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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MSTSC connection quality vs RDS via Connection Broker connection quality

We have a site in the USA which has a fixed VPN into our Datacentre in the UK via a 100Mb Leaseline. Our Datacentre Environment is a 2012 R2 Session Collection of RDS Servers, using Microsoft ...
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Windows Server 2003 DC migration to 2 x 2012 R2 DCs - DCDiag error = Advertising: SERVER IS NOT RESPONDING or IS NOT CONSIDERED SUITABLE

We are upgrading our single 2003 domain controller (DC1) to two 2012 R2 controllers (DC2 in Sevenoaks and DC3 in Manchester (different site in Sites and Services for Manchester)). DCpromo (the wizard ...
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Installing MSA (Managed Service Accounts) using deployment tools

I have to install several new servers (2012R2) for a project, which will run IIS and MSMQ, I need to script the complete install, so I need to be able to change permissions on IIS Application Pools ...
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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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Restart Hyper-V VM on heartbeat lost

I have a Windows Server 2012R2 hyper-v host. It is running a number of VMs, including a few linux VMs. I have one linux VM that has been occationally, but somewhat regularly crashing somewhere in the ...
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My two-way trust with selective auth seems to behave opposite to a one-way trust

I'm not sure why I'm the only one running into this, I think it's a larger problem with Server 2012 and RDS protocols... With 2008 machines, you can use utilize a one way trust to authenticate across ...
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Associate user picture to domain account

I want to assign users a picture (o let them assign their own picture) to their user domain account and wherever they log in, that picture should appear as well. How can I do this using group policy? ...
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I removed all permissions on C:\ Server 2012 R2 Core

Really stupid move, I know this. I was granting permissions to one of our users on the C: directory of on of our servercore machines. I used icacls /grant :r and removed all the permissions to the ...
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Can you run CAU on an Exchange 2010 DAG cluster?

I've searched for this and I expected it to be a common topic, but I can't find any information on it. Given that the Exchange DAG is built on top of WCF, will CAU properly handle updating a DAG ...
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Server 2012 Create Team of 2 Teams

I am wondering if there is a way to create a Team that consist of 2 Teams? What I have going on is I have a Windows Server 2012 R2 with 6 NICs going to our SAN switches. I have 3 Teamed on one ...
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Network Load Balancing 2003 to 2012 R2 Upgrade

We currently have a 3 node windows 2003 NLB cluster running in Multicast mode, for a IIS web cluster. We want to upgrade to 2012 R2. About 15 sites/IP addresses total. Can you run 2012 R2 nodes in ...
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Windows Server Backup [2012 R2] - Went from 100+ copies available to 1 copy available overnight

I'm using Windows Server Backup on a Windows Server 2012 R2 system that has been in production for half a year or so. The server has around 60GB used, and the backup drive is a 160GB external drive ...
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Disable update popup on Windows 2012 R2

We have started to deploy more Windows 2012 R2 servers on our network. When we log on to these servers (only admins log on to these servers), we are sometimes presented with a blue banner that says ...
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Maximum size of a virtual pool in SCVMM 2012R2

I have a Windows Server 2012 R2 running SCVMM 2012 R2 and an over-committed virtual storage pool. In Server Manager the capacity of this storage pool is 128TB which translates to 140TiB which makes ...
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query remote windows 2012 servers to see if they're in waiting for a reboot status after applying windows updates

Is there a way, using powershell or otherwise, to query a remote computer and see if it has had windows updates applied and is in waiting to reboot state? Any additional information would be useful ...
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Sizing of journal disks with Microsoft Storage Spaces parity volume

I'm currently speccing out a new backup server. It's going to be running Windows Server 2012 R2 with Direct Attached Storage, and I'm considering using Storage Spaces rather than using a RAID card. ...
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Powershell Install-WindowsFeature Application-Server (and subfeatures) and assign certificate

I want to use a Powershell script to install Application Server on a windows 2012 server. When using the wizard, it prompts for you to select a certificate (for WS-Atomic Transactions) from the local ...
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MSDTC is unavailable, but only in one direction?

I have DTC enabled on 2 servers - a web server, and a database server. There are a few places in our web applications where we need to use DTC (via a TransactionScope) to manage transactions ...
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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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Server 2012 (R2) - mirroring the boot drive… what is the state?

I struggle to find modern documentation here. So far we have been booting our servers from the main RAID controllers. Worked nice, but not we get the first of a new generation that hs in the back 2 ...
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How do I get more information in these event log entries? (values instead of parameter names)

We occasionally see entries like these in the event log: Faulting application name: w3wp.exe, version: 8.5.9600.16384, time stamp: 0x52157ba0 Faulting module name: KERNELBASE.dll, version: ...
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Server 2012 Remote Desktop Services how to see collections in list that expands off bottom of screen?

In Server Manager > Remote Desktop Services I have a large list of collections. The list is already so long that it goes off the bottom of the screen and unfortunately it is only going to keep ...
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Install optional updates using Cluster-Aware Updating

The question is simple - how can I install updates listed as "optional" in Windows Update using the Cluster-Aware Updating feature in Windows Server Failover Cluster? I installed all the important ...
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First request after a while always slow - ASP.NET MVC / IIS 8.5 / Windows Server 2012 R2 VPS

I'm hosting a low-traffic ASP.NET MVC 5 application on a VPS with Windows Server 2012 R2 / IIS 8.5, with 1 GB of RAM. My problem is that the first request after some time without any requests always ...
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Outlook 2013 (connected to imap accounts) with mandatory profiles on Server 2012R2 RDS

Windows 2012R2 RDS and Outlook 2013. Mandatory Profiles with folder redirection to users Homefolders. Anyone have any ideas on using outlook (connected to imap mail accounts) with mandatory ...
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Date Header always has the same date

