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 single Windows 2012 R2 server running Exchange 2010. When we try to start the Exchange Management Console, it will not start, and produces the following Error :-

exchange management console startup error
Can anyone advise what we need to do to resolve this?

Any assistance much appreciated.
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I have been asked recently if the latest version of MAC OSX can  integrate with a Windows 2012r2 / 2016 domain with latest MAC OSX. I do not know the answer here or if there is an appliance we need to buy to have this capability?

Can you point me to any reading to help me figure this out?
I am the sys admin in a large organization that practices 'separation of duties'.  At my division I have admin rights to do everything, EXCEPT logon to the domain controllers.  I am trying to track logon events on local member servers, but I can't seem to get the audit logon events listed in event viewer.  I have server GPOs to enable success/failure of 'audit logon events'.

I thought 'audit logon events' are shown on the local server and 'audit account logon events' are shown on the domain controller?

How do I audit local logon events on the member servers?

Logon event ids
SQL 2014  Cluster
Windows 2012 R2 Servers VM
VMware 6.5

I have two Node SQL Cluster Servers  all disks were iSCSI  connected to a NAS device Seagate Black Armor.

The Black Armor died and I lost two Dries.  but all my SQ Drives were on the two drives that are still working.

 But each of the Server could not connect to the drives.    After remove the target node and adding it back I was able to get most of the drives back.

I have three SQL instances running on both Nodes.

I have a new NAS device and setup all the LUNS and Targets now both servers have al the drives again.

I copied the data from the old NAS to the new NAS

In the cluster I was able to get the DTC back online

and one of the three instances are back online.

I had to add all the permissions back to the new drives folders

The other two instances I can get the SQL server service to start but it stops shortly after

I tried to run a SQL repair from the install DVD  that failed  

Feature failure reason:
An error occurred during the setup process of the feature.

Error details:
§ Error installing SQL Server Database Engine Services Instance Features
Wait on the Database Engine recovery handle failed. Check the SQL Server error log for potential causes.
Error code: 0x851A001A
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I am trying to accomplish task where I pick and choose folders those get shown to only those users who have access to it. I know this can be accomplished by turning on Access based enumeration. I have a namespace pointing to particular folder share.

I got a question about applying ABE to this entire namespace which points to a particular share on the server, currently access based enumeration is NOT turned on.

Name space:  \\\CorporateShare
Name space server under this name space:  \\Server1\CorporateShare

Currently access based enumeration is NOT turned on.

\\Server1\CorporateShare contains 100s of folders which have specific NTFS permissions on various folders. I am assuming if I turn on Access based enumeration on the name share to gain this feature, check the box ( Right click on namespace, properties, advanced tab, check Enable access-based enumeration for this namespace)  it will apply to the entire name space. Therefore all 100s of folders will get accessbased enumeration feature and people will not be able to see folders they dont have access to.

I have read this article:

My questions:

1. Is it possible to Enable Access based enumeration on the name space and ONLY allow specific folders out of these 100s of folders to have ABE set ?  
( meaning I decide which folder will get  ABE and not all the folders ) . This is…
Hey guys,

I have a folder on one of our DFS shares, ( on server 2008 R2)  which I want to configure so its "invisible" to users who do not have access to this folder. Currently everyone can see it but get access denied message when they click on it. I want to configure it somehow that this particular folder on this DFS share is ONLY visible to users who have access to it.

Name space: \\\CompanyShared   ( X drive )

X drive have 100 folders within it, one of the folders is called - "Procurement" which have a security group assigned to it for specific people.

I want folder named "Procurement" only visible to people who are part of this security group which is applied to it and not everyone else.

Is it possible ? Can you point me in right direction ?  

Thank you in advance!
I have used ADMT to migrate user account, security translation and computer accounts all successfully. When logging in with migrated user account on new domain, a new local user profile is created on the machine. Should the user profile not be migrated as well?

Current Domain: old (2008)
New Domain: new (2012)

I run ADMT from old domain DC and do migration successfully.

Please help!

