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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 would say my technical level as far as servers is about a 5 to 6 out of 10. The IT person setting up the server would be a 12. He makes sure I have good quality hardware and software, but he also doesn't always recommend the most expensive. For this reason, he has no issues using WSB, but I don't want something that bare bones, no matter how well it works. Plus, I am more willing to spend money. As a physician, I see myself working another seven years (which I know is bordering on too long for the server -- I guess I am misguided by the fact my Dell Edge 2900 lasted that long).

Just to give my setup, I am setting up a Dell T430 server with Windows Server Standard 2016 as the host, with two VM guests. One will run my SQL databases and the other will contains Essentials for Active Directory and will be the DC. I have only eight clients all Lenovos running Win 7 Pro. They are all identical. Modem is Arris by Spectrum with 70 down and 6 up. pfSense router (awesome, but I am glad he set it up) and a Cisco 26 port switch. I know this is more info than you need. My old server (Dell Edge 2900) will temporarily be the fax server, but it can be converted to something else -- maybe a replication machine? I can also get Azure for the cloud much cheaper than AWS.

So, now to my question. And, these are frustrating I know, because it is more about opinion. I generally end up splitting the points as there is no right or wrong answer. But, I am trying to decide among …
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This is for windows server 2016 guys
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Hello.

I have a question about my Forest and Child domains infrastructure and the DNS configuration.
First, the infrastructure is a split DNS configuration.
Example : mydomain.com with an external DNS zone hosted by a third party provider and the internal DNS AD integrated.

Now I don't know if a conditional forwarder is needed for the child domain controllers to route the request internally for the parent domain and never by the external hosted dns zone.

Here's my detailed configuration :

Parent Domain Controller
Domain : mydomain.com
Forwarder : 8.8.8.8
DNS IPconfig : 127.0.0.1
Delegation existing in the DNS zone for the child domain ("child").

Child Domain Controller
Domain : child.mydomain.com
Forwarder : 8.8.8.8
DNS IPconfig : 127.0.0.1
No conditional forwarder to request the parent domain.

Note that the configuration works. If I create an host entry (A) in the external DNS with an IP defined at 20.20.20.20 and the same host entry in the parent domain with an IP value of 10.10.10.10, and nslookup from a client in the child domain will return the value 10.10.10.10.  If someone could explain me this and if I need a conditional forwarder.

Thanks.
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OK, I totally get how the cores of a host computer must be "fully" licensed before you can spin up any VM's.  If you have Windows Server 2016 Standard and you have 2 procs of 8 cores each, you need one copy of 2016 Standard and you get two VM's.  If you have a computer with 2 procs and 10 cores each, you have to get a copy of 2016 Standard and enough core packs then you get your two VM's.  If you want two more VM's, you have to get a copy of 2016 Standard and core packs again.  

Sounds awesome.  

Now for my question:  How many virtual vCPUS's can I assign to my Windows Server 2016 Standard guests?

Every licensing scenario I see talks all day about licensing the host's cores.  But how many vCPU's can I assign to the guests when I open up the Hyper-V management tool settings for a VM and it shows that field where I can type in a number for processors?

James
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Does Box.com have a recycle bin?

What is the retention policy for going back in time to past file revisions? Like for example a Microsoft Word or Excel file that has been modified several times over the last few months?
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If I were to install two network interfaces in a Windows Server box, how could I direct traffic from specific applications to each respective NIC?
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Hi,
    We currently have a bunch of 2008 and 2012 servers in our production environment and planning on introducing 2016 servers. My question is what prompts the need for upgrading the user CALS to 2016 version. We are not specifically going to upgrade our Domain controllers or the functional level,
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We have a server which we have taken out of operation that we would like to install Windows 2016 onto.

The server is the Proliant ML370 G6 and it has a quad port NC375i NIC installed.

We have the OS installed OK but the NIC drivers listed from HP only show upto Windows 2012.

If we try to install those it complains that we are running windows 10 and fails to install.

Does anyone know of a way in which we can get drivers to work with Windows 2016 server, as we would prefer to use this over 2012 if at all possible.

Any suggestions or advice much appreciated.

Many thanks
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Hi, running Windows Server 2016 with two NICs teamed. Services that require a domain login such as SQL Server service fails to start because it attempts to log into the domain before NDIS and teaming fully initialize. Typically 1 - 2 seconds before the network is available.

Microsoft support has told me to set SQL Server to Automatic (Delayed) but that would put it in a non standard state and delay the recovery for high availability purposes.

Removing NIC teaming eliminates this issue. Network comes online faster than SQL Server's attempt to start.

I can reproduce this issue on physical servers and also VMs. Has anyone seen this before?
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Hi Experts,
 
Can somebody confirm to me the major advantages of using a Scale Out File Server with a Hyper V cluster over just using CSVs?

I understand that with regards to failover SOFS are active / active so there is "no" downtime of a failure, but how much slower is a failover using plain CSVs?

What are ther other reasons to go for SOFS or not!

We are hesitant to add SOFS just for the sake of it as it would be another level of complexity that I am not sure we need.

Thanks for your input.

Jaggie

PS  - we are talking about Server 2016 here
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I've just installed and activated Server 2016, and learned that I need to use the sconfig utility to set my Windows Update preferences, as download only mode and manual mode aren't exposed in the new GUI.

