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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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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
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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 …
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.
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!
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
Virtual MemoryI have Windows 2012R2 as virtual machine in Hyper-V  environment and assigned 14GB memory to it.
However when I check the paging file size, it is only 2GB(2176MB) when it is set to manage the size "automatically".
I thought the paging file size is supposed to be minimum physical memory size.
Should I keep it as it is or change?
We have a single Root Enterprise CA on 2008R2 that I want to migrate to 2012R2 (on the way to 2016).  I am going to follow the migration instructions at https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/canitpro/2014/11/11/step-by-step-migrating-the-active-directory-certificate-service-from-windows-server-2003-to-2012-r2/ (even though it is for 2003 - 2012R2, it seems to cover what I am doing).  I have a couple of questions:

  • Do I need to rename the new CA server to the same name as the old one (like with a 2003-2008 migration)?
  • How do I reissue the CA cert as SHA256 instead of SHA1?
BCDEDIT - recoverysequence lists two GUIDs under {Current}
A server has been upgraded from Server 2008 R2 to Server 2012 R2, the server boots and behaves as normal, however Backup Exec fails to backup system state. Wbadmin works ok.
I believe the fault lies in BCDEdit and need some guidance please on deleting a particular entry
I think the entry {cbd971...…} needs to be removed from the recoverysequence field, please can some one help with the command to do this and looking at the screenshot, let me know your thoughts on if its safe to do so. The /export switch unfortunately fails.
This is a live server so I can't afford to get it wrong
BCDEDIT ScreenshotMany thanks
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Veritas Backup Exec 20.3 fails backing up System State since upgrading OS from Server 2008 R2 to Server 2012 R2.
Local drive backups work ok within Backup Exec, just not system state, a failure occurred accessing the writer metadata.
Vssadmin list writers shows all VSS services in a stable state
Wbadmin systemstatebackup works fine.

I did read that this can be caused when the Windows Recovery Partition is missing from within Windows Disk Management.
This is the case, yet wbadmin works ok, and I have 2 other identical servers also upgraded which work fine in Backup Exec
Hi everyone!

I'd like to know how to implement the following.

This is what I have:

I have a physical server with Windows 2012 R2 and inside it (HyperV) Windows 2016 Advanced Server. The server has 2 NICS. I have one static IP.

The goal: Configure the HyperV machine to be accessed from OUTSIDE/REMOTELY for 10 users. We have 10 User Remote Desktop Services licenses
So far nothing has been configured.

My questions are:
1.) Where should I install Remote Desktop Services, on the physical server or the HyperV, and how is this done? (if you have a link that will be helpful.

2.) How to make sure the 10 users will have access to the HyperV directly from outside?

3.) Anything else I should be aware of?
Having issues with our company website being viewed inside our network. We switched over to use the SSL (HTTPS) and every time I navigate with inside our company network to the webpage I get the "Not Secure" icon in the browser field and when I click on it it says the certificate is invalid.

What could be causing this?

Any ideas? Could it be a setting inside our IIS ?

Thanks in advance
How to set up two RDS servers on the same subnet on Windows 2012 R2.

I configured a second RDS server with the exact same configuration as the first one and restarted both servers, the first one dropped all settings after restarting it and users weren't able to log in.  Only one connection broker is allowed across multiple RDS servers?
We have an unexpected extended domain migration transition period with one of our clients which means that their old Windows Server 2012 Essentials server may start shutting itself down soon. My question is whether it's possible to avoid the shutdowns by passing the FSMO roles back to the Essentials server until we're closer to the point where we can retire the Essentials server?

The current situation is that we've promoted the new 2016 standard server and transferred the FSMO roles to it. DHCP & DNS is still currently served by the old 2012 Essentials server. There is a production SQL application on the old server which needs to stay in place for the next 6 weeks - hence why we need to keep it running.

Is it just a matter of transferring the FSMO roles back? Would that keep the old server happy?
Would we then be able to keep the new server running as a domain controller without the FSMO roles until the migration time?

If not, will we need to demote the new server? Would that be enough to keep the old server happy, or is it simply too late for all that now that it's seen a new DC on its network?

If it does start shutting down, how often will that happen? It might be that we could cope with it as the company is only small.

Any gems of wisdom from your experiences would be appreciated!
Hello ,

I am looking help on WSUS issue ,Where my WSUS client (windows server 2016 ) not able to report on my WSUS server running Windows 2012 R2  (WSUS 6.3.9600.18228).
On WSUS client name showing windows 10 and status showing NOT reported.

I have performed some basic troubleshooting as mentioned below but it didn't help me.

1. Stop the Automatic Updates service and BITS service.                        
net stop wuauserv                        
net stop bits                        
2. Delete “%windir%\softwaredistribution” directory.                        
3. Start the Automatic Updates service and BITS service. When these two services                         
have been started, they will auto-create “softwaredistribution” and its subfolder                         
at system directory.                        
net start wuauserv                        
net start bits                        
4. Stop the Cryptographic Services                        
5. Rename the C:\windows\System32\catroot2 folder                        
6. After the “%windir%\softwaredistribution” directory has been generated, please                         
let the client contact the WSUS server immediately.                        
wuauclt.exe /resetauthorization /detectnow       

Hi Experts,

From a domain member server running Windows server 2012 R2 Datacenter Is it possible to query Active directory for a particular user in a specific ou and specific domain from a command promt or powershell without having the Remote Server Administration tools  > Role Administration tolls > AD DS and AD LDS tools feature installed on the server?

