Windows Server 2012 R2 is a server operating system from Microsoft. It was published on May 31st of 2013. It contains many substantial changes over it predecessor, and substantially streamlines the number of available versions, which are down to four: Foundation, Essentials, Standard and Datacenter.

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Concealing an RDP service with a website

Is there a way (using a proxy or otherwise) to conceal an RDP service listening on port 443, such that HTTPS requests made from a browser serve a website while RDP requests connect as normal?
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What is the best practice to grant permissions to ressources in a unidirectional trust?

I do not understand, at all, how I am able to grant permissions in a unidirectional trust, between two forests. In that trust there are two forests. You see that forest01.local is the trusting domain ...
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how to find the “Remote Desktop Connection Broker” server in a Windows Server envrionment?

I am about to setup the licensing for the Remote Desktop server and point it to the licensing server. Problem is, I am not sure if this environment even has a connection broker server installed or do ...
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VPN to Server 2012R2 with IKE behind NAT

I am having trouble to set up a VPN Tunnel from a Sonicwall TZ 100 to Windows Server 2012R2. I follow the guide from there Configuring a Site-to-Site VPN tunnel in SonicOS Enhanced firmware using ...
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RDP over SSL to RDP gateway and disabling UDP

I want to connect to an Azure VM (Windows 2012 R2) over SSL which AFAIK is possible with the RDP gateway service. However, this is normally used to connect to other local network machines instead of ...
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Can't use login.live.com or Visual Studio Online on Windows Server 2012 R2

I have admin access to Windows Server 2012 R2. I need to set up Visual Studio there with TFS support to debug a server application there. To connect with my free TFS account I need MS Live login. And ...
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Is there a maximum 'anything' when running a high number of processes on Windows

I have a series of well optimised services written in house using .Net running on many 512GB RAM server (a mix of Xeons including E5-2697 V2 etc). Is there a maximum handle, process, thread count that ...
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Event ID 1158: “Remote Desktop Services accepted a connection from IP address xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx”

I have set up a home office with a local domain with just one Windows Server 2012 R2 and i have allowed port 3389 from router to my server. While knowing this is dangerous, i set it up that way in ...
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How to install a Mail Server on your Windows Server [on hold]

I am looking to move my hosted site + email onto my Azure VPS (Windows Server 2012). I can migrate the site successfully using the @ A Name Record, but how would I go about the email? Do I need to ...
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Integrate Active Directory with OpenVPN server [duplicate]

I would like to setup a simple OpenVPN server on a Windows Server 2012 R2 domain controller and DHCP server. Simple, the person using whatever OpenVPN client they choose, should be able to try to ...
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Windows 8.1 Update/Server 2012 R2 Workplace Join requires Microsoft Account?

If we look at the client side of Workplace Join process it says that we should log on with Microsoft account, but I've never seen it mentioned that Microsoft account is a requirement for Workplace ...
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How to find out all users and their details using a single line command on windows server 2012 active directory? [on hold]

I would like to know if there is a single line command in dsquery or LDIFDE or any other command to fetch the details of all the users in all the domains in my Active directory.
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Capture image on server side volume with WDS on Server 2012 R2 (VMware ESXi)

I have an ESXi virtual machine running Windows Server 2012 and WDS. The server VM has a secondary hard disk which is storing my boot and install image files. When I try to capture an image, it wants ...
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Is there a cost effective way to break 32GB limit of Windows Server 2008 R2? [duplicate]

How to break a 32GB limit of Windows Server 2008 R2? I've got 4-years old SQL server. I would like to add RAM over 32GB without having to reinstall whole OS (this is bare metal installation). Can I ...
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new to Windows Server Failover Clustering

Need to test SQL Server's AlwaysOn Availability Groups feature. Seems I need to do some work on Windows Server to start with ("3-node WSFC cluster with the Node Majority quorum model"). But I've never ...
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More Than One Static Address Binding for DHCP?

