Windows Uninstall utility msicuu2.exe

IT Tool Box:

Here you will find all the useful utilities.


Windows Installer Cleanup utility


Windows Installer Cleanup utility (msiccu2.exe) allows to remove failed installations.
It is a very useful tool for all the administrators.

You can download msicuu2.exe here.




A New Exchange Has Arrived


Resources for IT Pros

Exchange Server 2013 for IT Pros  
Exchange 2013 System Requirements  
Exchange Server 2013 Documentation  
Licensing change FAQ  


Exchange Administration Center  


Install / Configuration

Installing Exchange 2013 Preview  


Resources for Developers

Exchange 2013 – Resources for Developers


Technet Forums

Exchange Server 2013 Preview

SharePoint Foundation 2013 Preview

Have a looks SharePoint Foundation 2013 Preview .

Some of important references to products installation, articles and tutorials.

Products for the installation

  • SharePoint Server 2013 Preview
  • Office Web Apps
  • Development Tools

Articles with MSDN and TechNet




Backup and Restore

Code Examples


What are the new features in the AD DS in Windows Server 2012

What are the new features in the AD DS in Windows Server 2012

Active Directory design remains same like DC, ADC, RODC, FSMO roles etc.

New features have been added to make it easy for the administrators for managing the Active Directory.

  • DCPROMO has been deprecated
  • More dependent upon Server Manager for installing Active Directory
  • Active Directory Recycle Bin has now a GUI – Click here for more details.
  • Different password policies can now be easily applied within the same domain
  • Virtualized domain controllers can now be safely cloned since Active Directory is now aware to changes in the virtualization environment
  • Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) have been introduced into the Kerberos token
  • New capabilities have been added in Active Directory Certificate Services(AD CS), as below:
    • All AD CS role services is now supported on any Windows Server 2012 version
    • AD CS has been fully integrated with Server Manager
    • AD CS can now be deployed and managed via PowerShell
    • AD CS now supports automatic certificates renewal for non-domain joined computers
    • International domain names are now supported
  • Active Directory Right Management Services (AD RMS) now supports Remote Deployment.
  • Bit Locker can now be installed before the Operating system is deployed unlike previous OS versions where Bit Locker was provisioned post installation.
    • Administrator can choose if entire volume needs to be encrypted or only used space, unlike previous OS versions that encrypt entire volume including free space.
    • New Network Unlock feature that doesn’t prompt you to enter TPM+PIN in a domain environment  by automatically unlocking the Operating System at system reboot provided system is connected to a trusted wired corporate network.  It is generally useful while installing software patches in unattended fashion to desktops and servers.


  • Active Directory PowerShell History Viewer User Interface- Click here to know about this feature.
  • Fine-Grained Password Policy User interface
  • Active Directory Replication & Topology Cmdlets
  • Dynamic Access Control
  • Active Directory Based Activation (BA): To activate Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012.
  • Group Managed Service Accounts
  • Windows Server 2012 promotions employ an indefinite retries
  • Flexible Authentication Secure Tunneling (FAST)
  • Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT)- Click here to know about VAMT.

Setting Up Domain Controller With Windows Server 2012

In Windows Server 2012, dcpromo has been deprecated.

In order to make the windows server 2012 domain controller we will install ADDS (Active Directory Domain Services) role from the server manager on Windows Server 2012.

First we will change the server name let say server2012dc and  the IP address as shown below.

Installing AD DS Role

“Before You Begin” screen provides you basic information such as configuring strong passwords, IP addresses and Windows updates.

On Installation Type page, select the first option “Role-based or Feature-based Installation“.

Scenario-based Installation option applied only to Remote Desktop services.

On the “Server Selection” Page, select a server from the server pool and click next.

To install AD DS, select Active Directory Domain Services in turn it will pop-up to add other AD DS related tools. Click on Add Features.

After clicking “Add Features” above, you will be able to click “Next >” as shown in the screen below.

On the “Select Features” Page, Group Policy Management feature automatically installed during the promotion. Click next.

On the “Active Directory Domain Services” page, it gives basic information about AD DS. Click Next.

On the “Confirmation” Page, You need to confirm this to continue with this configuration. It will provide you an option to export the configuration settings and  also if you want the server to be restarted automatically as required.

After clicking “Install” the selected role binaries will be installed on the server.

After “Active Directory Domain Services” role binaries have been installed and now it is time to promote the server to a Domain Controller.

Promoting Windows 2012 Server to Domain Controller

To create a new AD forest called “ArabITPro.local”, select add a new forest.

Type the name ArabITPro.local

Specify the FFL, DFL, whether or not it should be a DNS Server and also the DSRM administrator password. As you can see, it has selected the GC option by default and you cannot deselect it. The reason for this is that is the very first DC of the AD forest and at least one needs to be a GC.

DNS delegation warning.

Checks the NetBIOS name already assigned.

Specify the location of the AD related folders and then click next.

Summary Of All Installation Options/Selections.

Click View script for single command  line powershell script for dcpromo.

Before the actual install of AD, all prerequisites are checked. If All prerequisite checks are passed successfully then click Install.

When you click Install, DNS and the GPMC are installed automatically.

After the promotion of the server to a DC finished server restart automatically.

Once the server is booted and you logon to it, click on  Server Manager | Tools ,  will notice that following have been installed :

•Active Directory Administrative Center

•Active Directory Domains and Trusts

•Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell

•Active Directory Sites and Services

•Active Directory Users and Computers

•ADSI Edit


•Group Policy Management