I have been moving my environment to Windows 2012 R2 from Windows 2003 network recently. One of server roles I was moving was domain controllers. I had two of them, both running Windows 2003 SP2. After a fresh installation of Windows 2012 and adding 2 new VMs to domain I installed Adtive Directory Domain Services and promoted them to be domain controllers. All forest and domain preparations are made by the wizard, so only thing you do is to raise forest and domain functional level to be equal to 2003. Then I waited a bit (1 hour?) and moved all FSMO roles to new servers. And that was the time I saw these warnings coming up on both Win 2012 machines: Continue reading
This is (not so) quick step-by-step guide how to install System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2. I assumed that you have an account on MS Technet to download evaluation software, you know how to install Windows Server 2012 or Hyper-V and you have lab environment to run few Virtual Machines. Continue reading
Previously I set up nested Hyper-V environment on ESXi 5.5. Now I will show you how to setup Hyper-V itself to prevent it from causing purple screen of death on ESXi when live migrating vms. I assume you have Hyper-V joined to your domain and followed my previous post about installing nested hyper-v. Continue reading
Today I`m gonna show in quick step-by-step guide how to prepare ESXi and properly install Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 R2 as a VM inside ESXi 5.5 host. I assume that you have basic knowledge of how to install ESXi, use vSphere client, SSH and a bit of Linux commands. I actually have two ASRock Z87M Pro4 with Intel i5-4440 based whiteboxes with ESXi 5.5 installed on them. You can find in my previous post how to build it. Continue reading
This is quick step-by-step tutorial how to install Intel i217-v NIC found on Asrock Z87M Pro4 motherboard on Windows Server 2012 R2. Nic is passed through to OS by ESXi, so I believe it will work on physical instance of Win 2012 as well: Continue reading
Since I spent many hours on finding proper motherboard with rest of needed components to get my lab working with VMWare ESXi I decided to write this post to make people find easy way to build ESXi 5.5 lab. Continue reading
I am a big fan of IT technologies. I work for big FMCG company where I designed a virtual environment based on Vmware ESXi, Brocade Fibre Chanel Switches and EMC VNX series storage array. This was tailor made to the clients company needs. Successfully migrated physical and hyper-v based Windows Server 2003 environment to Windows Server 2012 along with Linux OS machines. Installation, deployment and migration process took a highly efficient time of 2 weeks for 30 machines. Now I work on efficient backup system that will be able to perform a complete disaster recovery within few hours.
I hold Microsoft Windows Server certification (you can check that on https://mcp.microsoft.com/Anonymous//Transcript/Validate Transcript ID:1099148, Access Code:12345przemek123 ) Vmware VCP 5.1 certification.