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Windows Server 2008 R2 Core configuration made easy

Windows Server 2008 R2 Core configuration made easy

Everyone have tried it these days. You get to the server console and then suddently it's there!.

The terrible and awful commandline interface Tongue out Now what...?

Microsoft have with the release of Windows 2008 R2 server core actually created a create little GUI tool named sconfig to help us GUI people Laughing

It loves for basic configuration of your Windows installation.

The Microsoft virtualization team wrote a god step by step article on there blog:


Windows 2008 Server Core Configurator 2.0 Tool

Another tool you need to know about is the Windows 2008 Server Core Configurator 2.0 Tool. It allows for a mit more configurations but you will need to download it first Foot in mouth

Configuration that can be done with this tool: 

  • Product Licensing
  • Networking Features
  • DCPromo Tool
  • ISCSI Settings
  • Server Roles and Features
  • User and Group Permissions
  • Share Creation and Deletion
  • Dynamic Firewall settings
  • Display | Screensaver Settings
  • Add & Remove Drivers
  • Proxy settings
  • Windows Updates (Including WSUS)
  • Multipath I/O
  • Hyper-V including virtual machine thumbnails
  • JoinDomain and Computer rename
  • Add/remove programs
  • Services
  • WinRM
  • Complete logging of all commands executed

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    Great Active Directory Utilities

    Hi Guys,

    Just did some surfing on Codeplex and stumbled upon a couple of great tools for Active Directory administration, management and logging.

    It's a must for every Active Directory Administrator:

    CheckDSAcls ver. 2.1.3366.19506
    Export ACLs on Active Directory objects in a CSV format. It supports the following features

    • Export only explicitly assigned ACLs
    • Export ACLs on descendant objects
    • Search within ACLs for a specific identity. Where does "Domain\Some Admin" have explicit access?
    • Choose to show either DACLs or SACLs or both.
    • Apply a search filter to the descendant object to return. i.e. "(objectCategory=computer)"
    • Compare the explicit ACLs to the defaultSecurityDescriptor and indicate if an ACE is additional or missing.
    • Report size of ACL as returned from AD (Note: This ACL size will change depending on whether or not both DACL and SACLs are requested).
    • Reports ACLs on "Deleted Objects" containers, when the "CN=Deleted Objects" is contained within the base DN.
    • Takes input from STDIN
    • Option to break object DistinguishedName into multiple columns in order to allow more flexibility in sorting and data mining in Excel.
    • Compares the SACLs on the objects to the defaults for the objectClass as specified in defaultSecurityDescriptor in the schema.

    ReplDiag ver. 2.0.3397.24022
    AD Replication Diagnostics and Lingering Object Cleanup Automation

    When checking replication health this checks the following tests cases.

    • Link is currently in a failure state.
    • Link has never successfully completed a replication cycle.
    • Partition hosted on the server has no links that have successfully completed an inbound replication cycle.
    • There is only one writable instance of the partition in the forest.
    • Partition has no inbound replication links.
    • Writable instance of the partition has no outbound replication links.
    • Partition resident in a site has no inbound replication link from an instance in another site.
    • Writable instance of the partition in the site has no outbound replication links.
    • Partition exists in only one site in the forest. This does not affect the health of replication.
    • Reports if a read-only partition exists on GC for which there is no writable instance.

    This also allows for automated clean up of Lingering Objects in Windows 2003 AD Forests. Reference

    TrustCheck ver. 1.0.3069.38903
    Collect all the trusts in the forest.

    Reports on the following:
    Trust Flags - In Forest, Direct Outbound, Tree Root, Primary, Native Mode, Direct Inbound
    Trust Type - Uplevel, Downlevel, MIT, DCE
    Trust Attributes - Non-transitive, Uplevel Only, Quarantined (Sid-History), Forest Transitive, Cross Organization, Within Forest, Treat As External, Uses RC4 Encryption
    When the password was last changed on inbound trusts.

    SearchForDuplicateAttributeData 1.0.3338.29743
    Given a specific attribute, search for all objects with the attribute and return the objects which have the same data in the attribute.

    Default mode searches for users and computers with duplicate data in the servicePrincipalName attribute.
    Allows custom searches. Examples:
    Duplicate user/computer names: SearchForDuplicateAttributeData /AttributeName:"sAMAccountName"
    Duplicate Exchange e-mail addresses: SearchForDuplicateAttributeData /AttributeName:"proxyAddresses"
    Group users by Exchange Mailbox Store: SearchForDuplicateAttributeData /AttributeName:"homeMDB"
    Servers with multiple printers: SearchForDuplicateAttributeData /AttributeName:"serverName"
    Report Printers by driver name: SearchForDuplicateAttributeData /AttributeName:"driverName"

    FindGuidInAD 1.0.3318.31807
    Translates a GUID representing something in AD into the relvent objects.

    Useful for translating a guids from an Access Control List (ACL) into either the object type or extended right it references
    Also allows translation of an objectGuid to the DN of the object referenced.

    / Peter


    MCTIP: Enterprise Administrator Certified

    I'm now a certified Windows 2008 Enterprise Administrator.

    Windows 2008 exams is just much easier then Windows 2003 Smile