Windows Server 2003 is a Microsoft server operating system released in April 2003. It is the successor to Windows Server 2000 and is based on the Windows XP codebase. It was succeeded by Windows Server 2008.

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What is a good SSH server to use on Windows? [closed]

In my spare time I remotely support my wife's office via VPN into a Windows Server. I am about to purchase a wireless broadband service which doesn't support VPN. I don't want to open up the remote ...
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What are the popular (free?) options for application deployment? [closed]

I manage a small school network with about 150 machines. I am looking for an easy way to deploy software to all the machines without having to visit each one. I've used Symantec Ghost to get the ...
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How to do a post-mortem of a server hack

I have a Windows Server 2003 SP2 machine with IIS6, SQL Server 2005, MySQL 5 and PHP 4.3 installed on it. This is not a production machine, but it is exposed to the world via a domain name. Remote ...
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Copy NT user accounts between servers

I've created about 50 user accounts on a Windows 2003 Server, and I'd like to copy those accounts to a new server, is this possible? I'm not using Active Directory. Patrick Edit 1 : Thanks for the ...
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things to check prior to moving all FSMO roles to a new domain controller before decommission original old domain controller

need to move a domain controller, the first in the forest that holds all the fsmo roles, to another location in a clients building. it will require turning off this dc, call it dc1 for this question. ...
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How Often Do Windows Servers Need to be Restarted?

A little background: We have several Windows servers (2003, 2008) for our department. We're a division of IT so we manage our own servers. Of the four of us here I'm the only one with a slight amount ...
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Is there an equivalent of SU for Windows

Is there a way (when logged in as an administrator, or as a member of the administrators group) to masquerade as a non-privileged user? Especially in an AD environment. e.g., in the Unix world I ...
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What ways there are to backup repositories for Windows VisualSVN?

At this moment we are using Visual SVN and we are backing up the entire repositories directory for visual svn. This backs up the entire data for each repository inside our svn engine. I am curious ...
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How do you monitor the health of a mirrored disk in Windows?

I have a Mirrored Dynamic disk on my Windows 2003 Server. How do you monitor the health of the volume? Is there a way to have the server send an email when there is an issue with the volume? Is there ...
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Do you run antivirus on your Windows servers?

Here's an argument that I've had at over a dozen companies: Should you install an antivirus client on your Windows servers? Obviously, you should not install AV on your SQL Server. I think there is ...
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How to use a Volume Shadow Copy to make backups

The plan is to create a shadow copy of a quite large, I/O-heavy volume. It's 350GB, containing a filesystem-based fulltext index organized in hundreds of folders and hundred-thousands of tiny files ...
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How to identify who/what uses a Windows 2003 server?

How can I determine if a Windows 2003 server is still being used by anyone/thing, and if it is, what it is being used for? I'm drawing a blank on what else to check other than event viewer to see ...
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Is it possible for a Scheduled Task to run as NETWORK SERVICE?

It is quite simple to set up a task to run as a SYSTEM, but when setting it to NETWORK SERVICE it show "Access is denied" error message. Is there any way to get this working? (The problem is that I ...
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Querying DNS for CNAMEs for a server

Is there a way to query our internal DNS entries to discover all the CNAME entries that point to a particular server? Edit: We're a Windows environment, Server 2003.
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How to synchronize the clock of a windows server 2003 domain server?

Given a windows server 2003 domain server, I'd like to sync it's time to (any) external time services (it's off a couple of minutes). How to do this 1, manually; 2, in an automated manner every week?
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Leave Windows Session Logged On

Is a bad idea for any reason to leave accounts logged onto Windows remote desktop sessions? So instead of logging off, just closing the session so it locks. In this case, the limited number of ...
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Automate Amazon EBS Snapshot creation?

Once in a while I would go to http://aws.amazon.com/console and manually right click my EBS volume and create a snapshot. This is kind of tedious and I would forget sometimes. Is it possible to ...
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Clean up Active Directory [closed]

Does anybody know of any useful Tools for cleaning out Active Directory on a Server 2003 domain? I want to clean up old computers, etc, and prefer a free tool. I have a lot of devices that I know ...
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Problem adding Windows 7 64-bit print drivers to a 32-bit Windows 2003 print server

I have installed the final RTM version of Windows 7 Professional 64-bit on a test system before we begin the rollout in our company. I'm having problems connecting to several HP printers that we have ...
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Windows Event Log Rotation?

Windows Server 2003. Is there any way to easily rotate event logs (or automatically clear and save)? I'm doing a bit of auditing on this machine and my security log gets real big real quick and ...
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Renaming a windows 2003 domain?

we currently have an office server running on Windows 2003. The server hosts e-mail (exchange) and active directory. Also we have two client pc's which get their internet connection and their profiles ...
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How to best migrate a server to new hardware

I'm getting ready to migrate a server from old hardware to new hardware. I'm thinking of doing a P2P migration rather than actually rebuilding, reinstalling and migrating databases. The servers are ...
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How do I delete a locked file in Windows?

I'm moving some files around on the server (Windows Server 2003), and there's a locked file that no one seems to have open. How do I delete this file?
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Debugging slow transfer rate from server

I'm trying to explain this as simple but documented as possible. This is not exclusive to this server or my current ISP. I've seen the same exact issue over the years while being with different ISPs ...
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How can I see what version of SSL a web server is currently using?

