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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Spun up a DC too fast.  Wonder now how to change a DNS Domain name from domain.local to and also a NetBIOS name.  
Worth the stretch or easier just to wipe and reinstall?
DC Win2016 Server Standard.

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Basically im having an issue at my school district. I have many Vlans that are internal "Same Building". My DFS Servers are on Vlan 5 "IP", and i setup the teachers to use Vlan 10 "Ip". They do connect to the dfs server but it is very slow. If i try to \\DFS\DFS it take upwards of 10 minutes to prompt me for a username or password. But if i \\IPAddress it will instantly pop up.
From Vlan 10 i can ping, remote desktop and everything inbetween to vlan 5. DFS is the only thing struggling.
I logged into my SQL Azure database in SSMS and set up a user called AngloUser
I then tried to run the following code to allow access to a table called zPerformanceAnglo
but got the error further on

GRANT SELECT ON schema.zPerformanceAnglo TO [AngloUser]

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Cannot find the object 'zPerformanceAnglo', because it does not exist or you do not have permission.
Hi, I am a generalist software developer whining at a telecommuters site and I have assigned a project involving MS Azure.
I've done others project involving it, but this is the first time I need to consolidate data from many databases and other flat file resources to a dwh in Azure. I want to start with what seems easy, which is to update from a MySql/Posgre database to Azure (SQL Azure, I guess)? After importing data initially from Mysql to Azure I need to have it updated daily.

Looking forwards to any path to follow so I can jump to documentation and take a good dive for implementing my project.

Thank you dear experts! Much respect!

Which package supports GPO's?  There is a Basic, P1, and P2..  Which one should I chose to get true GPO functionality?
We realize that is against recommend best/standard practices however we have always been able to get RDS (formerly Terminal Services) installed on a domain controller.  This is golden for small offices (think five computers-ish) that require remote desktop but can't afford two physical or virtual servers.

With the introduction of Server 2016 we found ourselves unable to install Active Directory Domain Services alongside with Remote Desktop Services or vice versa.  We ended up virtualizing the ADDS portion but really would have preferred to avoid having to do that.

Anyone out there got it working?
Issue popped while leveraging the Microsoft Fastrax team to migrate from GSuite to o365.

Our ADDNS was setup as so that it wouldn't parallel our FQDN of

Website and Email domain is:  
Internal ADDNS is:

Fasttrax engineer had me install Azure Active Directory Sync and add a UPN suffix of to our ADDNS.

Afterwords we could no longer connect to internally.

After testing the sync and realizing that we could not use Alias's in o365 mailbox without an on prem exchange server we uninstalled Azure Active Dirctory Sync and removed the UPN suffix of in hopes that it would fix navigating to our website internally.

We still cannot access our website interally.  The website is hosted outside of our network.

We cannot get Outlook to connect to o365 internally, but it does externally.

Creating a new zone of in our DNS with records for www and parent pointing to the external IP of our website did not fix this issue.  I'm currently trying to get the autodiscover to work via dns and group policy for Outlook to connect from our network to o365.

Any suggestions/help would be much appreciated, put two 14 hour days in with no movement what so ever.
Hey Experts,  

Need some help to sync a 2nd forest to O365…  Maybe I forgot something, I try it in a LAB without issues.
The first domain work well no sync issue, I reopen the console, then I start synching a second domain

I stopped at the connect directories page where I got that error ( Error.png)
After I click add directory, I can see a few steps..  ( step1 and step2.png)

