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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100% uptime for a web application

We received an interesting "requirement" from a client today. They want 100% uptime with off-site failover on a web application. From our web application's viewpoint, this isn't an issue. It was ...
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Any benefit or detriment from removing a pagefile on an 8GB RAM machine?

I'm running Windows 7 on a dual core, x64 AMD with 8GB RAM. Do I even need a pagefile? Will removing it help or hurt performance? Would it make a difference if this is a server or a desktop? Does ...
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How to assign permissions to ApplicationPoolIdentity account

In IIS 7 on Windows Server 2008, application pools can be run as the "ApplicationPoolIdentity" account instead of the NetworkService account. How do I assign permissions to this ...
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How Often Do Windows Servers Need to be Restarted?

A little background: We have several Windows servers (2003, 2008) for our department. We're a division of IT so we manage our own servers. Of the four of us here I'm the only one with a slight amount ...
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Windows 2008: WinSXS directory growing uncontrollably, blocking server

I run a (remotely hosted) virtual Server with Windows 2008 Server for a client. Initially, it had 10 GB of space. During the course of a few weeks - during which nothing was done on the machine ...
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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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PowerShell? Do you use it? Can you show me some cool system administration things I can do with it?

I keep reading everywhere that PowerShell is the way of the future. When it was first released I did a whole bunch of virtual labs, but since then I still haven't used it in a production environment. ...
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Windows 2008 ignores Gratuitous ARP requests

We recently saw an issue after a fail over of our router where our Windows 2008 Boxes didn't start talking to the primary router after fail-back. When we did some digging they still had the ARP ...
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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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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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Cheapest iSCSI SAN for Windows 2008/SQL Server clustering?

Are there any production-quality iSCSI SANs suitable for use with Windows Server 2008/SQL Server for failover clustering? So far, I've only seen Dell's MD3000i, and HP's MSA 2000 (2012i), which both ...
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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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Active Directory Health Checks

I've had some Active Directory troubles lately was was wondering what checks I could do on a regular basis I could do to ensure everything is working optimally?
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Disable password complexity rule in Active Directory

Where do I go to disable the password complexity policy for the domain? I've logged onto the domain controller (Windows Server 2008) and found the option in local policies which is of course locked ...
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Windows Server 2008: specifying the default IP address when NIC has multiple addresses

I have a Windows Server which has ~10 IP addresses statically bound. The problem is I don't know how to specify the default IP address. Sometimes when I assign a new address to the NIC, the default ...
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How to set up a VPN Incoming connection with Windows to tunnel Internet traffic?

I want to set up a VPN on a remote server to route all my Internet traffic for privacy reasons. I can set up an incoming connection and connect to it successfully. The problem is, I can just see the ...
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Unexplained slow gigabit network speeds

Update Ok, I've tried the answers below and nothing has changed. I've identified the chipset in the laptop as the NVIDIA nForce 520. I downloaded the latest Vista x64 drivers for the nForce 520 ...
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Is there a reason to upgrade Internet Explorer on Windows Server?

I never use Internet Explorer on my Windows Servers. Is there any reason I should upgrade Internet Explorer (version 6 or 7 to 7 or 8)?
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Enable Ping in Windows Server Firewall?

I've just installed Windows Server 2008 on a server and I'm able to connect through Remote Desktop but can't ping. Do I need to open an special port on the firewall to be able to ping a server?
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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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How can I get a list of shared directories on local Windows server?

If I have a Windows server (typically 2000, 2003 or 2008), is there a simple way to list all local directories shared on that server? I can find the shares themselves easily enough, but I would love ...
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What is Windows equivalent to Puppet/chef?

Does windows have an equivalent to puppet/chef for configuration management?
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How to install Active Directory Users and Computers for Windows 2008

I want to install the administration tools on a Windows Server 2008 (R1) machine. On Windows 2003 you installed adminpak.msi, but I can't find such a file for 2008. Is this a "feature" in Server ...
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IIS7: can't set host name on site with SSL cert and port 443

Consider a Win 2008 SP2 machine with IIS7. The task is to apply a certificate and host name to the one and only Site on this machine. The site's host headers need to be abc.123.mysite.com The first ...
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Setting Low Disk Space Alerts on Windows Server 2008

I was wondering if there is an easy way to trigger an e-mail alert on Windows Server 2008 when any logical disk partitions become low on space. I have 2 SQL servers that have come close to running ...
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Cygwin SSHd Autoblock Failed Logins

