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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Hi Experts,

I am using the below powershell script to get various server information from the local server and output to a CSV file but was wondering if it was possible to adapt to get the computer information for all servers (servers mostly running Windows server 2016) on an AD domain. Is this possible?

$computerSystem = Get-CimInstance CIM_ComputerSystem
$computerBIOS = Get-CimInstance CIM_BIOSElement
$computerOS = Get-CimInstance CIM_OperatingSystem
$computerCPU = Get-CimInstance CIM_Processor
$computerHDD = Get-CimInstance Win32_LogicalDisk -Filter "DeviceID = 'C:'"
$netadapter = Get-WmiObject win32_networkadapterconfiguration -Filter IPEnabled=TRUE -ComputerName $Computer

$Object = New-Object PSObject -Property @{
    "Computer Name" = $computerSystem.Name
    "Operating System" = $computerOS.caption + ", Service Pack: " + $computerOS.ServicePackMajorVersion
    "Manufacturer" = $computerSystem.Manufacturer
    "Model" = $computerSystem.Model
    "Serial Number" = $computerBIOS.SerialNumber
    "CPU" = $computerCPU.Name
    "HDD Capacity" = "{0:N2}" -f ($computerHDD.Size/1GB) + "GB"
    "HDD Space" = "{0:P2}" -f ($computerHDD.FreeSpace/$computerHDD.Size) + " Free (" + "{0:N2}" -f ($computerHDD.FreeSpace/1GB) + "GB)"
    "RAM" = "{0:N2}" -f ($computerSystem.TotalPhysicalMemory/1GB) + "GB"
    "MAC Address" = $netadapter.MACAddress
    "DHCP Enabled" = $netadapter.DHCPEnabled
    "IP Address" = $netadapter.IPAddress
    "Subnet Mask" = …
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Can we update to Window 2019 Server from windows 2008 R2? I found information about going to 2019 from 2012 or 2016, but I would like to confirm that it is not possible from 2018 R2.

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We have Veritas Backup Exec 20.3 installed on a Server 2016 but we have an annoying issue since it was upgraded to version 20. The patch to 20.3 did not fix it.

it seems that despite the software and agent being installed on our Server, and licensed, whenever we try to add NAS drives, so that we can backup user shares, BE wrongly adds the NAS units as Windows servers - this results in errors relating to a missing agent on those servers.

NAS drives showing as Windows server
Please see the attached screenshot - note the top and bottom three servers are all QNAP and Synology NAS drives. Despite going "Add a server" and selecting "file server or NDMP data server". they appear incorrectly as Windows servers. I'm pretty sure these were showing correctly before upgrading to version 20 (I can't recall which our old version was and we no longer have the installer for that).

This wouldn't be a problem, except we get errors in the job logs about a missing agent everytime and license issues .

Can anybody suggets a reason for this and how to fix it? I do not believe this is the popular credentials problem. You can actually select the shares on the NAS drives, but you can't browse them and you get errors in the logs about missing agents.
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Hello Everyone and thanks in advance for your insights.
We just deployed our first 2016 servers and I realized that patching/updates is going to be a challenge as we can obviously not create the same granular control (which patches and when) we had with previous server level o/s installs. WSUS is a nightmare and SCCM is too complex and overkill in our relatively small environment of less than 30 servers. Does anyone use anything other than SCCM/WSUS to query and update their servers. We have 2008R2, 2012R2 and now 2016 servers. Appreciate any and all input. Application solutions should be relatively easy to learn and manage, as well as not cost a zillion $ of course. LOL!
Cheers :-)
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What steps do you recommend for UPLOADING Employee Photos to my Window Server 2016, Active Directory ?

Details
 ** # of employees = 100
 ** photos = under 100kb in size, named firstname_lastname.jpg
 ** AD Account Name = firstname lastname
 ** security = IT (me) will do upload
 ** software = powershell/etc is fine, or something like https://www.codetwo.com/freeware/active-directory-photos
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I have two Windows 7 systems, acting as File Servers, that I need to migrate to Windows Server 2016. One system is setup (crudly) as the "main" Server; all User Shares are linked to that box. The 2nd system acts as the backup; mirroring of the data is accomplished by a script that utilizes ROBOCOPY that copies all the data from the Storage Array attached to System 1 to the Storage Array attached to System 2. I need to also be able to copy over (retain) ALL the Shares and permissions (ACL). Obvisouly you can't do an IPU from Windows 7 to Server 2016, nor do I think the the FSMT will run on Windows 7.

Since the shares, and files are on a Storage Array attached to the machine(s), if I do a fresh install of Server 2016, will it retain the permissions (ACL) of the shares? I know I'll have to reshare the data to point it to the new machine, but I'm concerned about the ACL for each share. I read this article from Microsoft: Saving and restoring existing Windows shares, and was wondering if this is all I needed to do. Since the data is already on the Storage Arrays attached to the machines, there is nothing to ROBOCOPY over after the new OS install.

Can someone please give me some insite on how I shoud do this?
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Can anyone provide me with a link to how to uninstall 'Docker Compose' from Windows server 2016 ?

