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 the ...
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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! http://serverfault.com/questions/111770/remoteapp-prevent-user-...
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Remote Desktop failed logon event 4625 not logging IP address 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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Domain Controller thinks its on a Public Network

We have a Server 2008 R2 Primary Domain Controller that seems to have amnesia when it comes to working out what kind of network it is on. The (only) network connection is identified at startup as a '...
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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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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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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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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 using ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Warn user if they try to logoff

I want a certain local user to not log off. ever. It's much like this silly question, however I don't necessarily care if the buttons are there, I want to pop up a messagebox that says "Please do not ...
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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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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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Windows Server 2008R2 - Auditing changes to a service account

I want to setup auditing so I can see if any changes are being made to a service account (any changes) in AD which is used to run a backup application. What do I need to enable in Group Policy ...
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Should I install Windows Management Framework 3.0?

I'm posting this as a BIG CAVEAT to everyone. I know it's not a standard Q&A, but I think this is something every Windows admin should know. There is a very real risk of falling into Big Troubles. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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WSUS client detecting 0 updates

I have recently set up two new servers on our domain, labelled CADCS001 and CADCS001. These servers are intended to be almost identical aside from the hostname and have been set up to be as similar ...
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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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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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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 below)...
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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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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 not see entries in Application Log in Event Viewer

Last week our Application Log appeared to be corrupt. Event Viewer said the log was 20MB, and had 18,446,744,073,709,550,735 (0.000000000008674 bits each) records (which can not possibly be true), and ...
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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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Windows DNS Server register a non **DHCP** client (server) into 2008R2

We have Linux boxes with static IP, some using Centos and other Debian, using IP ranges reserved for development and testing. We need this boxes to 'publish' their DNS into DNS Server 2008R2, ...
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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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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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How to limit dynamic DNS updates

First off, I'm sorry if this is vague, but I'm not very familiar with DNS or DNS terminology. What I'm trying to do: I want to limit what hostnames are allowed to dynamically update DNS. I don't ...
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Unable to login to a domain computer using a Local Administrator account

I have a server running on windows server 2008. Recently we created a domain and added it to the domain. Also it is promoted as an additional domain controller on the network. A domain user account ...
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what are the implications of running a FQDN as internal AD domain and point A-record for website to different host?

The MSP for a law firm office that has just joined our company is using a FQDN as an internal AD Domain and has been doing so for sometime apparently. They have this issue in that they have a website ...
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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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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 Updates....
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How do I disable TLS 1.0 without breaking RDP?

Our credit card processor recently notified us that as of June 30, 2016 we will need to disable TLS 1.0 to remain PCI compliant. I tried to be proactive by disabling TLS 1.0 on our Windows Server 2008 ...
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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 ...
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Disable CPU Scaling in Windows Server 2008 R2

How do you disable CPU power management scaling in Windows Server 2008 R2? After setting the Control Panel, Power Management plan to performance and then rebooting -- CPUID's Cpu-Z still shows the ...
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why isn't laravel's php artisan serve server being accessible from the WWW on IIS

I have a laravel application running through the laravel artisan server: php artisan serve and it works just fine if I go on my localhost:8000.. Further, I added an inbound rule in the IIS server ...
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Process runs slower as a scheduled task than it does interactively

I have a scheduled task which is very CPU- and IO-intensive, and takes about four hours to run (building source code, if you're curious). The task is a Powershell script which spawns various sub-...