Changes in how Network Adapters are shared from Hyper-V to Hyper-V R2

Setting up a Virtual LAN is one of the initial tasks when getting started with Hyper-V. It involves dedicating a physical network adapter (NIC) in the host machine to be used by the any VMs you create. You are able to create as many virtual LANs as you have NICs in the server. This process converts any NIC into a virtual switch to be used connected to as many VMS as you like.

As most servers nowadays come with at least 2 NICs built in you are presented with a number of choices for how you utilise them Continue reading

How to merge two small active directory domains quickly and easily

This article describes the steps I took when we decided to merge to sister companies into one domain. I have, in the past, used the Active Directory Migration Tool. The ADMT, currently at version 3.0 “provides an integrated toolset to facilitate migration and restructuring tasks in an Active Directory infrastructure”. It works great and has loads of guidance on how to go about the daunting task of migrating 200 users from an NT 4 domain to Active Directory, merging domains or restructuring numerous sub-domains. However, it involves a lot of planning and background fiddling to get it working. In my current situation I needed to migrate only 20 users to our main domain so I didn’t really want the hassle of reading through the mammoth migration guide. Neither did I want to add everybody one by one. Therefore, I created the following method that did everything I needed as quickly as possible, without making my brain hurt 🙂 Continue reading