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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Dear Team, I got this error when imported PST to Exchange 2016 from NAS Synology, we set Full permission of folder, file to Everyone but did not help.

Env: Exchange 2016, Win Server 2012R2, NAS Synology 2416+

Does anyone know how to fix it?
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Got an windows Server 2012 R2 and backing up the whole server using windows server backup.
Getting error :  
"Windows Backup failed to get an exclusive lock on the EFI system partition (ESP). This may happen if another application is using files on the ESP. Please retry the operation."
Error code 0x8078011E

Went through few forums with same error, but could not find a proper solution. could anyone pls help me with this.

thank you
I am running VEEAM Backup & Replication 9.5 on a Windows Server 2012 R2. VEEAM is configured to backup VM's from 2 Hyper-V Servers that are running Windows Server Data Center 2012 R2. While all VM's backup successfully 'on occasion', often, I get the following error:

Failed to create snapshot (Microsoft Software Shadow Copy provider 1.0) (mode: Veeam application-aware processing) Details: Writer 'Microsoft Hyper-V VSS Writer' is failed at 'VSS_WS_FAILED_AT_PREPARE_SNAPSHOT'

I go to the VM Server identified, run the command "vssadmin list writers", and see that a number of VSS entries says 'timed out. I stop/start the Volume Shadow Copy service then restart the server. The backup jog then completes successfully. This issue will occur again after the 2nd or 3rd successful backup and again, I have to restart the server to get successful backups.

Obviously I cannot continue restarting these affected servers (all of which has databases including Exchange Server 2013). Is there anything that would likely cause the VSS services to periodically time out and fail a backup? Thanks
Hi, I have being playing with Windows Server 2008 R2 several years. With Mysql server, Files share and a SmarterMail app.
I have use it in a local lan but with access from internet (both RDP and Mysql Server)

I am now trying to virtualize it. I have use disk2vhd to "backup" my 2008R2 installation.

I have save both RAID 1 disks (just in case). I have use another hard disk to make these tests.

I have install in the new hard disk Windows Server 2012 R2 Standar with GUI.
I have add Hyper-V role and I have create a new VM with the VHDX that I created .
I can open and start my VM, but I have NO idea how to configure all of stuff in HyperV to get my Mysql Server working again.
I have power off the host's firewall to do the test, but not luck.

I have in my new host (WS2012R2) the same IP that I had in my WS2008R2 server.

I have create only a external virtual switch.

But I can't connect to mysql from local lan (also I can't from internet).

Please, how could I do this simple configuration?

My main objetive is virtualize my old server to make easy the upgrade of hardware of my server, or the server itself. After, I could also configure a new VM with Windows Server 2012 R2  and begin to install slowly all things (mysql, smartermail,...) and check them before "shutting down" the old WS2008R2 VM.

Could anybody help me. Probable it will be very easy, as  I have only one host, and one guest.

I'm interesting in enabling two factor authentication for anyone looking to authenticate to our Remote Desktop Services farm. The farm is Server 2012 R2.

I have seen third party tools for 2FA with RemoteApps, but not RDP connections.

is anyone aware of a way of doing this?


I checked from volumes' properties, those were configured long ago to do snapshots at 7:00 and 12:00 which is by default. This means that if a snapshot is created at specified time - i will get an opportunity to get previous versions of files/folders and restore them.

I wanted to delete all current snapshots from the the volume B, but got error, saying that there is something else left and system can't delete those shadows and i need to get the APP that used to create those shadows and with help of that app - delete rest.

c:\>vssadmin delete shadows /for=B:
vssadmin 1.1 - Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
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Error: Snapshots were found, but they were outside of your allowed context.  Try removing them with the
backup application which created them.

Question: How to find that application that still creates a shadows which seems are not available for end-users and even admins, so i will be able to delete those?

P.S. There is no visible backup software to be installed. Server is controlled by SCOM/SCCM, so this means that probably admins do some activities withing scripts execution - but i need to find these spies.

