This post was originally written for the Canadian IT Pro Connection blog, and can be seen there at http://blogs.technet.com/b/canitpro/.
One of the things I love about Windows Server 2012 is the ability to manage multiple servers from the same Server Manager console. In this video I will perform the following steps:
- Add a second server to be managed to the Server Manager console
- Add roles and features to the remote server
- Configure the remote server as a domain controller.
- Export the PowerShell script to create a domain controller.
In previous versions of Windows Server I was able to manage servers remotely with MMC consoles, but if I wanted to add or remove roles and features then I had to either do it locally, or use PowerShell or System Center to do it. With Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 I can do all of this and more, both locally and remotely, on both physical and virtual hosts. My life as a systems administrator just got easier, which is always my goal!