Connect Windows Server Essentials Experience Server Role to Office 365



Why bother with Windows Server Essentials now? Because although you can rely entirely on Office 365 in the cloud, chances are you want more local control and hands-on capabilities on local servers. That’s the main reason to use Windows Server Essentials, as a supplement to Office 365. (Yes, you can also use Windows Server Essentials in an on-premises-only deployment for basic services.)

By integrating your Windows Essentials Server with Office 365, you can perform much of the administration through the Dashboard on your server. For example, you can create accounts easily; you can manage license assignments; password changes made on-premises are synced to Office 365; and you can manage mobile devices and other services from the server. Granted, you could do this from the Office 365 admin center too, but it’s so much easier to have everything in one place.

In this tutorial how to connect Windows Server Essentials to Office 365 is shown. It contains wizards to handle complex integrations, such as synchronizing directories and setting up single sign-on. Remember: The Office 365 integration works only with a single domain controller, and the wizard must run on that domain controller.


Open Server manager and select add roles and features

2012 ad-2017-08-18-18-44-59

Select the appropriate server

2012 ad-2017-08-18-18-45-59

Select Windows Server Essential Experience server role

2012 ad-2017-08-18-18-46-12

2012 ad-2017-08-18-18-46-15

Click Next to continue

2012 ad-2017-08-18-18-46-28

Confirm and install

2012 ad-2017-08-18-18-46-43

After the installation configure Windows Server Essential Experience

2012 ad-2017-08-18-18-51-37

2012 ad-2017-08-18-18-53-43

2012 ad-2017-08-18-18-54-32

2012 ad-2017-08-18-19-00-02

Open Dashboard

2012 ad-2017-08-18-19-00-16


Integrate with Microsoft office 365

2012 A1 skype 2015-2017-10-03-05-30-46

2012 A1 skype 2015-2017-10-03-05-31-04

Provide username and password

2012 A1 skype 2015-2017-10-03-06-34-41

2012 A1 skype 2015-2017-10-03-06-34-45

Restart the server

2012 A1 skype 2015-2017-10-03-06-39-22

2012 A1 skype 2015-2017-10-03-07-32-48

It is done..

2012 A1 skype 2015-2017-10-03-11-55-17



Office 365 – How to Setup Exchange Online


After placing the order, go to the Portal and sign in using the user ID and password given earlier

04 thanks you order

Connect the domain you own or do this later. To prove that the domain belongs to you, you will have to visit GoDaddy or use a different method.

05 domain name

06 verfiy

07 godaddy

08 accept

You can add users now or do that later in admin center


Perform email migration if necessary or skip this step

10 mail

Install office apps

11 skype

Configure DNS records

12 dns



Go to Office 365 Admin Center


Please refer following tutorial to create users

Edit Users to configure Aliases

16 change alias of user

17 set as primary

18 warning



Go to Exchange online admin center

19 go to exchange admin center

20 EAC


Using Outlook Web Access you can mange your e mails. Alternatively you can use an email client.


22 outlook 2



IF you are not satisfied with the service you have the option to disable office 365

Disable subscripption


How to manually Configure Outlook for Office 365


In this case Outlook 2013 email client is configure for Office 365 to manage emails.


Open Control Panel and Click Mail

01 control panel email

Add a new Profile

02 add profile

03 profile name

Select manual setup

04 manual

Choose Microsoft Exchange server or compatible services

05 settings

Enter the details and select more settings..


06 username

Go to Security tab

choose Anonymous Authentication for the Logon network security

07 security tab

Go to Connection tab

Tick Connect to Microsoft Exchange using HTTP and Click Exchange Proxy Settings

08 connection tab

Configure Microsoft Exchange Proxy settings and press OK


Select only connect to proxy servers that have this principal name in their certificate: and type

Select Basic Authentication as Proxy authentication settings

09 manual proxy settings

Check Names

10 mail application

Open Outlook 2013 client

11 outlook

12 outlook client

Install and Configure RODC [Read Only Domain Controller] on Windows Server 2016


Keep in mind that

  • You need at least one writable domain controller to Install a Read Only Domain Controller


Firstly install the windows server 2016

Log in

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-14-31-28

Configure Network Card (provide a static IP address and DNS)

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-14-31-20

Add roles and features

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-14-46-50

Click Next to continue

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-14-47-04

select role based installation type (by default this option is selected)

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-14-47-09

Select the Server

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-14-49-09

Select Active Directory Domain Service Services Role

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-14-49-24

Keep the default features

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-14-49-30

Click Next

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-14-49-34

Click Install

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-14-49-41

Click Close after installation

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-15-39-28

Promote the server to a domain controller

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-15-39-38

Provide the domain name and user credentials for deployment operations

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-19-09-39

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-19-09-28

Provide DSRM password and select Read Only Domain Controller (RODC)

Directory Services Restore Mode (DSRM) is a special boot mode for repairing or recovering Active Directory. It is used to log on to the computer when Active Directory has failed or needs to be restored.

