Windows Server 2012 is a server operating system from Microsoft. It went RTM on August 1st of 2012, and to general release on September 4, 2012. Like its predecessor, Server 2008 R2, it is only available in 64 bit versions. It contains many substantial changes over it predecessor, and ...

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How to list out Virtual Directories in IIS from the all the websites in PowerShell

I have hit a complete roadblock and cannot figure out how to print out the virtual directories for each website in IIS 8. I keep retrieving Applications and empty null argument errors and just can't ...
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Is it OK (industry accepted) to use Windows Server for non-server things? [closed]

Such as 3ds max render nodes? Or to put it another way, is Windows Server more like a barebones OS or is it specifically meant for Active Directory, DNS, IIS, etc? And yes I know the question is ...
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Best method to clone a Windows server?

I have a Windows Server 2012 production server I am running with RDS set up. I want to copy everything I have done to set up this RDS server (user profiles, files, settings, etc) and make a second ...
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Open Windows Server 2012/Windows 8 Start Menu

I realize that Windows Server 2012 (and Windows 8) removed the start menu button and replaced it with moving your mouse to the upper right corner of the screen. This works fine when the desktop is ...
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Office365 DirSync Active Directory Integration

I am preparing to deploy Office365 for my organization. We have an on premise Active Directory Domain Controller (Windows Server 2012 R2). We would like to leverage our Active Directory for: automatic ...
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windows server 2012 resolution woes with vga

I have two windows vms, windows server 2012 and windows server 2008. Both use kvm and libvirt. I recently decided I wanted to increase my screen resolution options, which required changing from the ...
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Can Server 2012 R2 software mirror boot/system disk?

Has anyone actually used server 2012 R2 software mirroring to mirror the boot/system drive. If so could you confirm that in the event of drive failure it does keep running on the mirrored drive and ...
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How to put a Windows 2012 server into a Univention domain

I’ve just installed a Windows 2012 server for the first time, and would like it to join our Univention Corporate Server domain, so we have the same LDAP users as on all systems. The error message (...
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DSC, how to know if after running the configuration a reboot is required

So I'm using DSC Push mode I have about 200 deployments per day to several environments (DEV/INT/QA/PROD) Every time that I deploy I want to make sure that each server is configured correctly So I'...
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What's the best way to copy deduplicated files onto a new Server 2012 drive?

We have a deduplicated volume on a Windows Server 2012 machine that is approaching it's limits. It is a 1.3TB drive with ~10TB of duplicated data. We want to copy all of this data onto a larger 4TB ...
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Unable to assign group permissions with ICACLS on Windows Server 2012

I cannot get icacls to accept my group for adding permissions. I am using an elevated power shell with the following command: icacls 'C:/foo' /grant:r 'Group Foo':f I get the following error: ...
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Extremely Slow Login: Group Policy Printers

I'm having a few issues with a specific GPO that's causing 5+ minute delays on logins (not just initial logins either). The server is running Windows Server 2012 I'm adding printers under Users\...
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Can shims be used to change Windows version number?

I've an installer that complains about wrong Windows version numbers, preventing an upgrade to an application to be installed on Windows Server 2012: Unsupported operating system, major=6, version=...
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Windows 2012 RDS Server asking for Licensing Mode when it's already set?

I have a confusing situation. I'm setting up a 2012 RDS Licensing Server for our environment. I'm checking under the RD Licensing Diagnoser to make sure everything is proper and I keep getting this ...
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BitLocker with Windows DPAPI Encryption Key Management

We have a need to enforce resting encryption on an iSCSI LUN that is accessible from within a Hyper-V virtual machine. We have implementing a working solution using BitLocker, using Windows Server ...
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What is the minimum version of RDP supported by Server 2012 RDS?

We have Windows Server 2012 Standard as a remote desktop server, and older legacy thin clients cannot connect to it. Is there guidance that indicates the minimum required version of RDP to connect to ...
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FTP Server on Windows Server 2012: Works on localhost, error accessing folder when using domain

I am trying to setup a second FTP server on a computer running Windows Server 2008 and IIS 8.0. I already have an FTP server accessible with one port, and this one will be accessible on a different ...
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Windows Firewall - blocking IP address ranges en masse - performance considerations?

One of our services is an extranet for the exclusive use of our 200 employees across the UK. We're seeing a huge number of login attempts from China, Russia, Ukraine and Nigeria. I have large lists of ...
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Is there no easy way to use the Hyper-V Manager remotely?

At my workplace we've been using VMware vSphere as our VM server which uses the vSphere client to connect. Using a simple port forwarding rule on our router we've been able to allow all employees to ...
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Where can i find the latest unattended.xml schema (xsd)?

I'm working with Windows Server 2012, Windows Deployment Service (WDS), and Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK). I created a base unattended.xml file. When I go to edit in an xml editor it's ...
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Joining AD domain with Windows 10 using smart card

My Windows "domain-centric" company has abruptly decided to make the switch from Windows 7 to Windows 10, and it has become my job to make their prepared image join our domain with our smart card/...
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What's the difference between installing RDS the 'normal' way and the special RDS deployment option?

