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Scheduling Application Pool Recycles in Windows Server 2008 and 2012

TimeSpan[]Array and the TimeSpan Collection Editor The process for scheduling an application pool to recycle at specific times in Windows Server 2008 and 2012 is a bit different then in previous versions. Launch IIS Manager, expand application pools and highlight the application pool to modify. Under the Actions menu on the right hand side, select Advanced Settings. Scroll down to the Recycling section and expand it. You are looking for the TimeSpan[]Array entry of Specific Times section, highlighted in the example above. Click the three dots to the right of this entry. Click the Add button under the Members window on the left hand side. This will produce a new value in the Properties window. click the new value and modify it using a 24 hour / military clock standard . Select OK and you're all set!

List of Windows Activation Keys for KMS

Includes Keys for Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008, Windows 8, Windows 7 and Vista This list of keys for KMS can be a real hassle to find in Microsoft's online documentation, so provided here in the hopes of saving you some time. Please note that these are not stolen product keys and as such publishing them is a time saver for administrators managing large deployments of fully licensed Microsoft products  - so if you are a thief or an Internet police person, sorry to disappoint but you've made it to the wrong site. Click this link for an article with more information about KMS, activating Windows Server 2012 Licensing, and upgrading your KMS Server from 2008 to 2012 . WINDOWS SERVER 2012 Windows Server 2012 Core BN3D2-R7TKB-3YPBD-8DRP2-27GG4 Windows Server 2012 Core N 8N2M2-HWPGY-7PGT9-HGDD8-GVGGY Windows Server 2012 Core Single Language 2WN2H-YGCQR-KFX6K-CD6TF-84YXQ Windows Server 2012 Core Country Specific 4K36P-JN4VD-GDC6V-KDT89-DYFKP

Windows Server 2012 Activation Problems, Questions and Solutions

[ Please note this article deals with general questions related to Windows Server 2012 Product Activation. For tips on activating the Windows 2012 GUI from Server Core, try this article instead. ] I've heard multiple reports of people having issues with Windows Server 2012 Product Activation. Here are a few hints on how to resolve: -Ensure your server is connected the the internet -Ensure correct DNS resolution is available -Resolve any outstanding routing issues (Firewall or IPS blocking your new server? DHCP misconfigured?) -Attempt product activation from the command line: slmgr.vbs -ipk [enter your product key without brackets] slmgr.vbs -ato This is still a new OS, but I've yet to experience an issue that wasn't resolved by one of these for in cases where the product key is valid. Other Helpful Commands: slmgr.vbs /dlv Displays the active product key slmgr.vbs /upk Uninstall the current product key Frequently Asked Questions Related to Windows Serv

Changes to Windows Server 2012 Media Handling Reduce Bandwidth Requirements for Remote Desktop (RDP) and Terminal Services

RemoteFX Media Streaming Introduced Over the years I have worked at both Internet Service Providers and server hosting companies. In both environments, customers have found thin client deployment and virtual desktop provisioning stymied by the bandwidth needs of remote desktop when used for day-to-day desktop computing style tasks. I can't remember how many times I have worked with a company whose entire network has failed or flapped because of employees downloading torrents or watching Youtube videos from a remote server. Other times, I have worked on Terminal Services capacity planning projects, and found myself impressed by the difficulty of giving reliable estimates even where good data is available. Many companies have been completely unable to reap the rewards of hosted desktops (fast provisioning and restoring, centralized management, easy hardware replacement) because of the costs of reliable high-throughput internet connections to their office. Data center bandwidth

Websockets and IIS8 - Enable the WebSocket Protocol Module

A few months ago, I wrote a post about websockets and IIS7 , explaining how some extensive hacking is needed to get websockets working and providing a link to an application that would accomplish just that. That post was very popular - Microsoft developers are obviously looking for ways to implement web sockets, and there is not a lot of documentation out there to assist them yet. With the release of Windows Server 2012, Microsoft is now including native suppor t for WebSockets. Unfortunately the 2008 hack (released by HTML5Labs) is now deprecated, and has been removed from the developer's website. Because there is so much interest, and no longer a fix to implement websockets in IIS7 that I am readily aware of, I am going to start putting together some information for developers here on IIS8. This post will just have the basics, and I will expand on the topic through later posts. To get started, it is necessary to enable the WebSocket Protocol Module. The module is available as a

Activating Windows Server 2012 GUI after Installing Server Core Only

[This article deals with issues with installing the 2012 GUI from Server Core. Do you need help with activating your license key? If so, try this article instead. ] Update: James Stephan, currently Senior Analyst with Dell Health Services, was kind enough to point out to me that I had neglected to mention this procedure will only function with fully licensed versions of Windows Server 2012. If you have downloaded and installed the free edition of Windows 2012 Server Core, you cannot activate the GUI. For quite a bit of detailed information specific to the free edition of 2012 Server Core, follow  this link to James' blog . So I just started playing with Server 2012. Right out of the gate, I encountered issues on installing to a hard drive with a pre-existing Windows 7 installation. I nuked the partitions during the install, however when trying to install the full server GUI, I got a "Windows component cannot be found" error. I believe this was the result of the instal