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Register A records for my Linux box on my Windows 2008 DNS/DHCP server

I've a network which is mainly Windows: Windows 2008 server (with DNS/DHCP as well as AD), and various mainly Windows machines (servers, XP, 7). I know trying to add few Linux boxes, and can't make ...
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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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Windows7 - “The specified network password is not correct.” when the password is in fact correct

I have a samba server setup for some time now. It is a Hardware NAS - which unfortunately does not provide access to the Samba logs. (the exact model of the NAS is called Addonics NAS Adapter ) I ...
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Which is the default TCP connect timeout in Windows?

Which is the default TCP connect timeout in Windows? There is a registry key to configure it or it's set dynamically?
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Speeding up launch of Amazon EC2 Windows instances

I'm working on a Web service which is hosted on EC2 and needs to have a varying number of instances running, depending on load. We have the basic service up and running, but one of the things we're ...
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How can I have a Linux machine join a Windows Domain?

Sorry if I am misusing terms here; I actually don't know much about Active Directory and the related technologies. Basically I have a Linux computer and I'd like it (or my user on that computer) to ...
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Windows Domain replication monitoring tool

I am looking for web-based interface GUI, or some kind of monitoring tool that will show replication status for a domain. I know I can use repadmin with various options on the command line to query ...
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How extensive is the use of Microsoft WINS nameservice these days?

I seem to recall over the years moves to try to stop the requirement of having a WINS nameservice as part of a Windows environment. My question is whether sites are still utilizing WINS or have ...
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Where can I find a beginner's guide to using sysprep for deploying Windows 7?

I am new to Windows 7, but want to deploy it in a Netware (read: no Active Directory, no domain, etc.) environment. I have used Novell Zenworks for imaging and deploying Windows XP in the past, and ...
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Is there a Windows equivalent of Unix 'CPU steal time'?

In order to assess performance monitoring accuracy on virtualization platforms, the CPU steal time has become an increasingly relevant metric - see EC2 monitoring: the case of stolen CPU for an ...
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Using CA certificate for Remote Desktop Connection

I’m connecting over the web to a remote Windows Server 2012 R2 via Remote Desktop Connection for administration needs. It is a single web and database server without an AD etc. I’m not talking ...
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Point Multiple IP Addresses to a Single Host Name

In Windows System, there is this file at C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts. This file allows us to default a specific IP address to a host name. The issue now is whether I can set multiple IP ...
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32-bit Windows Server address > 4GB RAM - How?

This is news to me. I was always under the impression that 32-bit OS could only address 2^32 i.e. 4GB of RAM. Period. But what's this - http://www.crucial.com/uk/kb/answer.aspx?qid=3743&click=...
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Delete temporary files from batch script in xp

I'm looking for a good batch script that would quickly find & clean all the known safe temporary folders/files from Windows (as many variants as possible) machines (e.g. the windows temp folder, ...
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List user's folder access permissions

I have a user in a domain who has access to multiple subfolders in multiple folders. His rights were defined pretty granularly. Now he's leaving the company but will continue to work for a firm as a ...
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What benefits are there to running a 64-bit Operating System?

I would like to hear community opinions on reasons to switch, to utilise, or when one should consider a x64 platform. Plus are there any additional benefits of running 64-bit Windows 7? over 64-bit ...
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Is there a specific name for the “.\” (dot-slash) shorthand used to log onto a Windows machine?

I guess the title just about says it all. And yes, .\, not that obsolete \. thing. For those who don't know, .\ is a shorthand way of saying "this computer"*see "footnote" in Windows at a logon ...
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What is the order group policy settings are applied?

So I have been reading the document "Group Policy processing and precedence". I get that policies are applied in the order of local, site, domain, organizational unit, child organizational unit. The ...
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Is there a way to refresh computer group membership without rebooting?

I am using Windows Server 2008 R2 and have a windows service running under "network service" account in computer ComputerA. This windows service want to access a share folde (on another computer ...
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Is it possible for a Scheduled Task to run as NETWORK SERVICE?

It is quite simple to set up a task to run as a SYSTEM, but when setting it to NETWORK SERVICE it show "Access is denied" error message. Is there any way to get this working? (The problem is that I ...
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Cannot log in to Windows Auth protected pages while on the server

I have a public-facing web server (Windows Server 2008, IIS 7) with a web site which allows anonymous access. I have a subdirectory on this site which I have protected by disabling Anonymous ...
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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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Enabling system wide TCP keepalives on a Windows system

Can I change/add the KeepAliveTime and related registry variables to make a Windows machine send TCP keepalive packets on an idle connection? I want to know if anyone has successfully got this ...
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How to switch proxy settings via script?

There are a number of users in our organization that use their laptops on multiple networks. Each network has its own proxy setting requirements for accessing the Internet and currently, the users ...
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SSH / SCP Server on Windows [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a good SSH server to use on Windows? Can anyone on the SF community recommend a trustworthy/easy to set up SCP server for windows. I do not want to go through the ...
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Leave Windows Session Logged On

Is a bad idea for any reason to leave accounts logged onto Windows remote desktop sessions? So instead of logging off, just closing the session so it locks. In this case, the limited number of ...
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Can I safely uninstall “Citrix Tools for Virtual Machines”?

