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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How do I determine what application is leaking nonpaged memory?

We recently had an issue on our live server that caused our Web App to stop responding. All we were getting were 503 errors until we rebooted the server then it was fine. Eventually I traced it back ...
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How to access shared locations between two Amazon EC2 instances

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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Identify HP Array Logical Drive From Windows

Probably something simple, but I'm trying to identify which logical drive in my HP Server's Array relates to a particular disk presented in Windows Server 2003. So I have a Proliant DL580 G5 server ...
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IIS6: How to troubleshoot a 404 error in an ASP.NET application?

I have an ASP.NET application on a Windows Server 2003/IIS6 that refuses to run for some reason (it's the Xerox Centre, if that info helps). It has been working flawlessly before though on this ...
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Is it possible to connect a DOS pc to a windows 2003 domain

We are in the process of upgrading our domain from windows 2000 to windows 2003. We have a few old DOS machines that need to be able to access a share on a server on the domain. We are using MS Lan ...
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Delegating account unlock rights in AD

I'm trying to delegate the rights to unlock user accounts in our Active Directory domain. This should be easy, and I've done it before... but every time the user tries to unlock an account (using the ...
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Windows GPO default mapped drives

Is there a way, using Windows GPO, to set up a list of "default" mapped drives that can be applied to a group of users? I runs small network and would like to make sure that certain groups of users ...
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Why is GPO Tool reporting a GPO version mismatch when the GPO version #'s do match?

Any ideas why the group policy diagnostic utility GPOTool would report a GPO version mismatch between two domain controllers if the version numbers are a match? Policy {GUID} Error: Version mismatch ...
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Delegate log off privilege?

Is it possible to delegate the right to log other users off? I'd like to give users the ability to log another user off of a computer, but I'm not willing to make everyone administrators to do so. We ...
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windows 2003 DNS server and DNS SEC

i have almost out-of-the-box windows 2003 server which is also domain name server for some users. should i be worried of 5th of may's deployment of dnssec on root name servers ? i have already run: ...
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6TO4 Windows 2003 DNS

This is puzzling me a bit. We are running server 2003 DNS/DHCP and normally we disable IPV6 on the client end. But I have just noticed with windows 7 and server 2008 R2 if I disable IPv6 then it ...
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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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Getting a BSOD after upgrading to MOSS SP2

Recently we updated a SharePoint test server to MOSS SP2. After doing so, a series of errors appeared in the error log, along with a random blue screen of death. After the BSOD, the following screen ...
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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 to determine domain controller used for authentication

I run several web sites using IIS on both Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008. These web sites use windows authentication with only the NTLM option specified (no Kerberos). These servers are ...
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Terminal Services Admin only for specific users

Is there a way to allow a user access to tsadmin, but only to remote in on certain users? For example: The user is mgr of our billing department and has 3 team members in remote locations. I would ...
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Windows 2003 Terminal Server not responding after reboots

We have 5 Windows 2003 R2 SP2 Std x64 terminal servers that are set to reboot each night all within 45 mins of each other. Frequently at least one of them will not respond to RDP requests after ...
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NTBackup (on WS2k3) fails to backup remote server (WS2k8R2) with “ Error: is not a valid drive, or you do not have access.”

We run an NTBackup job on a Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2 with all updates (as of Q4-2011). It works well backing up two WS2k3 servers as well as the backup server itself. However, we have been unable ...
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How to prevent Domain Admins from being denied access to network folders?

As I understand it, if a user creates a folder they become the owner and can control NTFS permissions including removal of inherited permissions granted to Domain Admins. What is the best approach to ...
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How to add HP 64 bit printers for printers that use universal printer driver to server 2003

We have quite a few hp printers and I noticed now they all use the HP Universal printer driver which I added to the printer server (2003 serveR) but when someone on win7 64 bit tries to install the ...
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Disk fragmentation when dealing with many small files

On a daily basis we generate about 3.4 Million small jpeg files. We also delete about 3.4 Million 90 day old images. To date, we've dealt with this content by storing the images in a hierarchical ...
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MySQL InnoDB Corruption after power outage, possible to recover?

I recently started trying to get Redmine up and running after a power outage that seems to have corrupted our InnoDB database in MySQL. Redmine had an extensive set of documentation that I would like ...
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Windows 7 does not respect the prefered router order from DHCP

We have been using Microsoft's DHCP server on our domain for years with success. One of the options we are pushing to the client is the default gateway. In the Scope Options dialog it reads: 003 ...
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What is on your periodic system maintenance? (Windows)

I'm looking at creating a schedule and list of periodic maintenance for our Windows servers (2k3, 2k8). Any thoughts, suggestions or ideas of things that should be implemented. Bonus points for ...
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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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How to tell the Task Scheduler MMC to remember the column widths of the History?