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-19-11-51

Keep the RODC options as it is

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-19-13-12


Keep the locations for AD DS database, log files and SYSVOL as it is

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-19-15-01

Review options before installation starts

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-19-15-16

Install Active Directory Domain Services

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-19-15-47

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-19-19-05

After Active Directory Domain Services installation restart the server

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-19-23-59

Check Installed Read-only Domain controller

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-22-55-33

Make sure to Connect to the RODC

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-23-10-36


Configure the Administrators role

Type dsmgmt in the run

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-23-36-20


local roles
add <DOMAIN>\<user> Administrators

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-23-36-09

Log in as other user

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-23-37-27

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-23-37-37


To Configure RODC password policies go to RODC properties

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-23-48-42

  • Configure password caching allowed and denied groups as per the requirement
  • Click on Advanced to display a list of users for which the passwords have been cached.

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-23-48-48

How to Install Additional Domain Controller in Windows Server 2016



An Additional Domain Controller is required for services redundancy and for domain authentication improvement in remote Site. Additional Domain Controllers avoid business discontinuity in case of server failure for the primary Domain Controller. Multiple domain controllers can also improve performance by making it easier for clients to connect to a domain controller when logging on to the network.

Keep in mind

  • We need a Primary domain controller for this tutorial (
  • DNS server (In this case DNS is installed along with AD – )


Log in to the installed server 2016

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-01-22-46-41

Configure network properties (Provide the DNS server’s address)

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-01-22-52-33

Click Add roles and services

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-01-23-31-25

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-01-23-32-07

Role based installation type is selected

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-01-23-32-34

Install Active Directory Domain Service role

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-01-23-45-38

Default features are installed

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-01-23-45-53


2016 BB secondary-2017-09-01-23-46-12


2016 BB secondary-2017-09-01-23-46-52

After the Installation click Close

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-00-09-23

Click Promote the server to a domain controller

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-00-09-35

Provide the domain name and user credentials for deployment operations

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-00-34-47

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-00-34-40

Provide DSRM password

Directory Services Restore Mode (DSRM) is a special boot mode for repairing or recovering Active Directory. It is used to log on to the computer when Active Directory has failed or needs to be restored.

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-00-35-43

keep the default

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-00-35-48

Provide the replication server (In this case primary server

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-00-35-57

Keep the locations for AD DS database, log files and SYSVOL as it is

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-00-36-07

Review options

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-00-36-11

Install Active Directory Domain Services

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-00-37-01

Log in after restarting the server

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-00-48-14

Installed primary and additional Domain controllers will be visible at Active Directory Users and Computers

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-02-03-51-07

How to Install Active Directory in Windows Server 2016



Active Directory (AD) is a directory service that Microsoft developed for Windows domain networks. It is included in most Windows Server operating systems as a set of processes and services. A server running Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) is called a domain controller. It authenticates and authorizes all users and computers in a Windows domain type network. -Wiki

In this scenario

  • Static IP address should be given (
  • DNS is also installed along with AD DS


Firstly, you have to install Windows Server 2016.

Log in

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-01-19-58-53

Open Server Manager

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-01-20-00-41

Add roles and Features

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-01-20-06-43

Click Next to continue

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-01-20-07-09

Select Installation type (in this scenario role based is used)

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-01-20-07-13

DNS and AD DS server roles are selected (if you want, DNS can be installed separately)

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-01-20-07-43 Watermark

Default Features were kept as it is

2016 BB secondary-2017-09-01-20-07-50


2016 BB secondary-2017-09-01-20-07-55


2016 BB secondary-2017-09-01-20-08-03

Installation progress

2016 AA AD primary-2017-09-01-19-33-29

Close to finish installation

2016 AA AD primary-2017-09-01-19-36-49

Promote the Server to a domain controller

2016 AA AD primary-2017-09-01-19-37-13

Add a New Forest and provide the root domain name

2016 AA AD primary-2017-09-01-19-37-35

Choose the Desired forest and domain functional level and provide the DSRM password (Do not tick RODC in DC capabilities)

