Dell Compellent Storage Center Active Directory Integration Best Practices

Source: www.delltechcenter.com

This document provides an overview of Storage Center Active Directory integration, and introduces best practice guidelines for configuring Storage Center Active Directory integration for use with Windows Server Active Directory Domain Services.

To download the document, please click here.

Whats new in Windows Server 2012 R2 in Web Application and Platform, Active Directory, Print Services and Clustering?

What's new in Windows Server 2012 R2 (RTM)?
What's new in Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage?
What's new in Windows Server 2012 R2 Server Virtualization?
What's new in Windows Server 2012 R2 Networking?
What's new in Windows Server 2012 R2 Server Management and Automation?
What's new in Windows Server 2012 R2 VDI?
What's new in Windows Server 2012 R2 Access and Information Protection?
What's new in Windows Server 2012 R2 Web Application and Platform?
What's New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials?
Whats new in Windows Server 2012 R2 in Web Application and Platform, Active Directory, Print Services and Clustering?

 

What’s New in Active Directory in Windows Server 2012 R2?

Guide Name Description
Join to Workplace from Any Device for SSO and Seamless Second Factor Authentication Across Company Applications Overview This guide describes the key concepts and provides the step-by-step walkthrough instructions for Workplace Join: configuring the Device Registration Service (DRS), workplace join with a Windows device, workplace join with an iOS device, and how to deal with lost or stolen devices.
Connect to Applications and Services from Anywhere with Web Application Proxy Overview This guide describes and provides step-by-step walkthrough instructions for using Web Application Proxy – a new Remote Access role service in Windows Server® 2012 R2 Preview – to provide access to a sample web application using claims-based authentication using AD FS authentication.
Manage Risk with Multi-factor Access Control Overview This guide describes the enhanced IT risk management strategies available in AD FS in Windows Server® 2012 R2 Preview and provides step-by-step walkthrough instructions for configuring and verifying the solution of managing risk with multi-factor access control based on multiple criteria.
Manage Risk with Additional Multi-Factor Authentication for Sensitive Applications Overview This guide describes the authentication mechanisms available in AD FS in Windows Server® 2012 R2 Preview and provides step-by-step walkthrough instructions for configuring and verifying the solution of using AD FS to enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) based on the user data.

 

What’s New in Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2012 R2?

Feature/Functionality New or Improved Description
Shared virtual hard disk (for guest clusters) New Enables you to use .vhdx files as shared storage in a guest cluster.
Virtual machine drain on shutdown New Enables a Hyper-V host to automatically live migrate running virtual machines if the computer is shut down.
Virtual machine network health detection New Enables a Hyper-V host to automatically live migrate virtual machines if a network disconnection occurs on a protected virtual network.
Optimized CSV placement policies Improved Distributes CSV ownership evenly across the failover cluster nodes.
Increased CSV resiliency Improved Multiple Server service instances per cluster node and CSV monitoring of the Server service provide greater resiliency.
CSV cache allocation Improved Increases the amount of RAM that you can allocate as CSV cache.
CSV diagnosibility Improved Enables you to view the state of a CSV on a per node basis, and the reason for I/O redirection.
CSV interoperability Improved Adds CSV support for other Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview features.
Deploy an Active Directory-detached cluster New Enables you to deploy a failover cluster with less dependency on Active Directory Domain Services.
Dynamic witness New Dynamically adjusts the witness vote based on the number of voting nodes in current cluster membership.
Quorum user interface improvements Improved Enables you to easily view the assigned quorum vote and the current quorum vote for each node in Failover Cluster Manager.
Force quorum resiliency New Enables automatic recovery in the case of a partitioned failover cluster.
Tie breaker for 50% node split New Enables one side of a cluster to continue to run in the case of a cluster split where neither side would normally have quorum.
Configure the Global Update Manager mode New Helps the cluster to continue to function if there is a delay with one or more nodes.
Cluster node health detection Improved Increases the resiliency to temporary network failures for virtual machines that are running on a Hyper-V cluster.
Turn off IPsec encryption for inter-node cluster communication New Helps prevent a cluster from being affected by high latency Group Policy updates.
Cluster dashboard New Provides a convenient way to check the health of all managed failover clusters in Failover Cluster Manager.

 

What’s New in Print and Document Services in Windows Server 2012 R2?

Feature/functionality New or updated? Description
Event Logging for Branch Office Direct Printing Updated Printing events are now written to the print server when BODP is enabled for the queue
Printer Migration for Web Services for Devices (WSD) print devices Updated You can now use the Printer Migration Wizard or command line tools to export and import printer settings for WSD print devices
Roaming Settings include Printer Connections New Printer settings and some connections are now available in roaming user profiles when you log on using different computers and devices
Easier Printing in Windows RT New Windows RT users can now easily find and use printers
Near Field Communication (NFC) Connections to Printers New You can configure shared printers to advertise NFC wireless connections to Printers so that users with compatible devices can easily locate, install, and use printers
Common framework for PIN-protected printing support by IHVs New A common framework is provided for PIN-protected printing, with an integrated user interface and easier implementation for IHVs
Print and Fax services now include user access logging Updated Print and fax service logging now includes user name and computer name logging in addition to IP address logging.

