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I have a Server 2016 Cluster with 3 Nodes, when running the vaildation wizard and reviewing the report i get the following:-

The following virtual machines are running integration services that does not match the host computer. You must update the integration services on the virtual machines or the host computer to the same version.

Most of the VMs on this cluster are 2012 R2, and I know from reading up that IS Tools are now delivered via Windows Updates (someone please correct me if wrong!) - however I have patched everything on the VMs only for the above to keep being reported

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We use Azure backup on our DPM servers. The scratch folder that is used as cache is growing rapidly as of the last couple days.

Has anyone seen this issue before? Suggestions? Resources?

We have a brand new RDS environment on Server 2016.  It was set up by Microsoft who came onsite to help us.  It worked great.

THEN - some genius IT director decided our gateway servers need to be in a DMZ.  

Now, it doesn't work and I need help finding out why.

What ports are needed from the gateway server to the Connection broker?  I currently have 443 and 3389 open from the gateway servers to the connection brokers.

The gateway servers are pointed to a load balanced VIP in front of our two connection brokers.

My network guy tells me it's all configured correctly, but the only thing that changed was that the two gateway servers moved to a DMZ.  Nothing in the config of the deployment changed.

Anyway, how do I go about troubleshooting this please?


Finally gonna pull the plug on the 2008 SBS I installed 7 years ago this weekend.
I've got 2 Dell PowerEdge T430seach with a Xeon ES-2630 & 64 GB of ram, that I plan on having 2 VMs running on each.
One of the servers will run Exchange 2016 & a DC (not on the same VM) & the other will be file & print server & a back up DC (again, separate VMs).
Any recommendations on this scenario, as far as allocating resources, etc?
Since there's no upgrade path from exchange 2007 to 2016 & I've only got about 30 mailboxes, I was going to export pst files & import into new exchange server. I also understand both cannot exist in domain at the same time during this process, correct?
After transferring FMSO roles to one of the new DCs, how do I gracefully remove old SBS from domain? Just demote & unjoin domain?
I'm also guessing there will be a 'point of no return' in this transition & want to be prepared.
I'm seeing this as a big jump off the deep end so any advice appreciated!
Thanks & Happy Thanksgiving to all!
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I am currently battling with getting an SSTP VPN setup on my test network and wondered if I am missing something.

I had a 2008 Server which ran SSTP however this was on a single a server which also had Exchange and AD installed. An SSL cert was purchased for Exchange and the same cert was used for SSTP.

I have a new server which now has Hyper-V installed and I am running a DC and Exchange server both on Server 2016. I have installed the certificate for the exchange server and that is working fine however I am trying to use the same certificate on the DC for setting up SSTP. I have imported the cerfiticate as it says on various pages however the drop down menu with RRAS (see image below)

I don't do that much with certificates that often and it might be that I am missing something however I managed to set this up on server 2008R2 with no problems however I am wondering if that was because everything was on 1 server which simplified things?

Any help or tips regarding this or certificates would be much appreciated.
We recently installed a Windows 2016 Server which is to be a basic Domain Controller, File Server, and to be used for DHCP / DNS.

It was installed and working for a couple of days, until DHCP stopped giving out IP addresses.

The scope was configured to give out 150 addresses which is plenty for the amount of devices, and the lease time set to 24 hours.

The service was running fine, we restarted this. And the leases showed that there was still enough IPs to go round.

Checking event viewer we see the error shown in screen1 stating another program is using Port67.

I have checked the firewall and all the rules here for Port67 are DHCP related. We currently have the router giving out DHCP but this is causing issues, so any guidance on this would be great.

Any more info needed please let me know.
I create a DATA folder in the D drive of a WIN2016 server.  Under the advance share permission, I grant authentication users, system, and domain admins full control, change and read right.  

I then go to the Security tab->Advanced, and restrict regular users R/W write by disabling inheritance, and grant the server\users only Traverse Folder / execute file and List Folder / read data only

I plan to create additional departmental folders in the DATA folder.  

From a regular user workstation login, I map to \\myserver2016\data and I am still able to create files there.  

Please advise if anything I have missed.  

Hello All,

I have been given access to two subscription which are of two separate projects. When I run the command Get-AzurePublishSettingsFile using powershell it show me one one subscription, and when I use Get-AzureRmSubscription it shows me the other one.

Now I want the 2nd one which needs be made as default and when I download the file it should show me all or the one which I want to use henceforth as default.

For Subscription A I have access as Owner and for B I have as contractor. I need to be using Subscription B from now on. All commands and management or admin commands should be executed on Subscription B.

Also, I wanted to know what is the difference B/W these 2 commands: Get-AzureRmSubscription & Get-AzureSubscription

Any help or assistance is appreciable.

