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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.

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We are going to start migrating sbs2011 to server 2016 STD.
We are trying to backup the system state using Windows server backup utility.
we have tried running CMD Wbadmin start backupsystemstate -backuptarget:L:    we are using a external usb Drive
it will always fail with The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.

I also tried backing up to a network share and to a different partition on the server.

I also setup the Server Backup utility to manually backup the system state also. Still fails with same error
Does anyone have any ideas as to why this is happening or a workaround?

We also have Datto backup which uses storagecraft shadowcopy which is a service that datto uses to backup the server.

Not sure if that will stop the server backup to run. I also checked the VSS writers and they are all stable.
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Need some advice on how to do a license calculations for Hyper V Cluster environments? Thanks.
I had this question after viewing RDS, unable to click start menu or delete files from profile.

I had the same problem and the Cortana is disabled for the RDS servers but still have the same!
Server 2008 Standard -- SQL 2014 -- Need to recover two folders from RAID 5 (4 disks).    System failed to boot and rather than spend incredible amounts of time (beyond attempting to boot to 'last known' or attempt 'safe mode'), just popped in four new drives and reinstalled operating system and SQL2014.

However, I need a couple of folders off the broken array.   Any suggestions on how to get these rather than send the drives out?   It sure would be nice to get the server back online so staff can come back to work.  (sigh).
Server 2016 - Patches up to date - Running as a Workgroup.

I use a cloud backup for my daily backup. I am getting my backup daily, but recently, I started getting a notification of a warning.

The warning is that the software was unable to take a Snapshot (Shadow Copy) the warning states that the service does not exist.

I looked in services.msc and sure enough there is no Volume Shadow Copy service.

I am looking for a way to reinstall VSS without rebuilding the server.

Thank you

Andy Coyle (

I have been trying to configure the "User Profile Disks" option for an RDS Farm with no luck.

I have one Server 2019 RDS Broker server and four Server 2019 RDS Session Host servers. I have successfully created the collection and added the SH servers to the farm. However, when I try to configure the UPD option, I get the following error:

"Could not create the template VHD. Error Message: -2147023174"

I have been trying to create the share on the broker server and have verified the share for the UPD is created and permissions are correct. When I try to configure the UPD, the process does add the SH server accounts to the list of permissions, but does not seem to actually create the VHD.

Automount is enabled on all servers in the farm, all servers have the latest updates.

I have even tried creating a new share on a different server (Server 2016 STD) and get the same error message. The name of the share doesn't have any spaces or special characters: UserProfileDisks
What I am trying to do is when I change the build/deploy from Production to Test, I want to be able to also change the shared data source reference for all the RDL files.

In the screenshot attached, I have ImpresarioProd as my Data source and ImpresarioProd as my Shared Data source.  I would like to change all the Data source in the rdl files in my sln to ImpresarioTest.  (Minus the bad naming convention of the Data Source, is it possible to do this without going into each rld file and making the change manually?

Screenshot of Data Source and RDL files
Thank you,

Using Firefox I still get asked for username and password after saving username and password when trying to access local SSRS reports. I can see the credentials on the passwords and security section. I am running the latest version of Firefox and we do have an SSL certificate.
Hi, i have a 2012 R2 RDS Server, and on the printers, even though i change the printing defaults under my admin account, when users login, they are not seeing my settings. How can i change that?
We have a 2012 R2 RDS farm created by someone that left the company and wrote nothing down. i have created a new RDS farm similar to our existing one, with published apps and everything. However, our current farm he created has a published app that is actually the link to our rds host servers - select that "published app" and it takes you to a desktop selected from our load-balanced RDS servers. <pic of link is attached>

This is NOT in the published apps portion of that collection on the broker. This is being configured somewhere else. I assume in a config file on the web server? How can i recreate that for the new Farm?  I cannot use a regular published app mstsc because it needs to be load balanced between multiple servers, you don't get that option in a regular published app and that's NOT how it's configured currently in our production farm. There is no entry in a GPO to do this other than to say "load balance the servers". How can i create that so users can select it and be placed into a rdp load balanced desktop between host servers?  I can't find a walkthrough on line to do this. Please help.
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We are looking for a powershell script that can check if a admin user have access to RDP from a list of server.
I have tested " New-Object System.Net.Sockets.TCPClient " with port 3389 to a server, but the result did not say if logged on user had access.

Is it possible to do this and get a output in a txt file?

