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I am looking for a way to change a bulk of computer names within Windows Server 2012 multi domain AD structure? We have many computer names that need to be updated to our new naming convention. I appreciate all your help!

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how can I see what region I am connecting to?

After my Windows 2000 Advanced Server froze, I rebooted it and see:
STOP: 0x00000024 - NTFS_FILE_SYSTEM Error

Everytime I reboot the server I am getting the same error and I can't start Windows.  Please help.
Hey Guys

I have a SBS 2011 server - from all workstations and even on the server itself - if i clicked a shared folder - it takes a like a minute for it to open. I see the progress bar moving, just really slow.

I checked task manager - memory and cpu usage are fine, on the server itself, opening regular folders and apps open fine, its just the shared folders, any thoughts??
I am running a Hyper-V VM on my windows server 2012 r2 server.  When I attempt to run the Event viewer or windows backup on the vm, I get an error saying "MMC could not create the snap-in;  The snap-in might not have been installed correctly.  Name: Windows Server Backup".  I of course googled it and have tried several "Fixes" but none have seemed to do the trick.

I have tried a registry key delete, replace a machine.cfg file, re-install gpedit.

Other thoughts or ideas?

Before I started to upgrade my older ESXi server from v5.5u1 into the latest v6.5u1, I reckon I must do the VCenter upgrade first.

I’d like to perform VMware VCenter server migration from:

Physical box
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows vCenter Server 6.0 Update 1b
SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Database – 750 GB size

Into the latest edition of  VMware VCenter Server appliance vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1.

My question is:

1.      How can I perform the migration of the dvSwitch to the Virtual Appliance during the business hours with no downtime ?
2.      Does the VCSA capable to handle the large SQL server database size or does the conversion time will be very long due to its size ?
3.      CBT will be reset hence all VM image backup with Veeam will be running again from full backup not incremental ? How to prevent this issue ?
As a network administrator who assigns and configures file and folder permissions for our users, one of my challenges is keeping track  of and knowing what any particular individual has access to.  Of course I can check the properties for any file or folder on the network and see who is able to see it, but from a user level I don't know of a way to see what all files/folders that user can currently see and access.  Is there a tool or method for listing any/all files and folders that a given active directory user has access to on a network drive/resource?

This also comes up when a personnel change takes place.   We'll get requests such as "Give person A access to all of the same files and folders that person B has/had access to.  

What's the best way to do this?

Thanks for any tips.
Hi All,

I've got primary WSUS in the Head Office which downloads the updates and then distributes it into the Site Office 1, 2 and 3.
now, the Site Office 3 WSUS has broken, I need to know how to break the replication so I can just set it as the normal stand alone WSUS server directly downloading from the internet.

Can anyone here please let me know how to break the WSUS structure so that the site office which is now Synchronizing to the head office WSUS server can now be standing on its own?

I'm using WSUS 4.0 on Windows Server 2012 R2.
I had this question after viewing Exchange 2013 DAG - Unable to truncate Microsoft Exchange transaction logs..


Can anyone here please share some steps to be followed to perform Exchange Server 2013 DAG reboot ?

As at the moment, the server PRODMBX01-VM has no Active DB running, only passive mailbox DB, so I wonder if I can just reboot it straight away or do I need to follow certain steps safely?
We are trying to deploy outlook add-in ( through group policy, we are using outlook 2010 64bit, UNC path for the application all domain users have access.
Followed instructions from, restarted computer few times, its still not appearing, if we install it manually it does work.

What I am missing?

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unable to see installed patches in appwiz.cpl. and unable to install any other patch
Please provide me with resources that describe how to setup, use, maintain, and support Microsoft Network Policy Server (NPS) with Server 2016 and Server 2012.
Hi all,
Exchange 2007. edb size for one of the data stores is increasing, when i check maintenance on data stores it is setup (Screenshot attached), when i check white space on this data store its 490MB, total size of the .edb file is  501GB, so in my view running esutils tool wont fix this issue? as the maintenance is setup and the file is growing.
Any suggestions?
Good morning, (Question made on July 25 of this year)

I have the following disadvantage, currently in my organization uses a tool called HP Service Manager CMDB to perform the discovery of all servers in its infrastructure.

