A version of Microsoft Windows for use on servers; it supports server class hardware (e.g. more RAM, more CPU cores), contains network server software (Hyper-V, DNS server, web server, file server), and runs Active Directory to manage Windows Desktop computers and user accounts.

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How to add dependency on a Windows Service AFTER the service is installed

I have a Windows Service that makes use of a SQL Server database. I don't have control over the installation of the service, but would like to add a dependency on the service to ensure that it starts ...
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Windows Server unable to synchronize NTP time reliably

Why does Windows Server (2008, in this case, but I've seen the same problem in 2003) seem to have problem synchronizing time? I've seen this error in my System log across a variety of servers: The ...
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What is a system state backup for?

The windows backup utility comes with an option to backup the system-state. What is this for? Has it a real utility? Can I recover that windows on another machine?
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Why use Kerberos instead of NTLM in IIS?

This is something that I've never really been able to answer as well as I like: What is the real advantage of using Kerberos authentication in IIS instead of NTLM? I've seen a lot of people really ...
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Windows serial console

How do I enable a serial console on Windows (2008 and/or 2012) such that I can log into it like the Good Old Days of Real Servers and issue provisioning commands, ideally via PowerShell? $ cu -l ...
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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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Reducing NetBIOS noise in a 50-seat, 30-server organisation

We are a development shop where all 50-odd workstation computers run Windows 7 SP1 and most of our 20-30 servers are Server 2008 R2 or Server 2008 (there are a few scragglers still on Server 2003). We ...
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Can MS Certificate Services be a Subordinate to CA created with OpenSSL

I want to setup a enterprise certification authority for my domain. So I can issue certificates for various purposes. I would like to follow the best practice of having an offline CA as the root, ...
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Can Remote Desktop Services be deployed and administered by PowerShell alone, without a Domain in WIndows Server 2012 and 2012 R2?

Windows Server 2008 R2 allowed deployment of Terminal Server (Remote Desktop Services) without a domain, and without any insistence on domains. This was very useful, especially for standalone virtual ...
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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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Who restarted my Windows server? [duplicate]

Is it possible on Windows Server 2000/2003/2008 machines to see which user rebooted the server? I have found the shutdown event in the System event log, but it does not show which user initiated the ...
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FTP service for use on Windows Server? [closed]

We always use IIS' FTP service but recently we have had a few problems with it; what FTP service do you recomend for IIS? We use Windows Server and Windows XP in the clients. A free version is a ...
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Why is it called Windows Server 2008 R2? Why not simply call it Windows Server 2010?

I've searched, but I can't find anything that explains why Microsoft started labelling new versions of Windows Server (and now SQL Server) as R2 releases. If they're new releases, why not simply give ...
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What does exactly mean the “Automatic (Delayed)” mode for a Windows service?

Sorry for the approximative translation from french. So I understand pretty well what means : - disabled - manual - automatic But what does mean automatic (delayed) ? - Does Windows wait for ...
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Server 2012 hyper-v3 live migration

I am trying to do my first live migration with Windows server 2012 hyper-v 3.0. I have two servers joined into a domain.local domain and both are hypervisors with constrained delegation setup. Each ...
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How can a standard Windows user change their password from the command line?

On Windows Server 2008 R2, I have a standard (non-administrator) local user (not an Active Directory account, though the server is in a domain) who has access to the server only via PowerShell ...
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Windows Server 2008 - Connecting to 127.0.0.1

Im running Windows Server 2008 R2, we have an application that connects from (binds to) a public IP on the server to 127.0.0.1:8334 [connects to a service listening on 0.0.0.0:8334] In Windows 2003, ...
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Update hostname from Debian machine with DHCP to a Windows 2008 DNS server

I have a XenServer installation with Debian (lenny) machines created on a daily basis using a script which creates the machine from a template and assigns it with a new hostname. Our network has a ...
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High latency, yet ping shows low latency

We're seeing latencies of ~100-300ms for services accessing a remote resource within the same subnet, yet when we use ping (ping size was of a similar size as of packets sent normally), we see ...
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Should Windows Web Servers be members of an Active Directory Domain

In terms of security and manageability - What is best practice? Should web servers Be added to and managed from an Active Directory domain or Be part of a 'web server' workgroup that is ...
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Good backup solution?

What's a good backup solution, that isn't too overcomplicated but would work well for some windows servers? Right now, we're using Handy backup. It's a $30 utility... and it works... except for when ...
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bad printer isolation on print server or better way?

I have noticed that when a printer or driver screws up on a Windows server it usually locks up or kills the print spooler and everyone can't print until it is fixed. Usually we have to put the ...
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How do I disable remote printers using group policy

When I configure a new remote desktop connection to connect to servers I often forget to uncheck the option inside of local devices and resources for remote printers. This creates exceptions in the ...
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Need for another Domain Controller

I have two domain controllers (Windows 2003) in one site where most of the department I support resides. There is another building (at another site) where my department resides as well, but they have ...
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Are there any benefits to running Subversion server on Linux as opposed to Windows?

We currently run CollabNet Subversion on a Windows server. I recently got the opportunity to move the Subversion server to another machine, and I basically have the choice between a Windows server or ...
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Does the password truly expire?

