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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I have a logon_script.bat and created a GPO to apply it. But It doesn't run and I'm running out of idea why it's not working.

GPO name: Record Logon history
script path: \\fileserver1\scripts\logon\Logonhistory.bat , testing user has read/write permission to the network folder.
logon script configured in user configuration/policies/windows settings/scripts/logon.
GPO is applied correctly to OU where the user belongs to.
GPO security filtering is configured so that authenticated users group was removed and the testing user was added.

I checked GPO version in both AD and SYSVOL, all same on all DCs.

I ran gpupdate /force on the computer. I didn't resolve the problem.
I ran gpresult /SCOPE USER /V, it  show the GPO not  applied.
I ran RSOP through GPMC, it shows the GPO not applied.

I ran out of idea.
U.S. Department of Agriculture and Acronis Access
U.S. Department of Agriculture and Acronis Access

With the new era of mobile computing, smartphones and tablets, wireless communications and cloud services, the USDA sought to take advantage of a mobilized workforce and the blurring lines between personal and corporate computing resources.

Hello Everyone,

In our quest to learn, we are interested in knowing if the XMediusFax Boardless, T.38 Fax Over IP server  application supported by the vendor Sagemcom can have Windows Updates applied the Windows 2012 R2 Server it resides on. I've tried to do a general search online and the Sagemcom website, but was unable to locate any information. I appreciate everyone's feedback.
Hi all, I was at a hospital the other day and noticed their locked screens had the hospital logo on it.  As in where you put your user/password/domain.  it was above that.  I wished I took a picture.  This would be fore a domain that is controlled by Windows Server 2012 and Windows 7 computers.

Question: does anyone know how to do that?

Thanks all.
Hello - we have a Windows Server 2012 that has 2 NICs that are bonded into a Team Nic connection.  It was working for a short time, where it was successfully able to access the Internet and network resources, but then a yellow exclamation mark appeared on the NIC icon in the service tray and it stopped getting out to the Internet.   I was also not able to RDP to it (strangely however, my cohort was able to remote to it).  so I went on to the machine's console and "Diagnosed" it.  it wanted to remove the NIC teaming and when both adapters are separated, it works - meaning I am able to assign static addresses to the adapters and it connects fine.  I forgot to mention that at first, when I diagnosed the Team connection, it wanted to switch it to DHCP and then the yellow mark went away.  I was not able to make it a STATIC IP assigned - it only takes DHCP.  But now that the NICs are separated again, I can assign static IPs. Looking for some insight.
Our Window 2012 file server occaonailly go up to high CPU, is it possible to monitor which particular user cause this high usage ?

There is a program we install in a Terminal Services environment (Server 2012) and it has to be installed in a TS environment for this specific application, dont want to go into why, but its not optional. There has been an update for this software which we recently applied, but the developers for some reason have decided to move the registry settings for this program from Current User to Local Machine in this new version, now whenever someone applies a new setting on one session it applies to all the other sessions (such as default printer), this is very problematic for them and they are really struggling to use it.

We need a way to isolate each TS sessions registry settings from another. So that either each user has its own little virtual Local Machine registry, or copy the LM settings into Current User and somehow force the program to use Current User again instead of LM. Or open to any other ideas?

The only progress I have made is that if I use the security settings of the registry key to block a specific user from accessing it, it will revert to all default settings when they launch the application. This is not helpful though, as each user has a variety of different settings they need to apply to their own session.
I have a single server on a site running Windows Server 2012 and it hosts everything.  It’s a DC, file server, Exchange 2010, and print server.  The users use the built in Windows fax on the server with one of their apps.  Any time a user tries to add the shared fax printer they get the following error:

“Error: A policy is in effect on your computer which prevents you from connecting to this print queue.  Please contact your system administrator.”

This doesn’t happen with the other printers that are shared on the server.  It doesn't matter if I navigate to \\SERVERNAME and double click the shared fax or if I try to add it through Devices and Printers, the same error comes up.  If a user profile has already added the shared fax in the past then it works great, but if it gets removed then they get this error trying to add it back.  I tried removing update KB3170455 from multiple client machines along with creating a GPO that has the following:

Computer Configuration > Policies > Windows Settings >Security Settings > Local Policies/User Rights Assignment
      -Load and unload device drivers set to security group Fax Users
Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Printers
      -Allow Print Spooler to accept client connections > Enabled
      -Disallow installation of printers using kernel-mode drivers > Disabled
      -Point and Print Restrictions > Disabled
User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Control Panel/Printers
      -Point and Print …

IIS consuming 99% CPU
I’m running in a SharePoint 2013 Farm
4 Servers Win 2012, SQL DB 2012 (Database, Front, Index, Workflow)
The IIS on the Front server consuming 99% of CPU

How to solve it ?
how to get more information what cussing this issue ?