When I try to perform the discovery of two Windows servers through the tool I encounter the following errors:

- error: java.lang.Exception: The object exporter specified was not found.
- error: java.lang.Exception: Failed to connect to Wmi:RPC Server not available

I have doubt and could be an error internally of the tool and the operating system, since the firewall is disabled and I do not know what else could be happening.

Have you tried to determine if WMI/RPC not being blocked or are even enabled on the two servers?

Try from the problem server:
Run from CMD, net stop winmgmt, then net start winmgmt.
Opened IMAPv4 ports, TCP 135 / 445 and UDP 137; as well as 1024-5000 sometimes WMI can use a dynamic port in that range.
Disabled the firewall completely - verify in services that its actually off, not just in the GUI.
Run netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="windows management instrumentation (WMI)" and "remote administration"
Make sure DCOM config is setup correctly.

good morning Blue Street Tech

According to the recommendations above, proceed to the above tests, however the servers can not be discovered by the…

Can anyone here please assist me in troubleshooting the Group Policy issue where it is showing like the below:
 Apply Outlook Signature (User Policy)
            Filtering:  Denied (Security)

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I have done:
1. Added the user to the proper AD security group called "Corporate User" where this group is then added as the Security filtering under the Scope tab.

2. Added the same AD security group called "Corporate User" into the Delegation tab.

But somehow the GPO is not applied successfully and GPresult /R shows: Filtering:  Denied (Security)

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Hi, We have a 2016 Server running a DC an RDS server and have a few users that run Multiple screens over RDP and that all works good, one is a laptop with second screen and other two users have PC's. while working they have lets say email open on the one screen and excel on the laptop screen and while working on email, the application jumps to the laptop screen, this is also the case for the PC's the app jumps from the non default/main monitor(Local) to the default monitor... now in 2012 this never happened... the laptop or PC's have no power managment and are actively being used so not screen to sleep or pc sleep going on.. is this a new issue in 2016 and please can Microsoft have a look at this... new OS and silly issues dont go well together. Looking to resolve this as Client not happy having to chase apps over the screens.
Hi All ,

Quiet frequently I'm getting below mentioned error on my barracuda spam filter on out queue mails . The error message is

 "Deferred: conversation with[] timed out while sending message body" . is NLB interface of my 2 CAS servers (Exchange 2013 on server 2012 ) . Some days the queue goes up-to 300 mails and goes off in 1-2 hours by itself .

communication between barracuda and the cas server is stable .i couldn't figure out the issue yet . I have contacted barracuda support and they asked me to contact MS as its an issue with the exchange side. can somebody help me out to resolve this issue .

I've set 2 DCs (they belong to 2 different and "isolated" Domains) in the same identical way. Domain1 works as expected (it Syncs), Domain2 doesn't work as expected (it doesn't Sync). If I run "w32tm /query /configuration" the "Type" value of the working Domain1 is set to NTP, but is set to NT5DS on the non working Domain2. This must be the reason why Domain2 doesn't Sync.
Consider HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\Parameters\Type is set to NTP on Domain2.
The commands I've run were:
  net stop w32time
  w32tm /config /syncfromflags:manual /
  w32tm /config /reliable:yes
  net start w32time
Hi All,

we are doing a project in which we are upgrading all windows 2008 domain controllers to windows 2016 server (VMs)
The one which will be done first have NPS role, and is a certificate server as well (doesn't hold any FSMO roles)
any guidelines which can assist in the upgrades and demoting the old server?

