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Windows Server 2012





Windows Server 2012 is the server version of Windows 8 and the successor to Windows Server 2008 R2. Windows Server 2012 is the first version of Windows Server to have no support for Itanium-based computers since Windows NT 4.0. Windows Server 2012, now in its second release (Windows Server 2012 Release 2) includes Foundation, Essentials, Standard and Datacenter, and does not support IA-32 or IA-64 processors.

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This was a test GPO i used to test for one user account to force a password change, but when linked to the Omni Test OU, i forgot to remove authenticated users. So i just want to simply remove it but getting the error below.

gpo error
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Getting Event ID 2006 every couple of minutes. HP proliant DL380G9, server 2012R2, Hyper-V host, 40 processors

Unable to read Server Queue performance data from the Server service. The first four bytes (DWORD) of the Data section contains the status code, the second four bytes contains the IOSB.Status and the next four bytes contains the IOSB.Information.

There are no performance monitors enabled, server service is running

any ideas on how to determine whats causing this, and how to stop it?

Below is what our solarwinds LEM is showing if that'll help:

Event Name: ServiceWarning  
EventInfo: PerfNet Error  InsertionIP: 2012HV4.bsgint.com  Manager: swi-lem  DetectionIP: Server name  InsertionTime: 9:28:17 Fri Dec 14 2018  DetectionTime: 9:28:17 Fri Dec 14 2018  Severity: 4  ToolAlias: Windows Application  InferenceRule:   ProviderSID: PerfNet 2006  ExtraneousInfo:   ServiceName: PerfNet  SourceAccount: Unable to resolve username.  SourceDomain:   WarningMessage: null
Was troubleshooting a network scanning to desktop problem (since solved) when I noticed Network Discovery was turned off on the client's 2012 R2 server. This server is the DC in a single server environment. It's also virtualized. I thought that was strange, and at the time didn't know if that's what was causing the problem. I attempted to turn Network Discovery to no avail. Several of the services mentioned in the following link were disabled, so I turned them enabled and started them. Thereafter Network Discovery was on.

I enabled, set to automatic and started the following services:
Function Discovery Resource Publication
SSDP Discovery
UPnP Device Host

I checked the Network Discovery setting on a couple of other clients' servers, both DCs. Network Discovery on a similarly virtualized 2012 R2 server was on, and was off on a non-virtualized 2012 R2 server.

Both networks that had/have Network Discovery turned off have had zero problems.

Ultimately the scanning problem had nothing at all to do with the server's Network Discovery setting. I've left Network Discovery on for the time being, but wonder a) why were those services off,  b) is there any harm in leaving it on, and c) should Network Discovery be on at all?


A previous IT company has set up users home folders in a folder that is not shared. ie local path is \\file_server\users\user$

If I go to the properties of the drive, users, and user$ there is no sharing tab.

But, in ADU&C > Properties > Profile > Home folder, the path is just the server name and the user's home folder. ie \\file_server\user$

How and why would they do this?

Trying to deploy Logmein via GPO and im getting Event ID 102. The install of application Logmein from policy Logmein failed. The error was %%1603.

I checked and the security of the MSI file is set to Everyone with full permissions. It even added the computer to the logmein control panel but there are no system files in the Logmein program folder.
we have setup our domain same as our website domain mazcol dot om and our domain is mazcol dot om now whenever we try to access the website from the internal network but we it does not open what is the best practice a technical person says  to create a static hosting and redirect but that involve changing my host  or I should change our domain controller name internally what is the solution

I have colleague complains that if they open Share Excel file it does not indicate that  File is already open with user. and that cause overwriting issue within there team.
I have looked into this and cannot figure out why this happen. the file is on Cifs shared folder.

please advice how to restrict the file that if some one has open it, it will force  read only for other colleagues.

Getting the following error on a 2012 R2 server. Not sure what this means. Any help is appreciated.


Log Name:      System
Source:        Microsoft-Windows-WHEA-Logger
Date:          12/13/2018 7:48:41 AM
Event ID:      16
Task Category: None
Level:         Error
User:          LOCAL SERVICE
Computer:      computer-name.domain.com
A fatal hardware error has occurred.

Component: PCI Express Root Port
Error Source: Generic

Bus:Device:Function: 0x0:0x6:0x0
Vendor ID:Device ID: 0x8086:0x25F9
Class Code: 0x60400

We have MS SSRS 2016 configured on Windows Server 2012 R2. Quite frequently we have to end the "ReportingServicesService.exe" process via the task manager and then restart the service because the reports just show the loading circle when rendering. The SSRS portal itself is OK and the end users can browse through folders and see all of the reports but when they select ANY report it just hangs at rendering.

