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Is it hard to set up Microsoft Forefront Endpoint protection?

I have seen that Microsoft Forefront Endpoint protection has pretty decent pricing, although it seems to require a separate System Configuration Manager installed that's quite pricey. I am currently ...
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NTFS ACL's: What is the difference between object and container inhertiance?

I am looking at using icacls.exe. However, before proceeding, I wanted clarification on the difference between these two ACL's: (OI) - object inherit (CI) - container inherit ...
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Remove Windows Server from Domain While it is Airgapped?

I am working on a scheme to clone a production, domain-joined virtual machine, bring that machine up off the network in order to prepare it to be converted to a template. One issue that comes to my ...
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Can I set up conditional forwarding for a parent DNS zone?

If my domain is ds.usepowershell.com, can I set up a conditional forwarder for usepowershell.com and not redirect my internal queries (since technically, ds.usepowershell.com is a subdomain of ...
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What Do the Numbers In Parentheses Mean In My Windows DNS Debug Log?

This is one of those little things that I was always curious about but never asked. On a Windows DNS Server, you can enable DNS Debug Logging and watch the packets fly by. A line from that log might ...
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prevent geo tagging on DNS requests

I have multiple offices in other countries that egress out of one location. The problem is that the DNS replies are being resolved for that country as opposed to the country the user is actually in. ...
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Is it easy or even possible yet to manage windows firewall with powershell?

I'm doing some POC testing on a server 2012 environment, and during initial firewall configuration I find myself going to the GUI repeatedly when I'd really much rather be able to write a script. I've ...
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Hyper-V cluster with different cpu

i have these three servers with different CPU : First Server : Intel Xeon E5645 2.4Ghz 12M Second server : Intel Xeon X5660 2.8Ghz 12M Third Server : Intel Xeon X5550 2.6Ghz 8M I want to install ...
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Weird “missing” CD/DVD driver during Windows Server 2008 installation

We have an old PowerEdge 860 that we're trying to install Windows Server 2008 R2 onto. At present the machine doesn't have any OS installed, so we're doing a clean install from a DVD. Pretty simple ...
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What is the difference between the two DFS Replication Group Types?

What is the difference between DFS replication group types - multipurpose replication group and replication group for data collection? Is it really only that replication group for data collection ...
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How to apply an Group Policy only to Clients in a specific IP range? (using WMI Filter)

I need to apply a GPO only to some computers in a specific network range. I'm aware that there many other solutions for this issue. I could group them into an OU or use Sites. But the current ...
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Do I need the Application Server role for a web server?

I've just got a Windows Server 2008 which will work as a web server. It has two roles in the Server Manager, one is Application Server (which includes Web Server (IIS) in its Role Services) and the ...
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How to handle updates that aren't appropriate for Server Core editions?

It seems that WSUS isn't smart enough to know which updates are actually appropriate for Windows Server Core installs. For example, WSUS wants to install Server 2012 R2 Update (KB2919355) but it fails ...
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Copying OU permissions from an existing security group to a new security group

Currently we have a security group named: Limited_IT_Admins that has special permissions (restricted to only certain tasks they can do) on ~7 City OUs within a Country OU. [Country] <- top level ...
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Reporting tool for Performance Monitor

I am looking for an application I can use to consume performance monitor logs and report on them. Is there an application you have good success with to display the metrics you have captured with ...
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How to remotely generate Windows AD Kerberos keytab from a Unix machine?

I would like to know if it’s possible to create a keytab file direct from a client machine without using the ktpass utility in the Windows Server side. The main reason I would want this, is to ...
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On Windows 2003 Server as File Server what it is better creating groups by directory or by profile?

I have a file server with 20 shared folders one for each department and their emploees have write permission through a AD group with same name of that folder. The thing is some people have to write ...
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Does Performance Monitor create any load on monitored system?

I have always wondered if there are multiple people monitoring a server using Performance monitor, does this create any type of load on the system? I am not sure where the counters are stored, so if ...
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What is the origin and / or standardness of the term “bang account”?

I keep hearing "bang account" at my company and, through context, figured it out to mean an account with elevated privileges. I believe this is particularly the case with Active Directory accounts, ...
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Is it better to apply windows updates to servers without testing, or not at all? [closed]

I've found lots of information about the right way to approach patching windows servers (e.g. To update or to not update?), but I'm in a situation where most of that information is just not practical ...
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Adding a local user from one Windows machine to a local group on another Windows machine

I would like to add a local user account from a remote computer to a local group on a Windows "server core" box. Neither the workstation, nor the server are in a domain. Is that possible? Will ...
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How limited is Windows Server for general purpose uses? [closed]

In, say, Windows Server 2008 -assuming the installation wasn't under the Server Core mode-, and in general, will applications made for the general purpose OS line (XP/Vista/7) run? I mean programs ...
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How does one prevent a Microsoft workstation from locking?

We have a group policy that forces workstations to lock after X minutes. But from time to time I would like to suspend the law of the GPO. I already have a tiny Auto-It script that clicks the Control ...
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Why Windows 7/2008 mstsc asks for username password BEFORE server certificate warning?

When using Windows 7 mstsc to connect to an Windows Server 2008 (remote desktop), I notice a problem I cannot explain. mstsc asks for username password first. If I provide a wrong one, mstsc tells me ...
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Finding Which Network Connection Belongs To Which Physical NIC Port?

In Windows/Windows Server, if I have a physical NIC that has two or four ports on it, is there a scriptable/programmatic way to determine which "Network Connection" (such as "Local Area Connection 3", ...
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Should I phase out our Windows Domain entirely?