There is plenty out there about how to uninstall Docker from Win 2016 and RHEL but nothing I can find that is specifically about 'Docker Compose' and Win 2016.
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I have 8 Group Policy Objects that I apply to an OU.

When I look at the GroupPolicy event logs, specifically Event ID 5312 that shows applicable Group Policy Objects, it continuously changes.

One minute I will see all 8 applied like this:

List of applicable Group Policy objects: 
GPO-1
GPO-2
GPO-3
GPO-4
GPO-5
GPO-6
GPO-7
GPO-8

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The next minute I look I only see 3 applied like this:

List of applicable Group Policy objects: 
GPO-1
GPO-2
GPO-3

Open in new window


When I view this specific eventID, sort, I can see the change sometimes happening within 2 minutes. Almost like it's "flapping" so to speak.

Can anyone provide insight on this? I have 4 domain controllers in 1 forrest.

Thank you in advance.
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Is it possible to shorten the Windows Server DFS Namespace root address or domain name using an alias? Currently, we have it set up with \\domain.com\dfs\ but our domain name is too long and we are running into character limitations for some paths in our ERP system.  I know I can just point the paths directly to one of our file server's Hostname by that defeats the purpose of having a distributed file system.  We have two Windows 2016 Files Servers and one Windows 2008 R2 Files Server in this DFS Namespace.
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Hello All,

I have a new Server 2016 system that is a DC and will be taking over for an old SBS 2011 server once I have finished the migration.  For some reason I can't login as the Administrator account.  I can RDP into a server as the administrator but can't login locally.  I get the error "The sign in method you're trying to use isn't allowed.  I have checked gpedt and logon locally is set to allow all members of the administrator group and there are no deny logon users set.  So I don't know why I can't login as the Administrator.  I can login as other users that I have set up as administrators just no the Administrator account.  Am I missing something?

Regards,

Rob
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Hello All,

I have a new Server 2016 system that I have setup up a DC.  This will be a new server taking over for an old SBS 2011 system being decommissioned.  I am logged in as a domain admin but can't get Remote Access for VPN to install.  It keeps saying that the server needs to be restarted to finish the install but it won't finish.  It does the same thing each time I try to install the role.  I can install the snap-in and turn on RRAS and I can set up the VPN that way but  I don't know if it really is setting everything up correctly.  I can't test yet since the SBS Server is till the VPN host and I want to make sure this is set up before I turn that one off.   I have done this on other Server 2016 systems with no problem so I don't know what is missing here.

Regards,

Rob
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Windows 7 machines not listening to Folder Redirection group policy after a DC migration to Windows 2016.

At present, the old Windows 2012 Essentials server is still in place but a new Windows Server 2016 Standard server has been added. The domain has been migrated across along with the FSMO roles. After having issues with getting machines to pick up the new Group policy settings due to DNS issues, all does appear to be ok - at least, it is for Windows 10 clients. However, although Windows 7 clients can be coaxed into seeing the correct group policy, they are all ignoring the change in Folder Redirection location.

Things I've tried:
1. gpupdate /force
2. ipconfig /flushDNS
3  Several reboots

4. gpresult /v
This is interesting. After clearing the DNS cache, Windows 7 PCs do now pick up their group policy from the new server. However, they are still ignoring the folder redirection and the result of the above command shows:
FOLDER REDIRECTION
--------------------------------
N/A

5. I've tried removing the WMI filter from the redirection policy - no effect.
6. I've tried creating the new GPO and putting the redirection in there. GPRESULT lists the policy, so it's seeing the right stuff, but it still ignores the redirection.

Remember - Windows 10 PCs are working fine. This appears to be just Windows 7 machines.

Any ideas? I'm getting short of them!
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Hello,

I am having an issue while migrating an SBS 2011 server to Server 2016.  Everything is fine except I can't get sysvol to replicate and I seem to be locked out of the GP modules - says I don't have access to modify them.  I think that the sysvol issue is causing this all to happen.  I can see both of my DCs in sites and services.  I can ping both from eachother and see the shares from one to the other.  AD Users and Computers has replicated properly and I have moved all of five roles to the new server with no errors.  If I run Dcdiag /e /test:sysvolcheck /test:advertising the new server will fail test advertising but everything else passes.  If I open DFS manager on the new server I don't see any replications and if I create one manually it will not replicate properly.  I also noticed that I can't add roles for things like Remote Access (VPN) I think because without the sysvol replication I am not being seen as a "real" administrator on the new server even though I am listed as one in AD Users and Computers.  I have also run the AD Replication Status Tool and it did not bring back any errors on either DCs.  Not sure what other information to list.  Any suggestions would be great.  Both servers are still running and I can't demote the old one until I get this figured out.  When I ran this in my test environment I did not have any issues migrating from SBS 2011 to Server 2016.

Regards,

Rob
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When attempting to use PXE boot on a client PC I'm getting the error: "Configuration Manager is looking for Policy." And then it aborts.

