Windows XP client and Windows server 2012 R2

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If you are still running a combination of Windows XP and Windows 7 client machines you may come across an issue when introducing your first Windows 2012 R2 Domain Controller server into your environment that your Windows XP clients no longer run login scripts.  The problem is to do with the versions of SMB which is supported between client and server communication which can cause issues with connecting to shares via UNC or executing login scripts on the DC. The following image will give you an idea of the versions of SMB between different clients and server. As you can see Windows XP will only communicate using SMB 1.  Now lets look at the "Server" service property settings of a Windows 2012 (non R2) You can see that SMB1 and 2 driver is allowed. Now…
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Microsoft Recommends NOT to Disable IPv6

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You may always here from people in the industry that IPv6 "breaks things/stops things working" and that the recommendation is to disable it. If you where to speak to Microsoft or attend their seminars, you will always hear them say DON'T disable IPv6.  So who is correct!! The link below gives you an insight into IPv6. I've extracted  an example  Q and A from the list. IPv6 for Microsoft Windows http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/network/cc987595.aspx Q. What are Microsoft’s recommendations about disabling IPv6? A. It is unfortunate that some organizations disable IPv6 on their computers running Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2008, where it is installed and enabled by default. Many disable IPv6-based on the assumption that they are not running any applications or services that use it. Others might disable it because of…
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Windows Server 2008 R2: KMS Error 0xC004F050 Invalid product key

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Whilst installing a server 2012 R2 KMS key on a Server 2008 R2 KMS host I ran into the following issue: Error: 0xC004F050 The Software Licensing Service reported that the product key is invalid. Even though I installed the KMS hotfix kb2757817 for Server 2012 support this was not enough to support Windows 2012 R2.  To be able to activate both Windows 2012 and Windows 2012 R2 you will also need to install KMS hotfix kb2885698. Server 2012 KMS - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2757817 Server 2012 R2 KMS - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2885698 Providing you install the correct hotfix you should be fine   
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Transfer/Seize FSMO Roles to Windows Server 2012 Using Powershell

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Following information explains the Active Directory FSMO roles transfer process using powershell cmdlets. If FSMO role holder DC goes under upgradation process or down, we think about FSMO roles as its important and we know the traditional NTDSUTIL way of transferring and seizing FSMO roles which takes few minutes. However, using the power shell this is relatively easy and completes within few seconds. Powershell command :  Move-ADDirectoryServerOperationMasterRole Transfering all 5 FSMO roles syntax: Move-ADDirectoryServerOperationMasterRole -Identity “Target_DC_name” –OperationMasterRole PDCEmulator,RIDMaster,InfrastructureMaster,SchemaMaster,DomainNamingMaster If target DC name is ADC, use below command to transfer all FSMO roles: Move-ADDirectoryServerOperationMasterRole -Identity “ADC” –OperationMasterRole PDCEmulator,RIDMaster,InfrastructureMaster,SchemaMaster,DomainNamingMaster Role numbers can be used in command instead of role names. Transfer all 5 FSMO roles using numbers: Move-ADDirectoryServerOperationMasterRole -Identity “ADC” –OperationMasterRole 0,1,2,3,4 If FSMO role owner is permanently offline, seize FSMO roles using below command, just add –Force parameter. Sezing FSMO roles syntax: Move-ADDirectoryServerOperationMasterRole -Identity “Target_DC_name” –OperationMasterRole PDCEmulator,RIDMaster,InfrastructureMaster,SchemaMaster,DomainNamingMaster -Force  Command: Move-ADDirectoryServerOperationMasterRole -Identity “ADC” –OperationMasterRole PDCEmulator,RIDMaster,InfrastructureMaster,SchemaMaster,DomainNamingMaster –Force…
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Windows Server 2012 Editions

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Licensing Overview Windows Server 2012 delivers a dramatically simplified licensing experience. Shaped by feedback from customers and partners, the new Windows Server licensing approach will help make choosing the right Windows Server easier while delivering the following benefits. Simple It’s easier than ever to determine the right Windows Server edition for you. Choose from just four editions of Windows Server 2012, based on the size of your organization and your requirements for virtualization and cloud computing. Economical All editions of Windows Server 2012 deliver excellent economics and ROI for your business. For example, Datacenter edition with unlimited virtualization rights provides the benefits of cloud-level scale with predictable, lower costs. Standard edition now offers all of the same enterprise-class features as Datacenter and is differentiated only by virtualization rights. Cloud-optimized Businesses today…
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