Monday, September 17, 2012

This is pretty simple actually; Install Windows as normal but selecting a Server Core as your installation medium. It will install just like a normal Windows 2008 install until the reboot process when it loads Windows for the first time. At the point it will ask for you to set your admin password and then boot to a Window’ish desktop where only a Command shell is available.

At first log in there are several things we need to do to prepare the system.

We need to assign the server a hostname

netdom renamecomputer %computername% /newname:YourServerName

Then we add our network information

netsh interface ipv4 set address name="Local Area Connection" source=static address= mask= gateway=

Then we add our DNS servers

This should be the DNS address of your Active Directory DNS Server so replace with that IP address.
netsh interface ipv4 set dns name="Local Area Connection" source=static address= primary

Confirm your new IP setup information

ipconfig /all

Now lets restart the system

shutdown -r -t 0

After we log back in from our reboot we join the existing domain

netdom join %computername% /domain:YourDomainName.
You notice I have a “.” at the end of the line! the denotes the end of the domain name and should be used.

Lets restart the server and bring it up as a member of the domain

shutdown -r -t 0

We should go ahead and activate Windows 2008 R2 now.

 cscript C:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs -ato

Now we need to add the DNS-Server-Core-Role

ocsetup DNS-Server-Core-Role 

To check if it was really installed we can run.

oclist |more

Now we dcpromo the server in the unattended mode

dcpromo /unattend /replicaOrNewDomain:replica /replicaDomainDNSNAME:YourDomainName  /ConfirmGC:Yes /UserName:YourDomainName\Administrator /Password:* /safeModeAdminPassword:YourPasswordHere
The (/Password:*) tells the Server to ask you it during the request to add after you run the command. The (/safeModeAdminPassword) sets what you want the local admin password to be if you need to log in “off” the domain.
The AD DS role will be installed and afterwords the server will reboot as a domain controller.

Now to make your job easier lets turn on Remote Desktop so you can RDP to the Windows 2008 Server Core and operate the command shell from remote.

cscript c:\windows\system32\scregedit.wsf /AR 0
I hope this helps someone out there get a Windows 2008 Server Core up and running as a Active Directory Server quickly.

Friday, June 15, 2012

How to configure setting of server core by 1 command:-

One of the first tasks an administrator must do after building a Windows Server Core machine is set the network address and configure the machine name and domain membership.  There are command line tools for all of those individual features but Microsoft included a useful command called sconfig that allows you to quickly configure basic server settings.
Simply type in sconfig on the command prompt and follow the on screen instructions:

Using Server Configuration you will be able to:
·                                 Configure machine name.
·                                 Join a domain or set workgroup name.
·                                 Configure local administrator accounts. 
·                                 Configure Remove Management settings. 
·                                 Enable Automatic Windows Update.
·                                 Manually install Windows Updates.
·                                 Enable/Disable Remote Desktop.
·                                 Configure Network Settings such as IP address and DNS servers.
·                                 Set the date and time. 
Logoff, restart and shutdown the server

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

To force the removal of a domain controller by using the command line in server 2008 core 

  • At an elevated command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
    dcpromo /unattend /uninstallbinaries /forceremoval /demotefsmo:yes /username:<domain admin> /userdomain:<domain> /password:<DA password> /administratorpassword:<local admin password>
    • <domain admin> is the name of an account that is a member of the Domain Admins group.
    • <domain> is the name of the domain for the domain controller.
    • <DA password> is the password for the account that is a member of the Domain Admins group.
    • <local admin password> is the password that will be used for the local administrator account on the server after AD DS is removed.
    The following example forcefully removes a domain controller from a domain named, removes the AD DS server role binaries, and sets the local administrator password to p@$$w0rd:
    dcpromo /unattend /uninstallbinaries /forceremoval /demotefsmo:yes /username:DA1 /userdomain: /password: DA1_password /administratorpassword: p@$$w0rd

Monday, June 11, 2012

How to remove active directory in windows server 2008 core
Hi guys today my topic is how to remove Active Directory in windows server 2008 core edition  step by step .

step 1 :In this step we will examine the demotion switches available for the DCPROMO Command and we will demote a server core DC. procedure:
step2: Logon your core machine 
step3: Type this command:-
          C:\>dcpromo /?:demotion
step4: This result is redirect to text file 
            C:\>dcpromo /?:demotion > demotion.txt
step5: then showing this file through this command it will be open in notepad file
step6: demote the AD :
           C:\>dcpromo /AdministratorPassword:ashu@123


