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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Migrating Windows Server 2003 Active-Directory to Windows Server 2008

I would like to migrate a Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008. I installed Active-Directory on the Windows Server 2003. During the installation of Active-Directory on my Windows Server 2008, ...
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Multihomed Windows 2003 IPsec tunnel source IP address

As Windows 2003 EOL comes near, I'm starting to disband old machines still active in my network. Now one of these is in a branch office and used as RRAS server just for servicing a VPN connection to ...
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Windows 2003 Near Freezing

Problem: Our server becomes very very slow (near freezing) if I copy a file from any directory on C: and D: to any other directory. In short It becomes very slow if I touch the hard disk. Currently I ...
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How to remove 2003 server roles without cd-rom?

Trying to remove a few server roles on a 2003 server but its asking me to put the cd-rom disk in. Wondering if there's another way to remove roles without putting the cd-rom as it's a VM and I don't ...
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Windows physical server provisioning with HPSA 7.8

I have a physical server that I am trying to provision Windows to. At 58% of the way through copying files form the Core to the target server, the process hangs with either a samba time-out or an ...
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Immediate Propagation in Active Directory

It's been a while since I've done any large-scale AD administration so I'm reaching back a bit here. I remember that there are certain security related attributes on a user account object that, due ...
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Restrict Access to Domain Admin/Admin Group for all

We have a pretty old setup which was managed by our client. They could manage anymore and they have outsourced the entire Datacentre to us. Everything is messed up right now. Nothing in place ...
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SSL Certificate Trust Required for Services

This is in a development system which is why i have a self generated SSL certificate. Its setup on our dev exchange server; i need to add a trust to call it from a CLR running inside SQL Server. Have ...
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Windows Console .exe won't run if it's downloaded from the internet

I have a nightly job on Windows Server 2003 that automatically updates itself by downloading its .exe from Amazon S3. I've noticed that when it performs the download and tries to run the newly ...
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Is it possible to Migrate from Windows Server 2003 Standard to Windows Server 2012 Essentials?

I've done a bunch of searching and can't find a definitive answer to whether it's possible to migrate from an existing Windows Server 2003 R2 (standard edition) domain controller, to a Windows Server ...
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Extend time range to shutdown command

Is it possible to extend the valid range to the DOS shutdown command in Windows Server 2003? The help shows a maximum time-out period at 600 seconds.
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ESXi 5.1 Windows Server 2003 Guest 32-bit Installation boots to GUI but claims that it can't access the medium to install?

I've tried changing the settings on the iso and it just won't let me install it: "Setup was unable access files needed to continue. This should be caused by an error on the CD Media or the CD is ...
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ESXi Windows Server 2003 Guest 32-bit Installation gets stuck on blue Starting Windows screen?

I'm trying to install Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition 32-bit as a guest on ESXi 5.1 for testing purposes; but when I try to install it, it gets stuck on the blue Starting Windows screen and the ...
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Explorer.exe not starting after login on Windows Server 2003 (Terminal Services and console)

When users login to a Windows Server 2003 R2 running Terminal Services they have a blank desktop. Upon inspection, explorer.exe is not running. When I login as administrator, using either RDP or to ...
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Force close an open port in Windows Server 2003

On a server running Windows Server 2003 I killed the TS-service (specifically the svchost.exe which belongs to terminal services). The service is not running anymore but the server is still listening ...
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Access denied, source SideBySide, SHELL32 error on an Windows 2003, IIS 6.0 server

I'm getting this error on an Windows 2003/IIS 6.0 web server while the server is running. This is a new server. Event Type: Error Event Source: SideBySide Event Category: None Event ID: 59 Date: ...
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Set windows permissions to allow modify, but not execute

Is it possible to set permissions on a folder in Windows (Server 2003 64bit) so that an account can write and modify, but not execute? If I set modify permissions, windows seems to insist I also set ...
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Default client printer permissions on 2003 terminal server

Is it possible to change default permissions of printers that are created on terminal server sessions by clients? We have a terminal server that is shared between our head and branch offices and ...
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Clone Windows Scheduled Tasks

I would like to copy all scheduled tasks on a computer with Windows Server 2003 to another Server 2003 computer. I can guarantee that all executables will be available on the new computer. Can I do ...
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MSN Messenger all of a sudden refuses to connect

The clients in my domain could always connect to MSN-Messenger. This week, al of a sudden connection fails with error code 80072ee7. Troubleshooting learns that there is a problem with the "Keyports". ...
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Delete temporary internet files on a terminal server (Server 2003)

Are there any apps or scripts that will remove all temporary internet files for all users on a windows 2003 terminal server.
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Windows Server 2003 Temporary Internet Files filling with hidden junk?

I have a server running Windows Server 2003. Nobody uses the internet from this machine. If I go to C:\Documents and Settings\(user)\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files and right-click for ...
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ntrights equivalent/replacement for Server 2008

Does anyone know what or if there exists a replacement utility for the Server 2000/Server 2003 command line tool ntrights on Server 2008? More info on this utility (for those that don't know what it ...
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Why does SYSTEM “Privilege Use” event cause another program to crash?

This is an odd one that I've been trying to track down for while. I am not a server administrator, but a programmer/developer, but, sadly, at my company, I probably have the most knowledge of how to ...
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Manage a Windows 2003 Active Directory Domain with PowerShell?

Can you manage a Windows 2003 functional level domain with the Active Directory PowerShell modules? The modules were introduced with Server 2008 R2, so they don't work on Server 2003, but I have read ...
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Win2k3: What files can be deleted from the System drive, and what tool to delete them?

