Category: Windows Server 2012

How to Logoff Remote Desktop Sessions from the Command Line

It’s happened to all of us. You try to logon to an administrative remote desktop on a server, but you can’t because both administrative RDP sessions are in use. Oftentimes this is because other admins have simply disconnected their remote desktop session, rather than logoff as they should. Here’s a simple way to determine which […]

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Step by Step : Deploy DFS in Windows Server 2012 R2

Today, let’s go through a step by step on how to deploy Distributed File System (DFS) in Wndows Server 2012 R2, but before we start, you should know what is DFS all about. What Is DFS? Normally for domain users, to access a file share, they might use Universal Naming Convention (UNC) name to access the shared […]

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Unable to start the MSSQLServer service – MSSQLServer Event ID 26014

When you try to star the MSSQL service using a Managed Service Account and it does not start, you get MSSQLServer Event ID 26014.                                             After some Google searching (a lot, actually) I came across […]

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File Screening via de commandline

Filescreening is a method used to control what files can be placed in a directory. You might want to prevent storage of MP3 files or executables. I wil use an example to explain how to create filescreen rules by using the commandline. Example I have created the folder E:\Users to store the users’ homeshares, but […]

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Overview of Scheduled Tasks

I like the tree view for scheduled task as you can categorize the tasks, but the GUI offers no way of an overview of all tasks. The command line helps again: Schtasks.exe Are you thinking:”I have no scheduled tasks defined, so this post is not for me”, I suggest to try it anyway. Microsoft added […]

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Managed service accounts

Years ago I learned to accept the fact that you sometimes just need to have service accounts with never-expiring passwords. Until Microsoft launched Windows 2008 R2 that is. Managed Service Accounts (MSA) allow you to eliminate those never-expire-service-accounts. An MSA is a special domain account that can be managed by the computer that uses it. […]

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How Can I Configure DHCP Server in Windows Server 2012?

The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol for DHCP server is responsible for assigning the IP addresses to the client computers automatically. The client computers to which the DHCP server automatically assigns the IP addresses are the ones that are configured to obtain the addresses automatically. In other words, when a client computer is configured to obtain […]

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Unable to RDP into server

If you are unable to remote desktop into a server using the computer name, but you are able to remote into the server using the IP address and you get the error message below.             Make sure the date/time is in sync between your DNS server and the host server […]

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Fix SQL Configuration Manager Cannot Connect to WMI Provider

When trying to open MS SQL Server Configuration Manager, a dialog may appear.. Cannot connect to WMI provider. You do not have permission or the server is unreachable. Note that you can only manage SQL Server 2005 and later servers with SQL Server Configuration Manager. Invalid class [0x80041010]   This is caused by an issue […]

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How to Log Off, Shutdown, Sleep & Restart Windows Server 2012

Log Off (Log Out) of Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8 Press Ctrl-Alt-Delete then select Sign Out Log Off of Terminal Session on Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8 If you are connected via RDP (Remote Desktop Client) Press Ctrl-Alt-End then select Sign Out You will notice on the screen you can also LOCK the […]

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