Unable to remote RDP from a PC outside of the LAN and AD domain. The server is Server 2019, I installed Exchange 2019 on it and after that I lost the ability to remote to it from a remote computer. I get the login screen after entering the password I receive the attached error. I can't find any errors in the logs on either machine. I captured data packets on the initiating machine and it look like the connection gets reset after a TLS negotiation.
JPG of error.
Honored Experts - I have an annoying problem RIGHT now with a disappearing print job from a Server 2012 RDS server.

I have multiple users connected from the wan side through port 3389 (no VPN) and needs to use the printer redirect to be able to print on the users locally connected printers.
When I log in to the RDP sessions on the server the local printer redirect just fine.
HOWEVER when I try to do a print, I can confirm that the job goes to the queue and the status is PRINTING, but after 10 seconds, it changes status to DELETING and disappears???

Any suggestions?
I am using reporting services 2008 and trying to create  a Data Source from  the Report Manager   URL.
My connection string has the correct servername and database name (see below)
However I get the error displayed when I click "Test Connection"
I have selected Windows Integrated security and I know my credentials  are in the SQL_Admin domain group which has all roles for this Data_Source
Any guidance appreciated
Hi Team,

  Having an issue with an SSRS report I've nearly completed. When converting a single value parameter to multi value, I'm receiving the following error:

The Hidden expression for tablix 'table1' contains an error: Overload resolution failed because no Public '<>'  can be called with these arguments (screenshot attached).

I do have a few parameter and visibility filters setup on the tablix and columns (also attached; each address column has this filter).

I'm just not sure what I need to change to make multi-value parameters work properly.

Here is the dataset query I'm using as well:

IF @QueryParameterType=1
SELECT Customer_Name
      ,LEFT(ship2_postal_code,5) AS ship2_postal_code    

      ,LEFT(bill2_postal_code,5) AS bill2_postal_code

      ,right(invoice.item_id,len(invoice.item_id)-3) as ItemID
            ,convert(varchar(10),invoice_date,101) as invoice_date
      ,round(cogs_amount/qty_shipped,4) as cost
      ,isnull(value_string,'') as vendor_customer_number
      vHerman_invoice_header_line as Invoice
      left join custom_column_data_customer as custom_customer
      on Invoice.customer_id = …
Setup: Windows Server 2008R2

In an AD site I have created an OU on the additional DC and linked a GPO for Windows Server Update Service's clients' configuring but the GPO is not being applied on the client computers settings and there is a gpupdate error says:
The processing of Group Policy failed. Windows attempted to read the file \\domain.local\SysVol\domain.local\Policies\{Policy_Folder}\gpt.ini from a domain controller and was not successful. Group Policy settings my not be applied until this event is resolved

On the additional DC, The new OU and its GPO are actually existed in the GPMC but the GPO folder is missing in the SYSVOL directory.
On the primary DC, The new OU and its GPO are also existed in the GPMC console and GPO folder is NOT missing in the SYSVOL directory.

The result of repadmin /showrepl is Last attempt was successful for everything
The result of repadmin /syncall is CALLBACK MESSAGE: SyncAll Finished. SyncAll terminated with no errors.

I have already tried to recreate the GPO on the primary DC too, the policy folder has been created in SYSVOL and the GPO has been successfully replicated to the GPMC on the additional DC but SYSVOL still not replicated.
I have a SSRS Pick List report for my shipping department. It is time consuming to print one at a time. I was tasked in creating a batch to generate a single PDF and the user only needs to send the print job once. I successfully created this data driven report. The only issue is that I get 100(example) emails with one pick report in each. I need one email with one PDF containing all  pages. Is it possible to get this in one file instead of individual ones? I'm using SSRS 2017.
Windows Server 2012, unable to create new users, or better yet, to give new users remote or direct login access to server.  Users that have never logged on to the server before will get error message about profile service unable to log in.  
     I discovered this recently when trying to RDP into the server with my domain admin user account.   Thinking I had some profile corruption going on I deleted my user and tried creating a new one.... same result.  
   During t/shooting of this I discovered that there is no default user profile and all of the solutions that I could find regarding this particular scenario suggested copying the default user profile from another server running same version of Windows, which I do not have.  
   I will gladly answer any and all questions regarding this and would appreciate any help you can give.
I have a fileserver running Server 2012R2. It is a guest OS on a Hyper-V cluster running Server 2012, and has a static IP. I have had a number of users lately who have complained of this odd phenomenon, which is inconsistent on a momentary per-user basis- if they are on a share on the server, and they go back a level, their computer will report the server as inaccessible. and a second later clicking Refresh it is accessible(!). I tried a reboot and that did not fix it. Nothing in the event logs. It doesn't affect all users at the same time, though it has impacted general Domain Users, Domain admins, enterprise admins (Including me, so I know it is real) and it generally happens over a wired connection, though I have seen it over wireless as well. we have other servers, including fileservers on this cluster, and this is the only one we encounter this problem with. The problem is reported during the day, but that might just mean that no one is trying to access the resources at night, which is entirely possible. I have not had any complaints about this happening over VPN, but also can't say if that is a factor since we have an incredibly small group of VPN users who would even try to access this resource. Most users are using Windows 10 but threr could be some using Windows 7. All users are running x64 OS. Any ideas?
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Hello Experts,

