Windows Server 2008 is a Microsoft server operating system released in February 2008. It is the successor to Windows Server 2003 and is based on the Windows Vista codebase. It was succeeded by Windows Server 2008 R2. This tag should only be used for questions related to Windows Server 2008. If ...

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Changing the login timeout for Windows Remote Desktop Services

At our school we use thin clients that connect to a Windows 2008 R2 server using Remote Desktop Services. This works very well. One problem we still have is the login timeout for the RDP connection. ...
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Copy XP local profile to new domain user profile

I just rolled out a new domain controller. I want to join all the PCS to this new domein (the PCs were never on a domain just a regular workgroup). When I join a PC to the new domain it creates a new ...
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Primary Domain Controller slow?

I seem to be experiencing a problem with a virtualized Windows 2008 domain controller. We are running Hyper-V on a powerful server (dual quad core Nehalem Xeon, 48 GB of ram), and all of the VMs are ...
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Prevent brute force attacks in Microsoft FTP Server (IIS6/7)

Looking over my ftp-server logfiles, I find a lot of brute force attacks, where the same IP-address tries 100s of username/password combinations. Is there something I can do to make life harder on ...
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Remotely run a script invoking “Run As Administrator”

This is as close to the exact question that I have, but looks like he found another way that fits the needs so it has been marked as answered: I have a Powershell script running on server A that I ...
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Installing a CA certificate on multiple Windows machines (IE/Firefox)

I look after ~50 machines running XP/Vista, all on a single Windows Server 2008 domain. We are rolling out a number of test webservers internally, which have their SSL certificates signed with a ...
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How Can I Harden the TCP/IP Stack in Windows Server 2008? [duplicate]

I would like to make sure that my Windows 2008 servers are hardened against DDOS attacks. There is a Microsoft Technet article on Hardening the TCP/IP stack, but it was last revised in January 2006. ...
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Members of “Remote Desktop Users” group cannot login

I have a domain controller and a member server running W2K8 R2 server. TS licensing is on the DC, TServices is on the member server. Unless I make a user a domain admin, they cannot login: they get ...
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Passive ftp on Server 2008

I have a new Windows 2008 server with IIS7. When I connect to the ftp in active mode, it works fine. In passive mode, it connects, but then times out trying to get the directory listing. I tried ...
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No-password file share still requires login

I'm using a Windows 2008 R2 Server (Workgroup) as file sharing server. Even though Everyone has full control (both Share permissions and NTFS permission) to the folder and Password protected sharing ...
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How to set up a BIND DNS server to respond a single IP address to any request on Windows?

I want to configure a BIND DNS server (since Windows Web Server 2008 does not have DNS service, I had to install BIND) that responds any request with a single A record. I had set up a * record but it ...
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server name in background

For windows server 2008, is there an easy way to put the server name in the background wallpaper? I'd like it to display SERVER-A, SERVER-B etc... I'd prefer not to buy anything or generate images.
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How can I enable LDAP in PHP - Windows Server 2008

I've installed PHP in my Win Server 2008 using Web Platform Installer. The installation was success and I can correctly display phpinfo page from my virtual directory. How can I enable LDAP support? c:...
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How to set up routing for RRAS VPN connections

I have a NAT/firewall running DHCP for the LAN configured to forward the VPN ports directly to the Windows 2008R2 server behind the firewall on NIC1. The LAN switch is also connected to the firewall ...
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Automate Windows Robocopy with internal changes monitor /MON:1 option

The /MON:1 option works just great and run directory scan if only changes happened. This is something that is not possible to do if robocpy is ran from windows scheduler each 10 min. Is there a way ...
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IIS7 hundreds of connections in CLOSE_WAIT

I have a .Net application on my IIS7 server it was working fine until I had to move it to another server. I moved the exact same code to the new server and I noticed that after some hours the ...
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Rebooting Server 2008 R2 with Task Scheduler?

I've been trying to get Server 2008 R2 to reboot after everyone is gone from work, to get its updates installed, but what I've been trying apparently isn't working. I have a "reboot.bat" in C:/ that ...
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Port mirroring as a Windows service

Is anyone familiar with a port mirroring or port translation tool for Windows (2k8 if it makes a difference)? I have an installation of Openfire that needs to run over 443, however, it doesn't support ...
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Windows Server Backup: compress output .vhd

I would like to have the Windows Server Backup data compressed on the file system. The lion's share of data is consumed by .vhd files in the \WindowsImageBackup\<hostname>\Backup <timestamp&...
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Apache, SVN and Active Directory: how to avoid duplicate configuration?

I'm trying to linking the SVN hosted on Apache on a Windows Server 2008 to the Active Directory. I understood what do I need to do to manage the groups of users on repository level: <Location "/...
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How to properly setup a server “teaming” across multiple NIC's in windows server 2008?

Ok, I have read about installing multiple nic's in a server and expanding the throughput capabilities through load balancing. I might be using this term incorrectly. Now, depending on the application, ...
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How to massively create “home” folder for users in active directory?

I have 100 users in my forest. We never used 'home' folder capabilities of Active Directory, now i would like to use. The problem is that is less efficient to create manually 100 folders and assign ...
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Can Https work without a certificate?

Recently our infrastructure team told our development team that you do not need a certificate for https. They mentioned that the only benefit of buying a certificate was to give the consumer peace of ...
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Can't connect to my FTP server, why?

I have a windows 2008 server running with FTP 7 on IIS 7. I have it configured to connect as it is out of the box, with a particular user (lets say john) with read/write access. When I use my ...
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IIS 7 Still Serving old SSL Certificate

I installed a new SSL certificate into IIS7, removed the old certificate and setup the bindings for the new certificate - so https is now bound to the new certificate only. I restarted IIS7 (and the ...
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What are the main benefits of Windows 64-bit over 32-bit for ASP.Net apps?

