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Upgrade Active Directory Server 2016 from Server 2012 R2

Upgrade Active Directory Server 2016 from Server 2012 R2

This post will show how to deploy a Window Server 2016 Active Directory to an existing Windows Server 2012 R2 Domain and  upgrade to Windows Server 2016 Active Directory. In my lab environment, lab.jdeployment.com, I have an existing Windows Server 2012 R2 Active Directory Domain Controller named DC02 and will deploy Window Server 2016 server SVR2016-02 … Continue reading

  • When delivering an infrastructure projects, one of the tasks is to implement Server Hardening via Group Policy it could be less or more restricted depending on the security guide lines. Problem: This past week we had a desktop lock-down scenario where after joining a server to the domain we see this window pop-up "explorer.exe - System Warning | Unknwon Hard Error" good thing this was still in the testing phase. After some trial and error, it was determined that it was caused by a certain GPO settings, the next step is to find out what setting(s) it was. It was found out that the culprits was 2 things: The settings Background Task Infrastructure Service Startup Mode was set to Manual.  The settings applied must have been overlooked during the creation of the GPO. Solution: Launch GPMC and edit the GPO, and set the  Background Task Infrastructure Service Startup Mode was set to Automatic. Check/Verify: Login to the affected server, if desktop is still locked down, press Alt-Ctrl-Del and type Explorer.exe browse to C:\Windows\System32\ look for cmd.exe and launch it as Administrator and run the command gpupdate /force The Start Menu should now be available, to verify that the settings has been applied in the CMD windows type RSOP, after browsing the settings, you should see that is it now set to Automatic.
  • Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 Update 2 is now available for download and was release last December 22nd 2015. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 Update 2 is for operating system deployment leveraging the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 10. Feature Summary MDT is the recommended process and toolset for automating desktop and server operating system deployments. MDT provides you with the following benefits: Unified tools and processes, including a set of guidance, for deploying desktops and servers in a common deployment console. Reduced deployment time and standardized desktop and server images. Some of the key changes in MDT 2013 Update 2 are: Support for the latest Windows ADK for Windows 10. Improvements to deployment and upgrade of Windows 10. Support for the current branch of System Center Configuration Manager (currently version 1511). For more information: What’s Changed in MDT 2013 Update 2:  ttp://blogs.technet.com/b/mniehaus/archive/2016/01/11/what-s-changed-in-mdt-2013-update-2.aspx MDT 2013 Update 2 Now Available:  http://blogs.technet.com/b/msdeployment/archive/2015/12/22/mdt-2013-update-2-now-available.aspx