#PS Script that filters AD Computers and moves it to specified OU

I wrote this script to filter my Active Directory Domain for Computers beginning with “SMB-” and move them to an Organizational Unit (OU) with the name “SMB-OU”.

You can use the script but you have to change the OU, Computer filter and Domain so that it matches your search and domain criteria.

I use the Outfile command to create a logfile from the movement for documentation.

Get-ADComputer -Filter * -Properties name | #get all active directory computers
where { $_.Name -match ‘SMB-*’} | #with computername that includes “SMB-“
Out-File c:\move_resultates_before.txt #writes status before any computer will moved in output file
Get-ADComputer -Filter * -Properties name | #get all active directory computers
where { $_.Name -match ‘SMB-*’} | #with computername that includes “SMB-“
Move-ADObject -TargetPath “OU=SMB-OU, DC=Datacenter-Flo, DC=de” #and moves the computer to OU named SMB-OU in domain Datacenter-Flo.de (you have to change to your domain)
Get-ADComputer -Filter * -Properties name | #get all active directory computers
where { $_.Name -match ‘SMB-*’} | #with computername that includes “SMB-“
Out-File c:\move_resultates_aftwe.txt #writes status after the computers were moved in output file
 

At the moment there is no security and other filters included. Only quick and dirty but it’s working.

How to configure the first Domain Controller in a Windows Server 2012 Domain incl. DNS

Hello Community,

today I will explain how to configure the first Domain Controller in new Windows Server 2012 forest in Windows Server 2012 pure mode.

1. Open the Server Manager and klick on “Add roles and features”

2. The default page will open, click “Next”.

3. select “Role-based or feature-based installation” and click “Next”.

4. Select “Select a server from the server pool” and than select you local system. In my case FLO-SVR-DC01.

5. Now you can select the roles to install. Befor you go on with selecting roles please check if:

– you configured a static IP, Default Gateway, Subnet and DNS on the Network Interface to you client LAN

– Networkcable is connected to your switch

– you have no other Domaincontroller, DHCP- or DNS Server in your network

6. Please select for the first DC

– Active Directory Domain Services

– DNS Server

For every option Windows will ask you to install the “Remote Server Administration Tools” (RSAT). DO THIS otherwise it will be harder to finish the configuration. With later installations you can try to administrate the systems from remote or PowerShell.

7. Now the menu should look nearly like this. If this is the fact, you can click “Next”.

8. Now you have the “Feature selection”. You don’t need to install more features at the moment. Click “Next”

9. Now the Wizzard to configure ADDS starts.

10. Now you can select which operation the DC will perform. We plan to create a new forrest, so please click on “Add a new forest”.

11. Than typ in the name of your Root domain that you have planed e.g. local.company.com. After this click “Next”.

12. In the next Step you have have to select Forest function and domain level. You have to be carefull by selecting the level because some Active Directory Integrated Software e.g. some LDAP connectors, cannot work with Windows Server 2012 Domain Level. So please contact your software vendors first.

Create and set the Directory Services Restore Mode Password. Please also notice it down because you need it for a DC disaster recovery.

After this you can click next.

13. Normaly you could select in this Wizzard a DNS delegation but currently we have no DNS Server in this domain, so we have no option to delegate.

14. Now the NetBIOS Name will created. You are able to change it but you don’t have to do it.

15. After this you can set the Database folder, Log files path and SYSVOLL folder for ADDS Service. You can change the default path but I wouldn’t do this, you only force problems with this.

16. At next you get a install summary and you are able to view the PowerShell Script the will be executed (I love this option!!)

17. After this the Wizzard runs a validation check and when all is ok you can install ADDS.

18. Service installs.

19. After installation is finished you should see ADDS and DNS in your Server Manager

20. Please also look if the DNS Forward lookup Zone for your domain was created.

For this click on “Tools” in the the upper right Corner and select “DNS”.

21. Under Forward Lookup Zones you should the your Domain and there should be a NS, SOA and two A records for your DC.

22. Go back to Server Manager and select “Active Directory Users and Computers” under “Tools”

There your Domain should be listed and in “Domain Controllers” should be the “Computer Account” for your DC

23. Congratulations you installed your DC. In the next Blogs I will explain you how to install and configure DHCP and how to create a Reverse Lookup Zone in DNS.

 

 

Free “MCSA: Windows Server 2012” preparation materials

For Windows Server 2012 R2 Exam pratice klicke here.

