SMBKitchen: Reading Technet… huh?

On January 18, 2014, in smbkitchen, by

So in reading parts of TechNet some of the parts you go…. huh?

Take in example…

Installing Windows Server Essentials Experience as a role in Windows Server 2012 R2 has the following limitations:

  • It can only be deployed into a single domain.
  • A read-only domain controller cannot exist in your domain.
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials cannot be joined to an existing domain.

Understand the first.  No prob.  Understand the second.  The third, I’m scratching my head over.  The whole point of the Essentials role is that it CAN join an existing domain.  It doesn’t HAVE to be the domain controller, fold the fsmo roles and all that.

So we’re at

Step 2: Install Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials as a new replica domain controller. This section describes how to install Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, or Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard (with the Windows Server Essentials Experience role enabled) as a domain controller.

I’ve installed the Essentials SKU in this example and you don’t get a wizard that asks you for migration mode you are just like normal standard server and get prompted for an administrator account setup

The key step is here:

If the Configure Windows Server Essentials Wizard launches, cancel it.

There is no if, it will launch on the Essentials sku, you HAVE  to cancel it.  It’s this canceling that means you are in migration mode, not clean install.  Another slight huh moment of TechNet.

So don’t forget right here… hit CANCEL

Up next tomorrow night we make it a dc in our domain (had to watch another episode of Downton Abbey tonight and tomorrow morning I’m pruning roses so the next step will have to wait until the evening.

To install Windows Server Essentials as a replica Windows Server 2012 R2 domain controller in an existing domain as global catalog, follow instructions in Install a Replica Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller in an Existing Domain (Level 200).

 Blogging my way through a proof of concept migration from SBS 2008 to Essentials 2012 R2 series will be a SMB kitchen project whitepaper.  More about the SMBKitchen project at –


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