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 […]
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 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 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 […]
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 […]
Basic installation of Windows Server 2012 R2 Update 1 in screen shots.
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 […]
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 […]
Create a large MFT on a new Windows NTFS volume.
Enable the Remote Desktop feature on Windows computers using simple scripting or remote registry calls.
On the Service Desk where I work had an interesting problem with Internet Explorer. What was happening was that the user was able to visit a site, but items on the site, like roll-over images and pop-up windows did not work. Another thing that didn’t work was the Users Applet from the Control Panel. At first we […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Webmin available from www.webmin.com is a web based GUI that makes configuring a Linux server a snap. I first discovered Webmin back in 1999 and have been using it ever since.
This article will explain the how to use a Linux machine to provide you with the additional Network Attached storage that you require.
How many times have you had to tell teachers that is is the own tough luck that they haven’t backed up their My Documents on the Schools Laptops for Teachers Laptop. Sure the machine has a CD-Writer and can take a USB stick, but let face it, remembering to copy files or burn a CD […]