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Can anyone please suggest me what else the steps and things to consider when troubleshooting Active Directory Group Policy not applying to my Windows client ?

For example logon script running .VBS applied but not working for one Windows 10 client, but applied successfully for the laptop in same OU.

I've tried:

1. Look in local workstation Eventvwr
2. GPUpdate /Force and restart multiple times
3. GPResult /R and compare it with my laptop that is working, but all seems to be same.

I'm running out of idea.

Thanks in advance,
OK, help me out here.

I've got two domains - call them Domain1 and Domain 2.  They are in a two way, transitive forest trust.  I have a file server and a user in Domain 1, we'll call them fileserver1 and user1.

I use ADMT to migrate user1 into domain2.  Now there are two users - user1@domain1 and user1@domain2.  The SID History migrates successfully along with the user.  Both accounts are active.

So, when user1@domain2 goes to access a file folder on fileserver1 that user1@domain1 has access to, shouldn't it work?  The SID for user1@domain1 is in the SID history of user1@domain2.  So, shouldn't user1@domain2 be able to access everything user1@domain1 has access to?

(Yes, if you were wondering, this is the scenario I am working on at present.  My migrated user doesn't appear have access to anything).


I purchased a 2012 r2 standard license and 25 CALs

I am installing server 2012 on a bare metal server, and also on a VM.  I plan to use DFS naming and replication for failover.

I understand I can use the same 2012 license on both, but can and should I install the 25 CALs on both?  The backup server will not be used for filesharing unless there is a failover.

Related question- are CALs linked to a specific server license or are they generic among Server 2012 r2 installs and could be used elsewhere instead?

Thank you!
Looking for a basic backup for a server 2008, in small office environment, active directory, DNS, DHCP and 1TB of date. to a USB external hard drive. will window built in backup serve the purpose, or there is a need to go with third party software.
Hi All,

Does anyone here know what's the main difference between Windows Server 2012 R2 vs. Windows Server 2016 ?

One of the feature that I'd like to deploy is DHCP clustering and File Server deduplication.

We are running Windows Server 2012 R2 STD.
I have set the group policy in order to set the users lock screen but none of the options I have set are working.
The GPO is linked to the correct OU.

GPO for Lock Screen
Please can someone assist?
I am hoping for some advice as to how I can setup an app virtualisation using RDS on Server 2016.

I have currently a test machine working fine, but in the production environment, I will require Web access gateway, RD Gateway, Connection broker etc.

Can someone point me to a document(s) to help me design and implement theses servers.

I have come from a VMWare background and learning about MS RDS.
Hi guys. What's is the most robust secure and speedy solution to security delete files from server hdd. Have tried "eraser" it's take ages. Suggest some free / open source option.

We have Windows Server 2008 R2/2012 R2 DHCP servers and a very mobile environment. Recently I started reconciling all scopes on our servers manually, and there were inconsistencies on each one.

My question is, what is a best practice for performing this reconciliation? Should this be done proactively weekly, monthly, etc? Or only as needed when troubleshooting?

I have a VM, running Windows Server 2012 R2 (on Hyper-V Core server 2012 R2), which is down to 5.88GB of free space (Yesterday was 7.44GB free).

This is a 97GB partition, again showing 92.12GB being used.  I set the view to show hidden files & a Select All-->Properties check shows the entire size of the files on C:\ as being just 21GB.

An thoughts as to where the other 71GB could be located?
All users are connected locally (Outlook 2016 lastest update of Office 365 business premium) to the Exchange 2016.   Exchange 2016 has been updated from RTM to CU4.  

- we had to rebuild the profile for some users because they were receiving the "temporary mailbox" problem:  "your mailbox has been temporarily moved on MS Exchange Server. a temporary mailbox exists..."  

- The search result in Outlook is no longer showing the name of the sender for all emails of last week an older but it shows the right result for the most recent emails.  We've been trying te re-index in Outlook.  All Exchange services in Exchange are running including search.   It's only in Outlook, OWA shows the send for all emails in the search result.

Thank you
Our domain have 5 Widows 2008 R2 DC's with 90% of our workstations using Widnows 7 still. I have noticed recently when I open GPMC from my workstation or DC's the WMI filter options is missing. I have already check under options and GPMC and it is  selected. When I open ADUC and go under system, policies, WMI I see all of my WMI filters present so why is it missing in GPMC and know this happening on a test Windows 10 workstation as well.


We want our corporate laptops such that when they are being brought out of office & connect to outside Wifi,
 we want a VPN  to auto launch &  connect back to our office via VPN.  Also, if the laptops cant connect to
 the corporate VPN, then we need a way/script to block all the laptop's Wifi from connecting to Internet

 This is to prevent data loss/leakage as we deem office LAN more secure.

Does Direct Acc  block Internet access (ie disable Wifi & physical LAN port) when it can't connect to Office LAN?
or how can we achieve this?

Do we have to pay licensing & maintenance fees for it?

I am using Solarwinds and trying to setup WMI/Polling from many servers and would like to know how to do this globally from either a GPO policy or any other way. I have mange to setup on a few Server 2008 successfully, however I have to go to every server and manually  set the WMI configuration on each server.

 So far I have done the following.

