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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Windows Server 2012r2 black screen after bootup logo

We had a recent power outtage and our VM hosts went down, today I see that the SQL VM which is running Server 2012r2 boots up, we see the Windows logo and then a black screen. I am unable to ...
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Can I use the GroupPolicy PowerShell module on non-AD standalone servers?

I am trying to use the GroupPolicy PowerShell module to manipulate and read local group policy settings on a standalone Windows 2012R2 server. When I try to execute the Get-GPOReport cmdlet: ...
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Prevent RD users from storing password in WebAccess (RdWeb)?

When my users opens RdWeb (eg. from home) and enter their credentials, then they are presented with this dialog... How can I prevent them from storing their password?
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Server 2012 Backup fails another process has locked portion of the file

I am trying to setup Windows Server Backups in Server 2012R2 My script didn't work, so started troubleshooting from the very bottom. My backup target is a DLink NAS drive with shared folder (full ...
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Windows Server 2012 Standard R2 “Server Essentials Role” in a existing SBS 2008 Domain

I have an Existing Domain (DC being a SBS 2008). I want to add a Windows Server 2012 Standard R2 to the SBS 2008 domain and afterwards install the Server Essentials Role for remote connectivity etc. ...
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Downgrading Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Eval to Essentials?

So a month or so ago, I installed Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Eval. The server was just being used as a quickbooks server (remote desktop only used for administration, only runs Quickbooks DB ...
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Win2012R2 RDS Host Session - how do I prevent external access for some users?

I've set up a Win2012R2 RDS Session Host farm. Only some users must be allowed to log on outside our network (external) while everybody must be allowed to logon on internal network. How can I do ...
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MSTDC in SQL Server 2012 - Windows Server 2012 R2 with high availability

We had implemented SQL Server High Availability on two physical servers over the VPN network. SQL Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2. It was noted that, Distributed Transaction was working perfectly ...
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DFSr detected that a file was changed on multiple servers, but “winning” file and that moved to conflicts folder have same hash

We've just deployed a new DFS replication system between two Windows 2012 R2 servers. We cloned the DFSr database using MS's recommendations ...
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Fixing the Secure Channel Windows 2012 — the trust relationship between workstation and domain fails?

What is wrong: I am trying to join a server to the domain. I was able to join it, restart the server, and when I tried to log in, I got the error: Trust Relationship Between Workstation and Domain ...
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Windows Server 2012 r2 Standard Activation Issue - MAK license

I am trying to activate MS Server 2012 R2 Standard and I'm having issues. I have installed the software from the ISO file I downloaded from the volume licensing site. I have learned that this file ...
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How do I go about upgrading existing Azure VM with Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2012 R2?

Specifically for Azure VM. What is the recommended way to upgrade from Server 2012 VM to Server 2012 R2 on the same VM? I prefer not to have to create a new 2012 R2 VM and really rather upgrade my ...
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shrink my hyper-v unallocated drive

I have a hyper-v server that I originally created several partitions on but moved those to attached drives. Here is the drive now: I'd like to remove the 160gb Unallocated space. I tried to ...
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Why use a converged network design in Hyper-V?

I am reorienting myself to Hyper-V in its Windows Server 2012 R2 incarnation and have spent a fair bit of time reading Microsoft's Designing Your Cloud Infrastructure documentation. I am in the SME ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2: closing smtp/pop3/imap ports (or deactivating the related services)

I am running a Windows Server 2012 R2. At the moment, I want to improve the security of my server, so I am looking for services (and open ports), that are not needed. I disabled nearly every server ...
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How to allow standard user access windows server locally

We've setup first Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials edition. Our office is small & sometimes fellow users may use server as a workstation. By default, only Administrative accounts can login ...
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Best Practices Analyzer on Windows 8.1 erroneously complaining about DHCP Default Gateway

