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Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2016 is the successor to Windows Server 2012 R2. Built upon the same core code as Windows 10, Windows Server 2016 brings enhancements in security, servicing, and connectivity. A particular focus on this release was hybrid-cloud scenarios, and has close ties to Azure and other Microsoft cloud initiatives. This does not detract from the many improvements that are available for on-premises-only deployments

Windows Server 2016 comes in Datacenter, Standard, and Essentials editions, and for servicing, has adopted windows 10's cumulative model. The new nano-server install is designed to be remotely managed and is designed to be kept current through continuous feature updates. The full GUI install operates similarly to windows 10's "Long Term Servicing Branch" (LTSB) model with cumulative security updates.

Windows Server 2016 has also shifted from a per-processor-and-CAL licensing model to a per-core-and CAL licensing model. This brings Windows Server's licensing more in line with Microsoft's other products and makes hybrid-cloud license planning easier as well.

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I installed server 2016 open license and it will not let me activate online.  It is telling me it has to be activated through the volume activation tool.

I added the VAT and it will not let me activate that either. I am getting an error "the server name or address could not be resolved"
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Hello - we have a shared printer from Server 2016.  It's a Konica Minolta bizhub C364.   I changed a few settings on the shared printer from the Server's GUI printer properties window.   I click the Advanced Tab and select "Printing Defaults" then change the following settings.   1.  Set to Grayscale   2.  Set to 1 sided printing  3.  Set the "Account Track" password

I then install the Shared printer on one of the computers and see both numbers 1 and 2 above get set on the installed printer, but not number 3.   I reached out to the Printer company that supplied this machine and they are scratching their heads.   We tried to reinstall the printer, removed the drivers and downloaded the latest from Konica.    We can only print on workstations if I manually set the "Account Track"  on the shared printer after I install it.    Would like to get that "Account Track" code pushing down to workstations.   It was working on the previous Server (SBS 2011) but i can't seem to find what's making it work on that server and not the new one.

Anyone seen this before?
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I've inherited a remote desktop server to administer and a little out of my depth and trying to figure out a problem isolated to one user.
I believe this user has a corrupt profile which is causing some odd permissions problems.  She was created along with all the other users on the remote desktop server with identical permissions when new several months ago.  
In order to resolve this problem, I thought it would be sufficient to remove the user from the remote desktop server and I assumed that on next login her profile would be rebuilt.  I renamed her folder under c:\users and tried logging in again as that user.  But after getting to the user's desktop I got the error: "We can't sign into your account..." with the additional info about creating a temporary profile etc.
I've seen this error on desktops before and know it means that the user's profile cant be accessed, but not sure where to go with this on a Remote Desktop Server.
Am I on the right track to remove and rebuild this user's profile on the Remote Desktop Server or is there a better way to attack this problem?
If I am on the right track, perhaps there's a better way to do give this user a fresh profile on the Remote Desktop Server?
As always, any help is appreciated.
Ken C.

Additional Info:
Windows Server 2016 Remote Desktop
On a domain with the controller local to this location
Remote Desktop Server and domain controller both running as Hyper-V machines on the same hardware.
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We have a file server cluster in one of the sites running on windows 2012 R2. We will be migrating the file server to windows 2016.
We had an incident earlier that the hosting infrastructure that runs all the virtual servers went down. Now the company wants this to be considered and make a solution that in case such incident happens in the future, the users should still be able to access the files from the second site.
We have two sites with good bandwidth. I am thinking of using the new feature in window s 2016 DC i.e the storage replicas. We want an automated switchover if in case infrastructure in any of the sites has an issue, it should be accessible from the other site.
We have file server cluster in both sites. Either one of them goes down it should AUTOMATICALLY fail over to the other site.
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Hi guys,

I just got a Kyocera printer 3040dn added in server2016. And it’s shared from there to user’s computer. No group policy.

