Organising Active Directory

This post is as an update to the Server 2003 version of Organising Active Directory Users and Computers.  The structure and operation of Active Directory hasn’t really changed much on the surface as you can see from the comparative screenshots below. 2003 2012 R2 To access Active Directory Users and Computers, Start Server Manager, then from […]

Installing Ubuntu

Building a Ubuntu Linux Server for projects You will need: Virtual Box or other Virtualisation product UBuntu 14.04 LTS (http://www.ubuntu.com/download/server) Setup a new virtual machine with a single CPU and memory to run Ubuntu (1Gb should be sufficient).  You will need to configure the network adapter so that it is on the same network as […]

Configuring a static IPv4 addresses Windows Server 2012 R2

Configuring a Windows Server IP address hasn’t really changed much in the last 15 years, albeit Microsoft did try to make it super complicated to get to during the Windows Vista and Windows 7 period.  However the designers behind Windows Server 2012 R2 have made it a lot easier to update IP address settings. The […]

Installing a new Windows Server Active Directory

Installing Active Directory hasn’t really changed much since its introduction with Server 2000.  It used a tool called DCPromo to guide users through setting up the new style Windows Domain.  Since the introduction of Server 2012, the DCPromo tool no longer exists and its replacement is a new Wizard or Powershell commands. Despite having a […]

Adding Roles to Server 2012

Since Windows 2008, Microsoft introduced the concepts of roles and features into the Server Operating System.  Roles and Features were added to Windows by using the links within System Manager.  The same is true of Server 2012, although they are no longer separate tasks.  A role can be defined as a Service or Program that […]

Configure your Server 2012 R2 Server

Once you have built your Windows Server 2012 R2 Update 1 Server, you will need to perform some common house keeping to make it usable within your network.  In this tutorial you will learn how to set the computer name and IP Address. There are a number of methods that can be used to configured […]

PC Emulator Virtual PC

Have you ever needed to test out a new bit of software or a new version of an operating system but didn’t have a spare computer that you could allocate for the testing? If so, the solution is simple.  Your computer can run a bit of software that will emulate a computer inside of a […]

Organising Active Directory for Users and Computers

Active Directory is a very powerful and flexible and allows you to organise your network into manageable areas called Organisation Units.  In this tutorial, we are going to create a basic structure that will allow us to manage both users and computers in a single branch.

Desiging and Implementing a Folder Structure

When planning for your Server enabled environment, it is important to think about how the server resources will be managed.  Where are the user home folders going to live, how will these be accessed and will you require any type of public or resource folders.

Creating Partitions for Shared Areas and User Home folders

If you want to make use of Disk Quotas and Remote Installation Deployment tools, you will need to have separate partitions/drives to store the areas on.  It is generally good practice to have at least 2 or more partitions on your Windows Server 2003 machine.

Adding DHCP to your Windows Server 2003

DHCP is a service that is responsible for assigning IP addresses to computers on your network.  Using DHCP takes the hassle out of managing your network IP addresses.  DHCP is an essential part of using the PXE boot feature of your computers network card.

Installing a new Windows Server 2003 Domain

Getting a company to setup and install your network will always be easier than planning and deploying your own network solution, but if you have the time and are willing to learn then you can save your school some money.  This guide will attempt to help you to setup a Windows Server 2003 Domain for […]

Using ImageX to capture a disk image

The Microsoft Windows Image format (WIM) is a file based format used in Windows Vista and can also be used to deploy legacy Windows XP workstations.  Because the format is file based, there are several advantages associated with this.  The image can be applied to a FAT or NTFS partition.  The format also offers Single […]

Exchange 2003 to 2007 Migration

There are many new features in Exchange 2007 that Schools may benefit from.  There are plenty or articles and bits of information about Exchange 2007 already on the Internet.  But there is not really a basic Migration guide, so I have tried to fill in the gaps so that at least School Network Administrators can […]

Planning a School Network

Since ICT has become a major part of the school curriculum, the use of computers and IT resources has grown exponentially.  Almost gone are the days of running a few standalone PCs, or running a Peer to Peer Internet enabled network.  It is time to embrace the centralised server environment.  It isn't as complex as it […]

Get rid of the RDP 6.0 pre-logon password prompt

If you connect to Terminal Servers quite regularly then you will most likely use the latest version of the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection tool.  The current version is RDP 6.0 and was released some time in 2006.  One of the neat features it has is the ability to log in using stored credentials, great if […]

Take control of Domain Passwords with Password Control

There are many ways to change passwords on a Windows Active Directory Domain.  Users can change their own passwords on the workstation.  However for Network administrators there are not any built-in tools for administrating other user network passwords, unless you Remote Desktop to the Domain Controller or have installed the local support tools for Active […]

Find and deal with Duplicate Files

With in any one system, there may be hundreds of files that are essentially taking up space.  These files range from JPG images, MP3 down to program files and the occasional folder backup.   However finding these files can be quite time consuming.

(Updated) Internet Explorer Proxy Tool

Do you have teachers complaining that they can’t access the Internet on there laptops when they are at home?  The chances are they are trying to use there own broadband connection and the Internet Explorer Proxy setting has been enabled for the schools filtered internet service.

Robocopy GUI

If you like using the Microsoft Robocopy tool from the Server Resource kit to copy files across networks and disks, then you might be interested to know that there is a user friendly GUI.