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Change Windows Desktop Background Using Group Policy

Group Policy is the center of administration for Microsoft Active Directory (AD) domain service. Administrator can set up specific configuration and policy and enforced them on the targeted users or computers that are member of the domain structure. One of the common practices in an organization or company is using Group Policy is to push […]
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Disable Control Panel Access using Group Policy on Windows

The reason why we might want to disable access to control panel on a Windows computer or server is to minimize the risk of exposing the computer settings to anyone. As we all know, in control panel we can find almost every configuration and settings on our computer; such as User Accounts, System and Security, […]
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Install Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2012

Remote Desktop Services (RDS) in Windows Server 2012 is Microsoft’s VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) offering. RDS formerly known as Terminal Services (TS) provides session-based virtual desktops, virtual-machine based virtual desktops and applications to end users. To be able to use these features, you must install Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2012 or 2012 R2. […]
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Generate New SID in Server 2012

Many of today’s Enterprise datacenters are running some form of virtualization. Server virtualization allows us to clone VMs. When it comes to Server 2012, the cloned VM with Server 2012 has duplicate copy of SID of machine from which it was cloned. The duplicate SID value causes lot of issues so each machine must have […]
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Activate Windows Server 2012 Evaluation to Full Version

After installing and configuring Server 2012 as evaluation mode, it is often a requirement to upgrade it to full retail version. In this post, I will show steps to activate Windows Server 2012 Evaluation to full version. DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management Tool) command line tool will be used to perform the upgrade of server […]
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Configure iSCSI SAN in Server 2012 R2

iSCSI (Internet Small Computer System Interface) is a protocol that uses underlying TCP/IP protocol for transmission of data. Unlike FC (Fiber Channel) which requires dedicated hardware like HBAs (Host Bus Adapters), fiber optics, etc., iSCSI uses existing network devices (routers, switches, firewalls) making it very cost effective storage solution. In iSCSI, data is transferred in […]
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Understanding GPO in Windows Server 2012

Group Policies are computer or user settings that can be defined to control or secure the Windows server and client infrastructure. Understanding GPO in Windows Server 2012 before actually configuring and applying policy settings is very important. It is easy to understand GPO in Windows Server 2012. There are some new features of GPO in […]
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