I also add a trace from ad connect may be that can help either

A short description of my environment;
AD connect work as Hybrid deployment
With federated services on a separate server.
I have multiple forests that have external bi-directional trusts between them.
We have one  AD connect server with the latest version of azure AD connect ( 1.1.561)
Domains are ALL windows 2003 functional level.
A strange situation that has suddenly occurred. From what I can tell we have not changed anything to cause the issue.  Server is a Windows Server 2016 standard.  The clients are Windows 10 x64.  When pcs first boot in the morning, one of the three mapped drives has a red X in the drive mapping when viewed in file explorer.  If you double click the drive letter you can still access the contents.  However, the red X never goes away.  The only way to rectify the situation is to manually disconnect the drive.  Which from what I have seen doesn't actually remove it from the file explorer view.  However, if you then reboot, then the drive mapping appears normal.  In addition, there was once instance where suddenly in the middle of the day, the red X reappeared for one user.  This has been going on for about a week and a half.  The worst part of it is that the Quickbooks 2017 application does not seem to like the red X situation.  If the drive mapping has the red X, then Quickbooks will not let users open any of the datafiles on the server.  However, once the drive is disconnected and the pc reboots, Quickbooks works fine.  I am looking for any advice as to what could be causing this issue and how to correct it.
Is it possible to remove a built-in user account in the Active directory on the Azure platform.
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I need to review the DCOM permission on our new 2016 core server. I have read you can view the permission remotely using the DCOM mmc. I was able to connect but list the remove servers as down. I also read that you can manage permission via commandline via a SDK exe.

Has only done this before?
I have a client server Access application and recently we moved the SQL to Azure. Now the TransferDatabase command doesn't work due to datetime2 field in SQL.

I used the following VBA Code to export an access table to Azure SQL:

DoCmd.TransferDatabase acExport, "ODBC Database", "ODBC;Driver=ODBC Driver 13 for SQL server;Server=*******;Database=****;Uid=***;Pwd=***;Encrypt=yes;TrustServerCertificate=no;Connection Timeout=30;", acTable, "MyAccessTestTable", "ServerTestTable", , False

Then I get the following error from Access:

"Microsoft Access was unable to append all the data to the table. The contents of fields in 1 records(s) were deleted, and 0 records(s) were lost due to key violations. *If data was deleted, the data you pasted or imported doesn't match the field data types or the FieldSize property in the destination table...."

My access table has only one field [CreateDate] with value of (7/7/2017 11:31:34 AM). After checking with SQL, the table is created and it is empty. The date field is Datetime2 field type.

It seems that when I export the table, Azure SQL create Datetime2 type by default and it is causing the problem. I tested other tables without the datefield and export works fine. Is there a setting in Azure SQL to default the new datetime type to datetime instead of Datetime2 when I export a table? Or maybe a setting in Access?

Thanks for any suggestions.
I have not done any specific testing comparing MS Azure vs. Amazon AWS server instances but what I have noticed when I deploy instance with the same resources (e.g CPU cores and memory) on AWS it is much faster than in Azure. This is both for Linux instances and Windows.

Has anyone done some bench marking who may have insight on this?
We are in the process of building a new production Windows Server 2016 server to run SQL Server 2016 Standard Edition.
Is there a recommendation from Microsoft to use  ReFS for data and log files in SQL Server 2016 Standard Edition.

Can someone advise
In previous versions of Windows Server, I would install the desktop experience which would let me browse to a Sharepoint UNC path such as \\sharepoint\sites\it in file explorer.

In 2016, Desktop experience is installed by default when you install the GUI.  I read somewhere that I needed to install the WebDAV feature and then enable the Web Client service which I did.  That hasn't worked though.  I cannot get to \\sharepoint\sites\it in file explorer.

Is there something else I need to do?

Thanks in advance!
I´m using Windows Azure Active Directory Module for Windows Powershell, and I´m collecting information from my Office365, export it to a csv file ( one column ) and name the column "Identity"
I can collect the info from Office365, I can export it to the csv file, but I need it to start from line two in the column, because I use line one for the name ( Identity ).

Here is my script.
Get-MsolUser -All | where {($_.isLicensed -eq $false)-and($_.UserPrincipalName -like '*')} | Select UserPrincipalName | Export-Csv -Path C:\Userlist.csv

Windows 2016 server shows blank screen after logging in . No response to control +Alt+delete.

very random issue. Happens with any user id not specific. Even if user sucessfully logs in, still getting blank screenn after 10 mins.

