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Good reasons to keep 32-bit Microsoft Windows desktop OSes

Server software has been 64-bit only for a while now (Since Server 2008 R2 for Windows, even earlier for Exchange and Sharepoint) and even Ubuntu are pushing you away from 32-bit versions for their ...
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How do I prevent Microsoft DNS from reporting version number?

Perhaps a silly question, but I promise I googled extensively before I posted this. How do I prevent Microsoft DNS server from reporting version #, as indicated by DNSStuff.com: XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX ...
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Is there a mailing list for upcoming Microsoft Windows Updates?

Is there a newsletter/mailing list of upcoming Windows Updates? I ask because there was a recent IE10 forced upgrade for Windows 7 users that affected the stability of an application we have. To avoid ...
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Can you sync two different domains on MS DNS server?

Lets say you are running a domain X, but want your internal DNS server to handle requests for both domain X and domain Y such that if machine1.X resolves to a.b.c.d, that machine1.Y would resolve to ...
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Virtualization of a AD and Exchange on the same Server [closed]

I know this question has been asked quite a while. But still it isn't really clear to me. Why am I not clear? People suggest sometimes that it is preferable to have 1 DC on physical Hardware. (Even ...
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Would an Exchange Server be appropriate for this situation?

I've just started volunteering at a local organisation and I've been asked to come up with a solution to the following problem. However, networking is hardly my forte so I thought I'd ask here before ...
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Removing GPO - comprehensive list of 'tattooed and non tattooed' registry settings

Is there a comprehensive collection or perhaps even a 'quick guide' to which GPO settings (or registry keys) are protected from GPO 'tattooing'? I have a few clients who have horrendous GPO policies ...
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Beginning networking

I have just recently graduated college with an MIS degree. However, I feel that I can expand my knowledge base about networking. I want to become certified in networking either through Microsoft or ...
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Why does Microsoft.com have a TXT record with only a hash code? [closed]

What is the purpose of the TXT record in the root Microsoft.com zone? I don't see any reasonable tie into SPF, SenderID, DomainKeys, or even TLS-OBC or DANE for TLS. microsoft.com text = ...
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High Available SQL Server without SAN by using AlwaysOn feature

I have two Microsoft SQL Servers (v 2012) and I want to make them mirror and when one of them goes down the second one will be replaced. AlwaysOn is a new feature in SQL Server 2012 that is ...
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Microsoft Network Monitor 3.4 - how to disable DNS IP address resolving for Source and Destination columns?

I've downloaded Microsoft Network Monitor 3.4 and it appears that I can't disable IP address to hostname DNS resolution. Is there a way to disable the DNS resolution so i.e. I'd always see: ...
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How to get DCOMperm.exe from Microsoft

So I've been trying to solve the "The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission" problem and everything I've been reading says I need to get "DCOMperm.exe". ...
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Microsoft CRL URL's

We have a number of Exchange servers without access to the internet. When updating Exchange, the fact that all .NET assemblies are signed means the installer needs to check Microsoft's CRL during the ...
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Is is possible to use WSUS to update sufrace pro devices from sbs2011

We have surface pros in SBS2011 environment is it possible to use wsus in sbs2011 to manage update for surface pro devices? additional notes: so far surface pro devices shows up in sbs server console, ...
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Microsoft Windows DHCP: Steering IPv4 clients into specific scopes based on MAC

We have visitors on our campus who bring their own laptops and devices and use our wireless and wired networks. When we receive a copyright infringement notice (typically BitTorrenting), we are ...
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System Center Configuration Manager: Endpoint Protection client install error

EP 4.2.223.1 is installed, version is higher than expected installer version 4.1.522.0 Has anyone see that in the EndpointProtectionAgent.log on a system they have been trying to push the SCCM client ...
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WSUS - approving updates for patch testing

We're starting to use WSUS to patch our computers. I setup a patch testing group of 10 XP boxes and 10 Win7 boxes to roll out all the patches to prior to dispersing them company wide. So I went to ...
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How to setup a daily report of the top e-mail senders in Exchange 2010

We have had issues with compromised Exchange accounts sending a large amount of unsolicited e-mails out. We have mitigated this by using a cloud e-mail gateway that does a better job in detecting ...
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MS SQL Server 2012 - Unable to access Instance on localhost

5 days ago I was access able to access SQL Server on my localhost machine via SSMS perfectly, no errors logging in with credentials. Now I get this error: ...
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iscsi disk over 2 TB cant initialized

I have a windows server 2012 x64. I'm free to connect and initialize the disks smaller than 2 TB. I can connect more than 2 TB disk but I can't initialize it? Windows can not determine its size, the ...
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Windows Services Error 1053

I'm running Windows 7 and have VirutalBox installed. I have an Ubuntu server running in a VM. I would like this VM to start up with the machine and run as a service in the background. You can launch a ...
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Individual licenses needed for guests on 2012 datacenter? [duplicate]

I think I may not be 100% clear on Microsoft's licensing model for Server 2012 Datacenter edition. I have read that datacenter entitles you to run unlimited VMs, but Standard only allows you to run ...
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Distribution list with external email sent from outside

I have Exchange Server 2010 in my environment and I have the following problem with Distribution Lists. I have created one Distribution List which includes email addresses from our company and ...
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SQL Server 2008 R2 error: 18456, state 1: login failed for “domain\username”

I can't seem to authenticate to my SQL server using the following command: sqlcmd -S myserver -d mydatabase -U user -P password It always says, error: 18456, state 1: login failed for ...
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Windows Server Standard - showing as Windows Vista in Microsoft OS check - What version is it?

