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 create a service running a .bat file on Windows 2008 Server?

I've created the service using sc create myService binpath=myservice.bat But when I start it, it fails with the following error message: [SC] StartService FAILED 1053: The service did not ...
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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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Load-Balanced IIS 7.5 Web Server ASP.NET Session State problem

we have a problem with an ASP.NET website where the users' sessions are behaving oddly - session data appearing, disappearing and re-appearing. I think I know what the problem is: Our setup is 2 x ...
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“ipv6 equivalent” of 192.168.x.x (configuring a static ipv6 address)

Background: I have a windows 2008 machine and I want to make it a Domain Controller in a test domain made of two virtual machines. dcpromo pops up a warning if IP addresses for the machine are not ...
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Can't connect to default admin share on Windows 2008

I have a Windows 2008 Server that I'm trying to connect to the default administrative share \\servername\c$ I can connect to it using the default Administrator account. But if I try to connect using ...
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How Do I Install Gerrit Under Tomcat with LDAP?

I'm trying to find good instructions for installing Gerrit under Tomcat with LDAP support. I need this installed on a Windows 2008 Server, preferably. However, I can opt for Linux if not possible. ...
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“Peaky” CPU Usage on Domain Controllers

We have two Windows Server 2008 SP2 (sadly not 2008 R2) Domain Controllers in a small 150 client domain that are exhibiting very "peaky" CPU usage. The Domain Controllers both exhibit the same ...
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Simple Backup Strategy for Amazon EC2 instances / volumes?

You have entered Introductory Backups for Amazon EC2 EBS-backed Windows Images 010... I have been browsing my brains out to find a simple backup strategy for our single windows 2008 server running ...
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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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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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Move Active Directory from 2003 to 2008

Im not a expert admin in Active Directory so I'm in need of some help. At my work, we have bought a new server with the 2008 server OS. And the old AD domain controller is run on a 2003 server. The ...
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In-place upgrade from Windows Server Standard to Enterprise or Datacenter

We ran into a little issue where Windows Server Standard only supports 32 GB of memory, which is depressing to find out when your server was recently upgraded to 48 awesome GB of memory. Is it ...
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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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Schedule reboot at the specified time

How to schedule a Windows server to reboot at a specified time? It's about a Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008.
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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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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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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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How to disable Windows Update on all computers in a domain

Instead of logging into each computer, I would like to find a way to disable Windows Update on each computer in the domain from a single location (e.g., the domain controller). The domain controller ...
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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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How do I limit MS SQL Server memory usage?

I've heard MS SQL Server takes up as much RAM as it can to cache results. Well, it's not leaving enough bargaining room for our little server's RAM. How do I change the settings to limit the amount ...
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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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Filtering Security Logs by User and Logon Type

I have been asked to find out when a user has logged on to the system in the last week. Now the audit logs in Windows should contain all the info I need. I think if I search for Event ID 4624 (Logon ...
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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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How can I get a static download link for a Microsoft MSDN Subscriber Download?

I need to be able to download MSDN ISO files directly from power shell, and therefore I am wondering how can I do this? I can view the downloads site at ...
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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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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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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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Applocker vs Software restriction policy

The goal is to prevent users from running unwanted programs on a terminal server. I have read many articles from Microsoft and others saying that the new Applocker feature is 100% better than the ...
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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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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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Easiest way to start application before login?

I would like to have an application restart automatically if a server crashes. It would have to restart without needing a user to login to an account. (run a program before login) Based on my ...
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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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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: ...