Windows Server 2012 R2 / Windows 8.1 KMS Service Activation

Windows Server 2012 R2 / Windows 8.1 KMS Service Activation
Tweet This is an update from another post I did http://wibier.me/windows-server-2012-kms-service-activation/ In that post I describe how to add support for Server 2012 and Windows 8. Now we are at the point where we want to add support for Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1! And that is possible. So when you activate a Server ...

Can’t connect to C$, ADMIN$ or any administrative share on workstations 12

Can’t connect to C$, ADMIN$ or any administrative share on workstations
Tweet If you are attempting to access a Windows 7, Windows 8, Vista or Server 2008 (R2), Server 2012 (R2) computer you may get  the” Access Denied – Failed to connect to ADMIN$ share” error , even when supplying the appropriate local user credentials that have Administrator access. If the target computer is not a member of a ...

Set default OU for new AD computers

Set default OU for new AD computers
Tweet As we all know the standard Default Container for newly created computer objects is ‘Computers’ But I want my newly created computer objects in another Organizational Unit (OU), Always! This can be easily achieved by an old friend: REDIRCMP You have to use the Container-CN (which can be easily found with ADSIEdit!) Always handy ...

Microsoft KMS Client Setup Keys

Tweet I needed to change a Windows Server 2012 installation from STANDARD to DATACENTER with KMS activation. The process is still the same as always, but you need the keys. The can be found HERE. The procedure: To install a client setup key, open an administrative command prompt on the client, type slmgr /ipk <setup key> and press ...

Server 2012 DirectAccess: Useful NETSH Commands

Tweet During DirectAccess deployments, you can use several netsh commands as part of the initial deployment testing from a DirectAccess client. In the event of problems, this will often include the use of additional advanced netsh commands which are more troubleshooting focused. The netsh tool is immensely powerful, and the following commands provide a good starting point to assess, understand and ...

Data Deduplication in Windows Server 2012

Tweet With Windows Server 2012 Microsoft introduces a built-in software based data deduplication solution. Where some deduplication solutions provide their services file-based, the deduplication in Windows Server 2012 is block-based. Deduplication in Windows Server 2012: Only available in Windows Server 2012. Deduplication is cluster aware. Based on a filter driver per volume. Not supported on boot- or ...