Besides the advantages of 64-bit memory allocation (> 4 GB - see this question on StackOverflow for why 32-bit +4 GB solutions won't work for me), what other reasons do I have for recommending that we ...
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Correct way to update Google Chrome MSI through Group Policy

I am deploying Chrome through group policy. This is working fine. Obviously Chrome has a pretty regular update cycle. I am not allowing Domain Users to install Chrome updates. Having subscribed to ...
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Remote Desktop: multiple users viewing same desktop session

Is it possible to have two people view the same remote desktop? That is, both people log in using the same user account and they see the same desktop session. The intention is for collaboration / ...
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Win2008: SC SDSET - how to grant a specific local user rights to stop and start a specific local service?

Where is a useful reference for the sdset command? I can read and read, and I have yet to find a straightforward list of steps to say: Service: App User: Joe Grant Joe start/stop/restart to App (...
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Run RDP Session with only 1 Program

I'm running a Windows Server 2008 box and would like to have users login via RDP, but only be able to run 1 program and if they close the program, to log off the session. Is this possible? The ...
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Windows folder permissions, Administrators and UAC, what's the “right” way to deal with this?

I have a folder with permissions: Administrators (group): Full. J. Bloggs: Full. I'm logged in as a member of the Administrators group. I can't open the folder in Explorer because "you do not ...
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Windows Event Log Forwarding

I am currently prototyping a setup, in which a Windows Server 2008 is configured as a central logging instance for Windows XP and Windows 7 clients via source initiated event forwarding. All computers ...
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How does VMware vCenter Server work and what are the benefits over vsphere client

I bought vSphere Essentials which I've installed on 2 physical machines, and set up the servers using vSphere client. This part is working well, and there is 1 VM on each ESXi install (esxi 5.0.0) ...
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2003 DC AD upgrade to 2008 on second server migration plan

SUMMARY Writing a plan to prepare for a 2003 to 2008 active dir upgrade. 2003 AD exists on a single domain controller and has been upgraded to 2003 functionality. I have add a new 2008 Standard R2 ...
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Can I start a program from command line for another logged in user?

We have a Windows Server 2008 machine running Terminal Services. When users login, a custom program is launched and resides in the system tray that gives them some customized hotkeys for our company. ...
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Take screenshot from server screen while disconnected from RDP

I have a rather specialized application that HAS to work in a certain way. It works as a client application on a server. That means I have to be logged on for it to run. At the same time, I cannot ...
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How do I monitor redundant power supplies on a Dell server?

I'm purchasing a Dell R610 with redundant power supplies. What is the best way to be alerted in the event that one of the power supplies fails? I'll be running Windows Server 2008 R2. Since this ...
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Disabling Windows 2003/2008 “reason for shutdown” dialog

I our lab environment I have several Win2k3 and a couple Win2k8 servers. I don't really care why the servers reboot, and would like to be able to disable the shutdown dialog (and the "why did this ...
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Can you import a SSL certificate from another Windows IIS 7 server?

Usually I re-request the CSR and install the certificate when I move servers. Was hoping if there was a faster way, where I can just export/import a SSL certificate when I move my website to another ...
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Domain Admins group denied access to d: drive

I have a brand new Active Directory (CORP-AD) installation running on Windows 2008R2. I have a domain controller (PDC01) and a member server (ME01). The member server has a C: and a D: drive. Part ...
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Windows Server 2012 after restart public network become private

I have a 3 servers with Windows Server 2012. After restart one server : public network become private and private network become public. (2 NIC) I don't know how this can happen and how to fix it ? I ...
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Disabling “MyApp has stopped working” dialog

When an application crashes on Windows Server 2008 SP1, I get this message box: MyApp has stopped working Windows is searching for a solution... How can I prevent this message box from appearing? ...
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Windows remote access server (PPTP) advertised routes

How does a routing and remote access server pick up routes to advertise to clients, and where can a list of routes being provided be reviewed? One of our users is reporting that the server is ...
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Why is using ntrights.exe in Windows Server 2008 R2 giving error openpolicy -1073741790

I am local admin on a windows server 2003 R2 machine in our domain. This machine was built about 3 years back and I am not sure what privilges I might have. If I use ntrights.exe (from resource kit ...
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Best way to synchronise the time on a Windows 2008 Server

I have a small Windows domain (all servers running Windows 2008), with a single Windows 2008 Domain Controller. What is the best way to synchronise the time across all servers with an Internet Time ...
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Make Windows Server 2008 periodically update internet NTP

I have read a bunch of posts and other information on the internet and I have yet to come across the solution to this question. On a windows network, all the computers sync up with the domain ...
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Can I set DHCP Reservations in a Windows DHCP server from a Linux node?

I have a nice set up in my unixland where I have all my host information (names, IPs, mac addresses) in DNS and the associated NIS maps. This makes it easy to write a script which can generate a file ...
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Windows Server software RAID volume constant “Failed Redundancy”

I'm using Windows Server 2008 software RAID volumes. So, recently I've started to receive error in System event log: "The device, \Device\Harddisk7\DR7, has a bad block." Meanwhile volume in Disk ...
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How do I serve Ruby on Rails applications on Windows Server 2008?

I have spent the last several hours attempting to get Ruby on Rails running on a Windows server with no luck. At first I tried configuring a test application through IIS7's FastCGI support, but the ...
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How do I migrate a Windows 2008 Domain Controller to another computer?

I have single server acting as a domain controller. It is running Windows 2008 Standard edition. What steps are required to migrate this domain to another computer running Windows 2008? I'd like a ...