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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How to enable TLS 1.1, 1.2 in IIS 7.5

We want to support web browsers utilizing TLS 1.1 and 1.2, which has been apparently implemented by Microsoft, but is turned off by default. So I went searching on Google and discovered some pages ...
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Software vs. Hardware RAID1 (Mirror)

How does the Software Mirror in Windows Server systems compare to an affordable hardware/BIOS RAID? I've had some rather bad experiences with onboard hardware RAID controllers, so I would want to ...
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Exchange Server 2007 Setup

I'm working on a upgrade to Exchange 2007 and I wanted to get some advise on hardware choices. We currently have an Exchange 2003 STD server with 400 users split between 6 AD Sites, that is housed on ...
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VMware Host CPU Usage Climbing

This is somewhat of a longshot, but I am wondering if anyone might be able to explain the following: I have a VMware Host Server running Ubuntu Server 8.04 LTS, and VMware Server 2.0. The User CPU ...
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Active Directory: Viewing “Attribute Editor” after finding an account via ADUC's “Find” option

When I activate the Advanced features (View -> Advanced Features) and open a user's properties by navigating to their OU and right clicking the user object, I see the Attribute Editor tab. However, ...
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What is the best FREE VNC client and server compatible with Windows 7 and 2008 Server? [closed]

I would like know if anybody can help me choosing a good VNC Software for Servers on Windows 2008 and Clients on Windows 7 (for now on Vista, but in October, all the machines will migrate to Windows ...
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Disable Windows Server Network Locations

I'm not sure what exactly this feature is called. But in Windows Server 2008, it has the Vista Public/Private/Domain locations. This makes sense for laptops, and none at all for servers. My problem ...
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Issues with patching servers remotely using winrm and Microsoft.Update.Session

I have a network with windows 2003, 2008 and 2008r2 servers. I have a powershell script that I wrote to patch a local machine using the "Microsoft.Update" com objects. (Similar to Windows Update ...
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Give Local Admin privileges to AD user group for group of computer

I need to give administrative privileges to a group of user for a group of a PC in an Active Directory Enviroment. For Example i have : HelpDesk_User : Group of user HelpDesk_PC : Group of ...
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What is the best way to harden Windows Server 2008 R2?

I need to harden my windows 2008 r2 server for PCI. What is the best way to do this? The server are behind a CISCO ASA and in the DB servers are in separate vlans. Now i need to know if there are any ...
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Is it realistic to run Windows Server 2008 with 1GB of RAM?

I am just about to "invest" in a cheap Windows 2008 VPS ($30 per month!) which comes with 1GB. Before I do that I thought I would ask if its realistic to expect a usable server with only 1GB of RAM? ...
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How do I upgrade Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard (OEM Key) to Enterprise (MSDN Key) using DISM?

(Originally asked as After upgrading to 2008 R2 Enterprise and installing more RAM, Windows can only see 4.00 GB but now I know what the question really is...) My Dell server came preinstalled with ...
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What firewall ports need to be open for Active Directory?

I want to run DFS replication between a couple of servers. It's my understanding that the servers need to be part of a domain for this. Being able to give people a username and password that works on ...
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Configuring many block IPs in Windows Firewall

I have a large number of remote IPs to specify in Windows Firewall for a blocking rule. The only way I know to enter them is by labouriously entering them an inbound rule's properties Scope tab. Is ...
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IIS FTP Server works locally, but cannot connect from remote

I'm trying to setup an FTP server on Windows 2008 Server. I can connect locally: C:\>ftp localhost Connected to WebHead1 220 Microsoft FTP Service However, when I try to connect from remote, it ...
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What should I do to secure a freshly installed Windows Server 2008?

