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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

Track messages in Exchange 2013 using Get-MessageTrackingLog

In addition to directly analyzing transport log files, tracking messages in MS Exchange Server 2013 is very easy to carry out with the help of Message Tracking Logs tool. In this post we will discuss some features of the Get-MessageTrackingLog cmdlet, which was created specifically for processing message tracking

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

Using RDCMan to Manage Multiple Remote Desktop Connections

A lot of system Administrators actively use the capabilities of the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) to manage Windows OS’s remotely. When there are a few managed machines, it is possible to use either the Command line, or save past connections in the Taskbar, for example: But when the list

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 configure, view and change IIS Log location on Windows Server 2016

Web server IIS 10.0 (Internet Information Services) on Windows Server 2016, as in previous versions, supports storing of HTTP requests and error logs for the sites running on it. IIS log files allow you to simplify the debugging, troubleshooting and optimizing your web sites and applications. You can configure

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

FSMO Role: PDC Emulator

The Primary Domain Controller (PDC) Emulator FSMO role is one of the three domain-wide operations master roles, i.e. in each domain there should be only one domain controller which is the owner of this role. Initially, the main task of PDC Emulator was to ensure compatibility with earlier versions