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Offline  files in MCITP

Offline Files is a nice feature in Windows if you are running Windows Server 2008 on a laptop. With Offline Files you can select a folder at a networking place, synchronize, disconnect your notebook and edit documents, spreadsheets etc in the local version of the folder. When you connect to the networking place again, all changes will be synchronized!
Prerequisite: You must have the Desktop Experience feature installed.
1. Download and install the appropriate version of Windows Mobile Device Center from This doesn’t have to do with any Windows Mobile device, but it is needed to get the Sync Center option in the Control Panel.
Note: If you haven’t installed the Desktop Experience feature before you install Windows Mobile Device Center, you will get the error: The Update could not be installed because at least one Windows component required by Windows Mobile Device Center is missing.
2. In the Start menu click Control Panel.
- If you use the Modern View, click the Network and Internet section and click Enable offline Files.
- If you use the Classic View, doubleclick the Offline Files icon.
In the Offline Files window click Enable Offline Files to start using offline files.

3. Close the Enable Offline Files window by clicking OK and choose Yes when asked if you want to restart your Computer.
4. After the restart go to the networking folder you want to make offline available, right click on it and select Always Available Offline. A local copy will now be made.

5. Now you can work on the files, even if the laptop is disconnected!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Net Share Command-line Syntax

The first step in learning to use the net share command is to gain a basic understanding of the command line syntax of the tool. In basic terms, the syntax for net share is as follows:
          sharename=drive:path [/GRANT:user,[READ | CHANGE | FULL]]
                               [/USERS:number | /UNLIMITED]
                               [/CACHE:Manual | Documents| Programs | None ]
          sharename [/USERS:number | /UNLIMITED]
                    [/CACHE:Manual | Documents | Programs | None]
          {sharename | devicename | drive:path} /DELETE
          sharename \\computername /DELETE
As illustrated above, many of the tasks which can be performed using the graphical tools can also be performed using the command line. In the remainder of this chapter, some of the more common sharing tasks using net share will be covered.
Note that to perform any tasks other than viewing the current shares, the command-prompt must be running with administrator privileges. This can be achieved by right clicking on the Command Prompt in the Start menu and selecting Run as administrator.

Getting Share Information using Net Share

To obtain information about currently configured shares on a Windows Server 2008 system simply execute the net share command will no command-line options:
C:\Windows\system32>net share

Share name   Resource                        Remark

C$           C:\                             Default share
E$           E:\                             Default share
IPC$                                         Remote IPC
ADMIN$       C:\Windows                      Remote Admin
MyFolder     C:\Users\bill\MyFolder
Users        C:\Users
The command completed successfully.

Creating a Share using Net Share

Perhaps the most common requirement when working with shared folder and folders is to create a new share. The most basic of commands simply creates the share and assigns a share name. For example:
C:\Windows\system32>net share MyFolder=c:\users\bill\MyFolder
MyFolder was shared successfully.
In the above example, the folder located at c:\users\bill\MyFolder has been shared using the share name MyFolder. By default, Windows will assign read permission to Everyone when a share is created without specifying any permissions.
In order to grant specific permissions to individual users or groups, the /GRANT option must be used when creating the share to specify the share permissions to be assigned. For example, the following command creates the MyFolder share assigning full permission to user fred:
C:\Windows\system32>net share MyFolder=c:\users\bill\MyFolder /GRANT:fred,FULL
MyFolder was shared successfully.
If permissions need to be granted to multiple users or groups, the /GRANT option may be used multiple times in a single net share command. In the following example, full share permissions are granted to user fred while bill is only assigned read permission:
C:\Windows\system32>net share MyFolder=c:\users\bill\MyFolder /GRANT:fred,FULL 
MyFolder was shared successfully.
To create a share with comments use the /REMARK argument following by the comment text:
C:\Windows\system32>net share MyFolder=c:\users\nas\MyFolder /REMARK:"My SharedFolder"
MyFolder was shared successfully.

Using Net Share to Delete a Share from a Local Server

To remove a share from a local server using the net share command together the share name of the share to be deleted together with the /DELETE option. For example:
C:\Windows\system32>net share MyFolder /DELETE
MyFolder was deleted successfully.

