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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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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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Best way to mount a Linux filesystem on Windows over the Internet?

I was going to attempt Samba over SSH, any better ideas? Edit: My mom has been bugging me to do some offsite backing up of her files. She currently uses Norton Ghost. I have a VPS that I use for ...
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Asp.net 3.5, IIS7 and SQL Server 2008 Hosting recommendations

I am looking for some suggestions for asp.net hosting on IIS7 with sql server 2008. I am assuming within this price range for windows shared hosting will be the go although vps would be great. We are ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it possible to run a batch script remotely on a Windows machine from Linux without installing ssh?

I am looking for a way in Linux to run a batch script on a remote Windows machine. I already searched some forums and the Internet and found e.g. this question. It seems that the easiest way so far ...
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Problems installing OS on Dell PowerEdge R410

I have inherited a Dell PowerEdge R410 and no disks. I have downloaded the Dell Systems Build and Update Utility for the R410 and booted from the optical drive. In the management console you have the ...
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How do you deal with malware on Windows?

Simple: what do you do when they ask you the common question: "Can you clean my pc? Its so slow."
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What antivirus do you recommend for dev boxes [closed]

What antivirus would you recommend for computers used for windows development. Would you use an antivirus for these users? These users compile quite often and therefore read and write tons of files. ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Setting Up Git Repository on Remote Windows Server?

I have a windows server which I can access locally or remotely over the internet through remote desktop connection, etc. I want to set up a git repository (something similar to "trunk" in ...
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Real time monitoring of MS Windows servers and their services

We have a bunch of large HDTVs in our monitoring office keeping an eye on all of our production equipment. We are monitoring: Cisco routers HP switches HP proliant servers Windows 2003 IIS SQL ...
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In Windows, using the command line, how do you check if a port is open?

I want to see if traffic gets through on a specific port on another machine. Is there a simple way to test for this?
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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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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 to diagnose a Windows blue screen?

Sometimes I have to answer support calls responding to PC crashes with blue screens. How can I effectively narrow down the problem giving the information on that screen? What are the most important ...
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How to grant network access to LocalSystem account?

How do you grant access to network resources to the LocalSystem (NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM) account? Background When accessing the network, the LocalSystem account acts as the computer on the network: ...
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Booting a native Windows install in Virtualbox: is it possible?

I am looking for something similiar to Bootcamp. Currently, I run Ubuntu Maveric as my primary operating system and run Windows 7 in Virtualbox. For some tasks, however, running Windows virtualized ...
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traceroute TCP equivalent for Windows [closed]

I'm trying to determine where connectivity to an external host using a specific TCP port is being blocked. Traceroute for Windows only uses ICMP, and telnet will only tell me that the port is blocked ...
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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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A list of Windows rootkit detection and removal tools

A list of rootkit detection and/or removal tools from publicly trusted sources: Name, Vendor, Latest release RootkitRevealer, Sysinternals, November 1 2006 Rootkit Unhooker, ep_x0ff ...
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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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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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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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How to route different traffic thru different network interfaces (in Windows)

I've searched for details on how to do this but I've been unsuccessful - I wondered if someone could offer up some advice. So, let's say I have 2 network cards (LAN and 3G in my instance), both ...
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Command line backup of running Hyper-V images using Volume Shadow Copies (VSS) and Diskshadow.exe

I need to backup running Hyper-V virtual machines with minimal downtime via a command prompt. Backups should be stored on another local disk or remote share.
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How do you manage service account credentials (passwords)?

In a Windows environment how do you address the following issues with service accounts? Regular Password changes - with single service accounts used on multiple machines how do you regularly change ...
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psexec: “Access is Denied”?

Inspired by my previous question here, I've been experimenting with PSExec. The goal is to trip off some fairly simple scripts / programs on one WindowsXP machine from another, and as PowerShell 2 ...
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Easy TCP proxy on Windows? [closed]

What I want is to configure a computer in home with Windows and use it as a TCP proxy for connect and route packets from the 80 to port 23 in another server in the Internet
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How to convert text file from Windows line breaks to Unix ones on Unix/Linux?

Is there a quick way to convert text file from Unix line breaks to Windows ones in Unix environment? I thought there could be a standard utility.
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How to remotely reboot a hung server

I'm trying to remotely reboot a hung 2003 server. The server is pingable but I cannot remote into it. psshutdown does not work shutdown -i does not work What can I do now that the server is back ...
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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 ...
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How to set a frequent period for NTP client to sync with the NTP server

I've setup an NTP client for my DC to sync time with time.windows.com but I want it to query the NTP server at least twice a day. I made all the changes via the registry, is there a period registry I ...
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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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Best free tool to image a Windows XP drive before reinstallation?

Usually I stay away from desktop support, but as I am marrying this one I don't think I can get out of it :) Whats the best tool for taking a full, browsable image of a disk before a full ...
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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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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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What good free software is available for backing up a few PCs?

I have a network of about 30 Windows PCs. What good free software is available that will automatically (scheduled) make backups (not whole HDD but only certain folders) for these PCs and save on a ...
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In a multi-domain forest, what EXACTLY happens when some, but not all, of the Infrastructure Masters are on Global Catalogs?

There are plenty of TechNet articles, like this one that say that phantom object don't get updated if an Infrastructure Master is also a Global Catalog, but other than that there isn't a lot of in ...
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Precached Windows Logins?

I know if a Windows users logs into a machine, and later that machine falls off the network, that the user can log in to the machine with cached credentials. Is there any way to precache those ...
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Good/free tool or way to backup drivers

What is good free tool to backup all currently installed hardware drivers, or is there manual way to do it too? Also, simple way to restore backed up collection of drivers to fresh reinstalled system, ...
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File shares for Mac users

The main file shares on our network are currently hosted by old Apple XServes. I had planned to replace some of these with Windows shares as I have better hardware available but have been told this ...
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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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How do I delete a locked file in Windows?

I'm moving some files around on the server (Windows Server 2003), and there's a locked file that no one seems to have open. How do I delete this file?
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How to automate slipstream?

Since years I use slipstreamed Windows installations. This works very well, but preparing them is tedious : 1 - install a Windows with the last slipstreamed version we have (automated install) 2 - ...