A version of Microsoft Windows for use on servers; it supports server class hardware (e.g. more RAM, more CPU cores), contains network server software (Hyper-V, DNS server, web server, file server), and runs Active Directory to manage Windows Desktop computers and user accounts.

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How to measure CPU based on a threshold

We are tracking down the resource requirement for our production environment(windows). I need to find out the maximum CPU and memory utilization. I do understand that we can use the wmic command to ...
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Is using the AD home directory attribute to map the home drive really no longer a best practice?

I have read some articles that claim that using the Active Directory user home directory attribute to automatically map the home drive is a legacy method, deprecated, or not recommended. The second ...
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In need of books, articles etc about server monitoring in general [on hold]

As written. It's for an essay in school and I'd need some legit sources. Any tips?
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Tool to synchronise folder structures (Windows) [closed]

I need to find a tool to synchronise an (empty) directory structure, NTFS shares and NTFS permissions across ~30 Windows 2012 servers. The application we are developing requires a certain directory ...
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Build a IIS and SQL Server replicated cluster [closed]

I have four Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard virtual machines on three physical nodes. Two will be dedicated for IIS, and two for SQL Server 2014 Standard. I have to replicate them (IIS1 to ...
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Deploy Software via GPO, but also deploy configuration file

When deploying software through a group policy, is there any special trick that will allow you to also deploy a separate, say config, file along with it? Here's the specific problem: We have a ...
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taking care of long filenames

Yesterday I deployed a simple backup based on rdiff-backup on a windows server machine. Everything went fine...almost. Obviously our customer had a lot filenames/paths exceeding 250 chars. Every new ...
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Is it possible to extract disk/RAID drivers from a windows server?

Is it possible to extract drivers from a server? I have an operational HP server that I want to repave but I can't seem to find a version of smartstart that enabled windows server installer to ...
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Rename NTFS file to eliminate multiple periods via batch

I at wits end trying to rename NTFS files that have technically legal, but problematic multiple periods in my Windows 2012 Server share Files are dropped in a share that look like this: ...
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WSUS clients can't find updates

I've installed WSUS on a Windows server 2012 R2 and configured the workstations and clients via Group Policy to install updates automatically from WSUS. The servers are detected by WSUS and report to ...
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SSL Certificate issue on renewal in IIS 7

I have an SSL certificate that expires on Februray 15, 2015. What if I install new certificate on my server on Feb 10, 2015. Will my certificate work with new renewed certificate on Feb 10 as my old ...
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Windows Server and Graphics Driver

With windows server is there any benefit to installing a graphics driver (eg the Intel / Nvidia / AMD driver vs the basic Windows one)? I'm currently only using the Hyper-V role on the host machine ...
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802.1x Authentication Issue

I have two wireless network profiles with the only difference between them being the SSID. I am able to connect to profile1 but I am not able to connect to profile2. Looking at the event logs after ...
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Windows Azure linux domain

I've set up a Virtual Machine and I need to connect my domain .site.com to Windows Azure, I tried to do it with an A record using the provided IP, but the VIP address is not static, and after ...
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Starting a GUI application under a different session

I run a game hosting service, and I want my customers to be able to access the console of the game servers. However, despite looking like a terminal window, the game's server console is graphical, and ...
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Win2K P2V on XenServer 6.2: VM unable to start

I'm trying to virtualize (P2V) a very old Win2K server (an IBM x345) with related storage: a main C: drive, running on top of a RAID 5 logical-array served by an internal ServeRAID HW controller and ...
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Administrator can access all mailboxes - how can I stop it?

At our organisation the DOMAIN\Administrator account can access all mailboxes i.e. log in to Outlook Web Access as DOMAIN\Administrator and then open another mailbox and that users mailbox appears. I ...
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Is there a way to find out who was logged on a Windows server in a past year?

I'm just wondering, is there a way to find out who was logged on a particular Windows server in the past year? Security log is only 1 month old or less and user profiles were deleted. Thanks a lot for ...
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How can I verify the heap size startup arguments for an active JVM that's running as a Windows service and loading JVM params from registry?

I've got a Windows server with a third-party application on it that runs as a Windows service. The service/application is actually a java virtual machine however it displays in task manager as an exe ...
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Configuring openldap/PHP LDAP against “signed” LDAP connections with Active Directory

This may sound like a stupid question, and maybe it's already been answered, but I can't find a definitive answer anywhere, so I thought I'd ask. When someone enables "Domain controller: LDAP server ...
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Routing and RAS with multiplice public IP-Adresses

I have two public ips, e.g. (1) = 111.111.111.1111 and (2) = 222.222.222.222 on one NIC of a Windows Server 2012 R2 Server. I'm using "Routing and RAS" to forward some ports by NAT rules to Hyper-V ...
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Does windows server provide a standards-based NTP service?

We use a PHP script for syncing time against a NTP time server. All of it works, but when working with windows server, the script fails. Is there a modified version of NTP working inside the original ...
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Apex ANAME / ALIAS record in Windows Server 2012 R2 DNS Manager

Some DNS hosts offer a way to have an A record that serves an IP address which is determined on-the-fly (or frequently enough via scheduled job) by resolving some other hostname behind the scenes. ...
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Two Windows server, not in domain, grant permissions to each other's users [closed]

We have two Windows Server machines, which are not in domain. Sql Server runs on one of them. We want to save backups of Sql Server to another server. We created a folder in second server then we gave ...
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Azure vm keeps stopping itself [closed]

I have an Azure VM (A5), which uses Windows Server 2012 R2. It used to be %100 up, but when I signed for the RemoteApp demo, It started to stop itself like, every 24 hours. I use the server as a web ...
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How to soft-restart Windows Server 10 Technical Preview?

