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Microsoft Windows - Install Updates And Restart (instead of Install and Shutdown)

I have a Windows box I would like to manage remotely. When I logged in this morning, the Start menu shows a ! next to the Shutdown button, notifying me there are updates to install. But the only ...
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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 should I consider to secure SVN on Windows? [closed]

Currently I am using VisualSVN Server and it's only accessible on my home network. Eventually there will be others accessing it, but for now it's just me and I would like to be able to go down to the ...
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Windows 2008 R2 CA and auto-enrollment: how to get rid of >100,000 issued certificates?

The basic problem I'm having is that I have >100,000 useless machine certificates cluttering up my CA, and I'd like to delete them, without deleting all certs, or time jumping the server ahead, and ...
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How can I back up my recommendation to NOT disable the Windows Firewall service?

I know from direct personal experience that disabling the Windows Firewall service on post-XP systems can lead to all sorts of networking problems, and that the proper way of disabling it is by ...
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How do I PXE boot multiple Windows 7 desktops off the same image?

Some years ago in my uni days I recall that the uni labs booted windows nt over the network. There was a shared drive for your own stuff, and other than that any changes you did to the running OS were ...
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What is stored in %Windir%\System32\LogFiles\WMI\RtBackup?

I occasionally notice in Resource Monitor hard disk activity related to ETL files in the folder C:\Windows\System32\LogFiles\WMI\RtBackup. Which process/service creates these ETL files and what is ...
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Windows File and Folder “Attributes” A or C

In Windows Server 2003, in the "Attributes" column of windows explorer, some files have "A" or "C" or "AC" or others. What do these mean?
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Is IIS SFTP natively supported by Windows Server 2012 R2?

Does Windows Server 2012 R2 have native SFTP support? I see a role FTP Server but it doesn't say whether this includes SFTP.
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Which is faster, and why: transferring several small files or few large files?

I soon will have a folder with thousands of files, each file on the order of a few KB. I will need to transfer these across a Windows network from one UNC share to another. In general, is it faster ...
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Why add additional application pools in IIS?

I have multiple web sites hosted with IIS 6.0 on Windows Server 2003. Some of them use the .Net 1.1 framework while the others use .Net 2.0. I currently have application pools set up for each ...
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What ways there are to backup repositories for Windows VisualSVN?

At this moment we are using Visual SVN and we are backing up the entire repositories directory for visual svn. This backs up the entire data for each repository inside our svn engine. I am curious ...
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Hyper-V Manager: right-clicking on local or remote VM crashes MMC snap-in

I have a Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise SP1 machine that I log into and use to manage virtual machines running on multiple Hyper-V servers on our domain. Sometimes, when I right-click on a local or ...
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DNS recursion is insecure, but necessary for internal applications?

In management of a Windows Server 2008, the server hosts DNS (is nameserver) for some domains, as well as hosting some applications that are publicly accessible. A security scan has indicated that ...
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Process Monitor fails to start on a 64 bit computer

When I try to start Process Monitor from SysInternals on some 64 bit windows 7 machines,the process fails to start. There is no error message. I double click and nothing happens. Other 64 bit windows ...
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How to force Windows to prompt for credentials while accessing share

By default when I access some computer's share ( typing \\hostname in Windows Explorer ) Windows passes credential of my current user. It prompts for credentials only when current user's credentials ...
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Auto-login in Windows Server 2008

Does anyone know a (verified) method to cause a specific user to auto-login after a system reboot, that works on Server 2008? I've tried tweaking some registry values (I don't have the link right ...
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Disable Windows Server Network Locations

I'm not sure what exactly this feature is called. But in Windows Server 2008, it has the Vista Public/Private/Domain locations. This makes sense for laptops, and none at all for servers. My problem ...
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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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Reverse DNS Lookups

Morning All, I've been handed a domain with c.150k DNS records in it for a total of 100k machines. The DNS records are all in a single forward lookup zone on the same domain and just to be helpful, ...
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What does a DHCP-client consider to be the “best” answer?

We have training rooms where normally Windows XP is installed (via PXE). The "normal" DNS/DHCP infrastructure are Windows-Servers. The training room has its own VLAN (different from the Windows ...
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Distribution of root certificate with Windows AD Certificate Services

Windows Server provides a certificate authority service. However, it's not clear from its documentation how (or if) the root certificate gets distributed to clients. Do domain member computers ...
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Install an antivirus on a web server, is this a good idea?

I just got a dedicated server with Windows 2008 Standard Edition and am trying to do the necessary configuration to run my web app on it. Was wondering, is it a good idea to install an antivirus on ...
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Remove the Language Bar from the taskbar (WinXP)

I've repeatedly gone through the language bar configuration unchecking everything that will let it appear on my taskbar and the thing keeps coming back. I've just gone through the exercise again. ...
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How do I get SQL Server to release its memory?

