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 can I connect to a Windows server using a Command Line Interface? (CLI)

Especially with the option to install Server Core in Server 2008 and above, connecting to Windows servers over a CLI is increasingly useful ability, if not one that's very widespread amongst Windows ...
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Configure custom SSL certificate for RDP on Windows Server 2012 in Remote Administration mode?

So the release of Windows Server 2012 has removed a lot of the old Remote Desktop related configuration utilities. In particular, there is no more Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration utility ...
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How do I access the list of currently logged on users through Terminal Services Manager in Windows Server 2012?

In Windows 2003 and 2008 we had Terminal Services Manager (see screenshot below). However in Windows server 2012 it's gone. Does anyone know how to access the list of currently remotely logged on ...
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Active Directory Time Synchronisation - Time-Service Event ID 50

I have an Active Directory domain with two DCs. The first DC in the forest/domain is Server 2012, the second is 2008 R2. The first DC holds the PDC Emulator role. I sporadically receive a warning ...
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Unable to install .net 3.5 on Windows server 2012

I am trying to install .Net 3.5 on Windows Server 2012 and it constantly keeps failing. I am using "Add or Remove Features" and my Internet is already there. I've read that if alternate source ...
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Is IIS SFTP natively supported by Windows Server 2012 R2?

Does Windows Server 2012 R2 have native SFTP support? I see a role FTP Server but it doesn't say whether this includes SFTP.
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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 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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Windows Update not working on Windows 2012 R2 Standard

I recently inherited the management of a Windows 2012 server at a remote site. I checked Windows Update and it has not been updating since March. When I tell Windows to check for updates, it acts ...
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How to set the network interface for RDP in Windows Server 2012?

I have a server with multiple network interfaces, and I need RDP to only listen for connections on one of them; the server is not a Remote Desktop server, RDP is only used for remote administration. ...
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Server 2012 Core (no GUI): Remote Server manager not working

I am trying cmd --> MMC --> Server Manager and then connecting to my Server 2012 no GUI but i keep getting the following error The WinRM client cannot process the request I am unable to upload ...
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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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Remove printers from directory that were on an old server

I had a standalone Windows 2012 box that was acting as the printer server in my domain. Since then I've removed it and moved printer hosting elsewhere. However, when I open up the directory (through ...
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Drivers initialization after reboot

For some reason. any driver i'm installing customary, like Virtual Sound Card drivers, do not initialize after reboot. I tried virtual sound card drivers, they initialize fine when installing, but ...
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MDT Deployment Issue-Driver not loading (i217-LM on MDT)

I have been testing a replacement imaging system to replace our limited Ghost deployment system for a good portion of the last year. We bought a new batch of machines (HP Workstation Z230) which have ...
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How can I work around problems with certificate configuration in Remote Desktop Services?

I am setting up a Remote Desktop Services farm, and am having trouble configuring certificates for it to use. A demonstration of the problem I'm seeing can be found in Step #4. At this point I am ...
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What is an open DNS resolver, and how can I protect my server from being misused by hackers?

I don't have the strongest background in computer security, but yesterday one of my company servers was shut down by our host. It's a server assigned a public IP where I host several web-service ...
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How do I install Disk Cleanup on Windows 2012 server without installing the Desktop Experience?

The issue is simply that I want to do the best I can to clean-up/compact a VM's .vhdx drive before running the Optimize-VHD cmdlet. It's nice to use Microsoft's Disk Cleanup utility. The problem is ...
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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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Change Key exchange mechanism in IIS 8

We are using RSA key exchange mechanism for SSL certificate. How can I change that to DHE_RSA or ECDHE_RSA? Due to using RSA, we are getting the below warning in chrome Your connection to ...
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What replaces IIS SMTP server in Windows Server 2012

I have read the notes here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831568.aspx regarding deprecated and removed features in Windows 2012 and it says that SMTP is deprecated. I assume this is ...
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Automatically Use PowerShell on Server Core

When I locally log in to a Server 2012 Core installation, every time I have to type powershell to get to a PowerShell command line instead of plain ol' cmd. Assuming that I will never remove the ...
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Slow shared folder refresh on windows 7

When I create a new folder in a shared folder under Windows Server 2012 sometimes i can not see new folder by windows 7 clients. Also with some refresh I still can not see new folders. After some ...
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Can we restore My Computer > Manage to prior functionality in Server 2012-R2

In the newer server versions when right clicking on My Computer / This PC, we are presented with the option to 'Manage', when clicked it opens the Server Manager, which can take up to 10-20 seconds in ...
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Identify Windows 2012 Server core

I want to detect if a 2012 server is has been setup as a Core install using WMI. An earlier question, would seem to indicate that I can get the OperatingSystemSKU from Win32_OperatingSystem. My ...
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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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Is there a downside to always updating DNS from DHCP?