I have what I hope is a simple, straightforward issue with a VM and just want to confirm.

For some reason one of the VM we use as a server seems to be indicating it's on an unidentified/public network. It seems as a result it's not communicating with other servers and applications. Is it a simple matter to have it change network from  unidentified/public to our correct domain or is this something I would need to get the VM administrator to correct??

Thank you
For some reason, I have not been able to install terminal server on this 2012 R2 server, any ideas? Screenshot attached.
I recently upgraded to Exchange 2013 CU17 from CU 15. The upgrade ran OK and all Exchange services are running fine and server is OK in its functions. When I attempt to access /ecp it throws a .NET 4.0 runtime error saying it cannot load Microsoft.Exchange.Common, Version=  or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified. I have deleted and restored the /ecp virtual directory with no problems. I suspect that the missing file may be located somewhere in ...\v15 subdirectories. How can I get this running? I have pre and post CU17 backups of server and access to backups of another CU17 server. Stack trace: SHows File not found exception: Could not load file or assembly ; Microsoft.Exchange.Common, Version, Culture=neutral, PublickeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35' or one of its dependencies. ConfigurationErrorsException: shows the same. Any thoughts?

Here is the method that I have in mind :

First thing : The server has 5 NIC, 1 for management and 4 others.

Here is my method:

1: Detect the correct four
2: Go to server manager  => local server => NIC team (set on disable) ==> Chose  Task ==> New  team.
3 : Select the 4 network cards, give a name and then create the team. (now nic teaming should be eneable)
4: Now set an IP adress to the new NIC Team card (As i don't have DHCP)
5: After that, go to hyper-v setting, create an new virtual card with the New Nic Team Card
6: select the new virtual card for the virtual machine
7:Now everything should have an IP and go to net . Right ???

Thanks for your help.
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I have a 2012R2 machine that is either mysteriously shutting down or rebooting but when it reboots, I get the blue screen "Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. We're just collecting some error info, and then we'll restart for you (100%). If you'd like to know more, you can search online later for this error: REGISTRY_ERROR. It never restarts so I have to hold the power button.

It usually comes back on after I run chkdsk e: /r and chkdsk c: /r. If we reboot the computer at 9am, it seems to "die" around 5 pm. At first I thought it was the power or over heating but I shut down the computer normally the other day then plugged it back in at a different location and I got the same error.

Any suggestions? Thanks

The drives are raid 1 but they seem to be ok
I my Windows 2012 R2, when creating a share via Failover Manger which is slow, I am seeing a large number of WsMan HttpINcompletePayload messages on one host when viewed via Network Monitor. Has anyone seen this before?
Task Scheduler in Windows Server 2012 while running a SyncBackPro backup is giving me this error...

"Logon failure: the user has not been granted the requested logon type at this computer"

I'm logged on with the administrator account.  I read here

where I need to add the administrator account to the "Log on as a batch job" using these directions...

 Click Start, type "gpedit.msc", try to configure the following policy:
[Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\User Rights Assignment]
-Log on as a batch job.

But "log on as a batch job" is greyed out.

Any suggestions are appreciated.


When I try to add the file to the remote app list I get an error you must specify a file from the RD host server using UNC path.  I also tried to create an RDP file and launch the app that way and I get access is denied, the initial program can not be started.

I was able to add IE and it worked.  Firewall is off as well.

I have just visited a small company running Windows Server 2012 Essentials and Windows 10 Workstations.

The workstations have joined the Domain but it has not being done by using the connector software. There is therefore no information on the Server Dashboard regarding these computers such as updates or the ability to access them remotely.

I can access the Server remotely so would like the facility available to keep an eye on the workstations and, especially, the remote access.

What I don't know is if it is OK to run the connector software after the the workstation has joined the Domain? Can it cause any problems?

For Example: The users have Folder Redirection to the Server and some have a lot of data so I would prefer it if, by using the connector software, that the users don't have to start again with their log-in and draw down their data to sync with offline Files.

Or maybe there is any other way of doing it? Remote access is the most important but the other "perks" of the connector software would be useful.

