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How do I add the Windows GUI to Windows 2016 Server Core?

It's no longer possible to switch from Server Core to the full GUI or vice versa in Server 2016 - either through Server Manager, PowerShell, or DISM. You must make the choice initially at install ...
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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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What does @ mean in a hostname in DNS configuration?

If the name for a domain (or zone) is "example.com.", then an @ record indicates that the name for the DNS record is also "example.com." In the GUI for a Microsoft Windows Server DNS Service, this is ...
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What does @ mean in a hostname in DNS configuration?

For what I could find in the RFC, it stands for @ A free standing @ is used to denote the current origin. Source: https://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc1035 Hope it helps
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Can't use long path names in Windows 2016

The description of the setting, as seen in the very article that you linked to, says: Enabling NTFS long paths will allow manifested win32 applications and Windows Store applications to access ...
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How do I find out what version of SMB is in use by each attached client to a Windows Server 2016?

I did find a way to do this. Hopefully this helps someone else looking for the same information. On the server, open a powershell then enter this command: Get-SmbSession | Select-Object -Property ...
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Bootable Windows Server 2016 USB Drive

Yes. This can be done using native Windows commands like diskpart, bootsect and copy (xcopy). Here are the guides that cover the topic exactly: https://www.starwindsoftware.com/blog/how-to-create-...
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Windows: How do I log out of a remote desktop that only gives a disconnect option?

Click start, then from your username/icon in the top right corner you can choose "sign out". The power button has "disconnect, shut down, restart", your user button has "lock, sign out". If the ...
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Apparently Robocopy does not understand Windows Server 2016 deduplication. Is there a way to make it work without corrupting the volume?

The System Volume Information directory should be excluded using the /XD switch. Probably a good idea to exclude other hidden/system directories such as $RECYCLE.BIN.
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.NET Core console app fails from task scheduler with 0xC0000005

I searched and tried all kinds of solutions and the one that worked for me was to set the Start In option. Normally someone could have the full path in the Program/Script text box after browsing, ...
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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 install SSL certificate for RDS on windows server 2016?

Finally I found solution! First of all, name of the server had to be changed by adding DNS suffix. For example, if you want to connect to the server by srv.example.com address, your server name ...
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Bootable Windows Server 2016 USB Drive

That should be possible. Mount ISO image, say drive letter is x: Mount USB Drive, letter y: Run elevated cmd Run diskpart wipe the drive and create an active partition: Caution, this will wipe your ...
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How do I completely turn off Windows Defender from PowerShell?

After going for hours through the docs: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/module/defender/index?view=win10-ps Just decided to uninstall it. This works on WS 2016 with PS 5.1. Remove-...
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Scale-Out File Server with Storage Spaces Direct

Your scenario is fine if you are OK with paying loads of money for licensing. You will also need an interconnect fabrics and switch that supports PFC in order to use SMB Direct feature (I assume you ...
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server 2016 active directory and hyper-v same server

Having 2-node cluster, it's beneficial to have at least 2 AD DC VM's each located on a separated host. In case of a host failure, you will ensure the AD is up and running. The AD running on a VM also ...
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Hyperv-V creates mystery .avhdx files and fills up disk space

You have either enabled the Hyper-V Checkpoints that need to be merged or there is an additional snapshot managing software (backup or replication) that sends the command to Hyper-V for creating ...
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Is there a technology similar to Docker Containers for Windows Server?

Not yet, no - it's been announced as a feature of the next version of Windows Server (Windows Server 2016).
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Server 2008 R2 to Server 2016 options

Yeah you are pretty much screwed, My advice, use windows backup on the server, take a full backup and save to a NAS of other external HDD, make sure to do both a file level and image level backup, ...
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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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530 Valid hostname is expected when setting up IIS 10 for multiple sites

When configured with two or more hostnames, the correct virtual host name and username must both be sent in the username by the ftp client. Separate the site name and user with the vertical line ...
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Windows: How do I log out of a remote desktop that only gives a disconnect option?

Easy fix: press control-alt-end and click "sign out".
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How to ensure server 2016 is getting all the latest patches

why windows update is not installing it for me Windows updates are cumulative. 4577015 supersedes 4571694. The problem is not Windows, it is your scanner is not up to date. https://support.microsoft....
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Do we need SCVMM in order to test Storage Spaces Direct in Windows Server 2016?

Currently we suggest SCVMM to our customers only in cases of four and more nodes. I can’t tell for sure whether you need SCVMM in your case, but our last customer with four servers and over 100 VMs ...
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Storage Spaces Direct guidelines

Speaking shortly, the deployment sequence looks as following: Deploy necessary WS roles and features Validate the Failover Cluster Create the Failover Cluster Enable Storage Spaces Direct -...
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Auto login a user at boot on Windows Server 2016?

While it really is an extremely bad idea it is still possible. However, the user must have a password AND the password is revealed to anyone that has access to HKLM. Most likely your desired user is ...
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In AWS, why is an EC2 behind NAT gateway in private zone said to be safer than one in public subnet?

If an instance has a Public / Elastic IP I can directly target it with an attack. Maybe you left some unneeded ports open in the Security Group that I can exploit. If it doesn’t have a Public / ...
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Is .NET 3.5.1 Supported on Windows Server 2016?

Yes, Net Framework 3.5 is working on Windows Server 2016, I have it installed on my Servers. So far, we haven't had any reported issues from our programmers. Remember, You need to install it as a ...
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How can I verify AD replication between two DCs works

To ensure two DCs replicate with each other, you can follow the guide Forcing Replication. You first want to ensure that both clean DCs replicate with each other. Open Active Directory Sites and ...
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AWS: how to install AWS-issued SSL certificate on my Windows Server EC2?

Are you talking about the AWS Certificate Manager? If so you can't use them like that. From the FAQ: Q: What can I do with AWS Certificate Manager? A: You can request and provision SSL/TLS ...
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