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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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Is it true that there isn't a supported means of disabling automatic installation of updates, or automatic reboots on Wink216?  As for automatic updates, I have seen as recent as a few weeks ago, where Microsofts updates in conjunction with an antivirus application rendered a group of Windows 10 machines unusable.  Needless to say, to allow such a thing as auto updates, is insane.  
Secondly - auto-reboots? Auto-reboots=guaranteed dataloss.  Sadly, I see this all the time in several sites where users leave their files open, may not save them, and if a file server is rebooted oopsy, just lost all their work.  Is Microsoft kidding?  That being said, doing a new install at a site of half a doz servers, I think I will keep it to 2012.    Unless of course there is a way to do this in a controlled fashion.
With server updates, on Vms, actually not a bad idea to do a snapshot first.  With Microsoft deciding when they do things, good luck in having the luxury of recovering from their often undertested updates.
Thoughts/ideas?
Thanks guys!
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Spun up a DC too fast.  Wonder now how to change a DNS Domain name from domain.local to domain.com and also a NetBIOS name.  
Worth the stretch or easier just to wipe and reinstall?
DC Win2016 Server Standard.
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So I didn't select a Desktop Experience while installing Server Standard 2016.   And looks like it installed a Core Edition.  Just a CMD command line.  
Does is mean no Desktop Experience is a Core Experience?
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Hi there.

I moved a web database app from a standard webhotel with classic asp and MySQL to a dedicated Microsoft server with SQL Server. There is a login page that check the user credentials in a database table in order to proceed. That used to work fine on the standard webhotel.
Now it won't work. I created a user that works fine in SQL Server Management. I used a standard connection string and included it in the login page. The page loads fine, but then the user credentials is submitted, then I just gives a blank page. Nothing to see in F12. I suspect that there may be an issue with some port permissions.
Anyone out there who knows what port that should be open and how to open it? Any  other suggestion to solve this problem?

Best regards

Ulrich
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I have a client with 2 Dell T630 Servers (practically identical boxes purchased about 6 months apart). One runs Server 2012 R2 Standard, the other Server 2016 Standard. Both run Hyper-V. Each box hosts one VM (VHDX files).

I have multiple backups of the 2012 Server (Altaro VM backups, Macrium backups of the physical box, and I’d also make direct copies of the VHDX files as well before proceeding).

The 2016 box hosts a VM with Server 2016 Standard acting as a Domain Controller. The 2012 box hosts a VM running Server 2012 Standard joined to the domain. It is not a secondary DC, etc. – it is only a member Server that runs a database program that multiple users access.

Note - the host boxes are not joined to the Domain – just the VMs are Domain members.

The 2012 R2 box has a hardware RAID 1 array for the OS (Dell Perc H730p Controller). Storage Spaces handles the Hyper-V VM files. The Storage Pool was created as a mirror using 4 Samsung PM863a SSDs.

I needed to add space to the pool. Added 2 more PM863a drives to the Pool. The problem is that 2012 R2 Hyper-V cannot optimize the storage space used, so the 4 original drives are ‘full’ (i.e., they show as being 99% full) and the 2 new drives are practically empty. As I understand it, the 2 new drives will get allocated any new storage as needed.

I’d like to take advantage of the new features of 2016 Hyper-V (one of which is the ability to optimize the storage pool). My question is how to best accomplish the …
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In this screenshot what is the exact location of the Test Test user (see the bottom of the screenshot)? Is it OU=users,DC=company,DC=com or is it something else?

The domain name for this organization is company.com

ACTIVE-DIRECTORY-USERS-AND-COMPUTERS
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when we upgrade the report to our new server the xml export stopped working.

I've been trying t troubleshoot but since i'm not to familiar with xslt transformations i'm having a hard time finding the problem.

