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I know this is okay but I wanted to see if anyone could explain to me why our conditional forwarders do not resolve the "Server FQDN". I attached a screen shot. The conditional forwarders are on a domain that is setup on a trust relationship.

Everything else resolves and validates.
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By default outlook will place its pst file when file and folders are redirected to the server on the server. some experts say it is not recommended, outlook pst file should be local. is the thru or false?
Hi Guys,

2 of our 2008 R2 Terminal Servers randomly get a 'Server 2008 R2' wallpaper. What could control/change this?
Im looking for the registry key that stores the websites we add to compatibility view in IE11? I added them in policy and they dont show up on the list. In the past I have seen them added but just in the registry, it does not show up in the IE11 list for some reason.

I just need to verify the policy is applying to these machines.
Hi All,

Can anyone here please share the steps and suggestion to create Previous Version of my file server on Windows Server 2012 R2 ?

Windows Server 2012 R2
C:\ 40 GB
D:\ 1.99 TB NTFS file server department 1 - 75% full
E:\ 1.75 TB NTFS marketing department 90 % full
F:\ 2.0 TB Previous Version iSCSI NAS on Qnap

So how do I create the Previous version of the file server folders on those two drives on new HDD that is taking the Versioning of the file every 12 hours ?

Hello -

I am looking for a way to push GPO software installation policy to only specific computers.  Assign the software installation policy to the machine, as opposed to the user. I have a multi-domain (forest) running server 2012 R2 and all OU structure is the same except obviously domain name.



- Distro groups (OU)
- Fax Server Groups (OU)
- location Servers (OU)
- Workstations MAC (OU)
- Workstations PC (OU)
- Domain Controllers (OU)
- Logon Account All (OU)

The systems are located within our existing computer OU and user OU. Now, specific computer accounts will be assigned GPO modulex86 and GPO modulex64. I am using SCCM to identify my computers office version (x86 or x64). Once I compile a list, the idea is to push out the proper GPO to them. This is where I get stuck. What is the best way to accomplish this? Should I modify GPO delegation and only allow group of computers? This means I will have to remove computer accounts from existing OU and not sure if that is wise as we have them organized within specific OUs right now.

Do I use WMI Filtering? If so, how?

Hope this makes sense. I'd like to understand how to organize these GPOs without complicating the system. I appreciate your help!

Hello Folks,

I've two websites in ASP.NET and staging environment was Window Server (WS) 2008 R2 (Standard).
The SSO (Single Sign-On) was working perfectly on this WS 2008 R2 (Standard).

But the customer wants to move on Windows Server 2012 R2 (Standard), but SSO using form-based authentication couldn't work.
I am having below error

Event code: 4005
Event message: Forms authentication failed for the request.

Did you experience about this problem before for WS 2012 R2 (Standard)?

Best Regards
SBS 2011 in production with multiple Event ID 7011 and the server seems to be sluggish, When I attempt to restart it stuck in:
Please wait for the System Event Notification Service until I hard booted it this weekend. the event IDs 7011 started to crawl back up this morning and the server is slower than normal responding.  
A timeout (90000 milliseconds) was reached while waiting for a transaction response from the nsi service, netprofm service, fdPHost service, and multiple others.
Also:The following fatal alert was received: 48. Event 36887 Schannel.

 in the application event viewer
Volume Shadow Service (VSS) enent ID 11 and 8193

I'm not sure if Schannel and VSS Error are effecting the symptoms I am experiencing.


Updated info: the server is Dell 2950 configured with 32 GB memory and it is all consumed by the end of the day.

I've got the existing Exchange Server 2013 Standard SP1 that is running as MBX&CAS role in one AD site called Default-First-Site-Name.
I want to decommission it so that I can run the both MBX & CAS on new Win2012 R2 VM so I can configure DAG on the other AD site called Head-Office1.

AD Site Default-First-Site-Name
PRODMAIL14-VM [Mailbox & Client Access Server] - Windows Server 2008 R2 existing legacy.
PRODMAIL15-VM [Mailbox server only] - Windows Server 2012 R2 newly built for DAG.

AD Site Head-Office1
PRODMAIL20-VM [Mailbox & Client Access Server] - Windows Server 2012 R2 existing newly built for DAG.

AD Site Default-First-Site-Name
PRODMAIL14-VM [Decommissioned]
PRODMAIL15-VM [Mailbox & Client Access Server] - Windows Server 2012 R2 setup for DAG with Head Office.

AD Site Head-Office1
PRODMAIL20-VM [Mailbox & Client Access Server] - Windows Server 2012 R2 existing newly built for DAG with PRODMAIL15-VM.