I have my DHCP server setup to be connected to three subnets (ie: 2001:abab:1234:1:: or 2001:abab:1234:2::) using three unique IP addresses, except in DHCP server binding properties I can only see one ...
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RemoteApp application minimizes when switching tabs on Windows Server 2012 R2

We are using an application with RemoteApp. We had no issues with Windows Server 2008R2. Installing the very same application on a Server 2012 R2 Standard, weird things started happening. The ...
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Avg Total Percent Processor Time in System Center Operation Manager Reports

In system center 2012 operations manager there is a report called windows server operating system reports. When I run the report there are two sections to do with the processor. One section is ...
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Exchange 2013 unable to relay to external adress

I'm having a hard time getting Exchange relaying the mail from my applications to external domains. I have setup a recieve connector as Hub Transport Custom connector. Externally secured (for ...
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Cannot search for user and groups in a trusted forest. Server asks for password of trusted domain

I am currently familiarizing myself with trusts.On each of two Server 2012 R2 I installed a domain controller in a new forest. dc1.forest01.local, 192.168.10.10/16 dc2.forest02.local, ...
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Can VMs offload checksum calculations to the physical NIC when I disable checksum offload on the host?

Due to random issues during backup, we were advised to disable checksum offload on all physical and virtual machines involved in the backup procedure. I started by disabling the feature on all ...
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Is a reboot required for SSL V3 disable on Windows? - Poodle exploit

We are trying to disable SSL V3 on numerous windows servers; as a part of it , registries are being updated remotely via script. Problem is lots of reboots are required post registry change. Is there ...
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Install Active Directory PowerShell module on Windows Server 2012

I need to install the AD PowerShell module on Windows Server 2012 but I can't afford for the server to restart during business hours. My question is can the AD module be installed from Add/Remove ...
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Windows Server 2012R2 DHCP Scope Preference

I have three scopes setup in DHCP. Subnets 0, 1, and 2; setup with the preference of 1, 2, and 3 respectively. Yet when I tell a client to renew its address it gets an address from subnet 1. What is ...
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Get-Process not working against remote Windows 7 clients

I have been trying to run Microsoft's GetNetworkStatistics script against remote computers to enable us to track what processes are using bandwidth along with other tools. I am unable to run the ...
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Vendor whitepaper says: 5Mpps no prob. I'm already hitting a wall at 120kpps. Where's the bottleneck?

HP's whitepaper on their QLogic (fka Broadcom) NetXtreme II adapters, which includes the specific NIC that I'm testing, states (page 7) that their small packet performance for packets up to 256 ...
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Server 2012 R2 Activation errors - OEM_SLP

I have inherited a Dell Power Edge R320 server running for a client and it is complaining that it is not activated. I have gone through the activation process by phone using the automated service and ...
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How are threads distributed among cores in a multi-processor system?

I'm currently checking out the limits of a server application on a system with two 12-core processors, i.e. 24 cores. (Hyper-threading currently disabled). I'm running 12 UDP receive-heavy instances ...
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How to enable Icon Handlers on Windows Server?

A default install of Windows Server 2012 R2 has third party icon handlers (used to generate explorer thumbnails) disabled. Explorer shows correct thumbnails for pictures (.JPG, .PNG etc.) but generic ...
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Moving one website from one server to another using powershell

I've been reading about MS Deploy and writing a small script to export/import one website from one server to another server(IIS8 to IIS8). But I ran into sizing problems and some other errors and the ...
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Scripting Static Routes in Routing and Remote Access

This Technet article explains how to create a static route for IPv4 in Microsoft's Routing and Remote Access with the MMC snap-in. How can I script this, either through PowerShell or VBScript?
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Cannot add a 2012 server to a 2003 domain as it says forrest functional level is 2003 but domains and trusts shows it as 2003

I have a single 2003 DC (Enterprise edition 32 bit SP2) that according to AD Domains and Trusts is at functional level Windows Server 2003. According to AD Users and Computers my Domain functional ...
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Group Managed Service Accounts: -PrincipalsAllowedToRetrieveManagedPassword

So the documentation for creating gMSAs says that the parameter "-PrincipalsAllowedToRetrieveManagedPassword" should restrict the ability of using the gMSA to the machines that are part of the ...
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Error 29503. The SQL Server service failed to start