When I launch sconfig, the "Windows Update Settings" setting is set to custom.  However, whenever I try to switch to manual mode (option 5, then the letter M), the console displays "Setting updates to Manual...", and a separate alert appears, "Windows Update set to Custom.  System has custom configuration for updates."  After I dismiss the alert, the sconfig main menu reappears, and the setting is still "custom".  Here's a screenshot of what I'm referring to:

Sconfig issue
Why won't sconfig accept the manual setting?  This server doesn't participate in WSUS, and all of the WU settings in local policy (Computer Config-->Admin Templates-->Windows Components-->Windows Update) show as "Not Configured".
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This is our first 2016 server.  How do I fix this error.  I got it when I was in the personalize settings/ themes/ desktop icons.

windows server 2016 getting "windows cannot access the specified device, path or file
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Can anyone tell me if the RD1000 will work with the Acronis 12.5 Standard version for Server?  It says doesn't support tape drives but the advanced does, but I know RD1000 isn't really read as a tape drive but as an external drive.

Also, if anyone has this running, can you eject the tapes after backups using a command?

Thanks in advance.
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My organization is currently running SBS 2011 which is the domain controller and has Exchange 2010 on it.  We are planning to migrate to Server 2016 at some point and are faced with the choice of whether or not to virtualize.  We are thinking about, at the very least, purchasing two new physical servers and putting Exchange 2016 on one, and the domain controller with dns, dhcp, wsus, etc. on the other.  

If we went this route would it be advisable to virtualize both the domain controller and Exchange?  We would most likely use Hyper-V.  After researching, I have found mixed results on whether you should virtualize either a domain controller or Exchange in any way.  I know it's entirely possible to do but would it be the best approach or should we just install them on the physical hardware and skip virtualizing all together?

Any information is appreciated.  

Thank you
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I am in the process of upgrading all of our physical servers from 2012 / R2 to 2016, the issue I am running into is our servers have Teamed NICS. I use the Server Manager to delete the NIC Team and run powershell's Get-NetLbfoTeam, Get-NetLbfoTeamMember and Get-NetLbfoTeamNic, results are null. However when I run the upgrade I get the following attached error.

I have been successful at doing in place upgrades on my VM's, however I have had to do a couple of fresh O.S. install on my DC's, I need the in place to work to speed up the process, any and all help is much appreciated.
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What are the major advantages and fixes with Server 2016 compared to Server 2012 & Server 2012 R2?
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Please provide me with the URL addresses to download the  video & other Server 2016 drivers for an Intel S2600cp server board.
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What's the difference between these two options?
I'm basically wanting to allow remote users to connect (via SonicWall VPN) & work in Quickbooks, if that matters in my choice.
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I've just installed the WSUS role to my Windows Server 2016 on in my domain.
I chose WID instead of SQL and i use GPO's to set the update location to my WSUS server.

Problem is that i can not get any clients (mostly servers) to connect to my WSUS server.
I used the SolarWinds Diagnostic tool on one of the servers and it gave me the following log:

# Solarwinds® Diagnostic Tool for the WSUS Agent
# 2017-07-04
Machine state
  User rights:                                       User has administrator rights
  Update service status:                             Running
  Background Intelligent Transfer service status:    Running
  OS Version:                                        Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard  Service Pack 1
  Windows update agent version:                      Error (Input string was not in a correct format.)
Windows Update Agent configuration settings
  Automatic Update:                                  Enabled
  Options:                                           Scheduled (Every day at  3:00 )
  Use WSUS Server:                                   Enabled
  Windows Update Server:                             http://mywsusserver 
  Windows Update Status Server:                      http://mywsusserver
  WSUS URLs are identical:                           Identical
  WSUS URL is valid:                                 Valid URL
WSUS Server Connectivity
  clientwebservice/client.asmx:                      OK
  …
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What utilities/methods can I use to write a Server 2016 ISO file to a thumb drive?
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Hi experts - this is a follow up from a previous question I had where it was determined I couldn't run a P2S and S2S VPN side-by-side in the existing Azure environment due to on-premise networking limitations.

I've decided that while we're waiting for approval on the infrastructure upgrade, I'll try to configure a temporary workaround using RRAS on the Windows Server 2016 VM.
I've installed and configured RRAS and the SSTP VPN, but am unable to connect to it from outside the Azure network.  I have a Network Security Group in place that allows the appropriate TCP 443 traffic and have checked the SSL binding, but external dial-in clients don't even get communication with the Windows server.

Reading that this wasn't a port forward, more of just a firewall rule, I configured (I think) an internet load balancer with the frontend IP configuration and a 443 rule, and the backend linked to the Windows server.  But I still cannot connect to the SSTP VPN.

Can someone please assist me in getting the correct configuration for connecting to the SSTP VPN.  I'm happy to provide as much detail as needed on the load-balancer settings, NSG settings and VM settings.

Thanks and regards
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What is the certification upgrade path to upgrade from the Windows Server 2012 MCSA to the Server 2016 certifications?
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What are the expected release dates for the Windows Server 2016 certifications through the certification testing provider Vue?
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We are deploying jump servers for our new Active directory deployment and would like to find out how to secure them? Please advise. And also what group policy configurations that would help this requirement?

Thank you!
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Just installed a Windows Server 2016 machine but I think I have a misplaced DNS entry as my workstations have to request a web page twice before it will resolve.  On initial visit to a page I get a page can't be displayed but if I attempt to go to the page a second time, it resolves and displays fine in the browser.

I added a forwarder to Google's DNS servers (8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4) by using the properties of the domain node in the DNS console and adding the to the Forwarders tab.

This server also manages DHCP.

Should I have added the entries to a different location within the DNS settings or somewhere completely different?

Thanks in advance for your assistance.
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Windows Server 2016

374

Solutions

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Contributors

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.