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 network share on a NAS drive that I want to store all my Technicians time sheets in.  I have created the network share and a folder under that share for each username for every tech.

I have setup the logon script to:

net use w: \\NAS01\Timesheets\%USERNAME%

and this works well to share the correct folder with each Technician.

My issue is that each share has a Display name of the USERNAME but what I wanted is for the share to be called TimeSheets for every user - even though they are all mapped to their own shared folder on the NAS.

Can anybody help with a way to modify the login script so that this can be achieved?

Many Thanks
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I have a group of admins who didn't need to be Domain Admins. I removed them from the group and delegated permissions as needed. They have Edits settings, delete, modify security permissions to GPOs and can backup a GPO via the GPMC, but they cannot restore the GPO. Does anyone know the rights I need to grant and to what container to allow them to restore GPOs? Thanks.
Dear Experts, we have Exchange server 2016 on Server 2012R2. Can we using Exchange Management Shell to forward emails from a user's mailbox to another's ?

How can we do it? Many thanks!

For example:'s inbox have some emails from, we got a request to forward all emails from in user1's mailbox to
We have a ML310e Gen 8 that we just re-installed Windows Server 2012 Essentials (not Essentials R2) on and it keeps having an issue with rebooting.

Here's what happens:

You can reboot from the GUI with no issues.

When you reboot from command prompt, it locks up and the processor starts to overheat. You get the red hardware light on the front and you have to power it down manually.

We have updated the BIOS and intelligent provisioning. We did hardware scans and they came back clean. There's a post that says that this version has this same problem when you use a password with special characters in it. We changed the password and we are not using special characters.

Any ideas? This is really weird.
I need to raise the functional levels of our Domain and Forest to Windows Server 2012

I have 2 Windows 2012 Domain Controllers, DC01 & DC02, running on VMWare  (Both are not R2)

The Domain and Forest Functional Level are currently at Windows Server 2003 (reason unknown)

1. What tools should I use to check for problems before the upgrade?
2. I have verified that AD replication is healthy using repadmin/replsummary .  Do I need to perform the upgrade on both DC's or does the upgrade replicate?
3. We use Veeam backup. What would be the best practice to reverse the process in case something goes wrong?
4. I have read that this is not a disruptive procedure and can be performed during a workday. Is this true?
HELP!  I lost my domain after I decomissioned my 2008 r2 server.  I lost all the roles and I can't even access AD.  When I try to use metadata cleanup I get the following:
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.3.9600]
(c) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Windows\system32>ntdsutil:metadata cleanup
The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.

ntdsutil: metadata cleanup
metadata cleanup: connections
server connections: connect to server kkdc02.local
Binding to kkdc02.local ...
DsBindWithSpnExW error 0x5(Access is denied.)
server connections: set creds kk.local administrator kkcp@$
server connections: connect to server kkdc02.local
Binding to kkdc02.local as kk.local\administrator...
DsBindWithSpnExW error 0x5(Access is denied.)
server connections:

When I try to sieze the roles I get:
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.3.9600]
(c) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

ntdsutil: roles
fsmo maintenance: connections
server connections: kkdc02
Error parsing Input - Invalid Syntax.
server connections: kkdc02.local
Error parsing Input - Invalid Syntax.
server connections: connect to kkdc02.local
Error parsing Input - Invalid Syntax.
server connections: connect to server kkdc02.local
Binding to kkdc02.local ...
DsBindWithSpnExW error 0x5(Access is denied.)
server connections:
We have a windows 2012 R2 AD with DFL 2008. The sysvol is still replicating using FRS.
Can I raise the Windows functional level to 2012 while FRS replicating the sysvol?
What is the prerequisite for raising the DFL to 2012?
I would appreciate your suggestions.
I wanted  to join Windows 7 PCs to the domain and I get this error.
An active directory Domain Controller (AD DC) for the domain Domain.Local could not be contacted. Ensure that the domain name is typed correctly. If I click the details I Note: This information is intended for a network administrator.  If you are not your network's administrator, notify the administrator that you received this information, which has been recorded in the file C:\Windows\debug\dcdiag.txt.see the below error:

DNS was successfully queried for the service location (SRV) resource record used to locate a domain controller for domain "Domain.Local":

The query was for the SRV record for _ldap._tcp.dc._msdcs.Domain.Local

The following domain controllers were identified by the query:

However no domain controllers could be contacted.

Common causes of this error include:

- Host (A) or (AAAA) records that map the names of the domain controllers to their IP addresses are missing or contain incorrect addresses.

- Domain controllers registered in DNS are not connected to the network or are not running.

Not sure if my colleagues had made any changes on the DNS. Please see the attached dcdiag.txt.
My PC is connected to the same network and subnet, I am able to ping all the three DCS.
When I ping from the workstations that needs connected to domain, I am not able to ping ADC-001 and ADC-002 , but able to ping …

I have Server in place for   as RTCServer1  with static IP Address and Alias record as WebServer1.  Now there is requirement from business to build new server with another static IP address but  Server must be named Webserver1. because of the   ERP  application restriction.  I think this will conflict with DNS record.

