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 are moving a client from one cloud hosted server to another cloud hosted server.  Source server is Windows 2012 R2 and destination is Windows 2016.  Is there a product that can sync data between the servers so that we can minimize downtime?  They have about 3 TB of data and we'd like to be able to transfer the data over the internet and then once they are ready to go live do one final sync to grab anything that's changed.

It's nothing complex, just a bunch of folders with a lot of documents.  No databases or anything.
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Using Windows 2012 r2 with Window Essentials configured for VPN and RWW.  Want to deploy software through Group Policy Management, but no computers are showing. Suggestions?
Hi Experts,

I am in a phase of migration users and computer with ADMT to a new domain.
We also moved  one server to the new domain.
But now we have major problems.

The workstation service is not running anymore. Any ideas ?
The permissions on the server are wrong.
Now to move to the old domain is not working anymore :-(

What is the correct way to migrate a server with ADMT ?
All Windows Platforms  Windows 10  Windows 8.1 Windows 7 Windows 2012 R2, Windows 16, Windows 19

I run a script that reports pending reboots on each computer on my network.
I recently changed this script because the one I was using failed to connect to all my computers.  Needed Remote Registry Service running and other winrm issues.

I discovered this after trying to install Exchange Management Tools on my New Windows 10 Pro computer ,   It keep telling me I had a pending restart.

So after some digging and some help from you guys I found this  value in my registry that caused the problem

"PendingFileRenameOperations"  is the Key

I ran this command against all my computers and this is an example of what I found

PS C:\util> invoke-command -computer SERV027-n1 -scriptblock {Get-ItemProperty -Path 'Registry::HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager'}                                                                           

AutoChkTimeout                 : 10
BootExecute                    : {autocheck autochk /q /v *}
BootShell                      : C:\Windows\system32\bootim.exe
CriticalSectionTimeout         : 2592000
ExcludeFromKnownDlls           : {}
GlobalFlag                     : 0
GlobalFlag2                    : 0
HeapDeCommitFreeBlockThreshold : 0
HeapDeCommitTotalFreeThreshold : 0
HeapSegmentCommit              : 0
HeapSegmentReserve             : 0
InitConsoleFlags               : 0

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Good day,

We are running into some issues when attempting to complete a full VSS backup of one of our Exchange Servers.

The job will complete with warnings, but then we cannot truncate our logs.

Included is a list of the failed files:

Writer Failures
Writer Id: {76FE1AC4-15F7-4BCD-987E-8E1ACB462FB7}
Instance Id: {C67B8D76-4D07-427C-9086-3859A787CA7A}
Writer Name: Microsoft Exchange Writer
Writer State: 5
Failure Result: 800423F3
Application Result: 1
Application Message: (null)
   Component: 8f3d2a54-966f-4cb1-8d9e-f948b532ee51
   Logical Path: Microsoft Exchange Server\Microsoft Information Store\BKEXG01
   Component Result: 800423F3
   Component Message: (null)
       File Spec: E:\EXGDB\BKEXGDB01.edb Recursive: 0
       File Spec: D:\Logs\\E01*.log Recursive: 0
       File Spec: D:\Logs\E01.chk Recursive: 0
   Component: 011c955a-a0c9-4572-86dd-e5bf6d8389b1
   Logical Path: Microsoft Exchange Server\Microsoft Information Store\BKEXG01
   Component Result: 800423F3
   Component Message: (null)
       File Spec: E:\BKPUBDB\IQPUBDB.edb Recursive: 0
       File Spec: D:\BKPUBDB Logs\\E00*.log Recursive: 0
       File Spec: D:\BKPUBDB Logs\E00.chk Recursive: 0

Did some basic trouble shooting for Exchange 2013 VSS backups and ran the following command on the Exchange Server:

VSSadmin list writers

This provided the following result:

Writer name: 'Microsoft Exchange Writer'
   Writer Id: {76fe1ac4-15f7-4bcd-987e-8e1acb462fb7}
in windows server active directory i created a user:
 firstname: joan
last name: t
display name : joan t

then later i change the first name:
last name: t
display name: jo t

but still when i open the user properties: its shows "joan t" at top and in outlook address books, it still shows as joan t
have attached a pic of it to make it more understandable
IMG_0879.jpghow do i change this. ? any ideas ?

