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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What's the difference between Windows Server 2008, 2008 SP2 and 2008 R2?

What are the major differences between Windows Server 2008, 2008 SP2 and 2008 R2? Are the code bases for these OSes different? If I'm developing applications for any one of these three, should I be ...
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How do I rename a task in Task Scheduled on Windows Server 2008 R2

I have some tasks in the Task Scheduler on Windows 2008 R2. I created them as the admin and I'm logged in as the admin. I have no easy way to rename the tasks. The only way I can is to export the task ...
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What's the meaning of logging in as “username@mydomain.com:something”

My Windows 2008 R2 machine is joined to a domain. In the logon screen, if I type in "username@mydomain.com:something" as the username, I can still logon properly, what's the meaning of ":something" ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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Suppressing the “reason” for shutdown on Windows Server

How can I suppress giving a reason for shutdown on a Windows Server host? Specifically, on 2008 R2, but all versions back to 2003 and up to 2012 would be appreciated.
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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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Is there a way to have a virtual machine only have one core yet use three cores on the host machine? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can a single Virtual Core on a VM use more then 1 physical core? I'm a co-owner of a Minecraft server that is getting rather large each day, but as we get bigger we're ...
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Clear the Recycle Bin For All Users in Windows Server 2008 R2

What is the proper way to clear the recycle bin for all users in Windows Server 2008 R2?
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2008 R2 Terminal Server: “Insufficient system resources exist to complete the requested service”

I'm working with a Windows 2008 R2 Terminal Server configured in a vSphere environment. It currently has 4 vCPUs and 32GB RAM. No overcommitment. The concurrent user count on this server has risen ...
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Mouse cursor jumps around when using RDP

We have over 350 users complaining that their mouse cursor keeps jumping around when typing. It seems like it's happening when the protocol is starved for bandwith, but I'm not quite sure yet. If it ...
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Windows 7 search not showing results from mapped Server 2008 R2 share

I have a Windows Server 2008 R2 network share setup as a map drive in Win 7 x64. I want to search it via Windows 7 but I always get "no items match your search". It's as though it's not even ...
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Would rebooting the server in a schedule be good idea for performance?

I am wondering if rebooting a server in a schedule would be good idea for performance. Let's say we want to reboot the server at 02:00 AM per 2 nights. The server here is Windows Server 2008 R2. ...
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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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Is there any technical reason why I shouldn't use windows server 2012?

My company is in the process of rolling out Active Directory enterprise wide, with office 365 syncronization, Lync, Exchange, and Outlook. We currently have no AD (yet); there are 400+ users in 5 ...
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401 - Unauthorized On Server 2008 R2 IIS 7.5

I have a web application deployed to Server 2008 IIS 7.5 box. From remote it gives this error: 401 - Unauthorized: Access is denied due to invalid credentials. (remote = desktops on the same LAN) ...
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Windows 2008 R2 CA and auto-enrollment: how to get rid of >100,000 issued certificates?

The basic problem I'm having is that I have >100,000 useless machine certificates cluttering up my CA, and I'd like to delete them, without deleting all certs, or time jumping the server ahead, and ...
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Windows DHCP Server - get notification when a non-AD joined device gets an IP address

SCENARIO To simplify this down to it's easiest example: I have a Windows 2008 R2 standard DC with the DHCP server role. It hands out IPs via various IPv4 scopes, no problem there. WHAT I'D LIKE I ...
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How to create an additional domain controller using Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core?

I'm currently running Windows Server 2008 R2, can anyone tell me how I can replicate the active directory to another server which has been installed using Server Core install.
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How does CHKDSK /F on locked volume get “scheduled” on reboot?

I've run chkdsk /F many times over the years...and today I had to run it on one of my 2008 R2 servers and I get the normal message: Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another ...
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Why is 1 of my 24 CPUs Pegged at 100%?

I have an HP ProLiant DL380 G7 system using 2 6-core CPUs, with Hyper-threading enabled, for a total of 24 logical CPUs (as seen by Windows). When running our application, total system CPU ...
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Is it recommended to log off from Windows when finished working on a server with RDP?