We are running exchange server 2016 in DAG setup. DAG is working fine. Databases are healthy.
I checked my exchange servers databases VHD's file size and notice that both servers databases VHD's size are not same. Please review the below image.
I checked database size in exchange servers and databases size are same on both server. Please review two images
1. Why VHD's size are not same? Do i need to worry about it? There is no error related DAG in event viewer. Everything is working fine if server one is down than database move into 2nd server but I really need to know why different size of VHD's.
2. You can see that 'E16DB1_55A2801F_......AAD.avhdx' also taking so much disk space like 550GB. What's the purpose of avhdx? can we reduce the file size without damage anything.

Exchange VHD's
Exchange VHD'sExchange Databases:
Exchange database 1Exchange database 2
I had this question after viewing tool to generate passwords for active directory users.

I usually use this cmdlets to create users in AD using powershell:
import-csv C:\temp\ADUsers.csv | 
foreach {New-ADUser -name $ -displayName $_.displayname 
-OtherAttributes @{'company'= $;'department'= $_.Department;'pager'= $_.pager;'mobile'= $;'UserPrincipalName'= (“{0}@{1}” -f $,””)} 
-Enabled $true }

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My issue is, I couldn't use the password generation cmdlets from the solution in this post tool to generate passwords for active directory users  in my script, I don't know how to make it work with my script, I'm not that professional in powershell.

any other cmdlets are welcomed :)

keep in mind that the password policy in my company is 9 characters at least, 1 capital letter at least, 1 small letter at least, and 1 number at least
Print server: Windows 2012R2
Printers in question: All -- specifically Ricoh multifunction devices
Clients: Mix of Win7 and Win`10 -- both exhibit behavior

When a client sends a print job to a network printer, the job goes into queue paused.  It sits there for about 2 minutes and the prints.

How can I make this not happen?

I have tried setting the printer setting to print directly to the printer and restarting the print spooler.  That did not make a difference.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Windows 2012 R2
Windows 2016
VMware 6.5

Seagate Black Armor.

I have Windows 2012 R2 Cluster servers  
2 for SQL
3 file File Services
I have Windows 2016 Cluster Servers testing File Services.

I use iSCSI  to connect to my Seagate Black Armor 440 NAS

The other day the NAS lost one drive   which was used for my Veeam Backup repository

Today I noticed that all the iSCSI initiators all the discovered targets where trying to connect.

I restarted the Black Armor  no change

I restarted the Iscsi service on the servers no change

From the Iscsi initiator I get this

The target name is not found or is marked as hidden from login

This was all working fine.

I have a new NAS device on order but all my SQL data bases are not online.

My database are all backed up to another location

Any way to recover this? using iscsi.

Is there a better way to use my VMware data stores in a cluster environment?

I need to be able to move the disks between each cluster at any time.

Any help would be appreciated

Thank you

I need a permission in folder that is in windows 2012 server
that read the files but disalow copy the files to other locations
is my file server that is shered whit several users
I try diferent special permisions but  whithout succede
please experts
only read files but not copy them to other locations
Hi Experts,

I like to upgrade to exchange 2019 from 2016.

Is it true ?
The domain level must be on 2012R2 ?

Can you give me article from MS ?
 The "NVWatchDogService" service on our Windows 2012 R2 server stopped working,
task manager status shows this service "Starting" even after reboot.

There are two Event Viewer errors when stopping and restarting this service:

  Event Error 1.
Service cannot be started. System.ApplicationException: Failed to start java Service.
   at ShunraBootstrapperService.JavaStarter.StartService()
   at ShunraBootstrapperService.BootstrapperService.OnStart(String[] args)
   at System.ServiceProcess.ServiceBase.ServiceQueuedMainCallback(Object state)

   Event Error 2.
Error while creating file: Access to the path 'C:\Program Files\HPE\NV\OpenJRE\bin\NVServicesJ.exe' is denied.

