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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Recommendations for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V VPS Host?

I'm looking for a well-respected, high-performing Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V VPS host. For my linux hosting, I use a shared WebFaction account, so I'm spoiled by their incredible service and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Updating Windows Servers

As a student I've not had much experience with the practice of setting up and managing networks. There's a question I've had for a while now, that my teacher wasn't able to explain to my satisfaction ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Windows Server 2008 doesn't respond after Windows update

I have leased a Windows Web Server 2008 x64 machine (AMD). Normally I have access via RDP but since the latest Windows Update the machine seems not to complete boot anymore and I don't have access to ...
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Force Windows to Stay Connected to Microsoft VPN when User is Logged Off

I have a Windows Server 2008 at a remote office location that needs to stay connected to the main office via VPN (standard Windows PPTP connection) even when there is no user logged in. Right now, ...