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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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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 - ...
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Fully automated software deployment and update system [closed]

My office has about 120 Windows clients. We need a way to deploy and update free/downloadable software like Flash, Firefox, Skype etc.. This means that we want our clients to always have the latest ...
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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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Windows 7 library nightmare

In our Active Directory we deploy a policy to our clients where the personal directory (My documents) is redirected to a file server of ours \\server\share\username\Documents In older systems ...
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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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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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Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows System Resource Manager Replacement?

Windows System Resource Manager has been removed in Windows Server 2012 R2, and I need a replacement. I'm running a small RDP server without a domain on 2012 R2 Standard. It only has 8 GB of ram and ...
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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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Reporting SCEP update and scan

I am using Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection on all of the workstations I manage. For all three major platforms, it is a pain to get it to report on when it was last updated and last ...
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Set NTP server on all AD members (old and newly connected) using w32tm or PowerShell?

I am looking for a PowerShell script that I run one time only on the DC. I found w32tm but I don't know how to use it. Thanks in advance!
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How do I tell Git for Windows where to find my private RSA key?

My GIT setup runs fine in Linux, but when I try to set things up under Windows (using Git for Windows and TortoiseGit), I don't know where to put my private ssh key (or, better still, how to tell ssh ...
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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 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 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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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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Delete Files Older than (x) Days?

What's a good Windows command line option for deleting all files in a given folder older than (n) days? Also note there may be many thousands of these files, so forfiles with a shell to cmd is not a ...
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How to delete cached temporarily credentials for a network share on a Windows machine without rebooting or logging off [duplicate]

This is more of a curiosity then a real problem, I am just to lazy to reboot or log off my laptop. I have connected to a network share on a Windows server with domain credentials from a non-domain ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 do I configure proxy settings for LOCAL SYSTEM?

If I edit Proxy Settings through the Control Panel, the settings are stored in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ProxyEnable and ...\ProxyServer. These ...
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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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How to convert line breaks in a text file between the Windows and Unix/Linux formats?

How do I convert line breaks in a text file between the Windows and Unix/Linux formats? I have a *nix environment, but that I need to import and export data with the Windows-style line breaks. I ...
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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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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 ...