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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Windows Server 2003 activity monitoring and reporting

I have BackupExec 2012 attempting to backup a Windows Server 2003 VMWare instance. I often get unable to quiesce error: "The virtual machine may be too busy to quiesce to take the snapshot." I've ...
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Best practice to migrate Server 2003 x64 to Server 2008 x64

We have 2 Domain Controllers running Windows Server 2003 R2 x64. DC1 has the FSMO roles and DC2 acts as a 'secondary' DC. Both are Global Catalog servers. DC1 has these roles installed: Domain ...
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windows 2003 Terminal server, “users” item removed from ACL of “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes”

After having installed a software on my Windows 2003 terminal server, no user has been able to launch applications anymore. When they log to the server via remote desktop, each icon they click ...
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SMTP Connection disconnecting after “STARTTLS”

We're having issues with our mail server. Basically some emails from external networks are not being accepted by the mailserver. After some debugging using telnet and looking through the logfiles, it ...
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ntbackup on live system

I have a few Windows 2003 servers of which I want to take a backup of before installing some anti-virus software. My question is, does ntbackup (the included backup software) operate on a live, ...
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How to restrict DVD access using Windows Server 2003 Group Policy?

I have a Windows Server 2003 DC with 3 Win7 (32) desktops. I want to use an GPO to restrict the DVD on all the desktops (Either 'hide' or not have available) for all domain users except for domain ...
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What does a warning icon on a conditional forwarder mean in Windows DNS Manager?

The icon for one of the conditional forwarders on an Active Directory DNS server I manage has a standard warning icon (yellow triangle with exclamation point) overlay (all names have been changed to ...
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Amazon VPC: How to block inbound traffic on specific IP of an instance while allowing on other IPs of the same instance

Specifications I have an amazon VPC instance with the following specifications: Windows 2003 (32 bit). Two Network Interfaces each with 6 IPs. 6 instances of a software (called backweb) installed ...
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How to troubleshoot network from customers perspective?

We have a web application that we host that is customized for multiple customers. Each customer accesses their version of the site via their own custom subdomain. We are running into an issue where ...
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How easy is it to sniff the SMTP port of webserver to capture mails

I've got a very basic question that I don't know the answer for. Our company owns a webserver that runs multiple websites and works as a mail server for these websites as well (e.g. to send contact ...
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Ban IP Address on unsuccessful login on Server 2003

I'm regularly under brute force attacks on my Windows Server 2003 with Citrix installed. How can I automatically ban IP addresses that have several unsuccessful login attempts ? This question has ...
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Is there a way to determine what custom com+ objects are no longer in use?

What ways are available to see if a custom COM+ application is no longer in use? I'm with a company that has been doing custom software development for nearly 20 years. They have a lot of older, ...
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2012 server using 2003 AD/DNS - Unable to auto-start applcation

I joined my 2012 server on 2003 AD/DNS domain. Installed Remote Desktop and everything. I can login with any user on it, problem is, it's not auto-starting an application it's set to start, and I'm ...
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Migrating from Server 2003 R2 using IIS1 & FrontPage to Server 2012 using IIS8

I'm attempting to migrate my site to a new server. I've already exported & imported the web site. Pages display properly, but when information is submitted from any page an error appears saying ...
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Bad idea to jump two versions in a server OS upgrade?

I have a ASP.NET website running on Windows Server 2003 and I would like to move it to a new server with a more recent OS. Would it be OK to jump directly to Windows Server 2012 or should I see how ...
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Upgrade users to new domain controller

I currently have server 2003 as my domain controller. I am planning to upgrade this to 2012, though several articles and videos are available to migrate active directory domain controller from 2003 to ...
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IIS stopped working after upgrade form 2000 to 2003

Since I am really new to windows environment please do not throw stones at me.. I work as an apprentice and my team asked me to upgrade a Win2k server to Win2k3. It upgraded successfully but I had ...
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Downside with moving pagefile to different drive

I've been tasked with managing an old Windows 2003 server which will be decommissioned later this year. I just need to keep the server up and running long enough. The space on the server is running ...
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Alternative to WMI for querying shared printers

I have an environment with several hundred computers. I am trying to write vBscript that runs and adds the appropriate printer. The printer names can be determined using clues about the computer ...
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Global Catalog position in a multi site Active Directory single domain on Windows 2003

I've inherited a Windows 2003 active directory single domain spread across multiple site locations. I'm checking configuration because previous admin left without leaving any information about his ...
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EFS file access problems

in my organization, i have a deadline to deploy EFS using AD CS, and i am working with a single windows server 2003 box, which is the Root CA, and is the same server responsible to certificate ...
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How do I fix a cloned machine that wasn't sysprepped?

My Scenario I made a bunch of Hyper-V VM (Windows Server 2003) clones, without using sysprep or anything of the sort. All I did was clone, remove the computer from the domain, rename the computer, ...
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2k3 to 2k12 AD, DC and DNS Migration

First off this is a Windows Server 2003 to 2012 DC/DNS/AD migration. We do have a backup 2003 DC/DNS/AD server as well, but I don't think that is a concern at the moment but can be used if needed. I ...
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Sideband on HP ILO2 and initial in-OS setup possible?

Is it possible to configure sideband (ILO being physically accessed from one of the main NICs as opposed to the dedicated ILO NIC) for the ILO2? Also is it possible to configure the ILO2 initially ...
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What precautions should I take before demoting domain controllers?

I know how to demote a domain controller (done it before) but I need to do it for two physical old DCs on a much more 'important' and strictly controlled domain than that which I previously did it ...
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Active Directory user names: why does the canonical name vary? Can I do something to make them uniform?

