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Windows Server 2012 is the server version of Windows 8 and the successor to Windows Server 2008 R2. Windows Server 2012 is the first version of Windows Server to have no support for Itanium-based computers since Windows NT 4.0. Windows Server 2012, now in its second release (Windows Server 2012 Release 2) includes Foundation, Essentials, Standard and Datacenter, and does not support IA-32 or IA-64 processors.

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Windows Server 2012 – Installing Data Protection Manager 2010
This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of installing of Data Protection Manager on a server running Windows Server 2012 R2, including the prerequisites.

1. Microsoft .Net 3.5 is required. To install this feature, go to Server Manager, and select Add Roles and Features either from the home screen or click Manage and select the option.

2. Click Next, accepting all defaults until the Feature selection pane is displayed.

3. Select the Disks tab, then the Add option in the far right panel.

4. Place a check in the box next the .Net Framework 3.5 Features and click Next.

5. Notice there is an error at the top of the screen about specifying an additional source file. This is because the files to install this feature are not installed by default when the operating system is installed. The files should be located on the operating system installation media under “\sources\sxs”. Locate this path, then click Specify an alternate source path at the bottom of the screen and place the path in the provided box. Then, click Install.

6. Next, ensure the installation DVD is in the drive and either allow auto start to run, or select setup.exe from the provided message

7. On the main screen, select Install Data Protection Manager (alternatively, you could select Review System Requirements to check your system)

8. Accept the license agreement and click OK

9. Microsoft Visual VC++2008 Redistributable will install (see note at bottom if you would like to preinstall it)

10. Select Next on the setup wizard screen

11. The installer performs a prerequisite check to determine if all necessary applications have been installed. The most likely needed software not installed here is the SIS (Single Instance Store), you can select to have it installed during the installation process. However, this has a history of failing, so see the note below about installing it manually.

12. Enter a username and company name. Click Next.

13. Create a password for the SQL service that runs. Ensure this meets complex, secure password requirements. Click Next.

14. Select whether or not to allow automatic Microsoft updates. Click Next.

15. Select whether or not to send anonymous information to Microsoft for product improvements. Click Next.

16. Review the summary page. If all of the information is correct, click Install.

17. Verify that the installation completed successfully. Review the install report if desired.

18. NOTE: To install the Visual C++2008 Redistributable, run the executable located on the installation media: <Root Drive>\redist\vcredist\vcredist_x64.exe To install the Single Instance Store (SIS), launch PowerShell To install the Visual C++2008 Redistributable, run the executable located on the installation media: <Root Drive>\redist\vcredist\vcredist_x64.exe To install the Single Instance Store (SIS), launch PowerShellTo install the Visual C++2008 Redistributable, run the executable located on the installation media: <Root Drive>\redist\vcredist\vcredist_x64.exe To install the Single Instance Store (SIS), launch PowerShell and change the path to:<Root Drive>\DPM2010\Setup\redist (I have seen this path state 2010 even on DPM 2012 installation media). and change the path to:<Root Drive>\DPM2010\Setup\redist (I have seen this path state 2010 even on DPM 2012 installation media). Once here, type the following command: Once here, type the following command: dism /online /enable-feature:SIS-Limited (requires a reboot).

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Windows Server 2012 – Configuring NTP Servers for Time Synchronization
This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of configuring their Windows Server 2012 domain controller to synchronize its time with a trusted, external resource.

1. Use Google, Bing, or other preferred search engine to locate trusted NTP time servers. These are typically provided by government or other network organizations.

2. Log onto the domain controller with administrative credentials and launch a command prompt

3. Stop the time service with the following command: net stop w32time

4. Enter the following command to configure the NTP time servers: w32tm /config /syncfromflags:manual /manualpeerlist:”time server 1, time server 2, time server 3” then hit enter. The command should complete successfully.

5. Inform the domain controller that these are trusted server with the following command: w32tm /config /reliable:yes

6. Restart the time service: net start w32time

7. Review the results by entering: w32tm /query /configuration

8. Ensure the settings are the desired ones. Then close the command prompt. The NTP servers have now been configured.

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Thank you for the video clear instruction

I have found on server 2012 (non r2) I had to change the command a little
[comma] [space] between each server causes "The following arguments were unexpected"  where as just [comma] between works correctly
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Windows Server 2012 – Configuring as an iSCSI Target
This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of installing the necessary services and then configuring a Windows Server 2012 system as an iSCSI target.

1. To install the necessary roles, go to Server Manager, and select Add Roles and Features either from the home screen or click Manage and select the option

2. Click Next, accepting all defaults until the Server Roles selection pane is displayed. Expand File and Storage Service, then File and iSCSI Services. Place a check in the box by iSCSI Target Server. Click Next.

3. Click Next through the Features screen and review the summary report. Then click Install.

4. Once installed, launch Server Manager. From the dashboard, select File and Storage on the left panel.

5. Click on iSCSI, and select To Create an iSCSI virtual disk, start the New iSCSI Virtual Disk Wizard in the middle of the screen

6. Select the desired volume then, click Next

7. Provide a name for the disk and a description if desired, click Next

8. Select a size for the disk, then decide whether it will be either a fixed size or dynamically adjusting, click Next

9. Select the option to create a new target, click Next

10. Provide a name for the target and a description if desired, click Next

11. Select Add to add those servers with access rights to this target. You can either select from existing initiators or browse to locate and query any new ones. Click OK, click Next.

12. If authentication is desired, enter the CHAP information, otherwise click Next

13. Review the summary screen. If all of the information is correct, then click Create

14. Once created, the disk should begin initializing. This should be visible on the iSCSI Virtual Disk screen

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Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2010 – Basic Configuration
This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of configuring basic necessities in order to use the 2010 version of Data Protection Manager. These include storage, agents, and protection jobs.

