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Following latest windows 2106 updates on a ML10 Gen9 server, we have lost the ability to display anything through the Displayports or via RDP. The rdp just connects, flashes and disappears.  Teamviewer connection, connects but just gives a black screen. It does the same in safe mode.

Any advise? Im guessing a graphics update has done this. The server is clearly booting as i can access the data via a pc.

Thanks Ash
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Seizing the Operation Master Roles in Windows Server 2016 in case of FSMO holder failure.
I have an on site AD environment with Azure AD Connect syncing to Office365 exchange environment.    New user setup works fine.   I have about 250 accounts but the question focuses on two users.  We will call them and   User A.A last day was today and user B.B wants to get his emails.   I went in to AD and modified the Proxy address of to   I then added as a secondary SMTP address to address.    I forced AD sync a couple of times since I have changed this.   In AD (on prem) It is still like I set the changes.   None of these changes have made it to Office365.   What am I doing wrong?
Hi, we are setting up a brand new Win2016 Standard server mainly as a file server with RDS.  Should I setup Active Directory as "" or "company.local"?  There is no Exchange server but we would like to have SSL certificate for the Remote Desktop Gateway.  Something that came to mind for Remote Desktop Services access is to setup a sub domain called, "" for our remote desktop users.  Thanks.
Our new Windows Server 2016 Standard servers (both physical and VM) experiencing extreme lag over remote desktop protocol. Once the Windows firewall is disabled for all three profiles (Domain, Public, and Public) the lag is gone and things work perfect. I tried disabling each profile one at a time but found out it needs to be all three.  Has anyone figured out what is causing this issue? We use a third party firewall so the windows firewall is not important but I wanted to find out the cause.
Hi All,

Used disk2vhd to convert an 2003 server. The conversion went well, i choose vhd as an option. Now I'm trying to attache the hard drive to a Hyper-v Server 2016 and getting the error below. I moved the vhd file to suggested location, checked permission but nothing. Have a feeling it has to do with a compatability issue with server 2016 and vhd files. Any help appreciated.

Error Attaching VHD file
Looking for some solid advice on starting to use O365. Currently have a company that has roughly 700 users. They have an on-prem data center that includes an Exchange 2010 array along with a SharePoint 2010 environment. They have purchased enough licenses at this time for O365 as they would like to move to SharePoint online. They would like to keep Exchange on-prem for the time being and start to utilize some of the other features of O365 like OneDrive and Teams. My questions is, what is the best way to setup the Azure AD connect at this time. Should I setup the Hybrid environment now for Exchange so that it is ready to move to Exchange online in the future or just wait until that time comes, if ever? I ran IDFX tool and it came back showing that all the users UPN and proxy addresses are showing the user@domain.local. I can easily fix the UPN addresses and add the but what should I do about the proxy addresses? I read that you can remove the @domain.local from Exchange but that may cause some other mail routing problems. Should I just leave it, what have others done? I Just don’t want to initiate an AD sync now, mess anything up or make more work for myself. I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you!
I renewed the SSL on my Exchange 2016 server. After doing so, the automatic redirect to http from https stopped working. I am fine manually putting in https and the "s" is using the new ssl according to Chrome. I still have the only ssl in there. IIS is only enabled on the new ssl though. I was fine before renewing. Do I need to delete the old ssl for the auto redirect to work again?
I'm trying to set up a service account to act as the main admin account for our Connect to Azure AD. I have created the account in AD and the account information has been uploaded to our Office 365 system. The issue is every time, I tried to run the "Express Settings" wizard. I keep receiving the same error "The user name or password is incorrect. Verify your user name, and then type your password again." I know both the password and user name are working, because when I sign in to company's network both the user name & password are acceptable to log on to domain computer.  On the Ad side, this account is a member of the both Domain and Enterprise admins group and it is also part of the MailAdmin group.  Any assistance would be helpful.
I've been having a hard time with this for several days, hoping someone can help me with this.  

Here's the setup; got some Optane P4800X PCIe drives and I want to RAID the boot drive in Server 2016 for resiliency.   From what I understand hardware RAIDing PCIe drives simply doesn't exist yet, so we're stuck with software RAID.  Here's where it gets fun.  

I can RAID 1 the C: volume just fine.  That's all dandy.  But when I remove the primary plex, the secondary doesn't boot.  I have tried all sorts of methods to get the secondary drive bootable, including;

  • DISKPART and XCOPY the EFI and Recovery partitions from the main drive- no dice, BCD error
  • This
  • handy document was looking promising, but when trying to rebuild the secondary BCD we have no ramdisk entry in Server 2016, so that ended up a bust.
  • Fresh install of Server 2016 to establish a good Recovery and EFI partition, then delete the OS partition and replace it with a mirror- no dice, BCD error

All the fun of this points back to the BCD.  Problem is, I can't edit the BCD in recovery mode since the disk is showing up as foreign because it's dynamic (required to do MS mirroring).  If I import it, it instantly becomes unbootable.  Bootrec /scanos
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Using Azure AD connect with Office 365-How can I remove\disable old on premise mailboxes without removing email addresses from users in AD which are synced with Azure AD connect to Office 365.
Would like to uninstall Exchange 2013 on premise server.

