Creating a New AD Forest in Windows Server Core (Revisited)

Several years ago Steve Syfuhs and I sat down and figured out how to create a new Active Directory forest in Windows Server Core.  It was an interesting experience, and even though I later gave rights to that article to the Canadian IT Pro Team (at the time it was Damir Bersinic) when you search … Continue reading Creating a New AD Forest in Windows Server Core (Revisited)

Activation Headaches: Here is your aspirin!

This post was originally written for the Canadian IT Pro Connection. There are three concepts in Microsoft licensing that people often mistake for a single entity, when in fact the three are connected but very separate.  They are: Licensing Activation Product Keys Because the three are so tied together it is easy to get yourself … Continue reading Activation Headaches: Here is your aspirin!

Following My Own Advice: New DCs at SWMI

Earlier this year I published an article in which I told you that it was okay to virtualize your domain controllers; however in the piece I opposed the idea of doing a P2V (physical to virtual) migration of them, or to upgrade them from one version of the OS to another. This weekend I followed … Continue reading Following My Own Advice: New DCs at SWMI

Virtualizing your Domain Controllers

I am asked all the time what the best practices are for domain controllers in a virtualized environment.  There are several that I will call out, but let’s begin with the simplest rule. You should never have ONE domain controller. This rule is not only true in virtualized environments, it is always true.  If you … Continue reading Virtualizing your Domain Controllers