I'm using Server Manager on Win 8.1 Update and have DHCP installed and running on a Server Core 2012 R2 domain controller. The BPA believes Option 3 (Default Gateway/Router) is not set. But it ...
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Win 2012 AD, can't login with some users: there are currently no logon servers available to service the logon request

I have a Windows Server 2012 R2 with a fresh AD created, I have the admin user and test1. I added to the domain another Windows Server 2012 R2 machine and I can't log with the admin user, I get that ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2 DataCenter The request to list features available on the specified server failed

I am trying to add the Wireless LAN Service to my server but I first had to restart it because it installed some updates a while ago. After the restart it came up with the following error: The ...
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RDS 2012 R2: Broker HA round-robin-name fails

I have these servers... Name : DC1 Roles: PDC, File/Print, RD License, SQL 2012 Name : DC2 Roles: BDC, RD Webaccess Name : SVRDS1 Roles: RD Broker (primary), RD Host session Name : SVRDS2 Roles: ...
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RDS 2012 R2: An authentication error has occurred (Code: 0x607)

I've set up an RDS 2012 R2 host farm, but have problems. When I try to log on from an outside client, then I get this error... "An authentication error has occurred (Code: 0x607)" I've tried google ...
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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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Win 2012 RDS farm not accessible for external clients

External clients can't access my RDS farm - here's what I've set up: (all servers are Win 2012 R2 and clients are Win 8.1) Server: PDC1 ip: 10.0.0.2 roles: file, print, sql 2012, dhcp, dns, RD ...
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ping seems to be timing out in a shorter duration than specified?

I'm seeing some weird behavior with the built in ping command that I don't understand. (this is on a windows 2012 r2 box - I haven't verified if this behavior is seen on other windows versions) If I ...
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Server 2012- Installed DNS Role but DNS Manager not showing up in Tools

I have a Windows Server 2012 (In Virtual Box) setup with a DNS Role. In the server manager, DNS shows up on the left hand selection. However, DNS does not show up in the Tools.
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Copying default profile for new users fails with “The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process”

I've built a Windows 2012 R2 Standard x64 terminal server (session-based). Early in the setup process, I was able to log in with my Active Directory credentials, but when I turned it over for wider ...
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Check zone assignment from Windows Explorer in Windows 8/Server 2012

I'm trying to determine whether a particular folder is assigned to the Intranet zone. On previous versions of Windows, I could look in the status bar at the bottom of a Windows Explorer window, like ...
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How to handle updates that aren't appropriate for Server Core editions?

It seems that WSUS isn't smart enough to know which updates are actually appropriate for Windows Server Core installs. For example, WSUS wants to install Server 2012 R2 Update (KB2919355) but it fails ...
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Cannot start WDS installation in default language with 2012 R2 boot image

I've a WDS server running Windows 2012 Server and I just uploaded Windows 2012 R2 images to the WDS server. Changed the boot.wim image to the one in the 2012 R2 ISO, but after this change, I was ...
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Windows 8.1/2012 Update 1 & WSUS

I've updated some of my test hosts to Update 1 (KB2919355). Now, they cannot scan against WSUS anymore (0x80072F8F) OK, easy you say! Microsoft patched that issue, and warned about it. Now to the ...
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Inaccessible_boot_device after installing KB2919355 on Server 2012R2

I have a server 2012r2 machine that I just installed KB2919355 (the mega 800+MB patch recently released for Windows 8.1 and Server 2012). Server is a Dell Poweredge R715. Disks are 2x500GB SAS in ...
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Can I disable WSD (Web Services for Devices) on Server 2012/R2? How?