 1.) Open WMI Control Properties (Computer Managament|Services and Applications|WMI Control)
 2.) In the security tab, select the Root namespace, and press the Security button.
 3.) Click the Advanced button in the Security for Root window.
 4.) In the Advanced Security Settings for Root window, click the Add button.
 5.) In the Select User, Computer, or Group dialog, enter the name of the account you'd like to use and click the OK button when done.
 6.) In the Permission Entry for Root window, ensure that Apply to: This namespace and subnamespaces is selected, and under Permissions allow, Execute Methods, Enable Account, and Remote Enable. Click the OK button when complete.
 7.) Click OK to close all windows.
 8.) Add your account to the following groups: Distributed COM Users, and Performance Monitor Users.
 9.) Test your WMI monitor / query from within Orion. I had to use credentials of the form DOMAIN\accountname, as opposed to accountname@domain for this to work.

 Again I am doing this on each server. How can I do this for all servers through Powershell, scripting or GPO?

I've been working on this server for a few weeks now, trying to get a backup. Every time we attempt a backup the server crashes. I have attached the last minidump file I got from the server, I think that file is from Wednesday. Apparently the srv.sys file is causing the crash. The server runs Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. I have run "sfc /scannow" and found no errors. Last night I ran MBAM and it found a virus and a few PUPs. All were quarantined. All other backup applications have been uninstalled with the exception of one "Crash Plan". It is my understanding that if I uninstall that program, they lose their backups because the encryption key gets destroyed, and that is their only backup at the moment. That backup is from weeks ago, but it's something. Other Info:

- Backups fail with or without VSS enabled on the job
- The backup app I'm trying to use is Shadow Protect 5
- sfc /scannow was run, and no errors were found
- Malware-bytes ran and found a virus and a few PUPs, all have been quarantined
- All other backup apps have been uninstalled except 1. That one has been disabled
- SQL Server 2008 is running on the server

I'm not really sure what to do next. I might try a Windows Backup.
Hi all,

Does anyone here know how to implement Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) 5.5 to prevent the Ransomware spreads out in your company network ?

Thanks in advance,
I created a new VM, Gen1, Server 2016 Essentials on a Server 2012, no option for Gen 2. I put it in to production, it was an emergency. I moved it to a new Host Server 2016 with 4TB drive. I want to take advantage of larger drive because I have 800gb data on existing VM. I'm trying to figure out how to convert it to UEFI and change to Gen2 to use the larger drive, unless there is another alternative. Please advise.

I tried using this script on a Windows 10 VM and it woudn't work because it was designed for windows 8 and Server 2012

Please correct my statement regarding HOST GUARDIAN SERVICE

Host Guardian Service have two sub-services

1- Attestation Service

2- Key Protection service

For example i have one host hyper-v server and 2 shielded VMs on it. that is called guarded host. right?

Now when administrator want to run shielded vms then request will go to Attestation Service and Attestation service will approved the Guarded host. after that guarded host will request for key and Key protection service will provide the key to guarded host then shielded vms will run? please correct

It srarted with a error I got on updateing IE11
I uninstalled IE via the following cmd
FORFILES /P %WINDIR%\servicing\Packages /M Microsoft-Windows-InternetExplorer-*11.*.mum /c "cmd /c echo Uninstalling package @fname && start /w pkgmgr /up:@fname /norestart"

Since then every time I open any MMC I get a msg "MMC will not run with a IE version earlier then 5.5

Already tried to install IE (even from the offline installer) getting error "the ordinal 139 could not be located in the dynamic library"

I am basically locked down since I can't open "any" MMC any workaround?

server 2008
Can you print to multiple printers inside a Remote Desktop session? If so, how?
I need to migrate my Small Business Server 2003 to a new 2008r2 server.  I currently have the new server setup as a Hyper-V virtual machine with 2008 already installed.  I plan to use DCPROMO to promote the new server to be my primary domain controller.  Anything I should be concerned with or precautions?
Everything worked fine but had a issue with window update when tried to update IE 11 code 9c48
I uninstalled IE via
FORFILES /P %WINDIR%\servicing\Packages /M Microsoft-Windows-InternetExplorer-*11.*.mum /c "cmd /c echo Uninstalling package @fname && start /w pkgmgr /up:@fname /norestart"
Than reinstalled a reboot since then I cannot login to the server with remote desktop connaction
Im currently running one full backup of a share drive every weekend and differential backups the rest of the days. Does anyone see why I cant just run one full backup only once and then run differentials for the rest of time?

One of our customer wants to log with Username and / or Email (Like user principal name. But the username@domain  is not the Email adress. They use name.surname@domain as the Email adress) in their environment. I did some research and it is not possible to combine username and Email adresses. Can you confirm me this?

Environment information:
- They have Windows 7 and 10 Enterprise
- all Servers are 2012 R2
- They do also have Exchange 2016

Many thanks in advance.
Hi All,

I've got the task to install / deploy a custom application like Adobe Acrobat specific version to a specific group of computers (based on certain OU).

So I wonder how can I do it with no DOS batch scripting using the built-in Windows  Group Policy feature or GP preferences ?

Most of the clients are using Windows 10 (from 10240 up to TH2 and latest anniversary edition). I do not have access to SCCM.