Using the Task Scheduler MMC on a Windows Server 2008 R2, I'm facing something that is very annoying to me: The History window of a task does not remember the column widths, thus making it rather ...
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Unable to connect to the Logical Disk Manager service

I have a Windows 2003 R2 x64 Enterprise Edition server that is backed by a SAN that has a disk that I need to expand. The SAN management interface notes that this drive is sized at 110 GB. Windows ...
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How to email output of scheduled tasks?

On Unix systems, the scheduled task service will email any output that a scheduled task produces. If no output is produced, no email is sent. How can I do the same thing on Windows Server 2003 or ...
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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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AD: Roll out an MSI application at midnight

Using Windows Server's Active Directory and Group Policy, is there a way to roll out an MSI file at a scheduled time, like midnight?
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Windows Server Cluster & Strange Day Light Savings Time Behaviour

Over the weekend (Sunday March 27th) Daylight Savings Time kicked in here in Ireland and so all the servers (all win2k3 server) in our Production Environment updated their Times +1 Hour. However ...
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How to stop DW20.exe running on Win 2003 Server

Periodically my ASP.NET application crashes (usually because memory consumption exceeds maximum allowed by application pool) and DW20.exe starts up. This is a big problem because it uses huge amounts ...
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Are there any issues switching a user from a roaming profile to a local profile?

We have a Windows Server 2003 environment with XP Professional laptops. If I switch a user from a roaming profile to a local profile in active directory, by clearing the profile path, will this cause ...
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Secret scheduled tasks in windows server 2003

I'm taking care of the company's website for a while. The guy who was doing so before me was fired because reasons. So for the past 3 months I've been keeping it up to date and adding/deleting stuff. ...
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Cache updates when migrating DNS from one provider to another

This may be a Windows DNS specific question or a general DNS best practice question - I'm not sure! We migrated our 3rd party DNS provision from provider A to provider B. I noticed that our internal ...
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Windows Server 2003/Terminal Services - DLL Caching?

Does Windows Server 2003 cache specific DLLs on a per-user basis when in a terminal server environment? Back-Story: We recently had to update some DLLs for our application, and a couple clients are ...
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Windows Server 2003 IPSec Tunnel Connected, But Not Working (Possibly NAT/RRAS Related)

Configuration I have setup a "raw" IPSec tunnel between a Windows Server 2003 (SBS) machine and a Netgear FVG318 according to the instructions in Microsoft KB816514. The configuration is as follows ...
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Disk quota problem in Windows Server SBS 2003

I have got a new job and the existing SBS 2003 domain setup is unsecure (i.e. everyone is a domain admin etc etc). There are lots of problem due to inexperienced "network admin", and I am trying to ...
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Bigger File Server or SAN?

We currently have two 6 year old linux file servers (an HP DL320 and DL380) that are starting to be dogs. The DL320 just uses 10K IDE drives set up in RAID1, the 360 has 6 drives set up in RAID10. ...
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How do you reboot a server when you are not local to it?

When you are remoted into a server that may be an hour away, and you have to reboot it, what is the best way to reboot it?
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An effective method to clean XP, Win2k and Windows 2003 after Conflicker

Conflicker has been beating us down all week. We think a server or workstation is clean, but it comes back. Windows Updates are up-to-date and everyone runs Trend or NOD32. It would be great to use ...
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Is there a way to import a scheduled task from windows 2003 (.job) to windows 2008 (.xml)?

I had some jobs to be moved from the old production server (windows 2003 server standard) to the new machine (windows 2008 server standard), but the new server is unable to read the old .job format, ...
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terminal server has exceeded max number of allowed connections

when I try to connect to a remote windows 2003 server via remote desktop connection I get the following exception: "Terminal server has exceeded max number of allowed connections" Ho can I find out ...
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DHCP in Windows 2003/2008 DC or in Router?

For a small Active Directory managed network (say 30-50 DHCP clients) should I have a domain controller (and then somehow another one as a failover) hand out IPs via DHCP or should I just let my ...
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Starting/Stopping a service on a remote server

I am looking for a method of starting/stopping a service on a remote Windows 2003 Server. Locally I know that the net command works, but is there a way to do this over the network? EDIT: Looking to ...
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Disk Space Monitoring

I have about 70 servers and I need to keep an eye on their disk space usage. I don't need the information to be real time. I was thinking of running a script daily or having a scheduled task run to ...
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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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Is my AD already an LDAP server?

I have installed an LDAP browser, to try and browse my AD information (this is part of enabling Google Directory Sync process). however, I keep getting a connection error (using port: 19389). the ...
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How to get alert while CPU overused?

Are there any existing tools or application which can automatically send email when the CPU on server is overused? eg. CPU was more than 90% usage on a period of time or unusual CPU usage
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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 ...