Any suggestion ?

David Dotan Sofer
When you export a VM in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, does it export the VM and ALL checkpoints with it?

When I import the VM later, will it have the entire checkpoint subtree in the imported VM?
I am considering doing hyper-v replication on my VMs.  Anyone using this?  Any issues or caveats?
Efficient way to get backups off site to Azure
Efficient way to get backups off site to Azure

This user guide provides instructions on how to deploy and configure both a StoneFly Scale Out NAS Enterprise Cloud Drive virtual machine and Veeam Cloud Connect in the Microsoft Azure Cloud.

Proliant ML350 G5 with Smart Array 200i embedded.
Firstly the cache battery failed and was replaced with no problem.
The Raid is set up as 2 logical drives with 2 drives in each - mirrored. Logical drive 1 is composed of 2 SAS drives with Windows Server 2012 R2 on it. Logical drive 2 has 2 SATA drives mainly with data.
One of the drives failed in Logical drive 2 with a warning in Smart Storage Administrator and an amber light on the drive. 2 SATA drives identical to the remaining one were purchased and one was inserted with the server off. F1 was pressed on re-starting the server in order to rebuild the array and all seemed to go well, however when it finished Smart Storage Administrator reports 'Logical drive 2 is queued for rebuilding' and on rebooting I am asked to press F1 again to rebuild which it tries to do again.
The second purchased SATA drive was thoroughly tested using WD software and a full delete was carried out. This was then inserted to see if the fault was with the first replacement drive but exactly the same has happened. The rebuild seemed to finish at around 87% complete.
I have looked at what is on the first replacement drive and it looks as though it did mirror successfully. There are no errors in the Smart Storage Administrator reports other than the drive queued for rebuild and the lights on the drive seem to be acting normally.
Any advice would be appreciated.
I have a fully patched Exchange 2016 server on Windows 2012. I want to close these vulnerabilities found using Qualys scans, but I don't know how to do it without breaking OWA and whatever other features are affected in Exchange. I cannot find any articles for 2016 out there to do it safely. Can anyone point me toward specific steps to do it safely? Thanks!
Forgive the length, but I want to provide a detailed description of the problems I'm running into what I've checked so far:

I purchased Solarwinds DameWare to help with supporting PCs in-house. I started running into problems where it would not connect to some computers. Other computers worked fine. One of the error messages on DW said something along the lines of "The computer you're trying to connect to is actually a different computer. Do you want to continue?" So I started troubleshooting and running into some strange DNS weirdness.

Starting with the two computers involved with the error above, I pinged both by name from my PC and they both returned the same IP address. When I went to those PCs, one of them had that IP and the other had a different IP. Digging further, I started running into a few more computers that when pinged by name returned incorrect/duplicate IPs.

Some research indicated I might not have DNS scavenging turned on. Odd thing is, everything worked fine before installing DameWare. I was using UltraVNC for report desktop support, and now that won't connect to these problem PCs either. So I started checking my DNS settings on the Domain Controller. (I only have one DC and it is the only thing managing DNS that I am aware of.)

Logging into the Domain Controller > Server Manager > Tools > DNS
When I look in the tree under my server > Forward Lookup Zones > my domain, I'm seeing a list that includes records that are months or years out of…
he whole system appeared to be running correctly and I have connected all of the workstations as well as the shared folders.  It is now live and running

I then attempted to run the configure Implement Group Policy Wizard after removing all of the old SBS2008 policies from AD.  It failed.

I then run the Essentials Tester Power Shell Script.

This showed that there where two certificates for the dashboard, on OK and one not (I don't think this was relevant).  I removed the incorrect certificate from the personal store and the script now shows no errors

The dashboard log is showing an error, but I cant work out what it is telling me.  I 'think' this is certificate related but I cant see where.

