Step-By-Step: Migrating Active Directory FSMO Roles From Windows Server 2012 R2 to 2016

With Windows server 2016 was released for public (GA), many businesses are working on migrating their services to the new offering. This post will walk you through the steps needed to migrate Active Directory FSMO roles running on Windows Server 2012 R2 to Windows Server 2016 Active Directory. The same steps are valid for migrating…


Step-By-Step: Setting up Active Directory in Windows Server 2016

There are interesting new features now made available in Windows Server 2016 such as time based group membership, privileged access management, and others. Most will be covered in future posts. This post will detail how to install active directory on Windows Server 2016. Before the AD install however it is important to understand what is the minimum requirement to…


Step-by-Step: Manage all your servers from anywhere, on any browser, for free

Hello folks, I keep having a conversation with IT professionals about managing Windows Servers and my preference for Core and now Nano servers where it makes sense.  I’ve always preferred remote management to having to login to every servers by RDP or directly to the box.  And now, there is a way to start managing…

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Nano Server Image Builder

Hello folks, I was looking at some questions i got in my last user group sessions where we were discussing Microsoft Windows Server 2016.  i was going to answer one of them in this post. “how do you hardcode an IP address in Nano server?”. BUT,  i decided at the last minutes to switch my…


Step-by-Step: Setup Docker on your Windows 2016 Server

  Hello Folks a couple weeks ago i was delivering a session on Windows Server 2016.  During that session i covered the Container support in Windows Server 2016. I see huge possibilities with containers.  I’m far from a Docker expert but I’m diving head first in that pool.   Anyway,  like i was saying i…


Step-By-Step: Installing MySQL on Nano Server via PowerShell

Recently, Pierre Roman was in town presenting 10 Things I like About Windows Server 2016 to the Toronto ITPRO Usergroup. While presenting, he white-boarded a couple of questions for Pierre and I to address on CANITPRO.NET later via a blog post. One such question was as follows: “Can you install SQL on a Nano Server?”…


Step-By-Step: Excluding Users or Usergroups from Group Policy

Sometimes excluding a user or user group from a group policy is needed to appease an application setting or system setting. I’ve seen administrators create separate OU and move users there to exclude said user from the particular group policy. This is not necessary. This post will demonstrate how you can exclude a user or group from a GPO…


Step-By-Step: Enabling Azure Backup To Protect Your Data

It has bee said that data is the new currency.  In light of this it is important to ensure organizations have seamless access to its data. Proper backup planning will ensure seamless access to in the case of a disaster. While many solutions are available (tape, off premise, etc), Azure Backup provides a solution enabling backups to securely…


Step-By-Step: Deploying Nano Server Found in Windows Server 2016 TP5

Microsoft recently made available Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5. This newly released update includes a new offering of Nano Server which greatly improves the creation process. PowerShell in TP5 also covers way more scenarios than previously covered. Much is detailed in the following video: However, specific to PowerShell, updates to Nano Server TP5 include: New…


Step-By-Step: Deploying a Domain Joined Nano Server via PowerShell

There are many ways to deploy and manage Nano Server as detailed in the following video: Recently I’ve put together a PowerShell module called DeployImage with the intent to simplify the deployment of a WindowsIMage file.  In this case, my goal was to make NanoServer an easily deployable option for the average system administrator.  So began my experimentation with Windows…