 

Hi Community,

like for the MCSE: Private Cloud, I collected some free learning materials for the MCSA: Windows Server 2012. I will update this blog as soon as new materials are available.

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Free Practice Questions for the Exams

http://www.accelerated-ideas.com/aiMExamsChoose.aspx#mcse

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Jumpstarts Videos:

Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 1

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 2a

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 2b

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 3a

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 3b

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 4

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 5a

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 5b

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 6a

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 6b

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 7

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 8

Windows Server 2012 Jump Start! Upgrade Skills for Exam 70-417

Windows Server 2012 Jump Start! Upgrade Skills for Exam 70-417

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free eBooks:

Introducing Windows Server 2012 (RTM Edition)

Windows Server 2012 Compatibility Cookbook

FREE eBook Chapter: Migrating and Upgrading Physical and Virtual Servers to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 <- Keith Mayers Blog

Free Ebook :- The Hands-on Guide: Understanding Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 <- Lai Yoong Seng

Guide To Windows Server 2012 <- The Register

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Free Training Videos: 

http://www.trainsignal.com/blog/90-days <- Trainsignal

TechED 2013 Exam Prep: 70-410 and 70-417 – MCSA: Windows Server 2012

TechED 2013 Exam Prep: 70-411 and 70-417 – MCSA: Windows Server 2012

TechED Exam Prep: 70-412 and 70-417 – MCSA: Windows Server 2012

TechED Exam prep: 70-413 and 70-414 – MCSE: Server Infrastructure

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Labs:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/hh968267.aspx

Build Your Lab on Windows Server 2012 <- Keith Mayers Blog

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Trial Download:

Windows Server 2012

Hyper-V Server 2012

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Microsoft Virtual Academy (free courses): 

Windows Server 2012: Technical Overview

Windows Server 2012: Server Virtualization

Windows Server 2012: Management & Automation

Windows Server 2012: Storage

Windows Server 2012: Networking

Windows Server 2012: Identity and Access

Windows Server 2012: Web & Application Platform

Windows Server 2012: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

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IT Camp on Demand

Hyper-V shared nothing Live Migration

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Evaluation Guide:

Windows Server 2012 Evaluation Guide

Build your own Windows Server 2012 server lab in the Cloud … for FREE! <- Keith Mayers Blog

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Free Study Guide: 

Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410 – Installing Active Directory <- Keith Mayers Blog

Windows Server 2012 “Early Expert” Challenge – Exam 70-410 – Installing and Configuring <- Keith Mayers Blog

Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410 – NIC Teaming <- Keith Mayers Blog

Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410 – Storage Spaces <- Keith Mayers Blog

Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410 – Managing Server Roles and Features <- Keith Mayers Blog

Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410 – Create and Manage Group Policy <- Keith Mayers Blog

Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410 – Managing Servers with PowerShell 3.0 <- Keith Mayers Blog

Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge – Explorer Quest <- Keith Mayers Blog

IPv6 Bootcamp – Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410 <- Keith Mayers Blog

Configuring DHCP in Windows Server 2012 – “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410 <- Keith Mayers Blog

Configuring Hyper-V Virtual Networking in Windows Server 2012 – “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410 and 70-417 <- Keith Mayers Blog

Configuring Hyper-V Virtual Machine Storage in Windows Server 2012 – “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410 and 70-417 <- Keith Mayers Blog

My thoughts on 70-410 <- Michael Benders Blog

 

PowerShell 3.0 (german only):

Windows PowerShell 3.0 für Einsteiger – Teil 1

Windows PowerShell 3.0 für Einsteiger – Teil 2

Windows PowerShell 3.0 für Einsteiger – Teil 3

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Other Collections:

Windows Server 2012 Early Experts – 70-417 – Resources for Preparation

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Study Groups: 

Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Study Group on LinkedIn

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Webpages:

90daystoMCSA.com

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Twitter Hashtags:

#90days2MCSA

#WinServ

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Special offers: 

http://bsf01.com/Microsoft_Vouchers/MCSE_WS2012Upgrades.aspx

Great Blog’s around Windows Server 2012:

English:

Keith Mayer – IT Rocks

Didier van Hoye – Working Hard in IT

Alessandro Cardoso – Virtualisation & Management Blog

Thomas Maurer –Just another private cloud weblog

James van den Berg – Mountainss

Aidan Finn – Aidan Finn, IT Pro

Leandro Carvalho – Virtualisation with Hyper-V, System Center, Cloud and much more

Microsoft – System Center Blog

Microsoft – Hyper-V survival Guide

Blain Barton – Blain Barton’s Blog

Microsoft – Windows Server

German:

Carsten Rachfahl – Hyper-V Server

Microsoft – German Virtualization Blog

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Book recommendation:

Cert Prep Pack: MCSA Windows Server 2012 (Exam Ref 70-410, 70-411, 70-412)