One can enable password expiration (aka password maximum age) on a Windows domain. I'm a little puzzled though about the meaning of that so-called expiration: It looks like the password does not ...
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Can MS SQL Management Studio 2012 be installed without installing SQL SERVER?

We have a windows server 2012 with SQL Server 2012 BI installed. I can remote desktop and use the sql management studio in the server. However I would like to install that tool - sql management ...
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List all hotfixes applied to windows server

There used to be a command line tool called QFECheck in Windows Server 2000 that would list them out. Is this the preferred method on windows server 2003/2008? I know they're listed in Add/Remove ...
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ESXi and Windows Server CPU parking

For those that don't know, CPU parking is a feature in recent Windows Server releases that allows Windows to pretty much drop a CPU core to zero use, and having nothing use it. It's been introduced as ...
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What considered “SSH” for Windows Servers?

I use SSH a lot in Linux. What I usually do is tunnel into the server, then basically run things from that tunnel (e.g. connecting to MySQL, uploading files, etc). What is the Windows Server version ...
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How to replace permissions and everything inside with icacls on Windows Server 2012?

Using Windows Server 2012 R2 AND Windows Server 2008 R2. I have a folder called C:\temp\test and I want to grant access to SYSTEM and a user and all files and subdirectories, and remove everthing ...
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Why MPIO instead of 802.3ad Team for iSCSI

Doing my first server to iSCSI target and I thought i would be off to a running start by teaming my NIC on the server (conventional 802.3ad team). However, from many online sources I see this is NOT ...
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Number of logical processors per VM?

I have a server (quad core) running Windows Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 with two Windows Server 208 R2 Standard guest virtual machines. I've noticed the number of logical processors setting (under the ...
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Windows NFS Performance vs Windows File Sharing?

Has anyone set up NFS where both the server and the clients are all Windows? I am wondering: How Does Performance Compare to using builtin Windows file sharing (CIFS/SMB)? Can clients mount NFS ...
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What is the best Antivirus for a Windows Domain Network? [closed]

What is the best Antivirus for a Windows Domain Network?
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Is it possible to try Windows Server 2012 with VmWare Server 5.0?

I would like to try windows server 2012 rc using our vmware server 5.0 infrastructure. The problem is that i can't install it because each time, the virtual machine reboot. Is it vmware server 5 ...
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Windows Server - “Not enough storage available error”

We have two IIS 7 servers that run in web garden. There's a copy of every site on each server. Files are synchronized using DFS (only source files). Images & big files are located on different ...
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How to detect Dell TPM from inside Windows?

I need to know whether my server has TPM installed. It is located 10000 miles away from me so going there to look at the BIOS is not an option. It is also not anyhow described on the Dell website nor ...
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“bitness” and printer servers

Question; we have been trying to get a new printer server configured, and with the organization starting to move into the Windows 7 wagon and mixing 32 bit legacy (XP) systems with 32- and 64- bit ...
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Active Directory consolidation strategy after merger/acquisition

Upfront disclaimer: I'm a UNIX guy by design and trade. However, I've been involved with Windows boxes for at least a decade from an operational support/performance tuning perspective. My company has ...
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Print server vs. printer sharing on Windows Server

On my new Windows Server 2012 I've installed a printer and shared it via the Sharing tab: I'm not in a Windows domain (just a regular work group) and printing works fine. Now there's also the ...
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Windows remote desktop

I want to login into a Windows server with remote desktop but I want to do that in a way that the user view what I'm doing like do vnc server. How can I do? In default mode remote desktop disconnect ...
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Choosing Windows Small Biz Server Version (2008/11 and Standard/Essentials)?

We currently have a SBS 2003 server that is on its way out. Our shop is small (< 10 PCs), and our needs are not that great. I've been looking at Small Business Server 2011 Essentials and trying to ...
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Windows Server roadmap for future?

We're about to fork out more than $20,000 in new Windows Server 2008 R2 licenses and CALs, and are in the position of deciding if we're going to purchase Software Assurance or not. I've tried to ...
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Automatically mount volume on EC2

There is a procedure given by Amazon to make a volume available for use that has been attached as a block device. Given that I am attaching an EBS volume that is already ready to be used, is there a ...
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Windows server administration resources for Linux administrators?

I'm a programmer who's been using and administering Linux systems (and to a lesser extent, other Unix systems) since the mid-1990's. Now as part of my job I'm ending up doing a lot of Windows Server ...
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Server admin community on a blog platform? [closed]

I'm wondering if there is a site out there where server admins congregate and post useful bits and pieces. Server Fault for example is a great Q&A site and Slashdot Journal Entries could be useful ...
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FTP Server on Windows Server 2012: Works on localhost, error accessing folder when using domain

I am trying to setup a second FTP server on a computer running Windows Server 2008 and IIS 8.0. I already have an FTP server accessible with one port, and this one will be accessible on a different ...
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In Active Directory, what is the relation between IP, MAC, and OS?

I have one machine on which I want to run 2 different OSs, dual boot between Windows Server 2008R2 and 2012R2 (or others). I want to keep the same computer name, the same IP address, and the same MAC ...
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Mounting an ISO on Windows Server 2008

I've been trying to mount an ISO file on Windows Server 2008 without success. I've tried MagicISO, Daemon Tools, and Pismo Disk Mounter, but all of them give me some error or another. I'm guessing ...