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…


What You Should Consider When Upgrading to SQL Server 2014

Support for SQL Server 2005 comes to an end April 12 2016. Organizations should now start planning to upgrade their databases to SQL Server 2014. While it is SQL 2005 that is retiring, the reality is, there are still SQL Server 2000 databases that are still operational even though they have not been supported by Microsoft since 2013. In fact,…


Addressing Windows Server 2003 Migration Uncertainty

In 2003, I was a strapping 14 year old entering the 9th grade. The original XBOX was just catching its stride. Camera phones we’re quickly becoming popular. Windows Server 2003 was introduced by Microsoft. On July 14, 2015, Microsoft ended support for Windows Server 2003. There are some very serious consequences if you’re not started…


20 Helpful Steps Migrating Windows Server 2003 to 2012 R2

Windows Server 2003 support ends July 14th 2015. While you’ve probably heard this a multitude of times, the severity of support no longer being offered by Microsoft for this aging server offering could be detrimental security wise to the organization you support. The following are 25 steps that I have been walking our customers through…

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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 easier opportunity to move the…


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 Directory database after the migration…


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 services etc. In  an Active Directory infrastructure setup, the Domain represents the logical topology while…


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 are available,…

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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 settings seamlessly from one system to another. Windows server 2012 R2…