Category: Windows Server 2012 /R2

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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How to Create a VPN on Windows Server 2012

What is a VPN? A virtual private network (VPN) is a technology for using the Internet or another intermediate network to connect computers to isolated remote computer networks that would otherwise be inaccessible. A VPN provides security so that traffic sent through the VPN connection stays isolated from other computers on the intermediate network. VPNs […]

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5 reasons to use NIC Teaming with Windows Server 2012

  NIC Teaming, also known in the Microsoft world as Load Balancing/Failover (LBFO), allows you to install additional physical Ethernet network adapters (NICs) into your server and “team” or combine them together to make one virtual NIC that provides better performance and fault tolerance. Oops—I just gave away two of my reasons for using NIC […]

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Tips for an easy upgrade from Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2012 R2

Moving from Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2012 R2 is fairly straightforward. Here are some tips to make sure the process goes smoothly.   With later versions of Windows Server, you may have noticed that there is an upgrade feature that comes with the server operating system. I recently ran the upgrade on a […]

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Windows Server 2012 Essentials: Access the Server Remotely

While Windows Server 2012 Essentials provides excellent connectivity to your content and other server resources from within the local network, many users will be disconnected from that network much of the time too. How can you access your home office or small business network from the road? The key to this functionality is a set […]

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Windows Server 2012 Essentials Tip: Enable and Configure Media Sharing

While Windows Server 2012 Essentials is most obviously an update for Windows Server Essentials 2011, it also includes some features that make it an excellent next server for Windows Home Server fans. One of these is media sharing, which needs to be enabled first and then configured for optimal use. You’re prompted to set up […]

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