Windows Server 2012

Latest Rollup Fixes Office 365-Windows Server Essentials Integration

Thanks to Microsoft, we rarely know what’s included in the onslaught of various update rollups that are intended for fix a gaggle of issues in one fell swoop. However, the company is outlining one specific fix in the October 18 rollup that solves an issue that was talked about a few times and given workarounds during IT/Dev Connections 2016 sessions. Microsoft says… There was a known issue about Microsoft Office 365 Integration failure on Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials due to exceeding the maximum message size quota for incoming messages while retrieving the subscription information. We are pleased to inform that the fix for this issue has been included with latest monthly quality rollup for Windows Server 2012 R2. Microsoft calls this update a “Quality” rollup. ...

Decommissioning a Domain Controller Using Windows Server 2012

By Joseph Yedid In my last post, I performed an FRS to DFSR migration in order to fix up some AD and GPO issues. Soon after that migration, one of the Domain Controllers (DCs) needed to be patched up. I installed all of the updates that were required, but as it turned out, there were more patches than I expected. Upon restarting the DC, during the update process, the DC never came back up. Something went wrong with the patching. Quickly, I had to spin up a new VM and make a new DC. What should I do about the old DC? First, I removed it from Operations Manager to stop alerts from being generated. Second, I needed to decommission the DC. What is involved in decommissioning a DC? In Windows Server 2012, decommissioning a DC is quite easy. Open Active Directory Users and Computers. Next, go to...

Fun with AVMA

By Joseph Yedid Recently I ran into a situation where I had to spin up new VMs. The issue: How do you activate multiple VMs without running into licensing issues? The solution: Automatic Virtual Machine Activation (AVMA) Turns out that the host server was running a MAK product key. To test that AVMA would work, I setup a new Server 2012 R2 VM. During the setup, I entered the AVMA key and the setup continued. So far so good. Once the setup completed and I was able to login, I had to verify that the AVMA key took hold. Off to the Event Viewer we go! What was I looking for in the Event Viewer? Well confirmation that the AVMA key worked. In the Event Viewer, under Windows Logs \ Application, the log with Event ID 12309 is what I needed to find. On the host server, I looked for Event ID 12310: ...

Upgrading SCCM 2012 R2’s Site Server Operating System

By Garth Jones I keep finding more System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager (CM12 R2) surprises! If you recall in a blog post published in early December, I said that (unlike SQL upgrades) you “still can NOT upgrade the OS without performing a site restore.” http://be.enhansoft.com/post/2013/12/05/Upgrading-Configuration-Manager-2012-Database-From-SQL-2008-to-SQL-2012.aspx That is no longer true according to the latest version of the CM12 R2 documentation: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg682077.aspx#BKMK_UpgradeInfrastructure This now makes it easier than ever to upgrade the site server operating system! Here’s what you’ll find in the documentation: Upgrade of the Site Server Operating System ________________________________________ Configuration Manager supports an in-plac...

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