SOLVED: Fast Fix Stuck Update – Searching For Updates On This Computer

Normally when you have a problem with Windows Update there are two processes you should go through: Download and install the Update manually (rather than relying on the Windows Update GUI) Reset your Windows Update: Launch SERVICES.MSC, and STOP both “WINDOWS UPDATE” and “BACKGROUND INTELLIGENT TRANSFER SERVICE” then set them to DISABLED Delete all files and folders in C:\windows\softwaredistribution Launch SERVICES.MSC, and set the following to AUTOMATIC startup “WINDOWS UPDATE” and “BACKGROUND INTELLIGENT TRANSFER SERVICE”…

Solved: Complete List of Supported Guest Windows VM’s On Server 2016, 2012 R2, 2012 and 2008 R2

Yes, you can run Server 2016 VM’s on Server 2012 R2 Host.  In general Mircrosoft supports the release immediately after the host operating system (i.e. 2012 on 2008 R2, 2012 R2 on 2012 R1,…) Server 2016 Supported Guest Operating Systems: Windows Server 2016 is expected to be able to host Windows Server 2019 VM’s but as of today’s date the official line up for Server 2016 hosting VM’s is: Guest Operating System Maximum Virtual Cores…

SOLVED: How To Migrate A Server 2012 R2 Cluster To New Server 2016 Servers In 11 Easy Steps

If you want to simply upgrade your existing cluster from Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016, you just need to buy Server 2016 licenses and perform a “Server 2016 Rolling Upgrade”.  What this does is to take one of your cluster nodes offline, then upgrade it to 2016, then bring that node online, move the VM’s to it and then it takes down the next node, updates it and now your cluster is happy. However,…

SOLVED: How To Activate Windows 10 / Server 2016 Through Command Line

If you are having problems activating Windows 10, Server 2016, Windows 8, or Server 2012 one of these three solutions below should get you through: Command Line to Launch Activation GUI: This is handy if the GUI won’t start and you want to skip some steps to get it to work. click START (gets you to the tiles) type RUN type slui 3 and press ENTER yes, SLUI: which stands for SOFTWARE LICENSING USER INTERFACE SLUI 1…

SOLVED: How to Change The Session Time out Settings on a Remote Desktop Services Server 2012

In Server 2012 what used to be called REMOTE DESKTOP MANAGEMENT SERVER (RDMS) which contains most of the Remote Desktop configuration settings, is now buried in the new SERVER MANAGER under QUICK SESSION Properties. Specifically, if you wish to change the time outs on a Server 2012 RD Server, you need to: On your Remote Desktop Server, launch SERVER MANAGER Click REMOTE DESKTOP SERVICES Click QUICK SESSION COLLECTION (or whatever group name you have used)…

SOLVED: How Can I SHADOW a Remote Desktop / Terminal Services User in Server 2012

This is a short answer, upgrade to Server 2012 R2.  In Windows Server 2012, Shadowing was removed but it is back in Windows Server 2012 R2: OPTION 1: run MSTC / SHADOW OPTION 2: Open SERVER MANAGER Click REMOTE DESKTOP SERVICS Click COLLECTIONS (left pane) Under CONNECTIONS (bottom right) right click on the connection you want to SHADOW and select… wait for it… SHADOW OPTION 3: Determine the target users SESSION ID from CONNECTIONS section (see…

SOLVED: Does a ‘Shared Nothing’ Hyper-V Move Benefit From a Pre-Existing Replica

I use Hyper-V 2012 Replica’s and I move VM’s from server to server periodically using the Hyper-V, MOVE option.  This got me to thinking, if I have a replica on another server, can I MOVE to that server?  The reason you would want to do this is because you need to shut down your live server to have a Replica on another server take over… this is super odd because I can MOVE a VM while…

SOLVED: Why Does Data Deduplication Have SIZE ON DISK and DEDUPLICATION Numbers NOT Match