1. Launch Data Protection Manager from the desktop icon

2. Select the Management tab at the top

3. Select the Disks tab, then the Add option in the far right panel

4. Select from the available disks. These must be empty, raw volumes that contain no partitions. Once selected, click on the Add radio button the OK. Answer Yes to convert the drive to a dynamic disk.

5. To install agents onto the systems to be protected, select the Agents tab along the top menu. Then select Install from the options in the far right panel.

6. There are two options. One is in the event the agents are preinstalled; the other is an option to Install Agents. This option will “push” the agents to the desired computers.

7. If Install Agents is selected, you are presented with a server list. Select the desired severs and then click the Add radio button. Once the servers have been added, click Next.

8. Enter the credentials of an account with authorization on the remote system. It is highly recommended to use a dedicated service account for this authentication. Once entered, click Next.

9. Select whether or not the server should automatically reboot in necessary

10. Review the server list to be installed, then click Install. The installation will then begin.

11. To add a server where the agent has already been installed, select the Agents tab on the top menu, the Add in the right panel. From the options, select Attach Agents. Then click Next.

12. Select the servers where the agent has been installed, the click the Add radio button. Click Next.

13. Enter the credentials (should be a service account) with authorization to add and configure the remote server. Then click Next.

14. Review the summary page, then click Attach. The system is then added.

15. Next, select the Protection tab from the top menu, then click Next

16. Depending on the desired type of backup, select either Desktop or Server, then click Next

17. Click the “+” next to the desired server, then select from the options you would like to back up. Once all of the selections have been made, click Next.

18. Provide a name for the protection group. Also, you can either leave the default of disk storage, or if there is an attached tape drive, select “long-term” protection. Then click Next.

19. Select a retention period and either accept the default time the system performs a full backup, or click the Modify radio button to make adjustments. Once the settings have been made, click Next.

20. Review the disk storage options, ensuring there is enough space. Note: If you get a space message error, ensure that you did not create a partition on the drive. If so, delete it.

21. If you have a replication partner, the configure replication. If not, then select Manually

22. If you have a replica server, you can chose to perform consistency check on it, if not, then unselect and click Next

23. Review the summary page and then click the Create Group radio button

24. The systems are now being protected

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Introducing a Windows 2012 Domain Controller into a 2008 Active  Directory Environment
This tutorial will walk an individual through the steps necessary to join and promote the first Windows Server 2012 domain controller into an Active Directory environment running on Windows Server 2008.

1. Determine the location of the FSMO roles by logging onto the computer with an account with domain administrative rights

2. Launch a command window and enter the command: netdom query fsmo This will display which servers are running the FSMO roles

3. The functional level of the domain is required to be 2003 or higher. To verify this is the case, click on the Start button, select Administrative Tools, then Active Directory Users and Computers.

4. Highlight the domain name, right-click and select Raise Domain Functional Level. This will show the current level and what it can be raised to.

5. Check the membership of the account you are logged on with to ensure it is a member of the Enterprise and Schema Administrators group

6. Log onto the Windows Server 2012

7. Verify that the DNS is configured to point to an existing domain controller. In a command prompt screen, type IPCONFIG /ALL to review the DNS settings

8. On the Server Manager console, select Add Roles and Features. Click Next, accepting the defaults until you come to the Roles options. Place a check in the box by Active Directory Domain Services. If presented with the option to install required features, click Add Features, then click Next two more times, review the summary page, and then click Install.

9. Once the roles have been added, there is a yellow triangle in the upper right of the Server Manager Dashboard. Click that triangle and select Promote this Server to a Domain Controller.

10. Leave the default option to join an existing domain. The domain name field should be pre-populated, click Next.

11. By default, DNS and Global Catalog service are added to the domain controller, click Next

12. Enter a password for the Directory Services Restore Mode option

13. The message about DNS can be ignored as long as you are sure there are other DNS servers in the environment, click Next

14. Select the appropriate domain replication for your environment, click Next

15. It is recommended to keep the default paths for the database, log files, and SYSVOL directories

16. If necessary, it will inform you that the forest and domain prep will be ran as part of this process, click Next

17. Review the procedures that will take place and confirm that the information is correct, click Next

18. Click Install to initiate the process and upgrade of the domain. The server will reboot once completed.

19. Once complete, a Windows Server 2012 domain controller has been added to the domain.

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Windows Server Backup Image Recovery
In this Micro Tutorial viewers will learn how to restore their server from Bare Metal Backup image created with Windows Server Backup feature. As an example Windows 2012R2 is used.
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How to copy out quickly files from the system which won't boot anymore using Paragon Rescue Kit 14 F
In this Micro Tutorial viewers will learn how they can get their files copied out from their unbootable system without need to use recovery services. As an example non-bootable Windows 2012R2 installation is used which has boot problems.
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Bare Metal Backup with Windows Server Backup
In this Micro Tutorial viewers will learn how to use Windows Server Backup to create full image of their system. Tutorial shows how to install Windows Server Backup Feature on Windows 2012R2 and how to configure scheduled Bare Metal Recovery backup. As an example manual start of scheduled task is shown.
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Nicely done - useful, concise information.
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Thank you!
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Windows Server 2012

15K

Solutions

8K

Contributors

Windows Server 2012 is the server version of Windows 8 and the successor to Windows Server 2008 R2. Windows Server 2012 is the first version of Windows Server to have no support for Itanium-based computers since Windows NT 4.0. Windows Server 2012, now in its second release (Windows Server 2012 Release 2) includes Foundation, Essentials, Standard and Datacenter, and does not support IA-32 or IA-64 processors.