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It frequently happens that when I try to use PAN Global Protect for work VPN that the authenticator token doesn't arrive until after the Global Protect connection attempt has given up/timed out. If I try to connect a second time then the token for the first attempt will often arrive during attempt #2, the second during attempt 3 and so on.

What is likely the problem? And is there anything I can do as an end user to fix this? Anything that IT could do to fix the delays of the token?
Hi All,

I get the following error when I check for updates:

There were some problems installing updates, but we'll try again later. If you keep seeing this and want to search the web or contact support for information: (0x80244022)

I then RDP to PRODWSUS01VM which is the windows update server set in my registry.

I ran the Update Services snapin and tried to connect to PRODWSUS01VM but I get the following error:

WSUS console
Can anyone here please assist me what stepsI need to do to ensure the WSUS is working again in my AD domain ?

I've got a client who uses Windows Server 2008 Standard and it appears that sqlservr.exe is taking up enormous amounts of RAM and file sizes.  5GB of RAM to run one instance.

How do I reduce this?  

They are 15 users, using the server for file storage and domain controller/AD only.  Used to run Exchange Server, SharePoint, etc. but now no Exchange, no SharePoint.  If I am running AD, DC, DNS, DHCP, do I have a need for SQL Server?

I need to trim this down, as the system is constantly reading/writing tons of data, and the only massive thing going on appears to be sqlservr.exe.
We moved a website from a server 2008 to a server 2012 system with Windows Authorization turned On and Anonymous turned Off.  Now, we get a HTTP Error 401.2 error.  However, if I turn On Anonymous it works.  Is there a way to take a deeper dive into this type of error to see what permissions we are missing?  I have turned on tracing, but it doesn't produce any trace logs.  To make a short story longer, the Old web code is invoking the Neevia Document Converter product and using the WebKit to parse HTML.  I suspect it has little to do with the Neevia product and more to do with the permissions differences between 2008 and 2012 server.  The building IE parser doesn't work either (gets a timeout).

HT T P Error 401.2 - Unauthorized
You are not authorized to view this page due to invalid authentication headers.
Most likely causes:
No authentication protocol (including anonymous) is selected in IIS.
Only integrated authentication is enabled, and a client browser was used that does not support integrated authentication.
Integrated authentication is enabled and the request was sent through a proxy that changed the authentication headers before they reac
h the Web server.
The Web server is not configured for anonymous access and a required authorization header was not received.
The "configuration/system.webServer/authorization" configuration section may be explicitly denying the user access.
Things you can try:
Verify the authentication setting for the resource and then…
Hi we have a client with mixed OS versions.

DC = Server 2012 r2
App server = Server 2008 r2
RDS = Server 2012 r2

DC migrated from 2003 to 2012 r2

Guide followed : Link

I have tryed many solutions to the problem but nothing has solved the issue. Since we are getting Kerberos messages i tried the standard to synch time servers. But to no help. Only thing that fixes the problem temporarily is rebooting the server.

Some of the errors are :

The processing of Group Policy failed. Windows could not authenticate to the Active Directory service on a domain controller. (LDAP Bind function call failed). Look in the details tab for error code and description.

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Additional information : ID:4, SOURCE:Microsoft-Windows-Security-Kerberos
The Kerberos client received a KRB_AP_ERR_MODIFIED error from the server dc$. The target name used was ldap/DC.XXX.local. This indicates that the target server failed to decrypt the ticket provided by the client. 
This can occur when the target server principal name (SPN) is registered on an account other than the account the target service is using. Ensure that the target SPN is only registered on the account used by the server. 
This error can also happen if the target service account password is different than what is configured on the Kerberos 

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My client has a SCOM 2012 R2 infrastructure and would like to monitor a service across multiple servers.  The service name is the same across them all.

I can only find a way to monitor the service as a group for critical but cannot find a way for warning.

So for instance if I have 5 servers with the same service I want a warning that the service on 2 of the servers are down and critical when the service on 3 of the servers are down.

Many thanks


Microsoft Server OS





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.