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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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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Unable to move OU in Active Directory (Access is denied)

Background I tried moving an OU in Active Directory today and received an Access is denied error. Upon further inspection of my AD user account I had the necessary permission to move the object (I ...
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What's eating my drive space when normal files + hidden + system doesn't equal total drive space used

This is very strange. All directory sizes are normal, and all other folders are within 20GB of what they should be. The discrepancy is that I can’t locate the files that are consuming 150GB of ...
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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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svchost.exe -k netsvcs occupying >1GB memory

I have noticed my production server "svchost.exe -k netsvcs" is occupying >1GB ram memory, steadily, which I think is a bit excessive. This is what tasklist /svc will give me for this process: ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Easiest way to send a test email from a server, to test settings?

Using Windows (2008) is there an easy command line tool that I can use to send a test email from a server to test the SMTP, user authentication, ports, etc... without writing my own?
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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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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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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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SQL Server express service is not starting [closed]

I've bought my first VPS yesterday, and I have installed Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express on it. Then I have restarted my VPS. But SQL Server Service didn't start. I've tried to start it manually, ...
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Windows Server restart / shutdown history

How can I easily see a history of every time my Windows Server has restarted or shutdown and the reason why, including user-initiated, system-initiated, and system crashed? The Windows Event Log is ...
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How to detect Dell TPM from inside Windows?

I need to know whether my server has TPM installed. It is located 10000 miles away from me so going there to look at the BIOS is not an option. It is also not anyhow described on the Dell website nor ...
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Roaming Profiles: Simultaneous Logins of Same User

I am administering a Windows Server 2008 R2 environment that is using roaming profiles and folder redirection. The client machines are running Windows 7. Due to the nature of the business, users ...
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Windows Updates taking a long time to install

I manage a WSUS server for a large number of servers in a shared environment. Recently I noticed that despite the scheduled install time configured via the local gpo of many servers, they were not ...
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How do I remotely install, configure and maintain SNMP?

I'm looking to remotely install the SNMP and SNMP WMI Provider services on Windows Server 2008 R2, configure specific options for the Agent, Traps, and Security tabs, then make sure these services and ...
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Allow multiple remote desktop connections from same user

We're just setting up a brand new Server 2008 R2 with Remote Desktop services. Everything is installed fine so far, we have set it up with 5 CALs per User (not Machine!) and they are activated and ...
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What is the source of thousands of 4625 Logon Failure errors with Logon Type 8 (NetworkCleartext)?

I have a Windows Server 2008 R2 system that's showing thousands of 4625 Logon Failure errors with Logon Type 8 (NetworkCleartext) in the Security section of the Windows Logs every single day. There ...
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Which firewall ports do I need to open in order for a domain trust to work?

I have two Active Directory domains in two different forests; each domain has two DCs (all of them Windows Server 2008 R2). The domains are also in different networks, with a firewall connecting them. ...
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RDP exits immediately after connecting to Windows Server 2008 R2

Background: I recently got a Windows cloud VPS server. I don't have much experience with server admin (I'm a programmer), and what little I do have is with linux servers. Ever since getting the ...
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What is the default working directory for a scheduled task in Windows 2008 R2?

Trying to figure out where the output of a long running scheduled task is being saved. Presumably, it's in the working directory of the task. Unfortunately, the "Start in" option was not set. The ...
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Windows 2008 R2 gpupdate locks my user account

I built a Windows 2008 R2 server last year, and ever since my elevated account locks 10-12 times a day. After much research and testing I found that the server is locking my account at each failed ...
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Third Party Wildcard Certificates for use with Microsoft NPS / RADIUS / PEAP

I want to replace the SSL certificate that is used for PEAP on our NPS server that is doing RADIUS authentication for our Cisco WLCs. The current certificate is a SSL certificate that does Client ...
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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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Boot from software RAID 1 on Windows Server 2008 R2

I have a Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 system with a single hard drive, and I have a spare hard drive of same size/model that's not being used. I was thinking about dropping in the new drive and setting ...
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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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windws server 2008 udp multicast performance problem

I encounter a strange performance problem on 2008 R2 Enterprise SP1. Here is the setup: Many processes listening to distinct Multicast UDP streams (5 multicasts listen by process) bound on a single ...
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Windows Server Backup: list backups on destination

I need to retrieve the list of backups on a system's backup volume via script. The information I am after can be found in the WSB GUI after clicking "View details" of the "Destination usage" part in ...
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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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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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Select appropriate network printer for Remote Desktop based on Thin Client location

I'm setting up my organization's first Terminal Server / Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) for Lab use. We are a college, and I am wanting to use this server (or more servers configured similarly in ...
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unable to destroy windows 2008 r2 failover cluster after SAN rebuild

I created a windows 2008 r2 failover cluster for a sql 2008 active/passive cluster. This two node cluster was using a SAN device for a quorum disk resource as well as MSDTC resource. Well....I ...
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Advantages/Disadvantages for using a single volume / drive letter for Windows Server installs

Our virtual environment is cut up as a VM for each job role (DNS, DC, System Center CM, File Server, Log Aggregation, IIS, etc). If disk performance isn't critical is it really necessary to still ...
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Printer Recommendation for Three Stooges Environment

I administer a 3 stooges environment. Linux server hardware, Windows Server VMs, Mac clients. My Mac clients RDC to a Windows 2008R2, each client has their own USB printer. The USB printer is ...
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How can I disable a scheduled task using Powershell?

I have a web application that runs on Windows Server 2008 R2, which has a large number of scheduled tasks which take care of all the backend stuff. When I do a software deployment which touches the ...
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How does Windows 2008 R2 run 32-bit applications?

If 32-bit processor support is disabled in Windows Server 2008 R2, how does the operating system run 32-bit programs?
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Some DHCP clients end up with wrong DNS server

The scenario: DC running Windows Server 2008 R2 providing DNS + DHCP Cisco 1811 Router as the gateway 30 Windows XP DHCP clients on the LAN The problem: Some workstations are spontaneously ...
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Procedure for rebooting Domain Controllers?

We have several servers running as Domain Controllers, "DC01", "DC02", and "DC03". For some reasons, we need to reboot them. Is there a specific procedure to follow? Additional info: "DC01" ...