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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AD migration from SBS2011 to 2012 R2 and new domain

We have an existing SBS2011 server, and would like to migrate to a new 2012 R2 server. Ideally, we'd like to do this in a new domain - 1. we'd like to reorganize the OUs to remove the "SBS" named ...
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Hyper-V Enhanced Session Mode not working for a user

A user can connect to a VM running Windows 8.1 through Virtual Machine Connection, but is unable to listen to audio. The Admin was able to connect to the same VM from the user’s computer and sign on ...
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How to have your DNS servers forward queries for internet names

I have 2 Domain Controllers / DNS servers on Windows 2012, their IPs are 10.0.1.10 and 10.0.1.11 Another server acts as the DHCP server for clients, and sets their primary and secondary DNS to the IP ...
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Reset users password in Active Directory by Domain Admin account or other service account

In Active Directory you can set and enforce rules where users have to use strong password, can't use last 5+ passwords they already had, enforce password complexity. Is there a way to enforce such ...
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RDS installation failure on 2012 R2 Server Core VM in Hyper-V Server

I'm currently installing a test-bed for my firms Infrastructure replacement. 10 or so Windows/Linux servers will be replaced by 2 physical servers running Hyper-V server. All services (DC, RDS, SQL) ...
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How to integrate Active Directory with FreeBSD 10.0 using security/sssd?

What are the required steps to authenticate users from an Active Directory running on Windows Server 2012 R2 in FreeBSD 10.0 using sssd with the AD backend with Kerberos TGT working?
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Powershell and DfsrConfigurationFromAD - how to check all servers are updated?

I have two Win2012R2 servers (SERVER1 and SERVER2) that uses DFS Replication for keeping a couple of folders synchronized. Using the following Powershell-script that i run on SERVER1 I disconnect it ...
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MDT and VC++ 2010 Silent Installing

For 32bit and 64bit I am using the following commandline: vcredist_2010_x64.exe /q:a /c:"msiexec /i vcredist.msi /qn /l*v %temp%\vcredist_x86.log" The application will install, but it requires me ...
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SBS 2011 CALs and Server 2012 / 2012 R2 [duplicate]

I found this: Q. I want to have additional servers running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 in my SBS 2011 Standard domain. Do I need additional CALs to access those servers? A. ...
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Removing Hyper-V role from Windows Server 2012 R2

I am attempting to remove they Hyper-V role from a Windows Server 2012 R2 machine. When attempting to do so via the "Add Roles and Features Wizard", the check box is grayed out and it will not allow ...
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Active Directory Integrated DNS Records Deletion by System

I have an issue where records are 'disappearing' from my primary DNS zone. The client records for these devices are static entries. The entries replicate correctly but get randomly removed. I have ...
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Cannot authenticate in Active Directory using security/sssd from FreeBSD ports

I'm trying to implement security/sssd port in a FreeBSD 10.0 system. My main goal is to authenticate users from Active Directory running on Windows Server 2012 R2. I would like to know if anyone had ...
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NLB/DFS between servers at different locations?

I currently run a web application on a single VPS but have the need to make it redundant so that the website will not become unavailable in case the server goes down for any reason. I have found that ...
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VPS SSD hosting or normal RAID 10? [duplicate]

I have built a REST based API (using asp.net WebAPI) which returns RSS feeds to my mobile application. There are around 30,000 active users of my mobile application which access this RSS feed. As per ...
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How to stop Remote Desktop causing PgAdminIII windows to be black

We have a new server (2012 R2), at the moment it doesn't do anything and I'm using it to test some SQL by running pgAdmin. I access this using both standard remote desktop and remote desktop ...
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Server 2012 R2 - Locked HD

HP Proliant Microserver Gen8; Server 2012 R2; Three 1TB SATA Harddrives, two arrays: 1 Raid 0 OS drive, 2 Raid 1 Data drives "The drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try ...
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Adding a windows 2012 server in domain controller role to 2003 active directory domain with 2008 member servers and exchange 2007 present

Current configuration Windows 2003 server standard edition - domain controller role (nodeB) Windows 2008 server R2 standard edition - domain controller role (nodeV) Windows 2008 server ...
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DHCP Administrators Group: No Permissions Granted on DHCP Server

I have added 'Group1' as a member of the DHCP Administrators group in my domain. Problem is, Groups and/or Users added to that group are not given permissions to view/manage the DHCP servers. How do I ...
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VPN connection no longer able to ping FQDN of server

Have a domain running at ent.website.com, the domain is running Windows Server 2012 R2, WSUS Server, the DNS Server, and the Remote Access VPN server. In HyperV we have another Windows Server 2012 R2 ...
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Corrupted parity in the Raid header

Has anyone here experienced a problem with 'corrupted parity in the Raid header'? We regularly find that a Consistency Check on our Raid 1+0 array detects inconsistencies. It has been suggested by ...
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Installing Windows Server on a compact flash card

I have a small rackmount PC whose motherboard has a compact flash card built-in (I believe it's an IDE device). The computer was originally used as a firewall running pfsense, but I would like to ...
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IOPS bottleneck in design? [duplicate]

I'm building a 45 drives (backblaze) storage pod for use with Windows 2012 R2 Storage spaces. Spec is 2xE5-2620 v2 cpus, 32 GB ram, 3xLSI 9201-16i cards, 9x1 TB SATA SSDs, and 36x4TB HGST ultrastar ...
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RDS 2012 R2: Connection broker (or gateway) not working properly

Here's my network... (Link to network diagram: http://i.stack.imgur.com/F9gTF.png) I have three RDSH servers - SVRDS1, SVRDS2 and SVRDS3. My Connection Broker is located on a separate box SVPDC1. ...
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Web cam on RDS 2012 r2 clients?

My RDS clients (Win 8.1) needs to use Web Cam (in Lync) on their Win2012R2 RDS (Session Host). How do I set this up? I've found several of articles online, but they are all for Win2008R2. Is it ...
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KB2919355 updated not offered

On my Windows 8.1 machines, the so-called "April Update" from KB2919355 was installed automatically by Windows Update, as expected. However, on my 2012 R2 server, the update was not automatically ...
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Error: “Parameter is incorrect” when opening 0b bat/cmd

Having sort of issue that is more likely annoying when need to create short batch script (though it's not scripting issue). I want to right-click on desktop and create new text file. Rename it and ...
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Hyper-V client regularly disconnects network adapter

We recently installed a Windows Server 2012 R2 guest on one of our Server 2008 R2 based Hyper-V hosts. This machine was going offline every night around midnight. Upon checking the event log, I ...
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Win2012R2 RDS host session farm - Connection Broker not picking next server when server fails

I have 3 servers in my farm ... SVRDS1, SVRDS2 and SVRDS3. Today SVRDS1 went down and users got disconnected. I wanted to transfer them to one of the two remaining servers, so I tried... In Server ...
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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 ...