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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Random TCP RST's on certain websites, what's going on?

Short version: One Windows Server 2012 machine on my network is getting persistent but intermittent TCP RSTs when connecting to certain websites. Dunno where they're coming from. Check out the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 are the implications of exceeding 4 GB in a Windows Event Log?

I found this Microsoft KB that covers recommended Event Log setting maximums for operating systems up to Windows 2008/Vista, which recommends a maximum of 4GB, and have seen some other vague ...
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Managing Windows Powershell from Linux terminal

I manage Windows Server 2012 servers. I'm learning PowerShell to manage these servers through command line. My workstation runs Ubuntu and I usually manage Linux servers by connecting via SSH. Is ...
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Windows 2012 can't validate forwarders without a root zone?

(Disclaimer: I am not a Windows DNS admin. I do have a decent amount of DNS experience under my belt though, and this is not making any sense. I am working closely with the admins responsible for ...
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Windows DHCP server - distribute multiple default gateways?

I'm helping a client through the process of configuring a Windows 2012 DHCP server while migrating from Linux ISC DHCP. In the Windows New Scope Wizard dialog, there is an option to: ...specify ...
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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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Cannot create new user account Windows Server 2012

I created a Windows Domain account that works on MYDOMAIN. All computers attached to MYDOMAIN can use the credentials I have created for log on except for one. On PROBLEMSERVER01 when I try to log ...
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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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Start program on computer startup when nobody is logged on and show the window when someone does log on (OS: Windows)

I have a program that is launched on system startup using Task Scheduler on Windows Server 2012. The program must start even if the computer reboots automatially. Administrator is the account used to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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DFSR-related WMI info is missing

OS: Server 2012 Core and Server 2012 R2 Core. DFS-Replication is installed and appears healthy. I am using WMI to collect information from DFSR replication members. The queries work on many of the ...
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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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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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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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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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Error removing physical disk marked as Retired

I have Server 2012 with one storage pool and one virtual disk. The virtual disk uses layout parity and thin provisioning. It contained 4 physical disks. One of the physical disks failed. It was pulled ...
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Windows 2012 Core Extreme memory use on SVCHOST/Workstation service

We have approximately 200 servers, Hyper V, File Cluster, and IIS, that are all experiencing the same issue, an event occurs on the server through normal use that maxes out or near maxes out the RAM ...
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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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What's the best way to see logged in users on Windows Server 2012?

Right now I use a powershell script to see the currently logged in users. But I don't see if there session is idle, active or inactive. I can see when the session was started but that's it. Is there a ...