Dcpromo under Windows Server 2012

downloadToday I want to promote an Windows 2012 Server to domain controller. I am building an new demo environment for a PowerShell 3.0 demonstration.

When I try to execute the well known command dcpromo I receive the following message:



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Configuring Windows 2012 Core

Today I want to install and configure an Windows 2012 server, set the ip-address, change the default computer name and make the server a member of my study lab domain.

No problem?
But I want to do all of this in a Windows 2012 Core installation.
Because it is possible!

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Windows 2012 VM on XenServer error

Today I want to install an Windows 2012 VM on my XenServer home lab environment. So I created the VM. Inserted the Windows 2012 ISO in VM. I start the VM. After loading of the Windows files I see the following error.

Your PC needs to restart.
Please hold down the power button.
Error Code 0x0000005D

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The curious case of the non responsive Windows 2012 Hyper-V server

Author: Daniel Nikolic

Suddenly the System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012 Service Pack 1 CTP 2 version could not connect to the Windows 2012 Hyper-V server, different error messages appeared which didn’t really make sense:

Error (2916)
VMM is unable to complete the request. The connection to the agent %MACHINENAME% was lost.
Unknown error (0x80338126)

Recommended Action
Ensure that the WS-Management service and the agent are installed and running and that a firewall is not blocking HTTPS traffic.

This problem can also be caused by WMI service crash. Ensure that KB 982293 ( is installed on the machine if it is running Windows Server 2008 R2.

If the error persists, reboot %MACHINENAME% and then try the operation again.


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Good old DSA.MSC on Windows Server 2012

If you want to do your regular Active Directory stuff on a Server 2012 member server you must first install that specific Feature. It’s more or less the same as on Server 2008 R2 but I will sum up both ways you can install it.

1. To install Active Directory Tools on a member server with the new “Dashboard” just click on the icon left image on the taskbar (where the start button used to be) and click “Add Roles and Features wizard”

In Features, expand Remote Server Administration Tools and Role Administration Tools, expand AD DS and AD LDS Tools,  and then click AD DS Snap-Ins and Command-Line Tools.

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