are:…

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