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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We have a legacy ESX 5.1 cluster that has a 2TB disk limit. We are approaching situations on file servers
where we need to go beyond that. We're looking at disk pooling and disk spanning to do so. Which technique
is considered to be safest?? OS is Win2k12 R2.

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We deployed a batch of DL 380 G9 Exchange 2016/Windows 2012 R2 servers in a few sites.  We're seeing the below error in the System Event Logs.  Anyone familiar with the fix for this? The NICs are teamed.  

TCP/IP has chosen to restrict the congestion window for several connections due to a network condition.  This could be related to a problem in the TCP global or supplemental configuration and will cause  degraded throughput.

Log Name:      System
Source:        Tcpip
Date:          3/16/2018 12:13:40 AM
Event ID:      4230
Task Category: None
Level:         Warning
Keywords:      Classic
User:          N/A
TCP/IP has chosen to restrict the congestion window for several connections due to a network condition.  This could be related to a problem in the TCP global or supplemental configuration and will cause  degraded throughput.
Is there a way on a windows server (2012 or 2008) to see the username associated with a dynamic ip address?  Or maybe a sofware that can do this?
Dear experts,

I have a domain controller running on Window 2012 R2 with Active Directory Integrated zone. I also have another domain controller running on Window 2008 R2. Unfortunately the Window 2008 R2 machine malfunctioned which at least I can still survive on the DC on Window 2012 R2. My concern right now is how to remove/demote the Window 2008 R2 properly without the capability of accessing that machine? Can I remove/demote Window 2008 R2 directly from Window 2012 R2? Thanks
Situation is like this:

User is in Domain Admins Group, Domain Admin Group is in local Administrators Group on local Server.

This User CANT save a file or change files in C:\data\..... Drive.

It works if i start notepad as an Admin and save it there. BUT

If the User is directly in the local Administrators Group he can save and change files without the need to confirm UAC.

Is this a bug or a feature? Whats the cleanest solution to make this work without the need to start all applications as an admin?
Whats the difference between a user in administrators group and being in a group that is in the administrators group?
what are some of the more common tools/methods used when you have a large workforce and therefore a large number of end user devices, e.g. laptops/desktops, to help speed the build process of lets say new laptop devices? I assume there must be some sort of standard image that can be installed onto the HDD of new devices rather than manual process each time. can you give some info on desktop/laptop side? and what kind of settings/configurations are typically included in the golden build, specific to the OS/apps? I appreciate this is very vague but just wondered the process.

and is it also common to have a similar 'image' for server OS and apps, that can be quickly issued to a new VM? Again, what are the common tools/methods used and and what kind of settings/configurations are typically included in the golden build, specific to the OS/apps? Is it typically only the OS which is included int he build, or is it common to have a quick to deploy image with common server apps such as SQL, IIS etc?

we are looking at the CIS top 20 cyber security controls which recommends standardising many settings as part of the build process, so getting some background what tools deploy these 'images' (may not be the correct term) to new equipment would be most interesting.

We have a Windows 2012 server and when i right click the task bar and click the task manager the window is blank  and the timing glass is thinking. If i click on the task manager windows, it says ( Task Manager not Responding).

I left for 30 minutes and nothing happened and also restarted the server it is the same . When I try to close the blank task manager windows I get the message saying check for the solution  and restart the program. Please see the snapshot.

Any help to resolve this would be great.

Power shell script for creating subfolders inside of parent folder remotely

Here is what I'm trying to use and it works for one location would like to set multiple locations on a remote computer or computers

set-location \\fileshare\e$\folder\folderA

$folders = import-csv e:\scripts\folders.csv
foreach ($folder in $folders){

New-Item $ -type directory -force


CSV Text file


Now instead of setting one location @ the remote computer location I would like to setup multiple locations to create these sub-folders

so this is what I was going to try   The locations are all going to be located on one server each time so Server A then I'll modify it for Server 2 etc ......

