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Category Archives: Windows Server 2012

Change published FQDN for Server 2012 R2 RDS Deployment – Name Mismatch

Hi All, I was working on a Remote Desktop Services deployment on Server 2012 R2 earlier this month and hit a snag. The client site I was working on had a disjointed namespace (.local internally and .com externally) which was causing issues. I had secured all of the RDS services with a SAN certificate from a third party...
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Fix WAS Error 5172

I have recently been working with a customer who had a half implemented Exchange 2013 infrastructure but were suffering issues where no client could connect.   After a little investigation the World Wide Web Publishing Service would not start due to a dependency failure on the Windows Process Activation Service. Looking at Event Log I could see...
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Error in Failover Cluster Manager 2012 Console

So you have taken the leap your going to build that Hyper-V 2012 Cluster.    You build your hosts, you configure Hyper-V and Failover Clustering.   Then like any good IT Professional you patch all the hosts to the same level only to find that when you open the Failover Cluster Management Console you get the bellow...
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Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V – Shared Nothing Live Migration

With Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V we now have the ability to Live Migrate (yes, Live Migration, the zero downtime migration) virtual machines between different hosts without needing a cluster or shared storage thus saving a vast expense that most small business cannot afford. This is super easy to configure, so here goes. First of all we need to ensure...
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System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 – Distribution Point Bug

We recently installed a fresh build of Configuration Manager in house due to the release of the long-awaited Service Pack 1 for the System Center suite which added support for SQL 2012 and Windows Server 2012. The configuration was going fine up until the point at which we tried to update the primary distribution point...
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DCPromo Error: Active Directory Domain Services could not transfer the remaining data in directory partition dc=ForestDnsZones,DC=domain,DC=local

I have recently been doing a little server tidying for a client which involved demoting out some Domain Controllers after they had promoted in some new Server 2012 ones and I came across this strange error. [error] The operation failed because: Active Directory Domain Services could not transfer the remaining data in directory partition DC=ForestDnsZones,DC=domain,DC=local...
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Office Web Apps 2013 Step by Step

Office Web Apps has now been split out to a completely separate server product loosely based on SharePoint but no longer reliant on it, in reality it is now the opposite.   Lync and SharePoint 2013 need Office Web Apps 2013 deployed and available to get full functionality for Web viewing of files. To start with wee need to install...
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Lync 2013 Install Step by Step – Part 1

After Windows Server 2012 has shipped I took the opportunity to rebuild my lab and once again and install all the 'wave 15'  or 2013 versions of all the core enterprise products so I can blog about the process.   I have ran through the process for Exchange 2013 and SharePoint 2013 so it is now...
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Exchange 2013 Install Step by Step – Part 1

Now that Windows Server 2012 has shipped I have taken the opportunity to rebuild my lab and once again install all the 'wave 15'  or 2013 versions of all the core enterprise products so i can blog about the process.   So as a starter for ten I will run through how to install Exchange 2013 Preview...... My environment...
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Windows Server 2012 – Core to GUI and vice versa

Server Core is upon us! With Windows Server 2012 the default installation option is Server Core, which provides no GUI whatsoever. A problem, right? Wrong. One of the nifty new features in Server 2012 is that it gives us the ability to switch between a GUI version and a Core version at will. To...
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