Right now it’s just having old drivers. If I want to update the driver. Can I just go to printer properties -advanced tab and then add the new driver for server 2016 from there.
And then if I remove the printer in user computer and re add it again with share name, will it work fine ?? Or do I need to add the drivers for client computers os in drivers  too ??
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Are there any issues when creating an Active Directory Forest Trust between two forests ? one of the forests  has windows 2008 R2 domain functional level and the other forest is new and has windows 2016 domain functional level   ?   Thank you
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Hi,
sometimes I have problems with remote desktop connection to a Windows Server 2016, with a specific user.
The error I get is:

"The task you are trying to do can't be completed because Remote Desktop Services is currently busy"


If I try to login from same machine, but with a different user (eg. Administrator), all is ok.

Any suggestions?
thank you!
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None of the command or script approaches for controlling the Windows Update on Server 2016 is updating the date and time of Last checked shown in the GUI. The only time it’s updated is when I press [Check for updates] in the GUI.

The value can also be read using this Powershell commands:
 $windowsUpdateObject = New-Object -ComObject Microsoft.Update.AutoUpdate $windowsUpdateObject.Results.LastSearchSuccessDate

I have tried several things, but none is working – see below
 Does anyone know how to get Windows update to set the date and time?
 OR where the value for LastSearchSuccessDate is stored on a Server 2016, as it has changed from Server 2012R2

I have tried

Powershell:
 install-module PSWindowsUpdate
 import-module PSWindowsUpdate
 get-wulist

Windows Server Core management:
 sconfig

Windows Update command also used in TaskScheduler:
 usoclient StartScan

VBscript:
 Set objSession = CreateObject("Microsoft.Update.Session")
 objSession.ClientApplicationID = "TST"
 Set objSearcher = objSession.CreateUpdateSearcher()
 Set searchResult = objSearcher.Search("IsInstalled=0 and Type='Software' and IsHidden=0")
 wscript.echo searchResult.Updates.Count
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VM running windows 2016 facing slowness in patching process. it takes 4 to 5 hours for manual patching . Kindly suggest
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hello,
i've domain controller win2012r2 and everything is ok and normal, i added win 2016 as additional domain after that i found some people and the are random that they are becoming not connected to the internet and it didn't happen before. i workaround it by restart or re-logon and they are working  but i don't know the new domain is there any thing extra should i do?

i checked the replica and it's working normally
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Currently i have two on-prem domain controllers. One physical and one VM.  On VM I only have an Azure AD Connect.  Wonder if make sense to move that VM DC onto MS Azure Cloud. So I can avoid all these environmental issues.    VM Host fail, process chewed up CPU cycles, cooling issues, etc.  
Any drawbacks to have that Domain Controller in Azure Cloud?  Roughly ~500 users already and growing.
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What are the most commonly used Server 2016 hardware load balancers used in Windows server 2016 environments?
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I've got a user on a MacBook Pro, who's connecting to a 2016 server via rdp 8.0, but cannot use his local printer.
Of course this all worked fine under the old 2008 terminal server, but hasn't worked with the new & improved stuff.
When trying to add the printer, I can see other macs showing up, like TS009 (Joes-MacBook-: PRN2:# 9), but am not seeeing this guy's mac listed there.
Went back to try installing printer on the server & while I see full function software & driver for all desktop OSs, the servers listed stop at 2008.
Is printer just incompatible with that server, killing the whole idea right there?
Looks like that printer is about 8 years old, is it time for a new one?
Any other work arounds?
Thanks!
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What's the best way to populate user's mobile phone numbers into the Active Directory under Telephones tab.   Is it something I can do with powershell from CSV file?
Please advice.  Thanks!
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VMware cloning of a DC to test some things, I've read some of the previous articles but wanted to see if anyone has done it recently? it will b e cold clone and offline to test an upgrade and i see some snapshot the server to then clone but pretty sure snapshot of a DC is no-no?
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My backups are generally failing like this:If I get some jobs running, the majority of them stall. They don't even start. This can take hours. By the time this is done, the next day's jobs reset this. However, if I run some jobs when no other jobs are running, I get the same errors regardless:

