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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How can I connect to a Windows server using a Command Line Interface? (CLI)

Especially with the option to install Server Core in Server 2008 and above, connecting to Windows servers over a CLI is increasingly useful ability, if not one that's very widespread amongst Windows ...
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Ban, slowdown or stop massive login attempts to RDP

Remote session from client name a exceeded the maximum allowed failed logon attempts. The session was forcibly terminated. One of the servers are being hit by a dictionary attack. I have all ...
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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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Can I safely uninstall “Citrix Tools for Virtual Machines”?

Having several virtual servers with Windows 2008 R2 at our web hoster (Germany's "1&1", they seem to use Citrix Xen), I have every now and then some servers that hang (RDP login screen hangs ...
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WMI object to get current sessions with client name?

I want to be able to create a powershell script that will tell me, for all RDP sessions currently active on a machine, who the user is, and what their clientname (machine name) is. I can use a ...
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Mistakenly configured advanced audit policies; return to basic?

I can't believe I did this... I set an advanced auditing policy in our GPO and it shut down all of our basic policies. From Technet: After you apply advanced audit policy settings by using Group ...
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How can I run Startup Repair on a KVM virtualized Windows Server?

I have Windows Server 2008 R2 running virtualized in a KVM virtual machine. Recently the virtual machine decided to stop booting, and it offered to Launch Startup Repair. However, upon entering ...
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Demoting a DC which also runs Exchange 2010

Initially when setting up Exchange 2010 CAS I ran into problems with permissions. I got around them by promoting the server to be a DC with a GC. The Server was initially installed with 2008 R2 ...
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Upgrading Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard to Datacenter

Is it possible to upgrade Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard to Enterprise?
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Remote RAID Control in ESXi on a Dell PowerEdge 2950 Using OpenManage

I was wondering how one can add a drive into an existing RAID array while ESXi is still running. I have read that you are able to use Dell OpenManage to do this. I have installed OMSA 7.0 on the ...
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Windows Server 2008 R2 network adapter stops working, requires hard reboot

TL;DR version: Turns out this was a deep Broadcom networking bug in Windows Server 2008 R2. Replacing with Intel hardware fixed it. We don't use Broadcom hardware any more. Ever. We have been ...
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Find out the bottleneck for windows remote desktop server (Terminal server)

I have Windows server 2008 R2 (SP1) installed on my VMware Host to work as RDS server. Sometimes my remote users can see the lagging/delay on RDS server. Can anyone tell me from their experience what ...
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Windows Server 2008 R2 Metafile RAM Usage

I have a server which runs Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 with 4GB of RAM which hosts around 2-3 million files, the majority of which are image files. Over a course of a week, I have noticed that ...
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Why is it called Windows Server 2008 R2? Why not simply call it Windows Server 2010?

I've searched, but I can't find anything that explains why Microsoft started labelling new versions of Windows Server (and now SQL Server) as R2 releases. If they're new releases, why not simply give ...
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IIS Configuration Synchronization for Web Server Farm?

I'm wondering if there is any good/easy way to get the IIS configurations synchronized? I'm going to be setting up a pair of IIS Servers with Network Load Balancing. I can get the data files (html, ...
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Remote Desktop Server farm stops working

A previously nicely functioning Remote Desktop Server Farm ahs stopped working two days ago. The setup is as follows: DNS resolves "myfarm.mydomain.local" to the IPs of all the farm member servers ...
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Using the CTRL - SCROLL LOCK key combination to cause a system dump

We have a Windows 2008 r2 server that we connect to via Remote Desktop Connection. We want to use the "Crash on Ctrl-ScrollLock" key combination as described here (a vendor is asking us to send ...
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Disabling DNS Registration on Server 2008 R2

I want to tell a server 2008 R2 machine to NOT register it's IP addresses in DNS. I go into the Advanced tab on IPv4 and turn off "Register this connection's addresses in DNS" simple! But... the ...
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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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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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How can I find out why a server rebooted?

My server rebooted and I am not sure why. Is there a way to find out, e.g. perhaps someone did it manually, or as a result of a windows update or a blue screen? I've looked in the Event Viewer, but ...
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Folder permissions, red x on user object

On shared folders on the file server, for the domain user name object under the security tab, the icon has a red x. There are no symptoms, the users have full access, there is just a red x on the ...
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Assign DHCP IPs for specific MAC prefixes on Windows Server 2008 R2

I'm running Windows Server 2008 R2 for my DHCP server. We are about to switch over to a VoIP system and Cisco VoIP phones. I would like to assign a specific range of IPs to these phones which will ...
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Domain computers with no specific user?