Windows 10 Server TP has a new feature called "soft-restart" that claims to go back to bootloader without resetting devices thus resulting in a faster reboot. How do I actually invoke a ...
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Installing Application Request Routing via WebPICmd On Azure Web Role

As the title indicates, I created a startup task in my Azure Web Role to install ARR on the servers, here is the command: >WebPiCmd /install /Products:"ARRv3_0" it works locally on my machine, ...
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Unable to access network on Windows Server 2012 (Ethernet)

We have a server that had been using Ethernet, but temporarily Wi-Fi, and is now using Ethernet again. Strangely, it will not connect to the Internet. It detects when a cable is plugged into the port ...
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How to monitor Windows Server process Internet activity? [closed]

Does anyone know a good tool for Windows Servers that would show breakdown of Internet traffic by processes and users? I know there are many Microsoft tools (such as process explorer) but does ...
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Windows Installer Error 1721 on uninstall

I'm trying to uninstall a program from Windows Server 2012, but when I do, it tells me: Error 1721: There is a problem with this Windows Installer package. A program required for this install to ...
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Network Security: Lan Manager Authentication Level

I'm a little bit confused by the explanation provided for the setting "Network Security: LAN Manager AUthentication Level" in group policies. The provided explanation only talks about clients and ...
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“no data was received from host” Nagios Alarm only on Windows service checks

I've got a standard Nagios install monitoring 524 hosts and 912 service checks. I'm seeing a strange problem as far as it relates to monitoring if a service is running on windows server. It seems ...
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Windows upgrade from 2008 R2 to 2012 R2 fails with “You can’t do a typical upgrade …”

Trying to upgrade a server I ran into the following message: You can’t do a typical upgrade using an installation disc that’s different from the language installed on your computer. Existing ...
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Where does a Domain Controller's Local Security Policy come from?

In Group Policy we have the Deny logon through Remote Desktop setting enabled for the Domain Computers group . I promoted a computer that was a member of this group to be a Domain Controller. After ...
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How can I retrieve the device information?

From Windows Server 2012 R2, how can I retrieve a device's vendor name and model number without physically opening the machine? For instance, PCI cards. Get-WmiObject Win32_PNPEntity returns a bunch ...
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Can Perfmon be used to monitor free space on a (mounted) SMB share?

Is there a way to use Windows Perfmon to monitor available space on a (mounted) SMB share? For example: on server ABC, I'd have a share \\DEF\SharedFiles mounted. As I can't set up any monitoring on ...
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Remotely determine how long a user has been idle

How do I determine how long it's been since a user with files opened on my server has been actively using their workstation in a Windows Active Directory environment (XP, 7, 8 clients and Server 2008, ...
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Windows SBS 2008 not booting in safe/normal

I have a production server (HP ProLiant ML350 G6) running Win 2008 SBS. It was physically moved. Now it will not boot into normal or safe mode. When it tries to boot into safe mode, the last thing ...
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active directory structure and replication for dummies

I have to install an Active Directory environment for our company and it would be the first from scratch installation one for me, so I have questions, basically about the structure. First some ...
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Active Directory Server how to be cautious [closed]

My company has provided us laptops. We used to use them normally but suddenly my company has announced they have installed Active directory server. We all have to shift to that server. The requirement ...
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Microsoft AV - Do Exclusions Apply to Full Scans or Realtime Protection Only?

The vendor for a new system we're setting up sent us specs for their recommended A/V exclusions. They recommend that we exclude .PDF, .JAR, .BIN, and .DAT files (among others) from real-time ...
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VSS DHCP Jet Writer Experiences Errors During Backup with WBADMIN

Summary My standalone physical server is running Server 2012 R2 Foundation. Two separate backup schedules exist, both using Windows Server Backup. I'm getting VSS errors from the DHCP Jet Writer ...
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FTP Server on Windows Server 2012: Works on localhost, error accessing folder when using domain

I am trying to setup a second FTP server on a computer running Windows Server 2008 and IIS 8.0. I already have an FTP server accessible with one port, and this one will be accessible on a different ...
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Server 2012 Forwards

I am running server 2012 and I wanted to setup a domain that I am using as a public domain on external dns servers, i.e. mydomain.com. I want to be able to have it resolve internal boxes: ...
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Logging network traffic

Don't know if this is right forum, so please excuse me for that. I have created a web service in ColdFusion and other application from outside the network is trying to access it via SOAP request ...
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Creating a multi-tenant AD environment

We currently have the following environment (hosted on server 2003 and terminals servers on 2008 R2) and we need to upgrade this to their 2012 versions. We will create a new environment from scratch. ...
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How to add read-only privileges on DFS Folder for Windows 2003 R2?

I just install a DFS system on different servers. My replication group consists of Windows 2003 R2 and Windows 2008 R2 servers. The replication itself works well. On the Windows 2008 R2 server I can ...
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DFS Namespace with alternative FQDN beside the existing domain FQDN

We have a domain, from previous maintainer which have a 'long' FQDN e.g. dot.longname.top which makes the DFS structure longer, could of course have several DFS Namespace and that is also the goal ...
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BIOS to UEFI no backup restore possible?

We have a DELL R510 server with Windows SBS 2011 (Data, Exchange, ...), we running out of space on the server. We currently have this configuration: 2x 300GB SAS in RAID 1 2x 2TB SATA in RAID 1 ...
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Is there a shiny way to make Windows shares web accessible?

I'm new here, and I hope this isn't too much of a shopping question. I'm the under-qualified director of technology at a small college that may be acquired by a larger school. We have Office 365 ...