I then ran the Office 365 integration wizard to see  if that was also affected, which it is

The log is as follows:-

[10300] 170720.095223.4991: General: Initializing...C:\Windows\system32\Essentials\Dashboard.exe
[10300] 170720.095223.5772: General: Failed to open ADTestHook registry key.
[10300] 170720.095223.5772: General: Failed to open ADTestHook registry key.
[13916] 170720.095223.6085: General: Color branding started
[13916] 170720.095223.6085: General: Processing Microsoft default SKU branding colors XML
[13916] 170720.095223.6085: General: Branding colors XML parsing started
[13916] 170720.095223.6085: General: Branding colors XML parsing ended
[13916] 170720.095223.6085: General: Looking …
I have 3 Dell R420's Running Server 2012 R2.  One runs as a DC, another as a Database Server and the last as Hyper-V host.  All were setup the same time using the same USB drive and are backed up using WIndows Server Backup to USB Drives.  The Hyper-V is running 5 virtual machines, 2 Server 2012 and 3 Server 2003.  The Server 2003 machines are old physical servers that were converted and migrated.  The 2 Virtual Server 2012 machines, 1 is the remote server and the other the terminal server.

A few months ago we started having a problem where the rdweb site wouldnt load and no one could remote in.  The server would respond to pings and if I have a monitor and keyboard physically connected to the server, I could attempt to login and it would just spin like it was logging in but never go further.  I would eventually just have to hard reset the server.  I checked the error logs and could not find anything that pointed to a culprit.

This is now happening about once to twice a month, still nothing in the logs that point to errors which could cause this behavior.  It works fine when the last user during daylight hours logs off, usually around 6 pm, and I'll be notified by night users if they can't login around 12 AM.  The only task I have running between those hours is the Backup.  I have errors in backup but those seem to be for the server 2003 machines not being able to be backed up. The next entry after that is the boot from the hard reset.

I have reinstalled the OS on …
I need help in creating a windows powershell for win server 2008 and 2012 R2 to check the following:

When i run the powershell on the server, it will return if this server is running:
 - Cluster Service or
 - Failover Clustering service enabled/ configured or
 - has any registry keys to indicate that it is part of a cluster
Hi All,

I start a new job and encounter an issue which is DNS relates. This issue has been going on for few years by now.

1. B Domain ( call Bdomain.local) is located at remote site,  which site has dedicated VPN connection to main office.
2.Both B domain and A Domain  (call  Adomain.local) have a Win server 2012 server as domain controller and DNS server (svr1.Bdomain.local and sv1.Adomain.local)
3. We can ping both way from two office and PORT53 is open on both DNS servers, the network folder/drive share is created via IP address.
4. On the brand new computer at A office, on the static IP address I setup DNS server to use IP address of server B.domain.local,
5. nslookup results:   I couldn't look up B.domain.local or any DNS records in the B Domain.

Can anyone cast some light here where to start for trouble shooting?

The ultimate goal is to achieve joining 2 domain into 1 Forest.


Hello everyone

Our company is merging with another company very soon and i need to put together a plan to migrate everything into one IT infrastructure. The management priority is to have New agency email address ready for all employees as soon as possible. So I was trying to find a best way to merge everything into one.

here is some information about both company.

Company A
Windows server 2012 AD domain :
Uses office 365 with Azure AD connect to sync password and users between on site AD and Office 365.
Approximate 150 employees.

Company B
Windows server 2012 AD domain :
Uses office 365 with Azure AD connect to sync password and users between on site AD and Office 365. Also have Exchange 2010 to manage users with Office 365.  (I am not 100% sure if they use Azure AD connect or not, but will know soon.)
Approximate 90 employees.

Company A will be surviving organization after merger.  Once both company merges, merged company will have new name and new email address.

New Company after merger:

Management wants both agency staff to have new email at as soon as possible.  

Currently I am working on putting VPN between both companies and to setup Forest level trust between both forest. This should be done within one week or so. But I am having little hard time in putting together plan to merge both forest and both Office 365 tenants.

Should i start with creating brand new Forest with and then create 3 …
In Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, I deleted the checkpoint subtree for one of the VMs ... let's call it VM1.  I see the "merging ..." status when this is happening.

Suddenly all other VMs were automatically paused in "Paused-Critical" state, and I can't restart any of them.

When I try to restart VM1 it says:
Could not initialize memory: There is not enough space on the disk. VM1 failed to start.  VM1 could not initialize memory.  There is not enough space on the disk.

The Virtual Machine VM1 failed to start because there is not enough disk space.  The system was unable to create the memory contents file on "C:\ ... . bin" with the size of 4097 MB.  Set the path to a disk with more storage space or delete unnecessary files from the disk and try again.

Before I deleted the checkpoint subtree for VM1, VM1 has 13GB of free virtual space, and the host / physical server 38GB free space.  Please help.
NFR key for Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365
NFR key for Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365

Veeam is happy to provide a free NFR license (for 1 year, up to 10 users). This license allows for the non‑production use of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 in your home lab without any feature limitations.

