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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Hello.  I'm setting up a new environment and RDS service got installed on a Windows 2016 server.  They need to be removed however; this is not working.  I've tried to remove from the GUI on the server, I've also tried via powershell to remove each feature under the Role and the role itself.  In Powershell, each feature and role service was removed 'successfully' and the system requires a reboot.  So reboot - then I see that RDS fails agian to find the license server and all the RDS components are still installed.

How do I get rid of RDS for good on this box?

Thanks in advace.
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I have a domain policy where the password must be changed every 2 months.

1.  Does the password change policy occur the same "day" for all users, or is it unique for each individual user?

2.  if the policy is set on January 1st, does the password expire on March 1st?

3.  If a new employee is hired on February 1st, does there password expire on March 1st or April 1st?

4.  If I manually reset a user's password in Active Directory on January 5th, does it expire on March 5th?
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Our Remote Desktop Gateway is Windows Server 2016.

I need to be able to disable a RD CAP and RD RAP via powershell.  We are going to set up a scheduled task to run the script to disable certain RD CAP and RD RAP rules.  So I need to be able to disable the rules by name.

Ideas?

James
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Hi experts,

our linux guys use two scripts for their linux file servers.
1. When a user logs on, one script checks the SCRTACH share, if the user has already a folder, if not, the script creates one.
2. Another script deletes the content of the SCRATCH folders.

Is it possible to to do the same for a windows fileserver ?
Do you have some hints and ideas ?
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Hi Experts,

I need some advise about the DefaultDomainControllerPolicy (DDCP).

At one customer I have seen, this policy was edited.
And of course they have some strange behaviors here with logon of personal domain admin users.
I have a named domain admin user, but I am not able to open DNS or AD or anything else from the administrative tools.

Can you show me the defaults of the DDCP ?
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We currently have a AD domain with two replicating 2012 Server DCs. Domain Functional level is at 2012.  

The Primary DC is a physical server with Windows Server 2012 Standard, and will be (7) years old.  

The other replicating DC is a Windows Server 2012 DC that's a VM.  The Hyper-V server that hosts this VM and another VM that is an Exchange 2010 Standard server is Windows Server 2012 Standard and is also close to (7) years old as well.

Overall, AD is healthy without issues.   At the end of this year we will retire the existing Exchange 2010 server and move to O365 hosted mailboxes.

I am getting ready to purchase a Dell R440 that will serve as a Hyper-V server.  Will purchase Windows Server 2019 Standard.  I will install a new VM that will replace the primary 2012 DC that's on the physical server.

I also have an existing Dell R440 server that is a Hyper-V Server with Windows Server 2016 Standard.  I have one VM that is a Windows Server 2016 that serves as a Storage server.
I plan on spinning up a second VM on the server to serve as a new replicating DC server.

When I purchase the new Dell R440 server along with Windows Server 2019 Standard, should I go ahead and install the Hyper-V Host with Windows Server 2019 Standard, and then also install the new primary DC that will hold all FSMO roles as a Windows Server 2019 Standard VM or downgrade it to Windows Server 2016 Standard?

I already have 25 Windows Server 2016 CALS.  I can go ahead and bite the …
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Really I just want to check that what i am doing is a supported config.

I have 3 servers i use for HCI using S2D 2019.

I have 3 Virtual Disks all using 33% of the storage minus 1 spare HDD for failure(cache + ssd + hdd) seems to be working ok.

I want to add 8 1TB drives into each of the servers to create a new virtual disk that only uses cache + hdd.

The HDDs are a different model than the HDDs used in the other 3 virtual disks. I know that i should utilise only the one storage pool, but would i still be in a supported configuration, on top of that how would it know what disks to create the new virtual disk on? I dont want it to attempt to use the space capacity disks i currently have (they are 1.6tb disks) with the new ones i intend to use (1tb disks)

Thanks in advance for any feedback!
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Current Setup:
2 exchange servers 2016 Enterprise with DAG, installed on Windows 2012 R2 DataCenter edition.
I would like to change to:
A single Exchange Server 2016 STD on Windows Server 2016 STD.
Can you guide me thru the steps...
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Hi Experts,

we have an old linux file server with some shares. Lets say we have here 100GB data.
Now we want to go to a new windows file server Windows Server 2019.
The file server is already installed with DFS and DFSR.