$locations = set-location "path1", "path2", "path3"

foreach  ($location in $locations) {

$folders = import-csv e:\scripts\folders.csv

foreach  ($folder in $folders){

New-Item $ -type directory -force

Dear Experts, I have one AD (server2012R2) and one Mail Exchange 2016 server. When I configured the complexity of password in AD and applied it with "gpupdate /force", the policy could not applied in Exchange mail users. They can still change the password with simple phrases. For example: no need special characters, or number,...

Can you please explain and suggest?

Many thanks!
I have a 2012 R2 Standard Virtual Machine that Remote Desktop Services fails with error Your Computer can't connect to the remote computer because your computer or device did not pass the Network Access Protection requirements set by your administrator.  I am using Certify the web SSL Manager for the Certificates. If I open Remote Desktop Gateway Manager > Properties > SSL Certificate and import the Cert i created with Certify everything works no errors  when we connect to remote apps. The problem is when the server is rebooted the Certificate gets removed and i get the error so i have to re import the certificate every time the server is rebooted. I also have the same cert in the bindings of the Default Web Site for Https.
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I have created Microsoft Network Load Balancer for one of my Web application which is hosted on IIS. I add both hosts in NLB cluster, it is successful. I have made cluster entry entry in DNS and resolving properly. I don't find any  misconfiguration but still If access website using cluster name or IP then it is not accessible while from individual IP of  hosts, it works fine. Where is gap help me pls? I am trying to access internally.
I have a laptop joined to a windows domain, and an account with domain admin rights for a temporary basis. I am trying to run some MBSA (baseline security analyser) scans of around 20 servers for patch verification exercises prior to an audit. When I try to ping the server based on server name, I always get request timed out, and also the MBSA scans fail, yet when I try and RDP onto the server itself, it logs me in fine, so its clearly online. What technical issues could affect the ping response and MBSA scan from working? they are a blend of 2012 and 2008 R2 windows servers.

In case its of any use, the MBSA error is "message 67 - the network name cannot be found', I entered the exact same servername for MBSA, Ping and RDP.
Hello Experts,

On a Windows Server 2012 standered x64 host for a our for our 2008 R2 Servers i am getting a error on the backups.  it says "The component ServerName(Online) was skipped during the snapshot and will not be available for recovery.  Error: The writer experienced a non-transient error.  if the backup process is retired, the error is likely to reoccur.  Any suggestions on this issue?

Thank you,

System: Windows 2012 R2, CRM 2016

I completed the configuration of ADFS, Claims-Based Authentication and IFD without any errors.  The login form opens both internally and externally.

The issue is that it is pointing to the wrong site.  It is pointing to the sts1 address, however, the System Admin tells me that this is a production site.

I don't want to try ripping out ADFS and starting over, I have seen that cause major problems

Can someone tell me how I can change the site from sts1 to the correct site?

The system admin had me try but it reverts back to the sts1 site.

I am at the last  step of the IFD setup and if I can get this issue resolved, I am done


We have a Windows 2012 Server Foundation Edition.  This has been outgrown and we want to use 2016 Std, on a new peice of hardware.
My plan is to join the new server to the domain, promote to DC, transfer FSMO roles, then dcpromo the old server, removed from domain.
Can anyone please confirm if this is a viable plan?

Thank you.
What is the proper way to install NPS server. I received the certificate already but how do I install the certificate? Do I need to import the configuration first from the old NPS server and then install the certificate? Please assist on where and how to install the certificate to the NPS 2012 server.
I have a Microsoft Access application that is running on Server "2012 R2".  Currently, users login and run the application via RDP.  Whilst this works well, I have come across the term "RemoteApp", where the user can run the application as if it's running locally, making it easy to switch between our application and those running locally. In some cases, this might be a nice option, but I do have a couple of questions about it.

1. Does it have any obvious downsides?
2. Does it help reduce the load on the server in any way?
3. I can currently logon to a users session and help them out (if they need me to).  Would this still work?

Thanks as always
I installed windows server 2012 and each time i had multiple issues.  

