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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.

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this customer has installed himself a win server 2016 in a HP Proliant ML10 GEN9   inten XEON 8 gb RAM  
I find it slow in general compared with other servers and when turning it of takes too long

What can I do here ?
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I have taken over looking after a customer who have an on-premise domain with mailboxes in Office 365. Users are synced using Azure AD Connect.

The problem I have encountered is that when anyone leaves, the customer converts the users mailbox to a shared mailbox. However, when they go to remove the user from the on-prem AD, the shared mailbox is soft-deleted the next time O365 synchronization occurs.

I have restored them to a newly created shared mailbox using Powershell connected to Exchange Online but can anyone share how they deal with keeping mailboxes of leavers? Is there a better method than restoring soft-deleted mailboxes?

Hello Support

The attached download enables the ability to convert JSON file format to HCL format (which is developed by a company called Hashicorp.

There is a readme included in the download to describe how to carry out the conversion. However, the demonstration shows how to carry out the conversion in Linux. Unfortunately, I don't know Linux. Therefore, I was wondering if someone could show me how to carryout the conversion in Windows? If not, if someone to talk me through in simple terms how to carry out the conversion in Linux that would also be great - but as I mentioned I'm not a Linux person.

Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.


So, we have an RDS environment running server 2016.  Our two gateway servers need to live in our DMZ and our Connection Broker and App servers need to live in their domain.  

My question is how do I authenticate thru that maze?  My users are on a domain controller in the domain and those users are NOT on anything in the DMZ, but clearly, when a users comes in thru the gateway server, he will need to be authenticated.

Can someone help me understand how to authenticate to the DC when the gateway servers are in the DMZ and the connection broker and app servers are in the domain?


I can create a group policy to block usb storage on all computers under my domain without any issues;
However, for some reason I can't find how to link the policy to specific directory/folder where I will have only some computers.
I don't want to block usb ports on all computers in the company.

Thanks, your help is much appreciated.
I'm trying to find a clean step by step guide on how to migrate VMware VM's to Azure. I've been looking at a few sites but they each seem to differ a little. From what I gather I need to:

1. Use the Virtual Machine converter to convert the vmdk to a hyper V disk
2. Use hyper V manager to boot the machine and install the drivers
3. Upload a management certificate to my azure subscription

I have not done any of the above steps yet as i wanted to verify or see if their is an easier way.
I have setup a Server 2016 Active Directory network. All of the client computers are running Windows 10 Professional and are joined to the Active Directory domain and have their Windows firewalls enabled. The client computers are also all connected to the network using a Ruckus Wi-Fi system. None of the client computers are connected using Wi-Fi.

How can I change the group policy or other settings on the client computers so that while I am logged onto the server with the domain administrator account I will be able to type in \\clientcomputername\c$ or \\clientcomputerIPaddress\c$ to browse the C: drives on these Windows 10 client computers?
I need to replicate data between 2 IIS web servers and load balance between them. I was going to use DFSR but have seen Storage Replica is a new feature in Server 2016.

I have just set up storage replica between the 2 servers using the "New-SRPartnership" command.
Everything looks like it has worked correctly, but it seems I cannot access the drives on my secondary server.

My questions are:
1) Is this by design?
2) If i wanted to have the data available on both servers, is there a way to do this or do I have the wrong product.?

Thanks very much

My company has local domain (company.local) and we are using office 365 for email services with user email address (user@company.com.au).

I have installed Azure AD connect for password synchronization and is working fine. but the problem is that, in Office 365 all the users email address changed from user@company.com.au to user@company.onmicrosoft.com

I am not able to change back to user@company.com.au as SET AS PRIMARY tab is gray out. Can anyone please help me with this. How can i move back company's all email address to user@company.com.au

One more doubt. Though, it is syncing with active directory, if i delete the user from active directory, will it be delete the same user email account and emails from office 365?

Thanks in Advance.
We are planning to migrate our onpremises SQL environmnet to Azure.

My Query is:

How to move 10 TB of SQL DB to Azure quickly?
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We have recently migrated a .NET web application which uses web forms to be hosted on Azure.  We use session variables to keep some objects in memory after we query from the database to avoid multiple trips to the database:

string companyName = Session["Company"];

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It was brought to our attention that azure doesn't handle session variables well and that another method should be used.  Either through table, sql azure, or azure cache.  We were thinking of using the latter, the azure redis cache.  Is this an issue we should address right away as we are about to release to production?  Also, if we cannot address it right away, how unreliable it will be to use the current session state management?  If this is an issue now that we need to address is using the redis cache the best route to go?  This is a moderately sized app with no more than 200 users.
I currently have a hybrid exchange environment, office 365 tenant using ADConnect to sync all identities.  

I need to change the mailbox provisioning process (previously was creating an on prem mailbox, setting the primary SIP/UPN/Proxyaddresses) then giving a License and migrating the mailboxes.

Is this as simple as creating an account, and assigning a license?  Which will then in turn create the mailbox?  Or do attributes have to be accounted for and is there a better process for this?

I have RDS 2016 setup and have a single App published "Internet Explorer" for external users. This is for testing purposes at the moment.  The App shows up when users log in but when they click on IE it launches the RDP client instead of launching the browser.

I don't want to give the desktop experience just the RemoteApp. Tried different PC's such as Win 7 and Win 10 and even updated the rdp client on the Win 7 machine. Even my Android phone downloads an .RDP file.

