Redirect Remote Web Workplace to HTTPS

Well, this used to be an easy one but things have changed slightly in Server 2016 Essentials. In the past, you could just redirect but, with 2016 Essentials, the address is now (redundant, right?). Fortunately, tackling this redirection isn’t too difficult…

Server 2016 Essentials setup guide: Setup DHCP and DHCPv6 server (Part V)

This is part 5 of 6 in the series Server 2016 Essentials setup guide

Things are shaping up pretty nicely and we’re almost done with the basic WSE2016 setup.  Now that DNS is set up, let’s turn our attention to DHCP so we can get clients provisioned and connected.  Windows Server makes DHCP pretty easy and plays well with pretty much any type of client.  A good setup interfaces with DNS to dynamically update A and AAAA records on behalf of clients and takes care of pruning expired and duplicate leases whether or not the client supports those features… that’s exactly how we’ll set things up! (more…)

Server 2016 Essentials setup guide: Setup DNS server and download updates (Part IV)

This is part 4 of 6 in the series Server 2016 Essentials setup guide

Our Server 2016 Essentials box is installed and has a static IPv4 and IPv6 address… now it needs to be able to talk to the internet and provide name resolution for our local domain — it’s time to setup DNS.  Say what you will, Windows DNS is pretty simple to set up and just works with everything you throw at it.  In this guide, we’ll set up both forward and reverse DNS zones for both our IPv4 and IPv6 networks and set up DNS forwarding.  Let’s get started… (more…)

Server 2016 Essentials setup guide: Setup Static IPs and the NIC (Part III)

This is part 3 of 6 in the series Server 2016 Essentials setup guide

After the initial install, we need to set the server up with a static IPv4 and IPv6 address… and yes, you need to set up IPv6!  First, we need to talk a little theory, do some planning and then apply the settings.  A little planning at this phase really will save you tremendous amounts of time later.  Nothing here is too difficult if you follow along with this quick guide, so let’s get at it! (more…)

Server 2016 Essentials setup guide: Naming the server (Part II)

This is part 2 of 6 in the series Server 2016 Essentials setup guide

It’s time to get WSE2016 installed and setup!  The installation wizard makes things pretty simple and the initial setup is quite similar to setting up Windows Vista/7/10 on your desktop.  Things are very self-explanatory and you shouldn’t have any problems… until you hit the ‘Company Information’ screen that is…  If you screw this up, you’ll have serious problems with public access to your server due to DNS issues.  Let’s set this up the right way… (more…)

Server 2016 Essentials setup guide: Introduction (Part I)

This is part 1 of 6 in the series Server 2016 Essentials setup guide

Setting up Windows Server Essentials 2016 properly will save you hours of headaches down the road and will ensure that you (for real, seriously!) have a solid, very stable and reliable platform for running a business-class Active Directory, IIS, Certificate Authority, DNS, DHCP and filesharing platform.  So here’s how I do it for small businesses or even individuals in a lab environment. (more…)

One server, multiple IPs

Sometimes, especially on a Small Business Server (SBS) machine, you will run into a situation where having more than one IP address linked to your server is very helpful.  This especially applies if you are only using one NIC in your machine and need to address it ‘logically’ by several IPs.  What situations is this useful for?  Well, how about a Database server application that wants it’s own independent IP address?  A SPAM filter/separate Mail-Transfer-Agent (MTA)?  Of course, I probably don’t need to give you examples, you’re reading this because you already have a reason for multiple IPs on a single NIC and just want to know how to make it work properly! (more…)

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