In Windows 2012 R2 with ADFS installed, how to check which database it used?
My network is deployed on a Windows 2012 R2 platform.  There are two servers set up with DFSR.  AD is deployed.  While there are the two servers, there is only one forest

The network has been working well for a few years now.  Tonight I attempted to join a new workstation running Windows 10 PRO version 1909.  It attached to the network without any issues, but when I log a user on , the roaming profile fails with the following error:
 "Roaming user profiles across forests are disabled. Windows did not load your roaming profile and is logging you on with a local profile. Changes to the profile will not be copied to the server when you log off."

Is this a Windows 1909 issue?  I have 10 other workstations that have been on the network for several years, and they have been updated to version 1909, but are working fine.

A bit of research suggests that it may be possible to create a policy or enable cross forest operation, but that may not be desirable.  

Are there other solutions

I was wondering if someone could help..... I have a windows 2012 fileserver I need to carry out some file deletion in mass on... I need a script that I can run periodically on the folder redirection store to delete files in staff "downloads" folders that are older than 60 days.

Expanding on this I may want to introduce a "last accessed" variable a little later on.

Any advice welcome.
I have a customer that recently rebuild their DHCP, they had a /24 subnet and now they are /16 they have around 300 devices registered and everything for the most part is working fine, but I have a a blue alert on the DHCP and I dig into the properties of the LAN I see that start IP Address is and End IP Address is

To my knowledge a blue alert means you're running out or ran out of leases but they should have enough addresses but maybeI'm wrong.

Is this correct ? DHCP Scopes are not my strongest topic I think is ok but I could definitely being wrong.

Any assistance would be really appreciated it.
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Good morning-

I'm running into an issue I've never seen before and am seeking some assistance.

Windows Server 2012 R2 AD domain with 30 users and 2 domain controllers: dc1 and dc2

File server /w 2 file shares: R and T drive

After a Windows Update users are no longer able to access these file shares. They are receiving the following error:
"the target account name is incorrect"

Sometimes you can access the share drive but it will time out and go back to the error mentioned above.

However, users can browse to the file share via explorer just fine using the UNC: \\dc1\share. Computers can also ping both dc's by DNS just fine as well. I have rebooted both dc's along with the file server in question. Additionally I have disjoined and rejoined the file server from the domain no avail.

Can someone please point me in the right direction as to how to proceed?  Thank you!
We are trying to rollout User Profile Disk, but we are experiencing issues.  We have researched and read a number of posts that Server 2012/2016 User Profile Disk (UPD) can corrupt user profiles and many others have mentioned to not use it.  Our goal is to have users logon to any Windows 10 desktop (that is joined to the domain) and they receive their Windows profile.

Please share your thoughts and personal experiences with User Profile Disk, most important if you are successfully utilzing it the way we are seeking.  If you are using an alternative, please feel free to share that as well.

Thank you for your assistance, thoughts and suggestions.
Dear Experts, Can you suggest on this issue? We tried to convert a physical to virtual server using Veeam but got this when booting. I tried both BIOS and EFI option but it did not help?

OS: Window 2012R2, ESXi 6.5
I have setup a backup Windows 2012 STD R2 server with Hyper-V in order to restore Virtual Hard drive backups from our live VMs if needed.
I have been able to successfully spin up the VHDs from the Windows Server 2012 STD R2 VMs, but we have one Windows 10 VM that I am having issues with.
I have copied the VHD and created a new VM exactly as the live one, as I did with the other servers, however when I try start it I get the following error.
Startup Error
I can't see the option to delete the saved state.
what else can I do?