I think the problem is with name spaces.
if i use this code i got from here i can get the entire xml to export
</xsl:template>
    <xsl:template match="node()">
        <xsl:copy>
            <xsl:copy-of select="@*"/>
            <xsl:apply-templates select="node()"/>
        </xsl:copy>
    </xsl:template>

but when i try to match a specific node it fails.

my original xml without the transformation comes out like this:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<Report xmlns="Logos_x0020_Export_x0020_Report" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:schemaLocation="Logos_x0020_Export_x0020_Report http://reportserver?%2FLogos%20Export%20Report&rs%3AFormat=XML&rc%3ASchema=True" Name="Logos Export Report">
   <Tablix1>
      <Textbox15>
         <Textbox19 />
      </Textbox15>
      <Group2_Collection>
         <Group2>
            <Group1_Collection>
               <Group1 Group1="PB2017-1886&amp;#xD;&amp;#xA;">
                  <NamePaidby1 NamePaidby1="INTERIOR ENVIRONMENTS&amp;#xD;&amp;#xA;48700 ADDRESS City ST 111111" PaymentType="Check Number: " CheckNumber="30000" TotalAmount="167.00">
                     <Details_Collection>
                        <Details Description="Initial Plan Review Fee" …
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I am trying to follow the instructions within the the https://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/24541.powershell-bulk-create-ad-users-from-csv-file.aspx#Code_Used webpage to import username information from a .CSV file to create usernames within Server 2016 Active Directory but every time I try to do this I receive the following error messages:

When I run the following command within PowerShell (running as an administrator) .\un.ps1 I get the error message

 “ConvertTo-SecureString : Cannot bind argument to parameter 'String' because it is null.
At C:\Support\UN\UN.ps1:12 char:232
+ ... scription" -AccountPassword (ConvertTo-SecureString $Password -AsPlai ...
+                                                         ~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidData: (:) [ConvertTo-SecureString], ParameterBindingValidationException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : ParameterArgumentValidationErrorNullNotAllowed,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.ConvertToSecureStringCommand

ConvertTo-SecureString : Cannot bind argument to parameter 'String' because it is null.
At C:\Support\UN\UN.ps1:12 char:232
+ ... scription" -AccountPassword (ConvertTo-SecureString $Password -AsPlai ...
+                                                         ~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidData: (:) [ConvertTo-SecureString], ParameterBindingValidationException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : …
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Within the https://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/24541.powershell-bulk-create-ad-users-from-csv-file.aspx#Code_Used webpage which contains instructions on creating a CSV spreadsheet that contains fields such as the user's firstname, lastname, maildomain, etc. what should be entered within the SAM spreadsheet column?

I understand what all of fields need except for the SAM field. What should be entered within the SAM field?

Firstname | Lastname | Maildomain | SAM | OU | Password | Description

User | Test01 | contoso.com | utest01 | OU=Standard Users,OU=Users,DC=domain,DC=loc | P@ssw0rd| Test User

One of the lines of code explains the syntax as " New-ADUser -Name "$Displayname" -DisplayName "$Displayname" -SamAccountName $SAM -UserPrincipalName $UPN -GivenName "$UserFirstname" -Surname "$UserLastname" -Description "$Description" -AccountPassword (ConvertTo-SecureString $Password -AsPlainText -Force) -Enabled $true -Path "$OU" -ChangePasswordAtLogon $false –PasswordNeverExpires $true -server domain"

Please provide me with the correct entry that should be used for SAM.
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What is the correct process to follow to create a .CSV file containing the first names, last names, usernames, & passwords of users to import into Server 2016 Active Directory?
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Where within the Dell Open Manage Server Administrator do I need to go to search for and download the latest Dell server OS and BIOS updates?

Or does a different utility or program need to be installed on Dell servers to download and install the latest updates?
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Is there a Dell client system update for Dell servers that will download and install the latest drivers and BIOS updates for Server 2016 Dell servers similar to the Dell Client System Update for workstation which can be downloaded from the http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/systems-management/w/wiki/1960.dell-client-system-update website?

Where can this product for Dell servers be downloaded from?
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Is there a way to have Azure AD off-prem but having  sync data in-house?   Just in case Azure goes away or legal issues with MS etc.  Currently not having AD domain controllers in-house, and want to keep this way.  Don't want to introduce complexity in-house for that reason.
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We are trying to install MS .Net 3.5 on Server 2016, but Windows asks for an alternate location for the install package. This is not included in the OS installation file that we have. We have not been able to find it on Windows Update either. Where can we download the .Net 3.5 install file for Server 2016?
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Can this be done?  I am having issues with what appears to be the Schema.  The issue with the Server 2003 is that it appears to have a corrupt system file causing it to not be able to run windows update, and launching the update process over and over.

