Windows Server 2008 R2 is an operating system from Microsoft. It is an update of Windows Server 2008. Unlike Server 2003 R2, this R2 is a fully new Operating System. It is only available in 64-bit versions.

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Demoted domain controller still authenticating users

Why is a demoted domain controller still authenticating users? Whenever users log onto workstations with domain accounts, this demoted DC authenticates them. Its security log shows their logons, ...
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Windows services not starting automatically?

We've had some nasty time sync problems on our Windows Server 2008 R2 servers lately. I traced this back to something very simple: the Windows Time Service was not started! The time can't possibly ...
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Editing Sysprep Unattend.xml after Sysprep

I have an image of a Server 2008 R2 system which has been Sysprepped and was shutdown prior to its first boot. Now, it would seem I screwed the XML file up as it fails halfway through the Serialize ...
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How to Protect Sensitive (HIPAA) SQL Server Standard Data and Log Files

I am dealing with electronic protected health information (ePHI or PHI) and HIPAA regulations require that only authorized users can access ePHI. Column-level encryption may be of value for some of ...
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Is Branch Cache worth considering as a replacement for DFS-R

We have a small stub office that currently has a single server 2003 domain controller, and a DFS-R copy of the file store held at our main office. We probably replicate about 100Gb of data, I would ...
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How to improve Windows Server 2008 R2 to handle many connections?

It has been a few days so far that I am trying to figure how to solve this problem. First of all, I am running a website with an average daily page view of 350,000. Previously, all ads management ...
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Program does not run properly as Scheduled Task

Situation I have a batch script that prepares some files, executes a program (.exe) and then deletes said files. This task should run hourly, so I'm trying to configure this using Scheduled Tasks. ...
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Irregular internet disruption: certain images and JS not loading

first time on ServerFault, and I've got a nice little conundrum. Since a few months now, we've been having issues with our internet connectivity. Environment: Servers: 2 Terminal Servers as an ...
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Steps to rename an Exchange 2010 SP2 server

I made an unfortunate error when I named an Exchange server msex0 which I felt of course was short for "MicroSoft EXchange." The server in question is running Windows Server 2008 R2 with all the ...
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Speeding up Group Policy, and how will implementing Group Policy Preferences impact logon time?

I'm looking for some advice on speeding up and upgrading our logon system to make it more robust and faster. I inherited an older logon system, which was migrated over from Novell Netware originally. ...
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Sorting by IP address in the Windows 2008 R2 DNS utility

I was walking a client through DNS changes on their Windows 2008 R2 server today. They asked how to sort by ascending IP address assignment. I directed them to the "Data" column... "It's not sorting ...
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Local Admin user via GPO

I have a Windows 2008R2 DC (Just setup), we already had around 25 Windows 7 professional / ultimate clients, which we are now going to join to our new domain / dc. Users were already using the ...
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Can Windows Server 2012 run as a guest VM under Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Host?

Can Windows Server 2012 run as a guest virutal machine under a Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V host? If so, are there any important or notable restrictions on what the guest OS can do running in this ...
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Find locked out accounts in Active Directory (a way that actually works!)

I have googled how to list locked out accounts and found two methods so far, both of which don't work... Saved query - ...
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Is there a version of the AD tools that provide the PowerShell output, similar to the Exchange tools?

The Exchange administration tools output the exact PS commands they will (or just did) execute. Is there a different version of the AD tools (primarily AD Users & Computers) that have similar ...
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Slipstream SP1 into Windows Server 2008 R2 installation files

Slipstreaming Windows service packs used to be a simple process with earlier versions - just run the EXE with a special command-line switch. I can't seem to find such a switch with Windows Server ...
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Permanently mount network share without the need for log on? (Windows)

On a Windows 2008 R2 Server (Standard) I need to have a network drive mounted without having a specific user to log on to the machine first. Sort of like an NFS mount via fstab on Unix machines. The ...
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Disable IPv6 on Loopback address (Localhost, Computer name, …)

We tried installing a 3rd party software product on a new Windows Server 2008 R2 machine and found that everything works except for accessing local services through loopback addresses such as ...
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Windows 2008 R2 - shadow copy management and retention

This has bothered me over the years and I'm dealing with it again now. I've never quite understood the full black magic that is Shadow Copies/VSS. I get it to the extent of what it does and how to ...
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Windows DFSR - Changed replicated directory permissions and now have a 350,000 backlog for more than a week

Question: Is there a way to make this 350,000 file backlog complete faster? For nearly every file the only change was a change to the ACL for each affected file. Some files have changed content, ...
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Why would a domain controller encouter a USN rollback after an unclean shutdown?

I have this Windows Server 2008 R2 domain controller running on a physical Dell server, model PowerEdge R510. There are some electrical problems around here, thus a black-out is, unfortunately, quite ...
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How Does Failover Clustering Work in Windows 2008 R2?

I am trying to learn how the failover clustering features works with Windows 2008 R2 as I am going to be using as part of SQL Server 2012 always on. I have been able to find information on how to set ...
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How secure is Remote Desktop Connection?

When using Remote Desktop Connection, is the information being sent back and forth securely, as in SSL? Are usernames and passwords secure? When connecting to a remote server through Remote Desktop ...
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For an internal cluster, is it good idea to use IPv6?

For an internal cluster (db server, web servers etc..), is it good idea to use IPv6, which is faster and more secure? And make use of IPv4 just for the internet connection. Is it good idea? (sorry ...
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Is there a way to control where a windows update extracts temporary files?

