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 do I automatically create desktop environment upon boot of a Windows Server 2012 instance on EC2?

I'm currently running a group of c3.large Windows Server 2012 instances on Amazon EC2. The project we're working on is a little different, we have a Node.js script running that periodically polls ...
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DNS Settings in Intranet with Windows Server 2012

We have one server in the Intranet, which is acting as DHCP, DNS, Domain Controller, IIS, ... The server is in the DMZ and hosts some websites. There are several URLs directing to the server and with ...
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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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How to set up port forwarding on Amazon EC2

I have a web application running on Amazon EC2. It listens on port 9898. I can access it by entering the ip address and port number. e.g 1.2.3.4:9898 However, what I'd really like to be able to do ...
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upgrade from windows server 2012 server standard to data-center

When upgrading from windows server 2012 standard to data-center using dism, will a data loss occur? Will I have to re-install programs already installed in the server? I'm going to follow the ...
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2 NICS using Windows Server 2012 as “gate”

I want to use my windows server as a gateway and DHCP for my local network. It have 2 NICs where one will be connected to the internet and the other to my local network. There are no router on the ...
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Windows server 2012 user/administrator missing programs

I have the weirdest thing with windows server i have ever encountered. When i log into the IIS server i have all my pined icons in the metro interface, my task bar pinned programs and my mapped shares ...
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how to whitelist ip, port, protocol and app on a router?

I am looking for the simplest but robust solution to allow user accounts under Windows Server 2012 to use GitHub.com with the GitHub app, but otherwise not a peep is allowed from the server to reach ...
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Sonicwall TZ205w and Server 2012: Unable to authenticate via LDAP for VPN access (SSLVPN nor NetExtender)

I have been working all evening on this issue and have hit a roadblock. We have a firewall that recently was restored to a November backup, and after reconfiguration LDAP auth is toast. I researched ...
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Dell 12G R720 Hyper-V host virtual/physical NIC stops working

On the host 1 physical adapter is plugged into our network, on host itself I have Hyper-V role. I have created a external switch and binded it to the physical Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet, box ...
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Routing to Remote Desktop Gateway on internal network

I have a single physical host that I am using as a virtualization lab and a number of VM's on Hyper-V that are connected to the host via an internal network. I had it working so that the physical host ...
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Bitlocker drive encryption on AWS Windows instance

I'm trying to figure out how best to protect the data of a single Windows Server 2012 instance on AWS and according to "AWS_Securing_Data_at_Rest_with_Encryption.pdf" it says: "Encrypting Amazon ...
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Force Shortcut onto a fixed Desktop/Start Menu of a single PC

We have folder redirection setup for our users through GPO but I need for one PC to include a couple of shortcuts in the start menu or on the desktop. The folders are loaded from a server path. Is it ...
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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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What is the difference between IIS and non-IIS Client Certificate Mapping Authentication

I want to enable certificate based authentication on my Windows 2012 Server. I see two different types of authentication possible: Client Certificate Mapping Authentication IIS Client Certificate ...
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Server 2012 Can't Open Any File Shares

I have two VM's of Server 2012 on Azure. From A I can access B via \\10.4.2.6\c$ without issue. Until yesterday I can access B from A via \\10.4.2.4\c$. I can still ping B from A and get a response. ...
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Amazon EC2 instance of Windows Server 2012- unable to connect to simple webserver

Using Amazon EC2 I have successfully launched a Windows Server 2012 instance and configured it to run a Tomcat webserver. From within the VPS itself, I know the webserver is working because I see the ...
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apache mod_authnz_ldap - 500 error when blank username used

(should be tagged mod-authnz-ldap, but not enough rep) I've got Apache 2.4 running on Windows Server 2012. I've got mod_authnz_ldap working except if users put a blank username. This results in a ...
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how to setup GitHub for restricted users of Windows Server 2012?

I want to let users use git and GitHub for code development, partly to let them work on their personal computers occasionally. So git would keep track of development across user accounts on the ...
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How to perform Hardware disaster recovery with backup server

I have a two windows server 2003 R2 servers with same configuration(same processor,same motherboard etc). One is original server and another one is backup server(Not to store backup files,it is a ...
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Importance of disk alignment for Windows Server 2012

I saw article about Disk alignment here and also here.Also there where some references that windows server 2003 has some problem with disk alignment. After reading article I am confused whether we ...
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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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RDP Certificate subject name though a gateway

I have Server 2012 R2 setup with the Hyper-V and Server Essentials role enabled. I am running multiple machines that I would like to RDP to through a RDP Gateway. The gateway is correctly configured ...
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Amazon EC2 - Can't connect to my Windows instance using a remote desktop client

Using Amazon EC2 I successfully launched a Windows Server 2012 instance. I was able to connect to it using a remote desktop client and configure it as needed. From the EC2 console I then selected ...
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How to monitor MSMQ perfomance counters for different roles in windows cluster

By default it is not possible to view perf counters for clusterd instance of MSMQ in windows cluster. The solution is to create a registry key NetNameForPerfCounters and assign role name to it. This ...
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Windows 2012 R2 scripted access to freespace of physical disks?