Background intelligent transfer service stopped
Diagnostic Policy Service  stopped
User Access Logging Service  Stopped
Distributed Transaction Coordinator   Stopped

In addition that I cannot register a computer on the server.  
"an active directory controller ad dc for the domain could not be contacted"

Hi guys,

Tonight we were installing some Windows updates on a server running Windows Server 2012 R2 with Exchange 2016. During the installation the server became unresponsive so after a while we decided to hard reset it. When it came back online everything seemed fine at first. The update manager even noted that all updates had been installed correctly. But none of the Exchange services wouldn't start. The eventlogs were packed with all types of errors that we're pointing towards network connectivity issues.
We tried all the standard solutions for testing and fixing network issues, like checking DNS server, "net view" and "net use" from the broken server to other servers; everything seemed to be functioning correctly. It' wasn't until we ran the "nltest /dsgetsite" and were getting the error:
Getting DC name failed: Status = 1919 0x77f ERROR_NO_SITENAME
We checked the registry and noticed the "DynamicSiteName" key was missing.
For the sake of testing we manually created the key and watched as Exchange services start up. But halfway through they stopped starting up. It turned out the DynamicSiteName key had removed itself from the registry again. Once again we recreated the key and this time Exchange was able to start up completely and started functioning correctly again.
The problem was that the registry key was gone again. Everytime we create it, it deletes itself within seconds.

We're not sure what to do about this. Exchange currently remains to …
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We have this problem in a Clustered File Server Server. Microsoft sent us these instructions but I'm still not sure if I could solve the problem. I would appreciate knowing if someone has had a similar case.

When not being able to execute the tasks of maintenance the hard disk this almost to the limit in spite of delete archives.

De-duplication jobs are unable to complete. It will remain in queued state. Due to which D: and F: drive space is getting full.

System info:

Host Name:                 XXXX
OS Name:                   Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
OS Version:                6.3.9600 N/A Build 9600
System Boot Time:          3/10/2018, 10:03:51 PM
System Manufacturer:       Dell Inc.
System Model:              PowerEdge R630
System Type:               x64-based PC

RAM on machine:

Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 128 GB
Total Physical Memory 128 GB

Patches installed on the machine:

Source        Description      HotFixID      InstalledBy          InstalledOn              
------        -----------      --------      -----------          -----------              
SCCGRAB03     Update           KB2919355     XXXX\Adminis... 3/18/2014 12:00:00 AM    
SCCGRAB03     Update           KB2919442     XXXX\Adminis... 3/18/2014 12:00:00 AM    …
Steps to create Windows OEM in vmware.

I have more than 50 desktops running windows 7 pro. All the desktop have an account in server 2012 AD.
I am trying to accomplish 2 things:

1 - How do I get a report running from the server (or from a 3rd party program) showing me a list of drivers installed on every single desktop? I found out that some of the computers don't have the printer drivers installed on them, and I can't go seat on every one of them to see which ones are missing the drivers.

2 - Can use gpo to activate windows 7 (the OS). If not is there another way of deploying the activation at once from a single machine?
We are trying to ensure the company has controlled use of admin permissions. Aside from the obvious 'domain admins' and 'enterprise admins' in AD are there any other admin rights you would suggest to focus upon in a network primarily comprised of microsoft OS and server apps.
We have two RODC's in a dmz. We successfully added two servers to this dmz site earlier this month. Both the RODC's and those two servers were on the same subnet (call it . Now we're trying to add two more servers to the same dmz site, but these servers are in a subnet).  This domain join (following the same steps) is failing.

We're following the steps here -

We're using Jorge's PowerShell script to do the actual join at the end ( The script is telling us that all the ports on the RODC are available.

Both subnets are assigned to the dmz site in AD.

All servers are 2012 R2.

This is the error we're getting:

      Log Name:      System
      Source:        NetJoin
      Date:          3/14/2018 11:14:38 AM
      Event ID:      4097
      Task Category: None
      Level:         Error
      User:          xxxxx\Administrator
      Computer:      xxxxx
      The machine xxxxx attempted to join the domain\ but failed. The error code was 64.

We think we may have a firewall issue since we're using a Palo Alto device. But I wanted to verify this error message would translate to a firewall issue.

The RODC returns the proper server FQDN when you…
I need to be able to see quickly who closed an alert in the operations or web console for SCOM 2016. Users are set up as Operators role and can close alerts. Is there a quick way to tell who closed the alert whether it be a user or the system itself by automatic means?

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.