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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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How can I find out how many updates are waiting to be installed on a remote server

Is there a way to find out if a Windows Server (2003, 2008) has downloaded the Microsoft Windows updates and is just waiting for the user to confirm "Install Updates and Restart the server"? We use ...
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IIS Configuration Synchronization for Web Server Farm?

I'm wondering if there is any good/easy way to get the IIS configurations synchronized? I'm going to be setting up a pair of IIS Servers with Network Load Balancing. I can get the data files (html, ...
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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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Windows Server Hyper-V guests cannot see each other on network [closed]

I have a Hyper-V physical machine along with two standard laptops running within my LAN (connected by an ASUS-RT56U router). The physical server runs Windows Hyper-V Server 2008 R2, with two Windows ...
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Is it possible to switch to Kerberos only Windows domain

Is it possible to configure both Windows servers and workstations (Windows 7) to use only Kerberos for authentication and not use NTLM for authentication within the Domain? I was told that Kerberos ...
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I need to create a network for a call center [closed]

I have: a patch panel with 24 ports. Windows server voip connection (voice over ip) How do I make the connection from the patch panel to the router? Do I need a router? If yes does it need to ...
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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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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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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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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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Can we restore My Computer > Manage to prior functionality in Server 2012-R2

In the newer server versions when right clicking on My Computer / This PC, we are presented with the option to 'Manage', when clicked it opens the Server Manager, which can take up to 10-20 seconds in ...
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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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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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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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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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Jenkins (Windows Service) with Git over SSH

I'm having a hard time configuring Jenkins, running as a Windows Service, to connect to a git server (gitosis) and clone a repository. Jenkins is set to use the standard Git plugin. Everything is ...
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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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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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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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Removing DHCP role, cleaning up AD data

Back story. So we had a development engineer (who just happened to have access to a domain admin account) who set up a handful of DHCP servers on our domain. This caused headaches, as the new DHCP ...
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How do you replace a Windows server with minimal problems for admins and users?

This weekend we replaced a Windows server of a few years old, with a new one. Despite having imported computers and users from Active Directory on the old, to the new server (with loss of password, ...
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What do the error messages and codes mean when creating and installing Managed Service Accounts?

When using the PowerShell Cmdlets for creating and installing Managed Service Accounts, certain errors can be thrown. What does each error mean?
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Can't Remote Desktop

I have been able to remote desktop into my Windows Server 2008 R2 machine no problem. But then I installed a bunch of updates (including SP1) and now I can't RDP. Some background info: RDP is ...
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Get a list of who logged in to each server

I am looking for a way to query Active Directory or SMS or something so I can get a list of users who have logged into a Windows server for several servers. It would be like checking the lastlog file ...
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Installing a certificate without the CSR's originating website in IIS 6

It seems the common method for installing a new SSL certificate for a site on IIS 6 is to create a temporary site, generate a CSR with the parameters of the real site, and then fulfill that CSR when ...
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Recommended storage system for video streaming server [closed]

I am developing a video surveillance system that records and streams back many video streams from many remote IP cameras. One server would be run on one machine that handles around 500 video streams ...
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NTFS permissions allowing access automatically without visible inheritance

This question is unanswered on Super User, I thought it was the best place for it but no one knows. As it is related to a server, hoping it can be moved to server fault and someone can help me there. ...
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webdav on iis7.5 - simply cannot make it work

I won't bore with the details, but I've tried every possible combination of settings to get webdav to work on win 2008 r2 and iis 7.5. I'd just like to find out if anyone else has faced challenges ...
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Error 812 when connecting to office VPN

I am currently setting up an office VPN on a new server (running SBS 2011), and I keep getting "Error 812: The connection was prevented because of a policy configured on your RAS/VPN server..." when I ...
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What is host/computer SID in Windows AD? and what is needed to identify the elements of network with it? [closed]

SID as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Security_Identifier 1) Help me to clarify the concept of computer SID on hypothetical situation: suppose, I want to secure a network cable (for ex., from a ...
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Windows Server AntiVirus [closed]

I am switching from Symantec. I narrowed my selection to the following AVG Trend Micro Sophos I am leaning towards AVG for 2 reasons Ease of use Cost Any input?
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Store user My Documents folder on server [closed]

EDIT: Rephrased this question to convey the message precisely. A user, (user1) use to login into multiple computers on the domain using his password, say (user1/password1) He needs My Documents, ...