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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Should I still have a physical DC, even post-Server 2012?

Back in the pre-Windows Server 2012 days, the recommendation seemed to be to have at least one physical domain controller sat along-side your virtualised DCs. One justification for this was because ...
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Suppressing the “reason” for shutdown on Windows Server

How can I suppress giving a reason for shutdown on a Windows Server host? Specifically, on 2008 R2, but all versions back to 2003 and up to 2012 would be appreciated.
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Force authenticated user immediate logoff (emergency case)

In Active Directory if you want to prevent a user from logging in you can either disable their account or simply reset their password. However, if you have a user who is already logged in to a ...
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Vendor whitepaper says: 5Mpps no prob. I'm already hitting a wall at 120kpps. Where's the bottleneck?

HP's whitepaper on their QLogic (fka Broadcom) NetXtreme II adapters, which includes the specific NIC that I'm testing, states (page 7) that their small packet performance for packets up to 256 ...
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Are all domain controllers on a small network considered equivalent/equal?

Windows Server 2012 R2 w/ GUI, Hyper-V host, VM DC I am installing my first second Domain Controller(DC) (sounds weird but that really is what I'm doing). I have what I think is a good process to ...
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How do I convert a vhd to a wim file?

I just setup and sysprepped a nice new VM, now I need to convert it to a wim real quick, to upload to my sccm server. For some reason, I can't change the VM properties to boot from a legacy nic for ...
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How can I hide the Recycle Bin on Windows Server 2012?

On Windows 8 you can hide the Recycle Bin (and other icons on the desktop) by following Charms bar > Settings > Personalization. But on Server 2012 this returns an empty window with the message "This ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2 Deduped 356GB to 1.32GB

I'm experimenting with deduplication on a Server 2012 R2 storage space. I let it run the first dedupe optimisation last night, and I was pleased to see that it claimed a 340GB reduction. However, I ...
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What are the implications of exceeding 4 GB in a Windows Event Log?

I found this Microsoft KB that covers recommended Event Log setting maximums for operating systems up to Windows 2008/Vista, which recommends a maximum of 4GB, and have seen some other vague ...
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Set-RDSessionCollectionConfiguration Connection Broker connects to localhost

I am running the following command from a PowerShell console on a Windows 8 machine, trying to configure a Server 2012 R2 RDS Connection Broker: Import-Module RemoteDesktop ...
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Is ReFS ready to host production VHDXs on Hyper-V 2012 r2 clusters?

One of the new features that I didn't see listed in all the "Windows Server 2012 r2" posts is that Clustering now supports CSVs that are formatted with ReFS. So, naturally, I would like to change the ...
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Outline the quirks of Windows Small Business Servers (SBS)

I'm not much of a Microsoft administrator. However, I do work extensively with new and existing Microsoft Exchange deployments. That's just how the career-arc went. I'm working with a small customer ...
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Powershell Remotely Delete PKI Certificates

I recently rebuilt my PKI and I would like to delete the certificates that were issued to all client machines across my network. Sounds like a job for Powershell! So I wrote this script to be ...
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How to disable RDP access for Administrator

We need to disallow the domain Administrator account to access a server directly via RDP. Our policy is to log on as regular user and then use Run As Admin functionallity. How can we set this up? The ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows System Resource Manager Replacement?

Windows System Resource Manager has been removed in Windows Server 2012 R2, and I need a replacement. I'm running a small RDP server without a domain on 2012 R2 Standard. It only has 8 GB of ram and ...
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Test-Cluster Powershell cmdlet List vs Validate

The Powershell cmdlet Test-Cluster queries a myriad of data and performs validation tests which it wraps into a pretty report. If you run Test-Cluster -List you get a list of item's you can ...
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How can I tell if I have Windows 2012 R2 (vs the 'R1' original release')?

How can I tell if I have Windows 2012 R2 or just "2012"? I can't seem to see any signs of "R2" anywhere yet I ordered a (remote) server with this installed and I want to verify I have the correct ...
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Server 2012 R2 Active Directory Domain SRV dns records suddenly disappeared

I have a test domain that I recently configured. All of a sudden, no users can log in except those with cached credentials. The domain includes two domain controllers that are both global catalogs ...
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Installing .Net 3.5 on Windows 2012 R2

So I am trying to Install .net 3.5 on a windows 2012 R2 Server. I have tried via the Add Feature and via DISM both fail. When trying via Add Features GUI I am using the “Specify Alternate Path” This ...
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How to edit Active-Directory Site properties via Powershell?

I am having trouble accessing the location property of my Active-Directory's Site via Powershell. (Windows Server 2012 R2) The following command returns no value: > (Get-ADReplicationSite ...
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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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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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How to replace permissions and everything inside with icacls on Windows Server 2012?

Using Windows Server 2012 R2 AND Windows Server 2008 R2. I have a folder called C:\temp\test and I want to grant access to SYSTEM and a user and all files and subdirectories, and remove everthing ...
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Using CA certificate for Remote Desktop Connection

I’m connecting over the web to a remote Windows Server 2012 R2 via Remote Desktop Connection for administration needs. It is a single web and database server without an AD etc. I’m not talking ...
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Windows Server Backup Error - Volumes Larger than 16.7TB cannot be protected?

