How to install and configure DHCP – Basic

One of the most important network services is DHCP. Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is a client/server protocol which allows hosts to obtain necessary TCP/IP configuration information from a DHCP server, with IP address and other related configuration information (subnet mask, default gateway, name servers). From Microsoft Windows Server 2003 operating system, DHCP Server service is standard…

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Installing Windows Server 2016 Essentials

Windows Server Essentials (formerly known as Windows Small Business Server or SBS) is an integrated server suite from Microsoft, designed for running network infrastructure of small and midsize businesses having no more than 25 users or 50 devices. With Windows Server 2012, Microsoft started with developing Essentials edition, and latest version is Windows Server 2016…

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Exporting / Importing Web sites and application pools

During last year, I configured few highly available IIS environments with few different settings. Regardless of whether it was configured with DFRS or shared disk, regardless of whether it was 2 or 12 servers, one thing is always the same. All websites must be configured identically. The easiest way to achieve this, is export and…

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Autodiscover for multiple domains

If you have Exchange server 2010 or newer, and have multiple domains active on your Exchange infrastructure (maybe you are hosting company with hosted Exchange service), you must be wondering how to properly configure Autodiscover. At the first place, quick explanation what is Autodiscover. The Autodiscover service provide easier configuration Outlook clients (2007 or newer) and some…

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Windows Server 2016 Nested Virtualization

In one of previous posts, I show you how to configure nested virtualization on VMware ESXi. Now, I will show you same feature on Windows Server 2016. With TP4 of Windows Server 2016, Microsoft introduced Nested Virtualization in Windows Server Hyper-V. As I said earlier, nested virtualization allows you to run a hypervisor inside a…

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Database Portability

Database portability is a feature that enables an Exchange Server mailbox database to be moved to or mounted on any other Mailbox server in the same organization, provided the target Mailbox server has databases with the same database schema version. You might be wondering why this is necessary, but I had a few cases where the…

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Nested Virtualization on VMware ESXi 5.5

At one point of my testing of various technologies including Windows Server 2012 a few years ago, I needed a test environment with two or more physical servers which can host virtual machines. Since I didn’t have that kind of environment, I tried to create nested virtualization on VMware ESXi 5.5. My troubles began when…

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