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's the best way to migrate from a Windows NT domain to Windows 2000/2003 domain?

I have an old Windows NT domain in need to upgrade to Windows 2000/2003 Active Directory. There is one PDC and two BDCs. What should my next steps be?
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Security Group vs Distribution Group

Within our AD set-up there are a lot of security groups, but only 1 distribution group (that a previous admin created). Both types of group contain lists of domain objects (users in the one I was ...
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Disabling Windows 2003/2008 “reason for shutdown” dialog

I our lab environment I have several Win2k3 and a couple Win2k8 servers. I don't really care why the servers reboot, and would like to be able to disable the shutdown dialog (and the "why did this ...
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Does Windows Defrag utility reports fragmentation correctly on a RAID system?

We have a server with a RAID volume. Windows DEFRAG shows very high fragmentation (90%) on the volume. My chief asked if DEFRAG reported fragmentation is correct (or near correct) or not. We don't ...
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Are we using DFS “wrong”?

We are a company that has branches across the country. We have a minimum of 1 T1 to each branch and a maxiumum of 2 T1s. We have a DFS server at each branch and at our main office. In the past week ...
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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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Things to consider when backing up Windows 2003 Server

Which are the most important things to consider when backup a Windows 2003 Server? It means something like: Common mistakes. Things to consider to do a complete recover. The most important points ...
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Can the Shut Down button be removed from the Start Menu?

I often have to remote onto live servers. When I'm done, I go to the Start menu to log off, but the Shut Down button is always lying in wait for me and trying to get me to shut down a live server. Is ...
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Remote Desktop Problems

I rebooted our 2k3 server box, and it looks like its hanging for some reason and I can't connect via terminal services to investigate. Any suggestions to resolve this issue? Update Working on vpn -...
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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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Completely format server for selling on ebay

I have a ProLiant server that has Windows Server 2003 on it, on a hardware RAID 5 setup. The machine is taking up a lot of space. I want to completely wipe the drives of all data, operating system, ...
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What do I lose by running Exchange 2010 in a Windows 2003 Active Directory Domain?

I know that Exchange 2010 can be run in a Windows 2003 domain but I'd like to run it in Windows 2008. I need to justify it though. Will I lose anything in Exchange 2010 if I only use it in a Windows ...
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Extract registry key from NTBackup System State backup

A Windows Server 2003 machine died recently but I need some information that was contained in the now-defunct server's registry. I have a "System State" backup file created by the Windows Server 2003 ...
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When to add a domain controller at a remote location?

In a location that has 1 T1 connection with ~ 40 - 50 ms ping latency to the closest domain controller, about how many normal users would it take before you would recommend putting a domain controller ...
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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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command line for getting information about status of disk?

Here is the scenario, I have Windows Server 2003 and 2008 which is connected LUNs. I wanted to get status of the disk if disks are online or offline using command line. I'm trying to execute ...
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Windows Active Directory - Implement a password policy. What will happen to current passwords?

I want to implement a stronger password policy for our Windows 2003 domain. My question is, what will happen to the currently existing passwords that do not match the new policy: will the users be ...
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How can I get my License Key from a boot CD?

We recently acquired a server that's been in use for a while, but no associated software, logins, etc. We attempted to blank the administrator account password, but that didn't work. We also tried ...
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remote command execution on Windows 2003 server

I have a single command that I would like to execute on a remote Windows 2003 server. I have tried wmic, which works, but the only way to display standard output is to redirect it to a local file, ...
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Importance of default windows shares

I have to set up some shares on a windows server (2003), but I really don't like those default shares (C$, ADMIN$, IPC$). I seem to remember that you shouldn't remove those shares, but when the ...
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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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How can the Private Bytes of a process be significantly less than its effect on the system commit charge?

On a 64-bit Windows Server 2003, I can see using taskmgr or process explorer that the total commit charge is around 3.5GB, yet when I sum the Private Bytes consumed by each process (by running pslist -...
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How to change the Inter-Site Topology generator

I am planning on replacing a server in the next few weeks, and I was checking through our Active Directory Sites and Services and I noticed the server I am replacing is listed as the "Inter-Site ...
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2003 DC AD upgrade to 2008 on second server migration plan

SUMMARY Writing a plan to prepare for a 2003 to 2008 active dir upgrade. 2003 AD exists on a single domain controller and has been upgraded to 2003 functionality. I have add a new 2008 Standard R2 ...
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Is it possible to close remote desktop session on windows remotely?