I have a Windows Server 2012R2 running RWA (previously called RWW) with a gray tile that connects properly using RDP to the workstation, just like the blue tiled workstations.  Thoughts as to why it still works even though it's gray colored?
Hi, I am trying to create an additional drive partition in Windows server 2012 R2 but keep receiving the error 'you cannot create a new volume in this unallocated space because the disk already contains the max number of partitions'

We currently have 3 partitions setup and i want to create a fourth.

Is there a way around this?

Dear Experts,

Is there a way I can backup a windows server 2012 R2 using another windows server 2012 R2 SERVER, I have a server that is part of the UCS environment but it is in production that runs sql and some application.  I will be doing firmware update on the hardware and will need to shut the OS as well.

Thank you,
hi guys,
just looking for any free softwares to convert ost file to pst ?
ost is about 5gb size
Dear EE,

I have SSL certificate with the extension (.pfx).
I have Apache 2.4 installed on Windows 2012 R2.

I need to configure the SSL Certificate on Apache (Windows Based).

Your kind support is needed.

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We have a Windows 2012 R2 running SCCM 2012 R2 and WSUS. We had an issue where WSUS stopped downloading updates, and got past this, the finial issue I cannot resolve is in SCCM sync the updates from the WSUS service which is itself. I have already tried to uninstall and reinstall SUP and WSUS, IIS App pool settings etc.. without any luck. The error I am getting in the sync logs is: " the request failed with http status 404 .... Microsoft.UpdateServices.Administation.AdminProxy....

In IIS when I click on browse for the WSUS admin still I can only see file in the directory list view, SSL does not work at all.

THoughts... bet at this for two days now....
I have a 32-bit computer (OS) that is running on a Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-v host. I would like to upgrade to 64-bit. I figure this was a p2v move by my predecessor. Can I do an in place upgrade? How do I figure out how the processor is configured or would it be 64-bit because the Host is?

Hi, it seems like my DNS server is not deleting old DNS records, meaning that certain IP address resolve to more than one hostname. Why does this happen and how can I avoid this? I only want the most recent record to be in the DNS.

Thank you
We have a 2008 R2 Standard server that is our DC. We attempt to upgrade to 2012 R2.

Ran the forest and domain prep and then the installation.

After a reboot we received the following message:
Upgrade error
Hi experts,

we have bought a new company, lets say we call it GS.
The network part is done.

We have to do the following:

  1. Setup an AD trust with the new company GS -> 2-way selective.
  2. The users of GS should use our Exchange server, but until now they have their own Exchange server and mailbox.
  3. The users of GS should get our new email addresses.
  4. The users of GS should be edited with new group membership.

What is the best practice way to do this migration ?
What to do first ?
Do you have some helpful links and examples ?
EVENT LOG      System
EVENT TYPE      Error
OPCODE      Info
SOURCE      Microsoft-Windows-TerminalServices-RemoteConnectionManager
EVENT ID      1069
DATE / TIME      xxxxx
MESSAGE      The RD Licensing grace period has expired and Licensing mode for the Remote Desktop Session Host server has not been configured. Licensing mode must be configured for continuous operation

We are getting above error from our windows server 2012 servers. this comes back every 120 days.

in order to troubleshoot, i found my domain controller which is windows server 2008 r2 server as RDS server

where under RDS license manager  i see following on my windows server 2008 DC server

Rd license manager

 Windows server 2008 or windows server 2012 - installed  tls or rds per user CALS  
license program volume license - total it is showing 180

i took help from other experts and they mentioned following :

Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Remote Desktop Services -> Remote Desktop Session Host -> Licensing
"Use the specified RD license servers" = myservername

"Set the Remote Desktop licensing mode" = Per User

some experts are mentioning Problem is, DC is the RD License server which CANNOT HOLD THE 2012R2 RDP licenses.

Transfer RD License Server to the 2012 R2 server, which can hold both the older 2008 AND 2012 R2 RDS licenses.

some are mentioning : Volume Licensing has …

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.