I'm running Cygwin with an SSH deamon on a Windows Server 2008 machine. I was looking at the Event Viewer and noticed as much as 5 to 6 failed login attempts per second (brute force) for the last week ...
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Tons of TCP connections in TIME_WAIT state on windows 2008 - running on amazon AWS

OS: Windows Server 2008, SP2 (running on EC2 Amazon). Running web app using Apache httpd & tomcat server 6.02 and Web server has keep-alive settings. There are around 69,250 (http port 80) + ...
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Logging in as the same user multiple times in Remote Desktop Windows Server 2008

Quick question: I have a situation where I need to let multiple people on different PCs log into one server 2008 machine as administrator simultaneously over remote desktop. I have the CALs for it, ...
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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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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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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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How to inspect remote SMTP server's TLS certificate?

We have an Exchange 2007 server running on Windows Server 2008. Our client uses another vendor's mail server. Their security policies require us to use enforced TLS. This was working fine until ...
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Windows 2008 R2 AD servers on fanless flash based systems

We have a number of branch offices where having an AD/DNS server would make a big difference to user experience. The following characteristics apply: There is no air conditioned server room, and no ...
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How to set ExecutionPolicy: access to registry key denied

I'm running Windows Server 2008 as admin and I tried to set ExecutionPolicy as Remotesigned for PowerShell v2 like this: Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned But I got this error: Set-ExecutionPolicy ...
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Getting Squid to authenticate with kerberos and Windows 2008/2003/7/XP

This is something I setup recently and was quite a big pain. My environment was getting squid to authenticate a Windows 7 client against a Windows 2008 Server invisibly. NTLM is not really an ...
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Group Policy Result summary says DC is member of “BUILTIN\Administrators”

Whenever I run the Group Policy Result wizard and select a Domain Controller as the target computer, the summary shows BUILTIN\Administrators in the list of "Security Group Membership when Group ...
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Windows 2008 DHCP service fails - “…failed to see a directory server for authorization.”

I have a small environment running Windows 2008 R2 where the DHCP service on the domain controller fails every two weeks. The most-visible error is Event ID 1059 and the Event Viewer message is: ...
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Does it make sense to use Windows Active Directory in a small group of say less than six users/ computers?

For a (very) small company would using Windows server with AD be overkill - why not just use it as a file/ print server, administration server from which to access all machines on the network via ...
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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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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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Auto-login in Windows Server 2008

Does anyone know a (verified) method to cause a specific user to auto-login after a system reboot, that works on Server 2008? I've tried tweaking some registry values (I don't have the link right ...
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How do I turn off IE's protected mode in Windows 2008 R2?

How do I turn off IE's protected mode in Windows 2008 R2? I'm building development servers, and it is just getting in the way.
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What does “DEL:” mean in the DistinguishedName of an AD Object?

Sorry -- I'm not really a Windows System Admin, just trying to slam through some LDAP interactions in Java. I'm finding a ton of objects with "DEL:" in the distinguishedName. Are these orphaned ...
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Change TeamCity IP address and port number on multi-homed Windows Server 2008 running IIS 7

After two full days of "research" (read: banging my head against my keyboard) and cursing at TeamCity/MSDN/Tomcat documentation as well as phantom IIS bindings, I've come up with an answer to a very ...
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I need to know if anyone is using our file server's IP address to access instead of the name. Any ideas?

I have been given the task of changing our current file server's IP address. I haven't been in the company long, so don't know what exactly reads and writes to it yet. Is there any way that I can ...
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EC2 Windows password recover

I can't get the password from the AWS console tools. I can reach the box via rdesktop.Can I reset the password remotely? If so, how to go about doing this? the machine is Windows server 2008 R2 ...
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Remote Desktop keeps asking me to accept a Certificate?

i'm using Remote Desktop on Windows 7 RC1, connecting to a Windows 2008 server. Everytime i start a connection, i get the following popup window :- The certificate problem makes sense -> it was ...
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Mail server for Windows 2008

I'm going to get a Windows 2008 dedicated server sometime soon. I'm going to have my website hosted on it, so, I also want to run a mail server on the same machine to receive any mail sent to the ...
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How can I control which IP address IIS7 uses?

In Win2k3 I used httpcfg to tell IIS to listen to specific IP addresses on the server. I want to run Apache with VisualSVN Server on port 80 on another IP address but IIS7 binds to all ip addresses by ...
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Weird memory usage in Windows Server 2008 R2

I hope someone can help. We've got a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine with 16GB of RAM that keeps getting all its available memory eaten by something. Nothing in Task Manager or Resource Monitor reveals ...