I have unpublished and re-published the App, rebooted etc but nothing has worked.

Anyone come across this?
Hello Experts,

When I run the command from command prompt I get the error message 'Access Denied',  see image. However, I'm the administrator of the server.

UnifiedAgent.exe /Role "MS" /InstallLocation "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Azure Site Recovery" /Platform "VmWare" /Silent

See image

Any thoughts?


I have three Active directory forests and one O365 tenancy. All domains have two way trusts. I want to deploy Azure Ad connect on the first domain and sync the identities. I will then point the same azure AD instance to the second AD in forest number 2 and do the same for forest number three. My understand this will sync AD accounts from the three forests to one Office 365. I will then provision mailboxes accordingly.

The end result will be a shared collaboration platform on Office 365 even though the users are from three separate forests. Is my understanding correct and will this work? thanks.
Hi experts,

we are looking for a new windows-based Storage server.
I have a question regarding Windows Server licenses:

Some distributors sell their windows based storage appliances with Windows Storage Server 2016 Standard licenses.
Some distributors who don`t sell aplliances sell thei storage systems with Windows Server 2016 Standard or Datacenter.

Does anybody know, if there are features available in Windows Storage Server, that are no included in Windows Server 2016 Datacenter?

I only found, that Windows Storage Server is selled only as OEM and that the licensing model is different (No CALs needed, Socket-based licensing).

Many thanks in advance!
Hello Community,

I'm in the process of configuring point-to-site connection. The company wishes to connect to resources in Azure via mobile devices, e.g. iPhone, Android, Windows mobile phone.

At the moment, I can only find information on P2S Connection with laptops.

Can someone provide information regarding P2S information with mobile devices?


I have:
Windows 10 Enterprise Machine
Windows Server 2016 Standard Ed.
Windows Server 2016 has been promoted to Domain Controller
I have provided static IPs for Client and Server.
I have given client DNS IP of the server
I have DNS installed on the server.(I don't know how to prove that I did it right)
I can ping client from the server by Name I get the IPV4 address in return
I can ping the server from the client by Name I get IPV6 address in return.(I don't know if this matters)
My internet provider is Comcast and the internet comes thru that router.

I really don't know what I can do at this point.

This is the error I get after I enter user administrator and password
  Here is my Net work setup on the client
In case your wondering the server IP is

Can someone please help I have been going this now 2 days. Can seem to get anywhere. I looked this issue on line and it seems like many people have issues adding windows 10 to domain

Please help!!
Thank you in advance.
I haven't been able to install Windows Server 2016 on Dell 630.
I have no dual layer dvd, so I tried to burn ISO image (> 5 GB) on USB stick.
I used rufus and Win32diskimager with no luck.
I configured "UEFI" boot options on server. I have no license to iDRAC, so I think I can't use "lifecycle" method, with virtual disk image  attachment.
Any ideas? Thank you very much
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My company is creating a new asp.net MVC Web App in Azure that will eventually also include Web API.  Azure AD does not look like it will meet our needs. From what I have read, it looks like creating a separate Web App using IdentityServer would be the right path as it would be able to handle authentication requests from both a browser and web service calls.  And could possibly be used in the future by other Web Apps.  It also seems like it is the most customizable.

The authorization model for our users will be a bit complicated.  Each user will be associated with one or more Agencies and have a different set of permissions within each Agency.  For example, Anna may be authorized to write policies, file a claim and view statements in the Jana Agency but only view statements in the Ava Agency.

Can anyone please tell me if this sounds like the right approach?  If not, could you please make some suggestions?
Please provide me with instructions on how to setup file history backups of domain laptop files using Server 2016 Group Policy.
I will soon be deploying Office 365. I have a volume of users who will have their AD identity synced to Azure AD however they will not be getting the full O365 license. I still want them to be able to use Yammer, is this possible or do I have to give them a full license?
Hello Experts,

I’m in the process of setting up our backup policy with Azure. I’m using Azure Recovery Services Vault. I have setup our retention (Recovery Point Objective) policies without any problem,  see image. However, I’m not sure what I need to do to configure our RTO.
Can someone let me know where to configure our RTO?


We have a SQL server and with the domain administrator account, everything works fine.  But with any other user, even one set as domain or machine administrator, the start button does not work and neither does the search or the task view button.  Also if you click on the time, nothing happens as it would normally show the calendar.

A few days ago, we had a software company have remote access to try and fix an issue with the software they use which uses the SQL database.  They made some registry changes (I believe permissions) and they said they changed it all back to what it was.  However, this issue has been since they were in it.  I have no clue as to what got changed and cannot seem to fix the issue.  Even created a new user as member of domain admins and same thing...
We are trying to develop an Insurance Agent Web Portal using Azure and have some fairly complicated requirements for our Users/Agents:  We want each Agent to only have one login ID/password but they may be associated with multiple agencies and their security levels may vary based on the agency.

For example, the Agent Bob may be authorized to access the Portal for Agency XX and also Agency YY but for Agency XX he should have admin level privileges but for Agency YY he should only have Basic privileges. Once Bob logins in, we would like to present a screen to him so he can choose which Agency he is currently working with and then later he can switch to the other agency.

I realize this is probably not built into either Azure AD or asp.net Identity but any suggestions about which one might be a good starting point would be appreciated.


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.