I licensed my below setup so I could run 4 HyperVs on each physical server

If one of my PHYSICAL servers dies can I restore 2 Windows Server 2016 HyperVs backups onto the remaining PHYSICAL server without having licensing issues since I have enough LOCAL storage to support all 4 HyperVs on one PHYSICAL server ?

 ** 2 PHYSICAL "16 core licensed" Windows Server 2016 servers via OEM licensing, not OpenBusiness/etc
      ** each hosting 2 Windows Server 2016 HyperVs
      ** each using LOCAL storage
I've just moved my iis intranet server from 2008 to 2016.  Everything is working fine however, I have one link that is supposed to open a share and for whatever reason it's not working.  It's a simple html page with the \\servername\share\share.  If I open the html page directly on the server and click the link on the html page it works.  However, If I try to open the page from the actual intranet publish it does not.  I've looked at the link on the published page, it is correct.  So I'm confused as to how to solve this issue.

We have a Windows 2012 Server Foundation Edition.  This has been outgrown and we want to use 2016 Std, on a new peice of hardware.
My plan is to join the new server to the domain, promote to DC, transfer FSMO roles, then dcpromo the old server, removed from domain.
Can anyone please confirm if this is a viable plan?

Thank you.
We are running the Microsoft Office 365 Support Assistant before setting up the Azure AD Connect tool for directory sync, but the domain verification (step 2) reports that our .com is non-routable and this type of domain is not supported.

The domain is already verified in Office 365 and has no problems. Our internal domain is the same as our external domain ( and we only have a single UPN ( We are using our own DNS and have not added the Office 365 DNS entries (reported DNS errors are ignored in the portal). We are not using a sub-domain.

Does anyone know why the domain verification step is reporting that our .com is non-routable?

I have an ASP.NET MVC app that is a SharePoint provider-hosted app hosted in Azure.

I am using Excel interop to create an Excel document that I am trying to download.

The code to generate the Excel document works fine, however I am not able to retrieve the file bytes directly from the Excel app. The workbook needs to first be saved to a file.

I tried using io.Path.GetTempFileName(); to save the file to a temp folder, but when the file is read back from that location, it reads 0 bytes[]. Another thing I tried is using Azure Storage, but I was still unable to get the file bytes.

using System.Web;
using Excel = Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel;
using io = System.IO;

namespace Intervate.SharePointAppDemoWeb.Models
    public class ExcelOperations
        public byte[] GetATB()
            var excelApp = new Excel.Application
                Visible = true
            Excel._Worksheet workSheet = excelApp.ActiveSheet;
            workSheet.Name = "Test Worksheet";
            workSheet.Cells[1, "A"] = "Test";

            //string AccountName = ConfigurationManager.AppSettings["AccountName"].ToString();
            //string AccountKey = ConfigurationManager.AppSettings["AccountKey"].ToString();

            //CloudStorageAccount cloudStorageAccount = CloudStorageAccount.Parse("DefaultEndpointsProtocol=https;AccountName=" + AccountName + ";AccountKey=" + AccountKey + "");

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How to monitor RDS connections in a different domain.

I have an RDS environment in a different domain and I need to monitor connections in that environment.  All I see to monitor connections is the connection manager on the remote gateway server.  That works great, except that I need to monitor it from a different domain.  My users, those who need to monitor it, need to do it from a different domain.

I think my only option is to spin up a VM in that domain and let them RDP to it and install the remote desktop connection manager on that VM.  Does that sound about right?

Anyone know of a better solution?


how to have access to azure site connected via site to site vpn to your on premises via a vpn connection.
Any considerations on Dell Servers vs HP for internal infrastructure for remote office?
Particular looking into PowerEdge R740XD Server to be a VM host for multiple internal stuff.  AD,DNS,Print,Radius,mgmt,File,etc,etc.
How would you compare to HP DL or similar servers?
Any commentary on components below?