How to do that safely without causing email flow issue during the production business hours ?
What're the steps in installing CAS so that it does not cause any email flow during the business hours on PRODMAIL15-VM ?
If I install the windows update now during the business hours on PRODMAIL15-VM is there any impact or problem when I reboot it ?

Thanks, in advance.
Every once in awhile one of our computers seems to lose connectivity displaying  the following msg The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed.

What I to for a temperate fix I disconnect the network cable and log in (as it can't check in with the server for authentication) I remove it from the domain. login with local user and rejoin it to the domain.

How can I prevent this from happening?

Server 2008
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I have a VM that is running a very old be stable SBS 2003 server OS. I had a power failure last Saturday at the office and it seems now or any time after a log into the VM SBS 2003 server I get a notice saying that I need to activate windows. I saw an article online saying that it could possibly being caused by a script interface with windows activation running on the VM. however to remove the script manually it is telling me that I need to have the SBS 2003 CD.

I do not have that CD anymore.

Any suggestions
I need to mount a ISO in 2008 server. Anybody have a free good tool to use?
I have the need to give an On-Call non-admin person permissions to start and stop services on all of our Windows servers. I have found you can give this access to one service at a time using Group Policy, but I am need to give this to all services on all servers - without give admin access.

Any ideas?
Hi All,

I'm running Exchange Server 2013 that was inherited or not properly deployed and planned:

Windows Server 2008 R2
C:\ 200 GB [OS - 70GB remaining]
D:\ 1.95 TB [Mailbox DB - 50GB remaining free disk space]
L:\ 200 GB [Logs - 30 GB remaining free disk space]

P:\ 100 GB [Page file - 10 GB remaining]

So If I run the Exchange backup to truncate the log files now during the business hours, does it can cause any mail flow impact ?

Does the D: drive of the Database will run out due to the very large transaction logs being committed to the Exchange database ?

Note: The D: drive cannot be extended anymore to 2 TB due to NTFS - MBR partition
Can't get new yoga 260 to image properly from SCCM with new USB 3.0 Ethernet dongle.  Need to image with win 10 creator update. Ethernet dongle loses connection after loading OS, drivers, during first boot.  2014 date dongle works OK, 2015 or 2017 dongle loses connection.  Images OK with Ethernet 3.0 dongle connected to USB 2.0 hub, but slow.  Any ideas?  Need to image 4K Yoga 260s.
One of our Exchange servers is running out of space on C: (Exchange 2013 on Server 2012R2)  Investigation finds 36GB in System Volume Information, apparently in ShadowStorage:
Shadow Copy Storage association
   For volume: (C:)\\?\Volume{93a1fd71-d1a9-11e5-80c5-806e6f6e6963}\
   Shadow Copy Storage volume: (C:)\\?\Volume{93a1fd71-d1a9-11e5-80c5-806e6f6e6963}\
   Used Shadow Copy Storage space: 35.8 GB (29%)
   Allocated Shadow Copy Storage space: 36.1 GB (30%)
   Maximum Shadow Copy Storage space: 12.0 GB (10%)

However, no shadows are listed:
C:\>vssadmin list shadows
vssadmin 1.1 - Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2001-2013 Microsoft Corp.
No items found that satisfy the query.

WMI shows it as well:
38971867136     Win32_Volume.DeviceID="\\?\Volume{93a1fd71-d1a9-11e5-80c5-806e6f6e6963}\"  12847886740   38429179904  Win32_Volume.DeviceID="\\?\Volume{93a1fd71-d1a9-11e5-80c5-806e6f6e6963}\"

System Volume Information contains 67 huge files with names like {f8597897-5134-11e7-80ed-005056a53d34}{3808876b-c176-4e48-b7ae-04046e6cc752}.  Access denied to all of them, of course.  Even Takeown has no access.

I suspect some involvement by DPM 2012 which is used to backup this server, but have no real evidence to support that...

I'm running Exchange Server 2013 SP1 that was losing its 1.9 TB Database disk for 2 hours, and then back online again all in a sudden.

So the timing is like:

9:00 PM - 9:30 PM, I am doing my change to delete the oversized Mail.que:
1.  Go to services.msc and Pause the Microsoft Exchange Transport service.
2.  Run “Get-Queue | ft -AutoSize” and ensure all pending messages are clearing out to be very minimal under 10.
3.  Stop the Microsoft Exchange Transport service
4.  Set Microsoft Exchange Transport service to "Disabled"
5.  Rename mail.queue file
6.  Set Microsoft Exchange Transport service to "Automatic"
7.  Reboot the Exchange server
8. Run “Get-Queue | ft -AutoSize” and ensure all pending messages are clearing out.