I have a server running Windows 2012 with IIS 8.5 that is hosting several sites. For every response that is returned from a client request to any of the sites the Date header has the same value: Key ...
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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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Various printer deployment issue with Server 2012 R2

I have just set up a new remote desktop infrastructure, with all servers being built on Server 2012 R2. I have 7 session hosts, and a central file/print server. On the print server, I have added ...
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Microsoft Server 2012r2 GPO templates

I have a question to ask regarding Windows Server 2012 R2, but before I ask let me give you some details about our environment. We have a single forest, with a single domain, and our functional ...
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DirectAccess clients cannot browse network shares but can access them via mapped drive

OK, this is my first Microsoft DirectAccess deployment, so maybe I'm just lost in translation. I have Windows 8.1 clients connecting to a 2012 R2 multisite DirectAccess setup (2 DA servers for global ...
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Server creates shortcuts in Shared Drive automatically when file is opened

We have just setup a Windows 2012 R2 Server with shared drives. We have on particular user who has an issue that whenever they open a file it creates a shortcut on the root of that mapped drive. I ...
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WINSRV | Unable to remove Remote Desktop Service Web Access (0x800f0922)

I have a big problem, because I can't uninstall the Remote Desktop Service Web Access role. I am always getting error code 0x800f0922. When I want to uninstall it with IIS, my server restarts and says ...
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Mirrored virtual disk on storage pool can't expand after adding drive on Windows Server 2012 R2

I've recently taken to converting a couple of mirrored RAID1 arrays into one large storage pool. I have two 2TB disks and two 3TB disks, altogether 10TB, which when mirrored should give me 5TB of ...
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Server deployed without HP Intelligent Provisioning. How do I bring up to spec?

I have a few servers that were configured without HP Intelligent Provisioning, possibly because the datacenter was without Internet access at the time. Is is possible to reliably, and consistently ...
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2012 R2 DPM: massive increase in data transferred during syncronisation of a Deduplicated protected volume

I have been using 2012 R2 DPM to protect a 46 TB 2012 R2 deduplicated volume for the past 4 months without too much issue. The volume is a low access archive server. Current usage on the volume is 23 ...
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Turbo boost is on even when CPU utilization is at 0 percent

My new server is behaving strangely, it seems that turbo boost is always on even when there's no utilization. The OS is windows server 2012 r2 and power option is set to balanced with default BIOS ...
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Benign “The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted” error while using Active Directory Users and Computers

I have a single Windows Server 2012 R2 Active Directory Domain Controller for domain MYDOMAIN. I want to perform remote administration of the Active Directory from a workstation that is not joined to ...
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Windows system colors all wrong

After a recent reboot, our 2012 R2 Remote Desktop server's system colors are all wrong. It almost looks like it is in High Contrast, though it reports that it is using Basic. Here is a screen-shot ...
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Win Srv 2012 task scheduler - trigger based on domain workstation logon/logoff/sleep/wake

I've got a domain controller (only one) with Win Srv 2012 and a number of workstations with Win 7. I need to run a task on a DC straight after domain user logon/off/sleep/wake to a workstation. The ...
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Hyper-V guest VM disrupt host network connectivity

I'm experience strange connectivity issues on a Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard installation with installed Hyper-V role and one Server 2012 R2 guest machine. Whenever the Guest tries to access the ...
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Is it possible to Migrate from Windows Server 2003 Standard to Windows Server 2012 Essentials?

I've done a bunch of searching and can't find a definitive answer to whether it's possible to migrate from an existing Windows Server 2003 R2 (standard edition) domain controller, to a Windows Server ...
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Choppy YouTube video and sound playback

I have issues with YouTube videos on Windows Server 2012 R2 via RDP, connected via a 2012 R2 RD GW server and UDP is enabled. The videos play very choppy, no matter what quality I choose or browser ...
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“Windows Search Service” query results do not show thumbnails but icons

I am having a strange issue here on several Windows Server 2012 R2 machines. Problem description: Client machines searching a mapped network drive get the results shown as icons instead of ...
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Unable to install WSUS to windows 2012 r2 server

This is on a VM in Hyper-V running under the Failover Cluster Manager. The VM in question has all updates applied to it. It is not a new server as it is also my Anti-Virus Administration Server. I ...
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Hyper-V 2012 R2: VM thinks disks are thin-provisioned

We are using Hyper-V 2012 R2 on a Windows Server 2012 R2 host. We have several VMs with multiple volumes (VHDX) which we initially set up as thin-provisioned (dynamically expanding). Later on, we ...
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Symptom - high cpu for termsvcs and everything is extremly slow - Win2k12 server running on open stack

Im setting up win2k12r2 server on openstack but after using the server for a little while it becomes unusable. It is barely possible to move a window (e.g. the resource monitor window). The cpu is ...
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Windows 2012 r2 port forwarding

So my problem is that I'm trying to open a Virtualbox RDP on Windows 2012 to VPN nework on the same host. I've got one external network adapter and a virtual adapter, created by VPN. I've set up a ...
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How to skip Windows Server 2012 “Scanning and repairing drive” on startup?

is there a way to skip "Scanning and repairing drive" (different than "C:") on Windows Server 2012 startup? In previous Windows systems this could be done by pressing any key during startup when ...
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Pinging server replies back with incorrect IP address

I hope this is the correct forum for this posting. Here's my environment (well, my clients environment): Gateway: 10.0.0.1 (our router) AD & DNS Server: 10.0.0.8 (Windows 2008 R2) (host name: ...
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Windows 2012 R2 Hyper-V cluster without shared hardware

I have several servers with local SATA/SAS RAID arrays. I would like to run there virtual machines with some level of automated failover - sync VM to secondary node in 1 minute interval and automated ...