We have a Windows Server 2008R2 server which is running our domain. We have around 40 users and around 30 computers. Most of the users have their own dedicated workstation, however around 5 of the ...
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Error Opening HKEY_USERS for [COMPUTER NAME] PsLoggedon

I use windows server 2008R2 I want to see who is currently Logged on a Machine. I used PsLoggedOn \\Machine Name or IP but it gives me the following error: Error Opening HKEY_USERS for [COMPUTER ...
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Remote Desktop failed logon event 4625 not logging correctly on 2008 Terminal Services server

When I use the new remote desktop with ssl and try to log on with bad credentials it logs a 4625 event as expected. The problem is, it doesn't log the ip address, so I can't block malicious logons in ...
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How to fix Windows 2008 R2 BOOTMGR is missing

BOOTMGR IS MISSING PRESS CTRL+ALT+DEL TO RESTART Note: This is a VM on VMWare ESX server, but that should not matter I put in the 2008 R2 x64 install dvd and can get to recovery, but it lists no ...
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Sending specific traffic through VPN

I am trying to configure a server to automatically copy some files to a remote machine. In order to make the copy work, I need to establish a VPN connection to the remote network. I can use ...
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Event ID 4013: “The DNS server is waiting for Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) to signal…"

We have an issue that only occurs after we rebooting our secondary DC and DNS server/DHCP server. It is a 2008r2 x64 server, DC and DNS/DHCP server. Our main DC is 2003. Event ID 4013: “The ...
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Total RAM % from perfmon Windows Server 2008 R2

I am trying to find a good way to get available RAM percentage from perfmon. I can get Available Mbytes but I can't find any way to get the total installed memory on the server or what is in use via ...
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Win2k8R2 Obtaining DHCPv6 address, but has static configuration

I have a Windows 2008R2 server on a dual-stack network. IPv4 is working fine (statically assigned) but the IPv6 stack is misbehaving; I have configured it with a static IPv6 address (::bbbb:150 ...
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Restrict file server (CIFS) access by time of day

How can I (in order of preference, descending): Disable file-server access to a specific share for a user or group based on the time of day. Disable file-server access entirely for a user or group ...
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Delegate user permission to move users/computers between OU's in Active Directory

I would like to Delegate User to be able to cleanup AD by allowing him to move users between couple of OU's (and doing only that). How can I achieve that? I want to extend user permission that I've ...
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Can't disable Enhanced Security Configuration after upgrading to IE9

I disabled ESC in Server Manager on 2008 R2, originally just for Administrators but have tried to disable it for users and Administrators to try and solve this problem. Despite it being completely ...
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Windows 2008 R2 Standard server - how to disable RC4

I have just used www.ssllabs.com and ran a few tests - my server is capped to a B grade because my server accepts RC4 This server accepts the RC4 cipher, which is weak. Grade capped to B. I've ...
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Windows 7 blocks network access to network-installed apps

Windows 2008 R2 domain. Users, running Windows 7 Enterprise, are trying to run some software from a network share. Specifically, I've tested this with MATLAB and PuTTY. When starting, MATLAB has to ...
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Unable to restore a backup GPO in Active Directory

I have only recently downloaded the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager and created several "profiles" and exported them as "GPO Backup (folder). No problems there.. Now I have copied the folders ...
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Allow anonymous access to SSRS

How could I allow anonymous access to SSRS so that all user can access the reports without asking for a user name and password?
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Microsoft Exchange 2013 is not receiving internet email

We are having issues with our exchange 2013 server. The server is running Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard. The issue we're having is that our Exchange server isn't receiving internet emails. It can ...
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windows 2008 R2 IIS 7.5 server stalling while serving web pages

I have an issue where my server doesn't serve up pages on the initial request. I have to F5 (refresh) the page serveral times before the page actually gets served. This issue is on the server itself ...
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NET START command not passing parameters in Windows Server 2008

My application calls a Stored Procedure, through the stored procedure I am calling a Windows Service using the NET START command as follows: SELECT @Cmd = 'Net Start ServiceName /"' + @param1 + '" ...
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Can I create a DC without a DNS Server?

So as the title says, I need to promote a standalone Win2008R2 server to a Domain Controller, and I don't a DNS Server (I think), as there will be no clients connected to the domain, it will be only ...
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How to get Faster RDP

We are using Windows 2008 R2 and connecting to it from Windows 7 boxes. The RDP is faster than before but we want to know if there are any other solutions that will make it faster. Due to licensing ...
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Local user accounts have disappeared after installing Active Directory and running dcpromo

I'm kinda newbie in this Windows 2008 Server R2 configuration stuff, so I would appreciate any help regards the issue I'm facing. After a Windows 2008 Server R2 clean install I created a couple of ...
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Microsoft Windows server monitoring tools

I'm more of a developer then an IT guy and I was wondering if there are any existing Microsof tools for monitoring servers and potentially SQL Server. We have access to MSDN so anything created by ...
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Can I use Powershell to configure Local group policy settings in windows server 2008 r2

in Windows server 2008 r2 , for this manual process open run >gpedit.msc > computer configuration > windows templates > windows update > specify intranet microsoft update service location > ...
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Windows Server 2008 R2 - backup error

I have a serious problem, I need to recover a file from the backup, which is done automatically, but yesterday ended with an error Is there any way that I can recover the file from D drive?
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Configuring location based GPO for WSUS updates but only for some clients

I would like to configure WSUS so that employees arrive in main location they use WSUS to download stuff, and when they are in other locations (different locations / home etc) they use Windows ...
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How Can I install a free AntiVirus Scanner on my Windows Server 2008 R2

I know this does not work impromptu. Is there a way of installing a free AV scanner? I would prefer Microsoft Essentials or Antivir.
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View Shutdown Event Tracker logs under Windows Server 2008 R2

I'm trying to view the Shutdown Event Tracker logs in the Event Viewer, on windows server 2008 r8, but I can't find the messages that I supplied when previously restart the server. Where in the Event ...