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 do I have to configure on my server to increase security from default?

I am setting up a Windows 2003 machine to host a website, are there any settings that I should pay special attention to in regards to security? In other words, is there dangerous default setting I ...
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Tracking who installed Software on server

Am I correct, that if a program is installed on a Server and shows up in the 'Add Remove/Program programs', then it must have been installed when a user has logged onto the server either at the ...
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Can raising the domain function level to “Windows Server 2003” cause remote desktop to stop working?

I've read that on Windows Server 2008, raising the DFL can cause XP and Linux/rdesktop clients to not be able to connect, but only if Network Level Authentication is enabled. However, we're only on ...
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Can the startup order for windows services be configured? If so, where?

Windows Server 2003 MySQL 5.x Hi Guys, I have a service that requires mysql to be running when starting up. I'd like ensure that mysql itself starts well before other windows services during ...
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IIS and Apache on same box?

Is it OK/advisable to run both IIS6 and Apache on the same box in a live environment? Our developers want to use our live web server to install SVN using apache and I'm not to happy about it. Cheers ...
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Why isn't my Scheduled Task running a batch script?

OS: Windows 2003 Server Setup: The batch file basically uses 7zip to zip up a few files into a location ready for uploading into an offsite location via FTP. I have run the batch file as myself and ...
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Networkmapping script (VBS) Vista doesn't work, XP does

I've got a weird problem, (like always :p ) Okay: Situation: Windows 2003 domain with XP clients. With a GPO I'm running a VBS script on login to map a few drives. This works great on XP, but not on ...
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How to reset Administrator password Windows Server 2003 installed on Vmware?

I want to reset administrator password on Windows Server 2003. OS installed on VMware server VMware Server version 2.0.1. And problem is this: when i try to boot from live cd, after boot disk with ...
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permit a user to access a selected folder only (Active directory 2003)

I add the user in the Global Security Group (IT Dept), and create a folder and add the IT Dept in security permission on it. Under security tab of the folder, I want to remove the Machine\Users group ...
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Control panel items access for active directory users

Active directory group policy have options to disable different things. My question is that how can i enable control panel items for certain users i.e. printer access / date time properties access. I'...
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Unable to Share Data between Amazon EC2 Instances for Windows

I have two Amazon EC2 Instances running Windows Server 2003 and IIS 6.0. Both the instances are created in the same region and have the same Security Group. I enables icmp for all ports and connection ...
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How to remotely reboot a hung server

I'm trying to remotely reboot a hung 2003 server. The server is pingable but I cannot remote into it. psshutdown does not work shutdown -i does not work What can I do now that the server is back ...
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Move Active Directory from 2003 to 2008

Im not a expert admin in Active Directory so I'm in need of some help. At my work, we have bought a new server with the 2008 server OS. And the old AD domain controller is run on a 2003 server. The ...
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Expire Files In A Folder: Delete Files After x Days

I'm looking to make a "Drop Folder" in a windows shared drive that is accessible to everyone. I'd like files to be deleted automagically if they sit in the folder for more than X days. However, it ...
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What Anti-Virus for Windows Server? [closed]

I've been using AVG for my Windows 2003 Server boxes for the past few years. The subscription is about to expire and I'm wondering if there is something better with a similar price range. I believe I ...
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Easiest way to get Perfmon counter names into a text file?

I'd like to create a settings file for my logman command. I expect to have lots of perfmon counters. Is there any easy way to get all the perfmon counters' exact text anywhere? The only thing I ...
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IIS6: Web Site presenting the wrong SSL certificate

Consider an IIS6 installation with multiple Web Sites. Each is intended to be a different subdomain with its own cert (not a wildcard cert). Each has their host-header specified properly. foo....
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Schedule reboot at the specified time

How to schedule a Windows server to reboot at a specified time? It's about a Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008.
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Multiple VLANs, multiple subnets, single DHCP server?

At my job we are prepping to transition from multiple LANs connected over slow VPN connections to a single MAN connected over fiber, and I've got a few questions. First of all, we are planning on ...
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Terminology for Windows domain

I am a system administrator in a Linux shop. We are in the initial steps of inheriting a Windows Domain. I have some terminology questions: The usernames are WORKPAC\johndoe. What is the bolded ...
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Remotely Trigger WSUS Downloaded update Installation

This has been bugging me for a while. We have our Servers set to download only windows updates to stage them to be installed during one of our bi-monthly patch windows. I have looked high and low for ...
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What do I need to know about running my own dedicated server (with windows 2008)

I'm thinking of getting my own dedicated server with the following stats: Processor: Celeron 440 2.0 GHz Memory: 1 GB Primary Hard Drive : 160 GB SATA II This will be running ...
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GPO to remove “Highlight new programs”?

I need to disable the "highlight new programs" feature in Windows start menu via a GPO but can't find such a setting. Does such a thing even exist or is it achievable only through registry ...
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What is your experience with Google Apps Premier edition?