I need to create a report in MS Reporting Services connecting to a Calendar in SharePoint and get the fields, EventDate, EventID, Event Start Time, Event End Time and Description. If this is a recurrence then I need the recurrence events as well. I tried connecting using SharePoint List but it is not giving the recurrence data.

Please help.

<RSSharePointList xmlns:xsi="" xmlns:xsd="">
    <FieldRef Name="Title" />
    <FieldRef Name="Location" />
    <FieldRef Name="EventDate" />
    <FieldRef Name="EndDate" />
    <FieldRef Name="Description" />
    <FieldRef Name="fAllDayEvent" />
    <FieldRef Name="fRecurrence" />
    <FieldRef Name="RecurrenceData" />
Setup: Windows Server 2008 R2 with IIS V7.5

The following event occurs after installing Windows Server Update Services V 3.2 on port :8530

    Source		Windows Server Update Services
    Event ID	13042 
    Level		Error
    Task Category	6
    Keywords	0x80000000000000
    Channel	Application
    Event Data	Self-update is not working 

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And in the Update Services Software Distribution log as follows
2019-03-27 08:29:58.124 UTC	Error	WsusService.12	CatalogSyncAgent.GetQueuedSubscriptionWithRetry	DB error when trying to get 1st sync job. Will retry (counter=1) in 60 seconds. Error: System.Data.SqlClient.SqlException: Transaction (Process ID 55) was deadlocked on lock resources with another process and has been chosen as the deadlock victim. Rerun the transaction.
    2019-03-27 09:35:38.389 UTC	Error	WsusService.4	SusEventDispatcher.OnHealthStatusWatchTimer	Failed to Get Server Health Information: Exception Details: System.Data.SqlClient.SqlException: Login failed for user 'NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE'. Reason: Server is in single user mode. Only one administrator can connect at this time.
    at System.Data.SqlClient.SqlInternalConnection.OnError(SqlException exception, Boolean breakConnection)
    	at Microsoft.UpdateServices.Internal.DatabaseAccess.AdminDataAccess.ExecuteSPGetComponentsWithErrors()
    2019-03-27 09:35:38.389 UTC	Error	WsusService.7	SusEventDispatcher.DispatchManagerDatabasePollingThreadProc	SusEventDispatcher got exception 

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Hi guys,
i had a old on premises windows 2008 server and its backups were going to azure cloud, using the azure mars agent.  that server is not in use anymore and i cant access it too.

but i want to recover files from the backup which is in azure cloud.  how do i restore files to a another computer ?
do i need to install any azure software in my laptop and how do i connect to its azure resource group, so i can access that server and backups ? ?

any help would be great.
My name is Riyan.

I am facing an issue related to Active Directory. Whenever i open Active Directory, it says "Naming information cannot be located for the following reason : The server is not operational."
Kindly help me fix this issue, as i am unable to make changes in our users directory, and i need to reset few of the passwords and need to add more accounts for new employees.
PFA file for reference.

Operating System : Windows Server 2012 R2, Physical server ( not virtual )
We have a Windows Server 2012 R2 RDS farm with eight servers and roaming profiles.
We are timing logins and with some people, after the group policies run, the screen goes black (with mouse working fine) before the desktop loads.
We are trying to reduce this amount of time by removing any unnecessary polices, desktop files, or even changing where Chrome caches its files so it's not replicated.
I've seen some reports on black screens but those seem to be hanging systems or video issues.
Some people log in quickly, others take as much as four minutes to get past that black screen.
Has anyone found a root cause of this black screen delay?

We can see the messages to wait for the user profile service, applying user settings, etc. then the window for the group policies, and then it goes black before delivering the desktop anywhere from 30s to 4min later.
Is it possible to make an SSRS column fully conditional? I have tried using the hidden property and the Column Visibility property and the best it does is leave the column blank. I want the column width to go to zero and have all subsequent columns shift to the left. Is this possible?

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.