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 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 adding 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Active Directory Bulk Editor

Ever need to change a single property of a whole set of user accounts.  I had to change the Home Drive letter assigned to over a 2000 accounts on a Windows 2003 Active Directory Domain recently.

GPOGUY.com – Group Policy Stuff

Whilst surfing the net looking for information on using Group Policy to set workstations power options so that they would not go into standby. I came across a website that had programs, links and valuable resources for Group Policy.

Group Policy Management Console

If you have been using Windows 2000 and Windows 2003 server platforms with Active Directory, you will already be aware of the power and flexibility that Group Policy can provide within the domain. Until recently Group Policy management was only available by using the Active Directory Users and Computers MMC snapin’s at the server or workstations […]

Install the Windows Recovery Console for Server 2003

Some times it is necessary to boot into the recovery console to repair your server installation or run a chkdsk.  Normally you would boot from the installation CD and choose the relevant boot options.  However you can also install the Recovery Console to the system partition so that you can boot into the recovery console […]