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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Factory reset Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Virtual Machines

I have two Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition Virtual Machines running on a Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition with Hyper-V role. As a student, I've been playing around with the virtual ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows update process running even though Automatic updates disabled

I came in this morning to a catastrophe as all our servers (AWS EC2 boxes) were pinned at 100% cpu. I remoted on to one of the machines to grab the iis logs and noticed in task manager that the ...
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Windows Server 2012 and VM Ware Network, Host Cannot Ping Guest

I recently setup a home network so I can practice network administration at home to supplement my knowledge and improve my confidence in my programming career. I have been working out the kinks for ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2 loses network shared printers

I have one Windows Server 2012 R2 virtual machine on the ESXi server. It has RDS role, so multiple users can use it at the same time. Via GPO the user account receives some basic settings like ...
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Remote Desktop Services “Collections” tab is missing on Windows Server 2012

We just made the switch to new a server and changed from Windows 2008 R2 to 2012 R2 Datacenter. All the employees connect to this server using Remote Desktop Connection. Everything was going fine ...
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Transferring/Moving printers from Window server 2012 to Window server 2012 r2

Currently we are hosting multiple printers (different brand & models) on Window Server 2012 Print Server. In this server printers are added manually using Window Print Management Tool & then ...
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Keep the same IP and host name for new domain controller as crashed one

Because of some disaster I have lost my primary domain controller and thanks god that I had secondary domain controller so I could provide the service to the computer and save my data. After that I ...
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Startup and hard disk issues [on hold]

I have had a Windows Server 2012 R2 with a HP hardware, as an app server in a domain for a few month now. Two days ago, the server won't boot beyond the first Window screen, and goes blank after that....
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Local External Drive Backup for WinServer 2012 R2 Essentials

Right now a client of mine has a WinServer 2012 R2 Essentials machine with three hard drives in it - one is the main C: drive for the OS, and the remaining two are using Storage Spaces for drive ...
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Windows Server: what is the difference between Security Filtering (under the Scope tab) and the Delegation tab in Group Policy Management?

I notice that anything I add to Security Filtering also appears under Delegation, so I’m not sure how or why they both exist, and if they are redundant or not? Until now I had been exclusively using ...
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What are the supported Sysprep workloads for Windows Server?

Is there a definitive list of what Windows Server roles/features and what installed software can and cannot be sysprep'ed? Plus there are some things that support a limited sysprep. For example, ...
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How do I get Cumulative Updates for Windows 2012R2

I'm staying in a hotel and the internet here is horrid. I can download the updates from work and put them on cd and install them later. This is for a rack server that I don't want to drag to work ...
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How can I allow users to change their passwords when logging in via RDP?

I am running a Windows Server 2012 R2 server that admins and users can access via Remote Desktop Connection. I have set up the users and Local Security Policy so that on each user's first login, and ...
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installing windows mobile device center onto server 2012 r2 standard [on hold]

Hi Im Trying to install Windows mobile device center onto a widnows server 2012 r2 standard and i keep getting "Ink and Voice form installer has stopped working" Its installed on all other servers of ...
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Cannot ping 2012 R2 host server from external addresses after installing Hyper-V

Development box running 2012 R2, Ubuntu 16.04 in a Hyper-V VM Port forwarding set up on internet-facing router to pass through to host server. Can RDP into the host server just fine. Can ping to/...
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Disable password complexity on Windows 2012 R2

I have a Windows Server 2012 R2 that is my domain controller. I want to disable the password complexity rule for a few users only. I have created a group (called Formation) in AD to identify these ...
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Setup a local server to host Windows 10 updates for all LAN devices

Background: I have a really slow internet connection (the highest download speed I've seen on it is 3.5Mbps, though I only pay for 3Mbps) and Windows 10 does updates all the freaking time. Like, so ...
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Task Not Running (Last Run Result 0x41325)

I have two tasks with the exact same settings. Then only difference is the name of the Task of-cause. One of them runs Last Run Result: 0x0. The other however do not run 0x41325. Looking for ideas ...
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Can't add trusted domain's users to ACLs

I am currently testing external trusts as a way to share resources with another organisation we're very close to. The test environment includes 2 servers running 2012 R2. One for each domain with AD (...
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confusing Microsoft licensing. What licenses do I need to get? CALs/Windows Server [duplicate]

This is for a school (private, small, K-12). I've got one server computer I want to install Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard on (unless there's a better edition to suite my needs, please do tell) ...
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SysPrep windows 2012 r2 for VM cloning

I'm trying to SysPrep a 2012 r2 std edition VM that I built which has IIS already configured for my website as well as some additional applications already installed and configured the way I need them....
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Export or Convert Hyper-V VM to OVA/OVF

I can't find (Google) any documentation on how to export or convert hyper-v VMs to OVA or OVF. The hyper-visor is Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard. The results from Google only point to System Center ...
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What could be the cause of this latency on IIS7 web cluster MVC?

Specs: Windows Server 2012 R2 IIS 7 .NET 4.0 MVC 3 application 2 servers in a cluster with load balancing enabled Oracle back end We have dozens of MVC3 apps hosted on this server, but only two of ...
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Azure Backup - Unable to communicate to service

Been encountering this error message every now and then when backing up my servers using the standard Azure Backup agent: Azure Backup - Unable to communicate to service The agent simply bails out ...
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Slow writing speed to Windows Server 2012

I have a problem with slow writing speed via mapped network drive (samba) on Windows Server 2012R2. I'll describe my network and tests below: I have two computers both running W8.1 (Desktop and ...
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windows performance recorder - CPU usage Sampled vs CPU Usage Precise

Hello I am trying to capture the performance using WPR, sometimes it gives me CPU usage sampled, sometimes it gives me CPU usage precise. What should be done to get CPU usage sampled, every time
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Windows Server 2012 VPN SSTP VPN

I have the following problem : I have a tastk to create Windows Server 2012 RRAS VPN using SSTP. The PPTP VPN works, but I just cannot make the certificates work and I have no idea why. Logs are ...
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What does D:2 mean as the drive in a Windows path?

