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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 fix this Windows 2012 Dashboard Error : Google Update Service

Going through the Google forums, it seems like Google doesn't have any intention of "fixing" this behavior. Issue seems like that the service starts and then it stops quickly making Windows think it ...
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Prevent Windows Server 2012 from forcing a reboot after updates

There is a Local Group Policies you can set to disable the automatic restarts. This should only be done on Windows Servers assuming a sysadmin is going to RDP into the server on a regular schedule and ...
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Is IIS SFTP natively supported by Windows?

Microsoft IIS server does not support SFTP (or SSH) at all, on any version of IIS or Windows. IIS supports secure FTP (FTPS or FTP over TLS/SSL) though. It's a different (incompatible) protocol than ...
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Change Key exchange mechanism in IIS 8

First to specifically answer your question; "How can i change that to DHE_RSA or ECDHE_RSA?" The easiest solution to this is to download IIS Crypto and let it do the hard work for you. IIS ...
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Is it OK to use local. in an active directory domain name

No, that's fine. The warning is against using domain.local as your AD domain name. local.domain.tld is perfectly acceptable.
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Why is this preventing me installing an MSI: The System Administrator has set policies to prevent this installation

I've run into this behavior, where MSI installation is prevented with "The system administrator has set policies to prevent this installation" before. I believe it is due to default Windows Software ...
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Is IIS SFTP natively supported by Windows?

No. Microsoft offers an FTP over SSL (FTPS) solution but does not currently provide a solution for securing FTP traffic using FTP over SSH (SFTP)
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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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Windows Server Downgrade

This is not something that's built in to the OS installation. Your two options are: Use snapshotting at the hypervisor or storage layer if this server is a virtual machine. Roll back the snapshot on ...
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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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Administrator can access all mailboxes - how can I stop it?

This is probably a result of DOMAIN\Administrator being a member of the Organization Management group. From the description of that group: Members of this management role group have permissions to ...
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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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Auto login a user at boot on Windows Server 2016?

Use Sysinternals Autologon. It stores the credentials in the registry more securely than other methods. Autologon for Windows v3.10 https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/autologon
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How to change color scheme in Windows Server 2012

In case you don't want to install "Desktop Experience", you can change the color scheme with registry entries in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM You cannot modify specific colors ...
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Removing Hyper-V role from Windows Server 2012 R2

First start "Add Roles and Features Wizard" and then switch to the "Remove Roles and Features Wizard". And there it is possible to remove Hyper-V role.
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Why Failover instead of Load Balancing for HA

The world is full of applications that were never designed with clustering in mind and terrible things happen when you try to run multiple instances of the application concurrently. But the ...
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Unable to move OU in Active Directory (Access is denied)

Although there are multiple posts dealing with accidental deletion protection, ACEs/ACLs, permissions, and moves/deletes in general, I couldn’t find one dealing with my specific issue however simple ...
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Solidworks: activation license mode is not supported in this virtual environment (Qemu-KVM)

Most current hypervisors that run on Intel hardware use CPUID leaves 0x40000000 et seq. to pass information about the hypervisor from host to guest. KVM, Xen, VMware and Hyper-V all use this method. ...
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Windows Server Downgrade

There is no Windows built-in way to downgrade an installed OS version, except for uninstalling service packs. This is not your case, as you are asking for a significant major version rollback. You ...
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How do I access the list of currently logged on users through Terminal Services Manager in Windows Server 2012?

Just open the Users tab in Task Manager. You'll get a full list of user sessions, their states, and running processes. Also you can log them off through the right-click menu. It seems this is the ...
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Deleted printers keeps coming back - and multiply

I had this exact same problem. After I deleted a Group Policy printers kept coming back all over the place. The only solution for me was: Downloading PSTools Running CMD as administrator Run the ...
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How can I hide the Recycle Bin on Windows Server 2012?

If you go to Control Panel and search for desktop common icon, the search will narrow down to one item under Display: Show or hide common icons on the desktop. From there you can choose to show or ...
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Remove reboot request for DISM

/Quiet Your servers will reboot automatically if no error occured. OR /NoRestart You won't be prompted to reboot. Source: MSDN
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Nginx reverse proxy without SSL termination

today, nginx Supports ssl pass thru: https://serversforhackers.com/tcp-load-balancing-with-nginx-ssl-pass-thru
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What are the implications of exceeding 4 GB in a Windows Event Log?

Other than the awful performance and ridiculous wait times when you have to load a 4 GB log and the hell it will be if you ever have to search through such a monstrous thing, not much. I think the ...
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Is it OK to use local. in an active directory domain name

I'm not an expert on windows but in this case it does not matter. the .local domain is reserved for MDNS: https://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc6762 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multicast_DNS On linux ...
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Auto login a user at boot on Windows Server 2016?

I also struggled to get this to work on a (non-Domain connected) Windows Server 2016. I noticed that there was CTRL-ALT-DELETE requirement on login so thought I would try to disable this...and ...
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Is there any reason to keep the power option on default "Balanced" instead of "high performance"?

Short Answer With modern processor, with fast C6 (core/module power gating) capabilities, the difference in power consumption between the two power profiles is negligible. On the other hand, due to ...
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Access already mapped network drive in PowerShell

You need to make the drive mapping available to the user you're running Powershell as. You can do the following to give that user the same drive mapping: net use Z: "\\vmware-host\Shared Folders" ...
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