Windows Server 2012 – Convert Full GUI server to CORE to increase security and performance

Introduction Windows Server 2008 introduced the concept of Windows Server Core. The ability to install a server with minimal gui and basically only the necessary administrative tools. One of the more interesting new features in Windows Server 2012 is the ability to switch between a Full (GUI enabled installation) and a Core (Minimal GUI installation). …

Windows Server 2012 – Activate Active Directory Recycle Bin via GUI

Introduction The Active Directory Recycle Bin allows us to bring back deleted objects from Active Directory without loosing any object properties. (Such as SIN’s) In past versions of Windows Server activating the Active Directory Recycle Bin on domain controllers has been a rather complicated task for your average systems manager. Basically in Server 2008 R2 …

Deploy printers via Group Policy

Windows GPOs Anyone responsible for managing a Windows domain based network should be familiar with the basics of Group Policy Management, and the granular control it allows over virtually every setting available within the Windows client systems. Although quite impressive results can be achieved with old style login scripts (especially if you know vbscript), Group Policy Objects …

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Folder Redirection via Group Policy

Scenario: You have a Microsoft network with Server 2008 R2 servers and Windows 7 Clients. Problem: Users tend to login on different computers and wish to have their desktop, my documents, favorites, you name it show up on every computer.     Solution: Folder Redirection allows you as an administrator to point a number of …

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Allow SQL Server access through windows firewall

Scenario: You have a Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Server that is running a SQL Server 2008 r2 express database. Problem: You have a branch office connected through an ipsec VPN tunnel users on that network are complaining about access to their database application returning the following error: “The database was not found or access …

Add administrators to Windows Server 2008 R2 Read Only Domain Controllers

Scenario: You work for a company that has expanded to a branch office and you have a deployed a Windows Server 2008 R2 RODC (Read Only Domain Controller). You now want to add a local administrator to be able to assist in local administrative tasks. You are chocked to find that the local user and …

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Redirect User and Computer Default OU

Scenario: You have a Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 DC and you want to redirect the default User and Computer OU since you usually dont prestage AD.     For this solution I’m using a Clients OU and a People OU located in the root of AD. The domain name im using as an example …

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Print error 602

Scenario: You have a Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Server and are using it to push printers via GPO. Aka a print server.   Problem: Your eventlog is riddled with error logs refering to a event ID 602. You also get the error message “The print spooler failed to reopen an existing printer connection because …

Activate Offline Files via GPO and assign the User folder to always be available Offline.

Scenario: You have a Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Server and a set of Windows 7 Client PC’s that you want to enable Offline files on and set their User folder to always be available Offline.   Problem: You could do this by going to every PC and doing it by hand, but being as …

Create User folders in Windows Server 2008 R2 and add them to Active Directory

Scenario: You have setup a brand new Windows Server 2008 R2 Server and want to share a User folder in the network that will be entered into AD into every user. As we keep a high standard of user integrity we will want to take every necessary precaution to prevent users from accessing/viewing/deleting each others …