Ether IT Blog

Thank you for checking out my blog. I started my technology career in 2003 after joining the U.S. Marine Corps. I served for eight (8) years before being honorably discharged in the Tampa Bay area where I decided to call home. I enjoy all facets of technology but mostly I hover around virtualization (predominantly VMware) and Microsoft Operating systems. I’m slowly inching my way into cloud services as well. I know enough about networking, storage, and security to fool the average helpdesk guy into thinking I’m a Network, Storage, or Security Admin.

I have been wanting to publish content for quite some time after searching for things to help me resolve an issue and not always being able to find what I am looking for or finding an answer that was just a little more technically challenging than my level of ignorance would allow me to digest. My hopes is that I can fill in gaps where I was unable to find answers or to deliver content that dumbs down some of what I’ve seen that was just technically out of reach for us “regular sized” brains that still want to solve problems or just geek out a little bit.

I’ve been told that I am pretty good at explaining things that I understand and that I should teach or start a blog so wish me luck as I give this a shot. I’d also like to be the first to admit that I’m not a self-proclaimed genius and I’d love for this to be more of a dialogue that can grow with your comments and guidance as well as the things I’ve been able to discover and implement.

Distributed File System (DFS) Deployment – Manual Install

Prerequisites In case you didn’t configure your lab environment using our Lab-Alpha Environment post, the following prerequisites are strongly suggested in order to seamlessly follow (step-by-step) the instructions on this post without issue. Three Servers running Windows Server 2016 One Domain Controller (test.lab) Two File Servers Both File Servers should be joined to the test.lab … Continue reading Distributed File System (DFS) Deployment – Manual Install

Server 2016: Deploy a new Active Directory Forest

This post will first walk you through the deployment of a new Active Directory forest and then it will take you through adding systems to this newly created domain. Assumptions System is running Windows Server 2016 System has a statically assigned IP address Deployment Steps Log into the server with a member of the local … Continue reading Server 2016: Deploy a new Active Directory Forest

VMware Workstation Pro: Deploying Server 2016 Virtual Machines (VMs)

1. Virtual Machine (VM) Deployment Ensure that you have downloaded an ISO of Windows Server 2016 as it is the OS I will be using in this setup. From the VMware Workstation Pro application, click File from the top menu and select New Virtual Machine… (Figure 2.1) Select the Typical (recommended) radio button for the … Continue reading VMware Workstation Pro: Deploying Server 2016 Virtual Machines (VMs)

VMware Workstation Pro: Creating a Virtual Network

Network Deployment From the VMware Workstation Pro application, click Edit from the top menu and select Virtual Network Editor… (Figure 1.1) Click the Change Settings button at the bottom right corner of the window and enter credentials with permissions to alter the system or just click Yes. (Figure 1.2) Select VMnet1. Ensure the Host-only radio … Continue reading VMware Workstation Pro: Creating a Virtual Network


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