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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.

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As the administrator for our MS Server 2016 Essentials network, I sometimes need to  view coworkers c drive.

I simply use WinKey R  > \\JanesCpu\c$   and supply my network admin credentials.  

For the rest of the day I can view  JanesCpu without supplying the credentials.

Clearly the admin credentials are being saved somewhere, but where are they, and how can I delete them when I am done?
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SBS 2011 standard migration to windows server 2016 essentials - Advice please

I've been tasked with upgrading a SBS 2011 Standard server with Windows Server 2016 Essentials on new hardware. At present, the client has 12 users, running the server as file storage and on-premise Exchange 2010. Customer does not use SharePoint. Customer would like to migrate to Exchange Online.

This customer is new to me so I don't have the benefit of the current server’s history or any past/potential problems that have or may occur.

I would like your advice on the best (least problematic) way forward. Do I:

1) Migrate on-premise exchange to Exchange Online. Once complete, disable on-premises exchange services. Leave for a week to ensure email is okay and client happy. Then either:

a)      Create brand new domain using windows Server 2016 Essentials and join clients to new domain.
b)      Migrate SBS 2011 Std to Windows Server 2016 Essentials

If I migrate, is there a chance of bringing problems over from the old server (if any exist)?

I welcome your thoughts/comments
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Hi all, really need some urgent help please.  I have a brand new Dell server that I have set up with a domain controller using Server 2016 Standard running as a Hyper V. I've spent the best part of a week setting it up and at the last minute was asked to add VPN access, so I went to add the role in Server Manager and it gets about half way through then fails with Error: 0x80073701.  

I've googled it and there are some articles about missing language packs but I can't really make sense of the suggested fix (removing fr_FR and de_DE keys from  bits of the registry). I could really do with someone guiding me through fixing this as it's causing a lot of grief.  Steps I have taken so far:

Run DISM.exe /online /cleanup-image /restorehelath
Run SFC /Scannow
Removed Antivirus software (just in case)
Restarted
Logged on as a different admin user

Would be very grateful if someone out there could help me please!

All the best

Adam
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We are planning to deploy a Windows Server 2016 domain controller with Exchange 2016 and just wanted to clear up a licensing concern.  We have 50 users that will need CAL's, so in this type of deployment, will I need to purchase 50 Windows Server 2016 CAL's as well as 50 separate Exchange 2016 CAL's also?  I believe this is what we will need but just wanted to make sure since the Exchange CAL's appear to be almost double the cost as Server 2016 user CAL's depending on where you look.  

Thank you
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When I try to delete an empty OU container (named "NoEmail" within a Server 2016 AD environment using the Active Directory Users and Computers console I get the message shown below "You do not have sufficient privileges to delete NoEmail, or this object is protected from accidental deletion."

How can I delete this OU container?

Cant-Delete-OU-Container
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Hi folks, I'm looking for some best practices for a project that I'm working on.

Lets say we have webserver A and webserver B and both have an identical set of pages that represent a site. The two IIS servers are load balanced so incoming requests get sent to either one.

User hits the site and then does something that triggers a download or upload of a file that is temporarily stored on the IIS server in a work area for X duration. All of the IIS servers need to access the same "work area" because if the next request puts the user on webserver B, the data in the work area won't be present anymore.

Is the best way to address this situation to simply have a virtual folder that points to a common networked UNC on all the webservers so the data in that area will always be consistent?

It would seem to me that this would be the only way to accomplish this, but I'd love to hear if there was a better/slicker solution to this. Thanks!
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I currently am running 5 servers for 2008 R2 Terminal servers. I need to upgrade to 2016. From what I understand, 2008R2 will not work with 2016. Things like the license manager and etc will need to be replaced. Can I transfer some of my 2008 R2 terminal licenses to 2016?

For 2016 Terminal services, I will not be using RemoteApp or Virtual desktops. It will be session based desktops. I will also be using an external load balancer for  loading balancing.
across the RDS servers. With that in mind which of the services do I need to fully push out a working 2016 TS system?

Remote Desktop Connection Broker (RD Connection Broker):
 
Remote Desktop WebAccess (RD Web Access)

Remote Desktop Session Host (RD Session Host RDSH):

Remote Desktop Gateway (RD Gateway):
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I have a pair of Windows Server 2016 DCs (DC1 and DC2). DC2 stopped working I have demoted it, removed AD from it, and then removed it from the AD Domain. I am now trying to delete the DC2 server object from ADUAC but (as administrator) it says that the account does not have privledged to so so. I have Gone through the delegate control wizard a couple of times and rebooted DC1, to no avail. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks!
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We are going to setup a new server running Server 2016 Standard.
It has a 8 core processor and we are purchasing 2 16 core licenses.
64 BG Ram

I know with one license you are allowed 2 Hyper-v VM's
With 2 licenses are we allowed up to 4 Hyper V guests?
or would we have to purchase 3rd license to get 4 guests?
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All DC's at one of our sites are now 2016.  Our current Forest level is 2008.  

Should I raise the function level to 2012 R2 or all the way to 2016?
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DFS Replcation Issue..

I am facing DFS Replication issue in my domain environment.. here are my Domain Details   DC - Win 2016 Std, ADCs - Win 2012 Std & Win 2016 Std .
Please see attached error I am getting while I run   DFS replication health report.

Please suggest me.