Using Net Share to Delete a Share from a Remote Server

The net share command may also be used to delete a share from a remote server. In order to achieve this, the name of the Remote Computer on which the share resides must be specified before the /DELETE option prefixed with \\. In the following command-line, the share named MyFolder is removed from a remote server named winserver-2:
C:\Windows\system32>net share MyFolder \\winserver-2 /DELETE
MyFolder was deleted successfully.
Once executed, the above command will delete the share named MyFolder from the remote server named winserver-2 such that it is no longer available for remote shared access.
Standard and Public File Sharing
Windows Server 2008 supports two types of file sharing, referred to as public file sharing and standard file sharing.
In the case of public file sharing any files to be shared must be copied to the server's Public folder located at %SystemDrive%\Users\Public. Once placed in this folder the files are accessible to any users logged locally onto the machine and, if enabled, to any network users. Public sharing provides some control over access to the files. For example, when the server belongs to a workgroup the public folder can be password protected. In addition, network access to files within the public folder can be restricted to reading and executing only or given permission to read, write, create and delete files.
Standard file sharing, which is only permitted on NTFS volumes, allows individual folders files and volumes to be shared to specific users. This provides far greater levels of security over network access through a combination of NTFS file and folder permissions and share permissions, and avoids the necessity to move files from their existing location in order to share them.
Enabling Windows Server 2008 File Sharing
File sharing in Windows Server 2008 is managed from the Network and Sharing Center, accessed by selecting Start -> Network and clicking on the Network and Sharing Center button in the toolbar. Once invoked, the Network and Sharing Center will list the current file sharing configuration and options as illustrated in the following figure:

To enable public file sharing, click on the down arrow next to the
 Public folder sharing in the section entitled Sharing and discovery. This will provide the following list of public folder sharing options:
§  Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can open files - Allows network users to open, but not delete, modify or create files in the server's public folder.
§  Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can open, change and create files - Allows network users to open, modify, delete and create files in the public folder.
§  Turn off sharing (people logged on to this computer can still access this folder) - Allow public folder access only to those users locally logged on to the server. Network users are denied access.
Similarly, standard file sharing can be configured by click the down arrow next to File sharing. When unfolded, this panel provides the option to either enable or disable standard file sharing on this server. When enabled, a dialog will appear providing the option to make the shared folders available only to the private network on which the system resides, or to make sharing available to public networks. The choice here depends on the requirements of the organization but for security purposes it is typically best to limit sharing to the private network unless external access is required.
The Network and Sharing Center also allows password access to shared folders to be configured. When the arrow next to Password protected sharing is selected the options to enable or disable password protection sharing are provided. When enabled on workgroup servers, only users with user accounts and passwords on the server will be able to access shared files and folders.
Creating Shared Folders with Windows Explorer
Shared folders can be configured using Windows Explorer, simply by navigating to the folder to be shared, right clicking on the folder and selecting Properties from the menu. In the properties dialog, click on the Sharing tab to display and modify the current shared folder settings as illustrated in the following figure:

Within the sharing property panel, click on the Share... button to access the File Sharing dialog. Within this dialog, the users who may access this shared folder are specified. If file sharing has been restricted to users with local accounts and passwords, a list of users can be obtained by clicking on the down arrow. In this situation, select and add users, or select Everyone if access is to be made available to all users with local accounts:

Once these settings are complete, click on the
 Share button to initiate the file sharing process. Once this initial phase of the share setup is complete a dialog will appear announcing this fact, listing the full Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path to the shared folder and providing the option to email users to notify them of this fact:

Having specified which users will have access to the folder the next step is to enable the sharing of the folder, specify
 share permissions and configure a Share Name by which the folder will be referenced and accessed. In addition caching of shared files can be configured. Caching allows users to maintain local copies of shared files so that they can be accessed off-line(for example when the server hosting the files is not available to the user's local system). With caching configured, local copies of shared files are stored on the user's local system so that they can be accessed without a connection to the server. When a connection is re-established, any changes made to the local copy of the file are synchronized with the original copy on the server.
To configure these settings, click on the Advanced Sharing button to display the following dialog:

In this dialog, set the
 Share this folder option to enable the sharing of the folder. Once this has been selected the Share name field and associated button will activate enabling a share name to be entered. By default the name of the folder being shared will be displayed, although this may be changed to another name if desired. If the number of concurrent users accessing a shared folder is of concern, modify the number of simultaneous users accordingly. Enter optional comments about the share before clicking on Caching to configure the off-line file settings. This will invoke the Offline Settings dialog where a number of options are available including allowing each user to specify which files they would like to be able to access off-line, only having files that users actually access available off-line and disabling off-line sharing all together:
The final step in the folder sharing setup is to click on Permissions to configure the share permissions, details of which are covered in a later section of this chapter.
Creating Shared Folders on Remote Servers with Computer Management
Windows Explorer provides an excellent mechanism for configuring shares on the local system. This approach falls a little short in terms of convenience, however, when it is necessary to configure shares on a remote server. Fortunately Windows Server 2008 addresses this need by allowing shares to be configured from the Computer Management tool. One point to note is that while this section will focus on the remote configuration of file shares, the steps outlined here may equally be used to share files on a local server. In fact, the Create a Shared Folder Wizard can be invoked on a local machine either from Computer Management or by entering shrpubw at the command prompt or in a Run dialog.
After starting Computer Management on the local system, right click on Computer Management in the left panel tree and select Connect to another computer... In the resulting dialog box either enter the name of the remote computer or click on Browse and then Advanced... to search the network or domain for the remote system. Once a connection has been established to the remote server the Computer Management interface will refresh and the Computer Management link in the tree will also display the name of the selected remote server.
Once Computer Management is configured to administer a remote server, the next step is to begin the folder sharing process. Begin by unfolding the System Tools, then Shared Foldersbranches of the tree in the left panel. Select Shares to obtain a list of current shares configured on the remote system. The following figure illustrates Computer Management with a list of shares configured on a remote system named WINSERVER-2:

The creation of a new shared folder on the remote server (although as previously mentioned this can also be used on local computers) involves the use of something called the
 Create A Shared Folder Wizard, which, as the name suggests provides a user friendly way of configuring shared folders. To invoke this wizard, simply right click on New Share..., then click on Nexton the wizard's welcome screen. In the resulting Folder Path screen, either type in the path of the folder to be shared, or browse the file systems to locate it. With the required folder path selected click on Next to configure the name and description settings. On this screen, specify the share name by which the folder will be accessed from remote computers together with an optional description of the shared folder. Next, configure the off-line file settings for the folder contents by clicking on Change.
Once these settings are configured, click on Next once again to configure the share permissions for the selected folder. Either select one of the pre-configured options or select Customize permissions and click on Custom to configure share permissions on a per user basis.
Finally, click on finish to complete the sharing process. If the configuration is successful a summary screen similar to the one illustration in the following figure will be displayed:

Creating Hidden Shares
By default, shared folders are listed when users browse for shared resources. From time to time, however, it may be necessary to share a folder but have it hidden such that only users who know of its existence can access it by referencing the share name. This concept is known as hidden share access. The most important point to note about hidden shares is that it does nothing to prevent access other than hiding the fact that the share exists. If, for example, a user learns of the existence of a hidden share (perhaps because another user tells them about it), and the share permissions are such that they have access to the folder, the fact that it is hidden will do nothing to keep the user out of that folder.
Shares are made hidden by placing a $ at the end of the share name. For example, to hide a share located at C:\accounts simply give it a share name with a trailing $, such as accounts$.
Understanding and Configuring Share Permissions
As outlined at the beginning of this chapter, Windows Server 2008 provides two levels of permissions for shared files and folders, namely share permissions and file and folder permissions. Share permissions are applied when access is made via the network. When shared files and folders are accessed locally from the server on which they reside these permissions serve no purpose. File and folder permissions, on the other hand, take effect both when accessing files and folders both locally and over the network. In the case of network access to shared files and folders, the shared permissions are applied first, followed by any file and folder permissions. The key issue to note is that file and folder permissions provide a far greater level of control over access than the more general permissions options provided by share permissions. In this section, share permissions will be covered. For details on file and folder permissions refer to the chapter entitled Understanding Windows Server 2008 File and Folder Ownership and Permissions.
Share permissions are granted on a per user and per group basis. In addition to allowing a cap on the number of concurrent users accessing a share to be defined, share permissions also provide three permission options, each of which can be set to Allow or Deny:
§  Full Control - Grants the specified users permission to change file and folder permissions, execute, read, modify, create and delete files and sub-folders.
§  Change - Grants users permission to change file and folder attributes, read, modify, execute, create and delete files and sub folders.
§  Read - Grants users permission to read and execute files and view and access file lists and sub-folders.
Permissions are cumulative in that a user will inherit the permissions of all the groups of which he or she is a member. If a permission is Denied, however, it overrides any cases where that permission may have been granted. For example, if a user is a member of a group where full control is provided over a folder, and also a member of a second group where full control is specifically denied, the user will be denied full control regardless of the fact that it was granted in the first group.
To configure share permissions, start Computer Management, connect to a remote server if not working on local shares, unfold System Tools and select Shares to list all currently shared folders. To configure share permissions for a folder, select it from the list, right click and select Properties. In the properties dialog select the Share Permissions tab as illustrated in the following figure:

This screen displays the current share permissions and provides the ability to configure additional permission controls. To change the settings for a currently configured group or user select the user from the list, modify the permissions accordingly and click on
 Apply to commit the changes.
To add permissions for a specific user or group click the Add button and enter one or more users or groups into the text box (separating multiple entries with a semi-colon) and click onCheck Names to verify the names are correct. Click on OK to return to the properties dialog where the added users and groups will appear in the list. Once again, select each name in turn and configure the desired share permissions. Finally, click Apply to commit the new permissions.