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after the reboot, the Windows Server is rebooting itself again, but then this time its worst, the D:\ drive where all of the Exchange mailbox DB went missing due to the D:\ drive has become RAW instead of NTFS for about 2-2.5 hours.

11:45 PM yesterday, the D:\ drive is mysteriously back online again as NTFS drive, all emails are flowing back as normal.

But then I've got some users more than half reporting that they are missing their yesterday's email even before the maintenance window yesterday at 9:00 PM ?

The email today is working fine from everyone, but some of my users did lose their yesterday emails?

Looking through Exchange Transaction logs, I can see some emails within the outage window:

Hi All,

I got the below important VM that cannot be down, during the migration (Exchange server) setup as MBR - NTFS.

it is currently running very low on disk space about 1.945 TB, how much more I can extend it from the vSphere level and from the Windows Disk Management level without breaking it or causing it to go offline ?

I need to know what;s the exact safest limit to extend this disk.

Currently running onPrem SharePoint 2016 Exchange 2016.
Attempting to configure eDiscovery on this setup however running into issues.

SharePoint 2016 Trusted Security Token Issuer for Exchange configured to https://*EXCHANGESITE*/autodiscover/metadata/json/1

Exchange Partner Application configured to https://eDiscovery.FQDN/_layouts/15/metadata/json/1

Authentication is currently running via ADFS SAML Claims using a Custom People Picker

Search Result source set to https://EXCHANGESITE/EWS/Exchange.asmx

When trying to select a mailbox to add to a case Error: The connection to the search service application failed.

When looking at the SharePoint logs: "Failed to connect to search serviceSystem.ServiceModel.FaultException....." "Exception of Type Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.Discovery.Internal.ExchangeConnectionException"

When looking at the IIS Logs on Exchange : "The user specified by the user-context in the token does not exist."

I'm at a loss at the moment. Exchange Auth Cert (confirmed by get-AuthCert on exchange) is on the SharePoint Servers.
SharePoint search works.
Permission controls via the custom people picker works.

Anyone have any suggestions?

If there is any need for clarification or additional information I am completely available to respond to comments. I am still having the issue.

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What is the best way in the easiest way to set this up.

They are trying to have the capability to add, modify, I am delete folders and files inside of a network share, but are doing so from the computer not registered to a domain.

The user RDP 's to the Server as an Admin, but the file work is done from local machine
Hello can any one tell me ABT fsrm roles !
I have taken on a client that has had several IT support groups over the years. Needless to say, this environment represents a series of break fixes, experiments and failed attempts.

It looks like the last support group was trying to move from Small Business Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard.

They have a daily failing SBS 2003 server, a 2003 Standard Member server (Housing their business application Sage Peach Tree) and an Exchange 2008 R2 server.

The old IT group managed to join the 2008 R2 server as a DC  along side the old SBS 2003 (which doesn't play well with other servers - even though Microsoft says it's doable). This move was extremely messy due to the fact that SBS 2003 comes out of the box with DNS and the Exchange server (they were using before the 2008 R2 install) . Long story short, I was never convinced of the health of the AD.

With the failing hardware of the SBS 2003 server, I decided to shut it down. The network works OK off the 2008 R2 - DHCP, DNS and files service. Unfortunately, the Exchange service is now corrupt and will not communicate well with the AD. Even with the SBS 2003 turned on, there has always been AD issues I could never resolve due to past history mistakes.

So........... I want to start from Scratch.

Remove the old original SBS 2003
Wipe Out/Rebuild the 2008 R2 server with a fresh AD
Join the member application server into the new Domain
Join the existing 10 user/computer accounts into the new domain

Does anyone know why a domain user not able to RDP to machine. I have added the person under group " Remote Desktop Users" on the server itself. Everytime i try to login i get message saying ""to Sign in remotely you need the right to sign  in through RDS etc..."

Unless i make user Local Admin on server, it doesnt work. However i dont want to make them Local admin. Just be able to RDP to server.
Hi All,

I’ve deployed 15+ Windows 7 PC for the purpose of Local Intranet Kiosk service, my goal is to restrict the only Internet Explorer browser to just 5x website that is allowed by the management team. 

other than that should be denied or redirected to the company Intranet Website.
how can I achieve this using the Computer Group Policy ?

Do I need to create custom OU and then linked the GPO to that OU or will the AD security group containing 15+ AD computer object will do ?
Hey Guys,

I have 250 new TS cals i need to install on a server, and our vendor sent them in stacks of 25. In the past i had to call Microsoft to have them 'join' it so i can add it to my Terminal Server.

Would anyone happen to know the number for Microsoft to do this?

Microsoft Server OS




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The Microsoft Server topic includes all of the legacy versions of the operating system, including the Windows NT 3.1, NT 3.5, NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 and Windows Home Server versions.