Thanks,
Vijay.G
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Does anyone know why some DHCP entries show blank names?  IP, Lease expiration, MAC address, etc.  Just missing a name.  
Would that be some sort of an appliance/hw that without a hostname assigned?
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I am moving my files from one retiring server to a new server.    Server1 to Server2.   The only thing these servers do is  provide File services for all of my users.   My question is basically this, I want to keep my server name the same, did not want to lose my shares and their permissions, so that all my users connections and embedded links in databases and spreadsheets would not break.

I have millions of files and backing up to tape or disk and restoring to Server2 would keep the shares and permissions but would take forever and I cannot be down for a very long period of time.    I could restore a full backup from tape/disk of Server1 to Server2 but the restore would take days.

I could also migrate from physical Server1 to a Virtual Server2 but I have no idea how long that would take with the amount of files that would be moving to the new server.

I am just looking for any suggestions on a better more efficient way to do this.
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Folks, do you know what icons mean on DHCP clients.  Some shows a clock and others some sort of checkmark or strike.

This is for Windows Server 2016
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Allow multiple sessions from the same user on a Microsoft 2016 VDI environment on a Pooled Collection.

I am trying to setup a Windows Server 2016 VDI Setup. So far the setup looks good, and I have multiple Virtual Desktops created.
Now how ever, I am facing the issue that if I login from one computer with a user called demo, all is well, but when I open a second connection from another computer with the same user, the first computer is kicked out.

I have already set set the "Restrict Remote Desktop Services users to a single Remote Desktop Services session" to disabled and increased the "Limit number of conenctions" to 999999
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I've tried to install WSUS on the VM server at least 7 times.   Each time it fails, stating the server needs a reboot.   As a test I installed SNMP and it installed just fine.  

Any ideas what is causing this?
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I want to shut down our existing WSUS VM server (2008 R2) and install WSUS on a new 2016 VM.  I also could install it on a physical 2016 server if that is preferred.

Which is better?
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I have WSUS installed on Server 2016.  Its always crashing and gives me the option to restart node, but that doesn't even work.  If I reboot the server, it works for a little while then does this again.  Its an endless loop.  I've checked all of my logs, and I've tried to fix everything but its not working.  Can anyone shed some light?

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I'm on a bit of a mission to disable unneeded services in Windows Server 2016 (of which there are many!) in order to improve the woeful overall performance of the OS, so I have a powershell script that goes through and disables various things.  I've come across so-called "Per-user services" which are difficult to disable fully, because there's a host service, e.g. OneSyncSvc, and then when someone logs in, this spawns another service, called OneSyncSvc_##### - where ##### is always a randomly-generated 5-character hex string. There are several services that do this, namely...

CDPUserSvc
OneSyncSvc
PimIndexMaintenanceSvc
UnistoreSvc
UserDataSvc
WpnUserService

Some of the above are not visible in services.msc, and even the ones are are not able to be disabled from the snap-in, so putting a Start=4 in the registry for these is the only option.

Anyway, the way to disable any of these services with PowerShell is...

Get-Item HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\<service-name>   {I add this line just to record in the transcript what the value was before I changed it}
reg add HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\<service-name> /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f

So what I need is a short script that does the following...

1. Gets the first name on the service list above
2. Then finds all reg keys within HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services that begins with that name
3. Then runs the 'Get-Item' and 'reg add' commands above for every reg key that it finds in …
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Please provide me with the steps on how to set up Direct Access within a Server 2016 network so remote users will always be authenticated against the domain controller.
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Please provide me with step-by-step instructions on how to add the following URL addresses to the Security Zone:Trusted sites list on all computers using group policy within a Server 2016 AD network.

https://gallery.mailchimp.com
https://go.surveymonkey.com
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What would be the best way to setup a temporary Windows DNS server?  I currently have 2 dns servers, but this 3rd server I want to test with different Forwarders.  I have the 3rd server ready to go, just not sure how I should bring the zones over from the current DNS servers.  I thought I would follow this article, except I would not decommission the current DNS server.  Is this the best way to setup a temp DNS server, or would there be a better way?

http://gsmblog.com/post/How-to-move-Windows-DNS-Server-zones-to-another-Windows-DNS-server
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A few super basic Win2016 Standard questions.

We would be using this only for central user/pc management.  Maybe a little file sharing, but probably not.  

About 50 users and 50-100 devices.

I would be running this in a vmware vm.

1. I was told I might be able to get away with as little as 2GB of RAM... does that sound practical?  \

2. What is the easiest way to run a script (bat, ps1, etc) on all remote PC's?  (Say I want to push out a script that will grab an install file for something and run a silent install)

3. Can this server enforce strict patch management?  (i.e. force updates to be installed and force reboot if needed)....
3a. does that include MS Office updates?

4. Can i get a patch management report?  (i.e. for clients who ask to see the patching status of our network?

5. I am upgraded from SBS 2008... It has a LOT of stale users/computers... is there an easy way to tell it to only migrate users/computers seen in the last 90 days?
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What steps can I follow to set up an email notification to let me know when Office 365 stops syncing with my organization's Server 2016 Active Directory server?

Currently, the only method I have of doing this is by manually checking.

Please provide me with the steps I can follow to set up automatic email alerts so I will be notified whenever this occurs.
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I have a blue exclamation mark on IPv4 in DHCP.  Is that because they aren't configured for failover timing yet?  Do I need to select Automatically update statistics every xx minutes on both DHCP servers?  Active and Standby node?
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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.