Time to time I can't login to my Windows Server 2003 because there are to many open sessions. Is it possible to close them remotely(without physical contact in server room)?
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“Account locked out” security event at midnight

The last three midnights I've gotten an Event ID 539 in the log...about my own account: Event Type: Failure Audit Event Source: Security Event Category: Logon/Logoff Event ID: 539 Date: ...
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How is Distributed File System Replication (DFSR) related to Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS)?

I've heard these two technologies used interchangeably to describe replicating data from one location to another. I understand what each technology is, but I'm unsure of how they relate to each other. ...
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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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Backup of Active Directory

What is/are the best way(s) of backuping up the Active Directory on a regular basis? Background: We have a small system with 2 Win2003 Domain controller. We have periodic backups of these machines, ...
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Decline an already pushed update,

I approved .net framework update on my WSUS server. Those updates have been pushed to the domain machines but have not been installed yet. They are waiting in the system tray waiting to installed. ...
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Why can I access only the security tab on a server's printers?

Context: Win7 64-bit client, Windows Server 2003 I log into the server using MSTSC. The server is running Windows Server 2003, 32bit. I call up the list of Printers and Faxes from the Start menu. I ...
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Automatically deploying Windows Server 2003 and 2008 unattended

We are currently using PXE boots to automate the installations and reinstallations of our dedicated servers. This is working great for all Linux based systems like Debian, CentOS, VMware and Ubuntu in ...
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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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What is QSignoff?

The QSignoff folder uses a lot of disk space, can is be pared down without issue?
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Reset Local Administrator Password remotely

Back in the Windows 2000 I remember being able to reset and change the local administrator password on remote workstations with the following command from MS KB 272530: The following .bat file will ...
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Problems installing OS on Dell PowerEdge R410

I have inherited a Dell PowerEdge R410 and no disks. I have downloaded the Dell Systems Build and Update Utility for the R410 and booted from the optical drive. In the management console you have the ...
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How to disable System service from listening on port 80 in Windows Server 2003

I'm trying to install a service on a Windows Server 2003 machine which is supposed to listen on port 80 but it fails to start because some other service is already listening on that port. So far I've ...
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What is the IIS WAMREG admin component?

Question is in the title. Has something to do with Sharepoint, but a little bit of searching on my part didn't turn up a good answer.
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Why does dig +trace sometimes fail against Windows Server DNS?

My team has a server pointing at the DNS supplied by Active Directory to ensure that it is able to reach any hosts managed by the domain. Unfortunately, my team also needs to run dig +trace frequently ...
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\\tsclient share is blank when RDP'ing to remote Windows server

I'm logging into a Windows 2003 system from a Windows 7 workstation using Remote Desktop. I'm aiming to try and copy some files to the server from the client. In the 'local resources' section of the ...
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Exchange 2007 Cipher Suite Order

I'm experiencing issues receiving TLS encrypted e-mail from a specific domain. We entered into an agreement to use a 256-bit cipher and apparently our Exchange 2007 server on Windows Server 2003 isn'...
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Windows Server 2003 — deleting millions of files in a folder?

I have a runaway process or infestation that is creating files. It has created over 20 M files in one folder. Is there any way to delete this folder regardless of the number of files in it. The ...
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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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Demote 2003 DC from within Directory Services Restore Mode

We've had a child DC fail on us, and can't get into Windows on it as Directory Services is failing. A restore of the backed-up active directory hasn't worked due to a corruption, and so we've decided ...
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Disabling strong private key encryption on a personal certificate

I am attempting to import a certificate into my current user's personal certificate store, since my server is required to sign certain requests it makes and the suggested instructions were to do this. ...
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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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How to diagnose why an update cannot be installed on Windows Server 2003?

On one specific server sometimes I get an error message when I'm trying to install security updates. The message is showed immediately after trying to install them. Where can I find the log files ...
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Session Cache is not configured… why?

I'm running (trying to run, actually) Apache 2.4.2 on Windows Server 2003 R2 32 bit (plus PHP 5.4.5 and OpenSSL 1.0.1c, but I don't think that matters), and I'm getting the following line in the error ...
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How to not move permissions on fileserver file move

I have a problem with a NetApp file server with Windows XP clients. The files are on a single SAN drive. The users regularly move files from \\storage\share to their personal folder at e.g. \\storage\...
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Opening certmgr.msc to display the Machine level certificates

I want to view the certificates installed at the machine level, if I open certmgr.msc. I am aware that we can open an mmc and app a snap in for certmgr. But I dont want to go that way. I am aware ...