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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Domain has one 2008 R2 Domain Controller. Domain was at 2003 functional level. I raised domain and forest functional level to 2008 R2. FRS had not been replaced by DFS so I completed that. Added 2016 Std. server to domain and added Directory services. Attempted to promote server to domain controller but it failed with error "ADPrep execution failed --> SystemComponentModel.Win32Exception (0x80004005): A device attached to the system is not functioning."  Google reults included secondary error 0x80070035. checked that ping by IP and name works both ways between servers. Ran dcdiag /q on 2008 server
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.

C:\Users\Administrator>dcdiag /q
         An error event occurred.  EventID: 0x00000014
            Time Generated: 10/16/2019   19:04:15
            Event String:
            Installation Failure: Windows failed to install the following update
 with error 0x80246007: 2019-03 Servicing Stack Update for Windows Server 2008 R
2 for x64-based Systems (KB4490628).
         ......................... RICKSNT1 failed test SystemLog

C:\Users\Administrator>

Checked log at C:\%Windir%\debug\adprep\logs\ [see attached]

near the end the error is " The network path was not found." which is puzzling because ping works. I tried adding an entry in hosts file but it didn't help.

I have also run sfc /scannow
rebooted
turned off Windows Firewall
ran Windows update (patch …
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We have a large Windows file server with 100+ users. Inevitably a folder or file goes missing. Perhaps someone accidentally dragged a folder into another folder, or someone "by mistake" deleted a file or folder. As you know, on a Windows server if you delete the file, it's instant and permanent.

How do you deal with this?

For logging purposes, if Jane in accounting accidentally drags a top-level folder into another folder and now we have to spend 30 minutes looking for it, are there utilities that can monitor every single file/folder action that occurs on a Windows file server, including the name of the user who made the change?

And for recovery purposes, are there any solutions for file servers that move the file or folder to a temporary holding location vs instantly deleting it? (Rant: My $400 Synology NAS has a "network trash" feature but Windows Server (after 20 years) STILL does not have this feature???)
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This map drive preference use to assign a drive label.
Preference with drive label
H drive mapping using the label
The drive mapping is assigned to this registry entry
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MountPoints2\##fs1#data$]
"_LabelFromDesktopINI"=""
"_LabelFromReg"="CAD-H"


We now want to stop using drive labels. The following attempts were made to remove the drive label.

1.   The drive label text was removed from preference.  
2.   Changed the drive label name which does update the registry entry.
3.   Deleted the drive label text again, which again did not remove it from the registry.
4.   Deleted the map drive within the preference, which again did not remove it from the registry.

I am for suggestions how to remove the drive label from the registry.
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We are looking into some best practices regarding data retention for a batch of excel spreadsheet files. At present there is a requirement of the company to keep the files for 6 years, and they reside on a Windows file server share. By 'keep them', I mean if someone deleted them and they weren't recoverable this would potentially cause chaos. They are in a directory whereby permissions are set to read-only for almost everyone bar our IT support groups, therefore the number of people who could inadvertently delete the files is very limited. We don't have any sophisticated records management/EDRMS type systems to enforce data retention where we could upload the files too. Have you ever had any similar situations, and what types of controls did you put in place to do all you can to preserve the availability of the files in line with the retention requirement? I need to explore how backup retention works as well in case we had a major disaster and lost the server/data centre it was hosted on/drive etc.
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Hi,

Please review the below image:

This message appear on user terminal session on each Wednesday around 4pm. We scan the server multiple times but found nothing.
Some one please let me know why this happening?

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I am getting an 0x8024402f error on a windows 2016 server vm when trying to do a windows update.
I can download and install from the update catalog. Any help would be appreciated.
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I have a terminal server 2016, I have admin rights and a local admin account too.  I'm trying to run as administrator on this server while logged in as a user that doesn't have rights,  It's telling me access denied.
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Hello IT people

I need to set up a DFS server. what is the best practice for it? Hardware requirements? how to configure it step by step
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I am needing a Powershell script to apply Owner and add a group permissions to all folders and files in a directory and all sub files and folders. I have a script that works great for Folders but I need to do the files as well. Any help would be appreciated. Here is my current script:
$RootFolder = 'D:\one'
$AdminGroup1 = 'PSY-NAS-Admins'
$TotalModified = 0
$ActiveCount = 0
$TimeStamp = Get-Date -Format yyy-mm-dd-hhmm
$LogName = "$TimeStamp.txt"

#Create empty object to hold all working folders
$ActiveFolders = New-Object System.Collections.ArrayList

#Functions
#region Functions
function Set-Folders {
	[CmdletBinding()]
	param ([Parameter(Mandatory = $True, ValueFromPipeline = $True)]
		[string[]]$FolderLocation)
	begin { }
	process {
		$LocatedFolders = (Get-ChildItem -Path $FolderLocation -Directory -Recurse -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue).FullName
		$LocatedFolders.Count | Out-File -FilePath $LogName -Append
		foreach ($Folder in $LocatedFolders) {
			if ($ActiveFolders -notcontains $Folder) { $ActiveFolders.Add($Folder) | Out-Null }
		}
	}
}
function Set-Permissions {
	[CmdletBinding()]
	param ([Parameter(Mandatory = $True, ValueFromPipeline = $True)]
		[string[]]$BadFolder)
	begin { }
	process {
		&takeown /F $BadFolder | Out-Null
		$ACL = Get-Acl $BadFolder
		$ACL_Rule = new-object System.Security.AccessControl.FileSystemAccessRule ($AdminGroup1, "FullControl", "Allow")
		$ACL.SetAccessRule($ACL_Rule)
		Set-Acl -Path $BadFolder -AclObject $ACL | Out-Null
	}
}

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We set up a new RDS server that should pick up our licenses from the existing RDS2016 server.
The existing server licenses are all current.  It has been placed in the correct groups in the domain and all looks good.
 
