Brief Introduction to the GUI in Windows Server 2012

Before you start Objectives: Learn where to find the Start Button and Start Menu, how to see all programs, how to log off, and how to shut down your Windows Server 2012 computer. Prerequisites: no prerequisites. Key terms: Start Menu, computer, option, settings, server, shut down, Windows, charm, Desktop Start Menu In previous versions of Windows OS, we … Read more

Installation of Windows Server 2012

Before you start Objectives: Overview of the installation process of Windows Server 2012, and which things we should plan before we decide to move to Server 2012. Prerequisites: no prerequisites. Key terms: server, installation, install, Windows, GUI, core, system, choose, 2012, upgrade Plan Your Installation It is great to first try the installation on the virtual machine itself. … Read more

Enable Remote Desktop in Windows Server 2012

Before you start Objectives: Learn how to enable the Remote Desktop on Windows Server 2012 on the full GUI version and on the Core version. Prerequisites: no prerequisites. Key terms: remote, desktop, server, Windows, core, version, command, cscript, GUI, 2012 GUI Version When we power on our Windows Server 2012 machine, we will be presented with the Dashboard. … Read more

Preparing Tools For Migration to Windows Server 2012

Before you start Objectives: Learn how to prepare the Windows Server Migration Tools which can be used to migrate to Windows Server 2012. We will only prepare the necessary tools, we won’t do the actual migration of roles and features. Prerequisites: no prerequisites. Key terms: server, migration, tools, Windows, PowerShell, command, features, case, machine, R2, migrate, roles Which … Read more

Create an Answer File for Windows Server 2008 R2

Before you start Objectives: Learn which tools to use and how to create an answer file for Windows Server 2008 R2. Prerequisites: To create an answer file you will have to install the Windows AIK for Windows 7 which is available for download from Microsoft web. Key terms: file, Windows, answer, image, installation, options, create, disk, install.wim  Win … Read more

Windows Server 2008 R2 Deployment Considerations

Before you start Objectives: Familiarize yourself with the things you need to keep in mind when deploying Windows Server 2008 R2. Prerequisites: no prerequisites. Key terms: Windows, Server, installation, Core, R2, Datacenter, Enterprise, Standard, activation, edition, upgrade, key Installation Method Once we decide which edition of Windows Server 2008 R2 we want to install, we have to determine … Read more

Working in Windows Server 2008 R2 Core Installation

Before you start Objectives: The purpose of this article is to show you that almost all aspects of Core installations of Server 2008 R2 are managed by using Command Line Interface (CLI). Key terms: command, run, core, oclist, ocsetup, start, features, file, task, server Core Installation When we log on to the core installation of Windows Server … Read more

Windows Server 2008 R2 Editions

Before you start Objectives: Learn the specifics about each Windows Server 2008 R2 edition. Prerequisites: you should understand what a server role is. Key terms: server, services, edition, hot, connections, memory, directory, Windows, limited, RAM Windows Editions The most important difference between Server 2008 and Server 2008 R2 is that Server 2008 R2 is only available as 64 … Read more

Operations Master Roles

Before you start Objectives: Learn what are FSMO roles and why are they used. Prerequisites: no prerequisites. Key terms: FSMO roles, forest level, domain level, domain controller  Operations Master Roles One of the most important features of Active Directory (AD) are the five Flexible Single-Master Operation roles (FSMO roles). FSMO roles are special Domain Controller (DC) tasks which … Read more

Active Directory Functional Levels

Before you start Objectives: Learn what are domain and forest functional levels. Prerequisites: no prerequisites. Key terms: domain, forest, functional level  Functional Levels A functional level determines which functions are available in our Active Directory domain or forest. In different situations we will have different functional level, depending on the existing constraints. Functional level defines which Active Directory … Read more