I believe I have disabled SSL 2.0 on my web server (Windows Server 2003). To make sure that it is now using SSL 3.0, how can I check this? What is the correct way to disable 2.0 and enable 3.0 on a ...
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Running Windows domain on Amazon EC2

It is possible to run Windows Server 2003 instances on Amazon EC2. I was wondering is it possible for one or more of these machines to be a domain controller and the other machines you run to be a ...
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How do I find out which remote desktop sessions are active?

How do I find out which remote desktop sessions are active on a Windows Server 2003 box?
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How can I get BIND and Microsoft DNS to work together well?

I would like to try and move as much of our company DNS config into BIND, because I find it easier to work with, but having Active Directory means we have to have at least the domain's zone in ...
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How to find out if my Windows Server 2003 needs more memory?

What's the best way to find out if my server needs more memory? I suppose I should use Perfmon, but which counters? Thanks.
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Prevent Server Restart after Windows Updates

we have a number of servers in our office, as a small hosting company, and these servers are critical to business, ... web server, mail server, db server, etc. On a semi-regular basis, when the ...
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View Remote Desktop access logs on Win 2003

Is there a history log of each use of Remote Desktop. I'd like to view and audit IP addresses. I'm running a dedicated server hosted by a web hosting company. Had some problems recently, and trying ...
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/3GB switch on win2k3 server with 6gb RAM and PAE

We are currently evaluating adding the /3gb switch to some of our servers to increase the available memeory for one of the running processes (that is compiled with the IMAGEFILELARGEADDRESSAWARE flag ...
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Increasing the accuracy of windows 2003 NTP time sync

Hi using w32tm or some other service (NTP W32Time) is there away to increase the accuracy of windows time to sync at-least every 1sec? Whats setup; windows 2003 AD environment with a few servers and ...
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IIS Can't Serve Certain File Extension

I'm serving .JSON files, but even though the file exist, IIS keeps throwing 404 error when any of the file is accessed. I tried renaming one of the file to .JS, and it works. Any pointer what setting ...
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What is the Best Way to Monitor Server Temperature?

I need to be able to monitor the temperature of a couple of servers remotely. Does anyone know of any free/cheap software that will monitor the server temp and email it or at least output it so that ...
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What are the benefits of XServe hardware and Mac OS X Server?

Are there any distinct benefits to going with Xserve hardware and OS X over standard Dell / IBM servers running Windows Server (2003 or 2008), are there any tasks they are reputed to be better at?
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Is it possible for a Scheduled Task to perform a graphical (interactive) logon or use a script to do the same?

I'd like to have a Scheduled Task (or a script of some sort) perform an automated interactive logon at a given time on Windows Server 2003. The reason is in this question I've asked a short while ...
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Account lock after a single authentication failure

I have 2 standalone servers (not in any domain/AD) - Windows 2003 and Windows 2008. When connecting to shares on them, using the UNC path from Windows 2000 pro, or Samba (under linux), if I make a ...
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UNC Path fails by IP “no network provider accepted the given network path”, but works using hostname

I have an unusual problem with a Windows Server 2003 (Standard x86) box. It appears the machine will not accept connections to its shares (locally and from other domain member servers) by using its ...
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windows server 2003 monitoring software combining SQL Server monitoring with CPU-IO stats

I'm aware this type of question has been asked many times before: http://serverfault.com/questions/499/how-to-monitor-bandwidth-usage-in-real-terms http://serverfault.com/questions/1259/network-...
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Add a “Workstation Administrators” to local Administrators group on domain join

Is there a good way to solve the following? Domain has an AD security group called "Workstation Administrators", for users that should not be domain admins, but should have local administrative ...
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Event ID 4013: “The DNS server is waiting for Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) to signal…"

We have an issue that only occurs after we rebooting our secondary DC and DNS server/DHCP server. It is a 2008r2 x64 server, DC and DNS/DHCP server. Our main DC is 2003. Event ID 4013: “The ...
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Security permissions for remote shared folders

I have two servers running Windows Server 2003, and I want copy files from one server (A), programmatically with a windows service running under the Local System account, to a shared folder on the ...
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How safe are Windows Active Directory Schema Updates?

I'm trying to get a better understanding about how Active Directory handles Schema updates, specifically how safe the procedure actually is given how critical AD is and given the range of situations ...
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RDP - Remote Desktop disconnected, Error 2308 socket closed

Trying to RDP to a server I get this: Error Code: 2308 Error Description: Socket closed I see this on some of my Windows 2003 servers after reboots. Not every reboot, mind you. Usually after Windows ...
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Can a windows 2008 R2 server join a 2003 domain?

I need to upgrade a windows server 2003 machine to at least 2003 R2. I'd like to upgrade it all the way to 2008 R2. I just wanted to verify, 2008 R2 can join 2003 domains right? The other servers are ...
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How do you reboot Windows Server 2003 and be sure it does NOT install any updates

We need to reboot a win 2003 standard server with the least amount of down time possible. What steps do you take to ensure no windows updates will be applied durring the reboot?
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Has March 2015 Patch Tuesday broken 2003 shares?

We have several Windows Server 2003 boxes, and over night, they had their automatic updates installed. This morning, users cannot access shares they were previously able to, and are prompted for ...
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Widely-used load balancing solutions?

I asked this question, and a bit disappointed that NLB was not a widely-used solution. I want to ask about widely-used solutions in the world now. Can you give me a list and a brief introduction for ...
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Issues disabling SSL 2.0 in IIS 6

I have reviewed both related posts on this site: How do I disable SSL 2.0 support on IIS? How to disable SSL 2.0 on IIS 7.5? The issue I am having is that I have implemented the registry change, ...