What is an Update Sequence Number aka USN and how to check it on the DC

  First we will see what is USN? Microsoft says.. Every domain controller maintains a USN that is specific to that domain controller. Whenever a change is made to Active Directory from that DC, the USN is incremented by 1. So if a DC has a USN of 1000 at 11:00 a.m., and 1005 at […]

Microsoft Server 2016 – Nano Server first look

Few days back Microsoft has released the Technical Preview 2 of the Server 2016. So here are the first look of the same. I have fired up this on my VMware workstation 11 and here are the screenshot of the same. if you wish to grab a copy of this Technical Preview 2 click here. […]

How to configure email Alerts on IMM – IBM Servers

Before you do the configuration on the IBM IMM console make sure you configure proper relay on your exchange server for the server’s IMM management IP address. Once done follow the below steps. 1) Once you login to the server IMM console go to IMM Control > System Settings page. Here you can mention the Server name, Contact as […]

Windows Deployment error and continues reboot

We are discussing about a specific error that comes when you deploy a syspreped Windows image. The error will read as below. Windows could not parse or process unattend answer file [C:\windows\Panther\unattend.xml]for pass [specialize]. A component or setting specified in the answer file does not exist.

Quest Migration Manager – Troubleshooting

Today I want to share with you about an AD Migration tool named Quest Migration Manager. Recently I got a chance to get involved in AD Migration project. From my previous experience in AD migration using ADMT I should say the migration using Quest Migration manager is a piece of cake. Still as you all […]

Moving FSMO roles to different Domain controllers – The easiest way

Flexible Single Master Operation in short FSMO. If you are a system admin you will be well aware of this abbreviation as it’s a core topic of Active Directory Domain Services. There are 5 FSMO roles a) Schema master b) Domain naming master c) Infrastructure master e) RID master f) PDC Emulator. As you know there […]

Guide to NIC Teaming in Windows Server 2012

NIC teaming is one of the out of the box feature available on Server 2012. Earlier NIC teaming was only possible with additional hardware support and a bit complicated configuration process but from Server 2012 it has become a piece of cake. Advantages of NIC Teaming in Server 2012 Network connectivity is possible even if […]

How to Configure DHCP Failover in Windows Server 2012

DHCP Failover is new feature introduced in server 2012 and I would say it’s one of the best features in Server 2012. It provides high availability for DHCP services and also it can load balance the DHCP requests. We will see how to configure this feature. If you wish to try this on your Lab […]

How to Add/Remove Windows Server 2012 GUI

When Server 2012 is compared with Server 2008 one of the superior feature you will find on the Server 2012 is the flexibility to add/remove the operating system GUI. Earlier in Server 2008 if we wish to add the GUI on one of the server core installation you will be disappointed as you will have […]