Do you know an easy way to migrate the files and permissions to the new filer ?

Can I use ROBOCOPY for it maybe  ?
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Hi Experts,

I have a problem with a new SQL2016 server. Its a VM on VMWARE.
Inside the Configuration Manager the service is set to "automatic".
After a reboot, the service is stopped.
The service is configured with a managed account in AD.
After we readd the account, the service is running, until the next reboot.

Do you have an idea ?
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Someone accidentally deleted our Windows Server 2016 AD-Integrated forward lookup zones using a third party tool. What would be the easiest way to recover the DNS zones? We do have the ability to restore the any of the domain controllers in its entirety, but we will have to accommodate for an Authoritative restore which it doesn't seems to be a straight forward process.
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hello,
we have a windows server 2016 acting as a file server with a huge importance for our infrastructure,
this file server is a vmware virtual machine located in a datastore which is a LUN of a storage array (not as RDM device),
as it is very important (about 2T of crucial data), we are looking for advice to make it weither highly available or fault tolerant,
my question is, if we use vmware ft, will we have twice the size of data?
and if yes, if I migrate the data to an rdm device, can the two ft virtual machines see the same rdm device in the same time and work properly?
if none of these would work for me, what do you suggest please?
thank you
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We've got a hit on our Vulnerability Scanner this month - "KB4494440: Windows 10 1607 & windows server 2016 May Security Update (MDSUM/RIDL) (MFBDS/RIDL/ZombieLoad) MLPDS/RIDL) so this cumulative is obviously old, with September Cumulative installed (KB4516061) installed on our server 2016 machines.  It wants a registry change for FeatureSettingOverrideMask & FeatureSettingOverride I've searched the web to find the correct values, but I cannot locate.  Current values tried
FeatureSettingsOverride I tried setting the value to 0,1,3,8,72 none of these cleared up the scan.  I'm at a lose as to how to clear this up.  FeatureSettingOverrideMask seems to be consistent with wanting a value of 3.  I've attached a screenshot of the plugin output.
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Good Evening,

We have users currently running application from ACCDE File created with Access 2016. This application is using Access 2016 as a front-end to a SQL server database. The ACCDE file is accessed by several users throughout the day and launched via Citrix StoreFront. These users step in and our of their desk and when they try to login to Citrix StoreFront and launch application, it no longer runs for them. This happens about twice a day.

When I go to the file and I try to open the ACCDE file to review and compact and repair, I get Access message that the file experienced an error (see attached). I do not know what the error is or why the file is getting corrupted. Can you please help?

Some additional information: The latest Microsoft Office Updates  applied to the server are from mid August 2019. The only way for users to continue their work and launch application successfully is to replace ACCDE file. We have also written a GPO to remove file from Access Disabled Items list for all users.

We ran Process Monitor and get a Sharing Violation message for several users running the application.   Not sure if this is related. See attached.

Thank you very for your input.

After ACCDE File gets corrupted and no longer opens Access adds to Disabled Items
Process Monitor displaying sharing violation for ACCESS
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Hi Experts,

on a Fileserver 2019 I have a data partition with REFS.
Now they need replication but this is not supported.

What can I do ?
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what kind of activities on a windows server would actually require local administrator privileges, or as a server engineer yourselves, what day to day tasks do you perform on windows servers that do require you to be a member of the local admins group. We have got to go through the local admins groups on a number of critical servers and the numbers seem on the high side, but I want to be equipped with some examples of when you do need local admin rights to query if these users would ever need to perform such a task as part of their duties? If I could get something like the most common 5 admin type duties that are performed on windows servers that do require local admin rights that would be a start I suppose. I suspect in many cases those with administrator group privileges on some of the servers have no real requirement to have it. In case its of interest the vast majority of these servers run Windows server 2012.
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I am running a powershell script that installs Adobe CC at startup, it is huge and takes a long time, as the script runs immediately after imaging various other updates, installs etc that are going on seem to make windows reboot before the adobe cc script finishes. Is there a way to prevent restart in my powershell script? any other ideas?

