Migrate a domain controller from Windows 2003 R2 SBS to Windows 2012

Windows 2012 logoIn this blog post , I am going to list the steps involved in transition from a Windows 2003 R2 Small Business Server Domain Controller to a Standard Windows 2012 Domain Controller.

The server involed in this process are:
Windows 2003 Small Business: adc-sbs
Windows 2012 Standard: adc-2012.

First of all, I’ve installed the Windows 2012 Server using a static IP address and set the preferred DNS server “pointing” to adc-sbs ip address. Next we have totally updated both Servers with all the latest Windows, and verified that the date/time is correct. Continue reading

Migrate a domain controller from Windows 2008 to Windows 2012

AgenThe environment is very simple: single domain in single forest and we do not use Exchange and other stuff. Only AD and file shares.

The Windows 2008 Domain Controller is configured to be the only Adc for the domain test.local: this server is also the DNS server for this domain.

We’re going to migrate to Windows 2012 Server, and power off the Windows 2008 ADC.

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CentOS 5.5 and SendMail 8.13: Configure smarthost for using TLS

Step 1
Check if sendmail is compiled with TLS (for encryption) and SASL (for authentication). This is the command to use to check it.

#/usr/sbin/sendmail -d0.1 -bv root

You must read something like “Compiled with…STARTTLS”

Att.: If you’ve installed sendmail using yum, TLS support is present !

Step 2
Install all these packages

# yum install sendmail sendmail-cf cyrus-sasl-plain cyrus-sasl-md5

Step 3
Create certificates

# cd /etc/pki/tls/certs
# make sendmail.pem

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Copying files from EXT3 to FAT

FatVsXFSThere are times which that is convenient to use USB disks formatted with the old FAT file system, i.e. in office environment with mixed operating system.

In my situation we have a linux server (using ext3 file system), with several SMB shared folder used by all the MAC/Linux/Windows workstation:  a very cheap backup system consist in a USB disk connected directly to the server, and a daily backup process that copy all the files from shared folders to this disk. In emergency this disk become the only way to get all files.

From here the most convenient way to use commonly a USB disk is to format it using the old FAT file system !

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