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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What are all the possible causes of the “An Active Directory Domain Controller (AD DC) for the domain …” error message?

Earlier I was having issues connecting one of my workstations (client) to my domain, and I thought it was because the domain was not in my possession yet (reference: this question). But, due to the ...
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Transfer an account from a 'dead' domain

So - following from my previous question: How do I stop DFSR replication preventing a Domain Controller from advertising Domain Services?, I lost the FSMO DC, and my only other DC was in an ...
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Determine filterable attributes of returned Powershell object

Often when I'm scripting, I will be trying out a command but will want to filter the results. In order to find out what I'm able to filter on I need to know what filterable attributes are going to be ...
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How to change Windows Server 2012 password requirements when installing?

i'm trying to install Windows Server 2012, and i'm being prompted that the Administrator account password does not meet the password security requirements: The password you typed does not meet the ...
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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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Backup to tape on server 2012

It seems that Windows Backup Server on 2012 does not backup to tape, only to block storage devices. Anyone know if there is a way of backing up to tape on server 2012, just like the old ntbackup used ...
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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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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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Is it easy or even possible yet to manage windows firewall with powershell?

I'm doing some POC testing on a server 2012 environment, and during initial firewall configuration I find myself going to the GUI repeatedly when I'd really much rather be able to write a script. I've ...
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4TB HGST SATA drive only shows 1.62 TB in Windows Server 2012

I'm using a Supermicro X9SRE-3F motherboard with the latest BIOS and 2x 4TB drives connected to the on-board SATA controller. If I set the BIOS to RAID and create a RAID 1 array, the array shows up ...
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Hyper-V cluster with different cpu

i have these three servers with different CPU : First Server : Intel Xeon E5645 2.4Ghz 12M Second server : Intel Xeon X5660 2.8Ghz 12M Third Server : Intel Xeon X5550 2.6Ghz 8M I want to install ...
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What happens when User's UPN Suffix is not Trusted in Active Directory

I have 1275 UPN Suffix in the AD. This is the maximum allowed in Windows Server 2012. $domain = [System.DirectoryServices.ActiveDirectory.Domain]::GetCurrentDomain(); $domaindn = ...
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Do two VMs on a single Hyper-V host use the NIC when communicating?

I'm fairly new to Hyper-V, and can't seem to find the answer to this question: Do two virtual machines on a single Hyper-V host use the NIC when communicating with each other? For example, take this ...
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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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Deploying Windows via SCCM 2012 OSD Wireless

We're looking at rolling out a large ammount of tablets on our network. We are currently trialling SCCM 2012 sp1 to see if this is the way forwards for doing this. AT the moment I have a working OSD ...
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Adding a Windows Server 2012 Essentials server to an existing domain, without migrating the AD

I have an existing Active Directory in house, a mix between a Win2K8R2 and Win2K3 domain, and i would like to test out Windows Server 2012 Essentials BETA on the network. When walking though the ...
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Best practices for updating passwords on a large number of machines running Windows Server 2012?

I'm going through the process of updating passwords on a dozen or so machines running Windows Server 2012 over RDP from an Apple keyboard. I can't press CTRL ALT DEL or CTRL ALT END because those ...
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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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How to enable hibernation on Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V role? [duplicate]

I have Windows Server 2012 installed on a laptop. I need a server because I develop software that I need to test specifically on a server edition. Documentation for Windows Server 2012 says Sleep ...
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Windows Server 2012 IPAM feature - “Unblock IPAM Access” error/recomended action

So, I'm in the process of setting up an IP Address Management server, using the built-in IPAM feature in Server 2012, and have run into a problem that I'm hoping someone else has successfully solved. ...
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Web Platform Installer 5.0 start error. 'version' start tag on line 118400

On a non-activated Windows 2012 VM template, I get the following error when trying to launch the Microsoft Web Platform Installer 5.0. The 'version' start tag on line 118400 position 8 does not match ...
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Windows Server 2012 asking for Other User and Passcode when accessing via Remote Desktop

We recently noticed a change in the login process on one of our Windows 2012 Servers. When we go to login it now prompts us for "Other User" After which it then prompts for a User Name, Password, ...
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Setting up Group Managed Service Account on Windows Server 2012 R2

I have a Windows 2012 R2 domain controller called cox.win.testlab. I have set up a group of hosts where I would like to use a gMSA (Group Managed Service Account). This group is called ...
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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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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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Why 10GbE card cannot negotiate 10Gbit with Windows 2012R2?

