Creating and formatting a hard disk partition

To create a partition or volume (the two terms are often used interchangeably) on a hard disk, you must be logged in as an administrator, and there must be either unallocated disk space or free space within an extended partition on the hard disk.

If there is no unallocated disk space, you can create some by shrinking an existing partition, deleting a partition, or by using a third-party partitioning program. For more information, see Can I repartition my hard disk?

For information about reformatting a hard disk, see Formatting disks and drives: frequently asked questions.

To create and format a new partition (volume)

  1. Open Computer Management by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Security, clicking Administrative Tools, and then double-clicking Computer Management. Administrator permission required If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  2. In the left pane, under Storage, click Disk Management.

  3. Right-click an unallocated region on your hard disk, and then click New Simple Volume.

  4. In the New Simple Volume Wizard, click Next.

  5. Type the size of the volume you want to create in megabytes (MB) or accept the maximum default size, and then clickNext.

  6. Accept the default drive letter or choose a different drive letter to identify the partition, and then click Next.

  7. In the Format Partition dialog box, do one of the following:

    • If you don’t want to format the volume right now, click Do not format this volume, and then click Next.

    • To format the volume with the default settings, click Next.

  8. Review your choices, and then click Finish.

Note

  • When you create new partitions on a basic disk, the first three will be formatted as primary partitions. Beginning with the fourth, each one will be configured as a logical drive within an extended partition.

To format an existing partition (volume)

Warning

  • Formatting a volume will destroy any data on the partition. Be sure to back up any data you want to save before you begin.

  1. Open Computer Management by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Security, clicking Administrative Tools, and then double-clicking Computer Management. Administrator permission required If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  2. In the left pane, under Storage, click Disk Management.

  3. Right-click the volume that you want to format, and then click Format.

  4. To format the volume with the default settings, in the Format dialog box, click OK, and then click OK again.

Notes

  • You cannot format a disk or partition that is currently in use, including the partition that contains Windows.

  • The Perform a quick format option will create a new file table, but will not fully overwrite or erase the volume. Aquick format is much faster than a normal format, which fully erases any existing data on the volume.

Load Balancers (Kemp/F5)

KEMP Technologies, Inc. was founded in 2000 in Bethpage, New York and operates in the application delivery industry.[1] The company creates load balancing products which balance user traffic between multiple servers in an organization, business or managed service provider’s infrastructure

KEMP’s load balancers are primarily used by small-to-medium businesses,[4] including law firms[5] and banks.[6] The product line supports Microsoft services such as Exchange 2010[7] and Lync 2010.[8] The company also offers geographic[9] and virtualized[10] load balancing.

Kemp’s LoadMaster product is a load balancer[11] built on its own hardware platform.

Server Core Configuration

You can use the Netsh.exe tool to perform the following tasks:

  • Configure interfaces
  • Configure routing protocols
  • Configure filters
  • Configure routes
  • Configure remote access behavior for Windows-based remote access routers that are running the Routing and Remote Access Server (RRAS) Service
  • Display the configuration of a currently running router on any computer
  • Use the scripting feature to run a collection of commands in batch mode against a specified router

To switch the specified adapter from a static address to DHCP, type the following command:

netsh interface ip set address “Local Area Connection” dhcp

NOTE: Typing this command changes the interface named “Local Area Connection” to DHCP.

To display all of the adapters in the computer with their current IP addresses to determine the correct adapter name, type the following command:

Netsh interface ip show config

To change to a static address, type the following command:

netsh interface ip set address “Local Area Connection” static ipaddr subnetmask gateway metric

NOTE: Replace ipaddr with the static IP address, subnetmask with the subnet mask, gateway with the default gateway and, if necessary, metric with the appropriate metric. The following example changes the interface “Local Area Connection” to a static address of 192.168.0.10 with a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0, and the interface has a default gateway of 192.168.0.1 with a metric of 1:

netsh interface ip set address “Local Area Connection” static 192.168.0.10 255.255.255.0 192.168.0.1 1

Changing DNS:

First, the network name is likely “Ethernet”, not “Local Area Connection”. To find out the name you can do this:

netsh interface show interface

Which will show the name under the “Interface Name” column (shown here in bold):

Admin State    State          Type             Interface Name
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Enabled        Connected      Dedicated        Ethernet

Now you can change the primary dns (index=1), assuming that your interface is static (not using dhcp):

netsh interface ipv4 add dnsserver "Ethernet" address=192.168.x.x index=1

 

netdom join <ComputerName> /domain:<DomainName> /userd:<UserName> /passwordd:*****

Where:
ComputerName is the name of the server that is running the Server Core installation.
DomainName is the name of the domain to join.
UserName is a domain user account with permission to join the domain.
NOTE: Ensure you have the primary DNS server set to your Domain Controller

3. When prompted to enter the password, type the password for the domain user account specified by UserName.

4. Restart the computer for the changes to take effect.

C:\Users\administrator> shutdown /r /t 0

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