BYOD Basics: Enabling the use of Consumer Devices using Active Directory in Windows Server 2012 R2

Microsoft recently released Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview, which includes several improvements to Active Directory. Some of the most noteworthy enhancements to Active Directory in Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview are in response to the proliferation of consumer devices in the workplace. Join personal devices to the workplace Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview allows users…


Step-by-Step: Domain Controller Cloning

Last week I posted an article that highlighted the new features supporting the virtualization of Active Directory in Windows Server 2012.  As promised in that article we will now look at the process of cloning a Domain Controller. To follow along: Download the evaluation of Windows Servers 2012 Use the info in this  post to…


What’s the deal with Virtualization and Domain controllers?

  We live in a virtual world. We interact virtually, our servers are virtual, even our presence at meeting is in a large part virtual.  In fact….  I’m not really here…  as always, if you’re looking to explore the topics discussed here: Download the evaluation of Windows Servers 2012 Use the info in this  post…


Step-by-Step: Enabling and Using Fine-Grained Password Policies in AD

Here is a little that IT Planners/Designers and especially administrator will be interested in.  It’s something that, in all my years managing\designing\deploying AD environments, I’ve been asked over and over.  Sometimes for the wrong reason….  To follow along: Download the evaluation of Windows Servers 2012 Use the info in this  post to setup your own…

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Windows Server 2012 and Group Policy

I’ve always been a great fan of Group Policy Objects.  They are a fantastic way to retain control of your environment.  With Windows Server 2012 the good things keep coming.  Today we will look at some of what’s new in Group Policy in Windows Server 2012. more specifically we will discuss the following: Remote Group…

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Step-By-Step: Creating a Windows Server 2012 R2 Active Directory Forest Via Azure

Anyone who has attended one of our #CANITPRO Camps provided across Canada has been appreciative of the fact that actual hardware is provided to run all labs.  Attendees are also appreciative of the amount of hours that Pierre, Mitch, and I put forth in setting up said hardware in every city.  This practice however, is slowly…


Step-By-Step: Installing a Replica Active Directory Domain Controller in Windows Azure

Chatter around cloud computing has increased as of late as more organizations are investigating how to harness the power of the cloud.  Having an always on, always operational infrastructure based in the cloud provides piece of mind for most.  With Microsoft's recent announcement around Price Reductions for Virtual Machines and Cloud Services, Microsoft Cloud Services have been on…