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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Force a specific theme for entire network using GPO

I am attempting to force a specific theme to all machines in my network. I know that the GPO "Load a Specific Theme" in: User Configuration/Administrative Templates/Control Panel/Personalization Is ...
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Painfully slow network when routed through Windows 2012 R2

I have a Windows 2012 R2 server with two network adapters, on-board 1G one for the LAN and a 100M D-Link 530T connected to the internet. Internet Connection Sharing is set up on the latter. Client ...
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Server 2012 Essentials not seeing PC after upgrade to Windows 10

I have Server 2012 Essentials R2 configured with a regular old domain, and several Windows 8.1 machines joined to this domain. I created a Windows 10 install USB using the Windows 10 Media Creation ...
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Can't Remote Desktop To Windows Server 2012 R2

I have just demoted our Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller. Removed all services, and then did a fresh install of Windows Server 2012 R2. I gave the server the same IP address and host name that it ...
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Experimenting with Dell Precision T3500 w/ windows server 2012 r2 trying to figure out RAID [closed]

As my post title implies I've got a Dell Precision T3500 loaded with Windows Server 2012 R2 Data Center and I'm looking into the ins and outs of doing RAID on it. You might have guessed, I'm no ...
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DNS - Difference between scavenge and clear cache?

Server 2012 R2, DNS Service: In DNS Manager, what is the functional difference between "Scavenge Stale Resource Records" and "Clear Cache."?
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INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE on Hyper-V 2012 R2 virtual machines

I have a Hyper-V 2012 R2 cluster, 4 Dell PowerEdge R620 servers connected to a Dell PowerVault MD3600F storage array by means of FC connections; it's all pretty straightforward, all servers run ...
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Unable to see updated default IIS website on Windows instance on AWS through public DNS, but works with pubic IP

I have an Amazon EC2 Windows Server 2012 R2 Instance, which uses IIS to host my website. I updated the AddStudents.html, which is the default document of the website, by replacing it with a updated ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2 No Internet after Deployment of VPN

I recently deployed Remote Access to allow clients to access the server via VPN. However, after I deployed the Remote Access, I could no longer access the internet via browser. I could Remote Desktop ...
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Why did my Windows Server 2012 R2 timezone change overnight?

When I logged into my workstation this morning, the timezone had been changed from Eastern to Pacific. In the event viewer I see the following three events, all at 4:12:15 AM. It looks like the ...
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AD LDS administrator that can access more than one application partition

We had an AD LDS instance setup with 1 application directory partition: O=ACME The application that uses this partition can write to it using an administrator account we have created with the ...
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Inverting an outbound rule in Routing and Remote Access does not function properly

I have a private network of a few virtual machines and a Windows Server 2012 virtual machine that is connected to the Internet and serves as a router in the private network. I want to allow only a ...
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Operating System Dependency on BIOS

First things first. I am a software developer trying to learn hardware. I hope my question is clear and concise. I am open to feedback in this regard. Problem: I built a server using the Tyan ...
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powershell script to find files not modified in the last 60 days Windows 2012 R2 [closed]

I'm trying to find files not modified in the last 60 days on a Windows 2012 R2 server. The built-in search ability in Windows doesn't offer this ability and I have installed the Windows Search ...
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Active Directory Administrative Center - resize membership part

User can be a member of 3 groups at most to be visible in ADAC without scrolling. But in reality, users are members of 5, 10 even 20 groups. We have to scroll the "member of" list to check the ...
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How to persist credentials in a remote Powershell session?

I have an Azure File Share and would like to use this from my Azure VMs - after persisting the credentials on the VMs with cmdkey and mounting with net use. This was tested by running these commands ...
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WNetAddConnection2 fails with Access Denied

The below is a part of my c++ code. It makes connection to a network resource and can redirect a local device to the network resource. I am trying to execute the command from Windows Server 2012 R2 ...
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Old file is being downloaded from web server when browsing from LAN

I am facing a new strange problem while downloading files from web server. I am using windows server 2012. I will explain the problem with example. I have a text file (update.txt) in my server, to ...
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Upgrading Windows Server 2012 Essentials directly to Windows Server 2016 Standard

Posting on behalf of a non-profit I help out at. They currently have an on-premises Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials install. They're close to hitting the 25 user limit. Upgrading to a Standard ...
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wmic: error when setting remote desktop self-signed certificate

I'm attempting to use the wmic approach of assigning a self-signed certificate for Remote Desktop use on a Windows Server 2012 VM as described here and here. The CA for the RDP certificate has been ...
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Server admin can't modify folder permissions

We have a shared folder on our Windows Server (running Server 2012 R2). Someone managed to change the permissions on several sub-folders (a few levels down from the top of the share), and now the ...
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Windows 2012 R2 RDP - How to force a default desktop background for AD users on remote sessions only?

I want to setup either through a GPO or through some other method a default desktop background for my users when they sign in to our RDP environment. I do not want to force the background on them on ...
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PCI Scan failed with SSL certificate with wrong name

I've an IIS server which is hosted around 250 + sites. I am running a PCI scan against one website and its failing with these 2 errors: Common name of SSL certificate presented on this server is for ...
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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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SSO Service not showing up after vCenter 5.5 installation

I installed vCenter Server 5.5 u3 and wanted to adopt our monitoring to the new services. However, the SSO Service does not show up in the Windows Services. Everything works fine. Is this normal? ...
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Security-Kerberos Error, event ID 4

I have two new Domain Controllers on new Forest. Servers have DFS and IIS services installed. Everything seemed to go Ok for a While. After updating servers I got new errors. Now once in hour ...
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Need to start over with a new Active Directory domain. How far do I tear down the DC?

