Add secondary Windows Server 2012 R2 Domain Controller

Having one Domain Controller is not recommended because it creates a single point of failure. If the only Domain Controller goes down in the organization, big outages will occur resulting in a loss of operations. To avoid this single point of failure you need to have a secondary Domain Controller. A second DC will load balance the services and minimize the risk of critical services going down. In this article, I will walk through the steps to add a second Domain Controller in a Windows Server 2012 R2 domain.

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Active Directory Users and Computers Toolbar

This is a reference guide to the Active Directory toolbar in Windows 2012 R2. When you open ADUC you will see the standard toolbar below. The table below lists each icon and its function. Icon Description This icon is used for navigation history. If I clicked the computers folder, then the Users folder I could … Read more

Active Directory user naming conventions

In this article, I will look at some of the most commonly used naming conventions for creating Windows Active Directory user accounts. Each user account will need to be unique, so having a naming convention will make your job as an administrator easier.

There is no one best naming convention it depends on your organization size and requirements. First let’s look at some things you need to consider, and what problems you may run into when using a particular naming scheme.

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How to Create a New Active Directory User Account

This article walks through creating a new Active Directory user account using the Active Directory Users and Computers MMC.

1. Open Active Directory Users and Computers MMC

2. Right click the folder where you want to create the new user account, select new and then click user. If you have not created additional organizational units, you can put the new account in the Users folder. In my example, I’m putting the account in the Winadpro Users folder that I have created.

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