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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can't get virtual desktops to show up on RDWeb for Server 2012 R2

UPDATE: I rebuilt the entire system with the retail release of Server 2012 R2 instead of the preview, I also more closely followed the Test Lab guide, but I am still having the same issue. I built ...
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Correlating volumes and physical disks through WMI

I'm trying to correlate volumes (as enumerated from win32_volume for those where DriveType = 3) back to win32_physicaldisk instances. Everything that I've seen in my research points to the answer ...
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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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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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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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Better to share File Services role with Active Directory DC role OR with the RDS Terminal Server role?

We are a small business setting up a new server... budget is limited of course. I have ~500GB of data to share that needs to be stored locally on the single server we have. Host Server: Dell ...
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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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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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Move DFS Namespace

I have a server running 2012 R2, and I have set up a DFS namespace on it called \\Domain\Files. I would like to set up another server, so that if this one goes down, people can still access ...
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Server 2012 deduplication: run on Hyper-V host or guest VM?

I have a Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V host with VMs on a dedicated RAID-5 volume. One VM is also running Server 2012 and is being used to serve files. The other VMs are smaller and mostly used for ...
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Downgrading Windows Server 2012 R2 to WS 2012

I would like to downgrade Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard (OEM) to Windows Server 2012 Standard, the reason being instability of WS 2012 R2, most probably caused by incompatibility with the RAID ...
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Howto initiate Windows Update on server core from a PS remote session?

When I am logged in via remote desktop on a Windows Server 2012 R2 Core machine I can trigger the windows update by running sconfig.cmd. This however fails when its getting called within a PS remote ...
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Exchange 2013 Setup fails - Couldn't find the Enterprise Organization container

I'm working on an Exchange 2013 CU6 installation at a site whose AD was comprised of two Windows 2003 domain controllers (in an odd HA cluster configuration). New Windows 2012 R2 DCs have been ...
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Running PowerShell scripts as an Application in MDT 2013

Is there a way to make powershell scripts run under the applications list so that when you install from the MDT image you can select which scripts you want to run? I can run the scripts fine as ...
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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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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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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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Powershell DISM New-Windows Image: Using a CompressionType gives an error

PS C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Hyper-V\BigHomie> New-WindowsImage -CapturePath K: -ImagePath C:\VHDImports\Win764.wim -name "BigHomies Personal Image" -Verify -CompressionType "Max" Throws ...
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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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Hyper-v on 2012R2 startup gen1 vm causes the host to freeze up

I've searched a lot to resolve the following issue, but nothing helped me. My problem is, that starting up a first-gen vm locks up the whole host. Only a hard reset helps. Second-gen vm starts and ...
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Browsing DFS share keeps moving up a folder

I have a DFS-R namespace with three nodes. Two of the nodes work just fine, but a third node does something very strange. When you are browsing the node through the namespace, when you change into a ...
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Replacing folder redirection with work folders

I am currently building a lab to get familiar with Microsoft's new "Work Folder" feature. I am looking for a way to abandon folder redirection and offline files. So far I have one Windows 7 client ...
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CleanMgr can nolonger be installed on server 2012 R2

Just tried to get cleanmgr installed and working on a fresh 2012 R2 install. Copies CleanMgr.exe & CleanMgr.exe.mui across like done before but when it is run get error: The Program or feature ...
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Hyper-V and AD --> recommendations for small site? [closed]

I have a dilemma about how to proceed with new AD / Hyper-V installation and would appreciate your views, experience and advice. Situation: we are a small company with single site (25 users) and few ...
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How do I make a connection private on Windows Server 2012 R2

After a restart of one of our servers (a Windows Server 2012 R2), all private connections become public and vice versa (this user had the same problem). Stuff like pinging and iSCSI stopped working, ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2 Shutdown Event Tracker Details

Call me masochist, but I actually like entering the details when shutting down a server. Windows Server 2012 R2 doesn't seem to provide a field to do that, though. Is there any way to add "reason" ...
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Where is active directory snap-in for Server 2012 R2?

We are using a Server 2003 domain. I've found the instructions for installing the Active Directory snapin for Server 2012 and earlier: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732110.aspx. However ...
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HP DL320e Gen8, 3TB drives, Windows Server 2012 R2 - HDD full capacity alocation difficulties during installation

One interesting task to do but not so easy as i thought. The server is HP DL320e gen8, The main difficulty is with partitioning the RAID1 (2x3TB HDDs) during the installation on 2 partitions (System ...