Working on a vendor built system, we've realized that OS partition (C:) they created was rather small (38 GB). The object is to update Windows 2008 R2 to SP1. Several sources state that 8 GB is ...
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Why aren't RemoteApp icons showing up

I have a Windows 2008 R2 server running RDS. I have installed and configured RemoteApp to publish applications with RDS Web Access. When I browse to https://servernname.domain.local/RDWeb I can log in ...
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How to kill a hung service on Windows 2008R2

I have a Windows 2008R2 server running NSClient++. For some reason the service has got its knickers in a twist and stopped responding to Nagios polling. When I tried to restart the service the ...
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How to remove alternative NetBIOS name

We renamed a Windows 2008 R2 x64 server. We renamed it by running netdom computername oldname /add:newname netdom computername oldname /makeprimary:newname netdom computername newname ...
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What's the sense in having RemoteDesktopUsers without “log on through Remote Desktop Services” privilege? [closed]

Recently Microsoft changed the default policies in Windows Azure Guest OSs (Windows 2008, Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 2012). One of the changes is that now only members of Administrators group have ...
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“Delete Files Older Than” Batch Script

So in the work of doing backups, I need a batch script that would allow me to delete files in a specified directory, that are older than lets say, 3 days. This script will be set as a scheduled task ...
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Enable downloads and disable IE ESC on Windows Server 2008 (and R2)?

How can I enable downloads for Windows Server 2008? By default when I try to download something with internet explorer the download is blocked.
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Is dedicated one NIC to a virtualized DC overkill?

Host Server: Dual Xeon E5530's 24 GB Ram 4x 1GB NIC's (operating at 100MB because of 100MB maanged switch) Server 2008 R2 Enterprise with Hyper-V Role + BackupExec 2012 backing up to NAS ...
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Does Win 2008 R2 still have 32 bit edition?

I was looking for the proper version of Win 2008 R2 to download, and cannot find a 32 bit. Is it 64-bit only? I'm still on a 32-bit machine, going to run it under VMWare. Do I need to go back to ...
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Replacing a file server, will links break?

I'd like to replace a file server we use (actually a couple of them) because it's a 2003 server. I'd prefer to have 2008r2, because I can expand disk volumes on the fly. My question is, can I take ...
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AD reset user passwords for a security group

I'm not quite sure if this is possible or not, but I need to force a certain security group's users to have their passwords expire so they'll be forced to change them on next login. The reason for ...
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Cannot enable network discovery on Windows Server 2008 R2

I'm trying to enable the Network Discovery feature on a newly installed Windows Server 2008 R2 instance. The network connection is in the Home or Work profile (it is not domain joined). These are the ...
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Can I run Excel 2010 on a server?

This question is not about a person using Excel on a computer that happens to have an Windows Server OS. And it is not about using any Sharepoint services features! The question is about automated ...
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Windows Server 2008 R2 grinds to a screeching halt during file copy operations

When my Windows Server 2008 R2 machine is performing any large disk operations (copying 10GB files from one drive to another, copying similar file over network, merging HyperV snapshots, compressing ...
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Why does Window's SSL Cipher-Suite get restricted under certain SSL certificates?

Problem: Windows Server 2008 R2 will only support the following ssl cipher suites when using certain certificates on the server: TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA ...
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Allow only RemoteApp, not Remote Desktop

I found the following question, with a similar premise, however the answer to the question, was the question rephrased as a statement! ...
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Remote Desktop - remote computer that was reached is not the one you specified

We just setup some new Windows 2008 R2 servers and we are unable to Remote Desktop into them from our Windows 7 desktops. Remote desktop connects, but after we provide credentials we get: The ...
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RemoteApp .rdp embed creds?

Windows 2008 R2 server running Remote Desktop Services (what we used to call Terminal Services back in the olden days). This server is the entry point into a hosted application -- you could call it ...
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Debian 6.0 AD integration

Despite multiple questions already about this, e.g. Linux on Windows AD Domain I'd like to know how to get Debian 6.0 Squeeze integrated with AD using open source or otherwise free of charge for ...
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Unexpected results from an XML query filter for security event log

Folks, I am trying to craft a custom XML / Xpath filter to the Windows Event Log viewer to exclude the countless "SYSTEM" Logons from the security log's view. I have managed to get this far with the ...
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Windows 2008 Unknown Disks

I have a BL460c G7 blade server with OS Windows 2008 R2 SP1. This is a brand new C7000 enclosure, with FlexFabric interconnects. I got my FC switches setup and zoned properly to our Clariion CX4, ...
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How to present shared storage for MS Cluster Services running on vSphere 5

I've seen two approaches to handling the presentation of shared storage to Windows Server 2008 R2 cluster VMs on VMWare vSphere. One is the traditional method of carving out a LUN on your SAN and ...
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vSphere 5.1 U1 Client - “The command has timed out as the remote server is taking too long to respond”

The Problem: What we are trying to do When trying to log into vCenter using the VMware vSphere Client we are greeted with the following error when using both Windows Sessions credentials or manually ...
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Internet Explorer 9 & 10 Group Policy Preferences missing

I have a single Domain Controller network (Windows Server 2008 R2, running on the 2003 Forest/domain level), with the clients currently migrating from WinXP Pro to Win7 Pro. I Need to control the ...
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Windows 2008 R2 forgets static IP configuration after reboot

I've got an issue where a Windows 2008 R2 Standard (SP1) server loses its static IP configuration upon a reboot. It's a sysprep'd image. The following steps reproduces the problem: Using the SAC, ...
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Application Event Log keeps getting corrupted

I recently asked about repairing a corrupt event log, because it seemed to be a one-off event. The event log has since exhibited the same behavior 3 times. We have been trying to find patterns, but ...