A couple of times now my server has become none responsive, after checking the logs I was getting 10 requests a second to access IIS-FTP. After looking into that I noticed that the default settings ...
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Windows RDP - Making production server look unique

Regarding Windows 2008/R2: I've changed my desk-top color to red. I've played with the "appearance settings", but none of them are tolerable to the eye. Is there something I else I can do to make ...
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Domain rename with Exchange 2010

I have taken over all IT responsibilities for a company that is using Active Directory (2008 R2 native level) and Exchange 2010. I have come to find out that their internal Active Directory domain ...
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Windows 2008 Server SP2 64bit - TCP Connections never releasing after TIME_WAIT

We have an issue with Windows 2008 Datacenter edition SP2 64bit. We have a process that is polling very frequently and establishing new TCP connections. The system gets in a state where we end up with ...
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Unable to dcpromo new 2008 Server in 2000 domain

I'm trying to replace an old Windows 2000 domain controller with a new Windows 2008 Server. I have the Active Directory Domain Services role installed on the new server and joined it to the domain. ...
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Dropped packets, on recieve only, Server 2008 only, and network speed is 100mb/s

I have a really strange one. I have packet loss with Excessive 'TCP Dup ACK' & 'TCP Fast Retransmission' when I download files (and only download) from two different Windows 2008 servers. Upload ...
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What does Virtual Bytes mean in Worker Processes pane in IIS7.5 Manager?

What does Virtual Bytes mean in Worker Processes pane in IIS7.5 Manager? If I open IIS Manager (On WindowsServer 2008r2), and go to the Worker Processes page, I can see that one of my AppPool ...
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Why would Windows Server not respond to DHCP DISCOVER?

My network was working just fine and I broke it. There is a Cisco 1711 router which was configured to hand out DHCP leases to the client PCs. I have a domain controller (Server 2008) on the same ...
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Attempted hack on VPS, how to protect in future, what were they trying to do? [duplicate]

UPDATE: They're still here. Help me stop or trap them! Hi SF'ers, I've just had someone hack one of my clients sites. They managed to get to change a file so that the checkout page on the site ...
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Require TLS on RDP for all connections

I have a 2008 DC and a 2008 AD CS server and a Windows 7 client. What I would like is to require the certificate to be used when RDPing to the server. The certificate is valid, and if I connect ...
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Why can't I browse my D: drive, even if I'm in the Administrators group?

My fileserver running Windows Server 2008 has two logical drives; the C: drive contains all of the system and application data, and the D: drive contains all of the business data. There are several ...
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Any reason to use Windows Server 2003 over Server 2008?

For a unit test server (TeamCity Agent) - is there any reason to choose old (and reliable?) Win2003 SP2 over Server 2008, assuming both are available and the machine is decent?
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IIS 7.5 doesn't load static html pages

There is an IIS 7.5 freshly installed on a dedicated server. ASP.NET 4.0 Web app copied to its folder, new website is created on its own IP on post 80, IIS_IUSR and IUSR accounts have read/execute ...
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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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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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Launching AWS Windows instance from snapshots?

I have a Windows-based Amazon EC2 instance with an EBS drive as the root device. Is it possible to launch a copy of this instance without creating an AMI - for instance, from a snapshot of the C: ...
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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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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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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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Can't login to Cygwin sshd server with a non-administrator user account

I'm having some difficulties logging in to my Windows 2008 server (a DC) running Cygwin sshd. I can log in fine with an account that is a member of the Domain Admins group, but when I try with a ...
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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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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? ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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't connect to Sql Server 2008 named instance

I just installed Sql 2008 Express on a new server running Windows Server 2008. I know Sql is working properly, because I can connect to the db fine locally, on the server. I cannot connect to it from ...
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Run CGI in IIS 7 to work with GET without Requiring POST Request

I'm trying to migrate an old CGI application from an existing Windows 2003 server (IIS 6.0) where it works just fine to a new Windows 2008 server with IIS 7.0 where we're getting the following ...
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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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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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Microsoft Windows equivalent to LXC

Does Microsoft Windows have any equivalent product similar to Ubuntu's LXC container virtualization technology?
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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 ...