Recovery point creation jobs for System Protection Computer\System Protection on BACKUPSERVER.domain.com have been failing. The number of failed recovery point creation jobs = 1. If the data source protected has some dependent data sources (like a SharePoint Farm), then click on the Error Details to view the list of dependent data sources for which recovery point creation failed. (ID 3114)

Cannot create a recovery point because another recovery point creation is in progress. (ID 211)

No matter how many sync checks and job resumes I run, many of these backups are experiencing the same issue. To clarify, these can be disk or online recovery point creations.We are running DPM 1801 and the agents are up to date.
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Configure VMs with Site-aware Failover Clusters in Windows Server 2016

I want to configure VMs with Site-Aware failover Clusters in Example:
in this link https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/clustering/2015/08/19/site-aware-failover-clusters-in-windows-server-2016/

it show you how to build the sites and i already build it and added the nodes to each site.

now i want to add the VMs to the Nodes and keep the failover of this VMs only on this nodes with the site.

is there any way to do it.

Regards,
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I have a project I need to hire someone to handle: Server 2008 and 2 Server Standard 2008, migration to 2016-3 servers to migrate. Need a bid on setting up the 3 VM's on the Dell T430's 2nd HD array and then migrating the 3 old servers onto those 3 VM's.

 I have a new Dell T430 server installed with 2 HD arrays.  Windows Server 2016 installed on the 1st HD array and there is a larger 2nd HD array that is for virtualizing our 3 old servers onto. Plan is to set up 3 VM instances of Server 2016 on the 2nd HD array.  I have licenses for 4 server instances and also bought Exchange 2013.  The 3 old servers to migrate are:

 1-SBS 2008 runs Exchange 2007 and is file server
 2-Windows Server Standard 2008 is machine #2 and runs SQL Server 2008R2
 3-Windows Server Standard 2008 is machine #3 and is our webserver
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How to transfer the Domain Based DFS from one server to another server on the same domain. The share drives are on the NETAPP storage.
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After a fresh install of  Server Administrator Openmanage I cannot log in.  I've tried the server name and the IP address.  I tried Administrator and the password.  I tried domain\admnistrator.  They all fail.

What needs to be done?
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Is it possible to force Tunnel 192.168.1.0 /24 except a single IP?  Our head quarters has a LAN network of 192.168.1.0 / 24.  It’s silly and was done years ago.  At this point changing it would be too hard.  With that said..  I can probably fix my IP overlapping issues by force tunneling all traffic destined for 192.168.1.0 / 24 except one IP.  This one IP will be allocated for users that have home printers they need to print to.  I’ll set their printer to this IP.  Is this doable ?
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Hello,

We are migrating our server from Exchange 2010 to 2013.    Both servers are in a single AD server environment.

The databases are mounted on both exchange servers and I am able to open my mailbox on the new exchange server using owa

We just set up a new server running 2012 R2 with all the latest patches

We've disabled the firewall on it for now and the one on the 2010 server for now.

Both servers are now set for internal DNS resolution

Each server only has 1 nic with 1 ip per new server 10.10.150.16 old server 10.10.150.15 - nothing on the network had those IPs.

There are no vlans - this is just one subnet - dumb switch.

2010 can telnet to 2013
2013 can telnet to 2010

2010 can ping 2013 by name - gets the correct internal IP address

2013 can ping 2010 by name - gets the correct internal IP address

I can telnet out from 2013 to any other exchange server outside the network

I can telnet in from any other exchange server in the outside world to the 2013 server

I migrated one test mailbox from the old server to the new server.

When I send an email from the 2010 server to the 2013 server with the test mailbox I get the message stuck in the queue -

Queue - Hub version 15 451 4.4.0 Primary target IP address responded with 421 4.2.1 unable to connect.