Having several virtual servers with Windows 2008 R2 at our web hoster (Germany's "1&1", they seem to use Citrix Xen), I have every now and then some servers that hang (RDP login screen hangs ...
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What is your list of programs to install to Windows after a fresh install?

I am looking for others' list of program that absolutely must be installed to a fresh install of Windows before going any further. I hope to compile a list here to use as reference for all new ...
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How do I create a symbolic link in Windows?

Windows Vista added the ability to create symbolic links to files and directories. How do I create a symbolic link and what are the current consumer and server versions of Windows that support it?
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How to find memory usage of individual Windows services?

Task Manager shows the overall memory usage of svchost.exe. Is there a way to view the memory usage of individual services? Note this is similar to http://serverfault.com/questions/2786/finegrain-...
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How to check if a port is blocked on a Windows machine?

On the Windows platform, what native options to I have to check if a port (3306, for example) on my local machine (as in localhost), is being blocked?
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How do I grant start/stop/restart permissions on a service to an arbitrary user or group on a non-domain-member server?

We have a suite of Windows Services running on our servers which perform a bunch of automated tasks independently of one another, with the exception of one service which looks after the other services....
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Why hasn't rsync caught on in the Windows world? [closed]

It seems that rsync is the de-facto standard for efficient file backup and sync in Unix/Linux. Does anyone have any thoughts on why it wouldn't have caught on in the Windows world? Why hasn't it ...
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Why are Linux-based operating systems considered safer than Windows? [closed]

I hear that Linux-based systems are better for security. Apparently they don't have viruses and do not need antivirus software. Even my university claims this - they refuse to have Windows on their ...
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In Windows, using the command line, how do you check if a remote port is open?

What is a simple way in Windows to test if traffic gets through to a specific port on a remote machine?
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Alternative Remote Desktop Software

What are good alternatives to the Windows builtin remote desktop client? I have tried Terminals and it is great but I've have run into numerous bugs with the latest release (currently 1.7e). Can ...
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On IIS, how do I patch the SSL 3.0 POODLE vulnerability (CVE­-2014­-3566)?

How do I patch CVE­-2014­-3566 on a Windows Server 2012 system running IIS? Is there a patch in Windows Update, or do I have to do a registry change to disable SSL 3.0?
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Convenient Windows equivalent to tail -f logfile?

Is there some convenient alternative to this on Windows? I always miss this away from Linux. And no I don't consider Cygwin or some other bash port to be "convenient". :) Either a small app that'll ...
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Long pause when accessing DFS namespace

We've recently migrated our Windows network to use DFS for shared files. DFS is working well, except for one annoying problem: users experience a significant delay when they try to access a DFS ...
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How to check who is currently logged on to windows workstation from command line?

Environment is in domain, server is Windows Server 2003, workstations have Vista and XP installed. I need the way to check remotely who is currently logged on workstation, preferably from some simple ...
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Unable to install .net 3.5 on Windows server 2012

I am trying to install .Net 3.5 on Windows Server 2012 and it constantly keeps failing. I am using "Add or Remove Features" and my Internet is already there. I've read that if alternate source couldn'...
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What are the IUSR and IWAM accounts for in IIS?

I'm looking for a good explanation of the IUSR and IWAM accounts used by IIS to help me better configure our hosting environment: Why are they there? What's the difference between them? Do the names ...
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Where can I find data stored by a Windows Service running as “Local System Account”?

I'm using a service which stores data on disk. The service is running as "local system account". Where is the stored data for that system user? I'm thinking about C:\Documents and Settings\Default ...
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How practical is it to authenticate a Linux server against AD?

We utilise both Windows and Linux server at our software development company. One of the friction points with this setup is that we don't have a single sign-on solution. Being more of a Microsoft ...
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How does Windows decides which DNS Server to use when resolving names?

What algorithm does Windows use to decide which DNS Server it will query in order to resolve names? Let's say I have several interfaces, all active, some with no dns server specified, some told to ...
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Best way to add HKCU keys and values for all existing users and all new users?

I need to add HKCU keys and values to all machines in a specific OU, for all existing user profiles and to the default profile. What's the best way to approach this? I could enumerate and iterate ...
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How do I deploy an internal certificate authority?

IE7 aggressively warns about certificate failure; we have some internal sites that run over HTTPS and thus need a valid cert. We appear to have an certificate authority on the intranet that can sign ...
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Inexpensive Network Monitoring tools for Windows

I'm looking for a free or inexpensive Windows-based network monitoring tool for a small network. I'm familiar with Nagios, but we run a Windows-only shop and I don't want one oddball Linux machine to ...
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swap partition vs file for performance?

What is better for performance? A partition closer to the inside of the disk will have slower access times, and we must wait for the drive to switch between the OS and swap partitions. On the other ...
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Why does removing the EVERYONE group prevent domain admins from accessing a drive?

This is related to this question: Domain Admins group denied access to d: drive I have a member server in a brand new AD lab environment. I have an Active Directory user ADMIN01 who is a ...