The new server is not configured as a license server. Under deployment, the server is set to look at the other server to pick up its licenses.  The server does not seem to do this and is using its own grace period licenses.

When you enter the license diags the server tells me there are no licenses available for the session host server.

How do I go about getting the new server to pick up the licenses correctly?
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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 two tier Microsoft CA an offline root and online subordinate CA.  I have been having some issues since I installed it where some systems dont trust the subordinate and I will have to install the sub CA cert in trusted roots for the issued cert to be trusted.  I am also having issues with issued certificates showing up on iphones as not verified even know both the root and subordinate CA certs are installed on the iphone and the certificate trust settings for the root CA are enabled for full trust.  Any ideas?
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Hi, a customer has a RDS server running. Version 2016 and up-to-date. 3 Users are connected all day long.

in the 5 day week 1 users hangs himself. Almost always when he opens file explorer. And strange, it is always the same user, even if the 3 users does the same work. The same user always have that problem. And also it happens always in the afternoon.

When he hangs, i need to logoff his session. When he logs back on the rest of the day there is no problem.

Any idea's what i can do to solve this?
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The following works well (copied from: https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/28974106/Running-Set-WmiNamespaceSecurity-ps1-fails-with-Invalid-namespace.html )

.\scriptname.ps1 -namespace root/cimv2 -operation Add -account 'domain\accountname' -permissions MethodExecute,Enable,RemoteAccess

Param (
    [parameter(Mandatory=$true,Position=0)]
    [String] $namespace,

    [parameter(Mandatory=$true,Position=1)]
    [ValidateSet("Add","Delete")]
    [String] $operation,

    [parameter(Mandatory=$true,Position=2)]
    [string] $account,
    [parameter(Position=3)]
    [ValidateSet("Enable","MethodExecute","FullWrite","PartialWrite", `
                 "ProviderWrite","RemoteAccess","ReadSecurity","WriteSecurity")]
    [string[]] $permissions = $null,

    [Parameter()][ValidateSet("User","Group")]
    [String]$AccountType = "User",

    [Switch]$allowInherit,

    [Switch]$deny,

    [string] $computerName = ".",

    [System.Management.Automation.PSCredential] $credential = $null
)
   
Process {
    $ErrorActionPreference = "Stop"
 
    Function Get-AccessMaskFromPermission($permissions) {
        $WBEM_ENABLE            = 1
                $WBEM_METHOD_EXECUTE = 2
                $WBEM_FULL_WRITE_REP   = 4
                $WBEM_PARTIAL_WRITE_REP              = 8
                $WBEM_WRITE_PROVIDER   = 0x10
                $WBEM_REMOTE_ACCESS    = 0x20
                $WBEM_RIGHT_SUBSCRIBE = 0x40
                $WBEM_RIGHT_PUBLISH      = 0x80
        

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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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Anybody have any best practices for Desktop Heap settings running on either a RDS environment or a Server Hosted Desktop Environment on Xenapp running on Windows Server 2016? (hklm\system\currentcontrolset\control\session manager\subsystems) We are running into some problems with end users not being able to launch more IE windows without first closing some existing windows. At first I thought we were hitting the 2 GB memory cap for a 32 bit app but then I ran into some articles about the desktop heap and then we might be running out of memory there. Unfortunately on a Windows Server 2016 environment I cannot find a way to measure what is in use. So, I was going to see if anybody out there has been modifying the desktop heap sizes when running in a multiuser environment such as RDS or Xenapp.
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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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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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What is the best way to sync files from a mapped drive to be available online or offline? any new tools in Windows Server 2019 for this?

All suggestions welcome
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working on a DFS issue where my namesapaces are receiving an error

\\domain.name\share$ the namespace cannot be queried Element not found

i run DFSutil Root \\domain.name\share$ and receive a similar error - System Error Element not found

When i browse for a Server i see all of the namespaces and i am able to add it to the list but it comes back to the same error.

i run dfsutil /server:servername /view and i see all of the namespaces.
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Hi Expert,

I am currently learning Window Server 2012/2016, I would like to check if the hard disk of the server failure what should I do? Also other than Win server backup feature what are some of the way you can use to back the data in the server?

Thanks!
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Hi Expert,

I am currently learning Windows Server 2012/2016, I will like to know what are the things to be considered before you create a hyper-V VM server for a software/application. Do you also create RAID and how is the back up to be done in VM, is it like the physical server? Appreciate any expert can guide me on.

Thanks!
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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.