Deploy a client in a Windows Server 2012 Essentials network without joining the domain

Microsoft was friendly enough to publish a way to join a client without the need to join the domain. It’s rather simple. Open an elevated command prompt on the client computer. Type: reg add “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Server\ClientDeployment” /v SkipDomainJoin /t REG_DWORD /d 1 Now just connect your client throught the Windows Server 2012 Essentials connect website. Tweet

Create SMTP Relay for Office 365 with Windows Server 2012 Essentials 7

The Setup of Windows Server 2012 Essentials has a step “Set up email alert notification”. To my surprise TLS encryption is not an option and since TLS encryption is required by Office 365 we need to create a SMTP Relay before finishing this step. This is not a perfect solution, but a working solution. So if you have any better idea, let me know. Determine Office 365 SMTP Settings First we need to know the Office 365 SMTP settings: Login to the Microsoft Online Services Portal > Choose Outlook > Click Questionmark (upper right corner) > Choose Info >  Look for SMTP settings and write down Server name. Install Windows Server 2012 SMTP ...

Create Anywhere Access Certificate Windows 2012 Essentials 25

One of the nice features of Windows 2012 Essentials is the Anywhere Access functionality. To get this savely working you will need a certificate, but the installation wizzard will offer you to buy one with a trusted authority or move your domain to a trusted partner. Since I don’t want either choices, I created my own certificate. Create Management Console First you need to open up a MMC and add the “Certificates” snap-in. Choose “Computer Account” > “Local” > Finish. Next add the snap-in “Certificate Authority” and once again choose “Computer Account” > “Local” > Finish. Create Certificate Request Follow the next steps in the created MMC: Certificates > Personal > ...

Windows 8 Shortcuts

Learn the first 10 Windows 8 shortcuts. They really make Windows 8 easier. My top 10 Shortcuts (but I’m sure you think some others are more important). Windows key: Switch between Modern Desktop Start screen and the last accessed application Windows key + C: Access the charms bar Windows key + Tab: Access the Modern Desktop Taskbar Windows key + I: Access the Settings charm Windows key + D: Show/Hide Desktop (minimize/restore all windows) Windows key + Q: Access the Apps Search screen Windows key + Z: Brings up the App Bar when you have a Modern Desktop App running Windows key + W: Access the Settings Search screen Windows ...

Free Microsoft Tools to Check Microsoft Active Directory Health

Active Directory Best Practices Analyzer The Active Directory Best Practices Analyzer (ADBPA) tool provided by Microsoft in Windows Server 2008 R2 is not perfect but, at least for troubleshooting, it does offer some good value. ADBPA appears under the Active Directory Domain Services role in Server Manager. You can click on each entry and get a description below the listing. It will show errors and warnings as well. It checks to ensure: All primary DCs are configured to a valid time source All domains have two functioning DCs All organizational units (OUs) are protected from accidental deletion When last backups were executed DNS is configured correctly If file replication service ...

Upload VHD to Windows Azure

My personal minimalistic notes of uploading to Windows Azure.   Create certificate with Visual Studio CMD (as Administrator) makecert -sky exchange -r -n “CN=<CertificateName>” -pe -a sha1 -len 2048 -ss My “<CertificateName>.cer” Set Azure connection in Azure CMD (as Administrator) csupload Set-Connection “SubscriptionID=<Subscriptionid>;CertificateThumbprint=<Thumbprint>;ServiceManagementEndpoint=https://management.core.windows.net” csupload Add-PersistentVMImage –Destination “<BlobStorageURL>/<YourImagesFolder>/<VHDName>” -Label <VHDName> -LiteralPath <PathToVHDFile> -OS Windows Tweet