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Move FSMO Roles and Upgrade Domain to Windows Server 2016

In this article we will show you how to promote a new domain controller with Windows Server 2016 in the Active Directory domain, move FSMO roles from an old domain controller (running Windows Server 2012 R2/2008), raise the domain functional level to Windows Server 2016 and then demote the

Accessing Hyper-V Virtual Machine Console Using RDCMan

Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan) is an official utility from Microsoft to connect to servers via RDP (which replaced the Remote Desktops snap-in) and efficiently handle the daily management tasks by System Administrator. The version of RDCMan 2.7 has interesting feature — it can be used to connect directly

Guide to SQL Server Transaction Log Backup

In case you use Microsoft SQL Server you might heard about the Simple and Full database recovery models. Probably you also know that a Simple recovery model l allows you to restore data only at the time of the backup, while Full — at any time (you only need to

Understanding Global Catalog (Active Directory)

In addition to the 5 FSMO roles in Active Directory, there is the sixth (unofficial) domain controller role — Global catalog (GC). Unlike FSMO roles, any controller in a domain can have a Global Catalog role, i.e. it doesn’t require the uniqueness of a server within an Active directory

How to transfer FSMO Roles using PowerShell

When you create a domain, all FSMO roles assigned to the first domain controller in the forest by default. You can transfer FSMO roles from one DC to another both the Active Directory graphics snap-ins and the PowerShell command line. Moving FSMO roles using AD PowerShell has the following

GPT or MBR: How to Check HDD Partition Table Style

The modern versions of Windows and other operating systems can use one of two standards to store information about hard disk partitions structures. This is an old standard MBR (Master Boot Record) and a new one — GPT (GUID Partition Table). In the Windows OS family, the topic of

How to Backup Drivers and Restore them in Windows 10

A backup copy of the drivers will not only help to restore the operability of the hardware and the peripheral devices (printers, scanners, MFPs, etc.) of the computer quickly, but also prevent any possible problems (for example, with sound or graphics due to an incorrectly installed driver after clean

How to transfer FSMO Roles From a Failed Domain Controller

In case domain controller, which owns FSMO (Flexible Single Master Operation) roles, is fail (virus attack, fatal software problems or catastrophic hardware failure etc.), then you need to transfer FSMO roles from a failed to an another (additional) domain controller (for proper Active Directory domain functioning). Consider this tutorial

Removing Old and Unused Drivers from Driver Store using Powershell

Each time you install or update your device driver, Windows OS (since Vista) continues to store the old version of the driver in the system Driver Store. Thereby, if the system doesn’t work correctly with the new driver, user can roll back to an older version of the driver

Accessing Domain Controller from Local DSRM Account

Login with a local account on the domain controller is basically impossible, since then you are promoting member server to the domain controller (DC), the local accounts database (SAM) become inaccessible. However, this rule has one exception. In case of directory services problems on domain controllers, there is a