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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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Confusion about Microsoft Exchange 2013 RTM .ISO and Cumulative Updates

What is the best practice regarding deployments of Microsoft Exchange 2013 and the various Cumulative Updates available for the platform? I've once made the mistake of downloading the Exchange ...
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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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Non-R2 vs R2 versions of Microsoft products [closed]

Is the R2 version just a major update for the original product with the same name (e.g. Windows 2012 vs Windows 2012 R2) or are they actually considered separate products that must be purchased (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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Prevent local administration privileges for our domain users

I am looking for possible solutions to prevent local administration privileges for our domain users. Currently, we provide our domain users local administration privileges to avoid issues with ...
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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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Unable to change boot method in Microsoft DNS

I am experimenting with Microsoft DNS, and have knowledge of Bind. I am trying to boot the server from boot file. Problem is that when I change the boot method, as mentioned ...
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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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How can I use Azure Active Directory users as virtual machine users?

Is there a way to use users in an Azure Active Directory as users for an Azure Virtual Machine? Respectively, is there a way to create multiple user accounts for an Azure Virtual Machine?
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Can Microsoft accounts be created and managed via Active Directory / API?

We are in the process of shifting over to Google (Apps) for Work. One of the cool things that this provides is 'Google Apps Directory Sync' https://support.google.com/a/answer/106368?hl=en which ...
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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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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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Office Registry Settings for Office 2013 for use with ADRMS

We had ADRMS running with Office 2010 on Windows 7, between a few divisions using Trusted Publishing Domains (TPD), this made available by using a few registry changes for use in Office 2010 ...
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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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Installing Exchange on a different server after failed primary server

I'm trying to get my exchange server back online, however, after rebuilding my SBS server, exchange install keeps failing. I used the following steps to rebuild my server. Prior to reinstalling SBS ...
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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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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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Sql Server Management Studio 2008 has suddenly become unresponsive

I'm getting a very strange error when I try to launch SSMS from my taskbar. It seems to open in normal speed, but responds to any input with just a beep. CPU usage is 0% in Task Manager, and there is ...
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Exchange 2010 - Remove AD User, Keep Email

We have a normal active directory user synchronized with an exchange mailbox. Is there anyway to keep the mailbox & all the email, but remove the active directory account, or prevent the active ...
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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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Microsoft updates feed [closed]

I'm trying to write a web scraper that will pull together information about security updates for various products but I cannot find one for microsoft products. As this is cross-platform and includes ...
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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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Microsoft DHCP server and Unix BIND dynamic DNS

Is there any way to make Microsoft DHCP server to securely dynamically update A and PTR records in Unix Bind DNS zone? Microsoft supports secure update using username/password authentication. Bind9 ...
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How can I force dnscmd.exe to provide its output in English?

How can I force dnscmd.exe to provide its output in English? I have automation that parses the output of various dnscmd commands, such as dnscmd /info > dnsInfo.txt. I'm using PowerShell to ...
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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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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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Failed to run task sequence - 80004005. DNS working though

I seem to be getting a fairly common generic error but with possibly with a slight difference then some of the other problems/answers I have seen. Generally it looks like this is a DNS issue but I am ...
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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. ...