I'm following the article: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4468612/troubleshoot-pxe-boot-issues-in-configuration-manager

Near the very bottom. It says to use SMSPXE.log but the log only has 4 errors:
Failed to load global logging configuration. Using defaults
Could not load logging configuration for component ccmperf. Using defaults.
Failed to load global logging configuration. Using defaults.
Could not load logging configuration for component ccmperf. Using defaults.

So I'm kind of stuck at this point.
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Windows Server 2016 Proxy Web Application is down. Can not to start it.
I'm not able to start services (appproxysvc and adfssrv)
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We have a problem with remoteFX usb redirection to a new windows 2016 server from a dell wyse unit.
Everything is setup correctly on the network and the thin client.
We have windows 2012r2 server and the usb shows up as a mapped drive every time.
If we RDS into the 2016 server from the same client using the same user the usb shows up and you can access it for around 10 seconds at first login.
It then errors out with the warning \\tsclient\U is not accessible etc

Any ideas ? on why 2012R2 is fine but not 2016
Same user, same domain, same wyse unit.

No users can use the USB redirection on the 2016 server.
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2016 RDS. All RDS roles installed and otherwise working properly. We have users that after minimizing their session, when restoring it, it maximizes to their non-main screen and the application freezes. I found that if they  "restore" (not maximize or minimize.... ) move it to the mainscreen and maximize, it would become functional again.
"x'ing" out and reopening also fixed it. Remotefx is not configured but as a test was disabled on a test server (via gpedit) and the issue continued. Users are accessing the application through RD Web Access.
My searches so far have not yielded much, hoping one of you had seen this, or similar.
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I'm running Running Access Anywhere on Server 2016 Essentials. The remote web access works perfectly, no issue there. The VPN is an issue. The VPN connects easily to the server, however the client computer is unable to access any shared folders on the server. It's as if the client connects to the server via the VPN, but can't see anything once its connected. Just as an FYI, I am the owner of a small company and wear many hats. IT is one of them, however I am not proficient with the server. I may need details on how to gather any information that is needed to resolve this issue.

Thanks!
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In the Windows server 2016 server manager action center, there is a message requesting post deployment configuration for windows server essential experience , upon running the wizard it promptly stops and says certificate authority has been installed on this server, what would we have to do in order to move past this or allow the post deployment configuration to complete?
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Hi all,

I'm looking into a few issues in our environment and I intend on using Performance Monitor on the suspected culprit servers.

Can you advise me what are the best metrics to use when investigating virtual server performance issues? (IE CPU, RAM and I/O).
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Which configuration is good for SQL Server in Windows 2012 server?

Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8168  -24C at 2.7GHz and one CPU

Or

Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8168 -  2 CPUs with 12C each
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I have a very small Windows network that is still using a Win2003 DC.  I now have a Win2016 server that I would like to promote to DC and finally retire the Win2003 DC.  I joined the W2016 server to the domain and it seems happy enough.  I know that Microsoft does not support promoting Win2016 within a Win2003 Domain/Forest, but I do not have the resources to build a Win2008 server, so after reading some success stories online I thought I'd give it a try.  Other than a few warnings, the promotion went pretty well and completed.  DNS seemed to be ok after completion/restarts.  Ran a DCDiag and noticed that SYSVOL and NetLogon shares did not exist.  I know that I'm now dealing with 2 different replication methods but hoping that someone can help my get past this. Is there a way to manually move them maybe?
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Need to find out the last modified user on files. The reason that I need to know this is that we were hit by ransomware and need to know what computer or user it came from . It obviously got to via the network drives. When we right click the ransom note file , it says the owners are AdministratorS which is a group and not the user administrator. The interesting thing is that all other files that are encrypted now ( word, excel, .....)   have the owner as the original owner of the file . ( for example Jsmith) .   It would be very helpful to find the last user who modified the file . That's the user account that has encrypted the file . I had auditing turned on but it seems that since there was only 16MB limit, the security  logs were overwriten and we cant see which user account encryped all the files. I wounder if some Powershel commend can help with that.
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Windows Server 2016 File/Folder copy over network very slow!!

When we try to copy 9gb folder that has tons of files in it, initially when the copy starts, it says it will take like 5 minutes, but then after like a minute, the time changes to 45-55 minutes. If we were to copy the same folder/file from a workstation, it takes exactly 5 minutes to copy. The data is stored on SAN/shared drive. I see that there are similar issues with Windows server 2012, but cannot find any related issues for Windows Server 2016. Anyone experienced this on their network.
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Good Morning Experts,

I just rolled out a shiny new Windows Server 2016 Remote Desktop Session Host\Terminal Server and everything is working fine and all is right with the world.

Then the employees that handle PDFs all day started screaming.  Apparently, Adobe Acrobat DC as the preview handler for PDFs is a slow nightmare.  I have tested it and they are right.  It is horribly slow and near useless in the Windows Explorer preview window.  All the Google fu I could muster did not yield any solutions.

I have heard that the Foxit Reader is a good replacement for Adobe Reader in these situations.  I have tested it and it is very fast at rendering PDFs.

My question:

Can I set the default application for PDFs to Adobe Reader and the preview handler for Windows Explorer to Foxit?  If so, how?

Thoughts?

karislove
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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.