The Problem I've got four identical blade servers. I've got Windows Server 2012 R2 on one blade and Xen on all the others. On the Windows-hosted server (only) the 10GbE NICs cannot negotiate ...
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Windows Server 2012 Branchcache vs. DFS-R

Warning, subjective question ahead! But hopefully a good one that won't get closed. SCENARIO: I have a branch office that currently has no on-premise server. They access everything including a DC ...
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Unable to Install SQL Server on Server 2012

The problem I have been trying to install SQL Server 2012 on Windows Server 2012. I continually get the same error: Managed SQL Server Installer has stopped working Problem signature: Problem ...
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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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How to get from a Hyper-V 2008 R2 node with Powershell the IP address and Vlan ID

I tried to take from the Hyper-V (Hyper-V 2012) node with this command the IP address: Get-VM | select -ExpandProperty networkadapters | select vmname, ipaddress The thing is that i take as an ...
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How do I use long names to refer to Group Managed Service Accounts (gMSA)?

Commonly domain user accounts are used as service accounts. With domain user accounts, the username can easily be as long as 64 characters as long as the User Principal Name (UPN) is used to refer to ...
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Error Trying to Remotely Manage Hyper-V 2012 from Windows 8 Pro Without a Domain

I took sometime this long holiday weekend to install Hyper-V Server 2012 and Windows 8 Pro (on separate hardware, same LAN) to hopefully get a little more familiar with it. From the WIN8 client I am ...
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Invalid directory pathname trying to back up GPO

DFSR replication seems to be broken in my domain, and before starting to fix that, I wanted to take backups of the current Group Policy Objects. However, I am unable to back up the Default Domain ...
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How to use an FTP server as backup space for Windows Server 2012

I wanted to use an FTP location as backup for scheduled Windows Server 2012 Backup. I can't make it work because Windows refuses to accept the network location as drive. Even with "FTPUse" (socket ...
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Monitor Windows 7 Performance Counters from Server 2012

I want to monitor performance counters on my Windows 7 Machines from Windows Server 2012. Right now, I have two Windows 7 machines that can monitor each other's performance counters no problem. To ...
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Third Party Wildcard Certificate on DCs for LDAPS

I am trying to provide Authentication as a Service to my customers. LDAP authentication is perfect for this however I am not a fan of clear text sessions.... enter LDAPS. Active Directory of course ...
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2k3 to 2k12 AD, DC and DNS Migration

First off this is a Windows Server 2003 to 2012 DC/DNS/AD migration. We do have a backup 2003 DC/DNS/AD server as well, but I don't think that is a concern at the moment but can be used if needed. I ...
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Network traffic to server keeps dropping out

I have a production server that is responsible for controlling a factory. The server runs a number of control applications and a SQL server. The problem I have is that one of the applications that ...
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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, ...
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Determine why logs were purged

We had some issues with a user connecting through OWA. This user used to be a server admin. Upon checking today, all IIS logs have been removed up to and including sept 30 (the day the issues were ...
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Windows 7 deployments via WDS result in oversized hiberfil.sys and pagefile.sys files. How do I stop that?

The longer version: I have a stock Windows 7 image sitting in VMware Workstation that I use to create new VMs, to save time. I just snapshot and clone the stock image, and voila! a new Windows 7 VM. ...
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Issues with Server 2012 using DFSR running on Hyper-V 2012

We have a number of Server 2012 systems, all of which run virtualised on Hyper-V 2012 server. We are having problems with two such virtual instances, both of which are used as file servers, whereby ...
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Windows Server 2012 Default RAM allocation policy

What's the default memory allocation policy in Windows Server 2012 Terminal Services? We've got a problem where we have an application that requires a large amount of RAM (100GB approx). The machine ...
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How to force DSC to execute all configurations (Packages) even when a restart/reboot is required

From MSDN RebootNodeIfNeeded: Certain configuration changes on a target node might require it to be restarted for the changes to be applied. With the value “true,” this property will restart the ...
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Excluding a folder from deployment and stopping additional file removal

Using Web Deploy on a Windows 2012 Server, if a deployment has a folder full of user generated content I exclude it from publishing in the .pubxml file with: ...
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Zone transfer Windows Server DNS from NSD

I have a NSD server being primary server for a zone and want a Windows Server (2008 and 2012 RC) box to be secondary for that zone. Everything is configured and working EXCEPT: When Windows receives ...
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Windows Server 2008 R2 Upgrade via Remote Desktop

Is it possible to do an in-place upgrade of Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012 using only Remote Desktop? My plan is to extract WS 2012 installation iso file to C:\WS2012 and run the ...
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Manage Windows Server Core 2012 from Server Manager on a Windows 7 machine

I wanted to find out if it is possible to manage Windows Server Core 2012 running Hyper-V from a Windows 7 machine. I seem to be able to connect to Hyper-V using the Hyper-V manager, but I can't seem ...
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Remote Session: Switching from Desktop to Metro Mode Windows Server 2012

I'm having a terrible time switching back/forth between the desktop and metro mode in remote desktop windows accessing a Windows 2012 server. I know of two ways--one doesn't work in remote session ...
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How does DFS-R compression algorithm compare with 7-zip?

We need to regularly transfer large (60GB) Hyper-V virtual machines images around our WAN (UK to USA) over 50Mbps leased lines. We also use DFS-R between the sites. Historically, I've used 7-zip to ...