Windows Server 2012 is the first Server Core installation that is capable of running the Remote Access Services Server Role which consists of DirectAccess and Routing. This role was not included in Server Core installations of Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2. In this part of my Server Core series I will explain how to install the Remote Access Services.
In my last article, we looked at how to setup a SSTP VPN server on Widows 2008/20012. SSTP VPNs work by transporting the VPN traffic encapsulated in a SSL link, so that they can traverse through most firewalls. Today we will look at how we can quickly setup a VPN connection on all of our systems via Group Policy Preferences (GPP).
In this two part series I will explain how to install an SSTP VPN server and how to deploy the VPN connection to Windows clients.
Teaming network adapters, or NICs, is a great way of providing load-balancing and failover capabilities for mission critical services. Windows Server 2012 allows up to 32 network adapters in a single team. You can create a team in the graphical server manager, or through PowerShell, which is very useful if you are automating server build or configurations.
In earlier versions of Windows, Microsoft included a loopback adapter. This was a virtual network interface that essentially you could use for network testing but without having a physical network card. In Windows 8 this device is a little trickier to install. Let me show you how to install the loopback adapter and how I’m using it in Hyper-V.