2016 AA AD primary-2017-09-01-19-38-37

Keep the default

2016 AA AD primary-2017-09-01-19-38-42

Default NetBIOS domain name is kept

2016 AA AD primary-2017-09-01-19-39-00

keep the default database locations

2016 AA AD primary-2017-09-01-19-39-17 - Watermark

Review Options

2016 AA AD primary-2017-09-01-19-39-20


2016 AA AD primary-2017-09-01-19-39-41

After installation, restart the system

2016 AA AD primary-2017-09-01-19-42-44

Login as the domain administrator

2016 AA AD primary-2017-09-01-19-58-00

Check installed AD DS

2016 AA AD primary-2017-09-01-20-05-50

Check installed DNS

2016 AA AD primary-2017-09-01-20-05-54

How To Install And Configure CCProxy 8.0



CC Proxy Server can act as an HTTP, mail, FTP, SOCKS, news, telnet and HTTPS proxy server. It features powerful account management functions, including Internet access control, bandwidth control, Internet web filtering, content filtering and time control. It also provides web caching, online access monitoring, access logging and bandwidth usage statistics functions. ~

CCProxy is compatible with Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP and Vista.

Download the setup file


CCProxy is installed on Windows 7 in this tutorial

Windows 7 CCproxy SCCM-2017-08-25-15-11-22

Provide the installation destination

Windows 7 CCproxy SCCM-2017-08-25-15-11-26

Windows 7 CCproxy SCCM-2017-08-25-15-11-30

Review before continuing installation process

Windows 7 CCproxy SCCM-2017-08-25-15-11-46

Finish Installation

Windows 7 CCproxy SCCM-2017-08-25-15-12-15


CCProxy Configuration

Click Account tab


Choose Permit Only and IP Address

windows-7-ccproxy-sccm-2017-08-25-16-04-16 wartermark

Then Click New

Windows 7 CCproxy SCCM-2017-08-25-16-04-29

Provide a User Name, IP Address and Web Filter

Windows 7 CCproxy SCCM-2017-08-25-16-06-35

Configure Web Filter (Provide websites to be blocked)

Windows 7 CCproxy SCCM-2017-08-25-16-14-41

Click OK to finish Account configuration

Windows 7 CCproxy SCCM-2017-08-25-16-06-42

Alternative method

You can scan the IP Addresses too by providing an IP Range

Auto scan - Windows 7 CCproxy SCCM-2017-08-25-17-48-49

Auto scan - Windows 7 CCproxy SCCM-2017-08-25-17-48-53

Monitor the graph when users access the internet

Windows 7 CCproxy SCCM-2017-08-25-17-46-34


Configure Client’s Proxy Settings

Internet Explorer Configuration

Windows XP SCCM []-2017-08-25-16-07-55

Firefox configuration

Windows XP SCCM []-2017-08-26-06-05-02

Windows XP SCCM []-2017-08-26-06-08-05

How to Install VMware ESXi 6.5


In this tutorial ESXi 6.5 server is installed

Firstly download the iso file and boot from the CD/DVD to install ESXi 6.5 hypervisor


Click enter key to proceed

VMware ESXi 6.5-2017-08-18-08-03-38

Accept the End User Agreement

VMware ESXi 6.5-2017-08-18-08-03-44

Select a disk to install VMware ESXi 6.5


VMware ESXi 6.5-2017-08-18-08-04-31

Select keyboard layout

VMware ESXi 6.5-2017-08-18-08-04-40

Provide a password for root (local account with all privileges)

VMware ESXi 6.5-2017-08-18-08-04-54

Install VMware ESXI 6.5

VMware ESXi 6.5-2017-08-18-08-05-10

VMware ESXi 6.5-2017-08-18-08-05-29

Remove the installation media before rebooting

VMware ESXi 6.5-2017-08-18-09-15-13

After rebooting press F11 to enter the password for root



VMware ESXi 6.5-2017-08-18-09-27-25


Connect using following links from the ESXI web client



2012 ad-2017-08-18-10-09-45




How to Setup FortiGate Firewall To Access The Internet



11 image



In this case NAT/Route mode is used which allows FortiGate to hide the IP addresses of the private network using network address translation (NAT).