So I became in charge of a Windows Server VM. I can't tell whether this version is Windows 2003 or 2008. In My Computer system properties, all it says is: Windows Server Standard Copyright 2007 ...
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More efficient way to retrieve Office365 data via Powershell

I am trying to get mailbox statistics from Office 365. This is the current script: # Get credentials $O365Creds = New-Object -Typename System.Management.Automation.PSCredential -ArgumentList ...
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Rules for Active directory user name string

I have googled but not able to find a proper set of restriction in user name in active directory setting. Please help me in telling what are the special char which are not allowed in Active directory ...
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ADFS 2.0 Best Practices

I'm having a hard time finding some good articles on best practices for ADFS. We are looking to implement SSO for less than 200 users. We plan on setting up a federated server farm (2 servers) ...
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Microsoft exchange autodiscover 404 errors

What is the best way to handle an Exchange autodiscover request on a linux web server? Currently it looks for example.com/autodiscover/autodiscover.xml. Since this page doesn't exist it throws a 404. ...
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Use PowerShell to edit a remote file on a Windows 2008 Server

Editing a file on a remote linux server via SSH and vim is something I usually do on a regular basis. Recently, I got on a new web project involving Microsoft technologies instead of the usual open ...
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Setting Permissions in Windows Azure Website

Windows Azure has its own set of permissions. How can I change it? Because I'm using a php website, and I want to delete a file from the folder deployed in my website directory, but I got permission ...
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Is Windows Azure Pack actually being used anywhere [closed]

Microsoft Windows Azure Pack (WAP) seems to have been around for a year or so now, but I'm wondering if anyone out there using it for an actual production environment? ...
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Need help solving permission error on navision 2013 webservices

I think this question border on both programmers and server admin knowledge so let's hope I choose the correct forum. I need to make an application communicate with Microsoft dynamics 2013 using it's ...
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Copy User Mappings for SQL Logins using SQLCMD - MS SQL Server

Is there a way to directly copy the User Mapping from one SQL Server login to another using SQLCMD? In SQL Server Management Studio Object Explorer | (local) | Security | Logins, Right-Click a user ...
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SCCM 2012 R2: Email / Alert on component status errors

I know that as of SCCM SP1 we are now able to monitor and alert on a few more things in SCCM. We can now alert if there are problems with not only AV / malware alerts but also client and database ...
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Automating installation of the SCOM agent on a linux system

I've been tasked to find out if there is a way to install the scom agent automatically, on freshly spawned amazon instances. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh212686.aspx I'm worried that ...
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How to setup Microsoft DNS so it does not contribute to DNS amplification attacks

I am using a Microsoft DNS server to host both our internal and external DNS. This means that recursive lookups needs to be turned on, or internal users will not be able to perform DNS queries. ...
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Are there any negative side-effects to adding questions to a QA Gate in FIM 2010R2 (without requiring re-registration)?

We recently implemented FIM 2010R2 on our domain, and several users already started registering their answers for the self-service password retrieval feature. We've also recently identified new (and ...
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Potential Microsoft DNS server cache corruption?

I'm in an enterprise environment that has 2 Windows 2008 R2 domain controllers running in native 2008 R2 mode. On these DCs, the DNS service is installed and all Windows (XP,7) clients (~2,000) are ...
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Deploying a Linux RDS VDI on hyper-v. Is it possible?

I am currently running CentOS 6.3 with Linux integration services 3.4 on a Hyper-V VM inside Windows Server 2012. I am trying to deploy this desktop as a VDI Collection in Remote Desktop Services, ...
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Windows Server 2003 ODBC Drivers

I have ran into a problem with Windows Server 2003 and SQL Server 2005 using ODBC Drivers. Here is my following scenario. I have an application that currently uses ODBC System DSN's to connect to a ...
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Microsoft Server Backup Training [closed]

I was curious as to if anyone knew the quickest and most reliable way to locate someone certified in training for MS Server Backup? I need to locate a Microsoft Partner that can train and/or ...
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How do you know if something is supported by Microsoft? [closed]

I was reading on Technet about how to put Exchange on the Internet via the Hub Transport Server role. The article explains that though this is not the best or recommended way of doing things they ...
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Why do we need to list our CAS servers as SANs in Exchange 2010's UCC certificate?

We currently have a few CAS/Hub servers behind a hardware balancer. We were told by Microsoft and Digicert that we may not need them listed as SANs in our UCC cert since we do not publicize their ...
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On Exchange Server enable require that all senders are authenticated on all groups

I have a large number of Distribution Groups on my Exchange 2007 server. I am starting to get spam addressed to these group addresses and would like to enable the "Require all senders are ...
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Can't deliver emails to microsoft

I have a postfix server, on Ubuntu 13.04. On my domain, I set up correctly every MX, SFP, DKIM and A record. I've tested them with gmail, reports DKIM and SPF PASSED. So no problems, my mails comes ...
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How to remove 2003 server roles without cd-rom?

Trying to remove a few server roles on a 2003 server but its asking me to put the cd-rom disk in. Wondering if there's another way to remove roles without putting the cd-rom as it's a VM and I don't ...
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Finding and downloading all available Win2008 R2 and W7-32bit patches (without using WSUS)

Is there a way to find and download all available MS patches for: Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Windows 7 (32-bits) SP1 Without using WSUS or the 'Windows update' tool within the O/S? I basically ...
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Configure MSSQL 2008 to use kerberos authentication

I would like to set my current mssql db (2008 and 2012) to authenticate using a linux kerberos server that I have in my environment . The windows station is in a workgroup and I would like to avoid ...
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Prevent an RD session from being knoced off when another RD Session tries to login

I would like to configure a Microsoft Server 2012 server to not log the current RD admin user out when I try to login to the same server. Only me the Admin and a developer need to access this server ...