Thanks in advance for any advice.
Hi All,

Can anyone here please share some tips or steps in Group Policy in how to create the Outlook Email signature for each people in different OU ?

For Example: --> Email Signature Template ACC1. --> Email Signature Template IT1. --> Email Signature Template MRK1.

How to do that based on each OU ?

Note, the users are using various different OS and Office product like:
Operating System: Windows 7 and Windows 10
MS Office: 2010, 2013 and 2016 (some will use 64 bit, but majority is 32 bit)

Any help and guidance will be greatly appreciated,

Hi Experts,
I'm helping a customer to migrate a file server from win2k3 to win2k12.
I set exactly the same file permission and i hit the issue after fully migrated.

There is only one main folder to shared off, and inside the main folder, there are alot of subfolders, and some subfolders had third thier of subfolders with permission as well.

when at win2k3, users can view all the folders, but some folder are restricted, and when you click on it, it will say access denied and need permission to enter, after migrated to win2k12, some folders is still visible but no content insides, and some folder is not visible at all.

customer request to set exactly same as old permission, and i had did that but this situation come out.

how can i resolve it?

summary is : users want to view all the subfolders, even some folder is restricted but when user try to enter it will said access denied

I've read some articles on technet that are clear as mud but I'd like to know what is the best practice for DNS config on 2 DCs with DNS and DHCP servers running on the same Hyper-V Host. There seems to be a lot of disagreement on whether or not to put the loopback address for DNS on each server so I've excluded it.

Current config is below and when DC1 is down clients lose connectivity to their shares.

Hyper-V Host Server 2012r2
                DNS Config: #1DC-1 #2 DC-2 #3

                (VM1) DC-1 (2012r2)
                        DNS Config: #1 DC-2 #2 DC-1
                        DHCP Server with failover set to DC-2, scope set DNS DC-1 and DC-2

                 (VM 2) DC-2 (2012r2)
                        DNS Config: #1 DC-1 #2 DC-2
                        DHCP Server with failover set to DC-1,  scope set DNS DC-1 and DC-2

                 (VM3) FS-1 (2012r2) File Server hosting all shares
When my domain users log into My Citrix servers they are able to see the network icon to see all the servers on the network etc.

I believe I need to create a policy to stop this on the server.

The Citrix servers are Windows Server 2012 virtual servers.
I only want the regular domain users to be restricted.

Where would i go to create this?
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I think someone has disabled my print spooler service in group policy windows 2012R2 and unless I find out how they will probably not be truthful about what they did
Hello -

I'm looking to implement a (somewhat) cheap but reliable and secure VPN solution in a small organization. No more than 20 users at a time to connect to the main location for file sharing. It is a Windows environment(servers, laptops). I was looking into Direct Access but it seems like an overkill for such small organization (Licenses and servers). Ideally staff would use their AD credentials in order to authenticate.

Thank you very much!
Hi there
I try in my lab to upgrade win 7 pro  to win 10 pro
But this error 0x80070002 and message id 11135 and 11141
Download failed couldn't resolve source for installation package

I make my search i try sharing permissions and iis but nothing

Any idea
 Thanks for your time

We are instructed to apply TLS 1.2 ciphers suites as shown below on all servers by management.

At first we are not able to RDP to any servers after applying these Ciphers suites.

Later we found that we need to change the RDP security layer. We did the same. Now the problem we are facing was very strange.

We are not able to RDP to servers in Hyperv environment, but we are able to RDP to servers in VMWare environment with same settings. Please advise.
Dear All

We have some servers physical and Virtual with WIn 2012 R2 installed.
SQL server has been installed.

Now issue is all server memory is going above 90% and servers are very slow.
My vulnerability scanner keeps screaming that one of my Server 2012 R2 Standard servers is running a vulnerable version of Flash, which I can't find.  The server has all the latest Windows Updates and I have uninstalled the User Experience feature and rebooted and rescanned, don't know what else to try on this one.

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.