Extending volume size in Windows 2012 R2 error “the parameter is incorrect”

Recently while expanding the disk size on a Windows Server 2012 R2 VM, we received an error message pop-up saying “the parameter is incorrect”. We noticed that Disk Management was now showing the correct updated disk size but the incorrect original (smaller) size was still showing in windows explorer properties and in server manager.

We resolved this by extending the filesystem using the DISKPART utility – See Microsoft KB on this (note this was for Server 2003 but same method in 2012 R2 and probably 2008 R2) https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/832316 The partition size is extended, but the file system remains the original size when you extend an NTFS volume

Open command prompt

Type “diskpart”

Type “list volume”

Type “select volume #”

Type “extend filesystem”

Exit

How do I install WordPress on windows server 2012

How do I install WordPress on windows server 2012.

You download and run the Microsoft Web Platform Installer wpilauncher.exe file.  Then click on Applications link on the top of the page and then select WordPress and click the Install button.

  1. First download and run the Microsoft Web Platform Installer wpilauncher.exe file.
  2. Second select Applications link at the top.
  3. Third select wordpress by clicking ‘Add’ next to it.
  4. Now click the ‘Install’ button at the bottom of the page.
  5. Follow the prompts to set your passwords for your WordPress site.
Microsoft Web Platform Installer for WordPress install on Server 2012 R2
Microsoft Web Platform Installer for WordPress install on Server 2012 R2
  1. The first step of the install process has you select the type of database you want to use. You can leave the default of MySQL on a Windows server and this process will install MySQL for you.
  2. Then you need to enter a root password for the database.
  3.  Assuming you did not install or configure IIS the next step will let you pick the: Web Site, WordPress application name, Web Site Name, Physical path, IP Address, Port and Host Name for the site.
  4.  Next you enter: Authentication Key, Secure Authentication Key, Logged In Key, Nonce Key, Authentication Salt, Secure Authentication Salt, Logged In Salt and Nonce Salt.
  5. On this final page you hopefully see a green check mark and a list of the products installed.  **Scroll to the bottom if you can to see the Database Name, User Name and Password.  You can save this by clicking the copy to clip board link.  At the top you can click ‘Launch WordPress’ to open your site and customize it.

Installing applications / programs on remote desktop terminal server 2008R2 or 2012R2

When you add programs on a Terminal Server, you should follow the directions below by going to Control Panel -> Programs -> “Install Application on Remote Desktop…”  You can see the Microsoft article on this here:  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc742815.aspx (shown for 2008R2, same process in 2012R2)

Also see this: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ff432698.aspx

See our RDP youtube video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5Wx0i8Mv60

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If you don’t install your application using special install mode for multi-user environment, some applications will not work properly and you will see permission errors for non-admin users and other error.

Steps on Remote Desktop Server (Terminal Server) Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2

  1. Login to server as Administrator
  2. Download your application (executable file) to the desktop or other location on the server and make a note of that location (alternatively can place media in your local CD/DVD drive if drive re-direction is on).  If you are downloading your application file from the internet, you may need to turn off “Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration” (IE ESC) if using Internet Explorer (or add URLs to trusted sites) or use a different browser such as FireFox or Chrome.
  3. Open Control Panel, then Programs, then click on “Install Application on Remote Desktop…”
  4. Click ‘next’ and browse to location to where your application file is located
  5. Let application install and click “finish”

 

 

Anti-virus on Riptide’s Windows Server Hosting

Update for Windows Server 2016 – Windows Defender is built-in to Windows Server 2016 and is provided at no charge.  If you have Windows Server 2012 R2, we can install MS System Center Endpoint Protection on your server for a nominal monthly fee (Windows Defender does not exist for Windows Server 2012r2).  You are always free to install and use your own AV / malware / security software product as you see fit.  Before installing software, you should verify it is supported on the Windows Server OS you have as well as on a RDS/Terminal Server if that role is installed.

Original Blog Post – Appropriate security measures should be taken on all hosted servers of which one component is using an anti-virus program. If you have a RDP hosted server with users who surf and download from the web, anti-virus is a must. Having the server backed up is another key to ensure you keep all your data safe.

Riptide Hosting can provide the licensing for MS Endpoint Protection stand-alone for $20 per server (or $5 per user if you are utilizing our per user terminal server application hosting offering – https://www.riptidehosting.com/Terminal-Server-Application-Hosting.aspx). Our licensing is provided on a monthly basis with no long-term commitment.

