How-to : Windows Event Collector: DNS Event Log Forwarding


Tomasz Jagiello strikes back as guest writer 🙂 This time on Windows Event Collector configuration for DNS Event Log forwarding. Very good how-to with detailed configuration.

Design where via Group Policy a Domain Controller group will be configured to forward DNS Server events to a single collector.

To test and demonstrate Event Log Forwarding I built simple Lab environment:

  • 2x Domain Controllers (DC1, DC2)
  • 1x Event Collector (SRV1).




How-to : Integrate Cisco Easy VPN authentication with Microsoft NPS RADIUS on Windows Server 2008 R2


In this article will go through configuration of Cisco Easy VPN along with Microsoft NPS RADIUS on Windows Server 2008 R2.

Article covers:

  1. Basic information about Cisco Easy VPN
  2. Cisco IOS router configuration for Easy VPN
  3. Windows Server 2008 R2 NPS and RADIUS configuration

Let’s go…



Config snippets : useful Netdom command


Quick side note, not to forget for future.

Rename computer

Netdom renamecomputer %computername% /newname:Test-Server

Join computer to domain

Netdom join %computername% /domain:domain.com /UserD:Administrator /PasswordD:*

Cheat Sheet : Deprecated/Removed features in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012 Windows Server 2012 R2


Removed Deprecated Removed


AD FS v1 Web Agent x
AD FS in-place upgrade from AD FS 1.0 or “out of box” AD FS 2.0 x
AD FS support for “Resource Group” x
AD FS support for NT Token mode x
AD FS support for using AD LDS as an authentication store x
AD RMS license revocation x
Application Server role x
Built-in drivers for tape drives x
Cluster Automation Server COM API x (made optional) x (optional)
Cluster.exe command-line interface x (made optional) x (optional)
CertObj COM and InetInfo interfaces of the Web Server role x
Dcpromo.exe x
Dfscmd.exe x
Drivers for Jet Red RDBMS and ODBC x x
File Replication Service x
Internet Information Service (IIS) 6.0 Manager x
Layered Service Providers x x
IscsiVirtualDiskSnapshot and associated WMI methods x
LPR/LPD protocol x x
Namespace for version 1.0 of WMI; WMIC (in WMI) x x
NDIS version 5.0, 5.1, and 5.2 APIs x x
Net DMA x
Network Access Protection (NAP) x
Network Information Service (NIS) and Tools (in RSAT) x
Nfsshare.exe x
NFSv2 support x
Oclist.exe x
ODBC support for 16- and 32-bit applications and drivers x x
ODBC/OLEDB support for Microsoft Oracle x
ODBC/OLEDB support for SQL beyond SQL Server 7 and SQL 2000 x x
Providers for SNMP, Win32_ServerFeature API, Active Directory, MSClus WMI1.0 (in WMI) x x
Recovery disk creation x
Remote Data Service x
Role Collector (Ceiprole.exe) and associated API x
SCSIport host-bus adapter x
Servermanagercmd.exe x x
SIS Limited API x
Slmgr.vbs options x
SMB 1.0 x
SMB.sys x
SMTP and associated management tools x x
Storage Explorer snap-in for MMC x
Storage Manager for SANs snap-in for MMC x
Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications x x
Support for 32-bit cluster resource DLLs x
Support for hardware drivers for XDDM x
Support for Microsoft SQL Server prior to 7.0 x
Support for native VGA via the PC/AT BIOS or UEFI CSM x
Support for Static VMQ x
Support for Token Rings x
Support for Visual Studio Analyzer 2003 over ODBC, OLEDB, and ADO x
System Image Backup (“Windows 7 File Recovery”) x
Telnet server x
VM Chimney (also called TCP Offload) (in Hyper-V) x
Windows Server 2003 domain and functional levels of Active Directory x
Windows Authorization Manager (AzMan) x x
Windows Help executable (WinHlp32.exe) x
Windows Identity Foundation 3.5 x
Windows Server Resource Manager x x
Winsock Direct x x
WMI root\virtualization namespace v1 (in Hyper-V) x x
XDR schema elements, XSl pattern feature of MSXML3 (in XML) x x

Config snippets : Activating Windows Server 2012 Core


As there is no GUI in Windows Server 2012 Core, we have to use command line and script in order to acivate system.

slmgr.vbs is a VBscript which allows to set product key and activate operating system. Below most common use of slmgr.vbs.

Set product key


Activate Windows

slmgr.vbs /ato

Display information about licenses

slmgr.vbs /dli
slmgr.vbs /dlv
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