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Install Exchange 2016 in Windows Server 2012 R2

Exchange 2016 is latest version of Email server from Microsoft. If you are coming from Exchange 2013, there are few new features introduced in Exchange 2016. RTM version of Exchange 2016 have been released in October 2015. The installation of Exchange 2016 is similar to the installation of Exchange 2013. The major difference between Exchange 2016 and Exchange 2013 is, […]
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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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Create ODBC Database Connection in vCenter Server

vCenter server requires database to store its information. There are two methods you can use to configure database in vCenter server. You can use express SQL 2008 instance or separate dedicated database server. In this post, I will show steps to create ODBC database connection in vCenter Server with dedicated SQL server Server 2012. Create […]
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Install vCenter 5.5 in Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2012

vCenter server is central place for managing all the vSphere components like ESXi hosts, clusters, virtual machines, virtual machine templates, replication, high availability and so on. With release of vSphere 5.5, VMware has made lot of improvements in vSphere web client. There are two flavors of vCenter server. First – You can install vCenter Server in […]
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Install SQL Server 2012 in Windows Server 2012 R2

SQL Server 2012 is available in 32-bit and 64-bit. Installation of SQL Server 2012 is fairly easy. The installation wizard provides easy interface to install components of SQL server. In this post, I will show steps to install SQL Server 2012 in Windows Server 2012 R2. Install SQL Server 2012 in Windows Server 2012 R2 […]