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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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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When deploying a single server on new hardware, do you virtualize it or not?

There are a few questions that I've found on ServerFault that hint around this topic, and while it may be somewhat opinion-based, I think it can fall into that "good subjective" category based on the ...
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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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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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Prevent Windows Server 2012 from forcing a reboot after updates

I have a domain controller with Windows Server 2012 on it. After updates, the server does not reboot immediately. However if I remote into the server I will be presented with a countdown for a reboot. ...
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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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Is there any technical reason why I shouldn't use windows server 2012?

My company is in the process of rolling out Active Directory enterprise wide, with office 365 syncronization, Lync, Exchange, and Outlook. We currently have no AD (yet); there are 400+ users in 5 ...
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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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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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Technical details for Server 2012 de-duplication feature

Now that Windows Server 2012 comes with de-duplication features for NTFS volumes I am having a hard time finding technical details about it. I can deduce from the TechNet documentation that the ...
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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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Why is my domain controller causing my router to send advertisements for Unique Local Addresses?

I'm currently evaluating Server 2012 to serve as a domain controller in a small heterogeneous network of Linux and Windows workstations and servers, all of which would eventually be joined to the ...
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SNMP Deprecated in Windows Server 2012

According to Technet's Features Removed or Deprecated in Windows Server 2012, SNMP is being depreciated: SNMP is deprecated. Instead, use the Common Information Model (CIM), which is supported ...
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Remote assistance from Remote Desktop sessions: unable to control

Since Remote Control (aka Session Shadowing) is gone for good in Server 2012 Remote Desktop Session hosts, I am looking for a replacement to support users in a cross-domain environment. Since Remote ...
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How to resolve virtual disk degraded in Windows Server 2012

I am using the new Storage Spaces feature in Windows Server 2012. I have the following disks: FriendlyName CanPool OperationalStatus HealthStatus Usage ...
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Server 2012 hyper-v3 live migration

I am trying to do my first live migration with Windows server 2012 hyper-v 3.0. I have two servers joined into a domain.local domain and both are hypervisors with constrained delegation setup. Each ...
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Small issue with the Domain Name System (DNS) Server Cmdlets

I'm wondering if I need to clear some cache or something with the issue I'm having. I'm trying to remove A records from a DNS Zone and replacing them with a CName record that has the same host name. ...
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Add Windows Server 2012 DC in existing 2008R2 without updating schema

i have Active Directory infrastructure and all domain contollers running WS 2008 R2 and operate on schema version 47. It is possible to add WS 2012 domain controller without any changes to domain ...
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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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Can Windows Server 2012 run as a guest VM under Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Host?

Can Windows Server 2012 run as a guest virutal machine under a Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V host? If so, are there any important or notable restrictions on what the guest OS can do running in this ...
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What does “The IO operation at logical block address # for Disk # was retried.” mean when seen in the Windows Server System event log?

I have multipath IO configured server 2012 blade that shows warnings like the following during MPIO path failure: The IO operation at logical block address 0 for Disk 7 was retried. I know what ...
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Is there a version of the AD tools that provide the PowerShell output, similar to the Exchange tools?

The Exchange administration tools output the exact PS commands they will (or just did) execute. Is there a different version of the AD tools (primarily AD Users & Computers) that have similar ...
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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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What's the sense in having RemoteDesktopUsers without “log on through Remote Desktop Services” privilege? [closed]

Recently Microsoft changed the default policies in Windows Azure Guest OSs (Windows 2008, Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 2012). One of the changes is that now only members of Administrators group have ...
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Bad idea to jump two versions in a server OS upgrade?

I have a ASP.NET website running on Windows Server 2003 and I would like to move it to a new server with a more recent OS. Would it be OK to jump directly to Windows Server 2012 or should I see how ...
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Windows Server 2012 GUI went missing after removing Active Directory

I'm sorry but i'm stuck in figuring out a problem i'm facing here. I removed the AD feature from server manager and after rebooting, my server 2012 gui wasn't there anymore. There's only command ...
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Fix error determining whether the target environment requires adprep in windows server 2012, during domain controller promotion

I am unable to promote my newly installed Windows Server 2012 machine to a domain controller. I have two existing domain controllers. The primary is at Windows Server 2003 level, and is running ...
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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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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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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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What does 'Not Present' mean in the Get-NetAdapter Powershell Cmdlet?

Server 2012, Powershell 3.0. I'm doing some work that requires automating the enabling and disabling of network adapters. Here is an example of what I see when I run Get-NetAdapter: Name ...
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Can I add user accounts to Windows Server 2012 based on Microsoft accounts?

Windows 8 lets me create user accounts simply by the email address of a Microsoft account (aka Windows Live account). Is there someway to activate such a facility in the Windows Server 2012 SKU?
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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 cant use CTRL + ALT + END And CTRL + ALT + DEL Is there any other Method invoking the Security ...
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Multiple USB backup targets with Windows Server Backup

I'm trying to add multiple USB external disk targets to a Windows Server 2012 Backup schedule. Having gone through the steps in the GUI to add an additional target, the process fails with the error ...
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Windows 2012: how to make power button work in every cases?

I need some Windows 2012 servers to be shutdown properly with the power button. If nobody is logged, the power button correctly shuts down the server If somebody is logged without a blocking ...
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Ubuntu 12.04, Windows 2012 Active Directory Integration, Kerberos won't resolve service principals

after having checked the whole internet literally, I hope that I might get help here. I am trying to accomplish integration of ubuntu 12.04 servers into a Windows 2012 active directory with nfs and ...
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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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Allow non-admin user to shutdown/reboot Server 2012

Anyone know if a setting exists to allow a non-admin user to shutdown a server? Obviously I can set the "Allow Server to shutdown without logon" GPO but that is not quite the same thing. I am ...
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How to print out information about Task Scheduler in powershell script?

I am trying to print out information from the Task Scheduler from the local computer in a PowerShell script so other users can print out this information as well and not have to access the Task ...
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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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Server 2012: change desktop background color

On a Windows Server 2012 Remote Desktop Session Host with the Desktop Experience feature enabled and the desktop wallpaper disabled, users wish to configure own color schemes and define an own desktop ...
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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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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 ...
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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, ...
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One Active Directory, Multiple Remote Desktop Services (Server 2012 solution)

What I am trying to do is quite complex, so I figured I'd throw it out to a wider audience to see if anyone can find a flaw. What I am trying to do (as an MSP/VAR) is design a solution that will give ...
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Windows VPN server can talk to VPN clients, but won't send packets from its local network to the VPN clients

I want to configure Windows Server 2012, and its Windows 7 and Windows 8 VPN clients, with an SSTP VPN that uses split tunneling and off-subnet addressing, but I'm running into a problem: the RRAS ...
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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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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 ...