This was a tough one that required alot of work with Microsoft Partner Support over many WEEKS, but the answer is surprisingly simple. PROBLEM: When I right click and check the Properties on a data deduplicated folder (on Server 2012) the SIZE ON DISK shows some incredibly small numbers compared to the SIZE.  In the example screen shot, you can see 3.14TB shows as 6.98GB ON DISK… which is nutty 99.98 percent.  However the Deduplication % shown in SERVER…

SOLVED: How to Robocopy On Server 2012 With Data Deduplication

This was surprisingly tricking issue to deal with.  If you are copying TO or FROM a Deduplicated file share you must make certain: Do NOT robocopy the a partition or volume – only robocopy shares\folders.  This is because the dedup information is stored in the SYSTEM VOLUME INFORMATION folder and at folder can not be migrated with robocopy.  It needs to be built on the partition\volume that the dedup exists on. Make sure you do…

SOLVED: How to Configure Server 2012 Hyper V For Replication

HyperV 2012’s Replica service is designed for disaster recovery and given the complexity of what is happening in the background, this is a shockly simple task.  Below are the steps and a lovely video to explain graphically: Install Hyper-V on two Windows Server 2012 (or 2012 R2) servers In Hyper-V, click HYPER-V SETTINGS (on the right) In REPLICA CONFIGURATION, select ENABLE THIS COMPUTER AS A REPLICATION SERVER select USE KERBEROS (assuming the servers are on…

SOLVED: Installing .NET Framework 3.5 on Server 2012 Errors Out With Missing Source Files Error

The solution to “The source files could not be found” when installing .NET Framework 3.5 on Server 2012 (or Windows 8)  is to: Pop in the DVD (or the ISO for the DVD) Start the ADD ROLES AND FEATURES Wizard and click the obvious choices up until the CONFIRMATION screen on the CONFIRMATION screen of the ADD ROLES AND FEATURES WIZARD, you need to click the SPECIFY SOURCE link (tiny link at the bottom of the…

SOLVED: Server 2012 Remote Desktop Folder Redirection To Client PC

If you want to use Group Policy Folder Redirection for (my) DOCUMENTS or (my) DESKTOP: USER CONFIGURATION > WINDOWS SETTINGS > FOLDER REDIRECTION > DOCUMENTS you can but it has to be to on an SMB share.  Let me explain. You can access a client PC from a Terminal Server using either: \\tsclient\c\ or \\%clientname%\share BUT Folder Redirection is ONLY supported to the second of those options, an SMB SHARE.  You cannot set your Group Policy…

SOLVED: How to List All System Variables in Windows

Bring up a command prompt, type SET, press your enter key. In my case I needed the variable for the Host Name of the PC that is connecting to a Remote Desktop / Terminal Session.  And that answer is %CLIENTNAME%. Below is the output from a Server 2008 R1 box but I have confirmed that a Server 2012 box is very similar. Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6002] Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved. C:\Users\imdin>set ALLUSERSPROFILE=C:\ProgramData…

SOLVED: Install Adobe Reader X or XI on Server 2012 Remote Desktop Server

If you have tried to install Adobe Reader on Server 2012 you see an INTERNAL ERROR OCCURED message and when you click OK, Reader will terminate. There are two ways around this that I know of: Right Click on C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Reader 11.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe and set the COMPATIBILITY LEVEL to something old like Windows XP Give up and run FoxItReader from foxitsoftware.com Officially Adobe says Server 2012 is NOT supported for Adobe Reader.  See THIS Adobe article.

SOLVED: How to Source and Install a Certificate for Server 2012 RDWeb Site (or any other IIS 8 Site)

This is part TWO of a series of tutorials on Server 2012 Remote Desktop Services. HOW TO CREATE & INSTALL A CERTIFICATE FOR YOUR RDS RDWEB SITE ON SERVER 2012 Start IIS MANAGER Click on your servers host name Click SERVER CERTIFICATES Right click and select CREATE CERTIFICATE REQUEST Enter all of the required info and click NEXT.  Be sure to enter a FULLY quanlified domain name Set the level to 2048 Open your Certificate Request, copy…