You can also choose to use your own anti-virus software which you may have more familiarity with or already own licenses for. You should verify that the software will work with the Windows Server OS that you have as well as with the remote desktop services (RDS) / terminal services role if installed (and any configuration changes necessary for install on a RDS / terminal server). Also, remember to install programs on a remote desktop server (terminal server) through control panel, install programs on remote desktop server.

If you would like to utilize our licensing for MS Endpoint Protection and have us install it on your server, please let us know.

Other AV offerings that you can research for pricing, compatibility and specifications include: eset, avg, malewarebytes, and many more.

Disable Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration

Windows Server comes with Internet Explorer (you are also free to download another browser of your choice such as Chrome or Firefox). Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration (IE ESC) is a security feature that can be enabled or disabled.  If enabled, when you open IE you will see something like this “Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration is enabled” and when you type in a website, you may see a popup with “Content from the website listed below is being blocked by the Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration”. According to Microsoft, IE ESC  “reduces the exposure of your server to potential attacks from Web-based content”.   IE ESC will typically block your ability to download programs or applications to the server.

If you need to temporarily disable this feature, you can do so using the following steps:

  1. Open “Server Manager” – click on the icon that looks like a ‘tower computer with toolbox next to it’ in taskbar next to the start button
  2. In Server Manager, go to the “local server” section in left side menu.
  3. Next, look for “IE Enhanced Security Configuration” in the right column, click on the OFF hyperlink.
  4. Here you can disable Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration for “Administrators” or “Users” or Both. This is where you can enable IE ESC too.  Usually the new settings will take place when you close out the existing IE sessions and reopen the browser; otherwise reboot the server for the changes to take effect.

To protect your hosted remote desktop server (terminal server), we recommend security measures such as anti-virus, backing up your data, requiring strong / complex passwords, etc. We also offer Veeam full server image backup that goes beyond just file/folder backup. Our licensing is monthly with no long-term commitment.

SQL Server Express Edition

We are often asked by our clients if they can load SQL Server Express on their hosted server and where can they download it from. Yes, it is available as a free download. Below is a quick summary of SQL Express. Riptide Hosting also offers monthly licensing options for SQL licensing for Web Edition, Standard and Enterprise including 2016, 2017 and 2019 versions. SQL Web Edition is a cheaper option for public and internet accessible web pages.

Microsoft SQL Server 2017,2019 Express is a FREE version of SQL Server that is ideal for many web & small environments. SQL Server Express has certain restrictions such as a 10 GB database size. The express edition does have some reporting services features included. See our SQL Server Hosting page at https://www.riptidehosting.com/SQL-Server-Hosting.aspx for additional information. Links below to download SQL Server Express.

LINK TO DOWNLOAD SQL 2019 EXPRESS: Scroll down on this page to Express SQL 2019 Express (scroll down in link)  Direct download SQL 2019 Express

COMPARISON OF SQL SERVER 2019 EDITIONS  SQL Server 2019 Edition Comparison

One important change for SQL 2019 is that TDE (Transparent Data Encryption) is available in the Standard Edition of SQL Server 2019 instead of only in Enterprise Edition (not available in Express). Always Encrypted (since SQL 2016 SP1) is available in all editions including Express. These can be complimentary encryption technologies.

SQL SERVER 2019 HARDWARE & SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS  SQL Server 2019 Software and Hardware Requirements

FOR 2017: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sql-server/sql-server-editions-express
FOR 2014: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn434042.aspx
FOR 2012: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29062

LINK ON COMPARISON OF SQL SERVER 2017 EDITIONS  https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sql-server/sql-server-2017-editions

If you need more features and power than what SQL Server Express provides, contact us for pricing on SQL Standard, Web and Enterprise Editions.  We can provide SQL Server 2019 or SQL Server 2017 (2016) on a monthly basis via MS Service Provider License Agreement (SPLA) with a much lower cost than you purchasing perpetual volume licensing.

Windows Server 2003 End-of-Life is July 2015

Extended support for Windows Server 2003 ends July 14, 2015 which means all patches and security updates will end in July 2015. Now is the time to begin planning your migration to Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012 R2. Migration time is a great time to utilize a datacenter for uptime as well as new hosted hardware without the upfront cost of buying new servers. We offer virtual and dedicated server options based on your needs.

You can upgrade an old operating system but we recommend starting with a fresh install of a newer operating system on newer server hardware made to run it. Riptide Hosting can set up a new server for you and provide a transition period for you to migrate to the newer OS. We can provide assistance with migrating data, cross-connecting the servers, providing IP address information, etc. If you have any questions give us a call.

One of the Riptide Differences is being able to quickly understand your requirements and offer solutions. Give us a call or visit our website at www.RiptideHosting.com