Is there any impact on the server performance in case I don't log off after having used Remote Desktop Connection?
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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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Installing Windows Management Framework 3.0 basically destroyed WMI, how can I fix it without reinstalling the O.S.?

Related, of course, to this question. Before discovering it was somewhat... dangerous, I installed Windows Management Framework 3.0 on a number of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 servers, and WMI got ...
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Anonymous access to SMB share hosted on Server 2008 R2 Enterprise

First off, I have read through this post and a whole slew of non-SF posts which seem to address the same or a similar problem, however I was still unable to fix my problem. I've got three machines in ...
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Windows Server 2008 R2 - RDSH - Registry bloat with Samsung Universal Print Driver

While running multiple Windows Server 2008 R2 RDSH farms we are experiencing an issue where the RDSH servers all are having their Registry bloated to the maximum value 2048MB. Using Sysinternals ...
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Send ctrl-alt-del to nested RDP session

Is there a way to send the ctrl-alt-del command to an RDP session (W2K8 R2) inside another RDP session (W2K8 R2) without the fist session catching it? ctrl+alt+end and ctrl+alt+shift+end do not reach ...
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Best way to “clone” my Windows Server 2008 R2?

I have a Windows Server 2008 R2 Machine with 1 physical hard drive. I have an exact copy of the hardware of it, which I intend to use a a redundant backup in case my server fails (hardware or ...
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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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Recover from a Punctured RAID array

here is my situation. I have a Dell Server with a Dell Perc 7i controller, (LSI Controller). I had a drive give me an Failure Predicted warning so I called their support and they came out and ...
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How can I log into a Domain controller that doesn't trust itself

I have a windows 2008 R2 standalone Domain Controller that I restored from backup. The original DC is offline. When I log in with valid user credentials I get the error: "The security database ...
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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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Install .iso file on a remote server without DVD drive access

Is there an easy way to install software located on a .iso file to a remote server which does not provide to me access to the DVD Drive? I have a license for SQL Server 2008 Web Edition through ...
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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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How did I get this Windows share to prompt for login?

Or: "Is this a thing? And how would I check if it was?" In an environment without a Domain Controller, when accessing a share on a Windows Server 2008 R2 box, from a remote computer without a ...
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How do you estimate how much memory to buy?

I have a custom server application that runs on Windows 2008 R2. It is a home grown Windows Service written in .Net supporting a number of custom terminals. I have a test machine that has a similar ...
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Does generating a CSR through IIS 7.5 on Windows Server 2008 R2 always create a new private key?

Generating a CSR for a Windows 2008 R2 server and need to ensure that the private key used for the CSR is new. I have used OpenSSL before to create my own self-signed certs for testing and if I ...
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AD Cross-forest authentication - groups missing from PAC

I have an Active Directory setup consisting of 2 forests: 1 multi-domain forest with 1 forest root domain, and 2 direct child domains 1 single-domain forest for DMZ publishing purposes I have ...
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Move and Change Pagefile.sys size on Windows Server 2008

Does anyone know how to move the page file on Windows Server 2008. Everything seems to be in a different spot on this OS! Also, I would like to tweak it's size. If you know where that is (probably ...
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How to prevent delays associated with IPv6 AAAA records?

Our Windows servers are registering IPv6 AAAA records with our Windows DNS servers. However, we don't have IPv6 routing enabled on our network, so this frequently causes stall behaviours. Microsoft ...
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Task Scheduler 2.0: Difference between “Stop task if…”

Using the Task Scheduler in Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 2012, etc... What is the difference between this setting: and this setting on the same task: Does one take precedence over the ...
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Configure WinRM using a .bat file without yes/no prompt

I want to configure winrm in all my clients using a bat file. after running bat file winrm quickconfig command there's a prompt for a yes/no answer. I don't know how to answer "yes" in the batch file. ...
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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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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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WmiPrvSE memory leak on Windows 2008 *R2*

I've seen references on Windows 2008 to WmiPrvSE leaks, but nothing about Windows 2008 R2. We're running R2 on top of Hyper-V (2008). We are also running NSClient++ for monitoring from opsview. Over ...
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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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How can I troubleshoot high Kernel time?

I have unusually high Kernel time on my CPUs as shown in task manager. What are some ways I can troubleshoot this?