How to Allow or Block a Website or URL by using GPO in Windows Server 2008

Requirements: Windows Server 2003 R2 or above versions (Windows 2008 & Windows Server 2012) Domain Controller

In this Tutorial we will be using Windows Server 2008 server, the procedure that you are about to read will be similar to Windows Server 2003 R2 and Windows Server 2012.

Open up the Group Policy Management Editor and locate the Organizational Unit (OU), expand User Configuration, expand Windows Settings, expand Internet Explorer then click on Security and double click Security Zones and Content Ratings.

gp-mgmt-editor
On the Security and Privacy Settings properties, under Content Ratings select Import the current Content Ratings settings, then click on Modify Settings then click OK.

Security Zones Content Ratings

On Content Advisor properties, click on Approved Sites tab, in Allow this website you may select Always, to Allow a website then click OK.

Allow site

Allow Website

or  choose Never to block a website then click OK.

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Content Advisor

How to Create Virtual Machine(s) in Windows Server 2012

In this tutorial, you will learn how to install a Windows 2012 Server O/S as a Virtual Machine (VM) in Windows Server 2012.

Open up Hyper-V Manager, click on New from the Actions pane then select Virtual Machine

In the Before you Begin  page, click on Next to continue.

In the Specify Name and Location, choose a name and location for the virtual machine then click on Next to continue.

Specify Name and Location

In the Assign Memory page, specify the amount of memory to allocate in the virtual machine then click on Next to continue.

Assign Memory

In the Configure Networking page, choose the network adapter that you would use for the virtual machine then click on Next to continue.

configuring networking

In the Connect Virtual Hard Disk page, specify a storage location to install the virtual machine then click on Next to continue.

Connect Virtual hard disk 2

In the Connect Virtual Hard Disk page, there are three options to choose from – Create a virtual hard disk, Use an existing virtual hard disk or Attach a virtual hard disk later. In this Tutorial we will choose ‘Use an existing virtual hard disk’, click on Browse and select the location of the VHD.

Connect Virtual hard disk 2

In the Completing the New Virtual Machine Wizard page, click on Finish.

Completing the new VM Wiz

This concludes the Virtual Machine Wizard.

******To start Hyper-V open up Hyper V Manager, right click on the virtual machine (or click on Start in the Actions pane) and choose Start.

Start HyperV

Choose Connect from the Actions pane.

Connect HyperV

Your Virtual Machine should execute.

***Please check out Installing Hyper-V Roles and Features in Windows Server 2012

Installing Hyper-V Roles and Features in Windows Server 2012

In this Tutorial you will learn how to add or install Hyper-V roles and features in Windows Server 2012 platform.

In the Welcome to Server Manager page, select Add roles and features.

In Before you Begin page, click on Next to proceed.

In the Select server roles page,  choose Hyper-V then add the features that are required for Hyper-V.

In the Server Roles page, click on Next to continue.

In the Select features page, you may choose to install or opt the features to install on the selected server then click on Next to continue.

In the Hyper-V page, click on Next to continue.

In the Create Virtual Switches page, click on Next to continue.

In the Virtual Machine Migration page, click on Next to continue.

In the Default Stores page, select a default location for virtual hard disks click on Next to continue.

From the Confirm installation selections page, click on Install.

From the Installation progress page, click on Close.

This concludes adding Hyper-V Roles and Features.

***Please check out this Tutorial on Create Virtual Machine(s) on Windows Server 2012

Removing Roles and Features in Windows Server 2012

If for any reasons you will need to uninstall server Roles and Features, it is a simple process. From the Server Manager’s Dashboard click on Manage then select Remove Roles and Features

In the Before you begin page in Remove Roles and Features Wizard page click on Next to Continue

In the Select destination server page select a server from the server pool, click on Next to continue

In the Remove server roles page click on Print and Documents Services  to uncheck it (in this Tutorial we will select this), click on Remove Features button

In the Remove server roles page click on Next to continue

In the Confirm removal selections page click on Remove

In the Removal progress page click on Close

You have successfully removed a server feature(s) and role(s) on Windows Server 2012.

Please check out my other Tutorial on Installing Roles and Features in Windows Server 2012.

Installing Roles and Features in Windows Server 2012

Access the Server Manager App from the Metro UI.  In this Tutorial we will be installing Print and Documents Services roles and features, you may use this guide to add any roles and features that you wish to add in Windows Server 2012.

From the Server Manager’s Dashboard and in the Welcome to Server Manager page, click on Add roles and features

In the Add Roles and Features Wizard page, click on Next to proceed

In the Select installation type page select the installation type that you wish, in this Tutorial we will choose Role-based or feature-based installation then click on Next to continue

In the Select destination server page select a server or a virtual hard disk on which to install roles and features, click on Next to continue

You may add any additional features if you wish then click on Add Features to continue

In the Select server roles page Print and Document Services should be selected then click on Next to continue

In the Print and Document Services page click on Next to continue

In the Select role services page, select additional role services that you wish to install then click on Next to continue

In the Confirm installation selections page, you may wish to check the box to ‘Restart the destination server automatically if required’, otherwise click on Install to continue

In the Installation progress page, you may view the results and this concludes adding the Roles and Features.

Note: If there are any errors during this process, make sure to view the Event Viewer logs for any errors and hints for the resolutions of the issue(s).

Please check out my other Tutorial on Remove Roles and Features in Windows Server 2012.