Thanks
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Hi,

How do I restrict website (IIS) access to certain AD security groups only.

J
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Issue:
Environment: Citrix 7.15 LTSR CU4 - XenApp
Server: Windows server 2016
Method: MCS
Hypervisor: VMware vSphere
Issue: I am not able to ping or take RDP to the machines that are created from master image (win2k16). But able to ping and take RDP to master.
Am I missing anything. Kindly suggest.
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Hi Guys,

We've had an audit finding:  "SMB Signing not required"

I realise that SMB signing is by default enabled on the DC's.

My question,
Weighing up the risk versus the performance overhead, is it recommended to enable SMB signing on all servers?
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Here they want to install everything (Domain, DNS, Domain Controller, Exchange 2016, etc) on a brand new server with Windows 2016 Standard because there are no more servers available. This type of configuration is currently working fine on a Windows 2008 R2 Standard with Exchange 2010.

I've read dozens of guides and each one is different from the other.

I need to know if there is a step-by-step installation guide to achieve what I need: Having everything installed in the same server.

Right now the server only has Windows 2016 Standard, no other service or features installed.

I have downloaded the latest of:
- Windows 2016 Exchange Server (SW_DVD9_Exchange_Svr_2016CU_MultiLang_-13_Std_Ent_.iso_MLF_X22-11775.ISO)
- Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7.2
- Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API 6.0 Runtime
- Microsoft Visual C++ 2019 Redistributable Package

Other techs here tried last week to install Exchange 2016, but when the server was rebooted, it gave some errors, so instead of trying to figure out the problem, they decided to reformat the whole server with Windows 2016 Standard again. So now I have a clean installation to start.

Can someone give some clear step-by-step indications on the order that I should install everything?

Thanks for your help,
Roberto.
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Hi,
I have an issue with my server running Windows Server 2016. I think the issue is DNS or DHCP related but unsure.
for a while now, myself and a few colleagues have been domain joined.
When we're out and about, we connect in to the server Via VPN - which seems to work fine.

The server assigns an IP address and lets us in.

This has stopped working now and I can't figure out what config has changed.

If I connect directly to the network where the server is at, my laptop gets no internet at all - when I try and troubleshoot I get an error which says "WiFi" doesn't have a valid IP configuration. The IPv4 settings are set to retrieve the settings automatically from the DHCP.

Interestingly, I am trying to connect a brand new laptop up to the domain and having a slightly different issue. When the new laptop is on the same network, the servers DHCP manages to assign an IP address. When I go to join the domain, it asks for credentials but then errors and says:
The following error occurred attempting to join the domain "xxxx.local" The network path was not found

From this new computer, I can remote desktop into the server when I disable the server firewall- even though it isn't domain joined
and with my existing computer, which is domain joined, I can't RDP in now.

Both new and old laptops are on windows 10 pro - the oldest being less than a year.

Any help would be hugely appreciated

Kind Regards,
Dave
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We're in the process migrating domain controllers.
Server 2008 to Server 2016
Did "dfsrmig /setglobalstate 1" on Server 2008 which is going to be decommissioned
its been a few hours. The message said it could take up to 60 minutes to reach a consistent state.
When typing in "dfsrmig /getmigrationstate" the following comes up
"Migration has not yet reached a consistent state on all Domain Ctonrollers. State information might be stale due to AD latency."
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Hi Experts,

I have a Windows Server 2016 setup with Hyper-V. On the server 2 virtual machines have been created. This has been a standard installation and the default Production Switch is used.

I would however like to give the 2 virtual machines machines a fixed IP (different from the IP they automatically received).

The information I see requires to setup a different virtual switch. Since the machines are in production I would like to be sure this is the correct procedure. Perhaps a link to the correct procedure?

Thanks for any help in advance,
Mark
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Two node Hyper-V cluster.  Both nodes are Windows Server 2019.  All guests are Windows Server 2016 or higher.

I noticed that a few guests has checkpoints (snapshots) that were no longer needed to I attempted to merge them.  I get this error:

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I am logged on as the DOMAIN ADMINISTRATOR and still get that error.  We need to merge these snapshots before they start taking up too much space.  Ideas?

James
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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.