I am looking for a way to disable WSD on Server 2012 and Server 2012 R2. Basically, a number of our printers on a number of our print server have decided that using this bloody service is better than ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard located in our DMZ has problems with connection to RoDC

We had an environment with multiple 2008 R2 DC:s in our internal LAN and a 2008 R2 RoDC:s in our DMZ. We set up 2008 R2 servers in our DMZ and joined them to the domain using DJOIN. Everything ...
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WS 2012 R2 NIC TEAM

I'm looking at creating a 3 NIC Team for my hyper-v servers I was wondering is it actually possible to do a 3 x NIC team or is it only possible to do it in 2's? I have no lab equipment to test this ...
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Copy printer defaults to other printers

I am installing a new print server using Windows Server 2012R2 in an AD env. We are currently using a 2003 server to share the printers. To get a clean installation with only new drivers, and only ...
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Creating a RDS farm in Win2012 R2

My setup: Domain Controler (name: SVDC1) Three RDS servers (name: SVRDS1, SVRDS2 and SVRDS3) I'm setting up the RDS servers in a farm - never tried it before and I need your help. My task is, ...
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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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Windows 8.1 client disconnects immediately upon successful VPN connection with Windows Server 2012 R2

We have a Windows Server 2012 R2 (Datacenter) running the Server Essentials Role. I've setup Anywhere Access (setup DNS, obtained SSL cert for remote.domain.com, opened ports 80,443 on router). ...
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Layer 2 QoS for Windows Server 2012 service

We have an unmanaged Cisco SG102-24 switch which supports layer 2 QoS (IEEE 802.1p). Because we're installing VoIP at our office, we would like to prioritize VoIP packets from our voice server which ...
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Hyper-v 2012 R2 Nic Teaming with VLAN's

Currently have a 3 node 2012r2 cluster. Everything is working fine without any issues with networking / VLANS / etc... The issue that I am having is needing to define the VLAN at the Guest VM ...
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Windows Server 2012 Storage Pools and TLER/CCTL/ERC enabled drives

How do Storage Pools manage near line hdds (no raid controller) that implement TLER/CCTL/ERC? Is it completely transparent, or does that feature need to be disabled in order for the automatic ...
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Storage Spaces - Why Use Parity? [duplicate]

Given that mirrored Storage Spaces provide automatic corruption detection and repair, is space efficiency the only compelling advantage of parity over a mirror? I am thinking that the poor write ...
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in windows server 2012 - is it possible to use File Server Resource Manager to screen folders by name?

In windows server 2012 I can use File Server Resource Manager to screen file types by name and block them being created, ie, block all *.mp3 files being created. Is there any way to do the same thing ...
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Transfering virtual disk data from 2012 R2 server to 2008 foundation

We have a need to backup data on a 2012 R2 server and restore it to an offsite 2008 Foundation server. Problems arise because 2008 only supports .vhd files while 2012 insists on .vhdx vDisks only. ...
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Work folders not working

I am trying to configure work folders on W2012 R2. I completed server configuration (as described in all procedures) and I have no error in server logs. Port 443 is in use by "windows sync share" ...
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Server 2012r2 RDS - Start Screen

I'm in the process of setting up an RDS server. It will be multi-tenant, so it's locked right down. All user profile data is stored on the file server using GPO folder redirection. I want to lock ...
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DNS on Windows Server 2012 R2

I'm new to Servers and am using Windows Server 2012 R2, after trying to create a AD DC and connect a machine to it, I get the following errors when connecting: "An Active Directory Domain ...
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Downgrade IE11 on Windows 2012 Server R2

I have setup a test environment with Windows 2012 Server R2 Std, using RDS/RemoteFX. Anyways, the server is running fine but I need to use IE 10 and not IE 11 on the server itself. I have a web ...
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Temporarily attach a virtual disk to a hyper-V virtual machine in

Anyone know if it is possible to attach a virtual disk to a running hyper-V virtual machine so that it can be used for Windows Server Backup to use to backup the virtual machine and its system state ...
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Windows server 2012R2 as additional domain controller along with Server 2008R2 fails

On running ADPrep passes all prerequisite, but fails in the last stage with the below error: ADPrep execution failed --> System.ComponentModel.Win32Exception (0x80004005): A device attached to ...