I'm trying to install SQL 2005 onto a 2012 R2 server. The install is failing at the end when it is trying to start the database service. I have looked in the install logs and I'm getting the following ...
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Windows 2012 DNS server: proper address resolution on one computer only

I need www.example.com to resolve to 192.168.0.1 on my local AD network. Therefore I've added www.example.com Forward Lookup Zone on AD controller. On my computer as well as on the server itself it ...
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Disable SSLv3 on Windows Server 2012

I have disabled the SSLv3 on Windows 2012 sever using the following method: http://blog.brankovucinec.com/2014/11/13/disable-the-sslv3-protocol-on-microsoft-windows-servers/ Around the same thing is ...
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Windows Server 2012 Disk Operations Freezing

I've got 2x brand new Windows server 2012 R2 servers. Fresh install. All Windows updates applied. One on a brand-new physical server, and the other in our VMWare cluster. When I try and perform a ...
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How to automatically bring servers up if AC returns before the fail process completes?

I have the following processes in place for an AC power loss: UPS emails an "On battery" message UPS sends a power loss shutdown event to the host OS (hyper-V server 2012 R2) Host OS sends SNMP ...
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How long can a domain controller not be in contact with the domain without causing problems? [duplicate]

Server 2012 R2 w/ GUI in Hyper-V role, hosting VM servers. Very small system at present. Primary Servers in this system are: Domain Controller(DC), SQL, TFS, IIS, Build server I successfully ...
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Install RSAT-Hyper-V-tools fails on Windows Server 2012 R2 Server Core

When I try to install Rsat-Hyper-v-tools with powershell command: add-windowsfeature rsat-hyper-v-tools -includeAllSubFeature It fails with error saying that: The source files could not be ...
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Forward DNS Table Entries?

I've been running into a complex issue where I work. We're a small business and we've an Asus RT-AC66U running Tomato 1.2.8 A little background knowledge; In our environment we have a single AD DS ...
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How can I tell what time a web site stopped in IIS 8.5

For some unknown reason one of my sites stopped on the server. I have looked in the the Application and System event logs, as well as the logs located at: C:\inetpub\logs. However I see no indication ...
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Scheduled PS Script Not Running

I'm trying to run the script from https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Password-Expiry-Email-177c3e27 I've corrected the variables for my environment and I'm able to run it from my workstation and ...
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test connection status and speed between azure vm and client

We have some VMs up and running, but we are seeing slow performance on some of them. We are unsure if it is a VM problem (Azure overloaded), an intermediate network problem or a problem on the client ...
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Can you change the RemoteApp location of a published app?

We would like to be able to roll out new versions of an application in RemoteApp without having to kick off users. One idea was to publish the new version of the application in a different directory, ...
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Are all domain controllers on a small network considered equivalent/equal?

Windows Server 2012 R2 w/ GUI, Hyper-V host, VM DC I am installing my first second Domain Controller(DC) (sounds weird but that really is what I'm doing). I have what I think is a good process to ...
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Is there a way to disable the friendly error message when installing Windows Server 2012 R2?

I have a server that is 3 years old that may have a driver issue when installing Windows 2012R2. The problem is, during the installation right before the installer begins copying files and right after ...
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EC2 Network Interface with secondary Private IP, not showing on Interface in Windows

I have a windows server 2012 r2 instance on EC2 under VPC, I have two Network Interfaces. The Primary Private IP is shown in windows for both. I have a secondary IP address on one of the network ...
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HyperV - responsive VMs

I'm new to Hyper-V. We have provisioned some good server hardware (12 CPU cores (24 vCPUs), 128GB RAM - for future growth) and imported 6 existing Windows 2003/2008 servers all of which host websites. ...
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Windows Server 2012 - Prompt on accessing network resource from server hosting resource

Here's an odd one that I've not been able to crack. For my home lab setup, I've got two near identical physical servers that run Windows Server 2012 R2. The goal of my home lab setup is to be able ...