By André on Thursday, July 12, 2012 3:24 PM

Before you installed the first Domain Controller of a new Windows Server Operating System (eg. Windows Server 2003 / Windows Server 2008 R2) you had to extend the AD Schema.


In Windows Server 2012, Microsoft has integrated the ADPREP forest and domain upgrades and DCPROMO domain controller promotion processes into one Active Directory Domain Service Configuration Wizard that takes care of everything.

If you add the “Active Directory Domain Services” role with the 2012 Server Manager, this wizard is started.

By André on Thursday, June 28, 2012 3:17 PM

When you install Windows Server 2012 you can choose between

Server Core Installation and Server with a GUI.

imageThe good news is, that now, you have the possibility to choose between the two modes after the initial installation!

So you can install your server with a GUI, install the drivers for all the network adapters, configure them with the desired IP’s, enable remote Management, Remote Desktop, enable Windows Update and then at the end you can switch back to Server Core (by removing the features).

By André on Monday, February 20, 2012 5:52 PM

CMTrace.exe from the \tools folder of the latest SCCM 2012 (RC2) source must be used to correctly analyze date and time information from a SCCM 2012 logfile! Don’t use the old trace32.exe anymore!

With the new viewer – date and time – information of SCCM 2012 logfiles is displayed correctly!

the old SCCM 2007 log-viewer
the new SCCM 2012 log-viewer