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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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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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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Not able to access the server after changing the password?

While accessing the server, the error comes: Multiple connections to a server or shared resource by the same user, using more than one user name, are not allowed. Disconnect all previous connections ...
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In Windows Task Manager, in the Processes tab, what does I/O Other mean?

In Windows Server 2003, I'm seeing a process in Task Manager with a high value in the I/O Other column. I'm trying to determine if it's in some kind of error state, but I don't know what I/O Other ...
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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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What might cause DIR $file to report “File not found” when DIR $dir shows the same file just fine?

I can DIR a file and it doesn't exist, but DIRing its directory, or a file in the same directory as it, works fine. Is this a hardware or software problem? If it's hardware, is it the drive or ...
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Unable to restore a backup GPO in Active Directory

I have only recently downloaded the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager and created several "profiles" and exported them as "GPO Backup (folder). No problems there.. Now I have copied the folders ...
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Benchmark tests for MSSQL 2000 VS MSSQL 2008.. (thinking for upgrade)

How much of a difference will there be (for speed and other benchmark results) for a database about 5 and even 10 GB to move from MSSQL 2000 to MSSQL 2008? It's running on a Windows 2003 VMWare guest ...
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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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Exact extent / meaning of “Log on as a service” permission (W2K, W2K3)?

Let's say you have an active directory domain, and you want to have a service account run a certain windows service on multiple machines on the domain. The service account needs to be the same account ...
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If DEP has stopped an app, is there a possibility to see this events in a log?

DEP (Microsofts Data Execution Prevention) stopps sometimes some apps and kills it out of memory. As an administrator, may i see such events in a log and if which one? My experience is that there is ...
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How can I rotate PHP Log files on Windows Server 2003?

Our PHP Log files are getting huge, and we need a utility to regularly rotate the file. This is on a Windows 2003 Server. Is there a program / script similiar to Linux's logrotate? And yes, we are ...
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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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Attempting to open a dll whenever logging on to server after SQL Server upgrade to 2008 R2

The environment is Windows Server 2003 SP2 32-bit, SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 When logging on to the server the following message box is displayed 'you are attempting to open a file of type 'application ...
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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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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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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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Bridging between two networks one openVPN and another on windows 2003 server on ESXi

I have two different networks in two different offices interconnected using OpenVPN. The windows 2003 server (AD) on one network can now talk to all the machines in the main network where OPENVPN ...
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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. ...
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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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Remote command-line access to a Windows machine

I normally access my hosted dedicated server, running Windows Server 2k3, via Remote Desktop. However, that service is bizarrely unavailable today and so I urgently need an alternative method for ...
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Unable to do automatic updation in the slave server

I've installed BIND 9.5.2-P1 running in Windows Server 2003. There is 1 master server and 1 slave server. i already have master that work well for our zones. The problem is my slave server didn't ...
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Group Policy Exemptions using filters

I have set a policy to enforce screensaver with a lockout after 7 minutes prompting for password. I have found that there are a few machines as exemptions. I have made another policy to disable the ...
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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 open port 1433 on windows 2003

How can I enable port 1433 on windows server 2003 to enable SQL connections? I don't have any hardware firewall just plain windows 2003 with sp2
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Windows2003 as VPN server no internet access

I setup my win2003 server as a VPN server and I can connect to it in client side. But I can't access Internet in client even as administrator. I read related questions and as they suggested, i've ...
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PowerShell? Do you use it? Can you show me some cool system administration things I can do with it? [closed]

I keep reading everywhere that PowerShell is the way of the future. When it was first released I did a whole bunch of virtual labs, but since then I still haven't used it in a production environment. ...
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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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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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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. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Allow traffic from single IP address, block all other addresses

I have a server running Windows Server 2003. I want to only allow traffic from my IP address and block all other traffic from all other addresses. I'd like to know how to correctly configure this IP ...
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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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Why does my server play an E minor arpeggio through the PC speaker every five minutes?

I'm running Windows Server 2003. When I log on to the server using Remote Desktop (from Windows XP) it plays an E minor triad - long E, G B G E - through the PC speaker. We've tried setting Remote ...
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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 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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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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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?