How To Install WSUS On Windows Server 2012

The first difference with WSUS on Windows Server 2012 is that WSUS is now a feature. To install WSUS on Windows Server 2012: Install the WSUS feature and any associated required features and services it requests Choose a type of database, either WID database or SQL database Choose a location for the database and credentials […]
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The Following Features Cannot Be Installed On The Same Server – WSUS

When installing WSUS on Windows Server 2012, you can get the following error: The following features cannot be installed on the same server: Database WID Database WID stands for Windows Internal Database, so basically this error message is telling you that you can’t install WSUS with two databases; You need to either choose to use […]
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There Was A Problem Checking For Updates 800B0001 – Windows Server 2012

When running Windows Updates on a Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8 machine, you may get the following error: Windows could not search for new updates There was a problem checking for updates. Error(s) found: Code 800B0001 Windows Update ran into a problem. This error happens because the WSUS server is missing Windows Server Update […]
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How To Enable Remote Desktop on Windows Server 2012

Enabling remote desktop on Windows Server 2012 is actually the same as enabling remote desktop on previous versions of Window Server, it’s just less obvious. To enable remote desktop on Windows Server 2012, go to the System Manager and click on Local Server. On this pane, it will say Remote Desktop: Disabled. Click on the […]
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Windows 2012 Activation Error: DNS name does not exist

When activating Windows Server 2012, you can get this error: Windows 2012 Activation Error DNS name does not exist Error Code: 0x8007232B This applies to Windows Server 2012, but also previous versions of Windows. It’s caused by using a product key that is mismatched with the installed product. For example, you may have installed a version […]
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The Certificate For The Signer Of The Message Is Invalid – Server 2012

This seems like quite an unhelpful and generic message that Microsoft have built into Windows Server 2012, so I thought I’d publish a few common fixes for this error: Windows Update Standalone Installer Installer encountered an error: 0×80096002 The certificate for the signer of the message is invalid or not found. You get this error […]
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How To Install Microsoft XPS Viewer On Windows Server 2012

I’ve recently published an article saying how to install Microsoft XPS Viewer, but have just found that this is not relevant for Windows Server 2012. If you try to install Microsoft XPS Viewer with the Microsoft XML Paper Specification Essentials Pack on a Windows 2012 Server, you will get the following error message: Windows Update Standalone […]
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How To Setup Previous Versions In Windows Server 2012

Setting up Previous Versions (Shadow Copies) in Windows Server 2012 is the same as setting up Previous Versions in any other version of Windows Server. To setup Previous Versions, right click the drive that you want to setup Previous Versions on and click Properties. Click the Shadow Copies tab and select the drive you want […]
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Where Is The Windows 8 / Server 2012 Public Desktop (All Users Desktop) Location?

If you can’t find the Public Desktop (formerly known as the All Users Desktop) in Windows 8 or Server 2012, it’s because it’s hidden. The Public Desktop is located under: C:\Users\Public\Desktop\ *Desktop being a hidden folder 😉 This location is the same for both Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.
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