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Typeperf is not working on one of my PC

It is not working here:
Motherboard:ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. H81M-PLUS American Megatrends Inc. 0804
Command:typeperf -sc 2 -o outputfile.txt "\Processor(_Total)\% Processor Time"
Output:Error: No valid counters.
outputfile.txt does not exist

It is working here:
Motherboard:Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. H67MA-USB3-B3 Award Software International, Inc. F8
Command:typeperf -sc 2 -o outputfile.txt "\Processor(_Total)\% Processor Time"
Output:The command completed successfully.
outputfile.txt contains the %load of the CPU
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How do I create a failover fileserver setup on my HyperV (VMM) environment? (Shared disks?)

Windows Server 2016

Any guides?

I am running several Scheduled Tasks on a Windows Server 2016 machine.

When I reboot the server, the daily tasks recover. However Scheduled Tasks that run more than once a day show errors and don't run.

The only way I can get these particular Scheduled Tasks to run is to "future date" the Scheduled Tasks.

This behavior is unique to Windows Server 2016 and my 2k12r2 machines do not respond this way.

Any suggestions on how to get the Scheduled Tasks that run more than once a day to not have to "future date" them after a restart?

I cannot seem to find a way with PowerShell to distinguish between Office 365 Retention Policies and Label Policies.
NOTE: I am not speaking about Exchange Retention Policies at all for this question

Any ideas?
Hello guys,

I need to setup samba share on my centos 7 server and integrate it with AD authentication - Windows server 2016
I have found many tutorials how to do that...but never make it work :/

What is the best practice to do this?
What do u use? Winbind?

Thank you for any advice!!!
We are running Office 265 with Azure DirSync.  I have former employees who still appear int he Gal.  I changed the correct attribute, msExchHideFromAddressLists, to be TRUE and they still appear even after a few days.  How do I make them hidden?
Hi everyone, I am currently having this issue "Property 'System.String UserVhdShare' is not defined for type 'Microsoft.RemoteDesktopServices.Management.Activities.UserDataVhdSetting'" when I am creating a collection in the remote desktop service.

 Pleasee help.!!

we have a windows server 2016 running on a ESX host.

how in a few days the server shuts down, not a reboot but a shut down.

this is the windows log:

Logboeknaam:   System
Bron:          Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-Power
Datum:         19/06/2017 15:44:11
Taakcategorie: (103)
Niveau:        Informatie
Trefwoorden:   (70368744177664),(1024),(4)
Gebruiker:     n.v.t.
Computer:      PNTTS1.companyname.local
Er is een overgang naar afsluiting gestart door het kernel-energiebeheer.

Reden voor afsluiten: Kernel-API
<Event xmlns="">
    <Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-Power" Guid="{331C3B3A-2005-44C2-AC5E-77220C37D6B4}" />
    <TimeCreated SystemTime="2017-06-19T13:44:11.185410400Z" />
    <Correlation />
    <Execution ProcessID="556" ThreadID="560" />
    <Security />
    <Data Name="ShutdownActionType">6</Data>
    <Data Name="ShutdownEventCode">0</Data>
    <Data Name="ShutdownReason">5</Data>

Imagine 3 x Windows Server 2016 and a bunch of Windows 7 PC's all joined together on a domain.

One of the Server VM's is for a specific piece of software.   The vendor of this software will need remote access to this server to install, configure and support the piece of software.

The simply way would be to give the domain administrator account, but I'm not comfortable with that.  There is no good reason to give this specific vendor complete access.

How can I create a login for this vendor that would give them "local admin" rights to this server only ?

So i am being tasked with a full infrastructure upgrade of the following:

Old config
Esxi 5
2003 R2 domain controllers
No DFS just shares on one of the DC's
Exchange 2007
Tradar server

New Config:
2016 DC's
Exchange 2016
2016 file servers

What is the best method to carry out the following:

- Migrate 2003 R2 domain controllers to 2016
- Transfer files to new file server and maintain the permissions for NTFS and shares (Was thinking robocopy)
- Migrate exchange 2007 to 2016 (Found an article for this that i have to go 2007>2013>2016. Is there a best method or practices for doing this)
Hi Folks:

     I am somewhat familiar with working with the Zyxel USG line of products, but have not done things like having multiple LAN segments, VLANS and setting bandwidth rules. I am setting up a ZyXEL USG40W for a client and need to accomplish the following:

Setup requirements:

1) Set up for Cable modem in bridged mode - This is DONE

2) Have separate LANs for computers and VOIP phones - Computers on LAN1 and VOIP phones on LAN2 (Have two separate unmanaged switches - (D-LINK) one for phones and one for the computers.