I am heavily considering moving my company's messaging system (back-end) to the cloud. Namely to google apps. It is a lawyer company with around 30 employees. We have a Small Business Server 2003 and ...
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Diagnosing why a Group Policy Object is inaccessible

I have a Windows Server 2003 domain. One of the Group Policy Objects appears as a linked item in an OU but all I can see if the Unique ID and that the Link Status is Enabled. There is a red minus icon ...
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Automatically start Windows Server 2003 Perfmon counter log upon reboot

Trying to figure out how to make sure a specific Windows Perfmon Counter Log resumes logging automatically when the server is rebooted. This is a Windows 2003 Server, so likely won't have anyone ...
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Issues with patching servers remotely using winrm and Microsoft.Update.Session

I have a network with windows 2003, 2008 and 2008r2 servers. I have a powershell script that I wrote to patch a local machine using the "Microsoft.Update" com objects. (Similar to Windows Update ...
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Monitor a Windows Server using SNMP

How hard can this be? I want to get the current CPU performance from a remote Win 2k3 machine. I need to use SNMP because the machine is behind a firewall. Assumptions: I understand networking/can ...
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Seamless Remote Desktop Connection

My employer provides us with the ability to work from home using the Citrix MetaFrame remote desktop software. For the most part, I have no complaints; however, I was wondering if anyone knew if it is ...
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Is it possible to use WPA Enterprise Mode without having to use or issue certificates?

Scenario... I have a wireless network that students use for Internet access. Each student has an Active Directory account. Is it possible to configure my APs to require them to use there AD ...
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Windows file server performance tuning

I seek your opinion and tips/suggestions in optimizing the performance of a new Windows file server I'm building. I've inherited a Dell NF500 storage server (basically Dell 2950 with Windows 2k3 ...
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Windows Server Event Log Collection and Analysis

Does anybody know of a good tool to collect and analyse the application logs from a number of different Windows servers running on VMWare? All servers are on the same domain. Ideally the tool would ...
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How can I audit a file to see who deleted it?

On one of our servers we have a file that keeps mysteriously getting deleted. What I'd like to do is have a program watch this file and let me know when/how/by whom it gets deleted. We have a backup ...
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How do I increase the maximum number of concurrent remote connections in Windows Server 2003?

I am trying to allow more than the default of 2 concurrent remote connections to a server running Windows Server 2003. Background: I went to "Start" => "Administration Tools" => "Terminal Services ...
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Windows 2003 GPO Software Restrictions

We're running a Terminal Server farm in a Windows 2003 Domain, and I found a problem with the Software Restrictions GPO settings that are being applied to our TS servers. Here are the details of our ...
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Any reason to use Windows Server 2003 over Server 2008?

For a unit test server (TeamCity Agent) - is there any reason to choose old (and reliable?) Win2003 SP2 over Server 2008, assuming both are available and the machine is decent?
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Setting up Redmine With the Bitnami stack installer on Windows Server 2003

I'm running into a problem with the Redmine Bitnami stack intaller on Windows Server 2003. Setting up my project, I'm trying to add a remote subversion repo to the project, but it's erroring out. A ...
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SNTP, why do you mock me?

--- SOLVED SEE EDIT 5 --- My w2k3 pdc is configured as an authoritative time server. Other servers on the domain are able to sync with it if I manually specify it in the peer list. By if I try to ...
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Can not RDP to Win 2003 box or initiate remote restart

I've got a Windows 2003 server that's at my remote data center. This morning I tried to connect to it via RDP, but the connection fails with the following error: This computer can't connect to the ...
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Strange scheduled tasks on Windows Server 2003

A few days ago, I noticed that our Windows Server 2003 system has strange scheduled tasks. I do not know where they came from or who set them up. I deleted them and they came up again today. They have ...
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Possible disk IO issue

I've been trying to really figure out what my IOPS are on my DB server array and see if it's just too much. The array is four 72.6gb 15k rpm drives in RAID 5. To calculate IOPS for RAID 5 the ...
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Domain controller not advertising as time server / PDC role is down

In one of our domains, we have two Server 2003 servers (JUDY and ASTRO). We recently switched all the FSMO roles over to JUDY, from ASTRO. That seemed to work fine, and running "netdom query fsmo" ...
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DNS consolidation, how to serve both internal network and the internet

Currently we have a following setup. We have two domain controllers which also serve as DNS servers, used as resolvers by local clients. We also have external autoritative DNS servers for exact same ...
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DHCP not actually updating DNS even though logs indicate otherwise

This question is sort of a follow-up to this previous question: http://serverfault.com/questions/34553/dhcp-failing-to-update-dns We have a Windows Server 2003 SP2 machine that is a domain controller,...
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Easy way to monitor disk space on multiple MS 2003 servers

I'm looking for an easy way to monitor free disk space on a large number of servers. I would also like to be able to count files in certain folders on those servers
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Add the current admin user to SQL Server Express 2008

I have managed (in 'eksperiments') to remove both my Windows users from my SQL Express instance. I am now logged in as windows admin, and have re-created the corresponding SQL login, but I cannot ...
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SQL Server: Memory Usage High (7GB) + Page File Usage High (7GB) but CPU Usage (2% to10%) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: SQL Server memory constantly going up, from 1GB RAM used to 7GB in a week. Hello all, I am running SQL server with a lot of scripts that update large amounts of data (...
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Windows AD dcpromo /demote, who gets the roles?

I've got three Windows servers running Active Directory: Two Win2000 Servers and a Win2003 Server. For a long time there was only one Win2000 AD server, so it probably has all the roles (although I ...
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Script to do Windows Update on windows server 2003

Is there any batch script or command line command that can do Windows Update automatically on multiple remote servers (maybe via psexec)? Not prefer using a VB script, but if there's one available, ...
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Securing a very basic IIS6 website on Windows 2003

A client of mine wants to run a very simple website (static HTML pages, no dynamic content, no Javascript, no ASP etc) from his server. The site isn't going to be dealing with thousands of hits or ...