Please let me know if you require anymore info.
We backup up client servers to external USB hard disks.  We keep having these disks come up to be Write-Protected.  We cannot figure why or even how to keep them from doing this.  It seems to be on Windows Server 2012 R2 and also Windows Server 2016.  Does anyone know how to fix this and keep it from happening.  We have looked on the web and found a few solutions about looking in StorageDevicePolicies in the registry but we do not have that setting in the server Registry.  Any help or solution would be much appreciated.
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Anyone have an idea what this event ID means can find much on it.  

Team NIC /DEVICE/{7EAB1532-1AE7-400F-8D25-EE398702FF2A} (Friendly Name: Mellanox ConnectX-3 Pro Ethernet Adapter #2) has inconsistent consolidated NDIS QoS settings
Dear Experts,

I used this site to prepare and do the exchange migration.
Migrating a small organization from Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2016 (Part 1) - TechGenix

after step 4 : Updating Exchange 2010 Virtual Directory URLs : Enable-OutlookAnywhere -Server $Server -ClientAuthenticationMethod Basic -SSLOffloading $False -ExternalHostName $HTTPS_FQDN -IISAuthenticationMethods NTLM, Basic

If first receive an error that the RPC connection allready exists.

and after updating the DNS records from mail.

I am unable to get the Outlook clients connected to the new mailserver 2016. it constantly asks for credentials and is unable to start outlook.

I think this can also be because the first IT provider has called the exchange 2010 server “mail”.
after changing the A records Mail. the new 2016 server loses connection with 2010.

any tips? can i rename the old server without any problems? so i can easily change the A record?
Good day to you all,
Our network have 2 DC's (AD01 & AD02) with around 4 member servers and 80+ client PC's (Windows 7 and 10 pro mixed).
Everything was/is working fine and sometimes (past few weeks) one of the government websites here (https) doesn't resolve for some client PC's.
We used to clear the cache and flushdns to resolve it but now its getting very frequent. So we tried to run the dcdiag command in both the domain controllers to which we found the following errors. Find the dcdiag /test:dns log's attached for both the DC's.

WMIDiag 2.2 has been run in both the DC's with no errors.

Awaiting a positive response.

Mohamed Marzook.

Can anyone confirm that if you have a ups that requires a hard wired connection that rather than go from the Ups directly to a hardware connection into the branch circuit, you can have a commando plug on the end of the cable coming from the ups terminal block? You would then have a commando socket on the wall to plug into

I am new to Azure so please be patient.

I am trying to learn so I've set up 2 Windows 10 Pro PC's (newest build)

I joined one PC to AzureAD and logged on to it with Azure account locally.  Set up profile etc - all is fine.

, but I noticed that I am unable to connect remotely (RDP) to this PC using Azure account.

Connecting RDP with local windows account works just fine.

I followed this article:


added the AzureAD user with PowerShell and added Authenticated Users group to Remote Desktop Users with no difference.

Any idea what may be the issue.
Hello Experts,

I have coped and pasted the following javascript into my application, see image, but I keep on getting the error message shown in the image.
module.exports = function (context, req) {
    context.log('JavaScript HTTP trigger function processed a request.');
    if (req.body && req.body.name && req.body.id && req.body.age && req.body.address){

    context.res = {
        //status: 200, /* Defaults to 200 */
        body: "Data is saved for user " + (req.body.name) +" !!"

     context.bindings.outputDocument = JSON.stringify({
         id: req.body.id,
         name: req.body.name,
         age: req.body.age,
         address: req.body.address
else {
    context.res = {
        status: 400,
        body: "Please pass all user details"


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Can someone let me know where I'm going wrong?


We have a GPS tracking app
There is one windows app on windows server 2016 which communicates with the gps devices on different ports and accepts the data

We have recent seen problems where the gps devices stop reporting, even though they are constantly sending data every 30 secs  (some are saying 6 hours ago)

When we restart the windows app, they start reporting again within 30 seconds

We have 2 devices working on port a certain port
However, when looking at netstat, its showing 62 connections, and they are all ESTABLISHED
This sounds like its the cause of the issue

C:\Windows\system32>netstat -a -n | find /c "3333"

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I have a user trying to connect Power BI Mobile to an Excel and PBIX file in On Premise OneDrive (i.e. our internal SharePoint 2016 farm).

Any credentials he enters are rejected, trying every format with domain, forward slash, backslash etc.

My suspicion is that Azure AD is expected in the mix for authentication. Is that correct or are we missing something else?
I've been Googling and reading Microsoft documentation, but have not been able to find a straight answer. Now hoping someone on EE can enlighten me.

I understand that if I deploy a Windows Server VM and install SQL Server Standard on this using my own SQL Server license, I also have to purchase SQL Client Licenses for all users.

But how about if I deploy a SQL Server image (WIndows OS and SQL Server Standard). The SQL Server License is then charged by the minute in Azure, but do I still need to purchase SQL Client Licenses separately?
The price difference between OS and OS + SQL is rather big, when compared to bringing my own SQL Server license, especially if client licenses are not included.

My question also applies to Azure SQL. Do I need to buy client licenses if I deploy a database here?

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I'm currently using a Gmail account for Veeam email notifications using the server addresses shown in the first screenshot and am successfully receiving Veeam email notifications.