A Windows 2012 server is showing paths starting with D: and with D:2 in Resource Monitor, e.g.: System 4 D:2\$LogFile sqlservr.exe 1808 D:2\SQL\LOG\Sp2013_Config_log.ldf Screen ...
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Windows Server DHCP not working over 2.4 GHz Network

I have just realized that my Windows Server that is handing out DHCP addresses is not working over my 2.4 GHz network. I have tested both the Wired and 5 GHz networks in our building, but over the 2.4 ...
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Win2012r2 Services Recovery Tab documenation refuses to launch

Services Recovery Tab Help will not launch. [ On the "Recovery" tab in Windows Services.msc, clicking on "Help me set up recovery actions" results in "An internal error occurred (...
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RDS Clipboard redirection

I just deployed a RDS Host server and a Remote Gateway server, both Windows 2012 R2. I cannot get clipboard redirection (copy and paste between local PC and RDP session) to work for domain users who ...
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The FastCGI process exited unexpectedly 0x00000001

Problem with my IIS setup in Windows Server 2012 R2. Here is the error screen I am getting: I've tried folder permissions, running php-cgi.exe manually (which produces no errors), installing ...
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Non-Domain Thin Client RDPing to Domain Terminal Server with domain credentials

I have Windows Thin Clients on the network that are not Domain joined. They access a Domain joined terminal server. If I use RDP and enter the server name, then when prompted, user credentials they ...
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How can I propagate IIS settings across multiple servers in AD?

I have an active domain with about 20 machines, each running some applications we have setup. We need to set up IIS on these machines to serve files that some of these applications are outputting. ...
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Windows remote desktop session host high availability login

I had Windows Terminal Server (WS2012 Standard R2), where everything worked as expected. After this I installed 3 more servers and did high availability with 2 connection brokers and 2 session hosts ...
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Nginx: public website and anywhere access vpn routing

I have a nginx server with a https site hosted on it. In my network I also have windows anywhere access running (VPN, RDP ,xyz.remoteaccess.com etc). How do I setup nginx to allow the public to view ...
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Maximum Timer for Drain Roles?

This is one of those weird questions I would expect to be documented (Especially on Tech Net), but I honestly haven't found an actual explanation. As of Server 2012 R2 you can set your cluster nodes ...
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cygwin64 on Windows server, syslog data prints out all in one line

I am trying to automatically format syslog data from cygwin64 to print out with line breaks at the end of each line, so I can do some parsing later on. However, I don't see any configs that could ...
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In-place upgrades for Windows Server (updated for Y2016)

In the spirit of asking a Good subjective question I bring this forth again, in hopes that ServerFault will continue to be a preferred "go to" when searching on this topic. OLD REFERENCE Back in ...
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GPO - is it possible to override enabled policy with not configured?

we have a request to allow customer to change firewall settings for servers in some OUs. These OUs inherit some policy which sets firewall to off for public and private network profiles. I wonder if ...
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Multi-Folder/Site update of files

In our company we are hosting around 120+ sites on one of our servers, and we are bumping into the same scenario every few months. We find a bug in either an entire .html file or a class of a .css ...
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How could I quickly recover lost DFS files on AWS?

We have a Windows 2012 R2 file server on a EC2 instance, with DFS network shares. The overall data takes about 600-800GB. I would like to somehow keep a copy at 15 minutes intervals for the lastest ...
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why use an Active Directory multi-tree design?

I get asked the same question a lot. Why use multi-tree forests when designing Active Directory? I know that the two trees will belong to different namespaces and that they will share Scheme/...
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Internal EV SSL From A Windows Server 2012 R2 Root CA Shows Up As A Normal Certificate

I am trying to setup an internal ev ssl server for all of my internal applications giving ie the little green bar and chrome displaying my company name. It works fine in IE displaying the green bar as ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2 - Printing causes any application to crash

We have a problem when trying to print on a new virtual machine using windows server 2012 r2 on all (ipv4) network printers. When we try to print from Adobe Reader, SQL server management and all ...
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Disabling the enforcement of lock screen after idle time via GPO

I created a GPO for enforcing locked screen after idle time via the Interactive logon: Machine inactivity limit. Tested it on my OU and it worked. So then I disabled it but it STILL locks the ...
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GPOs fail to apply; reason: Inaccessible, Empty, or Disabled; Server 2012 R2 and Windows 10

I have a Windows Server 2012 R2 Domain. Yesterday, a computer’s (running Windows 10 Pro) network drive stopped working. After further investigation (gpresult /h) it appears ALL group policy objects ...
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SOLVED: Microsoft LAPS - Not implementing password to custom Admin account

I am trying to implement Microsoft LAPS (Local Admin Password Solution) in a VM environment. I currently have a Server 2012 R2 domain controller with a Windows 7 client. I was able to update the ...
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WSUS Too many “not applicable” updates. Is this normal?

I have just implemented WSUS in production for the first time. Everything is working fine, but the info reported by the Update Service Manager is a bit unintuitive. When i check on a computers status ...
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OpenSSH won't resolve %temp% environment variable in commands and batch files

I installed OpenSSH on my Windows Server 2012 R2 system. So far everything works except for resolving the %temp% environment variable: In my PuTTy SSH client I can resolve %systemroot% but not %...