If we try to stop the "SQL Server Reporting Services" service via the SQL Server Configuration Manager it does not stop. We have to end the process via the task manager and then restart the service. Normal service then resumes for a few days.

I have had a look through the logs in "C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSRS13.MSSQLSERVER\Reporting Services\LogFiles" but I cannot find anything useful, but then I do not really know what I am looking for.

Has anyone come across this issue before?

Thanks, Greg
How to generate user list with group, user last login and log out, change of password record through AD domain server?
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hi guys

One of our directors has asked me some questions about what we could do in the future to reduce the need for I.T presence at one of our countries and instead have it so that the support is almost entirely run from the U.K instead.

The site at our other country has two separate sites. One is a warehouse, the other is an office. The total number of users at both sites together is around 100 users. There are firewalls at both sites. There are VPN's connecting both sites. Those sites are also connected to us in the U.K

I mean, one of the only ways to reduce the I.T presence in one place is by reducing the types of physical hardware/equipment which would constantly require physical presence, right? So things like switches, PC's dying on you, printers, file storage, SAN disks needing replacement, you name it all will require some level of physical intervention.

By heading towards Office 365 and Exchange online, would you say that helps slightly reduce the overhead?

Along with that, how about instead of having PC's that are powerful, have decent thin clients and have high enough bandwidth to give them connectivity to their own virtualised machine on like a cluster of Vmware/Hyper-V servers on a SAN that have been spun up for them. So that would then reduce the possibility of hardware/disk failures on site and instead have them run on virtual terminals. Are there performance issues with that? Are the costs in the longer term reduce and is the quality …
So, I'm trying to setup Shibboleth on a windows 2012 server to work with our adfs 3.0 server.   This was working over the past year until recently.. I figured it was the recent renewed certificates for signing / decryption.  So i stood up a new shibboleth server since the previous was 'temporary' and the new server is also throwing 500 service errors.

Looking through the shibboleth native logs i spot this:
ERROR Shibboleth.ISAPI [4080] isapi_shib: Unable to locate metadata for identity provider (http://adfs.mydomain.com/adfs/services/trust)

so i browse to "http://adfs.mydomain.com/adfs/services/trust" in chrome and receive a 503 error.

pretty sure this worked in the past or none of my other RP's would work.  is this related to new certs, and whats the solution?  I havent seen much for adfs 3.0 out there to help guide me

Thanks in advance!!!

We have windows 2012 DCs and i want to know the following format, please let me know as how to find this.

Internal domain name in FQDN format

NT domain name in pre-windows 2000 format

Windows Server 2012 unit has been having issues with the print spooler. We went to reboot it last night, the system didn't come back up. The system has a error on the screen now which is no help.    C000003A applying update operation 307 of 49083 (networkins...)
Trying to get it to boot up using safe mode, safe mode with networking and others isn't working. Always comes back to this window.
We are having an issue with changing passwords through Remote Desktop Services. If a users password expires or is reset, they are prompted to reset by RDWeb. They must put in their current password, new password, and confirm new password. Upon clicking submit the webpage will process from as few as 5 seconds to as much as 15 seconds. This used to be instantaneous. No firewall/port changes have been made and the domain seems to be in good standing. All services are located within the same LAN and there are no apparent DNS issues present. The password does reset successfully but the time it takes to complete the job is concerning. Any ideas why this might be happening?

Our web filtering is hosted outside of our organisation I have been asked to create a user account which has read only access to our AD.

Not sure as how to create this account please post me tutorials to set up this read only access account.

Dear Experts, I could not delete the message in Exchange 2016 like before.

Here is the screenshot, yellow square is the user mailbox, blue square is the distribution mailbox. So what are the differences between DROP and SEND in Agent tab?

The second screenshot was the result after issued command to delete, it said success but the message was still in the recipient's mailbox

Can you please suggest? Many thanks!
Hi guys,
Recently started managing a small new company.
They using windows 10 as their main computer. And it has raid 1 used.
How do I test/manage or find the health status of disks ??
If it’s windows server, either have server administrator or raid storage manager to check disks, but for windows 10 how do I check the disks health ?