This is for a small client that has 4-5 users on the domain, and the server is just DNS/DCHP, and a file server.  Nothing else.  It used to be the mail server as well but we got them moved to Office 365.

I have tried to complete the Windows Essentials configuration but it fails each time.

I read that I may have to upgrade to 2008/2012 then to 2016 - but we don't have the license or the server to do that.  

There is no website tied to the current domain  (which is .local) or email.  Any thoughts?
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Dear Team, does anyone have experience in the combination of MS Exchange 2016 and Window Server? In details, we 'd like to compare the stability of these:
- Window Server 2012R2 + MS Exchange 2016
- Window Server 2012R2 + MS Exchange 2016 CU4
- Window Server 2016 + MS Exchange 2016 CU4

Which one is the best combination, please? Many thanks in advance.
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How do I create a simple (not mirrored or parity) volume in storage spaces?
I'm working in Server 2016.

I have 47 disks in the pool. Here is the command I enter and it doesn't work. I have tried working with the suggestions the error message gives me, but not sure how to get this to work.

New-VirtualDisk -StoragePoolFriendlyName "Pool" -FriendlyName "Volume" -MediaType HDD -NumberOfColumns 1 -ProvisioningType Fixed -ResiliencySettingName Simple -UseMaximumSize

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PROBLEM: I recently began volunteering at a small non-profit organization with less than (20) users and am at a point where I need to replace their old server running Windows 2008.

Currently, the organization does not use the server for user or workstation management and have only used it to provide a single drive share that users manually map to. All users have the same permissions on this share.  Their files are typical excel, word, pdf, along with some minimal photoshop and video files.

OPTIONS AS I SEE THEM:
1) Windows Server 2016 Essentials running on a server w/ a RAID array
2) NAS
3) Open to other solutions, but they've got to be easy to administer

GOALS:
1) Keep it somewhat cheap
    a) I can get a Dell T330 server w/ RAID 5 for approx $1800 and Windows Server 2016 Essentials through Tech Soup an extremely reduced rate
    b) NAS for under that same $2k mark
2) I'd like to keep the environment relatively simple so that when it isn't me volunteering any longer, the next volunteer with minimal IT experience can come along and take over without a lot of heartache. Easy could mean:
    a) manage users, devices, patching, drive mapping, and printers through Active Directory
    b) could mean a NAS and just have users and devices not centrally managed like they are now

3)  Need a way to back it all up, preferably to a cheap cloud type provider; possibly Azure backup or idrive.com, or something like that.

   
Appreciate any and all suggestions!
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Hey,

first of all sorry for my bad english skills. I am from germany.

I am currently encountering a huge problem. I want to upgrade my whole server system to Windows Server 2016.
The problem:
I have to document all of the User accesses given to each folder.

Is there any Software or possibility to get the information of the accesses so I can reconfigure them into my new server?

I hope that you are able to understand my problem :D
Thanks :)
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What is the process to attach .VHDX and .VHD hard drive files to existing Hyper-V virtual machines?

These are files from former Hyper-V virtual machines that I need to connect so I can copy data from them to newer existing Hyper-V virtual machines.
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What are the basic licensing requirements or costs to say run 5 Windows 10 VMs in a collection on Server 2016 with Remote Desktop role enabled?

Never done it before and there are those VDI, VDA and traditional CAL cost on top of each other

would appreciate a simple breakdown
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A company that has two Server 2016 domain controllers would like to setup the Office 365/AD sync tool on both domain controllers.

That way if one domain controller goes offline then the other domain controller will be able to continue syncing with Office 365.

How can this be done?
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So, we have a new RDS environment in Serve 2016 and it's hosting one app published thru RDWEB.

When the users log in, they get a prompt for username and password, without the need to the domain prefix, and that's working fine.  That's what we want.

After log in, the user sees the ICON for the only app we publish and he clicks it.

There we get a second prompt for username and password and it requires the domainname\username and password combo.

I'd like to get rid of that second prompt and have the user only log in once, using only username and password.

Can someone tell me where that is or how to configure it please?

Thanks

Cliff
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Starting to move shares, apps, etc & when trying to map network drive for a user , I'm getting a 'not accessible' error message.
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What is the process to determine how many Client Access Licenses (CALs) are installed within Server 2012 R2 or Server 2016?
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Windows Server 2016

434

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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.