I am a self-taught administrator of a work Active Directory network used for Windows logins on ~30 PCs. I inherited the system from someone else who also didn't have any direct Microsoft training and ...
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User folder not showing up in Windows Explorer

I have a user that logs into the domain receiving an error message regarding their "my documents" folder being inaccessible. Browsing the D:\Users directory using Windows Explorer on the server, the ...
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IIS 6 Multiple Sites, Always Redirecting to Default Site

this is my first time working with IIS so bear with me here. I set up IIS 6 on a Windows Server 2003 installation on an old PowerEdge 600sc to play around with. I'm trying to link multiple domains ...
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Join Windows 2003 R2 guest to Windows 2012 R2 domain controller

I'm trying to join a Windows Server 2003 R2 guest to a domain with a Windows Server 2012 R2 Domain controller server. I get the error "The following error occured attempting to join the domain ...
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Nonexistent service gets a start control?

I've got a pair of servers that both log an event "The cpuz135 service was successfully sent a start control." but cpu-z isn't installed on either machine. I can't find the service listed in Windows' ...
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Move DHCP Scopes to existing DHCP Server

We have a remote Domain Controller that is running Server 03'. I'm wanting to retire this box and move to the 03' box that we have locally. I was looking at this guide, but wanted to ensure that it ...
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IIS 6.0 on Windows Server 2003 setup for Integrated Windows Authentication but no direct access for users to the shared folders

I am attempting to set up an IIS 6.0 application running on Windows Server 2003 to use impersonation. Can anyone provide me with details of how this can be set up to work in conjunction with Windows ...
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What could be the cause for outbound TCP/IP traffic beeing blocked while ICMP is still working?

On a Windows Server 2003 there is a strange issue. Every 6 hours the server don't accept outbound TCP/IP traffic while inbound traffic working fine. If the problem occurs I can connect with RDP to ...
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How should I remove users from Administrators group without Active Directory?

Context: I am a new junior sysadmin and I have inherited a small office workgroup of about 12 windows machines, production and backup fileservers, and a sql server. All user accounts on the ...
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DFS Root/Active Directory Errors

I'm running into some issues, and I can't find conclusive information about what causes the errors I'm seeing. This is a single server, running Windows Server 2003 Enterprise. It runs DNS (although ...
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How to find which user ran the Windows Update in Windows 2003 server

Recently a Windows Update was done on one of our Windows 2003 production servers and we don't know which user ran the update. Is possible to identify who ran the update in event viewer or somewhere ...
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Move an online domain to local computer

If I move a server to local machine, how can I access the website it's serving in my local network? Right now if you go to the website's link, domain name will point to our server but what is we ...
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Find record of unauthorized domain logon on 2003 domain controller

My manager wants to know who has logged in as him from his PC or any other PC and sent an email. The DC is a Windows 2003 server and the workstation is Windows 7. Is there there any utility that can ...
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Can connect to share on windows server, but access is denied

I can connect to a share on a 2k3 server, but I get an access denied error when I try to open the share. What I have done so far: Created a new group in AD Granted the group full access to the ...
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Exchange server stopping

3 times in the last week I've arrived in the office to find our email not working. When I log on to the Exchange 2003 server, there is a yellow warning icon in the system tray notifying me of low ...
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Can Windows Server 2003 DHCP Server assign multiple IP Addresses to a single host?

I have Windows 2003 Server handling DHCP for our network. We use reservations to assign some hosts IP addresses. Is it possible for the server to assign a single host two IP addresses in different ...
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Windows Server 2003 FTP Last Modified Date

I'm working on a client for a Windows Server 2003 Ftp. When looking at the Last Modified Date I see the time is "rounded" to minutes (seconds are always zero), can anyone confirm this behavior ?
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Server 2003 Printer Mystery. Printing to nonexsistant printer over RDP

We use an all in one inventory/order/invoicing system to manage our business. The actual program and database is ran off of a server running 2003. Each desktop has client software that connects to the ...
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Downside to high MaxCmds?

We recently moved a web site from an old windows 2003 machine to a windows 2008 machine. This web site loaded content over a network share into the web site (TBH this is a rubbish idea that we plan to ...
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Why does second domain controller not display [closed]

We have 2 domain controllers DC1 and DC2, both sharing the same AD database The "Active directory users and computer" console of both DC1 and DC2 display DC1 only, under "Domain Controllers". what ...
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Inheritable NTFS permissions and preventing user folder access Windows Server 2003/2008

A little bit of background: We currently use Windows Server 2003 and AD to control users and their data(we are looking at updating to Server 2008 R2 at some point in the medium future, but not ...
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Query in dsrm command

I need to remove 1000 computers from AD. I tried the script below, but it's not working. When I used dsmod to disable computers, in the same script, it works. @echo off set ...
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IBM x346 Post Beeps 3-3-2

My x346 server beeps upon powering. 3 - 3 - 2 which the manual says "Critical SMBUS error occurred". Also, the LED display on the motherboard displays 29. Can anyone assist me in getting this ...
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Can I have a machine in a DNS subdomain, but Active Directory main domain?

I've just started virtualising some Linux servers, and want them to have DNS names like this: name.vm.company.internal Our DNS is hosted on Windows 2003 Active Directory, so most machines are ...
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How to find which server is sending files to my shared folder

I have a server where is shared folder e.g. shared_folder. Another server in the same domain is sending files into this folder (it is probably a scheduled task) unknown_server -> copy files -> ...