Any help would be great.
In Windows 2012 R2 with SQL 2014, I would like to setup traffic over 1433 to use IPSEC. I have ready multiple article on the setup by need clarification on the following.

1) Are certificates on both servers required
2) Is just setting the Firewall rule to access connections over IPSEC the only thing that is needed?
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Shouldn't my Child domain AD Integrated DNS DC's have replicated copies of the parent Domain AD Integrated DNS Zones???

I am tasked with optimizing and fixing DNS in our company.  

We currently have the following AD infrastructure.  

DC's are 2012, and 2012R2

Domains Are:


when i check the DNS of the one of the child.parent.com dc's i dont see the zone parent.com in the forward lookup zones folder.

But from the Parent.com DC  i do see the child.parent.com zone.  

Replication is working correctly.  So this might be a stupid question but as i am looking through things, if the parent.com zone is AD integrated, shouldn't it replicate to the child.parent.com domain as well?
Has anyone come across an issue where Loopback-Enabled Computer/User Policies are preventing regular User Policies from being applied?

I am in a situation where a simple Loopback-Enabled policy that controls folder redirection for my Citrix XenApp servers is preventing a users regular policies (i.e. drive mappings) from being applied.
Good Morning All,

I am in a situation where I am attempting to migrate a terminal server from 2008 R2 to 2012 R2.
The server is virtualized (ESXi 6), to avoid downtime, I have cloned the server with a new MAC.

The machine has been fully upgraded to 2012 R2, however after renaming and re-joining to the domain,
I am of course greeted with new profiles for domain accounts that have previously logged into the server.
I'm looking for a free or paid way to mitigate this.
(I should note, this is a copy of the old terminal server, all data is retained (user folders - C:\users)

Is there a way to, without user interaction, merge the new and old profiles?
I am especially interested in retaining profile specific registry settings relating to Outlook.

Thank you in advance
Hello All,
We are currently using a single ADFS 2.0  and need to add a 3.0 server so that I can update my schema to Windows 2012 R2.  I've read articles on how to export the ssl cert and install the new 3.0 server.  Unfortunately, my cert. can't be exported (greyed out).  I'm thinking I'll need remove the 2.0 server completely and install the new server with a new cert (will be down time).  Has anyone been in this situation? If so, is this my only way to proceed with the upgrade?   Any offered ideas are much appreciated.
On a Windows Server 2012 R2 I ran the Windows 10 admx install.  I think that was a mistake.  I believe the server was converted to using the sysvol\domain\policies\PolicyDefinition store during this mistake.  I know have Computer Configuration | Policies | Administrative Templates errors.  Attached is a screen snip.  I have a copy of the PolicyDefinition folder, but I think I made it after running the Windows 10 admx install.  The admx files referenced in the snip are present in the PolicyDefinition folder, but I am guessing they are the wrong version.  Is there a way to fix this mistake?PolicyDefinition Missing admx files
Hey all,

I have a wierd one here.. I have a client running 2012 R2 - this runs their file & print sharing, Active Directory and backup software. The IT officer that I deal with has been asking me to help him with an issue, which is the server goes offline and has no connectivity. The server remains on and the OS is in tact but the network card says "no internet" unidentified network.

DHCP is running through the firewall which is (Default Gateway / DHCP). Long story but we will leave that.. This firewall is around 8 years old btw so it could be the culprit and will be providing them with a test unit to see if we can narrow down but I haven't given you the curve ball yet.. wait for it.

Things we have tried;
  • Checked error logs at the time it drops and nothing pops up at the time of the drop out.
  • Testing all cables running from server, Tested OK.
  • Tested connecting to the Firewall LAN port, tested OK.
  • Swapped NICS from NIC4, to NIC3, NIC2 on the server and still no go.
  • Checked all the IP config is ok. (server) / / (gateway) / (DNS)
  • From a client's computer, provided a static IP address. Cannot connect to server or gateway so it does not see the network at all which is odd
  • We have swapped out to a new switch as a test which we will leave there for the time being
  • Checked DNS services, forwarders & entries are correct on the server

Windows Server 2012





Windows Server 2012 is the server version of Windows 8 and the successor to Windows Server 2008 R2. Windows Server 2012 is the first version of Windows Server to have no support for Itanium-based computers since Windows NT 4.0. Windows Server 2012, now in its second release (Windows Server 2012 Release 2) includes Foundation, Essentials, Standard and Datacenter, and does not support IA-32 or IA-64 processors.