Suggestions are greatly appreciated.

hello expert.
The server is connected to the computer with the remote desktop.
I restarted the server computer.
Such an image appeared on the screen.
I waited a long time but the server did not start again.
How can I solve this error?
'symantec' is installed on the server.
server hangs.
should I physically shut down the server?
I upgraded a 2008 R2 Datacenter server functioning as a domain controller and DHCP server. I upgraded to 2012 R2 Datacenter. I made it a replica domain controller with DNS and made it a Global Catalogue server and then installed the DHCP server role. I backed up the DHCP database on the 2008 server, copied the file to the new 2012 server and I believe I successfully imported the dhcp database file. I have done this many times. All the scope settings, reservations, lease, etc. showed.
I went to authorize the new server and it says it’s authorized under manage authorized servers but will not issue IP addresses.
When I select IPv4 or Scope within the console, it says the server needs to be authorized.
I have installed and uninstalled everything several times but end up with the same result = no ips being issued.
Suggestions please ????
Windows 2012 server - PDC, need to edit  Local Security policy | Local Policies | User Rights Assignment | Manage auditing and security log > add user/groups is grayed out; logged in as domain/Administrator.  Need to add groups Administrators and Exchange Servers.
Hi All,

We currently run a 2008 domain with 2* domain controllers with exchange 2010, Ultimately we want to get to a 2016 domain with 2016 exchange. To get there I figured it better to go 2012 domain with 2013 exchange and then hop to 2016. Is this correct?

Secondly when running the adprep do I only need to run this on the one DC or both? Does anything need to be run on the exchange box before the jump?

Finally If all goes well I plan to create and promote a third server to be the first full 2012 DC. Once happy ill retire the current secondary DC and sieze the FSMO roles onto the 2012 box. Ill then create a final new server promote this and retire the original 2008 DC. Does this sound correct?

Thanks for your help.

I need a recommendation BOOK for the following Microsoft course I will be taking.  

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 - Administration: Managing GPOs and Preferences
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DNS SRV record keeps repopulating under the FOrward Lookup Zone _msdcs dc sites _tcp. It was a phantom domain controller removed from Active DIrectory months ago. ADSI Edit was also cleared and doesn't show the phantom DC but DNS is. NO errors in the logs and also tried dnscmd with no luck.

One domain at 2012 R2 functional level. FSMO roles were not on this phantom DC that was removed.
Hi Experts,
 We have windows 2012 server which has three drives. We have lots of files and folders. Our requirement to find specific hard coded  Texts (server1,server2,servers,server4)  to all files and folders. I heard windows has findstr command to find string to any files and folders.

I need to find few keywards and need to scan all drives. I would like to store the output in any text file.

Can you please help me to write script to find string to any files and folders and store output in text file?

Thank you.
Need to Create Local User part of Local Admin Group only on 350  Servers in workgroup
Can we automate the same as we are able to access those servers using IP and same local admin cred on all servers.

Please help if this can be automated using script.

Locally we are able to create  using net users but not working remotely
Server 2012 passwords are expiring without the change password prompt. The users are unable to reset their passwords using CTRL+ALT+DEL after the password is changed by an admin. This is happening intermittently. It does not affect all users.

GPO password requirements:
Not contain the user's account name or parts of the user's full name that exceed two consecutive characters
Be at least six characters in length
Contain characters from three of the following four categories:
English uppercase characters (A through Z)
English lowercase characters (a through z)
Base 10 digits (0 through 9)
Non-alphabetic characters (for example, !, $, #, %)
Complexity requirements are enforced when passwords are changed or created.

Error message when trying to reset the password from the security prompt:
Unable to update the password. The value provided for the new password does not meet the length, complexity, or history requirements of the domain.
WSUS is only showing updates needed for the desktop PCs once a month. They're all Windows 7 and I used to see patches more often. WSUS server and services have been restarted. WSUS says synchronization was successful with a recent date.

How can I verify I'm getting all released patches from MS?

Windows 2012 R2 Server
Windows 7 Workstations
65 Users
We have 3 Windows 2012  Domain controllers  and on the Services i can see Remote Procedure Call( RPC) is running.

But the Remote Procedure Call( RPC) Locator is not running  and set to Manual.

Does this service needs to be running always for the replication to happen between DCs

Any help would be great.


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.