I'm trying to use Windows Server Backup to backup a RAID array on my new server. But, when I do, I run into this error: The server is running Windows Server 2012 R2 and the array in question is ...
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How to prevent Windows Server from adding external IP addresses for the domain controller into the DNS?

On one of my domain controllers there are two network interfaces - an external with IPv4 and IPv6 addresses and an Internal with 10.x.x.x address. The domain controller has RRAS (VPN site-to-site ...
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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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Why is Windows 2012 R2 not trusting my self-signed certificate?

In a testing environment, I'm currently being held up from testing some things that need to be deployed soon (actually already, but you know how deadlines go...) because Windows refuses to trust the ...
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How to close cd tray in Windows Server 2012 r2

I have burned a DVD on our remote server, using external USB DVD burner (Matshita uj8e1). After successful burn the system ejected the tray. Now I have a problem with getting the tray with the burned ...
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Guest OS install from Physical CD/DVD Hyper-v 2012 R2

I have been looking around if it's possible to install a Guest OS on Hyper-V 2012. The only ways i see to install guest OS is by mounting an ISO. Is hyper-v able to access the Host physical CD/DVD at ...
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Disk Management in Windows 2012 R2, where is it?

In Windows Server 2012 R2 I am unable to find the option to reassign the drive letter for a CD/DVD drive where the disks are normally managed. So I can reassign for hard drives, but not for optical ...
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What happens when DC cannot reach external time server?

We have a small Windows 2012 R2 domain with a single DC. The DC is advertising as a time server, and the clients are syncing just fine. The DC is getting its time from an external time server, and ...
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2012R2 Storage Spaces Memory and CPU requirements

I am looking at possibly using Storage Spaces in Server 2012R2 to build a NAS off of. I am looking to build a fairly large unit, 12-14 HDDs, in a "RAID10" like setup (I know storage spaces does not do ...
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Windows 2012R2 seems to automatically download and install intermediate root certificates

Whilst preparing a new Windows 2012R2 server for production I needed to install a (GlobalSign Domain) SSL certificate for the website powering our application. I did this by generating a certificate ...
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Unable to move OU in Active Directory (Access is denied)

Background I tried moving an OU in Active Directory today and received an Access is denied error. Upon further inspection of my AD user account I had the necessary permission to move the object (I ...
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Error adding child Active Directory domain to existing forest

I'm building a test environment containing multiple Active Directory domains in the same forest, but I'm having strange issues while trying to add a child domain to the forest root domain. All ...
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Can anybody explain why DFS-Replication is not supported on Cluster Shared Volumes (CSVs)?

Hopefully this question is objective and appropriate for ServerFault... I've read in numerous places that DFS-Replication is not supported on CSVs but have yet to come across any information which ...
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CentOS cifs client sees Windows 2012 deduplicated files as symlinks

I have CentOS 7.0 VM with a volume mounted on a Windows 2012-R2 file server. The volume contains some big files related to an internal Wordpress site. About a week ago the site became 'broken' and ...
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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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Can I change the update descriptions in WSUS?

On each Microsoft patch day, I have a pretty large amount of new updates I want to approve to my clients. But instead of 'Approve all updates and continue', I gather information on each update at its ...
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Is it possible to process millions of datagrams per second with Windows, using a vendor agnostic API? [closed]

I am investigating if I can implement an HPC app in Windows that receives small UDP multicast datagrams (mostly 100-400 Bytes) at a high rate, using a dozen or up to maybe 200 multicast groups (i.e. ...
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Windows feature installation fails with “The source files could not be found”

I am trying to install the Media Foundation feature onto a Windows 2012 R2 box in preparation for it to be used as an RDS Session Host. However, all attempts to install fail with: Installation of one ...
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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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Windows Server 2012 - Accessing RDS via web access from external address

I have a very strange issue. I'm setting up an RDS server in azure for a proof of concept. I've found that if I use the web access using the external URL provided by azure (xxxx.cloudapp.net/RDWeb), ...
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Unable to install DHCP server, not enough disk space

Despite having over 3GB of available space, I am unable to install the DHCP server role. This originally was a 10gb virtual box drive image, but when I ran into space issues extended the drive to ...
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IIS FTP Not Working Remotely Windows Server 2012 R2

We are attempting to duplicate our server in the Azure cloud. Both are Windows 2012 R2 servers. FTP works on the original server but not on the duplicate server. Additionally, the duplicate server ...
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Storage Spaces 2012 R2 - can you 'lie' about SSD/HDD tiers?

As far as I'm aware in Windows Server 2012 R2 you can configure Storage Spaces to have two tiers and it'll migrate data between them automatically. These tiers are called 'SSD' and 'HDD' and are meant ...
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Migrate user accounts from Azure AD to on-premise AD?

My company uses Office 365 for Exchange, SharePoint, Lync etc. including the build-in user administration via Azure Active Directory. Now we want to switch to a local AD on a Windows Server. It shall ...
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After domain rename - will I need to rejoin all users to the new domain?

I am running a Windows Server 2012R2 Domain Server (ADDS). The domain is historically from a 2003 server, and is a single Label Domain: e.g.: Contoso I want to rename it to: Contoso.local (using ...
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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?