The strategic question is "How do I maximize free space on the System drive," and includes such things as disk compression, changing the TEMP environment variable, removing the hibernation file, ...
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What is the $hf_mig$ directory for in Windows Server 2003?

What is the $hf_mig$ directory for in Windows Server 2003, and can I delete it?
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Install Windows 2003 Server R2 Std on PowerEdge 2950 without Floppy

I can't seem to get Windows installed into this Dell PowerEdge 2950 server (As embarrassing as it is). The server has no floopy and the install needs a RAID driver (Perc 5/i). So far I have tried: ...
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Windows 255 character path/file name limit

..that applies sometimes, depending on the application, but not all the time, depending on the application.. WTF and how the heck do you all deal with this? I have users who are able to create ...
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Is there a way to run PsExec specifying a user name and password (-u -p) when running as Local System?

I have a Windows Service running as Local System on Windows Server 2003 and I'm trying to use PsExec to run a command as another user (using the -u -p parameters) but I keep getting Access is denied. ...
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Connecting two lans over internet with Microsoft Ras

I have the following structure 20 computers in city 1 with lan 192.168.0.1/24 15 computers in city 2 with lan 192.168.1.1/24 both connected to the internet with ADSL modems (ADSL Modem with ip ...
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Unable to Join Windows 8.1 Pro Clients to domain on windows server 2003

I have several Windows 8.1 Pro machines which will not join our domain on Windows Server 2003. These are brand new machines which were deployed at the same time as several others which DID join the ...
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Advantages of running print services on Server 2008 R2?

Our existing print server for our 8 printers is a Win 2003 server that is slowly being decommissioned. We want to move print services off this server but we want to move them to the right place. I ...
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Server 2003: DNS seem to only resolve google.com but no other website

I have a windows 2003 server running AD, DHCP, DNS and RRAS. I had to remove and re-install AD and DNS last week, after the installation, everything seem to work find except for browsing websites. ...
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Can I import contacts from an Exchange 2003 EDB file for a single user?

We have recently had to reinstall a very unhappy Exchange 2003 server for a client, and whilst rebuilding their server we moved them onto a temporary one. During the course of all this, ExMerge was ...
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HP Power Manager SMTP setup doesn't have space for username & password

Is there some way to configure HP Power Manager to not assume that there's an email server running locally? We recently acquired an HP T1500 G3 UPS, which we're trying to control using HP Power ...
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Windows Server 2003 scheduled tasks not running

The task which I want to run runs fine manually. But when I set a time for it to run using "Scheduled Tasks", it doesn't run. What may be causing the problem? How do I fix it?
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What causes duplicate ACK records?

We're reviewing Wireshark captures from a few client machines that are showing multiple duplicate ACK records which then triggers retransmit and out-of-sequence packets. These are shown in the ...
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Displaying the window of a background process started by task scheduler in the current login?

Is it possible to bring a window that has been started by the task manager in the background to the foreground of an RDP session provided that the same account started the task? And if so how?
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Finding Locked Out Users

Active Directory up to 2008 network (our servers are a mix of 2008, 2003...) I'm looking for a quick way to query AD to find out what users are locked out, preferably from a batch or script file, to ...
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Sending mail notifications from Windows Server 2003 Powershell 2.0 to Office 365

My script is meant to suck up errors in scheduled tasks that don't complete correctly and sends them to my email address via Office365: $reportHTML = Get-Content C:\windows\tasks\SchedLgU.Txt | ...
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I Cannot create a .BAT file in the root of C “Access is Denied” Server 2k3

I have an oracle db server on a windows 2k3 box. I am currently unable to create or copy a batch file to the root of c. I can create batch files on different folders (i.e. in my user directory) or I ...
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Find Installation Date of Windows Updates

Is it possible to find the date when windows updates were installed on windows server 2003? If I go to the controlpanel->install/uninstall programs and check the "Show Updates" checkbox it will show ...
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How do I move the HTTPERR directory out of my C: Drive

I've got an IIS server that is running a bit low on diskspace on the C: drive; I've moved the W3SVC logs from c:\windows\system32\LogFiles to another drive, but there is also a big HTTPERR folder ...
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Sites in IIS not available externally

I'm trying to access my IIS test site using the server IP. Internally I have no problems, but externally it tries for a while and then times out. I've run Shields Up and it shows that there are no ...
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Virtualized Server 2003 vs Server 2008 R2 file transfer rate differences?

Basically I am trying to find out where the difference in the rate of a network file copy might come from. I have a virtual Server 2008 R2 SP1 and a virtual Server 2003 R2 SP2, using the same store, ...
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Networking Issues after vmware p 2 v

I recently migrated a windows 2003 physical machine to virtual, I've installed vm tools, and reconfigured the nic to use the vmxnet 2 adapter, and changed that to the E1000 nic as a troubleshooting ...
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Fixing a corrupted Windows Server 2003 server

I have a Windows Server 2003 server that is being mainly used for some reporting done in SQL Server. Recently Windows has started complaining about being corrupted, we are getting an NTFS error 55: ...
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Migrating Local Users from Server 2003 x86 to Server 2008 x64

I'll try to spare the sob story, but we have an FTP server we are trying to migrate from Server 2003 x86 to Server 2008 x64. This server has hundreds of FTP users, users that ONLY log on via FTP. ...
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How to force users to answer survey on login?

In a network with Windows XP and Windows 2003 as DC, I need to force users to answer a survey "on login". What needs to happen is this: User writes login and password Logs on successfully The ...