PowerEdge R740 Server 1 64,000.00 64,000.00
CS SW-VMware VS6-STD-C VMware vSphere 6 Standard for 1
2 5,643.53 11,287.06
CS SW-VMware VS6-STD-G-SSS-C Basic Support/Subscription
VMware vSphere 6 Standard for 1 processor for 1 year

PowerEdge R740/R740XD Motherboard
1 Intel Xeon Silver 4114 2.2G, 10C/20T, 9.6GT/s , 14M Cache, Turbo, HT (85W) DDR4-2400
1 Chassis with up to 16 x 2.5" SAS/SATA Hard Drives for 2CPU Configuration
1 PowerEdge 2U Standard Bezel
1 Riser Config 2, 3 x8, 1 x16 slots
1 PowerEdge R740 Shipping Material
1 No Quick Sync
1 2666MT/s RDIMMs
1 Performance Optimized
8 16GB RDIMM, 2666MT/s, Dual Rank
1 Intel Xeon Silver 4114 2.2G, 10C/20T, 9.6GT/s , 14M Cache, Turbo, HT (85W) DDR4-2400
1 iDRAC9,Enterprise
8 480GB SSD SATA Mix Use 6Gbps 512e 2.5in Hot-plug Drive, S4600, 3 DWPD,2628 TBW
1 PERC H730P+ RAID Controller, 2GB NV Cache, Adapter, Low Profile
2 Standard 1U Heatsink
1 No Internal Optical Drive
1 Dual, Hot-plug, Redundant Power Supply (1+1), 750W
1 No Trusted Platform Module
2 Medium Jumper Cord (2M), C13-C14, 10A (China/Korea)
1 Broadcom 5719 QP 1Gb Network Interface Card
1 QLogic 57800 2x10Gb BT + …
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Hello I would like to connect my computers to rdp server.

My server is on Windows server 2016

remote. example. com - server
remote. example. com: 3388 - my pc

Would he have a person give me the method for configuring the rdp.

Thank you, thank you!
Hey Guys,

I am new to Windows Server 2016 Essentials.  I am familiar and regularly deploy Server 2016 Standard.  Can I still join the PC's to Server 2016 Essentials domain through System Properties?  Would I be able to make changes to client PC's using GPO?  Would I be able to add second server or second domain controller to Server 2016 Essentials?  Thanks.
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we have a Cluster running with 14 nodes.

Each node contains different VM's.

we use Veeam for backup.

Would you use 1 backup job to backup the Cluster of would you create a backup job for each customer on the Cluster. A customer has about 4 to 10 servers in our cluster.

Of how to do this best?
I have a setup with RHEL 7.4 machines that connect to Active Directory running on a Windows Server 2016 Datacenter edition. The Linux machines are in direct integration with the AD.

Since IDMU is removed from this version of Windows, the solution is to use sssd to autogenerate UID and GID numbers. I am not able to understand how the autogenerated GID will be mapped to the actual group on the Linux machine.

For ex, if user john is a member of LinuxGroup in the AD and is logged in and that should be mapped to group localgrp on the Linux machine, how will this work out? How would he get linuxgrp privileges if the autogenerated GID is 500 but localgrp GID is 10 on the Linux machine?

To have only central management of users, we are not allowed to add users directly in Linux i.e. in /etc/passwd

I am in the process of setting up our Windows Server 2012R2 VM in Azure for PCI compliant ciphers and protocols. When I disable TLS 1.0 I get an error in my system log:

A fatal error occurred while creating an SSL client credential. The internal error state is 10013.
with an Event ID of 36871

Most of the answers I have seen are for server 2008 and in regards to SMTP. There is nothing that runs SMTP on this server, it's just an IIS box hosting a few web services. RDP works just fine, everything else seems fine, kind of confused as to why disabling TLS 1.0 would do this. When I re-enable it, the errors go away.  

Any Suggestions?

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After unexpected shutdown the active directory server and it's HyperV Host had problems with network/IP connectivity.  Host server will now only take a DHCP address.  And will not ping or be pinged.  Was able to recreate the virtual switch connection for the Active Dir server with it's previous addressing.  The NIC on the AD Server says "Unidentified Network with No Internet Access", but has access.  User's PC's can ping the AD IP address and the gateway.  (Watchguard Firewall)  Primary DNS is handled by the DC, and secondary DNS and DHCP is handled by the firewall.  

In the Server Manager of the AD Server "AD DS and DNS" are green with requisite services running.  

But across the network users can't access file shares, access other HyperV servers via the manager, etc.  

I did hardware diagnostics on the server and it seems fine.  Since so much was IP related i put in an additional NIC to see if that helped, but problems followed.  Watchguard firewall is not showing any errors that i can tell and is updated.  (M200)  The host server can now take a DHCP address and reach the Internet, but can ping nothing.  Not even the gateway that it gets its DHCP address from.  It can reach some things on the internet, but connectivity is latent and erratic.  But reminder the HyperV AD that runs on this host does not have these problems.  

In need of help of what to troubleshoot next.  Thanks.  We are new to the Domain and thought we had it sorted as it has worked fine for …


Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure for building, deploying and managing applications and services through datacenters. It provides both platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) services and supports many different programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems. Cloud Services is a PaaS environment and can be used to create scalable applications and services; there are specific software development kits (SDKs) provided by Microsoft for Python, Java, Node.js and .NET. Azure also has file and storage services, data management, analytics and DNS services.

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