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Windows Server restart / shutdown history

The clearest most succinct answer I could find is: How To See PC Startup And Shutdown History In Windows which lists these event ids to monitor (quoted but edited and reformatted from article): ...
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How can I view active remote connections (RDP) to a Windows server?

You can type "Query User" into a command prompt on the remote machine to get a very quick look
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How do I make a connection private on Windows Server 2012 R2

A GUI way of making this change: Hit Winkey + R to open Run prompt and type gpedit.msc Navigate to: Computer Configuration/Windows Settings/Security Setting /Network List Manager Policies. Choose ...
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RDP error "The function requested is not supported" after enabling NLA

I had the same issue. I found the issue has to do with a Windows Update patch that was pushed out to my work station in last nights Windows Updates. There was a critical CVE (CVE-2018-0886) for RDP ...
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Open a new cmd console on Windows 2012 Server core after closing the last one?

You can also press the following keys simultaneously to bring up the Task Manager - Ctrl + Shift + Esc Then, as xstnc said, File -> Run New Task -> cmd/powershell
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How can I view active remote connections (RDP) to a Windows server?

Run the "qwinsta" command on the server, or with the /server:servername switch. >qwinsta /? Display information about Remote Desktop Sessions. QUERY SESSION [sessionname | username | sessionid] ...
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How do I make a connection private on Windows Server 2012 R2

Using Powershell. Here is an example of changing the network profile of a network interface called Ethernet to "Private." This is a one line command. Set-NetConnectionProfile -InterfaceAlias Ethernet ...
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Default browser opens to msn.com when logging into Windows Server

I had the same issue with a Windows 8 installation. The solution described in a microsoft.com forum is: You can disable it via setting following registry entry from 1 to 0: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\...
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Auto Reconnect VPN on Disconnection due to any reason - Persistent VPN

I sort it out using "Task Scheduler" Here are steps to do it Make VPN Connection and give it Some Name Let say "My VPN" Open "Task Scheduler" from Start Menu and click "Create Task" (Option can be ...
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Are these DNS settings a good idea or not?

Workstations should have your internal DNS server(s) as the only DNS server(s) in TCP/IP configuration PCs pick DNS server from the list and stick to it for some time. So if by some chance your ...
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How to schedule a task to call a URL

Use the Invoke-WebRequest cmdlet from Powershell. In your task: Action: Start a program Program/script: powershell.exe Arguments: -Command "Invoke-WebRequest http://myapp/BackgroundTask/Run"
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How can I view active remote connections (RDP) to a Windows server?

You can see in the Task manager users Tab
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How do print servers work?

In general, print servers are used to both distribute drivers to client computer and centrally process and manage the print jobs. In large environments it's useful to have homogeneous drivers (which ...
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Public Key Authentication Windows Port of OpenSSH

Wow. Just spent a couple of hours debugging this. So, turn logging for the ssh server: Edit /ProgramData/ssh/sshd_config Ensure you have SyslogFacility LOCAL0 Ensure you have LogLevel DEBUG3 ...
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How to let non-admins manage selected domain groups' membership?

You can specify the managedBy attribute, and check the box for "Manager can update membership list". (This grants write permission for the Member attribute.) The person(s) who need to edit the group ...
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User in Administrators group has not the same rights as Administrator (Win 2012 R2)

This could be caused by User Account Control, a feature (hated by many) which makes so that, even if you have administrative rights, you don't actually have them unless you explicitly request them. ...
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Windows Server restart / shutdown history

Turning @user10082 comment into an answer. The proposed solution is a one-liner, as Powershell script: Get-EventLog -LogName System |? {$_.EventID -in (6005,6006,6008,6009,1074,1076)} | ft ...
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How to See Detailed 500 Errors?

In IIS Manager, select your site, double-click the Error Pages icon and click on Edit Feature Settings in the pane on the right. Choose Detailed Errors. If that is not enough, click on the .NET Error ...
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Are all domain controllers on a small network considered equivalent/equal?

Yes and no, sort of. Active Directory replication in general is multi-master. You can create or change an object on any writable domain controller, and that change will be replicated to all other ...
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GPOs fail to apply; reason: Inaccessible, Empty, or Disabled; Server 2012 R2 and Windows 10

Check the patch joeqwerty link too. There is the important detail: Known issues MS16-072 changes the security context with which user group policies are retrieved. This by-design behavior change ...
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Converting Windows 2012 R2 from Hyper-V to KVM (qemu)

What's your tool for converting? MVMC? You can also try StarWind v2v converter: https://www.starwindsoftware.com/converter It was a big help at my time. And besides, it makes identical hard drive when ...
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Should I still have a physical DC, even post-Server 2012?

One rationale for retaining one physical DC per domain is if there is a major incident that affects the host or trashes the frame storage for the virtualized DC's, you would have at least one physical ...
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CRITICAL STRUCTURE CORRUPTION on Windows Server 2012 R2

xenpci.sys (EJBPV XenPCI Driver (Checked Build), James Harper) (Checked Build) is a huge red flag. You absolutely should not be using "checked" builds of anything in production. If your hosting ...
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Mixing disks of different sizes in a Storage Spaces pool

These are the document you are looking for:What are columns and how does Storage Spaces decide how many to use? and Storage Spaces - Designing for Performance and Storage Spaces: Understanding ...
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How can I hide the Recycle Bin on Windows Server 2012?

You can use gpedit.msc to accomplish this, just like you are alluding to in your link: Run gpedit.msc from the run line (WIN+R) on the server. Then go to the settings in the picture above. Then ...
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Converting Windows 2012 R2 from Hyper-V to KVM (qemu)

This this yum install qemu-img First, check the file, make sure it’s ok. qemu-img check -r all rmcjmc01.vhdx If ok, convert the file qemu-img convert -O qcow2 rmcgmc01.vhdx rmcgmc01.qcow2
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Why do I get office updates for server 2012R2

Office updates don't necessarily mean a full copy of office is installed. It can just be certain components (access database connectors, deployment tools, etc) related to office. You'll probably find ...
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In-place upgrade Server 2012 R2 to Server 2019 promised, but not available?

Bought licenses for Windows server 2019 because Microsoft documentation claims you can upgrade from Windows Server 2012 R2 directly in-place. You can upgrade in-place, but not to an evaluation ...
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MSTSC: Black Areas on Remote Desktop

I solved this issue by disabling Persistent bitmap caching in mstsc options for my VM: After doing this, I haven't been experiencing any issues for several month.
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Install windows 2012 R2 over KVM-virtualizaton

This is how I currently do installs of Windows with virtio drivers at install: Create the new VM with a genuine Windows installation ISO image. I cannot guarantee that anything will work if you use a ...

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