Speaking Engagement : January 2020: Windows 7 EOS

Delivered a speaking session in a Microsoft Distributor event on Windows 7 End of Support and why move to Windows 10. The session focused on Why move to Windows 10 and how. Some of the key security features such as Windows Hello, Windows Information Protection, Windows Defender were emphasized. The event was graced by 75 participants who were mainly IT Professionals and Business Decision makers from the industry. The session was co-presented by Manoj from Microsoft.

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Speaking Engagement: October 2019

Delivered a session on Windows 10 and Windows Defender ATP. The session was attended by 23 participants. The session was delivered along with Pradeep Kavinda Kotuwegedara who was a previous MVP on Office and he covered the Microsoft 365 Productivity components and I covered the Windows and Windows Defender ATP areas.

The session was done with plenty of demos and questions.

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Speaking Engagement: September 2019–Windows 10 Deployment

A session was delivered in September 2019 on Windows 10 Deployment (Lite touch) using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. The session was attended by 23-25 participants who were IT Professionals and Deployment Engineers. The session went on for 4 hours with end to end demo on preparing reference machine, capturing image, installing MDT, and deploying the image to target computer.

Similar sessions are planned in the future targeting the Windows 7 Endo of Support

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Installing Windows Server 2019 Active Directory Step by Step

This article is the first part of a series of articles on “How to deploy Windows 10 Using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit”.

Active Directory is considered as one of the most critical workload in a network. It is responsible for authentication, authorization, auditing, policies, security etc. It’s a central repository of Objects as such as identity and other objects within a network. As and when a new server application is deployed within a Microsoft network such as Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server, System Center, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, etc. the AD DS schema is extended to accompany server objects.

Lets see how to install AD DS on Windows Server 2019 which is the latest Microsoft Windows Server Operating System

Click on the Windows Server 2019 Server Manager  and click Add roles and features

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On the before you begin page, click next

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On the select installation type window, select Role-based or feature based installation and click next

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On the server selection window, select the local server and click next

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On the server roles window, select the Active Directory Domain Services Role; and you will be prompted to ad the relevant supporting features

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Click Add Features and Click next

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Click Next

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Review the AD DS page, if you have to synch with Azure AD, you can configure here. If not click Next

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Review Confirmation and Click yes to automatically restart and click Install

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Review the results and click the link to promote it as a domain controller

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Provide the root domain name in the new forest and click next

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Select the forest functional level, DNS if its not installed before and the DSRM password and click next

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Click OK for the DNS option and click next

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NetBios name populates automatically and click next

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Review the paths and click next

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Review options and click next

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Pre-requisites will be checked. review and click install

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Upon successful installation you will see the installed roles in the Server Manager

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