ADMT Series – 1. Preparing Active Directory

I just finished migrating our company domain windows server 2008 to a totally new domain windows server 2012, this series from thesysadmins helped me a lot Introduction to Series After recently using ADMT for an Active Directory migration I thought I’d write a series to document its use and to share any useful tips I found along the way. This first post will explain how to prepare the Active Directory for the migration process. If

Server 2012 – Moving Between GUI, Core and Minimal Server Interface

One of the cool new abilities with 2012, is that you can configure the server as normal with the GUI, and then ‘take it back to the core’ once you have finished! Great for those who were put off by the potential complexity of learning new commands and administration techniques with core-only. Switch from Server 2012 Core to GUI If you install Server Core, the binaries to add the GUI aren’t present (resulting in a

Group Policy – GPUpdate an OU of Computers

There are times when you need to remotely refresh the group policy on a group of computers, bypassing the 90 minute (+30 minute offset) default interval. Let’s look at 3 ways to achieve that, two of the methods require Server 2012 or Windows 8 with the remote administration tools to initiate the refresh, and the 3rd method can be initiated from Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2.   Method 1. Server 2012 introduced the functionality

Deliver RemoteApps to end users

Windows Server 2012 gives several options that offer the ability to automate application icons distribution to users, and keeps them up to date if later on you make some changes to what apps (and desktops!) are available through RDS. 5 different ways to achieve this goal as following: RDWeb Access web site RemoteApp control panel Group Policy Object Modern Remote Desktop App Manually copy RDP file Each of the options below has a dependency on the