Is there a way to access the freespace of the physical drives that make up a storage pool on Windows Server 2012? I've just recently ran into a problem with running out of space, and can see the ...
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IIS and ARR least response time algorithm sample duration

When choosing the load balance algorithm Least Response Time we can set a sample duration (seconds). I could not find a description of the functional use of this parameter with the least response time ...
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Being safe in multiple users on Server 2012

So its been a while since I actually had to allow multiple users access to my server via Remote Desktop. Usually it has sufficed to just give them FTP but in this case the user in question needs the ...
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Does a vCenter need rights to read the Active Directory?

I'm completely lost with SSO and Active Directory. First i had an ESXi 5.1 standalone with vCenter virtual appliance with windows server 2008 r2 active directory, worked great. Later upgraded to 5.5 ...
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What are the implications of not having explicit static private IP for Windows Server 2012?

In more details: We have 2 Windows Servers 2012 running SQL Server Web on Amazon EC2 in the same VPC. Network adapters are configured with static private IP-s via AWS console. At Widows level, ...
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Server Core box keeps losing secure channel to domain, netdom can't reset?

I have one WS2012 box that repeatedly loses its secure channel to the domain. If I try to run netdom verify/reset, I get the "no logon servers were available" error message. If you look in the event ...
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IIS 8 returns 503 randomly for several minutes, queue limit is high, no error in logs

etI saw some other posts similar to mine, yet my problem is different: I have a asp.net website on IIS 8, windows server 2012 64b, 6GB machine. It serves hundreds of requests every few seconds, with ...
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SQL Server 2012 Cluster BSOD

I'm trying to set up a SQL Server 2012 SP1 "AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instance" on top of a Windows Server 2012 R2 cluster (cl01) consisting of 2x 2012 R2 nodes (sql1 and sql2). Hosted on VMWare ESXi ...
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DRBD for Windows / Hyper V

DRBD is a protocol for mirroring the storage on one server with the storage on another. Essentially it gives you a highly available (HA) cluster of storage across two or more physical machines, ...
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Lync 2013 External connectivity certificate

I have been struggling a few days with connectivity on my external sip domains. My Setup is as follows: I have 1 standard FE server not publicly accessible. I have an Edge Server that is publicly ...
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Scheduled Software Restriction GPO

We've got a Software restriction GPO setup and I was wondering if it was possible to make this only active during certain times. For example, only make certain game executables available to use at ...
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IIS8 Website Binding Setup

I am having trouble trying to get IIS bindings working on my Windows Server 2012 box. I have access to the default IIS webpage, and am trying to add more websites to be hosted on the box. These are ...
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DNS CNAME Records For Multiple Websites [closed]

I have a Windows Server 2012 and have setup 2 websites in IIS8, and assigned to the IP address of the server (it only has one). They are both using port 80 as well. How do I setup DNS records on the ...
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getting a 404 error on Ghost (blog) / IIS 8 in a virtual directory

what I want to do is to have ghost hosted in a virtual directory or application something like: www.mysite.com/blog what I have installed so far IIS 8 - url rewrite 2 Node.js v0.10.24 x64 Ghost ...
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Windows server backup keeps failing after upgraded my OS from Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2012 R2

I've got 2 hard disks installed on the server, one of them is specifically for backup purpose. Everything is fine before I upgrade my OS to Windows Server 2012 R2... And the problem is that after OS ...
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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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Using Windows Server 2012 Foundation as a Commercial Web Server

If I'm happy with the 1 CPU and 32GB memory limit, is there anything else that would stop me using Windows Server 2012 Foundation as a commercial public facing web server for my start-up? I'm hoping ...
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PTR records with Windows DNS Server not working

I am trying to create a PTR record on my domain (kentrosecafe.com.au) so that I can get reverse DNS lookups working. The DNS Server I am using is the Windows DNS server which is on a Wiindows 2012 ...
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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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Can't find the configuration panel for DirectAccess and VPN

I have a Windows 2012 Server Standard in which I cannot find where to configure DirectAccess and VPN. I have it installed and working (did that a while ago) but I need to confirm some configuration ...
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Server 2012 RemoteApp Disconnects/Reconnects Constantly

I have remote desktop services running on Server 2012 with high availability. I'm running 3 gateways and a farm of session host servers. Gateways all seem to be running fine, they take connections no ...
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Windows update, adding roles not working after adding to domain

I am having a bit of an issue here, after adding my server to my home domain, I can no longer use windows update (error code 8024402F - which I believe is a connectivity issue). Also cannot use the ...
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Ask before disconnecting logged-in user on RDP / Windows Server 2012?

I am not able to find this information or to Google it so here it is: Me and a friend share 1 account on Windows Server 2012 (R2 Datacenter) virtual server. We use this to host one application and ...
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Disable TCP/IP Filtering via GPO

Is it possible to disable/overwrite Windows TCP/IP filtering settings via a Group Policy object? I have a server running 2012 R2 which I was setting up RRAS on, and I inadvertently cut myself off ...
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High System Interrupt CPU usage on clean Windows Server 2012 VM?

I have a cloud dynamic server that I rent from 1and1 running Windows Server 2012 Standard. A few days ago, the system interrupt process started using a large amount of CPU (20-80% while idle). I ...