Please can any one  clear my confusion  is this possible to set new server with Similar name   of Existing Alias (CAME) Record.

I've inheriting a Windows Server 2012 R2 Citrix server with XenApp 7.17. We are working with just one server, with local profiles. I've ran into an issue for a few users (on various laptops both (Windows 7 and Window 10) where the published mapped drives for users (which are pulling form GPO) are slow to propagate (more than 3 minutes to load)

Citrix support is deeming this a slow network problem, but it just isn't consistent with everyone.

What I've tried so far:

1. Folder redirection is enabled .
2. Step 1 of this article , but the following steps for for Server 2008 thus step 2 does not appear to apply.
3. Asynchronous file write-   this did not work.

The mapped drives are published like this:

Application path: %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer\ixplore.exe

Any ideas?
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I have exchange 2013 and my predecessors has installed a SAN certificate on this server SSL® + UCC
Now I wanted to add another domain and i requested the SSL provider to add a new domain to the SAN certificate and I have been told by the SSL providers that the new domain has been added to the SAN and new certificates were issued on the portal.
On the SSL company website portal- Under my account I can see each of the following text on a separated windows.
I can see CSR text ,  SSL text, INTERMEDIATE text

So first do I need to copy the INTERMEDIATE txt on a notepad and rename as .crt and import into Intermediate Certification Authorities in the certificate mmc console of the Exchange server.
Secondly I copy only the SSL text to notepad and rename as .crt and Log in to Exchange Admin Center and import.
Thirdly Do I need to leave the CSR as it is ?

Please suggest if I am wrong or if I missed any steps?
Also do I need to remove the previous SAN certificate on the Exchange 2013, before I install an updated one.

Any help much appreciated. Thanks in advance
Dear Experts,

I am running into a Windows Update error.
We have a RDS environment with 2 terminal servers. where both terminal server are both in the same session collection.
We are using User profile disks in this session collection.
Logging in with domain admin results in a creation of a profile disk.
Locally dont.
Both logging in methods result in the following Windows Update error.

Installationerror: the following update cannot be installed, error code 0x80070659: securityupdate for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4022172) 32-bits version..

There are a total of 10 updates which fail with the same reason on both servers.

Coincidence? of perhaps something to do with the session collection.

I allready tried resetting the complete WSUS proces. using the following commands.

taskkill /f /fi "SERVICES eq wuauserv" (do this multiple times)
net stop cryptSvc
net stop bits
net stop msiserver
ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
rmdir C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore
rmdir C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download

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I also tried removing the UPD of admin. and recreate it. and also logged in locally.

I removed the virusscanner, and disabled the Windows Firewall.

Any other ideas? i really cannot find anything on google regarding this issue.
This Windows 2012 Server Security Update is recommended on EE for removed to stop the error code ORA-01019

For anyone who is following me. I was able to get the server to work with the Oracle Driver for a Crystal Reports project I have. What failed was an Enterprise Report Delivery Solution called Ripplestone. So I got online with the developer who built Ripplestone and all the reports broke. The system resides on IIS. and he came on and started to strip away some things from the system like older versions and put another one on.  This one win32_12201_client

Then he went through the process of granting permissions of folders through the Network Service.

Back to the problem now. I got the error known as ORA-01019 and this experts says at the bottom of the solution:
Expert Comment

Batchelor, Developer and EE Topic Advisor
Comment posted 2017-04-14
Comment Utility
The solution is to reverse that update?

My question is what kind of damage could I potentially do to the server if I remove this update.
File that EE says I should remove to resolve an issue with a driver.
If it looks resonably safe to remove? How do I remove it safely? Steps would help with me. thank you.
Hi, I need to install an additional DC on a network where already exist two 2008 R2. This controller will be a VMware virtual machine (ESXi 5.5).
Workstation are Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 10.
I can only find OS license for Windows Server 2016.
Do you suggest me to buy a license for 2016 and ask downgrade to Microsoft (to 2012)? Is it feasible?
Thank you

early or later we are moving to Windows Azure with an hybrid cloud, some exchange servers in house and some in the cloud, connecting ad some in the cloud and some in house.
i dont have any expirience with setting up this in cloud but i can believe there must be some readyness preparing  checks.

can any point me to a list or script to run on my active directory that says iam ready for it or not?
or some good workflow to start with .

so once managment is ready we IT are ready as well?
I have a website where the number of visitors is increasing and it is facing a poor response time. I am not a server specialist and for this reason I want to expose my issue here to receive some feedback. The website has the following characteristics:

* Developed with ASP.NET Web Forms (I will be implementing a new version with ASP.NET MVC soon).
* It uses a PostgreSQL 9.1 database.
* It is 100% dymanic which means that every page is formed at run-time getting information from the DB.
* Hosted in a cloud server with 2 Cores and 4 GB of RAM.
* Windows Server 2012 in drive C:
* PostgreSQL DB in another "hard disk" as drive D:
* The average number of daily visitors is 2,500

Watching the Task Manager I can notice that there are many PostgreSQL processes which consume CPU 100%. Another process that is shown in the "IIS Worker Process" but I have not seen it as critical as the PostgreSQL process. So it seems that the main issue here has to do with the database access. When CPU usage is high the website response is extremely low and also it is very difficult to establish a remote desktop connection.