However when I try to use the exact same Gmail email address and email server settings for Server 2016 WSUS email notifications (in the second and third screenshots) these email server address notifications don't work. I receive the error message shown in the last screenshot which says

"System.Net.Mail.SmtpException: The SMTP server requires a secure connection or the client was not authenticated. The server response was: 5.7.0 Must issue a STARTTLS command first. i8sm33761833pgq.67 - gsmtp
   at Microsoft.UpdateServices.Internal.BaseApi.SoapExceptionProcessor.DeserializeAndThrow(SoapException soapException)
   at Microsoft.UpdateServices.Internal.DatabaseAccess.AdminDataAccessProxy.SendTestEmail(String emailLanguage, String smtpUserName, String senderEmailAddress, String smtpHostName, Int32 smtpPort, String recipients)
   at Microsoft.UpdateServices.Internal.BaseApi.EmailNotificationConfiguration.SendTestEmail()
   at Microsoft.UpdateServices.UI.SnapIn.Dialogs.EmailNotificationSettingsDialog.backgroundWorker_DoWork(Object sender, DoWorkEventArgs e)."

There is no where within the Server 2016 WSUS email notification settings to select to use secure connection (SSL/TLS).

So what is the correct Gmail email address server address setting to use to successfully send notification emails?
We have an old ERP solution that only runs on a 32-bit server. Currently it is running on an old local Windows Server 2003 R2 with Service Pack 2.

I believe Windows Server 2008 was the last "server" product that Microsoft released that was available as 32-bit. As a test, I built a new server VM running 2008 but my ERP solution didn't like it at all. So I deleted the VM. (It was still 32-bit so other than the fact that 2003 is EOL, there was really no benefit anyway)

I'm not really interested in upgrading the server that the ERP solution is running on because (1) 32-bit is limited to 4 gb ram and (2) as I mentioned, the 2008 instance was a bust.

What I AM interested in doing, is moving this VM from my local server to a VPS or a cloud hosted solution.

Web hosting companies like A2 Hosting or Rackspace, etc ... they DO offer VPS hosting but they come pre-loaded with Server 2012, which means it's 64-bit, which means my ERP solution won't run on it. And since these are not the types of hosting plans where I can BYOOS (bring your own OS), it's not a solution for me.

Is there a way for me to take my VM (prebuilt, running Windows Server 2003 and my ERP already installed) and just "upload" it somewhere?

I don't know much about Azure but from my limited research, it appears you CAN spin up your own Azure server instance and during the deployment, choose your own OS.  The problem is, since Win Server 2003 is EOL, it's not one of the OS options that you get in the …
Hello, I'm a Windows software developer (Delphi language) and I'm trying to install one of my programs on a client's newly rented machine running Windows Server 2016 64-bit (this OS is uncharted territory for me).  Even though my program is developed in 32-bit, it runs on pretty much any other Windows OS and also 64-bit systems. Tried and tested. When I try to install it on this particular system though, I get a big blue window with the message:

"This app can't run on your PC"

(see attached screenshot), see additional screenshot for specs of machine).

Could it be some heavy duty anti-virus scanner running on that machine rejecting my software? Any thoughts please?

Hi, I have inherited a bit of a mess and want to walk through some things about an 0365 Migration.

First, the client has an on-Prem Exchange server that they use for one of their primary domains.  They also have an 0365 tenant that some of their users in other locations use.  (These are different domains than what is on the OnPremise Exchange server.)

As part of the O365 tenant, they have an instance of Azure AD.  This is not synced to the onPremise AD.  However, some of the users are in both, Azure and onPrem AD.

What I am struggling with now is the best approach to get them fully migrated from this scenario to O365.  I figured I need to do the following:

* Get Azure and onPrem AD Syncing
* Ensure all the PreReqs for Exchange are done
* Setup Certificates
* Setup a Hybrid between the onPrem Exchange and 0365.

My question is:

* What is the best way to get AD Synced.  Obviously, I will use the Azure AD Sync tool but, will that overwrite data that is currently in Azure?  Or will it simply create another account for the user and just treat it as a Local AD Account and not an Azure AD Account?
* Could in also impact the accounts in the onPrem AD?  Or will it only sync the accounts in the OnPrem up the Azure AD?

* Can I make a hybrid of a domain that is not Primary in O365?  The domain of the OnPremExchange is not the primary domain in Azure AD.  Will that be ok?
* Will this have any impact on the mailboxes or domains that are different but are already in…
An Erroe ocuured while creating the cluster and the nodes will be cleaned up please wait.
I recently joined ms action pack. and try to activate dynamics cloud.
I just only see some sort of licenses that with sale team or something. and that does not look like crm cloud.
have you anyone known what it is about? MS mentioned that is 5 licenses availability even you do not sell anything.

I just want to learn and see what I can have .... my goal is to get a copy of dynamics crm 365 on the cloud so I can do some demo to my clients.



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.