Forti setup tech water.jpg

Login to the FortiGate’s web-based manager

forti login screen

Configure the internal and WAN interfaces

Go to system –> Network –> Interfaces

Configure the WAN interface


Configure the internal interface

In this case DHCP is enabled

5 Internal ip

In the MAC Address Access Control List assign the mac address and IP address of the administrator PC

6 internal more

Review the Configuration

7 interface list.JPG


Configure default route at 

Router –> Static –> Static Routes

Set the Destination IP/Mask to, the Device to the Internet-facing interface, and the Gateway to the gateway (or default route) provided by your ISP or to the next hop router, depending on your network requirements.

8 routing

Review configuration

9 routing review

Configure DNS Setting

you can keep the default if you want to



Configure Policies

Two policies are created in this scenario

  1. General policy – restricted internet access
  2. Administrator PC policy – unrestricted internet access can be given

General Policy

Only HTTP, HTTPS, DNS services are allowed

11 policy top

Enable NAT and session logging

12 policy NAT


Administrator PC policy

Firstly you have to create a new address for admin PC at Firewall Objects –> Address

appropriate subnet number and the interface is configured

13 admin pc.JPG

Review created address

13 Admin PC address.JPG

Then create the policy for admin PC. All the services are allowed in this case

12 admin policy.JPG


Test the policy configuration by accessing internet using the admin PC and another PC in the network. Monitor the counter changes in policies

14 counter.JPG









How to Install and Configure Microsoft Forefront TMG 2010 – PART 01



Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway (Forefront TMG), formerly known as Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server (ISA Server), is a network router, firewall, antivirus program, VPN server and web cache from Microsoft Corporation. It runs on Windows Server and works by inspecting all network traffic that passes through it. –wiki

Please note that

  • Active Directory is running on Windows server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Forefront TMG 2010 is installed on Windows server 2008 R2


Microsoft Proxy Server —-> ISA Server 2000 —-> ISA Server 2004 —-> ISA Server 2006 —-> ISA Server Appliance Edition —-> Microsoft Forefront TMG MBE —-> Microsoft Forefront TMG 2010


Firstly You have to install .NET Framework 3.5 or you will get an error


To Install .NET Framework 3.5 go to Server Manager and click Add Features


Select .NET Framework 3.5 Features


Do not forget to install Web server (IIS) and Windows Process Activation Service, first


Install Windows Process Activation Service


After installing Web server (IIS) and Windows Process Activation Service you can continue with .NET Framework 3.5 installation.


Run Preparation Tool

Preparation tool 1 TMG-2017-07-10-17-29-29

Preparation tool 2 TMG-2017-07-10-17-29-24

Launch Forefront TMG Installation Wizard

S2008 TMG 5.5-2017-08-01-20-33-32.png

Accept the terms in the License and Agreement

S2008 TMG 5.5-2017-08-01-20-36-10

Provide customer information

S2008 TMG 5.5-2017-08-01-20-36-31

Define Internal Network

In this case following IP range is given -

S2008 TMG 5.5-2017-08-01-20-36-48

S2008 TMG 5.5-2017-08-01-20-37-41

S2008 TMG 5.5-2017-08-01-20-37-57

S2008 TMG 5.5-2017-08-01-20-38-04

Install the program

S2008 TMG 5.5-2017-08-01-20-38-14

Finish installation

S2008 TMG 5.5-2017-08-01-21-50-46


Configure Network Settings

S2008 TMG 5.5-2017-08-01-21-54-55

S2008 TMG 5.5-2017-08-01-22-00-18

In this scenario Edge Firewall is selected

S2008 TMG 5.5-2017-08-01-22-04-40

Configure LAN adapter settings

S2008 TMG 5.5-2017-08-01-22-38-52

Configure Internet adapter settings

S2008 TMG 5.5-2017-08-01-22-39-09

S2008 TMG 5.5-2017-08-01-22-40-01

Finish network setup wizard

S2008 TMG 5.5-2017-08-01-22-40-06


Configure the system settings

S2008 TMG 5.5-2017-08-01-22-54-34

Configure of the host computer

S2008 TMG 5.5-2017-08-01-22-55-32


Define deployment Option

S2008 TMG 5.5-2017-08-01-22-55-46

Microsoft Update Setup

S2008 TMG 5.5-2017-08-01-22-59-42

S2008 TMG 5.5-2017-08-01-23-01-20

S2008 TMG 5.5-2017-08-01-23-01-48

Customer Feedback

S2008 TMG 5.5-2017-08-01-23-02-06

S2008 TMG 5.5-2017-08-01-23-02-17

Complete the deployment wizard

S2008 TMG 5.5-2017-08-01-23-02-23

Please refer How to Install and Configure Microsoft Forefront TMG 2010 – PART 02 to continue