Over the last year we have migrated almost all services that used to run on our Windows server (SBS 2003 Premium) to another server running Linux. The last few services will shortly be moving to a new ...
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How To: Find files affecting your disk quota in Windows server (2003 or 2008)?

Was just wondering if anyone knows a script or tool that can be used to find all the files which affect a user's disk quota in Windows Server 2003/2008. Any suggestions?
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Getting WINS Server Statistics

I know WINS is ancient. No need to remind me. For what it's worth, this effort is going toward a project to retire it from the environment altogether. But before I can do that - I need to be able to ...
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How to change Windows Server 2012 password requirements when installing?

i'm trying to install Windows Server 2012, and i'm being prompted that the Administrator account password does not meet the password security requirements: The password you typed does not meet the ...
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How to enable system restart on BSOD from commandline

I got an Hyper-v core box and I need to turn automatic restart on. How can I do that?
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How should I split up these Windows Server 2008 R2 roles / functions?

I am transitioning a bunch of roles and other functions (I am not sure if all of them are strictly "roles") from server 2003 to 2008 R2 and am wondering how I should break them up. Specifically what ...
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How can one learn to read the Windows Server event viewer and know what events are normal and which are signs of potential problems?

I have been managing Windows Server 2003 machines at work, but I am a software developer. (Please don't say 'hire a sysadmin', the point of this question is my own learning). How do server admins ...
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How to get Active Directory domain objectGUID anonymously

As an authenticated Active Directory user, I can run this to get the domain GUID (objectGUID): dsquery * "DC=lab,DC=local" -scope base -attr objectguid I can use this command in Linux to get the ...
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Book for learning how to administrate a public-facing Windows Server (2008)?

Is there any book you'd recommend to learn how to administrate a public-facing (IIS7, SQL Server 2008) Windows Server (2008 in this case)? I've searched for books in this matter and I've found ...
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Cannot connect to SQL Server 2012 Express instance outside a VM

I'm trying to connect to a SqlServer instance - located in my host machine - from my VM, using Sql Server Management Studio. From my host I can connect to both SQL instances using SSMS, but when I ...
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“setspn -s” vs. “setspn -a”

According to Setspn Overview it's discouraged to use Setspn -A to add an SPN record and it's suggested to use Setspn -S instead. It's said that Setspn -S checks whether the SPN already exists before ...
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Second NIC “not working properly” on diskless Server 2012

I've got (after a considerable fight) a diskless Server 2012 running via the MS software iSCSI initiator being booted via gPXE chained from the NIC's PXE. However, now that it is booting properly I ...
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Forward UNIX syslog to Windows Event viewer

I'm running a pfSense firewall which runs syslog and can forward it's logs to a remote syslog server. I'd like to be able to view these on my SBS 2011 server's event viewer, via a subscription. I ...
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Adding Hyper-V Role Errors

I have a Win 2008 R2 Data Center machine, and when I added the Hyper-V role, I got the following errors: 'Hypervisor' driver required by the Virtual Machine Management service is not installed or is ...
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Is it possible to view average system performance/load over time on a default installation of Windows Server?

Without previously configuring collector sets, is there any record of performance metrics kept on a default installation of Windows Server? I have been tasked to evaluate the load on a particular ...
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Can't boot Windows Server 2012 from iSCSI

I'm working out how to install various OSes onto diskless servers to be run via iSCSI. The servers have no special hardware for this (no iSCSI HBAs etc.) I briefly played with Windows Deployment ...
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Setting up FTP on Windows Server 2008, virtual machine

I am setting up a virtual machine with Windows Server 2008 that utilizes Hyper-V. I am trying to set up FTP access to the machine, but I cannot connect to the FTP server from my local machine. I can ...
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Creating a System Event for Newly Created 10 Gig Files in a specific directory

I'm looking to find some way that my Windows Small Business Server 2011 machine can auto create system events any time there is a newly created file 10 GBs and larger in a specific directory. It seems ...
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Client hits 80072EE2 error while downloading update from WSUS server

So, the WSUS server is configured to download latest updates from Microsoft and then the other servers would download the update from the WSUS server. There's no issue for the WSUS server to download ...
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What is the difference between “Main” mode and “Quick” mode when using IPsec in Windows Server?

What is the difference between “Main” mode and “Quick” mode when using IPsec in Windows Server? When does each one come into play?
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Accessing a share on a Windows 2008 Server from that server

if I'm currently on Server1 (A windows 2008 server), and I try to access \\server1\share\dir\dir\file how is that request handled? Does it stay local to the server entirely (no network access)? ...
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Are there problems teaming the public network adapters on a Windows Server 2008 R2 failover cluster?

We have a two-node Windows Server 2008 R2 fail-over cluster that's hosting about a dozen instances of SQL Server. The nodes each have four network adapters in them (a pair of dual-port Broadcom ...
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HP ADU report information. Where is it stored?

I'm working on something but I'm a bit stuck. If I could figure out where certain information that ADU looks at is stored on Windows Server (2003 & 2008), I'd be in great shape. I primarily want ...
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Less reboots on Windows Server Core, is this true or just a myth?

Because there are less components installed on a Windows Server core OS, it needs less patches than the full OS. I read in several places that therefor it needs less reboots after patching. I'm ...
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FIPS “single-user mode” requirement in Microsoft Windows

In many FIPS 140-2 certificates, Windows must be placed into FIPS 140 mode as well as run in "single user mode". I am familiar with the local/group policy objects to enable FIPS mode. However, ...