Month: January 2014

Linux – Configure a BIND Zone File

Domain Name System (DNS) is an essential part of any network. Berkeley Internet Name Domain (BIND) may be installed and configured on Linux CentOS and provide DNS name resolution. The configuration of BIND includes zone files. Below you will find a sample zone file for the domain name example.com. You may use this sample as…


Microsoft Windows PowerShell – Enable IMCPv4 Ping Requests

You may use the following (2) commands to enable IMCPv4 ping requests for Windows Server 2012 R2 with Microsoft Windows PowerShell.


Microsoft Windows Powershell – Hyper-V Cmdlets

In order to view all of the Microsoft Hyper-V Cmdlets use the command get-command -module hyper-v. You may explore these commands and create scripts to automate your Hyper-V administration. Automation can save your Information Technology (IT) department both time and money.


Microsoft Windows PowerShell – Configure IP Address(es) and DNS Server(s)

You may modify the following Microsoft PowerShell (.ps1) script to configure the Internet Protocol (IP) and Domain Name System (DNS) servers for a Network Interface Card (NIC) in Windows Server 2012 R2.  


Microsoft Hyper-V – Create a Virtual Switch using a PowerShell Script

Microsoft Hyper-V allows you to create (3) types of virtual switches (External, Internal and Private). These virtual switches may be created manually using the Hyper-V Manager or you may use a PowerShell (.ps1) script to automate the process. Below you will find a script to create an External virtual switch. 1. Issue the Get-NetAdapter command…


Microsoft Hyper-V – Install Hyper-V and the Management Tools using PowerShell

Microsoft allows you to install the Hyper-V role using PowerShell (run as an administrator) as well as the graphical user interface (GUI). One of the advantages of using PowerShell is that you can create a script to deploy a large number of Hyper-V hosts. During my initial testing I was able to install the Hyper-V…


Microsoft – Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide Series

When you are implementing any technological solution it is important to plan properly. The Microsoft Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide Series is a great set of documents that will assist you in your planning. Enjoy!


Windows Server 2012 R2 – iSCSI Initiator Configuration

You may use the following method to configure the iSCSI Initiator in Windows Server 2012 R2. 1. Click Start then select Administrative Tools. 2. Double click the iSCSI Initiator icon and in the Microsoft iSCSI dialog box click Yes. 3. On the Targets tab type the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the iSCSI Target (in…


Microsoft Active Directory – Windows Server 2012 R2 Domain Controller (DC) Deployment

You may use the following steps to configure Windows Server 2012 R2 as a Microsoft Active Directory Domain Controller. 1. On the Server Manager page click Add roles and features. 2. Click Next > on the Add Roles and Features Wizard page. 3. Select Role-based or feature-based installation on the Installation Type page. 4. On the Server Selection page select the correct…