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Creating and Managing Groups in Active Directory March 31, 2013

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One of the courses I teach is the Microsoft Windows 2012 Installing and Configuring course, the Microsoft designation is the 20410B

In the presentation, we look at creating and modifying Groups in Active Directory in Windows Server 2012

While it might be practical to assign permissions and abilities to individual user accounts in small networks, it becomes impractical and inefficient in large enterprise networks. For example, if many users need the same level of access to a folder, it is more efficient to create a group that contains the required user accounts, and then assign the group the required permissions.

This has the added benefit of enabling you to change a user’s file permissions by adding or removing them from groups rather than editing the file permissions directly.

Before implementing groups in your organization, you must understand about the scope of various Windows Server group types, and how best to use these to manage access to resources or to assign management rights and abilities.

This demonstration shows you create and modify Groups in Active Directory

The demonstration is available at the BryanQA Youtube site

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Managing User Accounts in Windows 2012 Active Directory March 30, 2013

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One of the courses I teach is the Microsoft Windows 2012 Installing and Configuring course, the Microsoft designation is the 20410B

In the presentation, I cover an overview Managing User Accounts in Windows Server 2012 DNS

This demonstration shows you how to do basic User Account Management. To do this we use Active Directory Users and Computers. However AD management is quite a complex topic and later demos will cover more of the AD Utilities available. Below is a brief description of each

Active Directory Administration Snap-Ins

 

Most AD DS administration is performed with the following snap-ins and consoles:

 

  • Active Directory Users and Computers. This snap-in manages most common day-to-day resources, including users, groups, computers, and organizational units (OUs). This is likely to be the most heavily used snap-in for an Active Directory administrator.

 

  • Active Directory Sites and Services. This snap-in manages replication, network topology, and related services.

 

  • Active Directory Domains and Trusts. This snap-in configures and maintains trust relationships and the forest functional level.

 

  • Active Directory Schema snap-in. This snap-in examines and modifies the definition of Active Directory attributes and object classes. It is the blueprint for AD DS. It is rarely viewed, and even more rarely changed. Therefore, the Active Directory Schema snap-in is not installed, by default.

 

The demonstration is available at the BryanQA Youtube site

DNS Service Records in Windows 2012 March 30, 2013

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One of the courses I teach is the Microsoft Windows 2012 Installing and Configuring course, the Microsoft designation is the 20410B

In the presentation, I cover an overview of the Service Records located in Windows Server 2012 DNS

This demonstration shows you how to display the various types of SRV records that the domain controllers register in DNS. These records are crucial to the operability of AD DS, because they are used to find domain controllers for logons, password changes, and editing GPOs. SRV records are also used by domain controllers to find replication partners.

 

The demonstration is available at the BryanQA Youtube site

Overview of the Microsoft PowerShell Integrated Scripting Enviroment March 28, 2013

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One of the courses I teach is the Microsoft Windows 2012 Installing and Configuring course, the Microsoft designation is the 20410B

In the presentation, I cover an Overview of the Windows 2012 Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment, or PowerShell ISE

Windows PowerShell ISE is an integrated scripting environment that provides you with assistance when using Windows PowerShell. It provides command completion functionality, and allows you to see all available commands and the parameters that you can use with those commands.

Windows PowerShell ISE simplifies the process of using Windows PowerShell because you can execute cmdlets from the ISE. You can also use a scripting window within Windows PowerShell ISE to construct and save Windows PowerShell scripts.

 

The ability to view cmdlet parameters ensures that you are aware of the full functionality of each cmdlet, and can create syntactically-correct Windows PowerShell commands.

 

Windows PowerShell ISE provides color-coded cmdlets to assist with troubleshooting. The ISE also provides you with debugging tools that you can use to debug simple and complex Windows PowerShell scripts.

 

You can use the Windows PowerShell ISE environment to view available cmdlets by module. You can then determine which Windows PowerShell module you need to load to access a particular cmdlet.

 

The demonstration covers an overview of accessing and using the PowerShell ISE

The demonstration is available at the BryanQA Youtube site

Listing running services and processes with Windows Powershell March 27, 2013

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One of the courses I teach is the Microsoft Windows 2012 Installing and Configuring course, the Microsoft designation is the 20410B

In the presentation, I cover an Overview of the Windows 2012 Windows Powershell Interface. The demonstration shows getting a list of running services and processes.

Powershell allows administrators to create scripts and perform bulk management tasks

The demonstration covers add Roles and Features and talks about the management of those roles and features.

The demonstration is available at the BryanQA Youtube site

Overview of Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 March 26, 2013

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One of the courses I teach is the Microsoft Windows 2012 Installing and Configuring course, the Microsoft designation is the 20410B

In the presentation, I cover an Overview of the Server Manager functionality.

Server Manager is now the primary GUI configuration and management tool to allow administrators the ability to Add, Remove and modify the functionality of the Windows Server 2012 Operating system.

The demonstration covers add Roles and Features and talks about the management of those roles and features.

The demonstration is available at the BryanQA Youtube site

VMware now offer 50% VCP exam features March 22, 2013

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VMware are offering 50% vouchers off their VCP exams for more information.

The vouchers are valid for:

VCP5-DV

VCP5-Cloud

VCP5-DT

Visit Pearson VUEs website for your voucher.

 

Creating or upgrading a VMware Hardware Version 9 VM March 13, 2013

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On my VMware 5.1 ICM course this week we came up against the module on creating Virtual Machines. We state that ESXi 5.1 now uses hardware version 9

In the lab we create the VM via the vSphere Client (C# client) and the delegates always say.

“Hang on I can only create Hardware Version 8 VMs”

I say.

“Yep, you create the Hardware version 9 VM through the Web client.”

The options are as follows

When creating the VM we specify the compatibility level.

So the options

ESXi5.1 and later = Hardware Version 9

ESX 5.0 and later = Hardware Version 8

ESX 4.x and later = Hardware Version 7

ESX 3.x and later = Hardware Version 4

Upgrading Existing VMs to Hardware Version 9

In the web client select your VM that you want to upgrade.

Right Click in VM > All vCenter Actions > Compatibility > Upgrade VM Compatibility 9 (if powered off), Schedule upgrade VM Compatibility (if powered on)

You then get shoved into a wizard, select Yes and then select Compatible with ESX 5.1 and later.

Hey presto Hardware version 9

QA LTD awarded the EMEA Training (VATC) Partner of the Year award for 2013 March 1, 2013

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Good news everybody

I have just been informed that QA LTD was awarded the EMEA Training (VATC) Partner of the Year award for 2013. Guess who I work for?

Congratulations to the VMware team.

For more info visit VMware’s web site