There are no other messages in the queue but that 1 that I just sent  - no other outstanding queues

When I do a test-mailflow from 2010server to 2013server I get

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Are we able to get quotes for work? I have a project I need to hire someone to handle: Server 2007 migration to 2016-3 servers to migrate

I have a new Dell T430 server installed with 2 HD arrays, one having Windows Server 2016 installed and a 2nd HD array that is for virtualizing our 3 old servers onto. Plan is to set up 3 VM instances of Server 2016.  I have licenses for 4 server instances and also bought Exchange 2013.  The 3 old servers to migrate are:

1-SBS 2007 runs Exchange 2007 and is file server
2-Windows Server Standard 2007 is machine #2 and runs SQL Server 2008R2
3-Windows Server Standard 2007 is machine #3 and is our webserver

Need a bid on setting up the 3 VM's on the Dell T430's 2nd HD array and then migrating the 3 old servers onto those 3 VM's.

Do we have a way of sumitting a project like this on EE, or did they do away with that?  All I can find now is Website testing project submission. Don't see a way to submit a project like this.

Last thing, we are in USA and for a variety of firm and thorough reasons, I will only hire and use a USA based pro. No hard feelings to anyone outside of USA, just no way I would allow this to be handled outside of the country.  Well, Canada, maybe, but is that actually a country?
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Hello
EDITED 12th Oct 18
  • Summary
  • We have attempted to run Microsoft Azure Site Recovery (ASR) - Hyper-V Replication without success.
  • We are running Windows Server 2016 with 3 VMs
  • The ASR service has been installed by an external service company
  • We have been able to successfully complete the initial backup of the servers to the cloud
  • However the system  cannot keep up to date with the amount of changes on the server
  • All the upload bandwidth is being saturated (80 Mbps) and not keeping up with changes
  • (See attached screen shot of message from ASR)

These are the answers I received from the service company to my questions:
1. Could you tell me what the replication method we are using is called.
Azure Site Recovery - Hyper-V Replication
2. What the problem is. Is it the MySQL databases?
We don't know if it is the MySQL Databases for sure. As explained before the problem is too many changes are being made and the Azure servers cannot keep up with the constant changes.
3. Is the problem correctly described as being too much “data churn”?
I have forwarded the screenshot I had of the exact error message. (see uploaded image)

The service company cannot resolve the issue and say it is up to us to solve the data churn issue
They have asked Microsoft for help but they say they cannot because the issue is likely with …
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I have a customer that's running a server with Server 2016 Essentials on it that we setup about a year ago. The SSL cert expired a few weeks ago and we renewed the SSL cert through GoDaddy, generated a new CSR, re-keyed, downloaded and installed the updated cert. All standard stuff we do all the time.

Anywho... Anywhere Access works as expected without error but VPN is no longer working as it used to or how our other Server 2016 and 2012 R2 Essentials boxes work. We ran the repair wizard and restarted services, the server, etc. No change.

VPN client connects, but we can't access the remote server shares offsite via UNC ....\\FQDN  or via \\IP ...unless we manually enter the Essentials server's IP in the VPN adapter options - "Use the following DNS Server".

So, what I'm failing to understand is why the remote server's DNS isn't automatically traversing over VPN. It's not a big deal... it's working. I just don't understand why I now have to do this extra step that I never had to do before. I've setup dozens of 2012 R1 and R2 Essentials servers, and probably 4 or 5 of 2016 Essentials... and this is the first one that we've had to add the DNS server to the adapter's config.
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Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2016 is the successor to Windows Server 2012 R2. Built upon the same core code as Windows 10, Windows Server 2016 brings enhancements in security, servicing, and connectivity. A particular focus on this release was hybrid-cloud scenarios, and has close ties to Azure and other Microsoft cloud initiatives. This does not detract from the many improvements that are available for on-premises-only deployments

Windows Server 2016 comes in Datacenter, Standard, and Essentials editions, and for servicing, has adopted windows 10's cumulative model. The new nano-server install is designed to be remotely managed and is designed to be kept current through continuous feature updates. The full GUI install operates similarly to windows 10's "Long Term Servicing Branch" (LTSB) model with cumulative security updates.

Windows Server 2016 has also shifted from a per-processor-and-CAL licensing model to a per-core-and CAL licensing model. This brings Windows Server's licensing more in line with Microsoft's other products and makes hybrid-cloud license planning easier as well.