When deploying RDS on Server 2012, there are two options: either installing it the 'normal' way by using the option 'Role-based or feature-based installation' or the 'special' way by using 'Remote ...
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Windows Server 2012: Cannot install SMTP-Server, system always requires restart

I'm not able to install the "SMTP-Server" feature on a Windows 2012 server. The installation process always fails with a "restart required" message. After the restart and (re)starting the SMTP-Server ...
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SQL Server Connection Timeout after load brought onto IIS web server

We have MSSQL 2008 R2 running on windows 2008 r2 it's being hit by 2 server 2008 r2 webservers running asp.net. Both are joined to an active directory domain and use integrated authentication to ...
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IIS integrated mode foreign characters

OK so this has been driving us crazy. We have an application built in ASP.NET 4.0 running on Windows Server 2012 and IIS8. A few pages of our site are translated into multiple languages, notably ...
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Getting “Local Security Authority cannot be contacted” error message when logonHours restricted

I'm trying to define logonHours for Remote Desktop users on Windows Server 2012; Network Level Authentication is required for remote connections. When an account with restricted logonHours (defined in ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2 prevent automatic logoff due to inactivity

I have a stand alone windows 2012 server R2 that i log on to locally. it is not part of a domain and it is the standard install configuration with no policies enacted. The server logs off the desktop ...
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Current State of Active Directory (Server 2012)?

I've ran active directory in the past in the 2003-2008 era. I remember multiple headaches i had back then: I wanted to upgrade the domain controller hardware which was going to cause a rebuild. I'm ...
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Does using the same drive letter for DFS replication on Windows Server 2012 R2 cause any known issues?

We're working with consultants on a large DFS replication project and we experienced a significant loss of data during the initial replication. While trying to identify what happened the consultant ...
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How to enable sleep/standby on Windows Server 2012 Hyper V

I know it's possible because sleep works in HyperV under Windows 8. edit: I know this is probably not "supported".
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Why would anyone purchase Windows Server directly from Microsoft?

I was looking on eBay and I realized that there are people selling copies of Windows Server 2012 Datacenter for way cheaper than retail. I assume that they are just reselling volume licenses or ...
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Server 2012 Core (no GUI) - How to manage disks?

I am working on Server 2012 which doesn't have a GUI. For now, I have two hard disks. My first one is already formatted and I see it as C: Now, I'd like to format my second hard drive and create a D: ...
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7zip command line - cannot find code that works with archives

We are in the process of a server move, both to a new host and from a Server 2k8 box to a Server 2012 box. The server in question has a few drives that hold our sites and some utilities. These ...
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Server Manager 2012

In Server 2008 R2 the Server Manager instance was an all-inclusive tool with which to do everything from a centralized location - IIS, MSMQ, Event Viewer, Services, Disk Management, etc. In Server ...
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Hyper-V Thread Priorities host and guest - how do they correspond?

Yes, funny question. Given: A host for Hyper-V virtual machines. A HPC type Cluster. THere are a number of virtual machines on it. They do not use up the CPU most of the time. We also run a HPC ...
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How to disable all the admins accounts except built-in administrator on a domain?

Suppose that an administrator for a domain is fired and you are now the new administrator of a windows 2012 server. While managing the network, something tells you that some people are using local ...
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Create self-signed terminal services certificate and install it

The server RDP certificate expires every 6 months and is automatically recreated, meaning I need to re-install the new certificate on the client machines to allow users to save password. Is there a ...
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Installing RDS on Windows Server 2012 without AD

I've just started working with Windows Server 2012 and I'm stuck trying to get Remote Desktop Services installed. My server is in a virtual machine and there is no Active Directory domain. I recall ...
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How to synchronize folders between two Windows Server 2012

Is there any best practice of how to synchronize folders between two Windows Server 2012 server installed?
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Print server vs. printer sharing on Windows Server

On my new Windows Server 2012 I've installed a printer and shared it via the Sharing tab: I'm not in a Windows domain (just a regular work group) and printing works fine. Now there's also the "...
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Access already mapped network drive in PowerShell

I am running a Windows Server 2012 installation inside VMWare Workstation. I have shared folders enabled, so drive Z: is mapped to \\vmware-host. I can correctly access this drive in Explorer (I can ...
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Why does dig +trace sometimes fail against Windows Server DNS?

My team has a server pointing at the DNS supplied by Active Directory to ensure that it is able to reach any hosts managed by the domain. Unfortunately, my team also needs to run dig +trace frequently ...
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Performing a migration to a 2012 FL Active Directory domain/forest?

I'm looking to perform a migration of an existing 2008 R2 Active Directory forest to a new(ish) 2012 forest, and bumped into the issue that there don't seem to be any compatible tools to do so. The ...
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Hide Network Icon in File Explorer on Server 2012

How can I hide the network icon within Windows Explorer in Windows Server 2012, via group policy? I can do this on 2008R2 using the Windows Explorer "Extra's" settings, but no such setting exists for ...
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Assign Static MAC address to VM Hyperv

I have a scenario that involves building out a ton of virtual machines in Hyper-V, I cannot use SCVMM and must use a scripted method to create these VMs. I have a CSV with all required information ...
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Windows 2012 hyper-v saying degraded (integration services upgrade required) on Ubuntu 12.04

I have upgraded my Ubuntu 12.04 that runs under hyper-v Windows 2012 server, and since then, hyper-v manager reports that I need to upgrade my integration services under Ubuntu. But I cannot find how ...
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Difference between “Hyper-V” and partition in Windows Server Backup 2012

On my server I have several VMs on drive D:. I'm using Windows Server Backup 2012 to back them up. When I'm asked to select the items to backup, what's the difference between choosing the entries ...
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Windows Server 2012 with SSD local drives — Random or Sequential I/O?

How can I determine where my Windows Server 2012 is using Random or Sequential I/O operations when writing/reading the local SSD storage? I have been asked to provide details to our hardware vendor ...
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Can SMB3 Multipathing be weighted by policy?

Consider a configuration with two identical WS2012R2 servers. Both have quad-port network boards. Each has one NIC connected to a subnet shared by other servers and ultimately accessible to client ...
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Proper Hyper-V Network Configuration for Windows Server 2012?

We just put our first Hyper-V based web solution online about a month ago (Diagram below). We're having intermittent communication issues between Virtual Machines during periods of elevated traffic, ...