I built a Windows Server 2012 R2 PDC for a new domain. It's still in its infancy with only one DC and one member computer. Now I need to remove all traces of that domain and start fresh because: It ...
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Join Server 2012 R2 to existing Server 2008 R2 Foundation domain

Is it possible to make a server running Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard a member server of an existing domain running on a Server 2008 R2 Foundation Edition server? According to Introduction to ...
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Disabling Outlook Anywhere for external users in Exchange 2013

I've been exhaustively Googling this issue to no avail, and am at the point where Microsoft's $2000 support quote is actually looking reasonable, but I was hoping maybe someone here would have an idea....
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Windows Service “System error 5 has occurred. starting service”

I have a Windows 2012 R2 server which has been happily running a windows service for roughly 3-4 months with various build revisions going into the software. The server configuration hasn't changed ...
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Trouble PXE booting Live Linux Distributions from Windows Server

I have been tasked with the project of making Windows Server 2012 r2 PXE boot live Linux distributions using WDS and I'm having trouble. I have a Blade server acting as the WDS, a Sonicwall handling ...
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connect to server via public ip

I have an public IP address and local admin user on that server. How can I mstsc to the public IP with the local user if I don't know the server hostname? If I am doing .\user on the mstsc window, ...
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What is the windows server equivalent of iptables?

I found this post however it is outdated and appears to be focused on consumer versions of Windows. What is the Windows Server 2012+ equivalent of iptables?
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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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Converting HyperV 2008R2 image to 2012R2

I have a HyperV 2008R2 VHD image created with a 2008R2 based template configuration being - 2G RAM, 40GB disk, 2 CPUs and 2 bridge port network interfaces. Would like to know if it is possible to ...
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DFS-R Only syncing one sub directory

We've got 11 servers running 2012 R2, configured with Active Directory and using DFS-R to sync Roaming profiles and general data in a folder called "Shared" over our VPN. All of the servers are ...
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Is there a way to get the cmdlet for data deduplication when running an Unoptimization job?

I deactivated data deduplication on one of my drives because it doesn't work well with the backup system. I then started an unoptimization job in Administrative PowerShell. After that I realized I ...
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Remove server header from IIS 8.5

I have IIS 8.5 installed on my Windows server 2012 R2. I am trying to remove the Server: Microsoft-IIS/8.5 header from my responses. I tried installed URLScan but it fails to install with the ...
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Windows Server 2008 R2 best TCP optimization [closed]

We are running a back connected socks5 proxy business. The main server we are using has very high load of network usage. with the increasing of our users, the service is getting more and more ...
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IIS Web Farm site stuck on starting on other servers - 0x800710D8

We have a win 2012/IIS 8.5 web farm up and running using a shared config. All was working great on the servers and we would create a site on one server and it would go across them all. We run into ...
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Setting up IIS 8.5 - Security practices

This is the first time I'm setting up an IIS installation and i want to make sure to provide maximum security. Some questions were popping into my mind while setting up: Note that this server hosts ...
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IIS 8.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 cannot handle more than one concurrent connection

I am in a bizzare situation. Here's my scenario: I have been working on an MVC5 Web API2 Project hosted on Rackspace hosting. According to the diagram I've added, the API project is AppOne. We have ...
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Authentication Configuration with IIS 8.5 on Windows Server 2012

I have a site hosted using IIS on a Windows Server 2012 R2 server. The application is configured to use an application pool that uses the NetworkService account as the application pool identity. The ...
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TLS 1.2 client hello triggers TCP Reset from 2012 R2

Struggling with a PKI implementation in my lab (ADCS 2012 R2) and cannot for the life of me figure out where I have gone wrong. Got all the way to the point of being able to generate SSL/TLS certs ...
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Unable to update the password. The value provided for the new password does not meet the length, complexity, or history requirements of the domain

I'm using federated identity for Office-365 single sign-on. I have added the password change endpoint to my ADFS 3.0 server, and successfully opened the adfs update password page. However, whenever I ...
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Exchange 2013 ECP ,Redirect loop with wildcard cert

Recently we were unable to log into ECP, after successful login we a re redirected to de login prompt, on our two Exchange servers and no configuration change were made, we are using a wildcart cert ...
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Windows Server 2012 r2 fails to boot. BSOD w/ error “INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE”

I'm running Windows Server 2012 r2 on a Dell PowerEdge 2950. I've had it for several months now and it's been running fine, but a few days ago, it rebooted while I was out for whatever reason, and I ...
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Install “Microsoft Report Viewer” on Windows Server 2012 R2

I am attempting to install Microsoft Report Viewer (2015) on a web server. The web server is a Windows Server 2012 R2 (x64) instance. The web server will be running a .NET application that uses the ...
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Use Windows Server 2012 R2 IPAM Role to Manage a DHCP Cluster

My Google-fu is failing me today. I would like to blame the bad office coffee, the fact that it is a Monday, and the lack of information online...but maybe it is my fault. Either way, I hope that you ...
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can server 2012 R2 be used in server 2008 R2 terminal server farm

I have currently have 3 server 2008 R2 servers forming a server farm with a separate server 2008 R2 session broker. I am familiar with adding servers to the farm using active directory and joining ...