I've got a Windows 2012 Domain Controller running DNS and DHCP servers. The default setting appears to be Dynamically update DNS A and PTR records only if requested by the DHCP clients. (This is ...
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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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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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Receiver limits TCP window size to 64,512

Facts (please identify any false statements): I have a 100 Mbps connection between two sites that are 80 ms apart This is a long fat connection that could benefit from a large TCP window size ...
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How do i change Active Directory Password in Windows 2012 Terminal Server without Using CTRL ALT

How do I change Active Directory Password in Windows 2012 Terminal Server without Using CTRL + ALT I can't use CTRL + ALT + END And CTRL + ALT + DEL Is there any other method for invoking the ...
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Unzip File With Powershell in Server 2012 Core

I need to unzip a file with powershell. The typical way I've seen everyone do this is by automating the shell with a script. $shellApplication = new-object -com shell.application $zipPackage = ...
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How to change color scheme in Windows Server 2012

I have installed a fresh copy of Windows Server 2012 and when I go to Control Panel > Appearance > Display > Color and Appearance it states "This page is not available in this edition of ...
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Using tsconfig/tsadmin in Windows Server 2012 locally

I got used to tsconfig.msc and tsadmin.msc (aka Terminal Services Configuration / Terminal Services Administration MMC snapins) from the previous Windows versions and thus profoundly hate the ...
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Server 2012 Server Core powershell not installed

In server core, after a restart powershell was all of a sudden not installed, what do I do to reinstall it? I do not have remote administration set up yet so I cannot use that to re-install it. ...
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Pull Office 365 Users to Active Directory

I am currently working with an existing Office 365 subscription that needs to have a new instance of Windows Server 2012 R2 in Azure manage the users through Active Directory. The server 2012 VM is ...
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Automatically run PowerShell script at first boot

We use Hyper-V + SCVMM to host Windows Server 2012 (R2) virtual machines. Currently our deployment procedure includes a lot of PowerShell commands that we have to copy/paste after the VMM template is ...
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apache mod_authnz_ldap - 500 error when blank username used

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 500 internal server error. this is the entry in ...
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Unable to use “Web deploy” on Windows Server 2012 HTTP ERROR 404.7

I am using Windows server 2012 and Web Deploy 3.5. When I try to publish from Visual Studio I get 404 and suggests to follow the following link ...
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Extremely slow file transfers to Hyper-V VM on local machine

I am attempting to transfer a 1.3GB file from my local machine (Windows 8) to my local hyper-V instance (Windows 2012). The transfer begins at about 300kb/s and then swiftly drops to 12-20kb/s. The ...
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Number of Domain Controllers needed?

In the process of migrating 7 school site network from Server 2003/XP to Server 2012/7 and wanted to get some feedback on how many domain controllers would be optimal. Currently we have 4 DCs. All 7 ...
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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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Windows Server 2012 after restart public network become private

I have a 3 servers with Windows Server 2012. After restart one server : public network become private and private network become public. (2 NIC) I don't know how this can happen and how to fix it ? I ...
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Apache randomly stops serving HTTPS, but HTTP works just fine

We have this Apache on Windows Server 2012: Server version: Apache/2.4.9 (Win32) Apache Lounge VC10 Server built: Mar 17 2014 10:48:43 Most of the time, it works perfectly, but from time to time ...
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veto files on a Windows Share

On Linux you can just edit the smb.conf file and add a veto files setting to ignore and delete certain files, this came in really handy as both OS X and Windows love to create extra files. However, ...
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Is ECN (Explicit Congestion Notification) turned on by default on Windows Server 2012?

In a company network I noticed that all examined Windows Server 2012 machines had ECN turned on: > netsh interface tcp show global TCP Global Parameters ...
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Windows Server 2012 Can't Print

I know this may sound incredibly stupid and there is probably an easy solution but I can't seem to find it. Friends of mine recently upgraded their server for their small business from the POS old ...
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Cannot get Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra to install on Server Core

Everytime I try to install the Management GUI on Server Core I get this error. Install-WindowsFeature : The request to add or remove features on the specified server failed. Installation of one or ...
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Compact/Shrink an Expandable/Dynamic VHD to fully recover space

If I create an expandable Virtual Hard Drive (VHD) with a maximum size of 50Gb, fill it with 48Gb of files, and then reduce that amount to 25Gb, what is the most efficient and sure-fire way of ...
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Install IIS 6 Management Compatibility on IIS 8 / Windows 2012

I cant access IIS server from console application because i need to install 6 Management Compatibility. I fixed this error on Windows 7, since its easy to find how to install 6 Management ...