Step-By-Step: Removing A Domain Controller Server Manually

The proper way to remove a DC server in an Active Directory infrastructure is to run DCPROMO and remove it. The following video provides an example of these steps: There are certain situations however, such as server crash or failure of DCPROMO option, that would require a manual removal of the DC from the system by cleaning up the servers metadata as…


Windows Server 2012 Editions & Licensing

Today, we announced which Windows Server 2012 editions will be available and the pricing for each – at least US pricing at for now.  I was going to do a big blog post on it, but someone else already put together a great one, so why re-invent the wheel.  In short, there are 4 editions…

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Managing Older Versions of Windows with Windows Server “8” Beta Tools (and vice versa)

[UPDATE:  The RC release of WMF 3.0 is now avaialble for use with Windows Server 2012 RC.  You can download WMF 3.0 RC from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29939] Over the last few weeks while travelling across Canada for the Private Cloud Launch Tour, as well as the Windows Server 2012 Install Camps, I have often been asked whether…

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Get Ready for Windows 8 & Windows Server 2012 with MAP 7.0 Beta

Last week we released a beta version of Microsoft Assessment & Planning (MAP) Toolkit 7.0.  The MAP Toolkit,  a free download, is an agentless, automated, multi-product planning and assessment tool for quicker and easier desktop, server and cloud migrations. MAP provides detailed readiness assessment reports and executive proposals with extensive hardware and software information, and…

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On the Next TechDays TV Episode: Windows Server 2012 Getting Started–What’s New in Hyper-V (Part 2)

You don’t want to miss tomorrow’s TechDays TV episode.  A couple of weeks ago, we presented part 1 of Windows Server “8” Beta Getting Started:  What’s New in Hyper-V.  Since then the product name has been finalized – Windows Server 2012 – but all of the great features are still there. If you missed Part…

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Talking to MVPs & Customers at MMS 2012– Kath McBride from Microsoft Canada

This year I get the opportunity to connect with the sizeable contingent of customers, Partners and Microsoft Valued Professionals (MVPs) attending the Microsoft Management Summit 2012 (MMS 2012) in Las Vegas April 16-20. Each of the individuals I spoke to were very excited about what they will see and hear about Microsoft’s Private Cloud Platform,…

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Talking to MVPs & Customers at MMS 2012– Rory McCaw & Efim Idelman from InFront Consulting

This year I get the opportunity to connect with the sizeable contingent of customers, Partners and Microsoft Valued Professionals (MVPs) attending the Microsoft Management Summit 2012 (MMS 2012) in Las Vegas April 16-20. Each of the individuals I spoke to were very excited about what they will see and hear about Microsoft’s Private Cloud Platform,…

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Talking to MVPs & Customers at MMS 2012–Dave Kawula from Tricon Consulting.

This year I get the opportunity to connect with the sizeable contingent of customers, Partners and Microsoft Valued Professionals (MVPs) attending the Microsoft Management Summit 2012 (MMS 2012) in Las Vegas April 16-20. Each of the individuals I spoke to were very excited about what they will see and hear about Microsoft’s Private Cloud Platform,…

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Talking to MVPs & Customers at MMS 2012– Brad Bird & Colin Smith from Cistel Technology

This year I get the opportunity to connect with the sizeable contingent of customers, Partners and Microsoft Valued Professionals (MVPs) attending the Microsoft Management Summit 2012 (MMS 2012) in Las Vegas April 16-20.  Each of the individuals I spoke to were very excited about what they will see and hear about Microsoft’s Private Cloud Platform,…

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