I know SQL likes RAM, but releases it when Windows asks. I know this is how SQL is supposed to work. But I have a Windows Administrator who isn't convinced that SQL will actually return the RAM, and ...
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How do you document windows server configurations?

I come from a Unix background where documenting the configuration of a service (email for example) could be as simple as grabbing a few text configuration files and a paragraph or 2 of explanatory ...
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Windows service trigger start - difference manual vs automatic?

Since Windows Server 2008 R2 (and Windows 7 I think for the client OS) Microsoft has introduced trigger start for services. I do understand difference between automatic, automatic (delayed) and manual ...
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How to find the cause of locked user account in Windows AD domain

After a recent incident with Outlook, I was wondering how I would most efficiently resolve the following problem: Assume a fairly typical small to medium sized AD infrastructure: several DCs, a ...
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How to configure DNS on Windows with multiple NICs?

I have two network adapters on my PC each connected to a different network (one LAN and one Wireless). I set up routing tables to have some of the addresses routed to the LAN and others to the ...
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How do I passively monitor the Windows Event Log?

How can I monitor the Windows Event Log remotely such that I will be informed automatically when certain events occur? There are plenty of active monitoring solutions, but they require human ...
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Windows File Permissions and Attributes

I'm somewhat confused about the whole Windows file security scheme. I come from a unix background, so I don't fully understand the relationship between file permissions/security settings and the ...
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Is RDS really *the* one stop shop solution? [closed]

I found myself in a situation today where I had to offer arguments in favor of regular windows domain clients versus a terminal server solution, or Remote Desktop Services as it is called nowadays, ...
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Windows Server 2012 Standard - Windows Store?

Pretty simple question really... how (if it's at all possible) do you get the Windows Store on Windows Server 2012? Thanks.
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What are the practical differences between Interix and Cygwin?

Both Interix and Cygwin appear to provide a Unix-like user environment in Windows. What are the practical differences between the two, in terms of, for example: Unix-like "feel" Performance Package ...
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Windows could not reconnect all network drives

OK, before you get all "OFF TO SUPERUSER WITH YOUR ISSUE!", they specifically state in their Help pages: "NOT about issues specific to corporate IT support and networks", and since this is a corporate ...
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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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Any way to run Linux as a Virtual Machine on top of Windows so can have best of both worlds?

Since Linux has a lot of useful tools, while Windows has a lot of apps (like Chrome), instead of buying another machine to run Linux, is there a way to run it as a Virtual Machine on the PC? The ...
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How to dispatch a command from Windows to Windows

How do I script remote commands on other Windows computers from a Windows computer? E.g., on *nix-*nix networks, I can do ssh wu@otherbox foo, and provided the keys are set up correctly, foo runs and ...
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How to display the first N lines of a command output in Windows? (the equivalent of Unix command “head”)

I need an equivalent of the Unix head command (display the first N lines of the output). This is what I'm using currently: tasklist | find /N " " | findstr /r \[[0-9]\] The above code displays the ...
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Do you use performance counters on production IIS web sites?

Do you keep the counter ON during heavy production loads Which performance counters do you find useful for ASP.Net/IIS 6.0 websites?
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What is the best way to gain access when the password is unknown?

If you were provided a computer running Windows 2000 or newer and you have no passwords, what method do you use to gain access with administrator privileges so you can use the system?
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How can I hide the Recycle Bin on Windows Server 2012?

On Windows 8 you can hide the Recycle Bin (and other icons on the desktop) by following Charms bar > Settings > Personalization. But on Server 2012 this returns an empty window with the message "This ...
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How do I deal with the removal/eradication of an unknown worm on our network?

TL;DR I'm pretty sure our small network has been infected by some sort of worm/virus. It seems to only be afflicting our Windows XP machines, however. Windows 7 machines and Linux (well, yea) ...
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How often should you defrag a Server?

Have a few servers and they have not been de-fragmented for two years. Is there a standard for what percentage should be fragmented before defragmenting? The servers are Windows 2003.
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Does InstallShield keep a log during installation?

Just want to know if InstallShield keeps a log during installation of an application. I already checked C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information{GUID}, but there isn't a log file ...
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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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Gaining administrator privileges in PowerShell

I only have one account on my Windows Vista machine, and that user has administrative privileges. However, when I try to execute a command within PowerShell to kill a certain process, I'm greeted with ...
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How do you deal with server noise? Hearing loss?

So we all work on servers, and some of us work around them as well. The sound is annoying and bad for our hearing. I wear earplugs when in the datacenter or earbuds which act kind of like earplugs ...
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How to make/compare filesystem/registry snapshots in Windows?

What's a simple way to get a list of all files installed/modified and keys added/removed by a Windows (XP, Vista or 7) program installer? I'd like to take a before and after snapshot, and see what ...
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Packet capture via cmd

I want to know if there is a tool that I can use to script out packet captures (command line) without having to install anything (and preferably not even pcap). This is for Windows machines; the tool ...