I have thought about upgrading the cloud server to, for example, 4 cores and 8 GB of RAM, but firstly I want to get feedback from experts here so I can take the best approach. I am not a server expert and, for this reason, I do not want to take steps blindly.

Jorge Maldonado
Windows server 2012r2 APP server running in VM. It has intel xeon e5-2650 v4 @ 2.20GHZ processor.
Most of the time it shows 100% maximum frequency. Why its showing like that? Any thing needs to be taken care? Please see attached screen shot.
DB2 10.5 LUW on Windows Server 2012 R2

We have a column in all our tables called LASTTIME and it is suppose to update whenever the row is edited and act as a last modified date.  The problem is that when the system was created,, the column was set to DEFAULT CURRENT TIMESTAMP and not AS ROW CHANGE.  It has been this way for years but now they want it fixed.

So I am doing the following.

Drop LASTTIME column
Reorg table

The issue is that some of the tables are very large and it is causing a lot of logging and I have run out of space a few times.  I know I can use the NOT LOGGED INITIALLY command to avoid that but I am not sure of the scope of the command.  It seems to say the command is only active for the first UNIT OF WORK after it is activated.  So in the above chain of commands, if I do NOT LOGGED INITIALLY as the first step will it only be good for the add ROW CHANGE column command or will it be good for all of them?

Should I put it before the UPDATE command since that is what is causing most of the logging?

The IBM documentation is not real clear to me on this.


Although all of my domain controllers are 2012r2, I inherited a domain with a server 2003 functional level.  Upgrading the domain functional level seems fairly easy and safe, but I am concerned about group policies and adm files.  Will the group policies I have in place now still function after a domain functional level upgrade?  After a forest level functional upgrade?  Is there a set of "next steps" for group policy files/settings after raising domain and forest functional levels?

As always, thank you for your help!
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I've updated the central store in Windows 2012 domain with admx files for Chrome. Edited policy, but pcs never get the policy since they don't have the admx file locally.
Question : How do the pcs get these admx files ? The settings in the template cant apply I assume since they don't have the file.
We have be experiencing issues with the DNS servers that are being setup on DHCP clients. We have recently setup and configured Cisco Umbrella. The VA's have been setup and all DHCP scopes have been updated to use the VA's for DNS. All was working well or so it seemed but we started noticing DNS issues. ipconfig sometimes shows the correct DNS servers (the VA's) and sometimes shows the internal DNS server. The DNS servers change in between lease changes. Any advice on troubleshooting would be greatly appreciated.


When we do a RDP to a Windows 2012 WORKGROUP server, we are getting this message even we login as a local administrator:

"An authentication error has occurred.  The function requested is not supported"

I look up the web and follow to disable the "Encryption Oracle Remediation" under Local Computer Policiy>computer configuration>administrative>system>credential delegation.  

However, I do not see "Encryption Oracle Remediation" on this WORKGROUP server.

Please advise how to fix.

Many thanks.
Hi EE,

I need assistance creating an SCCM Query that will tell me which version and edition of SQL Server each server (that has SQL on it) is running, I have tried severals queries on the internet but since I am running SCCM v5.00.8540.1000 I don't think reflect the current SCCM DB table/object structure:

select SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceID, SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceType, SMS_R_SYSTEM.Name, SMS_R_SYSTEM.SMSUniqueIdentifier,
SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceDomainORWorkgroup, SMS_R_SYSTEM.Client from SMS_R_System
where SMS_R_System.ResourceId in (select distinct SMS_G_System_ADD_REMOVE_PROGRAMS.ResourceID
from SMS_G_System_ADD_REMOVE_PROGRAMS where SMS_G_System_ADD_REMOVE_PROGRAMS.DisplayName = 'Microsoft SQL Server 2012')

Any assistance is welcome.

Thank you
I have computers on a separate subnet.  They are on windows 2012 Domain.  The DC is on a different subnet.  I have a Active Directory integrated zone on subnet 1 and the computers still cant contact the DC.  Example computers on the .1 network cant logon to the DC on .2.  A Active directory Integrated DNS zone is created on the DC in the .1 network.
Windows 212 R2

Installed FTP So I can backup my Vcenter Appliance over FTP on my Windows 2012 R2 server.
Is not working.
So I went to FileZilla on my Window 10 Computer it gets this error

Status:      Connecting to
Status:      Connection established, waiting for welcome message...
Response:      220 Microsoft FTP Service
Command:      AUTH TLS
Response:      234 AUTH command ok. Expecting TLS Negotiation.
Status:      Initializing TLS...
Error:      GnuTLS error -48: Key usage violation in certificate has been detected.
Error:      Could not connect to server

I created a local user on the Server vcsauser    and added it to the permissions tab of the FTP Site with full control

The windows Firewall is enabled and the only firewall on my internal network
The built in FTP rules were I created when I installed FTP service

I even tried ftps://   same error

I am thinking firewall problem

How about the experts ?

Thanks in advance


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.