     -  I have done this by setting P2 to LAN 1 and P3 to LAN 2 under "Interface > Port Role" and then under "Interface >Ethernet" setting the IP Address for LAN2 to be as opposed to for LAN1. I assume this is the correct way to handle this issue. (Confirmation?)

3) Create bandwidth management rules to guarantee LAN2 a minimum amount of bandwidth over the WAN (in and out) - essentially anything on LAN2 is VOIP and needs QoS.

     - not sure how to accomplish this. Should it be done by setting the Egress and Ingress  bandwidths under the "Interface > Ethernet" settings for each of LAN (given that the VOIP phones and Computers are on separate unmanaged switches? Or do I still need to enable BWM and set rules?

4) Set up wireless so that devices connect on separate VLAN for purposes of possible bandwidth management - but possibly allow specific wireless users access to LAN1 for connection to the network server …
I have a SharePoint 2016 Server hosted in Azure.  Does anyone have any knowledge or links about adding bootstrap support here?
I'm attempting to configure my systems (VMs) with the ability so I can remote powershell into them.  I have powershell 5.0 installed on the client and server.  I have enabled winrm on the server which you can view the config below.

PS C:\Users\Administrator> winrm get winrm/config/client
    NetworkDelayms = 5000
    URLPrefix = wsman
    AllowUnencrypted = true [Source="GPO"]
        Basic = true
        Digest = true
        Kerberos = true
        Negotiate = true
        Certificate = true
        CredSSP = false
        HTTP = 5985
        HTTPS = 5986
    TrustedHosts = *

I have then confirmed these are set on the server.
#Add my domain as a trusted host to the template
Set-Item WSMan:\localhost\Client\TrustedHosts -value *

#AllowUnencrypted config setting in both the Client
set-item -force WSMan:\localhost\Client\AllowUnencrypted $true

#AllowUnencrypted config setting in both the Service
set-item -force WSMan:\localhost\Service\AllowUnencrypted $true

#enable Digest Authorization (default)
set-item -force WSMan:\localhost\Client\Auth\Digest $true

#enable Basic Authorization when Kerberos isn't available, but it passes items in clear text
set-item -force WSMan:\localhost\Service\Auth\Basic $true

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When i attempt to connect to the server using the below command from my client i get "The WinRM client cannot process the request. Unencrypted traffic is currently disabled in the client configuration. Change the client configuration and try the request again."
Enter-PSSession -ComputerName servername/IP -Credential $cred -Authentication Basic

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When i join this server to the domain and run the same command, i am able to connect to it with my domain credentials.

Do both systems need to be in the same domain to connect?  
How can i connect my domain system to a workgroup server? (if possible)
Trying to do an in-place upgrade of a Windows 2012 R2 server to Windows 2016.  Everytime I run the upgrade I get an error
"The computer started using the Windows installation media. Remove the installation media and restart your computer so that Windows starts normally. Then, insert the installation media and restart the upgrade. (Do not select “Custom (advanced)” to perform an upgrade. “Custom (advanced)” installs a new copy of Windows and deletes your programs and settings.) "

I did not boot from the media.  the media was mounted (iso) after the 2012 R2 OS booted up.
Error message
If I choose Custom instead of upgrade I get the following error  "Windows cannot install required files.  Make sure all files required for installation are available, and restart the installation."
Anyone run into this and found a work around?  Thanks!
I have a server I want to backup to Azure. As there is too much data to transfer to Azure via the internet I would like to use the Import Service that Microsoft provides.

I am following this document -

I reached the point where I run the drive preparation task - Import Example 1:

WAImportExport.exe PrepImport /j:<JournalFile> /id:<SessionId> [/logdir:<LogDirectory>] [/sk:<StorageAccountKey>] [/silentmode] [/InitialDriveSet:<driveset.csv>] DataSet:<dataset.csv>

My question is, where do I find the StorageAccountKey the command above mentions?

