Author: Dave Kawula

Windows 2003 End of Life (EOL) – Here comes trouble – Our First Windows 2012 R2 Domain Controller (Watch your Hotfixes)

Well we finally got the green light at one of my customers to upgrade them to Windows 2012 R2 Active Directory. We went through all of our due diligence and planned out the project accordingly. We took a phased approach when we would take the following high level steps to complete our Migration:   Create a new Conceptual Design for Active Directory 2012 R2 – Done! Create a new Detailed Design for Active Directory 2012 R2 – Done! Create a test plan to ensure we could validate everything before moving to production – Not Done! Customer didn’t have a...

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Routing Mod for Johan’s Hydration Kit

I wanted to show a really cool routing Modification that I have built to Johan’s Hydration Kit. His kit can be downloaded from and is widely used by ConfigMgr professionals all over the world. One of the challenges I face with these labs that they don’t really emulate production networks (MPLS, Internet, etc). So I have written a very cool little script that takes one of the machines that is built during hydration and turns it into a Router / Firewall using RRAS on Windows 2012 R2. This is version # 1 of my script and I will...

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Upgrading to Windows 2012 Hyper-V – DR Site to Server 2012 and configuring Veeam Backup and Replication 7x for DR Replicas

For today’s mission I was tasked with building a DR Site for Hyper-V using Veeam Backup and Replication 7.x. I wanted to walk you through the steps that I took in order to accomplish this task.   The Current Configuration consists of the following:   First of all let’s talk a little bit about the hardware for the new DR Site   I was given a couple of re-purposed servers: HP DL 380P Gen 8 Server 128 GB RAM 2 x Processors 2 x 4(x) NIC’s one BroadCom and one Intel     1 x 4 Port – HP Ethernet 1 Gb 4-port 331FLR     1 x 4 Port – HP NC365T PCIe Quad Port Gigabit Server Adapter Currently Running Windows 2008 R2   Well first of all I had already upgraded this farm to Server 2012 with Hyper-V so step one will be to simply: Upgrade the Operating System to Server 2012 Install the latest Support Packs from HP Install all of the Hyper-V Hotfixes and Patches Run all of the Windows Updates   The design that I envision will look like below:   It will include 2 x standalone Hyper-V Servers that will run in this companies DR Location.   For the Provisioning I used the HP Intelligent Provisioning Software that was embedded in the server.   A couple of notes for this configuration are: QUICK Configs: Changed from Balanced...

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Upgrading from Windows 2008 R2 Hyper-V to 2012 R2 – NIC Configuration

In this post I will show you how to move a Hyper-V Virtual Machine from one Hyper-V Server to another without the use of Live Migrations. If find this technique very useful when I am swapping out hardware and just need a simple process to follow to get the guest instances stood up on the new farm. This can of course be fully automated but the purpose of this exercise will be to show how to do it manually. Here are the steps I generally follow: Build the new Windows 2012 or R2 Hyper-V Server Download and Patch with all updates from Microsoft (The purpose of this is not to show all the updates) Download and install the latest Firmware and Drivers for the Hypervisor Run this NIC Configuration Script. I run this on all of my Hyper-V implementations in production Here is the source for the script: <# Script name: Hyper-V_ProductionScript_V1.0.ps1 Created:     2014-04-03 Version:     1.0 Author Dave Kawula Homepage: Comming soon … / / Homepage: Disclaimer: This script is provided “AS IS” with no warranties, confers no rights and is not supported by the authors or DeploymentArtist. Author – Dave Kawula Twitter: @DaveKawula Blog : (Coming Soon) / This Script will perform a base configuration of the Network Adapters on a new Hyper-V Host Server THis Script has been used in production and...

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