I'm wanting to verify that from the member server it can successfully query AD and retrieve AD information for a specific user in a specific domain
Essentially id like to run a equivalent command or PowerShell command to something similar to the below example PowerShell command but doesn’t require the RSAT related tools feature installed on the server if possible (I'm not able to install additional software / tools on the server for security related reasons)

Get-ADUser -searchbase "ou=Marketing,ou=User Accounts,dc=mydomain,dc=local" -filter * -Properties Department

I have Microsoft Windows Server 2012 AD domain user which it have same to server "Administrator" role and access right.
When I use user account login to this server it pop up message "The referenced account is currently locked and may not be logged on to."

When I used windows server Administrator to reset "password and logged" this account. I can use it again.

However, same this problem happen again for this user account after less than hour when I used it and logout this windows
One of our customers is getting below error when joining a pc to a domain

Logon failure: the target account name is incorrect


Any other things I would need to be aware of ;)
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I have recently purchased the following
Synology DS1817 NAS (not the + version, this version has 2 x built in 10GB NIC's & 2 x 1GB NIC's)
2 x Intel X540-T2 NIC's
1 x DLink DXS-1210-10TS 10GB switch

I installed the 2 x  X540-T2 in our Windows 2012r2 Hyper-V host. Each card has two ports. I have configured
all 4 ports as a team and connected each to the DLink DXS switch. All 4 connections are 10GB as expected - perfect!

Connecting the Synology DS1817 NAS I only get a 1GB connection. Local 2m CAT6 cable.

I raised a support case with Synology. Synology support got me to connect the 2 x 10GB NIC's together with a CAT6 patch lead
and connect the NAS to the DLink switch via one of the 1GB ports. Synology confirmed that the were getting 10GB communications
between the 2 x 10GB and concluded that the issue lay "somewhere else" on the network!

I have used tested 2m CAT6 cables from both 10GB NIC's to the Dlink DXS switch - both connect at 1GB
If I set the switch ports to 10GB I loose communication with the NAS.
All ports on the DXS are 10GB.

Anyone have any idea why, if the Synology DS1817 NAS is working correctly, I am not getting a 10GB connection to the DXS10 switch?
Thanks in advance

I am running approximately 50 users with 23 remote users logging into one -- soon to be 2 Parallels servers.  The new server is 2016.  My questions are:  I assume I only need 23 RDS licenses.  They say they aren't concurrent so do I get user or device RDS licenses?   The notes from Technet below are unclear.  

From Technet:  If you choose Per User RDS CALs, the licenses are for specific users.  If you choose Per Device RDS CALs, the licenses are for specific devices.

NOTE: RDS Licensing is not concurrent.  What this means is that if you purchase 15 RDS CALs they are for 15 specific users, not "any" 15 users at a given moment in time, which is how it would be under a concurrent scheme.  For tracking purposes, a Per User CAL is issued to a user for 60 days.

A user who has a Per User RDS CAL can access as many RDSH/TS servers as they want from as many different client devices as they choose and they are covered as far as RDS CAL requirements are concerned.  They also need to have a Windows CAL in addition to their RDS CAL.

-TPAlso, my supplier says I buy 2019 licenses and downgrade.
Windows Server 2012 R2 VPN and Netgear FVS336gV3.   I have configured the VPN Service on the server but I need to know what to configure on the Firewall to allow the connections, I have forwarded 1723 and tested it Now I have  a GRE Protocol 47 issue.  Please help
OK, Friends. I need help with DNS, DOMAIN CONTROLLER on Windows 2016 Stadard

I try to find out how to add additional DC to my Windows 2012R2 functionality forest but I have so many problems.

I'm in the middle of moving all my 2012 R2 servers to new hardware with new OS  - Windows 2016

I have installed new OS for server that will be my new DC with FSMO role.
I did this many times in the past so whole procedure is straight forward but not this time
My problem is that since I'm running out of IP addresses in my 10.0.0.x family I've decided to extend my subnet by installing Superscop on my DHCP server. This was done a year ago and all is working OK since.

I've changed network mask for all computers from to to give them access to 2 subnets 10.0.0.x and 10.0.1.x
Simple yes ?
I've confirmed and my DHCP server is assigning IP from new subnet / second superscope as soon as first is full. This is what I want.

So I've installed new server and I've installed AD DS role on it.
All went smooth. I've restarted server and run configuration to promote this new server to be a third DC

and here we go:
I'm getting an error.

On first step - Deployment Configuration I have error:

The wizard cannot access the list of domains in the forest. The error is: The network path was not found.

I did a lot of research in internet but all points to DNS issue which in my configuration is OK.

I have 2 DCs in network:

Master: - also DNS,…
hi guys,

If someone asks 'do you encrypt your data at rest'? on a Windows 2012 Fileserver, then how would you implement that? We also have Sophos AV  on all machines in case that helps?

Thanks for helping
where specifically in the windows audit settings can you capture file level access (can you also capture file deletes, file creations etc in a single log)? I need to check what is enabled on a number of servers around this? Are there any specific risks/configurations in enabling this on larger file servers, and or any feedback whether the default windows logs are the best tool to capture this data, or whether 3rd party apps may be the way to go?

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.