I am using below script:
net config server /autodisconnect:-1
net use Z: \\servername\sharedfolder /USER:username password  /persistent:yes

And mapping it with windows service but in legacy way.   i use "Windows Resource Kits" from Win2003 for windows service and creating
registry key at KEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services.  

By some reason this is absolutely not working now.   the same is working well into all other servers.  

I am looking for best way to map the N/w share with drive letter PERMANENTLY FOR ALL USERS with windows service.  Kindly provide me any best solution or script for it.
I'm curious how other people are doing file servicing in what is going to become a post-physical-file-server world at some point.

Specifically, I have a client with 50 users and about 800 GB of data on a Windows 2012 file server.  Accessing the file server works fine when you're in the office and VPN for remote access works but most people hate it (VPN is slow, of course).  We have lots of people who travel and work from home.  It's a Mac and PC network with about 40 PCs and 10 Macs with about 45 people in the office and 5 people permanently remote.

We use Office365 Exchange for email, and I've seen OneDrive/SharePoint in use - and I think OneDrive/SharePoint are not mature enough yet for a modern office with no tolerance for instability (I support a client with 150 users with OneDrive syncing down to the desktop and the number and frequency of sync problems is unreasonably high).

What are other people doing in this situation for file servicing?  I could move to Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, or OneDrive/SharePoint.  My goal is efficiency (ease of use and rock solid functionlaity) - particularly for traveling users who are having trouble with larger PowerPoints (20+ MB).  

I'm generally just wondering what others have thought about or done in similar situations - or what others might recommend.  

If I purchase a VL of Server 2016 Standard will it include downgrade rights for Server 2008 R2?
I think the answer is yes.
More importantly, once I register it with VLSC, will VLSC give me a 2008 R2 download link and an actual 2008 R2 key?

I know downgrade rights usually go back forever but using the new key rather than reusing an old key in important to me...for some reason.

I was thinking the VLSC gave you keys up to 2 versions back, but wasn't sure if the  2012 and 2012R2 counted as the two versions back, or if I could get a key going all the way back to Server 2008.
Does anyone remember the "Computer Details" report you can get in SCCM 2007? You can find the report by clicking on the link next to a computer listed in one of the many canned reports.  I can't find a report ID for it b/c the url is different.


I can't find an equivalent in our new SCCM "Current Branch" setup (which is relying on SQL Server reporting services on a separate SQL server). Our old SCCM server just runs reporting locally. So I'm dealing with an apples to oranges comparison.

When I search for help on this, I only find links back to SCCM 2007 specific articles.  I found this report helpful on occasion and I'm hoping it's just hiding in plain view where I haven't thought to look yet.

Recently when we add a new computer to our network and try to do the windows updates we get the error 8024402c.   The computer is not added to the domain yet so it's not a GPO problem.  We also noticed that the Windows Server 2008 R2 have the exact same problem.

The Win 2012 R2 servers are getting updates fine.

The new computers have nothing installed on them yet.  e.g. no anti-virus, etc.
Our file/print server started rebooting repeatedly yesterday, reporting on startup a bugcheck 50 was the cause.
We are running our file server on 2012R2 under HyperV in a terminal services (RDS) environment.
We suspect it was due to our deleting two printer definitions in Print Management. They were for a printer that no longer exists, but a number of RDS still had references to it in their profiles.
We disabled the Print Spooler service and that stopped the constant rebooting.

With everyone logged off last, we went through ever user's profile (NTUSER.DAT via registry) and removing references to WORKGROUP4 and WORKGROUP4-LH (the printers we had deleted). Then re-abled the Print Spooler and rebooted.

Things looked good last night with testing, but with users back on today it rebooted again (just once so far).
So I'm thinking we may have missed something.
Or it's being cause by something totally different.

So I'm asking for help/direction here.

Event log entry:
Log Name:      System
Source:        Microsoft-Windows-WER-SystemErrorReporting
Date:          7/19/2017 7:14:30 AM
Event ID:      1001
Task Category: None
Level:         Error
Keywords:      Classic
User:          N/A
Computer:      ARMS-FILEPRINT1
The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck.  The bugcheck was: 0x00000050 (0xfffff9014073e000, 0x0000000000000000, 0xfffff960003ead0c, 0x0000000000000000). A dump was saved in: C:\Windows\MEMORY.DMP. Report Id: 071917-14312-01.
Event …

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.