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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): Event ID 6005 (alternate): “The event log service was started.” This is synonymous to system startup. Event ID 6006 (alternate): “The event log service was stopped....


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Use the query user command Query User Command http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb490801.aspx


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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 failed, though in reality it checks for updates (and may be other "stuff") and exits with no errors. Since this is normal behavior, what I did was to remove the ...


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You can use qwinsta from the command line to display the current RDP sessions. qwinsta /server:computer01 SESSIONNAME USERNAME ID STATE TYPE DEVICE console 0 Conn wdcon rdp-tcp 65536 Listen rdpwd administrator 2 Disc ...


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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 install updates and restart the server (see Patch Tuesday). Press Windows Key+R to open the run prompt. Type "gpedit.msc" and press enter. In the "Local Group ...


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Open the Task-Manager and see the users tab. There you will find a list of users and their status.


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You will need to modify the group policy that is applied to the servers. Open up the Group Policy Management Console and navigate to Computer Configuration >> Administrative Templates >> System and select "Display Shutdown Event Tracker." Disable that option.


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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 SFTP, but most "FTP" clients support both SFTP and FTPS. When setting up an FTPS server, make sure you disable plain (unencrypted) FTP! See (my) guide on ...


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Your packet capture had something unusual: The ECN bits were set in the outgoing SYN packet. Explicit congestion notification is an extension to the IP protocol that allows for hosts to react more quickly to network congestion. It was first introduced to the Internet 15 years ago, but there were serious issues noted when it was first deployed. The most ...


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After spending time looking at group policy, as far as I could tell, there was nothing that was relevant. I then came across this post that suggest I try launching a command promt as an administrator and running msiexec /a install.msi This appeared to work, but ran very quickly - in fact it didn't. On a whim, I tried this inside the admin command prompt. ...


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We had the same error on a brand new server. The reason was not the default IIS security policy, stored in applicationHost.config, as suggested by the other answer (although we checked that). The reason was that we installed IIS without support for ASP.NET (an ASP.NET 4.5 role)! When we installed the missing support for ASP.NET, our application just ...


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An "open DNS resolver" is a DNS server that's willing to resolve recursive DNS lookups for anyone on the internet. It's much like an open SMTP relay, in that the simple lack of authentication allows malicious 3rd parties to propagate their payloads using your unsecured equipment. With open SMTP relays, the problem is that they forward spam. With open DNS ...


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Figured out how to do it myself. It's somewhat of a workaround but that's what I expected to get. Alright, first step is to grab a program called AutoLogon.exe from Microsoft: http://technet.microsoft.com/sv-se/sysinternals/bb963905.aspx Stop! Don't cringe just yet. Read on... Run it, set it so that Administrator should log on automatically. Create a task ...


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Drop into a command prompt and issue either of the following commands; systeminfo | findstr OS Or winver You can then use this table to determine the version; Operating System Version Which shows: Operating system Version number Windows 8.1 6.3* Windows Server 2012 R2 6.3* Windows 8 6.2 Windows ...


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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 Crypto In order to use DHE_RSA or ECDHE_RSA you'll need to re-order the cipher suite preferences in the bottom left pane of the IIS Crypto window. I currently set ...


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In the general case, the advantage of putting a standalone server on a hypervisor is future-proofing. It makes future expansion or upgrades much easier, much faster, and as a result, cheaper. The primary drawback is additional complexity and cost (not necessarily financially, but from a man-hours and time perspective). So, to come to a decision, I ask ...


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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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If you do not want to change via Polices you can always issue the shutdown command to avoid the question. shutdown /s /t 0 /s = shutdown /t = time till shutdown 0 = immediely


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Two of my three 2012R2 machines exhibited this behavior last April. They would hang at Checking for updates... forever. I never learned exactly what caused the problem, but I did get it resolved by doing the following: Stop the Windows Update service. net stop wuauserv Delete the Windows Update cache directory C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution. Remove-...


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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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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 Restriction policy and I've seen it on both Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012. There is probably a better GUI based way to alter the policy, but ...


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Here is my recommended configuration for Windows Domain Time Synchronization, pieced together from several Microsoft TechNet articles and blog posts. If your servers are virtualized, do not use any of the VMware tools time sync features. Just let the Windows Time Service (w32time) do its job. VMware even says so. I assume the same is true for Hyper-V. ...


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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 failure. Take a full system backup that is capable of being used for a bare-metal restore. If the upgrade fails, restore from this backup.


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Were you qualifying the username you entered with the local machine name? If not, it's likely Windows was assuming you were attempting to login as the administrator account for the domain instead of the local system. In order to explicitly tell Windows that you want to login with the local administrator account you either need to qualify the username using ...


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Open your IIS manager and select the directory you want to protect. Under the "IIS" section select "Authentication". Disable "Anonymous Auth". Enable the desired Auth method (usually "Basic Auth") and it will be valid for this directory only. Add a User account. Left click directory in IIS, Edit Permissions..., Security, Edit, Add, enter a user from your ...


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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 DC with local storage to perform recovery and maintain continuity. Microsoft continues to perform this check and make this recommendation during Active ...


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It seems that specifications for RDP (MS-RDPEFS) have changed. In specific Windows versions, you also have to forward audio in order to get disk forwarding to work.


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"Disk Cleanup" only requires 2 files to work (together, less than 260KB) "cleanmgr.exe" for your platform, and a "cleanmgr.exe.mui" for your locale. They are already on your machine in sub-folders under "%SystemRoot%\WinSxS". First, search under the "%SystemRoot%\WinSxS" folder for "cleanmgr.exe". You will likely find files in the "amd64", "wow64", and "...


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Windows Server 2012 R2 & Windows 8.1 It turns out that Second Generation Hyper-V doesn't include the option to boot from physical CD/DVD. Only Generation one Have the option to boot from it. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn282285.aspx *In previous versions of Hyper-V there was only one type of virtual machine. Hyper-V in Windows Server ...


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