Workaround :
Changed GPO

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Remote Desktop Services\Remote Desktop Session Host\Connections

Find the RDP Transport policy and make it TCP only. – restart Server.

I want to build up my knowledge & skills on Cloud technology.

I've got myself an Azure account and signed up for the free trial. I've also got myself a Windows 2016 VPS. I've also just setup my first (for me) client with Office 365 Business Essentials.

Years ago when I was learning about PC networks and Servers & email, I'd get 3 servers and run up a few NT domains, setup MS Mail & Exchange and get that all talking to each other, check mail flow and so on.

So what's the Cloud lab equivalent of that sort of thing?

I'm sitting here wondering, what's something really cool I setup that I could actually use in the real world?

The Azure training & intro videos say, you can set up Databases, test apps, run up Containers and so on, but I mainly support PC, file sharing, File Serving, email type clients, any databases or apps take care of themselves.

Anyone have any ideas?
I'm trying to pass the username and password for a remote app program.  
I have tried every group policy change, and RDP file edit posted on the internet and it will not work.

These are mostly windows 7 machines (stand-alone) connecting to a server 2016 via RDS.
No matter what I do, it will not accept the credentials from Windows Credential manager.

Any Ideas?

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In February of 2017, I installed a new Dell server running Windows 2016 Essentials for an office of about 15 users.  Everything was great.  Fast forward to August 2017, and I get a call that the office had water damage to the "server closet".  After a weekend of drying, the client powered the server back up.  While it seems to be running ok, the client doesn't want to risk things and wants to replace the server (which I just received).

What is the best method for introducing the new 2016 Essentials server into the current environment and transferring the server roles over to it without causing conflicts?  My research has come up with solutions when migrating from an older version of Windows, but not when going from 2016 to 2016.

I have the new server powered up, and the bare minimum done (driver and OS updates, AV installed, etc), but have not gone through the server wizard yet.

Please see attached sample, need compatible stencils that will work with the rack stencil, like switches, patch panels, UPS, etc

Thank you
I have three new domain controllers that are on 2016. I also have a domain controller that is on 2008 R2 which is our main domain controller. When trying to access the Dial-in tab on any of the new domain controllers, within the properties windows of a user within AD users and computers, I get the following error:

If I do the same thing on the 2008 R2 DC, I am able to access the tab and do not receive this error. I have searched everywhere for this issue and nothing seems to be the fix.
We have a 2008 R2 server domain controller, we want to upgrade the domain and make the Server 2016 Essentials the PDC. Can the essentials become the PDC and FSMO roles easily migrated or are there any gotchas since it's the entry level server? I know in the past with 2012 Essentials there might have been some gotchas.

Thank you
I'm receiving the following message when trying to add the service account to the target server:

Install-ADServiceAccount : Cannot install service account. Error Message: '{Access Denied}
A process has requested access to an object, but has not been granted those access rights.'.
At line:1 char:1
+ Install-ADServiceAccount -Identity SVC_xxx_TST_7
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : WriteError: (SVC_xxx_TST_7:String) [Install-ADServiceAccount], ADException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : InstallADServiceAccount:PerformOperation:InstallServiceAcccountFailure,Microsoft.ActiveD

I created the Managed Service Account (MSA) using the following command:
New-ADServiceAccount -DNSHostName xx-xxx-DC-01 -name SVC_xxx_TST_7 -Enabled $true

Added the target server with the following command:
Add-ADComputerServiceAccount -Identity xx-xxx-TSTxx-7 -ServiceAccount SVC_xxx_TST_7

I get the same error on two different servers with different service accounts

I'm using the following command(s) to install the MSA on the target server:
PS> Import-Module ActiveDirectory
PS> Install-ADServiceAccount -Identity SVC_xxx_TST_7

Server O/S Environment:
Domain Controller: Server 2012 R2
Target Server: Server 2016
hi experts,

 i'm trying to create a virtual machine and booted off an iso and i'm getting this message after I click install



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.