I can find it in the old style Storage Account (Classic) interface but not in the Recovery Services Vault I want to use.

Any ideas?
Please advise
I have a domain with two DC's both running Server 2008 R2.
DC1 have following roles: ADDS, ADCS, DFS, DHCP Server, DNS Server, NPS
DC2 have following roles: ADDS, DFS, IIS, DNS Server, WSUS

Now I'm planning on replacing these two DC's with new ones but I'm hesitant to have all these roles on the new DC's, specially ADCS, NPS and WSUS.

How would you guys tackle this?

Worth noticing is that I have more than enough resources in my cluster to have one server for each role, but I think that's a bit over the top, and also kind of expensive :)
I am hoping some one can help me out here.  i have searched everywhere and cannot find a solution to my issue.  Here is my environment to begin with:

Here is my current environment functioning just fine in our current offices
SQL1-Corp (Primary Synchronous Replica - Corporate Office)
SQL2-Corp (Secondary Synchronous Replica - Corporate Office)
I am trying to add an Azure VM to the Availability Group in order to plan a DR solution
SQL1-Azure (Soon to be Secondary Asynchronous Replica - Azure VM)

Our database that is in the availability group at corporate is a pretty big DB (about 30GB).  The process I am doing to add this replica is as follows.  

I tried to just add the replica with a "Full" selected as the preference in the data synchronization, but due to the size it failed as it was taking too long to back up and restore across the internet.

With that I decided to take a recent bak of the database and transfer it over to the Azure Replica.  It takes about 5 hours to get a VHD with the bak transferred up to Azure and attach the disk to the Azure VM.  Once attached I can restore the DB with a NoRecovery setting.  The database restores and shows in Restoring state.  After that I then proceed through the Add Replica wizard and select Join Only.  Given it is now 5 hours after the bak was created.  I receive the following error once the wizard tries to join the DB to the Availability Group.

"The remote copy of database "xyz-DB" has not been rolled forward to a …

I want to start learning Azure.
Are there any free tutorials from scrath.
Are there any free virtual labs

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How can I install a image from WDS server straight to standalone disk/drive without running its operating system ?

We have just setup a new 2016 RDS farm, which works perfect when people are working on our network. But when they are at home and connected up by our multisite DirectAccess (also 2016), they cannot access the farm servers. All other servers are accessible.

I've have no problem connecting directly to servers inside the farm when being connected through DirectAccess.

Do you guys how fix this issue?
Hi Experts

I having issue to find  the following in the New portal for SiGN ON URL and APP ID URL under APP properties show in the attahment.

Question where can i find the Sign on URL and APP ID URL show in the attachment in new portal in Azure?

I have attach the New portal in Azure show in the attachment 2.

the error message I get after a few seconds after successfully login is:
Error: SQL Azure: The connection is closed.
If have googled a lot but could not find any explanation on this.

I have tried to connect using Squirrel and the latest driver (see attachment).

The database seems to be ok. Using the SQL Server Management Studio I could not see this behaviour.

Any ideas? Thanks
I have several Scheduled Tasks that I'm responsible for that run a variety of .NET Apps on a Production Web Server running Windows Server 2016.

Recently, after installing some Windows Updates and doing the reboot to consummate them, we had a handful of Scheduled Tasks that didn't restart.

The Scheduled Tasks that only run once a day, recover and work as expected.

Some of these Scheduled Tasks run every 5 minutes. Those Scheduled Tasks fail to survive a restart and, for all intent and purpose, need to be re-setup.

Does anyone have, or know of, a Work-around for this? Or perhaps a Powershell script that can I run in the event of the Server restarting that can help me get those pesky Scheduled Tasks running?

I love 2k16 so far, but living in fear of a reboot is a hard thing to live through!

Thanks for your help.
Any ideas whats is a problem to deploy W10 clients deployment takes about 4h..Image is quite big 50GB. If i try to move image to own laptop from share that´s comes about 100MB/s speed whats is a gigabit lan maximum.
But when MDT starts install W10 image to laptop from server network load is about 1MB/s. Image starting on PXE isn´t slow slow. Only install image.  MDT running  2016 on Hyper-V 2012R2.





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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.